The Maine Black Bears have announced that they will play a pair of games against the Academy of Baseball Canada and Team Ontario the next two weekends. On September 21st they will host Baseball Canada at 5 pm and then will take them on the next day at 5 pm or at the conclusion of the Umass-Maine football game. They will play Team Ontario September 29th and 30th at 2:30 to round out the fall schedule. The full release is available here.
The players are lacing up their cleats. The leather mitts are popping from blazing fastballs. The ping from the impact made on aluminum bats echoes across the street.
Fall baseball practice has arrived for Baylor, and although most of the team still hasn’t had much of a break from the game since spring practice started late last January, the Bears are back on the diamond preparing to contend for their first College World Series appearance since 2005.
Baylor will return six starting position players and a deep pitching rotation for the 2008 season.
But head coach Steve Smith said the fall is an important time to evaluate the incoming freshman class as well as the progression of his returning players after summer leagues at various locations across the country.
“Obviously we have a lot of new guys,” Smith said. “We get a chance to see them up close and personal, so there is a lot of evaluation going on. A lot of the teaching going on for the guys is much of a review since we have so many returning players.”
The Arizona State Sun Devils have released their fall baseball schedule with 29 intra-squad scrimmages scheduled. The full release is available here. This is not the typical fall schedule as teams usually use this time to develop their players skills in practice and have a five game series at the end of the fall. I wonder why ASU has decided to play so many games this fall? Is there that much competition for spots on the team? Does Pat Murphy just want to take a look at his players in a game situation? I am just wondering. Thanks to Mark over at Pitch Fork Nation for bringing this interesting development to my attention.
FROM PRESS RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla. – The official start date for fall practices isn’t until October, but the University of South Florida baseball team opened season No. 2 under head coach Lelo Prado on Sept. 4, beginning fall 4-on-1 workouts with the coaching staff.
During the sessions, four players at a time are allowed to practice on the field with a coach.
“Our 4-on-1s have been outstanding defensively, offensively and pitching-wise,” said assistant coach Lazer Collazo. “These kids want to work. These kids are coming in on their own, getting here early in the afternoon and leaving late in the evening. They want to learn the system quickly, and as coaches, we are seeing that they want to grasp everything they can as early as they can.
The Bulls, who were 34-26 overall and 23-15 in the BIG EAST last season, are a mixed team of 11 returning players and 29 newcomers, including 16 freshmen.
“Everyone knows we have a young team,” said Collazo. “It is a team that has to gel little-by-little and get the chemistry going. We especially need to gel now in the fall because the quicker we can blend a young team like this, the better it is going to be for us on opening day in the spring.”
USF returns Third Team BIG EAST second baseman Dexter Butler and 2006 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year third baseman Addison Maruszak. The pitching staff looks forward to the return of junior right handed pitcher Daniel Thomas, who took a red-shirt year last season. Sophomores Shawn Sanford (3.10 ERA, 11 saves) and Matt Quevedo (4-3, 4.01 ERA) also return to the mound for the Bulls this year.
The Bulls welcome four newcomers who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, three in 2007 and one in 2006. Left handed pitcher Stephen Hunt (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit HS) was selected by Oakland in the 17th round and the Red Sox picked LHP Juan Carlin (Riverview, Fla./Riverview HS) in the 29th round. The Red Sox also selected right hander Derrick Stultz (Tampa, Fla./Wharton). In 2006 Brian Hobbs (Marietta, Fla./Chipola JC) was selected by the Angels in the 41st round.
The Bulls begin official fall full-team practice on Oct. 8.
Thanks to USF Media Relations for the press release and photo.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have released their fall schedule for 2007. They will play five game from October 9th-October 15th at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary NC. The full fall schedule is available here. The Tar Heels will play the entire 2008 season in Cary NC with Boshamer Stadium being renovated for the 2009 season. The full release on the ground breaking of Boshamer Stadium is available here.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has released an article about fall story lines around the Big East conference. The article discusses how Louisville’s run to the CWS will impact the conference. Some people around the country forget that Louisville finished in third place in 2007 behind Rutgers and St. John’s. It also discusses how the uniform start date will impact the conference but all schools need to put some money into their respective program. It also mentions how South Florida is one of the programs to watch in the Big East in 2008 and beyond. The full article is available here.
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The College of Charleston baseball team’s annual Fall World Series will begin September 26th at Patriots Point Stadium in Mount Pleasant. Charleston will play a seven-game series between the Maroon and Gold squads. The Cougars won their fourth straight Southern Conference title in the spring after posting a 39-19 overall record and a 20-7 Southern Conference mark. It was Charleston’s third regular-season crown in the past four seasons. The Cougars won the 2006 SoCon Tournament title.
Game 1 — Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 5:00
Game 2 — Friday, Sept. 28th, 6:00
Game 3 — Saturday, Sept. 29th, 1:00 (Parents Day Cookout following game)
Game 4 — Sunday, Sept. 30th, 1:00
Game 5 — Thursday, Oct. 4th, 5:00
Game 6 — Friday, Oct. 5th, 5:00
Game 7 — Saturday, Oct. 6th, 11:00
Dan McDonnell and the Louisville Cardinals have opened up fall practice this week after being a surprise participant in the College World Series. The Cardinals return 17 players from the CWS team including Big East Pitcher of the Year Zack Pitts and Freshman of the Year Justin Marks. They will bring in 20 new players as they look to make it back to Omaha. The Louisville Media Relations department has release a breakdown of all 20 new players on the squad which is available by clicking here.