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Conference USA Weekend Recap (April 1st-3rd)

By: John Lockwood
Conference USA’s second weekend of conference play was marked by impressive performances by the top three teams, with each sweeping their series. Houston (15-14, 3-0) sits atop the standings after a series sweep of Tulane (18-10, 1-5), #28 Southern Miss (22-5, 5-1) is in second after taking all three at UCF (19-9,2-4), and #25 Rice finished the trifecta by blanking Marshall (10-16, 1-5). Elsewhere in conference play UAB (16-11, 4-2) took two from ECU (20-7, 3-3) while Memphis (16-11, 1-2) completed a non-conference sweep of visiting Alcorn St. Continue reading

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West Coast Weekend Preview…Let it Snow?

The Bay Area is scheduled for some nasty weather this weekend, and there’s even snow possibly in the forecast in San Francisco for the first time since the 1970’s.  The USF Dons (0-4) look to turn around its season after a rough opening stretch against UCLA as they play UC Davis in a home/away/home series this weekend.  Weather will probably get in the way Friday with a double dip sometime either Saturday or Sunday.  I spoke with USF Head Coach Nino Giarratano this week about his teams efforts to rebound over the weekend.

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Francona, Wallach Highlight 2011 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Class

Current Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach are two of the seven inductees announced for the 2011 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Joining Francona and Wallach are, Danny Goodwin (catcher, Southern University), Dick Groat (shortstop, Duke), Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones (coach, Grambling State), Oddibe McDowell (outfielder, Arizona State),and Bill Wilhelm (coach, Clemson.)

Wallach is gaining admittance based on his school-record setting career at first base for Cal State Fullerton from 1978-1980. Francona, a two time World Series winning manager, is being honored for his career in outfield for Arizona, where he was the 1980 National Player of the Year.

The seven member class will be inducted on July 3rd in Lubbock, Texas.

The full release from the College Baseball Foundation is below.

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Arkansas Pine-Bluff releases 2011 Schedule

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
PINE BLUFF, Ark.- Golden Lions Head Baseball Coach Carlos James announced Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s schedule for the 2011 season today. On the schedule are 24 games that will be played at both the new Torii Hunter Baseball & Softball Complex and Taylor Memorial Field along with 27 road matchups. This year’s schedule includes three teams (Grambling, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss) that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Continue reading

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Carlos James named Head Coach at Arkansas-Pine Bluff

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

Carlos James PINE BLUFF, Ark.- The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Carlos James to the position of head baseball coach.

James arrives to UAPB after spending the previous two seasons at the University of Arkansas-Monticello where he served in the same capacity. The Pine Bluff native took over the struggling UAM Baseball team and turned them into a legitimate conference contender during his two years at the helm of program.

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Cal Ripken League All-Stars tie Juncos 4-4 in Puerto Rico

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

At Estadio Jose Pepito Bonano in Guaynabo, the Ripken League Stars played to a 4-4 tie after ten innings with the Juncos, a team of college, junior college, and Puerto Rican Double-A ballplayers, when the Juncos ran out of pitchers for the game.

Down 1-0, Alex Frederick (University of North Carolina-Greensboro/Baltimore Redbirds) doubled home Stuart MacInnes (University of Texas-Pan American/Rockville Express), who tripled with two outs in the second inning, to tie the game.

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Fayetteville Regional Day 1 Recap

Arkansas 19 Grambling State 7

FAYETTEVILLE  – Aided by a school-record nine home runs, the No. 15 University of Arkansas downed Grambling, 19-7, Friday in game one of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.Brett Eibner became the ninth player in program history to hit three home runs in one game, while Collin Kuhn, James McCann and Andy Wilkins each posted two home runs. Arkansas’ 19 runs are the second most scored by the program in an NCAA postseason game (20 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1985).

"We came out aggressive offensively," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We put up six in the first and jumped ahead of them. We basically got to work quickly on doing all the things we had been practicing during the week. We laid off a lot of borderline pitches and got into good hitting counts."

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2010 NCAA Regional Previews: Fayetteville

#1 Arkansas (40-18, 18-12 SEC)

Golden Spikes award semifinalist Zack Cox is one of the most heralded players in the country, leading Arkansas to the College World Series in 2009 as well as winning the Cape Cod League MVP while playing for the Cotuit Keetlers.  Cox was held out of the SEC Tournament due to a lingering back injury, but has deemed himself ready for NCAA Tournament play.  The same cannot be said for Brett Eibner’s hand injury, which before the tournament Head Coach Dave Van Horne said was “getting worse.”  Both Cox (.432, 8 HR, 47 RBI) and Eibner (.332, 18 HR, 61 RBI) are projected to be first round picks in the 2010 MLB Draft.  Also leading the high powered Razorback offense are Sophomore OF Colin Kuhn (.343, 12 HR, 45 RBI) and Junior IF Andy Wilkins (.274, 13 HR, 62 RBI)

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