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NCBWA and D3baseball.com releases 2008 Preseason Division III Poll

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DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA polls with the inaugural NCBWA-D3baseball.com Preseason Division III Poll. Weekly polls will start on February 25 and continue through June 2, following the NCAA Division III Championship in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. Continue reading NCBWA and D3baseball.com releases 2008 Preseason Division III Poll

NCBWA Releases 2008 Preseason Division I Poll

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DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 11th year with its 2008 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 25 through June 30 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The poll voters come from 30 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30. Continue reading NCBWA Releases 2008 Preseason Division I Poll

PITCHERS DOMINATE 2008 NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

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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 PITCHERS DOMINATE 2008 NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Jason Stidham, Ryan Belanger Earn Player of the Week Honors

Courtesy of the NCBWA

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)­ released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 23, today. Florida State freshman infielder Jason Stidham was named National Hitter of the Week, while Southern Miss senior RHP Ryan Belanger was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Stidham put together a spectacular three-game series as the freshman third baseman hit .571 (8-for-14) in leading Florida State to its first three-game series sweep of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The Palm Bay, Fla., native registered multiple hits in all three games as he posted his second four-hit game of his career in game one. He collected a home run and three doubles en route to posting a 1.000 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .588. Stidham led the team in hits (8), doubles (3), RBI’s (10), total bases (14) and batting average on the week. He opened the series, with four hits including a home run and a double as he registered his first four-RBI game of his collegiate career. He hit what would be the eventual game-winner in the top of the third as he hit a two-out, 2-RBI single. On Friday, he had two doubles and two RBI’s as well as a stolen base.

In the series finale, Stidham tied his career-high in RBI’s with four, matched just two days prior. In a nine-run third, Stidham made two plate appearances and was the only Seminole to collect two hits in the inning. He hit a two-run single in his first at-bat and then an RBI infield single in his second at-bat. He hit a sacrifice fly RBI in the ninth to cap off his 10 RBI performance.

Belanger pitched the first complete-game of his two-year Southern Miss career and limited Houston to four hits, one walk and struck out eight batters to lead Southern Miss to a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in game one of the series at Cougar Field on Thursday night.

Belanger finished with 120 pitches, gave up one walk in the first inning, two hits in the third inning, one in the fourth inning and one in the eighth inning. Only one runner advanced to second base in the game and he retired the side in six of the nine innings. His eight strikeouts matched his season high that he collected against Kent State on March 16.

Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA’s Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Website at: www.prolineathletic.com.

NCBWA NAMES PRO-LINE ATHLETIC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 15, today. Arizona State junior outfielder Matt Spencer was named National Hitter of the Week, while Central Connecticut State junior left-hand pitcher Matt Gianini was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Spencer helped lead Arizona State to a huge weekend sweep of conference-rival UCLA. The Morristown, Tenn., native was 9-12 (.750) on the weekend, with a double, a triple, two home runs, seven RBIs, six runs scored and two hit by pitches. He also made two pitching appearances and played stellar defense all weekend, making several highlight reel catches and throwing a runner out at home.

Spencer started the weekend going 4-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored as the Devils erased a 14-7 deficit to claim a 16-14 victory on Friday night. He came up huge on Saturday, homering twice and recording the game-winning hit, a bases loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth that completed another ASU comeback. Sunday his two hits helped ASU once again rally from behind, as he knocked in the tying run in the seventh inning, completing a seven run comeback that ended with an 11-10 Sun Devil victory and the three-game sweep.

Gianini had a dominant effort in CCSU's 13-0 win over Wagner in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. In tossing his second consecutive shutout, the West Haven, Conn., native allowed just three hits and struck out 11 to pick up his third victory of the season. He fanned eight straight Seahawk batters at one point, all swinging, including striking out the side in the fifth and sixth innings. Gianini permitted just one runner to reach second base in the contest. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 innings and has struck out 20 while walking just four in his last two starts. In the two shutouts, no opposing runner has reached third base and only two have occupied second base.

With this week's honor, Gianini automatically is named to the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.

Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Website at: www.prolineathletic.com.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Website, www.ncbwa.com.

NCBWA Feb. 12 Division I Poll


DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the 2007 NCAA Division I ranks. For more information or to join te NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Preseason Rank
1 South Carolina Southeastern Conference 3-0 3
2 Clemson Atlantic Coast 0-0 2
3 North Carolina ACC 0-0 4
4 Vanderbilt SEC 3-0 11
5 Cal State Fullerton Big West 5-1 9
6 Rice Conference USA 2-3 1
7 Miami (Fla.) ACC 3-2 6
8 Virginia ACC 2-1 7
9 Oregon State Pacific-10 7-0 17
10 Florida State ACC 6-0 15
11 Arkansas SEC 4-2 8
12 Arizona State Pacific-10 5-1 14
13 Mississippi SEC 2-0 13
14 Nebraska Big 12 Conference 0-0 12
15 Texas Big 12 3-4 6
16 Oklahoma State Big 12 3-0 21
17 Wichita State Missouri Valley Conference 0-0 18
18 Pepperdine West Coast Conference 4-2 20
19 Georgia Tech ACC 0-2 10
20 Alabama SEC 3-0 28
21 TCU Mountain West Conference 2-1 22
22 Tulane Conference USA 1-2 16
23 Arizona Pacific-10 8-0 NR
24 Winthrop Big South Conference 4-2 31
25 Long Beach State Big West Conference 4-2 NR
26 Kentucky Southeastern Conference 0-0 27
27 UCLA Pacific-10 2-4 23
28 Stanford Pacific-10 2-3 24
29 LSU SEC 3-0 34
30 Tennessee SEC 2-4 25

