CSTV continues their series of articles with two conference previews and Doug Kroll checking in on the coaching carousel. Eric Sorensen previews the ACC which he lists North Carolina, UVA, and Miami as favorites. He lists FSU, Clemson, and Georgia Tech as contenders. He puts Wake Forest as the darkhouse. The full preview is available here. Sorensen also previews the Atlantic Sun conference. He puts Stetson as the overwhelming favorite after they qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The contenders are Belmont, Mercer, and Jacksonville. The darkhorse candidate is Lipscomb. The full preview is available here. Doug Kroll checks in with an article about the coaching carousel which took place after George Horton left Fullerton to go up to Oregon to restart the Oregon Ducks program. The article is available here.
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MACON, Ga. – Stetson is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Atlantic Sun Conference baseball champion in 2008 in the league’s preseason poll. The Hatters garnered eight of 12 first place votes in the poll conducted among the conference’s head coaches. Hatter outfielder Justin Bass and Lipscomb catcher Caleb Joseph split preseason Player of the Year honors, while Lipscomb’s Rex Brothers claimed Pitcher of the Year honors. Continue reading
CSTV Editor Doug Kroll checks in with his weekly article on the top college baseball players. The position in which he focuses on this week is the closer. He lists Cole St. Clair of Rice in the top spot. He has struggled throughout his career with the Owls as he tends to be injured every season. Continue reading
Our good friend Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has started doing previews of conferences for the 2008 season.He is one of the top college baseball writers in the country with the depth of his knowledge about the players and coaches across the country. The previews are brief but informative especially the lower level conferences. Continue reading
Memphis 10, Arkansas State 5
JONESBORO, Ark. – Freshman Brennon Martin scattered 10 hits and struck out four in 6.1 innings of work and senior Adam Amar tied the Memphis’ all-time RBI record with a run-scoring single in the first inning, as the Tigers clinched their 30th win of the year in a 10-5 victory over Arkansas State Tuesday evening at Tomlinson Stadium. Amar’s RBI was his 170th and ties him with Chris Marable, who lettered at the U of M from 1986-89.
The win guarantees the Tigers’ fourth winning season since 1995. It also seals the program’s first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1994 and 1995 campaigns. Memphis is now 30-18 on the year and Arkansas State is 19-29. The evening also marked the official opening of Barton’s Baseball Deck at ASU’s Tomlinson Stadium.
The two squads will meet in the series finale on Wednesday at Nat Buring Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Troy 20, UAB 15
TROY, Ala. - The UAB Blazers entered Tuesday’s game at Troy as one of only three teams in the nation to have more triples than home runs, but that all changed as the Blazers blasted a season-high six home runs, only to be outdone by the Trojans who out-slugged the Blazers for a 20-15 victory at Riddle-Pace Field. Junior first baseman Ryan Keedy had two home runs to highlight his 3-for-4 showing.
Troy improves to 30-20 with the win, while UAB is now 20-30 and has completed its non-conference schedule.
The Blazers will next be in action on Friday when they begin a three-game Conference USA series at Marshall at 6 p.m. Troy will close out its home schedule with a Sun Belt Conference series against New Orleans this weekend. First pitch Friday night is set for 6 p.m.
UCF 14, Stetson 3
DELAND, Fla. – Mitch Herold’s career-high nine strikeouts and the offense’s record-breaking eighth inning enabled the UCF baseball team to defeat Stetson, 14-3, Tuesday in DeLand, Fla. The Knights (24-26) sent 17 batters to the plate in the eighth vs. the Hatters (36-13), notching 10 hits and scoring 11 runs, the most runs ever in an eighth inning by a UCF offense.
The Conference USA schedule resumes this weekend as UCF wraps up its seven-game road trip at No. 30 East Carolina. First pitch of the three-game series is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Stetson travels to Nashville, Tenn. to face Lipscomb in an Atlantic Sun Conference series.
Citadel 8, No. 30 East Carolina 6
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Ryan Wood’s career night was not enough to help East Carolina, as the Pirates fell 8-6 to The Citadel Tuesday night in midweek action at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates will be back in action Wednesday night when the play host to No. 4 North Carolina. Jeff Ostrander will take the hill for ECU with a first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT). The Citadel will travel to Columbia, S.C. to face No. 7 South Carolina. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. EDT.
The final game of the Miami-Mercer series was canceled due to rain in the area. Mercer took Game one 6-5 and Game two 8-5. Mercer is back in action next weekend at Bethune-Cookman while Miami tries to get win number 1 against UCLA.
The Mercer Bears took Game 2 of their three game set with Miami on Saturday by a score of 8-5. This was the Bears second consecutive win over the Canes since they won on Friday evening by a score of 6-5. Mike Armstrong and Billy Shaughnessy each hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the Mercer offense. Cory Gearrin finished off the game by pitching a perfect ninth inning to get his second save in as many nights. The Miami team needs to wake up since most of the early season games are to build up the Hurricanes record for a possible NCAA Tourney bid.
The Mercer Bears made a dramatic ninth inning comeback to knock off the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the three game set. Catcher, Josh Thompson lead the Bears with a 4-4 performance with 3 RBI’s and a home run. The Hurricanes were unable to hold a 5-1 advantage behind a solid start from Manny Miguelez who went five innings allowing only one run. Mercer starter Brantley New struggled through five innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the season on Saturday at 7 pm.
Scott Maine of the Miami Hurricanes has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy. He will not be playing against Mercer this weekend and could be out longer since it is still unclear how long he will be out. Miami Herald article available here.
Miami has released a press release stating the starting pitching rotation for this weekend’s series against Mercer. On Friday night, Jim Morris will send Manny Miguelez to the mound. He went 8-4 with a 4.31 ERA. Miguelez will face off against Mercer pitcher Brantley New (9-3 3.60 ERA). On Saturday, the Canes will send Danny Gil to the mound who went 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 2006 and will face off against Blake Quarles (4-2, 5.33 ERA). The canes will send freshman stud pitcher Erick Erickson to the mound on Sunday to face either Justin Boyette or Boone Webster who both are JC transfers.