Category Archives: General CBB News

Brazos Valley Bombers Drop 5th Straight

#10 Chuck Opachich photo by Tim Casey
#10 Chuck Opachich photo by Tim Casey

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McKinney scores 10 unanswered runs to come from behind for the 10-5 win.

McKinney, TX (July 27, 2008) –

The Brazos Valley Bombers looked to be on their way to an impressive victory, as they took a 5-0 lead after five innings, but were unable to hold on as the Marshals scored ten unanswered runs to win 10-5. Jim McGonigle was in the zone early on and breezed through the first three innings without allowing a hit, but the Marshals used a six run fourth inning to take the lead for good.

Todd Cunningham reached base four times in his second game back from injury, but the Bombers were unable to overcome the eleven hits and ten runs put across the board by the Marshals. McGonigle gave up eight runs in just over four innings to pick up his first loss of the season.

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Team Canada defeats Czech Republic 3-1 for fifth place

Alex White. Photo by Bob Broughton.
Alex White. Photo by Bob Broughton.

Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), defeated the Czech Republic, 3-1, at AVG Draci Brno Field, in Brno, CZ. Team Canada finishes the tournament 3-4, at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships.

Team Canada won the 5th Place Consolation Game with strong pitching and a 3-run second inning. Mathew Wilson (Bucknell) continued to pitch strong for Head Coach Terry McKaig. Wilson, coming off his 8 strong innings against the United States where he allowed no earned runs and struck out 4 US hitters, pitched five shutout innings against the Czech Republic, striking out 6, while giving up one first inning single. The bullpen continued to impress all at the World University Championship as Adam Reynolds (Guelph), Scott Webster (British Columbia) and Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern) all pitched shutout relief innings, giving way to Team Canada’s closer Hiarali Garcia (Kansas) who gave up a walk and hit before settling down to record Canada’s first save at the tournament. Continue reading

The scholarship game: No more easy outs in college baseball

Picture from Donald J Boyles
Augie Garrido Talking with Moldenhauer- Picture from Donald J Boyles

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This story originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News and is being re-publish with the permission of the Author Brian Davis.

For years, college baseball coaches have divvied up an NCAA-maximum 11.7 scholarships among 30 to 40 players. Learning how coaches manage those scholarships can be sobering for parents who believe their son is a future star.

“As far as the numbers go, with 11.7 scholarships, it doesn’t go very far,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.

As one might expect, better recruits get more scholarship money. A coach may offer a top recruit thousands for tuition, room and board, a figure that could be 70 to 80 percent of a full scholarship.

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Metal vs. wood bat debate has few resolutions

LOUIS DeLUCA / DMN
LOUIS DeLUCA / DMN
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This story first appeared in the Dallas Morning News and it is being reprinted with permission from Matt Wixon.

FLOWER MOUND – Donnie Norris remembers raising his glove to try to catch the ball and turning his head so he wouldn’t get hit in the face. The next thing the 14-year-old remembers is sitting up on the pitching mound and groggily telling his dad:

“Man, I ain’t pitching anymore.”

That was four weeks ago, when Norris was hit with a line drive on the right side of his face while pitching for his select baseball team, the Carrollton-based Texas Travelers. The Travelers are one of more than 150 youth teams playing this week in the American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance Open World Series in Flower Mound.

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Korea defeats Team Canada 4-3

Jeff Vickers
Jeff Vickers

Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), were defeated by Team Korea, 5-4, at Skokani-Olomouc Field, in Olomouc, CZ. Team Canada finishes the round robin, 2-4, at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships and will face the host, Czech Republic, in Sunday’s 5th Place Game, at 1:00 PM (7:00 AM EDT).

Team Canada knew coming into the game they needed to win the game to force a three-way tie with Chinese Taipei and Korea and then let the tournament rules decide which two teams would advance to the Medal Rounds. The Canadians received word that the United States defeated Chinese Taipei, 3-2, in 11 innings, earlier in the afternoon, causing the potential three-way tie. Canada would need another strong start to keep their medal hopes alive, but it was Korea who had the first of two big innings in the game as they would score four runs in the second inning on two hits, an error and a bad bounce in the outfield that went over the left fielder’s head enabling three runs to score. Continue reading

Team Canada defeats Czech Republic 4-0

Mark Hardy. Photo by Bob Broughton.
Mark Hardy. Photo by Bob Broughton.

Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), defeated the Czech Republic, 4-0, at AVG Draci Brno Field, in Brno, CZ. Team Canada improves to 2-3 at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships while the Czech Republic falls to 1-4.

Team Canada came into tonight’s game knowing they needed a victory to keep their medal hopes alive. That is exactly what the team did; they played a complete game pitching, hitting and defense to eliminate the host Czech Republic from advancing to the medal round and now with a 2-3 record they can concentrate on their one game showdown with Korea, who currently sport a 3-2 tournament record.

Again tonight the story was starting pitching. Veteran British Columbia LHP Mark Hardy of Campbell River, BC pitched the game of his life. The Sophomore Thunderbird struck out 15 Czech Republic batters, while walking none and giving up only three hits over 8 innings. “Mark gave us a big time performance tonight when we needed it most,” said Head Coach Terry McKaig. “Our starting pitching has come around and now won two key games for us, giving our bullpen the needed rest for tomorrow’s game against Korea.” Continue reading

Ouachita Baptist University baseball tabbed Team of the Year in Arkansas

ARKADELPHIA – Natural State Baseball announced its 2008 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team and Awards with Ouachita Baptist earning several top honors, including being named Team of the Year.

The Tigers, who went 51-16 and lost in the NCAA Division II College World Series National Championship Game to Mount Olive, were selected Team of the Year over Division I programs Central Arkansas, Arkansas, Arkansas State and UALR.

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Deadspin loves College Baseball?

I was shocked to find out that Deadspin.com had linked to some college baseball articles on Monday. The first one revolves around Buzz Bissinger who went to the CWS in Omaha a few weeks ago. He was having a pleasant experience before having a run in with security which left him bloodied and in a heated argument. Continue reading

Wood Bats vs Metal Bats

The Daily Herald out of Everett Washington has put out a very good article about college players adjusting to the wood bats in the lower levels of the minor leagues. They talk with Aaron Cunningham who played for Everett Community College and has become one of the top prospects for the Oakland A’s. The Everett Community College baseball program plays in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges which is a all-wood bat conference. Continue reading

Team Canada defeats Lithuania 25-0

World University GamesTeam Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), defeated Lithuania, 25-0, at Skokani-Olomouc Stadium, in Olomouc, CZ. Team Canada improves to 1-2 at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships while Lithuania falls to 0-4.

Canada came out strong and took control of the game from the first pitch as veteran Adam Reynolds (Guelph) retired the side with the help of catcher Jeff Vickers (Lamar) throwing out a runner trying to steal second on the third play of the game. Canada quickly went to work offensively as they scored twice in the first and added six more in the second and never looked back as they won by 25 runs, the team’s largest margin of victory in the three World University Games Canada has participated in. Continue reading