Our good friends over at The Nickel Block check in with an article on Oregon State head coach Pat Casey who has been rumored to be moving on to a new job over the last year. The most recent rumors have him getting a little bit tired of the expectations of winning the National Championship every season and if the Beavers don’t win the title it is a major disappointment. Check out the full article by clicking here.
The Pac-10 Conference concluded the 24 game conference season this Memorial Day Weekend and after defeating Arizona on Thursday night, the Arizona State Sun Devils clinched their second straight conference title. Stanford finished second, UCLA finished third. Arizona, CAL, Washington, Oregon State, USC and Washington State wrap up the standings.
Five Pac-10 schools were selected by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee to participate in the postseason, and given a chance to head to Omaha. Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford and UCLA were invited, while two time defending National Champion Oregon State was left out despite a three game sweep of Pacific to conclude its season. Continue reading Pac-10 Leaders
ASU’s Kipnis Named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA’s Murphy Named Pitcher of the Week
This is the first weekly honor for Kipnis and Murphy’s third.
(Walnut Creek, CA) – Arizona State redshirt sophomore outfielder Jason Kipnis has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA junior left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 19 – 25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Kipnis, from Northbrook, Ill., helped Arizona State clinch their second straight Pac-10 title, going 8-for-13 (.615) with a double, a triple, a homer and six runs batted in during the final week of the regular season. He also stole a base, drew four walks and played perfect defense in the outfield.
Murphy, from Vista, Calif., pitched his second complete game shutout of the season, helping the Bruins blank No. 15 California, 8-0, in Friday’s series opener at Evans Diamond. Murphy scattered five hits in nine innings, totaling 10 strikeouts while walking four hitters. Murphy’s complete-game effort helped pave the way for UCLA’s series victory at California over the weekend. UCLA blanked the Golden Bears, 7-0, on Saturday to become the first Bruin baseball team to post back-to-back shutouts since 1978. With the win, Murphy improved to 5-6 on the season with a 3.52 ERA and team-highs of 107 strikeouts and 94.2 innings.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 62nd annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Continue reading 2008 NCAA Regional Sites Announced
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Title on the Line in Regular Season Finale
LONG BEACH— Long Beach State’s Bryan Shaw picked up his eighth save, getting the final two outs in the ninth after Jonathan Jones’ two-run double completed a three-run eighth, forcing a Sunday finale for the Big West Championship, following a 8-6 win over No. 6-ranked CS Fullerton (37-18, 16-7 Big West).
LBSU (36-19, 15-8 Big West) sits one game back in the standings, but the winner of Sunday’s game at 1 p.m. will receive the automatic berth in next week’s NCAA Regional. A Fullerton win gives them the title outright, a win by the Dirtbags sets up a co-championship following a back-and-forth game that saw the Titans lead three times.
Shaw’s final two outs were anything but easy, as he got Jared Clark to strikeout with runners on the corners, before Brian Wilson grounded out to even the series. Clark had driven two runs last night and his solo home run in the seventh had given the Titans a 6-5 lead.
Former MLB Third Baseman Scott Brosius has led Linfield College (34-11) to the Division III National Championship Tournament. (The Oregonian)
How does Brett Wallace’s season rank in ASU history? (Pitchfork Nation)
Are conference tournaments really necessary in college baseball? (The Nickel Block)
Ohio State’s season ends in disappointment (The Buckeye Nine)
Recruiting in Southern California is a balancing act for USC and UCLA (Los Angeles Times)
South Carolina will try and keep it rolling against LSU today (Gamecock Anthem)
Seminole freshmen are getting big game experience in the ACC tournament to prepare them for the College World Series (Nole Sports)
Examining the economics of Summer League Ball (CodBall)
Miami beat Georgia Tech in a 15-12 ACC Tournament battle that looked an awful lot like a College World Series game. (Miami Herald)
Chapman has already beat their first round opponent twice this season (Orange County Register)
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(DURHAM, N.C.) – USA Baseball announced today the names of the 50 semifinalists for the 2008 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This year will mark the 31st consecutive year that the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player. Continue reading USA Baseball names 50 semifinalists for 2008 Golden Spikes Award
ASU’s Kiel Roling Named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA’s Tim Murphy Named Pitcher of the Week
This is the fourth honor of Roling’s career and the second honor for Murphy.
(Walnut Creek, CA) – ARIZONA STATE junior first baseman Kiel Roling has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA junior left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 12 – 18, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Roling, from Grand Junction, Colo., went 9-for-13 (.692) leading the Sun Devils to a 4-0 week. He knocked in eight runs, slugged 1.385 and scored five runs helping Arizona State beat LMU on Monday and sweep Washington. He also played solid defense at first base, a spot he was playing due to the injury to Ike Davis. Continue reading Pac-10 Player / Pitcher of the Week
LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Oregon State baseball team lost its final game on its four-game road trip to the Los Angeles area, 10-0, to No. 25 Long Beach State Monday night at Blair Field.
The Beavers managed two hits off five Long Beach State pitchers. Drew George doubled down the left field line in the second and Daniel Robertson singled up the middle in the fifth. Continue reading Dirtbags Two-Hit Oregon State 10-0
Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon on picking college over the minor leagues: “I know it’s tough to eat the right things in the minor leagues, and I didn’t think I was strong enough to avoid getting run down a little bit.” (Orange County Register)
Gordon Beckham tied the Georgia single season homerun record with his 23rd longball of the season last night in the second game of a double header against Alabama. (BamaMag)
Buster Posey scores only run, gets the save in Florida State win. (Tallahassee Democrat)
Pedro Alvarez couldn’t come through in the clutch last night against Florida, as the Commodores drop their fourth straight game. (Tennessean)
University of Arizona catcher Dwight Childs likes to play head games with opposing hitters. (Tucson Citizen)
The Houston Astros are looking to go with an experienced college player with the 10th overall pick. (MLB)
Seven college players are in the top ten of the draft board over at Minor League Ball. (Minor League Ball)
In a battle of two of the Pac-10’s top two pitchers, Washington’s Jordan Merry has his first poor performance of the season while Mike Leake pitches 8 strong in the Sun Devils 13-3 victory. (Devils Digest)
Aaron Crow’s stats “are pornography to baseball geeks.” (Columbia Tribune)
The best pitcher at Stanford doesn’t even play on the team. (SF Gate)