Our buddy over at BleedCrimson.net talked with Gary Ward and Rocky Ward about Gary being inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame two days ago. Gary is currently the assistant coach with the New Mexico State Aggies with his son Rocky as the head coach. Gary had a successful career with Oklahoma State from 1978-1996 then with the Aggies in 2001 and 2002 before turning the reins over to his son. Gary led Oklahoma State to 16 consecutive conference titles and 17 NCAA Regional appearances, and 10 trips to the CWS. He led the Aggies to the 2002 Sun Belt Championship as he finished with a 1,022-361-1 record which is fourth all-time. You can hear the whole interview by clicking here.
FROM PRESS RELEASES
Hawaii 7 Northern Illinois 3
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Hawai’i took a 4-0 lead and never trailed in a 7-3 victory over Northern Illinois Thursday night at Surprise Stadium. The Huskies (0-2), who played a school-record 16-inning game prior to the nightcap, got within a run with a three-run seventh but were unable to take a lead in the contest. Continue reading
The 2008 Southwest Diamond Classic will take place in Frisco TX from Thursday-Saturday. The University of Alabama, UT-Arlington, Dallas Baptist, and Nevada will take part in the four team tournament which will be hosted at the home of the Frisco Roughriders. Continue reading
We look at various links from around the country today.
BleedCrimson.net checks in with Coach Ward (NMSU)
Gotham Magazine Players of the Week/Weekend Recap
Holy Cross Season Preview
Penn Season Preview from Daily Pennsylvanian
Penn’s Tom Grandieri looks to impact lineup
Penn’s Roth looks to have strong Sophomore season
Baseball Zealot talks with Big Ten Hardball
We continue to bring you some of the best articles from student newspapers from around the nation.
The ASU Web Devil: Many questions
The ASU Web Devil: Changes to Pitching Rotation
Boston College Chronicle: Getting Ready for the Season
The California Aggie (UC Davis): Rex Peters interview
Ka Leo O Hawaii (Hawaii): Bows looking for respect
The Daily Kansan (Kansas): Jayhawks adding new arms to Bullpen
The Battalion (Texas AM): Childress looks to Improve
The Battalion (Texas AM): Thebeau looking to Impress
The Battalion (Texas AM): Stouffer wants a Championship
The Daily Barometer (Oregon State): Ogata getting a chance
The Daily Reveille (LSU): Mainieri looking to youngsters
The Cavalier Daily (UVA): Young Outfield for Cavs
The New Mexico State Aggies will host the New Orleans Privateers on Friday in the first game of a three game set. The Aggies are coming off a 22-34 season while going 6-18 in the WAC. New Orleans is coming off a Sun Belt championship which saw them participate in the Wichita State Regional where they went 1-2. The Privateers are led by Johnny Giavotella who has been named to several All-American teams. Continue reading
The UC-Irvine Anteaters will open the season at the University of Nevada. The Anteaters are coming into the season after going 47-17-1 and qualifying for the CWS after winning the Texas Regional and the Wichita State Super Regional. They will have a new coach in 2008 with Mike Gillespie taking over for Dave Serrano who left for Cal-State Fullerton. Nevada comes into the season coming off a 35-26 campaign while going 15-9 in the WAC which was good enough for second place in the conference.
Fri., Feb. 22
UC-Irvine: RHP Scott Gorgen vs. Nevada: RHP Rod Scurry
Sat., Feb. 23
UC-Irvine: RHP Bryce Stowell vs. Nevada: LHP Chris Garcia
Sun., Feb. 24
UC-Irvine: RHP Christian Bergman vs. Nevada: RHP Mario Rivera
We continue to bring you Season Previews from different colleges.
UAB: Q & A with Perry Roth
Miami (OH): Outfielders
Missouri: Season Preview- The Schedule
TCU: Season Preview Part 2
La Tech: Season Preview
Canisius Season Preview: Part 1
Canisius Season Preview: Part 2
Army Season Preview from Gotham Baseball Magazine
Kentucky Season Preview
The Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans salvaged Game 3 of their series with the University of Hawaii with a 4-3 victory. They were led by Shane Kessel who went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Kekoa Lee pitched 5.1 strong innings while allowing only two runs on five hits. Dustin Gilmore shut down the Warriors offense over the final two innings to pick up his first save of the season. Hawaii-Hilo will head home to host Kansas in the Jayhawks home opener. Hawaii will stay home next weekend when San Francisco visits for a four game set over three days.
The Hawaii Rainbows knocked off the Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans in the second game in the entire nation by a score of 9-2. Jonathan Hee had a solid day in the leadoff role as he went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. Jared Alexander got his first weekend start for the Rainbows and was outstanding. He went eight shutout innings while allowing five hits and two walks to pick up his first win of the season. The Vulcans got to Hawaii reliever Sam Spangler for 2 runs in the top of the ninth but the Rainbows had the game well in hand.