The Houston Astros College Classic will begin today at noon with Vanderbilt facing off against the Number 1 ranked Owls of Rice. This will be a showcase event for David Price of Vandy and Joe Savery of Rice. Wayne Graham decided against pitching Joe Savery against Price which is disappointing because it would have been a showcase pitching match-up. The other teams involved in the tournament are Texas A&M, Arizona State, Houston, and Baylor. The entire tournament can be watched for $14.95 from MLB.
Edit: Vanderbilt is offering a free webcast of each of their games in this tourney and home games throughout the year at this link for free.
Vandy Game Notes
Rice Game Notes
Texas A&M Game Notes
Arizona State Game Notes
Houston Game Notes
Baylor Game Notes
Rivals.com has added some Conference Previews with the Big 12, ACC, and SEC already done. They are fairly short but gives the readers a quick synopsis about the key players and teams in the respective conference.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have started practice for the upcoming season. The Red Raiders are led by 21st year Head Coach Larry Hays. The two stars of the team this year are Junior catcher Matt Smith and Sophomore outfielder Roger Kieschnick who were both named to the NCBWA Preseason All-America Team. The full article about them starting practice is available here.
Erik Morrison, the junior infielder of the Kansas Jayhawk baseball team did a recent Q & A with the Kansas Athletic department on the upcoming season and other topics. It is an interesting read and gives you some insight into Mr. Morrison’s world.
Article available here.
The University Daily Kansan is reporting that two Kansas Baseball players have been cited on battery charges after a fight this weekend at an establishment in Lawrence. The players were Sophomore pitcher Andy Marks and former Jayhawk Sean Land. The Associate athletics director Jim Marchiony knew nothing about the incident when questioned by the Kansan reporter and the baseball coach was not available for comment either. The College Baseball Blog will keep you informed if any suspension is handed out to Mr. Marks.
Full article available here.
With the baseball season getting around the corner, I would love to change the old career and get a job that would help me attend more College Baseball games. If anyone from the Boston/Providence area reads this blog and needs a college educated Kinesiology major from University of New Hampshire feel free to email me at [email protected] Even if you can take a look at my resume and see how I can improve it also contact me.
I am currently working on some season previews for the upcoming season and have these are some new schedules which have been released lately.
The University of Missouri have released the 2007 schedule. They will be participating in two tournaments this year in addition to their strong Big 12 schedule. They will be taking part in the Spring Training Classic with Arizona State, Gonzaga, and NCAA Champion Oregon State in Surprise AZ. They also will be in the Service Academy Classic in Millington TN with participants BYU, Akron, Memphis and the Naval Academy. The Big 12 home schedule is weak with the best opponents coming to Taylor Stadium being the Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma Sooners.
Full Schedule available here.
The Baylor Bears recruiting class has been rated number 1 in the nation by Baseball America. The reason for this is that the 2005 CWS run gave the program some national exposure and positive press. The Baylor staff was fighting to get rid of the stigma from the basketball tragedy in 2003. It looks like they have overcame the challenge.
There are also some news and notes in tea article about UNC reloading and Oregon State shuffling up their rotation for next year.
Full article available here.
The Kansas Jayhawks will open the season with a nice trip to Hawaii-Hilo for a five game trip. It must be nice to be in Hawaii in February to play baseball. When they return to campus they open up there home schedule against South Dakota State. I believe that starting that early with home games is a mistake and would be shocked if they get those games in. KU has both Texas and Nebraska coming into Lawrence this season and this should bode well for the Jayhawks as they try to get their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
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