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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After one of the more successful seasons in Santa Clara baseball history, the 2009 Broncos return to the diamond this year with two clear goals in mind – to win the West Coast Conference Championship and move on to postseason play.
“We built a good foundation in the fall with some key returning players,” said Bronco head coach Mark O’Brien. “We are battle-tested. It’s nice to have guys who have been there before in your lineup and to have pitchers who have gone through the battles on the mound.” Continue reading 2009 Santa Clara Season Preview→
Vanderbilt’s strong suit in 2009 should be its pitching staff. The returning members of the staff accounted for 37 of the team’s 41 wins last season and pitched 87.4 percent of the innings.
The staff will be buoyed by the return of its weekend rotation of lefthander Mike Minor and righthanders Caleb Cotham and Nick Christiani. The rotation posted a 20-12 mark and accounted for 43.6 percent of the team’s strikeouts. Continue reading 2009 Vandy Season Preview: Pitching→
Coming off a year where the East Carolina baseball team made its second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance (ninth in the last 10 years) and reached the Conway Regional Finals, fourth-year head coach Billy Godwin once again will look to steer the Pirate ship into post-season play.
With the loss of six seniors and one junior from last year’s squad that posted its second consecutive 40-win season (42-21), the Pirates return 22 lettermen to go along with 13 newcomers and look to take the next step of reaching their goal of the College World Series. Continue reading 2009 East Carolina Season Preview→
This is the second in a five-part installment previewing the 2009 University of Cincinnati baseball season. UC opens its 2009 campaign on Friday, Feb. 20, at the inaugural BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge. The Bearcats play Purdue University at 1 p.m. at the Raymond A. Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg, Fla.
UP THE MIDDLE
There is no doubt that 2008 BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year Josh Harrison will be missed at second base, but an energetic group of young players look to cement themselves in the middle, led by returning shortstop Chris Peters. Continue reading 2009 Cincinnati Season Preview Part 2→
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Following a record-setting 2007 which saw six starters drafted and another six more players graduate, seven newcomers saw extensive action in 2008. The combination of young, experienced players with a core of talented veterans brings much promise and high expectations for 2009 with the return of 22 letterwinners. Last season saw an opportunity for fresh faces in several places around the diamond, where inexperience limited the Scarlet Knights success, as compared to years past. But the same commitment to winning head coach Fred Hill has always instilled for the last 25 years in his clubs is clearly evident in this year’s squad. The Scarlet Knights will bring a game-tested roster to the diamond this spring with six position starters and nine pitchers all returning. Hill’s system has built the Rutgers program into one of the best in the Northeast, which has proven able to compete with the best in the nation, and the 2009 Scarlet Knights expect the trend to continue this spring. Continue reading 2009 Rutgers Season Preview→
With a majority of the lineup and two of the top starters in the league returning from a team that enjoyed its best finish since joining the Big South Conference, expectations are once again high for VMI baseball and head coach Marlin Ikenberry. Continue reading 2009 VMI Season Preview→
The Ball State baseball team heads into the 2009 season with its sights set on challenging for a Mid-American Conference championship as it returns 16 letterwinners from last season’s team which posted a 28-25 overall record and a 12-11 mark in conference play. The Cardinals, under the guidance of seventh-year head coach Greg Beals, look to build off of last season’s success and get back to the championship hunt. Continue reading 2009 Ball State Season Preview→