The Midwest Baseball Magazine recently sat down and talked with Ben Klafcynski who is a current Freshmen on Kent State. He had a tremendous senior year where he hit .613 with 12 homers as he led Highland High School to their first regional final in the program’s history. The full article from Midwest Baseball Magazine is available here. The CBB included Ben as one of the top freshmen to watch in the 2008 season. Our article is available here.
CSTV editor Doug Kroll checks in with an article previewing the top freshmen in the country. He ranks Matt Harvey of North Carolina as the best freshmen entering the season. Harvey was rated as a first round pick before the 2007 MLB Draft but his stock slipped when his ties with Scott Boras came up. He ended up getting drafted in the third round by the Angels but decided to head to Chapel Hill to play with Mike Fox. Continue reading Doug Kroll’s Top Freshmen
Kent State Athletic benefactor Hal Schoonover passed away this Saturday after a yearlong battle recovering from a fall. He attended Kent State where he played baseball from 1947-1949 while serving as the captain of the squad during his senior season. He was a fixture at all Golden Flashes sporting events according to Athletic Director Laing Kennedy. If he was not attending a game he would be ringing up the AD’s cell phone to get an update from the field. In 2003, Hal and his family made a substantial donation for the renovation of the Kent State baseball field. It was renamed for Hal and his wife Julie in 2005 honoring the commitment to the program. The full article from Akron Beacon Journal is available here. The CBB would like to send their condolences to the Schoonover family.
Photo is the courtesy of Kent State
University of Ohio baseball player Andrew Shisila has been charged with a first degree misdemeanor count of gambling. He was charged with former Ohio player Brent DeCoster who played with the Bobcats during his freshman season. Both of them are accused of running a gambling ring out of their residence. The investigation started in November when head coach Joe Carbone and Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt received an anonymous tip. They immediately contacted Ohio University police who started investigating the charges. They found three additional Ohio baseball players were involved in placing bets with the duo and they have been suspended from the team indefinitely with Shisila. The full release from Ohio Media Relations is available here.
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
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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
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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
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
We continue to get 2009 Recruiting Classes into the offense. Click on the respective school for the full article.