The Tallahassee Democrat has an article in Jan. 18th edition about the expected new center fielder for the Seminoles. His name is Ruairi O’Connor who is entering his redshirt sophomore season. He missed the 2006 season with a wrist injury but in 2005 he contributed with in 40 games including 14 starts. He has a tough shoe to fill because Shane Robinson (former CF) was a two-time All-American and also the national player of the year in 2005. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat checks in with an article about newcomer Brandon Reichert. He is entering the season as a senior and this will be the first season he suits up for the hometown team. He signed with Mercer University but was not given his release by Head Coach Craig Gibson. The full article about Mr. Reichert is available here.
Rivals has released their top 25 for the upcoming season. The top team is Rice with UNC, University of South Carolina, Virginia, and Miami rounding out the top 5. I believe that Miami is a little overrated being in the top 5 but we will have to see how the season falls to find out the truth. It is nice to see 3 ACC teams in the Top 5.
The full poll is available here.
Mike Martin was officially enshrined into the ABCA Hall Of Fame today. This was a very high honor for Coach Martin who enters the season with a career record of 1435-493-4 (.744). The full press release on Coach Martin is available here.
Also, The Florida State Baseball team has officially started practicing this week for the upcoming season. They open the season on Feb. 2nd against Tennessee. There is a nice little photo gallery on the official Seminole site here.
Rivals.com has added some Conference Previews with the Big 12, ACC, and SEC already done. They are fairly short but gives the readers a quick synopsis about the key players and teams in the respective conference.
GoJackets.com checks in with a preview on the UNC Tar Heels. They will continue to be a power in the ACC with their hitting but they need to replace both Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard to head back to the CWS Final. Robert Woodard is the only returning starter and Andrew Carignan returns in the Closer role. The full preview is available here.
Baseball America had a chat today about the upcoming season. They address many different topics including the ACC with some discussion about Andrew Brackman and Virginia’s pitching among other topics. It is a pretty lengthy chat with Aaron Fitt and can be read here.
Scout.com checks in with a very good preview on the Clemson Tigers this upcoming season. Clemson is ranked number 2 in the pre-season poll by Collegiate Baseball. They lost about half of the starting lineup from last season and the entire starting rotation. They will be able to fill one of those starting pitcher spots in David Kopp. He showed the College Baseball Blog staff a very live arm with a 6.1 inning emergency appearance last year at Boston College. He also had a very good pitching record last year with 6-2 record and a 4.32 ERA in mid-week starts last season. The other two starting positions are expected to be filled by two of the following: P.J. Zocchi, Sean Clark, and Ryan Hinson.
The full preview by Scout.com on Clemson is available here.
The University of Maryland has released their 2007 Baseball Schedule. The highlights on the schedule are a visits from Florida State, CWS Finalist North Carolina, and perennial power Clemson. They will also make their first trip to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes. It is expected for Maryland to be in the lower tier of the ACC but things are starting to look up for Coach Rupp and the Terrapins. The schedule is available in HTML and PDF formats.
Kevin Cooney, the Head Coach of the FAU Baseball checks in with his monthly diary about college baseball over at the College Baseball Insider. He talks about many different things including Peter Hughes and his headshot on his profile at Va Tech which is pictured above. Check out his full article here.