Arizona State will be hosting the NCAA Regional this upcoming weekend at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. They will be joined by UC-Riverside, Nebraska, and Monmouth.
The Sun Devils (43-13) have one of the best offenses in the country with a team batting average of .349. They have 11 players who are batting over .300 on the year. Brett Wallace leads the team in average at .426 including 15 homers and 73 RBI. Josh Satow has become the ace of the staff as he has an 11-3 record with a 2.23 ERA. They open the tournament at 7 pm PDT against Monmouth.
Arizona State Tourney Notes
The UC-Riverside (37-19) Baseball squad is led by one of the top pitchers in the country in James Simmons. He leads the team with a 10-3 record and a 2.32 ERA. He recently was named the Big West pitcher of the year. The offense is led by Joey Gonzales who is hitting .360 on the season. They will open up against Nebraska at 2 pm PDT.
UC-Riverside Tourney Notes
The Cornhuskers (30-25) are in the midst of a rebuilding year. They are led by Jeff Tedak who leads the team with a .331 average. The Huskers will be without starting catcher Mitch Abeita who is out for the Regionals with a broken leg. The Husker pitching staff is headlined by Tony Watson who is 6-4 with a 3.94 ERA. Nebraska opens up against UC-Riverside at 2pm PDT.
Nebraska Tourney Notes
Monmouth (36-22-1) enters this weekend as the automatic bid out of the Northeast Conference after defeating Central Connecticut State in the championship game 7-1 in which the CBB attended. The full article is available by clicking here. They are led by Kyle Messineo who is hitting .346 on the season and leads the team in stolen bases with an outstanding 41 on the season. Ryan Buch and Brad Brach both went 9-2 on the year to lead the pitching staff. Monmouth opens against Arizona State at 7 pm PDT.
Monmouth Tourney Notes
The CBB predicts that Arizona State will win the Regional fairly easily.
Cstv.com has started posting a series of articles previewing the 2007 NCAA Baseball season. The first article posted was a vote taken by CSTV on the Pre-season player of the year. The projected player of the year is Wes Roemer of Cal-State Fullerton. The full list is available here.
The second article is about players who are solid in the pitching and hitting departments like Virginia’s Sean Doolittle and GT’s Matt Wieters. The article is written by CSTV writer Glenn Tanner and can be read here.
Cal-State Fullerton is picked to win the 2007 Big West Conference behind Head Coach George Horton. They will rely on Co-National player of the Year Wes Roemer and third baseman Evan McArthur to carry the load for the Titans. The full article about the poll is available here.
Big West Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Cal State Fullerton (7) – 63
2. UC Riverside – 50
3. UC Irvine (1) – 48
4. Long Beach State – 43
5. Cal Poly – 31
6. UC Santa Barbara – 23
7. Pacific – 22
8. Cal State Northridge – 8
George Horton checks in with his comments on the team for the 2007 season after fall practice. He lost a ton of talent from last years team and has to replace them with inexperienced players if he wants to make it back to Omaha. The full season preview is available here.
The Cal-State Fullerton Titans and George Horton (one of my favorite managers) have released the 2007 Schedule. They will host Stanford, Arizona, and Rice each for three games series in the beginning of the season with a trip to UNLV thrown in just for fun (We know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas). They will also play UCLA for three games (two at UCLA and one in Fullerton) and play a home and home with local rival USC. They also make two interesting road trips this season when they travel to East Carolina and Wichita State each for a weekend series. The Titans should continue to be at the top of the Big West conference and the national rankings.
Full Schedule available here.
There is some rumors on Southeast Baseball that Cal-State Fullerton Titans and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have scheduled a home and home series in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Southern Miss will go to Fullerton in March of 2008 and Fullerton will be visiting Hattiesburg in March of 2009. This is a good series for the Eagles as it will give them three more games against top of the line competition in the respective years.
Interesting press release on the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Site which follows Vinnie Pestano first week after his Tommy-John Surgery. The slideshow can be seen here.
The Wareham Gatemen knocked off the Cotuit Kettleers 1-0 in a thrilling game. Wareham scored in the fourth inning off of Cotuit starter James Simmons. Simmons pitched a complete game and scattered seven hits in his nine innings of work. Wareham starter Jeremy Bleich gave up four hits in his seven shutout innings. Nick Cassavechia pitched 1.1 innings of hitless baseball to pick up the save for the Gatemen. The only RBI of the game was a double by Jason Ogata which drove in Dominic de la Osa from second base.
Cape Cod Times article
Cape Cod Baseball League article
The Standard Times Article
The Regionals are over and now we can focus on the 16 teams fighting for the 8 spots in Omaha.
Friday through Sunday Super-Regionals
Oral Roberts at Clemson
College of Charleston at Georgia Tech
Missouri at Cal St. Fullerton
North Carolina at Alabama
Saturday through Monday Super-Regionals
Oklahoma at Rice
South Carolina at Georgia
Miami of Florida at Ole Miss
Stanford at Oregon State
A Full preview will be coming for each series in the coming days. So please come back.
CSF just beat Arizona State 3-2 behind a two run ninth inning which included a walk-off balk which was called on the fourth pitch of an intentational walk for not coming to a stop which I did not see on the replays. This was a great game that might have been decided by a bad call from an umpire. Jason Urquidez and Ricky Romero pitched great and both deserved to win. Urquidez pitched 7.2 innings only letting up 1 run on 2 hits. Ricky Romero was just as impressive by letting up 2 ER on 3 hits while getting the complete game. His only mistake was a 2 run homer to Travis Buck.
This is the quote from the Crew Chief
“It was a violation of rule 9-3j (which says) the pitcher has to come to a complete and discernable stop,” crew chief and second base umpire Paul Guillie said following the game. “The call was made on the 3-0 count. The third base umpire made the call.”