2014 CWS and NCAA Tournament TV Ratings Rise

ESPN’s second consecutive year of covering the entire NCAA Division I Baseball Championship – 16 Regional and eight Super Regional sites, and the College World Series – generated significant audience growth over last season, highlighted by the network’s most-viewed College World Series since 2011 and College World Series game since 2009. The coverage also included the third highest-rated baseball telecast, across all cable and broadcast networks, in 2014.
Championship Growth: Increases in Total Reach and Game Averages
Overall, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU combined to televise 62 games over the three rounds, reaching a total of 52,050,000 people, marking a 14 percent increase over the combined 45,517,000 people reached for the 2013 championship.

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Sam Houston State names Matt Deggs as Head Coach

Matt Deggs joins Sam Houston State as the school’s eighth head baseball coach, Athletics Director Bobby Williams announced Friday. The former hitting coach for Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M and Arkansas will bring his aggressive offensive approach to the Bearkats.

“I am very humbled and honored to have this opportunity and it is a privilege for me and my family to come be a part of Sam Houston State,” Deggs said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead the Bearkats in this new era of baseball and to be a great steward of the program that Mark Johnson and David Pierce did such a great job leading. We’re ready to hit the ground running.” Continue reading

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NC State’s Trea Turner wins 2014 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Trea Turner as the 2014 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year.

The North Carolina State junior had an impressive .321 batting average with 12 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 36 RBIs and a .962 fielding percentage. Continue reading

Kentucky’s A.J. Reed wins 2014 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award

AJReedKentuckyLUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce A.J. Reed as the 2014 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year.

At the plate, the Kentucky junior pitcher and first baseman had a stellar .336 batting average with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs. In the field, he recorded a .992 fielding percentage. And on the mound, he posted a 12-2 record with a 2.09 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 112 innings. Continue reading

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Aaron Nola wins 2014 National Pitcher of the Year Award

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Aaron Nola as the winner of the 2014 National Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports.

The LSU junior had an outstanding 23-2 record with a 1.47 ERA in 2014. In 116 1/3 innings pitched, he had 134 strikeouts, a .172 opponents’ batting average, and gave up just four home runs. Continue reading

Army retains Matt Reid as Head Coach

ArmyBaseballWEST POINT, N.Y. – Matt Reid, who held the position of interim head baseball coach this past season, has been selected as Army’s new head baseball coach, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today. Reid becomes the 17th head coach in the program’s 124 year history.

“After an exhaustive national search, the search committee and I realized we had the best candidate for our job right here at Army West Point,” said Corrigan. “Matt has demonstrated outstanding leadership this past season and continues to put his stamp on the program. As we looked over the very attractive pool, Matt’s commitment to the values and standards of West Point made him the ideal candidate. We could not be more excited for Matt, our cadets and the members of the Army Baseball Family.” Continue reading