Category Archives: Big East

Sorenson checks in with Mainieri

Eric Sorenson of CSTV recently checked in with one of our favorite baseball coaches in Paul Mainieri of LSU. He discusses many different topics including how much influence his father Demie Mainieri the legendary coach of Miami-Dade North Community College for over 30 years. Sorensen gets Mainieri to discuss how difficult it was to coach at Notre Dame with the strong academic standards and the horrible weather in the Northeast. There are some other suprises in the interview like how Tommy Lasorda is the godfather to Paul’s youngest son and how former ND assistant Brian O’Connor of UVA hit it off with Mainieri. The full interview is available here.

Thanks to CSTV and Eric Sorenson for the great picture of Mainieri with former closer Ryan Doherty.

Pitt announces 2008 slate

The Pitt Panthers have announced their 2008 schedule. They will open the season on February 22nd when they take on Virginia Tech in the IMICHOTEL INN-vitational in Conway SC. They will also take part in the Keith Leclair Invitational on March 7-9th and the Papa John’s Challenge from March 10th-16th in West Palm Beach FL. They will also play a three game out of conference series at Youngstown State on March 1st and 2nd while hosting the Panther Classic with Central Michigan and Coppin State from May 5th-7th. The Big East schedule opens up with a trip to West Virginia from March 21st-23rd and they will also travel to conference opponents Seton Hall, Cincinnati, and Villanova. They will also host UConn, Georgetown, St. John’s, and Louisville.

Press Release
2008 Schedule

Brown and Georgetown name new assistant coaches

The Brown Bears have announced that former BU player Dave Cunningham has been added to the coaching staff. He picked was a four year starter for the Terriers and team captain during his final two seasons. The full press release is available here.

Georgetown has also picked up a new assistant coach in Curtis Brown. He comes with experience as a pitching coach with ACC school Wake Forest and Richmond. He played his college ball from 1994-98 for the Spiders before moving into the coaching ranks. The full press release is available here.

BIG EAST Baseball Championship Returns To Clearwater, Fla., In 2008 And 2009

FROM PRESS RELEASE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference has announced that Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla., has been chosen as the site of the 2008 and 2009 BIG EAST Conference Baseball Championships.

It’s a familiar site for BIG EAST fans, as Bright House Networks Field previously hosted the 2006 BIG EAST Championship.

“We’re thrilled about the opportunity to return to Clearwater and Bright House Networks Field,” said BIG EAST Commissioner Michael Tranghese. “It gives our student-athletes a chance to play in a first-class facility and it provides a wonderful atmosphere for our fans.” Continue reading BIG EAST Baseball Championship Returns To Clearwater, Fla., In 2008 And 2009

Rivals Conference Previews

Our good friend Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has started doing previews of conferences for the 2008 season.He is one of the top college baseball writers in the country with the depth of his knowledge about the players and coaches across the country. The previews are brief but informative especially the lower level conferences. Continue reading Rivals Conference Previews

ARIZONA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

FROM PRESS RELEASE
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s Fabulous 40 pre-season NCAA Division I poll.

The Wildcats have their strongest team since winning national championships in 1976, 1980 and 1986 as nine position player starters are back along with seven superb pitchers from a team which finished second in the Pac-10 Conference a year ago with a 42-17 overall record. Continue reading ARIZONA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

CBB talks with Lelo Prado (South Florida)

We continue our recent series of interviews this week with Lelo Prado of South Florida. He is entering his second season with the Bulls after a very successful run at Louisville.

1) The South Florida Bulls had a 34-26 overall record and went 13-14 in the Big East. Matt Quevedo (4-3, 4.06 ERA) is the only returning starting pitcher as you lost Danny Otero (9-7, 3.32 ERA) and Chris Delaney (9-4, 4.00 ERA) but return closer Shawn Sanford to the squad. Who do you expect to fill Otero’s and Delaney’s spots in the rotation? If Sanford moves to the rotation who is going to fill the closer’s role? Continue reading CBB talks with Lelo Prado (South Florida)

PITCHERS DOMINATE 2008 NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

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LINCOLN, Neb. – In a year when pitching has a solid chance of being dominant, the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason 2008 All-America team reflects the plethora of mound aces returning for the upcoming campaign. Continue reading PITCHERS DOMINATE 2008 NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

CBB Top Freshmen in 2008

The CBB has been previewing some of the top players in the country for the 2008 season throughout this off-season. This week we check in on the top freshmen in the country.

Derek Dietrich SS/P (Georgia Tech)

Derek Dietrich is a 6’1 199 pound shortstop/pitcher out of Parma OH. He was a third round pick by the Houston Astros in 2007 but elected to enroll at Georgia Tech after failing to come to terms on a contract. Continue reading CBB Top Freshmen in 2008

South Florida picks up Eleven players for 2009 season

FROM PRESS RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla. – Second-year head coach Lelo Prado announced Friday that the University of South Florida baseball staff has signed 11 recruits to National Letters of Intent for the 2008-09 academic year.

Prado’s second recruiting class at USF is made up of five pitchers, four infielders and two outfielders.

The class of 2008-09 includes: Adrian Nieto, (C), American Heritage High School, Hialeah, Fla.; Anthony Ferrara, (LHP), Riverview High School, Riverview, Fla.; Kyle Parker, (LHP), Newsome High School, Lithia, Fla.; Sam Mende (SS), Clearwater Central Catholic High School, Clearwater, Fla.; Alex Mendez (LHP/OF), Bishop Moore High School, Orlando, Fla.; Jay Taylor (OF), Seminole High School, Seminole, Fla.; Sean Buckley (RHP/1B), King High School, Tampa, Fla.; Corey Thomas (RHP/SS), Middleton High School, Tampa, Fla.; Peter Brotons (2B), Christopher Columbus High School/Daytona Beach Community College, Miami, Fla.; Adrian Puig (RHP), Miami Gulliver Prep, Homestead, Fla.; Matt Reed (LHP), West Stanley High School, Albemarle, N.C.

“I’m very happy with our first two recruiting classes here at USF,” said Prado. “I would have never thought I would be able to get these types of players right off the bat. We’re making great strides and Bryant (Ward) and Lazer (Collazo) have done a great job recruiting these guys.” Continue reading South Florida picks up Eleven players for 2009 season