The Daily Reveille wrote an interesting article recently about the LSU Baseball program and how they are adjusting to Paul Mainieri’s coaching style. Paul comes from Notre Dame where he coached for 12 very successful seasons including getting a CWS appearance with a Big East squad which does not happen often today. In the article, Mainieri is asked about Junior pitcher Derik Olvey who transferred before last season to LSU from Notre Dame. Derek has been dismissed from the LSU Baseball program as Paul and him have a history of problems dating back to Derik’s days at UND. Olvey has to find a new school for his senior year as he has to sit out the entire season since he has already transferred once.
Full article available here.
The 2007 Baseball schedule is out for the University of South Carolina. There are no major OOC games scheduled for this season with the basic home and home series with Clemson. They play in the UNC Wilmington and the Citadel Tournaments respectively this year. The Brown Bears make a weekend trip March 9th-11th to visit the Gamecocks. You can read the full schedule in PDF format here.
The University of South Carolina has the highest rated recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball. The Gamecocks brought in 14 players for the upcoming season with 8 high school recruits and 6 Junior College transfers. They picked up Jay Brown from Young Harris College who had an outstanding season for Cotuit on the Cape this summer. I had the opportunity to see this young man pitch and he is a solid pitcher with an incredible upside. Miami came in second in the ratings with many other top teams in the ratings.
The full ratings are available here.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have announced their 2007 Baseball Schedule. They will be participating in the Dairy Queen Classic in Minnesota this year facing off against Ole Miss, Citadel, and Minnesota. They also will host Kansas in the marquee OOC matchup for the upcoming season. The full schedule is available here.
The University of Georgia and my favorite head coach in the country in Dave Perno have annouced the 2007 baseball schedule. They open the season on Feb. 9th with the defending national champions coming to town in Oregon State. This should be a very interesting series as UGA has a ton of players coming back this season led by Closer Josh Fields.
The full schedule is available here.
The Volunteers have released their 2007 schedule also. As previously discussed on here is their trip to FSU and they have a bunch of non-marquee OOC games. The full schedule can be seen here.
The Gainesville Sun is reporting Matt LaPorta will be returning for his Senior year as he was not able to work out a deal with the Boston Red Sox who drafted him in the 14th round of this past year’s draft. LaPorta’s stock dropped dramatically this past season with only a .259 batting average after a super sophomore year when he was among the best players in the country. This is a huge story to see LaPorta return to the Gators lineup as they try to make the NCAA’s in the upcoming season.
Article can be seen here.
Jason Ogata is planning on transferring from LSU to Oregon State. Ogata is going to be a sophomore next spring and is expected to compete for the second baseman job at Oregon State replacing Chris Kunda who had a wonderful career. Ogata was rated as the Best College Prospect from Oregon in 2005 and this move means he is going back to his home state.
Corvallis Gazette-Times Article
The Advocate Article
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
Brewster Whitecaps pulled out a thrilling 4-2 victory over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. YD held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the ninth inning when YD closer Joshua Fields came in the game to close it out. He proceeded to walk the first two hitters of the inning. The Whitecaps brought the runners along the basepaths to tie the game up with two groundouts. YD did not score in the bottom of the ninth. Brewster came through in the top of the tenth with a sacrifice fly from Barry Enright to take a 2-1 lead. YD came through with Alden Carrithers getting a single with one out and Brad Emaus hit a double to drive in the tying run. With 2 outs in the 13th inning, Daniel Turpin started to get wild. He proceeded to walk Trent Kline and Tavo Hall followed that with a single. YD made a pitching change to Nolan Gallagher. He then proceeded to hit Colt Sedbrook to load the bases. He then walked Andrew Romine to give the WhiteCaps a 3-2 lead. Danny Lehmann of YD had a passed ball a few pitches later to make it the final margin. Colt Hynes came into the game in the bottom of the 13th and got the Red Sox in order.
Cape Cod Times Article
Cape Cod League Press Release