The Duke Blue Devils have released their 2007 schedule. They will compete in the East Carolina Invitational this year on February 23rd-25th. The ACC portion of the schedule has two highlights on the season with Florida State and Georgia Tech visiting Durham. In addition to FSU and GT, Boston College, Maryland, and Virginia Tech come in for ACC teams. The schedule is extremely challenging for second-year Head Coach Sean McNally but they are headed in the right direction. They have to replace Dan Otero who served as the Number 1 pitcher for the Blue Devils because he transferred to South Florida to join Lelo Prado in building a power.
Full Schedule available here.
Rivals has posted a new Mailbag which talks about issues with Florida State, Ohio State, Georgia, and East Carolina. Kendall Rogers does an excellent job covering college baseball and check out his mailbag here.
Maryland’s Junior left-hander Brett Cecil (#6 rated player in CCBL this summer by Perfect Game) was named to the preseason watch list for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award, given to the nation’s top college baseball pitcher. Cecil is one of 62 players named to the list, including nine others from the Atlantic Coast Conference.The Dunkirk, Md. native made his mark on the Terps record books this past season, shattering the single season mark for saves with 13, a figure that nearly doubled the existing record of seven. That mark ranked third in the ACC and tied for 12th in the nation. In addition, Cecil recorded 54 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of work while compiling an ERA of 4.78. His 26 appearances tied for fourth in the all-time single season.
Overall, for his career, Cecil has compiled a 5-6 record and 4.35 ERA in 44 appearances. He has pitched 101.1 innings, with six career starts. During the 2006 campaign, he notched career highs in innings pitched (7.1) against North Carolina State and twice struck out six batters, most recently at North Carolina on March 19.
Thanks to Maryland Sports Information and Dan Reisig for forwarding me the press release.
The full list of players are available here.
Buster Posey was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team in the 2006 season but will be making a position change during the upcoming season when he will be making a move to catcher. The College Baseball Blog Staff thought that Posey was the second best shortstop in the ACC after Stan Widmann of Clemson. This is the latest example of having your best athletes up the middle on the baseball field. Current Oregon State Associate Head Coach Dan Spencer checks in with an article on the topic.
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The Boston College Baseball team and Head Coach Mikio Aoki have released their 2007 baseball schedule. There is really no surprises on the schedule besides a little trip down to Vanderbilt to play Lipscomb, Belmont, and the host school in Vandy. I would expect David Price to pitch against Boston College in this tourney so it should be pretty interesting to see how the Eagles do down there.
You can read the full schedule here.
The Florida State Baseball program has dismissed Danny Diaz from the baseball program. Mike Martin Sr. stated that Diaz broke a team rule which resulted in his immediate dismissal from the Florida State program. This lives the Seminoles without an experienced catcher for the 2007 season. They will enter the season without Kyle Maxie also who is transferring to Pearl River Community College. The Seminoles have moved Buster Posey to the catching position from his shortstop role last season. This is a strange move by the Seminoles to enter the season without an experienced catcher and especially without Posey having any collegiate experience behind the plate.
Tallahassee Democrat article is available here.
The 2007 Signing period has started for College Baseball. The Boston College Eagles have signed 13 players including nine student-athletes from Massachusetts or Connecticut. This is a sign that Aoki will be focusing on dominating the recruiting trail with New England kids attending BC. We have a bunch of press releases on the rest of the country.
Wake Forest Recruits
Southern Miss Recruits Part 1 and Part 2
The Miami University of Florida has released their 2007 baseball schedule in addition they have started up fall ball within the last week. They will be playing the entire ACC besides my Boston College Eagles and they will play OOC series against 2005 NCAA Finalist Florida Gators in Gainesville and Pac 10 member UCLA Bruins will be visiting Coral Gables. The Hurricanes will not leave the state of Florida until March 9th when they visit the North Carolina Tar Heels. On March 23rd, the Canes will visit the UVA Cavaliers in a key ACC match-up and the next weekend going to Clemson SC for another big weekend. These two weekends will decide how close Miami will get to winning the conference this year behind Jemile Weeks and Scott Maine.
Full Schedule available here
Interview with coach Jim Morris
There is some rumors on the internet that there will be a change in the format of the ACC Baseball Tournament for the 2007 season. They will split the field into two divisions and each team will be guaranteed to play 3 games in a round robin format. One division would include the 1, 4, 5, and 8 seeds while the other one will include the 2, 3, 6, and 7 seeds. This will limit the amount of games each team will have to play to get to the Championship games. In the 2006 tournament, Clemson and NC State played in the Championship game and used two pitchers who rarely pitched during the regular season. This format gives the teams a maximum of 4 games to play thus making it easier on the pitchers and coaches.
Andrew Brackman has decided to focus on Baseball during his senior season and give up his basketball career for the time being according to reports from SeBaseball and ESPN. Andy Katz also of ESPN believed that Andrew had some talent to become a serviceable player in the NBA. He was likely going to be a late 1st round pick in the 2007 NBA draft but now will be a top 5 pick in the MLB draft with his 7 foot frame.
Sorry for the lack of updates on the site recently but there really hasn’t been too much news to report. Feel free to send questions or comments to me.