The NCBWA has released the 2007 Stopper of the Year Watch List. You have all the normal candidates for this post season award including Milan Dinga (Army) and Brett Cecil (UMD). The full press release is available here.
The AP has written an article about the San Diego State Aztecs and how Tony Gwynn has basically failed to turn around the program in his first four seasons. The pressure is starting to build on Gwynn to bring the Aztecs to their first NCAA Tournament in sixteen seasons. The College Baseball staff heard from a source that Gwynn is having problems teaching his student-athletes.
The Florida State baseball program gets a ton of press from the Tallahassee Democrat. The Democrat is the main reason behind the massive amount of coverage of the Seminole baseball team on this site.
Steve Ellis checks in today with an article about the friendship between Mike Martin Sr. and Rod Delmonico. They speak on the phone at least once a week and talk about their baseball teams but this weekend, the friendship is off as they play against each other. The full article is available here.
The Democrat also had some time to sit down with Coach Martin and discuss the upcoming season with him. The full article is available here.
Also, They check in with a interesting article about the FSU starters music choices for their batting walkup. The full article is available here.
The Georgia Southern Eagles won a crazy game against Hawai’i on Thursday night by a score of 13-11. Mike Economos led the Eagle offense by going 5-5 with 5 runs scored and drove in five. Justin Fresh led the Rainbow offense by going 3-4 with two RBI’s. There was way too much action in this game and I don’t want to miss any of it so click on the links below.
Georgia Southern Recap
Hawai’i Rainbows Recap
The Kansas Jayhwaks took Game 1 from Hawaii-Hilo by a score of 4-1. Lars Knepper started the game for the Vulcans and pitched 6.2 solid innings while only giving up 3 runs (all earned) on four hits. Mr. Knepper did not get much help again last night from the Vulcan offense since they only recorded two hits on the evening. In his first start, the Vulcans were no hit by Oregon State. Zach Ashwood started for Kansas and gave up one hit and one run in his six innings of work. He was followed by Ryotaro Hayakawa who pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings while giving up only one hit. Paul Smyth pitched the ninth to record his first save. The Jayhawk offense was led by Ry Price who went 2-3 with a home run. Leadoff hitter Brock Simpson also got two hits including a key triple in the seventh inning to break the 1-1 tie.
The USC Trojans and the Dirtbags of Long Beach State will meet in a weird 3 game set. USC will play at home on Friday and Sunday while LBSU will host the game on Saturday. USC is coming off an impressive victory over Cal Poly to get Chad Kreuter’s first career victory. The starter’s for this weekend series are as followed: Friday-Vance Worley (LBSU) vs Ryan Cook (USC), Saturday-Manny McElroy (LBSU) vs Brandon Buxbaum (USC), Sunday- Omar Arif (LBSU) vs Tommy Milone (USC). All these games should be interesting and fun. I will keep you readers informed about this series among others this weekend.
Cal State Fullerton will open the season on Friday against Stanford. Fullerton is expected to start All-American pitcher Wes Roemer on Friday to face off against Stanford ace Nolan Gallagher. The Saturday match up is Jeff Kaplan facing off against Jeffrey Inman. The Sunday match up will be Jimmy Bleich taking the mound for the Cardinal while Sean Urena will make his first appearance as a Titan. Fullerton lost a ton of talent from last year’s team but at Fullerton you reload instead of rebuilding. Stanford should be ready this season to contend for the Pac 10 crown like usual.
Both Florida State and Tennessee have posted game notes for the big series in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles enter the series with many question marks with a pitching staff which is very low in experience. After Bryan Henry, The Noles are planning on starting Micheal Hyde who really was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last season and they are still TBA on a Sunday starter. They will also be without Luke Tucker who is still sitting on the sidelines with a sore pitching arm. The Vols are not without injuries either. They will be missing Julio Borbon who was expected to start in center field this season but will be out another 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle. He was one of the best players on the USA National team this summer.
Cal-Riverside started the season on Thursday night with a solid 8-4 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack. Aaron Wible led the Highlanders by getting two hits in his four at bats with 2 RBI’s. Carl Uhl also provided a 3-4 night in the lead-off role including a double. Marc Rzepczynski started the game and went 5 innings while only giving up two runs both earned. He was followed by Pat Cassa who finished off the game by going four innings and giving up two runs in the ninth inning. The Wolf Pack offensive stars were Konrad Schmidt and Matt Suleski who both had two hits in the game. Nevada starter Ryan Rodriguez went five innings giving up three runs but only one was earned. Patrick Mason followed him to the mound and was hammered for two runs in only 1/3 of an inning of work. Jordan Salazar finished the game off for the Pack where he went 2.2 innings while giving up three runs but none were earned. Both teams will be in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series.
Conference USA has finally posted the last of their season previews by talking about the Southern Miss Golden Eagles today. The Eagles are led by Corky Palmer who is entering his 10th season with the program and has been to the NCAA tournament four straight years. The preview is available here.
I would like to thank Raymond Reeves for helping me out.