(Note: NCBWA Rated 35 teams in pre-2007 poll)

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn (3-0), Baylor (0-3), California (4-1), Charlotte (3-1), Coastal Carolina (3-0), Evansville (2-1), Florida Atlantic (6-0), Georgia (0-3), Georgia Southern (3-2), Hawai'i (7-2), Kansas (7-1), Kent State (0-0), UL Lafayette (0-0), Mississippi State (0-0), Missouri (3-0), NC State (3-0), Ohio State (0-0), Oklahoma (2-4), Oral Roberts (2-0), Rhode Island (0-0), San Diego (6-3), Southeastern Louisiana (2-1), Southern California (5-3), Southern Miss (0-0), UC Irvine (3-2-1), UC Riverside (5-1)

Dropped Out: Georgia (19), Baylor (26), Evansville (29), Oklahoma (30)

From NCBWA Release

NCBWA Preseason All-America Team Released


The 2007 NCBWA All-American Team has been released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. We have the usual group of athletes on the team with Andy D’Alessio from Clemson coming back for his senior year. My favorite player in this group is Kellen Kulbacki who I had the chance to see play down the cape this summer and he impressed me with his talent in the field and also with the bat. Milan Dinga of Army has a very powerful arm and should be drafted this upcoming year but with his military service issues we should see if it hinders his prospects.

This is the first of the All-America teams of the year and I am starting to get ready to watch some good old fashion college baseball but it only happens for about a month and a half up here in the great white north of New England.

2007 NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM

C Kevin Coughlin, Kentucky, Sr.

1B Andy D’Alessio, Clemson, Sr.

2B Eric Sogard, Arizona State, Sr.

3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt, So.

SS Zack Cozart, Mississippi, Sr.

UTIL Sean Doolittle, Virginia, Jr.

DH Robert Rodebaugh, Elon, Sr.

OF Emeel Salem, Alabama, Jr.

OF Steven Strasbaugh, Western Car., Jr.

OF Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison, Jr.

SP Wes Roemer, CS Fullerton, Jr.

SP Cole St. Clair, Rice, Jr

SP Jake Arrieta, TCU, Jr.

SP Tony Watson, Nebraska, Jr.

SP Nick Schmidt, Arkansas, Jr.

RP Joshua Fields, Georgia, Jr.

RP Blair Erickson, UC Irvine, Sr.

RP Milan Dinga, Army, Jr.

SECOND TEAM

C Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech, Jr.

1B Chad Flack, North Carolina, Jr.

2B Ramon Corona, N.C. State, Jr.

3B Jonathan Greene, Western Carolina, Sr.

SS Josh Horton, North Carolina, Jr.

UTIL Joe Savery, Rice, Jr.

UTIL Damon Sublett, Wichita State, Jr.

DH Brendan Murphy, Marshall, Sr.

OF Jared Prince, Washington State, So.

OF Danny Payne, Georgia Tech, Jr.

OF Tommy Lentz, Winthrop, Sr.

SP Barry Enright, Pepperdine, Jr.

SP Chris Ashman, Oral Roberts, Sr.

SP Alex Wilson, Winthrop, So.

SP Nick Chigges, Coll. Of Charleston, Sr.

SP Aaron Shafer, Wichita State, So.

RP David Price, Vanderbilt, Jr.

RP Daniel Moskos, Clemson, Jr.

RP Luke Tucker, Florida State, Sr.


THIRD TEAM

C J.P. Arencibia, Tennessee, Jr.

C Matt Smith, Texas Tech, So.

1B Adam Amar, Memphis, Sr.

2B Jemile Weeks, Miami (Fla.), So.

3B Conor Gillaspie, Wichita State, So.

3B Curt Smith, Maine, So.

SS Brian Friday, Rice, Jr.

SS Todd Frazier, Rutgers, Jr.

UTIL Josh Dew, Troy, Jr.

UTIL Ryan Wehrle, Nebraska, Sr.

DH David Doss, South Alabama, Sr.

OF Roger Kieschnick, Texas Tech, So.

OF Marcus Davis, Alcorn State, Jr.

OF Eric Rose, Michigan, Sr.

OF Collin Cowgill, Kentucky, Jr.

SP Mitch Harris, Navy, Jr.

SP Bryan Henry, Florida State, Sr.

SP Ben Norton, Evansville, Sr.

SP Christian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky, So.

SP Greg Dombrowski, Kentucky, Jr.

SP Tommy Hunter, Alabama, So.

SP Dan DeLucia, Ohio State, Sr.

RP Daniel Latham, Tulane, Sr.

RP Brett Hunter, Pepperdine, So.

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