The Big East Conference Tournament starts on Tuesday in Brooklyn NY. The top 8 teams are invited to the tournament and split into two different double elimination brackets. The two winners will meet on Saturday for a winner take all championship game. The full brackets are available here. The Big East Tournament starts at 10 am on Tuesday with Louisville taking on Villanova. At 1 pm, Rutgers will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The last two games on the opening day will take place at 5 pm with Pittsburgh playing University of South Florida and the number 1 seeded St. John’s Red Storm playing UConn at 8 pm in the nightcap. CSTV has provided a full preview of the tournament which is available at this link.
The entire tournament can be watched for free by clicking here. Thanks to the Big East for providing free video of the tournament.
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has recently posted an article about the Big East conference, Houston Cougars, and the Minnesota Gophers. The full article is available here.
Aaron also did a chat about the new Top 25 that Baseball America released Monday. He discusses many different teams and issues in college baseball. The full chat can be read here.
Player of the Week-Jorge Castillo(Louisville); Castillo batted .500 with 10 RBIs and 1 homer in Louisville’s sweep over West Virginia.
Pitcher of the Week-Paul Nardozzi(Pittsburgh); Nardozzi threw his second of back to back complete game shut outs.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Sean Conley, Pittsburgh, OF, Jr.
Went 6-for-7 in two wins over Notre Dame.
Casey Gaynor, Rutgers, RHP, Fr.
Pitched a complete game and got the win against St. John’s (4/1).
Walter Diaz, USF, SS, Jr.
Batted .455 and collected seven RBIs in a 4-1 week.
Dan Terpak, Villanova, 1B, Jr.
Posted an average of .545 at the plate and collected eight RBIs Seton Hall.
Justin Jenkins, West Virginia, OF, Sr.
Batted .842 with three RBIs for the week.
Big East Standings
BIG EAST Overall
W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Louisville 5 1 0 .833 19 8 0 .704
Rutgers 4 2 0 .667 13 12 0 .520
USF 6 3 0 .667 22 9 0 .710
Pittsburgh 5 3 0 .625 11 12 0 .478
West Virginia 3 3 0 .500 15 8 0 .652
Villanova 3 3 0 .500 12 10 0 .545
St. John’s 3 3 0 .500 12 11 0 .522
Connecticut 3 3 0 .500 12 12 0 .500
Cincinnati 2 4 0 .333 14 13 0 .519
Georgetown 2 4 0 .333 12 16 0 .429
Notre Dame 1 4 0 .200 12 14 0 .462
Seton Hall 1 5 0 .167 8 14 0 .364
Big East Website
Georgetown 8, Cincinnati 2 (Washington D.C.)- Georgetown Recap
St. John’s 5, Rutgers 1 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Villanova 7, Seton Hall 6 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Louisville 4, West Virginia 3 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Pittsburgh 4, Notre Dame 2 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Notre Dame Recap
South Florida 16, Connecticut 1 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
South Florida 3, Connecticut 0 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
Villanova 15, Seton Hall 7 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Cincinnati 11, Georgetown 3 (Washington, D.C)-Georgetown Recap
St. Johns 10, Rutgers 7 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Pittsburgh 5, Notre Dame 0 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Notre Dame Recap
Louisville 16, West Virginia 5 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Seton Hall 5, Villanova 3 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Connecticut 6, South Florida 2 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
Georgetown 6, Cincinnati 5 (Washington, D.C)-Georgetown Recap
Notre Dame @ Pittsburgh-Canceled
Rutgers 8, St. Johns 3 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Louisville 9, West Virginia 8 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Sorry I couldn’t write recaps some personal things came up that I had to take care of. I’ll be back on it next week.
The University of Cincinnati will be opening the season on Febraury 9th against FAU for a three game set. The program at Cincinnati is coming off a 32-26 record last season and they hope to improve on that. The athletic department is doing a great job of getting articles written about the program.
Cincinnati Media Relations: Pitching Preview
Cincinnati Media Relations: Getting to know you
It is a bad day when I have to post a story about a death but I have to. Jody Schrage, 45, wife of Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Schrage passed away on Tuesday from complications with cancer. The College Baseball Blog wants the readers to keep her and the Schrage family in your thoughts.
The full article is available here.
The Big East Conference released the Pre-Season poll in which St. John’s was given 7 out of the possible 11 first place votes. The University of Notre Dame received four votes with the Cardinals of Louisville getting the other vote. Notre Dame sophomore Kyle Wieland was picked as the Pre-Season Pitcher of the year and Rutgers junior Todd Frazier was the Pre-Season Player of the year. The full release is available here.
I think you should not sleep on USF and Duke transfer Danny Otero as they are my team to watch in the Big East.