The Clemson University Baseball broadcaster Don Munson has forwarded me an interview with Jack Leggett after yesterday’s 16-2 victory over Boston College. He talks about how the team is trying to get back into the mix into the ACC race. He talks with how the team needs Addison Johnson back into the lineup and how important he is to the Clemson squad. Clemson’s next game is against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday who is an outstanding 15-2. Check out the full interview here.
Our Vanderbilt and SEC writer NYDore is currently out of the country so I will try to provide you guys with some coverage of the conference. Tim Corbin recently sat down with 104.5 FM to discuss the upcoming Commodore season. He discusses his expectations for the season and how the team is preparing for the DeMarini Invitational in Tempe AZ. The full interview is available by clicking here.
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HEAD COACH AUGIE GARRIDO
Opening Statement: We’re excited about the 2008 Longhorn baseball season of course. One of the exciting things is the renovation of UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The renovation is really a complete change in the facility from the fans point of view. I’ve said often if it had been up to me I voted to tear it down and start over, but that would have been a mistake as it has turned out. I think the bowl remaining as a reminder of Disch-Falk field and the roof over the top blended with the new sightlines, new seats, new everything; the whole thing is completely new. It kind of embraces you with the past as well as introduces to the future. Continue reading
BleedCrimson.net continues his series of interviews with New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward. He discusses his preparations to start the season and some other issues. He talks about how the team is shaping up in the 2008 with three starting pitchers in getting back into the rotation. Click here to check out the whole interview.
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with head coaches with Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Schrage who is entering his second season in charge of the Irish program. Last year, his squad finished with an overall record of 28-28 and 11-14 in the Big East. The Fighting Irish will look to continue their success over the past ten years which started under current LSU coach Paul Mainieri. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with head coaches checking in with Northeastern Head Coach Neil McPhee who is entering his 23rd season in charge of the team. Last year, his squad finished with an overall record of 24-22 and 12-17 in the CAA which was good enough for eighth place but did not qualify for the CAA tournament. This was the first time in 15 years that the Huskies missed out on their conference tournament. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with head coaches checking in with St. Edward’s coach Rob Penders. He is entering his second season in charge of the Hilltoppers program after coming over from the University of Texas where he severed as the first base coach for Augie Garrido. Coach Penders come from a long line of family members who are coaches themselves. Rob’s brother Jim is the head baseball coach at Connecticut and his uncle is the head basketball coach at the University of Houston.
1) The St Edawrds Hilltoppers had a 43-15 overall record and went 31-9 in the Heartland Conference. Patrick Colgan (12-0, 1.97 ERA) is the only returning starting pitcher as you lost Niel Smith (7-3, 3.95 ERA) and Casey Plant(8-4, 4.31 ERA) but return closer David Wagner to the squad. Who do you expect to fill Smith’s and Plant’s spots in the rotation? Continue reading
Our good friend Sam Wasson of BleedCrimson.net checks in with New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward with a second pre-season interview with him. Coach Ward talks about some of the drills he leads the club through during the early season workouts and the goals that each drill has. Some of the other topics that he also touches on is the television coverage of the team, pre-season conference team member Joe Scaperotta, and some other topics. The interview is available by clicking here.
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with head coaches checking in with new Holy Cross coach Greg DiCenzo. He is entering his first season in charge of the Crusader program after coming over from Northeastern. He takes over a Holy Cross club which went 12-23 and 8-11 in the Patriot League.
1. Greg, You are entering your first season as a Head Coach of a Division 1 program after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach with Northeastern. What is the biggest challenges you face in your first year with Holy Cross? Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with head coaches with Mik Aoki of Boston College. He is entering his second season as the head coach of the BC program. He led them to a 24-27-1 record including a conference mark of 12-17 which was only 1.5 games out of eighth place. The Eagles return two weekend starters in Terry Doyle and Dan Houston but lost a ton of position players to graduation so there is some roster spots to fill. Continue reading