The NCAA toured TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday to take a look at how the construction of the new stadium is going. Dennis Poppe was surprised at the size of the new stadium and considers it better then what he expected.
The UConn Huskies had a historic 2010 season, which included hosting a regional for the first time since 1977. The Huskies fell short of a Regional Title as they lost to Oregon twice while defeating Central Connecticut State.
With the goal of hosting a regional accomplished and most of their lineup returning, UConn has a chance to establish themselves as the lone Northeast powerhouse in college baseball.
The Oregon Ducks had a remarkable 2010 season as they went 40-23 making the Norwich Regional Final before losing to Florida State. One of the biggest question marks is who will replace Eddie Rodriguez behind the plate next season. They have transfer Brett Hambright, freshman Aaron Jones and freshman Stefan Sabol all competing for the starting spot. If they can find the answer behind the plate then the Ducks will be able to contend for a spot in Omaha in 2011.
Anthony Rendon (2010 TCBB Top 100 Countdown: #18) who has been hampered this summer by a major foot/ankle injury is looking to bring the Rice Owls back to Omaha for the first time since 2008. The major question mark with Rendon is how his foot/ankle will recover from having six screws inserted into his fibula which according to many sources he is on his way to a full recovery. It is the second consecutive summer that he has been shutdown after a terrible ankle injury as he tore ligaments in that same ankle in the Baton Rouge Super Regional in 2009. The other question with the Rice Owls is the fact they will have to get through either TCU or Texas in the Super Regionals this season to make it back to the promise land.
Here are our selections for the 2011 College World Series. I asked six people for their opinion on who will be taking part in the first College World Series at the new Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha. Besides my own selection, we have TCBB Assistant Editor Mark Rafferty, TCBB Senior Writer Kat Cornetta, TCBB Scouting Guru Aman Reaka, TCBB contributor Casey Hull, and our special guest is Jana Howser of The College Baseball Foundation and daughter of Dick Howser who all gave their picks. We have 20 different teams represented in our picks with UCLA being the only team that shows up on everyone’s brackets. Virginia and Florida both were named on five out of six brackets. You can check out the full results below.