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National Recap for April 11th

Here is your National Recap for April 11th.

Rodon overused; Duke defeats NC State 2-0 behind Van Orden

The top story of the night was the absolute criminal overuse of Carlos Rodon by the NC State coaching staff in the Wolfpack’s 2-0 defeat to Duke. Rodon was working on short rest and threw 134 pitches in 7.2 innings. Rodon in the game broke the NC State school record with 391 in the win. Things are not getting better for the Wolfpack as they are now 19-14 overall while being 5-11 in ACC play. Continue reading

2014 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List

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GoldenSpikesAward_thumb.jpgDURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball released its 50-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country.

The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until May 27 — when the semifinalists for the award are announced — ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17. Continue reading

Conference USA Weekend Preview (April 11th-13th)

Southern Miss (19-15, 8-4)-UAB (23-10, 9-3)

Southern Miss won their weekend series over MTSU last weekend, taking a big jump forward in the CUSA standings, but then they lost to SEC-foe Mississippi State 4-3 during the week. The offense is hitting a mediocre .243, while the pitching staff has a respectable 3.49 ERA. Conor Fisk has come on as of late for Southern Miss and now leads all starters with a 2.21 ERA, and he’s struck out 48 batters in 40.2 innings pitched. Continue reading

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Fullerton Gets Measure of Retribution Against UCLA

Cal State Fullerton’s season ended last year with UCLA celebrating on the Titans’ home field, having earned a College World Series berth after sweeping the Fullerton Super Regional. Before the game, the Titans’ coaching staff told the players to remember the crushing feeling they had watching the Bruins’ joy.

The Titan players responded, grinding out a 4-3 win over UCLA (18-13) thanks to a three-run fifth inning.

“They dogpiled on our field last year, so it was nice to get a W over them,” junior third baseman Matt Chapman said. “It’s just another game, but it definitely had a little bit of redemption in it.” Continue reading

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CBD JOURNAL WITH APPALACHIAN STATE’S TY ZUPCIC (April 9th)

zupcicjournalWhen it comes to being an athlete, there is one constant in nearly every sport — having teammates you spend almost every waking moment with. With most, you develop relationships that will last a lifetime and are people you can always look for when you need help the most. That is exactly the case when it comes to my teammates on the Appalachian State baseball team. A group of 35-plus guys who come to the park every day ready to back each other up until the very end. This season has had its tales of ups and downs and in the sport of baseball that’s to be expected. In my opinion, there is no harder sport to succeed at day in and day out. Continue reading

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Inside the Pac-12: Cal Quantrill walking in Mussina, Appel’s footsteps at Stanford

It takes a special personality to walk the same path as Mike Mussina and Mark Appel.

Just for starters you have to be a strong enough student to gain admission to Stanford University. Then comes the physical ability to pitch at an insanely high level, and finally there is the opportunity. That window may be the tiniest to slip through. Continue reading