College Baseball Daily has learned that current Nevada head coach Jay Johnson will be named the new head coach at the University of Arizona replacing Andy Lopez who retired this week. Johnson is coming off a 41-15 and 22-7 record in the Mountain West Conference this season with the Wolfpack but were left out of the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Arizona set to hire Jay Johnson
TUCSON, Ariz. – Andy Lopez, a 33-year coaching veteran and one of the winningest coaches in college baseball, has announced his retirement as head coach at The University of Arizona. Lopez, who guided the Wildcats to a pair of College World Series appearances and the 2012 national championship, spent the past 14 years at Arizona after previous coaching stints at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine and Florida.
“For the past 14 years, I have been extremely honored to be a part of the Arizona baseball program,” Lopez said. “This is a special place with many special people, and I thank everyone at The University of Arizona for the opportunity to finish my career here.” Continue reading Arizona head coach Andy Lopez Retires
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DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced the semifinalists for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Friday. Twenty-one athletes from around the country were named semifinalists for the 38th Golden Spikes Award, sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation to the top amateur baseball player in the U.S.
Continue reading USA Baseball Names Twenty-One Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists
TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona baseball program has announced its 2015 baseball schedule with a slate of 35 games to be played at Hi Corbett Field along with 20 road contests. All opponents are confirmed, but exact dates and times are subject to change pending the Pac-12 Conference and its television partners selecting broadcasts later this fall.
The season begins with a 10-game homestand at Hi Corbett Field, beginning with a three-game set against Eastern Michigan (Feb. 13-15). A 30-game Pac-12 Conference schedule begins a month later in Tucson against Utah (March 13-15), and the regular season schedule concludes against Abilene Christian (May 22-24) as Arizona once again draws its conference bye week at the end of May. Continue reading Arizona releases 2015 Schedule
Cal State Fullerton and USC both ended lengthy conference series droughts. But only one team did it in a positive fashion. Fittingly, UC Santa Barbara/Long Beach State and San Diego State/UC Irvine concluded their series with yet another tight game in each series finale.
Check out that plus much more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Pepperdine, Irvine and Northridge:
Rick Vanderhook didn’t travel with the team to San Luis Obispo and probably wouldn’t have liked what he saw had he went anyway. The nation’s top two closers, Sam Moore and Michael Cederoth, ended up deciding a game. See who came out on top.
But two unlikely heroes headline Thursday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Northridge and Long Beach State:
It is rare that a two-way player can dominate both on the mound and with the bat, but on Sunday, a pair of lefty SoCal studs did just that. Louie Lechich and Aaron Brown lifted their teams to shutout wins to cap off impressive weekends for a pair of West Coast Conference contenders.
At Dedeaux Field, crosstown rivals USC and UCLA squared off in front of a packed house for a dramatic back-and-forth contest that included a blown save from All-American David Berg, but who came out on top?
That plus all of Sunday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from USC, Pepperdine and UC Riverside: Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Doing It Both Ways
Staying close to home was a common theme for the SoCal midweek matchups for all but one team, which had one heck of a road trip just to get to their Tuesday matchup.
San Diego and San Diego State renewed their rivalry while USC faced off with former Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie. And LMU didn’t even have to travel east of Interstate 405 as the Lions faced off with yet another Pac-12 club.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the games with photo galleries from UC Irvine, Pepperdine and UCLA: Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Close to Home
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a polling of the Pac-12’s baseball coaches, defending Conference champion OREGON STATE has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference title again this season. The Cardinal received nine of 10 possible first-place votes and 98 points. Oregon State finished the 2013 campaign with a 52-12 record and advanced to the College World Series where they finished the year tied for third. The Beavers, led by preseason All-Americans Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis, Andrew Moore, Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz, enter the season as a consensus top-5 team in the national rankings. Continue reading 2014 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 24 on our countdown is Arizona junior RHP Matthew Troupe. The Chaminade College Prep alumnus originally was a highly regarded high school catcher but became a pitcher late in his collegiate career. As a senior, he went 5-2 record and a 1.00 ERA while striking out 91, allowing just 19 walks and limited opponents to a .157 batting average. He was selected in the by the New York Yankees with the 539th overall pick in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Continue reading 2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 24. Matthew Troupe (Arizona)