Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com continues his Top 25 countdown today with the Clemson Tigers checking in at the 20th spot. The Tigers are coming off a 31-27 campaign which saw they struggle in the ACC with a 11-18 record. They ended up missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986. Continue reading
Rivals writer Kendall Rogers continues his Top 25 Countdown today with UCLA checking in at 21. The Bruins are coming off a Regional final appearance against Cal-State Fullerton but ended up eliminated by the Titans. The Bruins return a solid group of pitchers with an impact freshman Gerrit Cole stepping into the rotation after spurning a multi-million dollar deal with the New York Yankees. UCLA suffered some losses on offense but Kendall expects UCLA to win the Pac-10 title. Continue reading
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 12th year with its 2009 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 23 through June 25 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30. Continue reading
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com continues his Top 25 countdown today with Number 22 Arizona State. They are coming off a Super Regional appearance where they were upset by eventual NCAA Champion Fresno State. The Sun Devils suffered heavy losses to one of the best 2008 lineups. Brett Wallace and Ike Davis were the biggest names to make the jump into minor league baseball where Wallace has already seen much success. The best returning hitter for the Sun Devils is Jason Kipnis and the top pitcher is Mike Leake. Continue reading
Rivals.com continues their Top 25 countdown today with the Miami (FL) Hurricanes checking in at the 23rd spot. Last year, Miami (FL) was ranked in the Top 5 in the country throughout the year and held down the number 1 spot for several weeks. The season ended with a trip to the College World Series where they went 1-2 with a victory over ACC and instate rival Florida State. The Hurricanes have heavy losses in the lineup with Yonder Alonso, Jemile Weeks, Blake Tekotte, Adan Severino, Mark Sobolewski and Dennis Raben all leaving the program. The Hurricanes pitching staff looked on paper to be the strongest part of the squad but Eric Erickson ended up coming down with an arm injury which required surgery and will miss the 2009 season. Sophomore pitcher Chris Hernandez and Junior pitcher Kyle Bellamy will have to pick up the slack. Continue reading
Rivals.com continues their Top 25 countdown today with Oregon State checking in at number 24. They are led by Pat Casey who won the 2006 and 2007 national championships but failed to lead the Beavers to the NCAA Tourney in 2008. The team slipped to a 28-24 record and failed to recieve an at-large berth with an RPI of 60. Continue reading
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com checks in today with two articles. The first article is about Cal State-Bakersfield’s new program. Bill Kernan has been put in charge of the program which is his first job in 13 years. He previously served as Cal-State Northridge’s head coach from 1989-1995 where he went 240-154-3 record. After the 1995 season, he resigned to take up play writing at Columbia University. He has since had seven plays produced. Kendall also starts up his Top 25 countdown with Number 25 Oklahoma Sooners. They are coming off a 36-26 record but a disappointing 9-17 record in the Big 12. They were a controversial pick for the NCAA Tourney but ended up making the Regional final before losing to Arizona State. Continue reading
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has put out their 2009 Preseason Division 3 Poll. It is led by Cortland State from the SUNYAC. They finished last season with a 42-5 record and an appearance in the Division 3 College World Series. They also had a school record 38 game winning streak under 10th year head coach Joe Brown. Chapman CA (40-5), Adrian MI (36-13), Kean NJ (39-11), and Southern Maine (36-14) round out the top five. (We spoke with Southern Maine head coach Ed Flaherty during the offseason and you can check out Part 1 and Part 2). National Champion Trinity from Connecticut is ranked sixth while the NCAA runner-up Johns Hopkins comes in at number 7. Continue reading
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has put out their Preseason Division 2 Poll. They have defending national champion Mount Olive (58-6) in the top spot. They are followed by the Tampa Spartans (42-11-1) who made the Division 2 College World Series last year before being eliminated by Ouachita Baptist. Tampa won the Division 2 title in 2006 and 2007. The rest of the top five is rounded out by Central Missouri (47-17), UC San Diego (43-18), and Columbus State. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
TUCSON, Ariz. — Louisiana State University has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s Fabulous 40 pre-season NCAA Division I baseball poll.
Not since Louisiana State put together a run of five national championships from 1991-2000 have the Tigers been this loaded with talent. LSU features five Louisville Slugger pre-season All-Americans from a team that finished fifth at the College World Series last season. The players include: