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The New York Times recently took a look at all the top athletic programs in the country looking in depth at the athletic program at the University of Florida. They have seen a major boost to athletic funding over the last couple of years including building a 15 million dollar women’s lacrosse facility that hadn’t played a game yet. Foley is the same guy that fired current Arizona head coach Andy who averaged 40 victories a season over seven seasons, winning two Southeastern Conference championships and appearing in five N.C.A.A. tournaments and two College World Series. He also fired Pat McMahon after going 202-113-1 in six seasons including an appearance in the 2005 CWS Championship Series.
A quest for “perfect mechanics” led Flanagan High School junior right handed pitcher David Thompson to Tom House and the University of Southern California’s Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute last week. As a part of the Make-a-Wish program, Thompson, who suffers from common variable immunodeficiency, was granted the opportunity to work with House and use the state-of-the-art facilities available at USC.
Not that Thompson necessarily needs the assistance – his Flanagan High School team won the Florida 6-A championship this past spring and were named the best high school team in the country by Baseball America. Thompson was part of the pitching rotation for the Falcons until a bone bruise and his immunodeficiency sidelined him. His immunodeficiency compromises his ability to fight basic disease, like the common cold.
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After allowing the use of a pitch and between innings clock experimentally last year, the committee voted to mandate the use of a timing device and implemented penalties for non-compliance. Current rules require pitchers to start their delivery in no more than 20 seconds without runners on base. This rule remains and an umpire will be required to monitor and enforce this time limit. Additionally, in non-televised games, umpires will enforce a 90 second limit between innings. The committee recommended a time limit for televised games of 108 seconds, which the Southeastern Conference used experimentally during the 2010 season. However, the committee acknowledged that the time between innings will continue to be a negotiable point in television agreements.
This season’s fifth meeting between Clemson and South Carolina on Saturday evening in just another chapter in the Palmetto State rivalry, but this one will hold a little more weight than most meetings. Having split the season series 2-2, the winner of today’s matchup advances to the Championship Round of the College World Series, where they will face the winner of UCLA and TCU. Clemson, playing out of the winner’s bracket after handily beating #1 National Seed Arizona State and Oklahoma, was riding high into Friday night’s contest where they were dispatched in a lackluster 3-hit effort against starting pitcher Michael Roth and the Gamecocks, and are now scrambling to find answers at the plate while South Carolina is riding high after three straight victories.
Ricky Oropesa carried the offense for the Pac-10 Cellar Dwellars, the USC Trojans, leading in Batting Average, Homeruns, RBI, Doubles, OBP, SLG, Walks, and Steals. Oropesa is going to be able to focus on different parts of his game now that he isn’t carrying an inept offense like the one he leads at Dedeaux Field, as he is playing in the Cape Cod League for the Chatham Anglers. He will have a chance to be a first round pick next season if he stays healthy, and he is already off to a great start with the wood bat, hitting .289 with 2 Home Runs.
The 5th FISU World University Baseball Championship will take place in Japan July 30-August 7, 2010. The competing teams are USA, Cuba, Canada, China, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Chinese Taipei, and Japan.
Canada has announced its roster for this competition: Continue reading World University Baseball in Japan July 30-August 7; Canada announces roster
Clemson leads Oklahoma 6-1 in the top of the sixth inning. The game has been suspended due to major thunderstorms in the area. The game tomorrow will start at 3:30 pm (central time).
On the eve of the final College World Series in Rosenblatt Stadium, college baseball’s leaders looked back at the growth of the sport and the “personal” nature that allowed the sport to get to such a point.
Dennis Poppe, the NCAA vice president for baseball and football, Tim Weiser, chair of the Division I baseball committee, and Dave Keilitz, executive director of the American Baseball Coaches Association, addressed a wide variety of topics with the media on Friday afternoon, ranging from the critical (the lack of #1 seeds who made it to Omaha) to the sentimental (thoughts on the last CWS at Rosenblatt.) Continue reading The State of College Baseball: Leaders applaud growth, recognize scholarship concerns
St. John’s 20 Ole Miss 16
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Matt Wessinger had five RBI and finished a home run shy of the cycle as the St. John’s offense erupted in a 20-16 win against No. 22 Mississippi. Wessinger was 4-for-5, Jimmy Brennan was 4-for-6 with four RBI, and Joe Panik and Paul Karmas had three RBI apiece to lead St. John’s (42-19). Bruce Kern(7-5) allowed seven runs and had five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work to earn the win. Matt Snyder was 5-for-6 with six RBI to lead Ole Miss (39-24).