The Houston Press has posted an article on the Rice Baseball team and team leader Joe Savery. They are in the process of preparing for the Houston Astro College Classic which starts on Friday at noon when the Owls take on Vanderbilt. They will also face Baylor and Texas A&M on the weekend. The full article about the Owls is available here.
The Kansas Jayhawks have canceled their home opening series against South Dakota State for this upcoming weekend. The reasons are cold weather and poor field conditions for the weekend. Kansas will be back in action on February 14th when they host North Dakota State.
New Virginia Tech Head Coach Peter Hughes recently sat down with The Collegiate Times and talked about his coaching philosophy and the goals he is setting for the Hokie program. The article speaks about issues that were going on at Boston College and how he overcame them and how Virginia Tech is a better fit for him. The full article is available here.
VT Season Preview by HokieSports.com
The USC Trojans used a nine hit attack to take a 5-2 victory over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday. The Trojans were led by Tommy Milone who gave six strong innings of work while only giving up two runs (both earned). Paul Koss pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his third save this season. Nick Buss had a 3-5 performance and JJ Owen went 2-3 to lead the Trojans offense. Eric Farris of LMU continued his strong hitting with a 2-4 night. USC will be back in action on Friday hosting San Diego. LMU will be making the trip to UC Irvine also on Friday.
The Texas Longhorns knocked off UT-Arlington by a score of 9-4 to pick up their second victory on the young season. The Longhorns used a running attack on Tuesday by stealing nine bases including two each by Nick Peoples, Jordan Danks, and Bradley Suttle. Kyle Russell led the offensive attack by going 3-3 with a double, a homer, two runs scored, and three runs driven in. Hunter Harris started for the Longhorns and lasted 4.1 innings while letting up four runs. He was followed by Joseph Krebs who pitched 2.2 perfect innings while striking out four. Randy Boone finished off the game by pitching two shutout innings. Dillion Gee started for the Mavericks and gave up three runs in three innings. Chris Taylor followed Gee by lasting only two innings but gave up four runs. The rest of the pitchers had fine performances for the Mavericks. Texas now heads to Long Beach State for a three game set while Arlington hosts La Tech for a three game set.
Are we seeing the beginning of a magical season? I don’t think we can say that yet but the Texas State Bobcats tonight knocked off the Number 1 team in the country Rice by a score of 3-2. The Bobcats scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs to secure the victory. The action started with two outs when Jarrod Bunn singled to right field. Paul Goldschmidt followed that with a single to right center which sent the runner to third with two outs. Laurn Randall singled through the left side of the infield to win the game. Both teams used a multitude of pitchers and all pitched well except for Bobby Bell who suffered his first career loss in 13 appearances. Eric Weaver picked up the win for the Bobcats. Rice will be back in action Friday at the Minute Maid Park College Classic against Vanderbilt. Texas State will play Prairie View A&M this weekend for two games.
Fred Jordan of the Citadel was kind enough to answer some few questions about the upcoming season. The College Baseball Blog would like to thanks Coach Jordan and Melanie Long of the Citadel Media Relations department for taking the time to set up the interview. Coach Jordan is coming off a 34-27 season where they finished as the runner-ups in the Southern Conference Tournament.
1) The Citadel lost some key players up the middle. Do you have any players that have stepped up to take their places?
Freshmen Kyle Jordan and Bryan Altman will play at shortstop and second base. Junior Chris Swauger could move over to center from left field in some situations along with Chance Smith and Graham Couch. Conrad Kellahan, who got some starts at second last year, and freshman Matt Simonelli will provide some offensive depth in the middle infield.
2) The Citadel is returning two of the three weekend starters this season. You have two sophomores in Matt Crim and Wes Wrenn who were able to be solid starters in the Southern Conference last year. After reading the season preview, it is expected that Justin Smith will fill the third starter role on the weekend. Who do you think will be able to replace Smith in the bullpen?
Freshman Matt Reifsnider will work as our top set-up guy and is the number four starter. Brett Bull, Timmy Martin and Chris Boyce are our right-handed set-up guys, while Jamie Maxwell, Chris McGuiness and Nick Sprowls are our left-handers. Freshman Raymond Copenhaver is our sidearm specialist.
3) The uniform start date goes into effect next season, how will that affect your team in the future? Do you see your school hosting any more tournaments? Also, what are your thoughts on the rule change?
The new start date will affect every team the same. Everyone is going to have to play more Tuesday/Wednesday combos than in years past. We are still planning on hosting two tournaments in the beginning of the season as we have done for the last 12 years. The rule is hopefully going to improve college baseball as a whole, so if that is the case then I am in agreement with the decision even though we play in a warm-weather climate.
4) What team in the Southern Conference will provide the biggest challenge for the Bulldogs this season?
Western Carolina, Elon and the College of Charleston all have outstanding teams. Georgia Southern and Furman have plenty of depth in certain areas. The SoCon is by far the strongest it has been in my 15 year tenure. This could be the first year that we place three teams in post-season play.
5) Your son is an incoming freshman this season. What is the toughest challenge in coaching your son at the collegiate level?
The toughest challenge is not being overcritical of Kyle. We have established that our assistant coaches will handle the majority of the coaching.
6) What player or coach have you enjoyed working with the most during your long career?
I established a tremendous relationship with Jack Stallings at Georgia Southern at the end of his career and the beginning of mine. I still draw from his wealth of knowledge in many instances. I can’t pick one player that I have enjoyed working with the most. All players become part of my family so they are all very special to me.
7) What is the greatest challenge you face coaching at one of the top military institutes in the country?
The greatest challenge is educating the parents and student-athletes during the recruiting process of how beneficial a Citadel career and degree can be for their future. Development within the program is a key element to success in college baseball, but recruiting is the lifeline for your success.
We would like to thank Coach Jordan for taking the time to do this interview and hope him so good luck in this season and his career.
Justin Smoak of University of South Carolina is still bitter about losing to Georgia in a Super Regional in 2006. After the season, Justin heading up to Cape Cod and was named the top pro prospect in the league. He does not want to be remembered as a great baseball player but as a great person. The article is available here.
Justin Smoak also did an interview with my buddies over at Codball which can be heard and read here.
The Troy Trojans will host the Arkansas Razorbacks this upcoming weekend in a three game set. The Montgomery Advertiser checks in with an article on the team. Troy expects to be able to break attendance records in this series due to the fact Arkansas is ranked in the top 10 in every poll. Full article available here.
The Loyola Marymount Lions will host the Trojans of USC on Tuesday at 2 pm in a battle of the LA area. Eric Farris of LMU was recently named West Coast Conference player of the week after going 8 for 14 in the three game sweep of Sacramento State. Farris was a standout player this past summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League.