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LINCOLN, Neb. – In a year when pitching has a solid chance of being dominant, the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason 2008 All-America team reflects the plethora of mound aces returning for the upcoming campaign. Continue reading
The Wichita State Shockers have announced their 2008 schedule. The Shockers are coming off a successful season which saw them make the Super Regional round where they lost to UC-Irvine in a very intense series. The Shockers will open the 2008 campaign against Fordham on February 22nd for the beginning of a three game set. The next weekend they will head on the road to play the Long Beach State 49ers for a three game set. They will also host Harvard and TCU in the other two non-conference series before entering play in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers will open conference play on the road against Illinois-State on March 21st and will also play conference opponents Creighton, Indiana State, and Evansville. The Shockers will host Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Northern Iowa, and Bradley. The conference tournament is scheduled to take place in Wichita from May 21-24. Full schedule available here.
Kendall Rogers, Rivals.com’s baseball guru, broke down his top 10 players to return to school despite being drafted.
1. Texas OF Kyle Russell
2. Texas A&M Utility Guy Blake Stouffer
3. Vanderbilt OF Dominic De la Osa
4. Rice Closer Cole St. Clair
5. Creighton switch-pitcher Pat Venditte
6. UGA Closer Josh Fields
7. ASU Starter Josh Satow
8. USC Catcher Phil Disher
9. OKState 3B Matt Hague
10. Auburn OF Mike Bianucci
This writer would probably have flipped a couple of these guys around. It’s hard to argue with Russell Stouffer and De la Osa; however, a healthy Cole St. Clair could be the difference between Rice swapping a C-USA ring for a College World Series ring.
And I’m happy to see Venditte return. I’ve not seen him pitch yet, but he’s the guy who will throw lefty to one batter and righty to the next.
Read Kendall’s breakdown here.
The College Baseball Blog recently had a staff meeting and we spoke about ambidextrous pitchers about their abilities to compete at the highest level. I recently came across an article in the New York Times about the only one in collegiate baseball right now in Creighton’s Pat Venditte. The article can be read here.
The Wichita State Shockers have posted the 2007 season preview on the Shocker website. They are led by Gene Stephenson who returns for his 30th season. He has led them to their 29th consecutive season of having 40 wins and made the NCAA Tournament in 24 of those years. He will try to led the Shockers back to the CWS for the first time in 11 years. They return 87 percent of their pitching wins in returning pitchers. On the offensive side of things, Third Baseman Conor Gillaspie will be the focus of the offensive barrage. In 2006, He hit 352 with 18 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 67 RBI.
The full preview is available here.
Dave Schrage has taken over the Notre Dame program effective immediately. He comes from University of Evansville where he brought the team to the Regional Final this past season. He compiled a 130-108 record in four seasons and has been the head coach previously at Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa. Full Press Release is available here.
The Regionals are over and now we can focus on the 16 teams fighting for the 8 spots in Omaha.
Friday through Sunday Super-Regionals
Oral Roberts at Clemson
College of Charleston at Georgia Tech
Missouri at Cal St. Fullerton
North Carolina at Alabama
Saturday through Monday Super-Regionals
Oklahoma at Rice
South Carolina at Georgia
Miami of Florida at Ole Miss
Stanford at Oregon State
A Full preview will be coming for each series in the coming days. So please come back.