#1 UCLA (43-13, 18-9 Pac-10)
UCLA is hosting a regional for the first time since 1986. After being swept by Arizona State at the start of May, the Bruins won 11 of their last 12 conference games. The Bruins are led by their starting rotation of Sophomore RHPs Gerrit Cole (9-2, 3.27 ERA) and Trevor Bauer(9-3, 2.84 ERA) , as well as Junior LHP Rob Rasmussen (9-2, 2.89 ERA), who each have over 100 K’s this season. Senior RHP Garrett Claypool (8-3, 2.05 ERA)has been a rock in midweek starts. LHP Matt Grace and RHP Erik Goeddel have been great eating up innings in middle relief, while closer Sophomore RHP Dan Klein (5-0, 2.13 ERA, 9 Saves) was as consistent as they come in the stopper role. Overall, the UCLA bullpen held opponents to a .229 BAA.
Continue reading 2010 NCAA Regional Previews: Los Angeles
#1 Arizona State (47-8, 20-7 Pac-10)
The biggest story over the college baseball offseason was the abrupt departure of Head Coach Pat Murphy back in November. Scrambling, the Sun Devils brought back the recently let-go Tim Esmay to coach the 2010 edition of the Arizona State Sun Devils. Esmay still had the interim label placed on him up until this week when AD Lisa Love removed the label after the Sun Devils 46-win season and 4th straight Pac-10 title . The Sun Devils only non-conference loss, was a conference loss, against Arizona. The Sun Devils hosted a mid-week game against Arizona on April 20th that didn’t go against conference standings, which they lost 4-2.
Continue reading 2010 NCAA Regional Previews: Tempe
The 2010 SEC Tournament introduced a Pitch Clock for games. The SEC had a 108 second clock between innings and when there was no runners on base, pitchers were forced to throw a pitch every 20 seconds or they would be called for a ball. There was no pitch clock when runners were on the basepaths. The games during the tournament ended up being 15 minutes shorter then the previous year.
Continue reading Poll: SEC Pitch Clock shortens games
The College Baseball Blog continues our tradition of naming National Player and Pitcher of the Week. This week we honor Kurtis Mueller of Iowa as our Player of the Week while Rhode Island RHP Tim Boyce wins our Pitcher of the Week for the 2nd week in a row. Continue reading TCBB Players of the Week – May 25th
Pending approval of the Presidents of Conference USA, their annual baseball tournament will move to the neutral site of Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi. The tournament had previously been hosted by teams in conference, and will be held in Houston this season. Conference USA athletic directors voted on the move during the spring meetings this week, and the move is pending approval in June. Most of the other "big" conferences hold their end of season tournaments at neutral sites.
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Cal-State Fullerton Titans Center Fielder Gary Brown broke his middle finger on his left hand sliding into second base on a successful steal attempt at Long Beach State on Sunday, but will not require surgery. Brown has been a beast all season and will be tough to replace. My best guess is that Austin Kingsolver could be sent to Center Field. Kingsolver started quite a few games early in the season in left field but is only hitting at a .242 clip and has been used primarily as a pinch hitter since, while Brown led the Titans with a .438 average. Brown could be the unanimous Big West Player of the Year, as he leads the conference in 7 categories, including Batting Average, On Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, Runs, Hits, Triples and Stolen Bases.
I’m guessing that RF Casey Watkins will be moved up to the 2nd spot in the batting order, as Titan Head Coach Dave Serrano really like his 3-4-5 combo of Lopez, Pill and Ramirez, but we will see come tomorrow as Loyola Marymount comes in for a game at Goodwin Field. Fullerton has a crucial home game coming up next Tuesday against UCLA that could be a defacto #8 National Seed playoff game, meaning the winner of that game will probably host a Super Regional between the two teams in a few weeks. Bad break for the Titans.
Full release from Cal State Fullerton after the jump.
Continue reading Gary Brown Breaks Finger on Slide, Will Miss Next Couple of Weeks
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
The Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week is UC Riverside junior CF Tony Nix. The Big West Baseball Co-Pitchers of the Week are Cal State Fullerton junior RH Daniel Renken and UC Irvine freshman RH Evan Brock.
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FROM NCAA RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS – As part of the commemoration of the final Series in Omaha’s Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, the NCAA and College World Series, Inc., have announced the official College World Series Legends Team.
The 28 members of the Legends Team, pared down from an original list of 95 nominees, were selected after more than 100,000 votes were cast by college baseball fans, college baseball writers and Division I head baseball coaches. The members of the Legends Team are former student-athletes and coaches who had the best CWS performances throughout the 60 years the event has been played at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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Scott Haltom had a bit of fun on Ole Miss’s trip to South Carolina a couple weekends back. You can check out the video here, but I’ll give you a quick run down of what we learned about the Rebels from this “Flipumentary”:
1) You never want to get into an argument with DH Matt Snyder, because he’s always right. Or if you’re Anthony Ranaudo, you don’t want to pitch against him either.
2) 3B Zach Miller sleeps in a crib at home
3) XBOX Games: Lego Indiana Jones > Call of Duty
4) Freshman LHP Jordan Cooper is the lost Jonas Brother
5) Golden Corral is the unofficial sponsor of Ole Miss Baseball
(UPDATE) Part 2 can be seen HERE. It is a must watch.