Summit League: South Dakota State at Western Illinois

SummitLeagueThe weekend’s Summit League matchup at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium in Macomb, Ill., will pit a South Dakota State (7-10, 0-3) team that is trying to find its way against a Western Illinois (3-12, 1-2) squad that has struggled mightily on the mound and at the plate.

 

The Jackrabbits have dropped four straight and are 0-3 in the Summit League –you can’t hide from that. But what the record doesn’t tell you is that of SDSU’s ten losses, six are by two runs or fewer, including three of the last four.

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Summit League Weekend Feature: IPFW visits Oral Roberts

SummitLeagueIndiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (11-6, 2-1 Summit) got off to a solid start in conference play, as the Mastodons took two of three from Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. IPFW mustered just five hits in the opener, a 4-2 Leathernecks victory, but the Mastodons bounced back to take the next two games despite hitting a .204 for the weekend.

And while IPFW was stifled on offense, the pitching staff showed marked improvement as they shaved their staff ERA from 5.58 to 4.48. Western Illinois hit just .257 against an IPFW that entered the weekend ranked second-to-last nationally in walks per nine innings (7.58) and gave up more than nine hits per game. Continue reading Summit League Weekend Feature: IPFW visits Oral Roberts

Three Underrated College Stars Who Could Crack MLB This Season

CollegeBaseballDaily - Three Underrated College StarsPart of our excitement for every new big league season is the anticipation of some touted prospects’ debuts, as college stars begin their MLB journeys. This year, shortstops Addison Russell (Cubs) and Carlos Correa (Astros) are among those expected to make their debuts this 2015.  Let’s look at three underrated college players who have a legitimate shot at doing just that this year. Continue reading Three Underrated College Stars Who Could Crack MLB This Season