The Navy athletic department is doing a series of previews on the upcoming season. The first part is about the Starting Pitchers which is led by All-American Mitch Harris. He went 10-3 with a microscopic 1.74 ERA in 2006. He is expected to put up similar numbers again. The full preview is available here and the season prospectus is also posted here.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has released a new style for their hats for the coming season. The hats resemble Alabama Crimson Tide but are Green and Gold instead. The full article is available here.
The BYU Baseball team has started preparing for the season by taking their workouts indoors at a local boxing gym. The full team has started the cross training this season after pitching coach Bobby Applegate implemented the regimen last year with his pitchers. The whole team wanted in on the project thus the odd workout regimen. The full article is available here.
SeBaseball has posted a preview of Conference USA this season. They expect Rice and Tulane to battle with Houston to finish in the top 3 of the conference. They expect Rice to edge out Tulane. The rest of the conference is improving but still not at the same level of the perennial powers of Rice and Tulane. The full article is available here.
Jeff Dietz was honored by the Collegiate Baseball as their pick for the Ivy League pitcher of the year. Jeff went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA last season in the Ivy League and is expected to contribute more this season. The full release is available here.
I came across an article in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette on Jack Barry, who was recently inducted to the College Baseball Hall of Fame. It gives you some more perspective on how good of a coach this guy was and how important his accomplishments were at Holy Cross. The full article is available here.
The San Diego State Aztecs announced plans to host a doubleheader at Petco Park which is the home of the San Diego Padres. They will face the Michigan Wolverines in the nightcap while the San Diego Toreros will face Oklahoma in the early game. This will take place on Saturday, March 10th which is the middle day of the Round-Robin format tournament. The full article about the event is available here.
Mark Etheridge of SEBaseball has an article posted by CSTV on the struggles of the mid-majors in college baseball. Most of the bids have gone to teams in the Big 5 conferences which are the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac 10, and C-USA. Since the year 2000, the amount of teams coming from outside of these conferences has dwindled from 42 to 34 last season. Considering that 25 of those bids are automatic bids, you can see how difficult it is to make the tournament for the mid-major schools like College of Charleston who ended up winning a regional last season. The full article is available here and can be discussed in my comment section.
The Tallahassee Democrat checks in with an article about newcomer Brandon Reichert. He is entering the season as a senior and this will be the first season he suits up for the hometown team. He signed with Mercer University but was not given his release by Head Coach Craig Gibson. The full article about Mr. Reichert is available here.
GoJackets.com checks in with a preview on the Virginia Cavaliers. They are led by 4th year Head Coach Brian O’Connor and All-American two-way player Sean Doolittle. They need to replace starting pitcher Mike Ballard, closer Shooter Hunt, and DH/first baseman Tom Hagan but should be able to continue to compete for the ACC championship this year with the quality of recruits coming to Charlottesville. The full article is available here.