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2008 Schedule Blowout

The College Baseball Blog took some time off for the Holiday so we are catching up on some the schedules that we missed that were released over the last week. Some of the big time programs that have released a schedule are Kansas led by Ritch Price expects to compete for the 2008 Big 12 title and Notre Dame who looks to return to prominence under second year head coach Dave Schrage. The links to schedules are available below.

Kansas
Notre Dame
Western Carolina
St. John’s
Cincinnati
Memphis

Former LLWS standout signs with Louisville

Keith Landers, a 6’7 lefty out of St. Peter’s Marian High School in Worcester MA has signed his letter of intent to play with the Louisville Cardinals in the 2009 season. Landers was a standout pitcher for the Worcester LLWS team in 2002 where they advanced to the US Championship game. Landers had a subpar record of 1-4 with a 1.97 ERA in his junior season and as a sophomore went 5-1 with a 0.92 ERA. He received a full athletic scholarship to play for the Cardinals spurning offers from Boston College and St. John’s. Landers is expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation in 2009 as the Cardinals are trying to rebuild a pitching staff which brought them to the CWS in 2007. A full article from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette is available here.

Perfect Game names Top 20 Prospects in VL

FROM VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE
Baseball website PGcrosschecker.com recently compiled its list of the top 20 players in the Valley Baseball League. The list was compiled by Allan Simpson with input from the league’s managers and scouts.

Similar to the recently released Baseball America list, PG Crosschecker identified Winchester’s Luke Greinke as the league’s top prospect. He was also the league MVP. He was followed by Covington outfielder Jason Kipnis, but then six of the next seven players listed were pitchers.

Simpson noted that league officials felt that the 2007 season saw a jump in overall talent around the league, in particular in the pitching department. The numbers appear to support that assertion. In 2007, league pitchers as a whole had a 3.70 earned run average while hitters had a .247 batting average as a league. In 2006, hitters posted a .258 average while pitchers compiled a 3.88 ERA, and the year before saw a .257 batting average and 3.97 ERA as a league.

While Waynesboro finished first in the regular season and won the Jim Lineweaver Cup as league champions, the Generals placed just three players in the top 20 and none higher than #11. In fact, many of the top prospects come from the lower half of the standings. Simpson noted that was a sign of the league’s improved depth.

PGCrosschecker.com Valley League Top 20 Prospects

1. Luke Greinke, UT, Winchester (Auburn)

2. Jason Kipnis, OF, Covington (Arizona State)

3. Zac Blakney, RHP, Fauquier (Montevallo)

4. Shayne Moody, SS, Woodstock (Charlotte)

5. Ashur Tolliver, LHP, Harrisonburg (Arkansas-Little Rock)

6. Donald Jordat, RHP, Luray (Miami-Dade C.C.)

7. Rob Gilliam, RHP, Luray (UNC Greensboro)

8. Tim Sexton, RHP, Staunton (Miami-Dade C.C.)

9. Josh Judy, RHP, Haymarket (Indiana Tech)

10. Tyler Kuhn, SS/2B, Luray (West Virginia)

11. Pat Irvine, C/OF, Waynesboro (Elon)

12. Garrett Parker, RHP, Harrisonburg (Oklahoma City)

13. Bobby Hernandez, RHP, Staunton (Barry)

14. Josh Eidell, RHP, Woodstock (Villanova)

15. Elih Villanueva, RHP, Luray (Florida State)

16. Jeremy Cruz, 1B, Luray (Stetson)

17. Chris Masters, LHP, New Market (Western Carolina)

18. Brandon Sizemore, 2B, Waynesboro (Charleston)

19. Kurt Davidson, C/1B, Waynesboro (Akron)

20. Dustin Umberger, RHP, Luray (Liberty)

Full scouting reports from the summer on each player are available here. A subscription is required to view the insider-level reports.

Valley League Players of the Week-July 23

The Valley League has released players of the week for July 23rd. Ryan Sontag and Luke Greinke each were named Players of the week while Wade Korpi and Zac Blakney were named Pitchers of the Week. Ryan Sontag of Arizona State hit .433 last week in seven games while scoring nine runs, getting 13 hits, and driving in six runners. Luke Greinke of Auburn hit .619 last week while leading the league with 13 hits. Wade Korpi of Notre Dame pitched seven shutout innings last week while only allowing three hits as he led his team to a victory on Saturday night. Zac Blakney of the University of Montevallo threw six shutout innings while giving up only five hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts.

Valley League Release

Columbia, Mo., Regional!

Lousiville sends Miami back Home with a 8-7 win!

U of L began the day with its win over Miami.

The Hurricanes (37-24) were eliminated before the super-regionals for the first time in 13 years, and some players from their own backyard helped send them packing.

Miami natives Dominguez and Jorge Castillo led the way for the Cards. Dominguez had a two-run homer, and Castillo had four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double.



Castillo, who also hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 13-7 win over Miami, grew up a Hurricanes fan but wasn’t heavily recruited by the school. He said that motivated him this weekend.

“It was real sweet,” Castillo said. “I wanted to show them what they could have had.”

Zack Pitts (9-3), the team’s ace who lasted only 1 2/3 innings on Friday, got the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief. Trystan Magnuson worked the final two innings for the save.

The Cards came into the regional having never won an NCAA Tournament game. Their only other appearance was in 2002. Now they’re one win away from the super-regionals.

“This just shows that our program is on the rise,” pitcher James Belanger said.

Cardinals stay alive with a 4-3 win over Missouri!

