#17 Vanderbilt dropped their second straight game to #8 Florida this afternoon, 7-3, but the bigger story concerns the health of reliever Corey Williams. Williams, a Redshirt Freshman who is 1-0 on the season in 12 relief appearances with a 2.65 ERA over 17 innings, took a line drive off the bat of Florida’s Austin Maddox in the bottom of the 7th. Williams reportedly was able to make the play on the ball, but was subsequently carted off.
I was alerted to this story from Vanderbilt Pitcher Sonny Gray’s twitter update that read:
"Tough loss but even tougher seeing a teammate go down.. Please pray for Corey Williams." – @SonnyGray2
Vanderbilt moves to 23-6 (4-4) on the season, while Florida improves to 20-6 (6-2).
Omaha-World Herald writer David Hendee has a great article looking at former CWS General Chairman Jack Diesing Sr. who died this past week after complications with Parkinson’s disease. He worked with the College World Series for 46 years after taking over the position when his former boss at Brandeis Department Store in Omaha died.
Pat Borzi of the New York Times has a great article on Ron Petrich. He is in charge of scheduling all the college baseball games at the Metrodome from February through April. The dome hosts many Division 2 and 3 games around the clock while serving as the home for the Minnesota baseball and softball programs during the early part of the season. Petrich said he was able to accommodate a record of 240 college games this season while setting up a total of 420 games. You can read the full article by clicking here.
The other interesting thing about the dome is the ability to roller skate on the concourse for $6.50. Has any of our readers ever done that?
Eric Sorenson of CollegeBaseballToday.com checks in with his second edition of his “From The Cave” video series recapping action around College Baseball from the weekend. You can check out the full video below.
A new season of CAA baseball is already underway, with every team except James Madison and Northeastern having played thus far.
The conference had adopted a new playoff format as a way to cut costs, reducing the number of playoff teams from six to four, which is a shame since only two teams went into the final weekend last season having locked up playoff spots. Continue reading 2010 CAA Preview→
Boyd’s World has put out their 2010 Strength of Schedule rankings. The Baylor Bears come into the season with the toughest schedule in the country with UCLA coming in at the second spot. Washington, San Diego, and Southern California round out the Top 5. You can check out the rest of the Top 25 and the rankings for all 301 teams in the country below.
John Steigerwald of The Observer-Reporter checked in with an interesting article on Sunday about how Title IX is coming to blame for the elimination of four sports (including baseball) at Duquesne. The article states that Title IX was set up to prevent any person from being excluded on the basis of sex from any educational program or activity receiving federal funding. Is that really what is happening at Duquesne and other schools around the country?
I am in the process of setting up the Live Chat schedule for the 2010 season and want to have some feedback on what is the best time for our readers. I have scheduled the season preview Live Chat on Monday Feb. 8th at 12 noon eastern time. I plan to run a chat every Monday and Friday starting on February 15th until the end of the College World Series. Is Monday’s at noon and Friday’s at noon the best days for you? We can also do Sunday evenings for the Weekend Recap if that works better. I am able to be flexible so the consensus wins. Leave your comments in the section below.
CALIFORNIA– Two dozen teams make up the Division-I college baseball landscape, bolstering Hall of Fame players, Cy Young Award winners and collegiate national championships.
For the first time in state history, teams from around the state will be a part in the Easton California College Baseball Media Day, January 22 at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney and January 26 at Stanford University. Each day of the event-series will begin at 9 a.m.
This is just a reminder that The College Baseball Blog has set up a Facebook page that fans can join which gives you updated information on the site. Also, we have set up a twitter account which can be followed @TheCBB. You can also follow myself personally @BFoley82 and Donald Boyles by following @Djbfootball.
I am currently working on an SEC conference preview which should be posted next week so if there is anything you think I might have missed feel free to send me an email by clicking here.