Chris Dominguez was the least popular guy on the University of Missouri campus last night.

Except in the University of Louisville dugout.

The third baseman’s bat and legs kept the Cardinals alive in the NCAA baseball regionals, even if his dance moves and mouth made him the town’s top villain.

Dominguez hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Cards to a 4-3 victory over host Missouri last night at the Columbia Regional. Earlier, U of L eliminated Miami 8-7.

Louisville (43-21) will face the Tigers (42-17) again today at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to a super-regional.

Lousiville Recap

Missouri Recap

Miami Recap




Columbia (MO) Regional Day 3 Recap


Louisville 8 Miami 7

The Louisville Cardinals were able to end the Hurricanes streak of winning 13 straight regional tournaments with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinals were led on offense by Jorge Castillo who picked up four RBI while Chris Dominguez hit a two run homer in the fifth inning. Louisville advances to the Regional Championship game against Missouri while Miami ends the season with a 37-24 record.

Louisville Recap
Miami Recap

Louisville 4 Missouri 3

Louisville forced a winner take all game on Monday with a 5-4 victory against Missouri. The Cardinals were led by a very strong pitching performance from four pitchers as they were able to survive the elimination game. Chris Dominguez led the Cardinals with a huge two run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the ninth with a lead off homer from Jacob Priday which was followed up by a walk to Trevor Coleman. Kris Hollander was able to keep the Tigers off the board and get the victory for the Cardinals.

Louisville Recap

Missouri Recap

Columbia (MO) Regional Day 2 Recap


Miami 8 Kent State 7

The Kent State Golden Flashes season ended as they dropped a tough 8-7 decision to the Miami Hurricanes. The Canes started the game off with a home run from Blake Tekotte to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Hurricanes dominated the game until the eighth inning when the Golden Flashes scored six runs in the inning to bring the deficit to one run but were unable to put any runs across in the bottom of the ninth to end the season with a 33-26 record. Miami advances to take on Louisville in an elimination game on Sunday.

Miami Recap
Kent State Recap

Missouri 7 Louisville 5

The Missouri Tigers advanced to the regional championship game by knocking off the Louisville Cardinals 7-5. Jacob Priday and Trevor Coleman hit back to back homers in the sixth inning. Priday also picked up another homer in the seventh inning. The Tigers advance to face the winner of the Miami/Louisville elimination game on Sunday.

Missouri Recap

Louisville Recap

Columbia, Mo., Regional!


1. Missouri (40-16)

2. Miami (Fla.) (36-22)

3. Louisville (40-20)

4. Kent State (33-24)
The Favorite: Missouri
When looking at Missouri from a statistical standpoint, it’s easy to come away unimpressed. But a closer look at the Tigers reveals a team that always finds a way to win games. While sophomore right-hander Aaron Crow leads the charge on the mound, the Tigers are led at the plate by junior outfielder Evan Frey. He’s hitting a team-leading .346 with four home runs and 33 RBIs. Jacob Priday is a power producer for the Tigers, while Brock Bond has shown consistency with his .319 batting average. The Tigers have a tough field with Miami and Louisville. But as they’ve shown, they’re not a team that likes to be doubted.
Dark horse candidate: Miami, Fla.
If you want to see consistency, look no further than the Miami baseball program. With a bid to the Columbia Regional, the Hurricanes are attending their 35th straight NCAA Regional. Color me impressed. While hometown Missouri is the favorite over the Hurricanes, that won’t get this team down. The Hurricanes have an impressive offense with Yonder Alonso and freshman third baseman Mark Sobolewski leading the charge. Second baseman Jemile Weeks is another versatile player to watch, while Roger Tomas routinely makes opposing pitchers pay for their mistakes. The Canes can win this Regional.
Best hitter: Miami 1B Yonder Alonso
In his second season with the Hurricanes, Alonso has blossomed into one of the top hitters in college baseball. The sophomore enters the Columbia Regional hitting a team-leading .378 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs. He’s also slugging .724 and has a .519 on-base percentage. In addition, Alonso has stolen 13 bases and has 12 doubles in 196 at bats.
Best pitcher: Missouri RHP Aaron Crow
There are several talented pitchers in this Regional, but the guy that stands out to me the most is Missouri right-hander Aaron Crow. After losing Max Scherzer and Nathan Culp last season, many critics thought the Mizzou pitching staff would take a giant step back. That assumption was wrong. Crow enters the weekend with an 8-3 record and a 3.17 ERA in 108 innings. He has also struck out 81 batters.
Regional review
Missouri has a tough opening round matchup with four-seed Kent State, but if they can hold off the Golden Flashes, it will likely shake off any potential postseason jitters. The Tigers have a good one-two punch in the weekend rotation, while Evan Frey and Jacob Priday lead the way at the plate. As the host team, it’s important for the Tigers to keep the fans involved in the action … Miami might have a better chance of winning this Regional than some might think. The Hurricanes have the most talented team in the field of four and have the postseason experience necessary to make it to the College World Series. For Miami, the key to the weekend is consistency across the board … Louisville is another team that could surprise this weekend. Roger Williams has done a phenomenal job with the Cards pitching staff, while Logan Johnson, Isaiah Howes and Boomer Whiting provide the offensive fireworks … Kent State enters the tournament just 6-13 against teams in the top 100.Rivals.com

Sad Day

It is a bad day when I have to post a story about a death but I have to. Jody Schrage, 45, wife of Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Schrage passed away on Tuesday from complications with cancer. The College Baseball Blog wants the readers to keep her and the Schrage family in your thoughts.

The full article is available here.