Texas went into this series with A&M looking to improve its RPI standing and it overall record. If you would have told me 4 weeks ago or even 2 weeks ago that Texas will come out of this series sweeping all 3 games I would have told you there is no chance at all. Texas got a great outing from Chance Ruffin on Friday night, then the pitching staff received the biggest boost when Austin Wood threw his first career complete game on Saturday night. Texas A&M went into this series just needing 1 win to clinch the BIG 12 regular season title outright, but standing in their way was 6’10” Kenn Kasparek. Kenn was coming off a stretch where in his last three outing was beginning to look like Kenn of old. With the 14 day lay off between his last outing and today he was showing signs of rust. Kenn had just enough to keep the Aggie hitters off balance only allowing 5 hits and 3 runs.
RF Nolan Keane SR, 5’9, 170 – Keane is a power hitting lefty that hit .314 with 9HR and 32RBI last season. This year he is at .341 with 4HR 10 Doubles and 36RBI while striking out 20 times and walking 36 times. He has a shot to be drafted in the middle rounds with his nice bat and on base abilities. I will be watching him to see if he has any pop or just a hit-for-average type player. I will also be curious to see his arm. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog will be attending the Boston College-Wake Forest game on Thursday and providing a live blog for the Division 2 Northeast Regional on Saturday from Franklin Pierce University. Please come by and visit on Saturday as I run the live blog.
The CBB recently had an opportunity to take in the Missouri-Kansas series over this past weekend. We focused on the strong Missouri team which includes one of the top pitchers in the country for 2008 in Aaron Crow and one of the top 2009 pitching prospects in Kyle Gibson. We also checked in on some of the other top players on the squad who might make an impact in the coming future.
Aaron Crow JR 6’3, 195 RHP
Crow is one of the top players in the country and I believe him to be the best pitcher in the country (Brian Matusz of San Diego gets a close 2nd). Crow has 2 very strong pitches he relies on. His fastball and his slider. His fastball is in the lower to mid 90’s with good late movement. He has great command of it and throws it on both sides of the plate and will use it up in the zone. His control is extremely good. Having control and command of a mid 90’s moving fastball is a sick thing to have as a pitcher. He couldn’t do it all with just a fastball however. His second pitch is a slider in the mid 80’s. Continue reading
The Patriot League Conference Tournament starts up this weekend with Holy Cross heading to Navy and Army hosting Bucknell in best two out of three series to decide which team will advance to the conference championship series next weekend. Navy ended up taking three out of four games this season against Holy Cross while Army lost three out of four games against Bucknell. We previewed the Patriot League in our preseason season previews which can be read here. Continue reading
Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech
The Miami Hurricanes head north to Blacksburg VA to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in a battle between the First place team and the worst team in the conference. The Hurricanes have an overall record of 39-5 and 20-2 in the tough ACC. The Hokies have a record of 20-28 and 4-20 in the ACC. The Hurricanes have one of the most potent lineups in the entire led by Yonder Alonso and Jemile Weeks. Alonso has a batting average of .384 with 14 homers and 50 RBI in 44 games. He has an on-base percentage of .550. Jemile Weeks leads the team with a .390 average with 16 stolen bases. Chris Hernandez has been perfect in his first collegiate season as he has a 8-0 record with a 2.70 ERA. The Hokies are led by Sean O’Brien who has a batting average of .335 with six homers on the season. Continue reading
Samuel Wasson is the Co-Founder and Editor of BleedCrimson.net and covers New Mexico State University athletics. He comes to the CBB as our expert on the WAC.
SERIES OF THE WEEK: SACRAMENTO STATE AT HAWAI’I (Les Murakami Stadium)
Why It’s Important: Hawai`i and Sacramento State are separated by just a half a game in the WAC standings, with UH three games behind Fresno State for first place and Sacramento State 3.5 games back. Continue reading
Florida State at Clemson
The Florida State Seminoles head to Clemson SC for a Saturday-Monday series against the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles enter with a 37-7 overall record while being 19-5 in the ACC. The Seminoles have been one of the better hitting teams in the country with a team batting average of .346. All-American catcher candidate Buster Posey is the top hitter on the team with a .470 average and a team leading 13 homers on the year. Matt Fairel has been the ace of the staff with an 8-1 record with a 2.81 ERA. Continue reading
Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 30, 2008. Comments below.
|Rank||Apr. 23||School (Region)||Record||Total
|1||1||Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI)||45-2||499|
|2||2||Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I)||44-4||480|
|3||3||Lee (TN) (XIII)||53-7||488|
|4||4||Oklahoma City University (VI)||48-7||440|
|5||5||Azusa Pacific (CA) (II)||40-8||429|
|6||7||U. of the Cumberlands (KY) (XI)||43-11||374|
|7||8||Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV)||38-13||369|
|8||6||University of Mobile (AB) (XIII)||40-12||358|
|9||T9||Spring Arbor University (MI) (VIII)||29-5||348|
|10||12||Fresno Pacific University (CA) (II)||34-11||299|
|11||T9||Tennessee Wesleyan College (XII)||37-15||289|
|12||11||Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI)||41-12||288|
|13||13||University of St. Francis (IL) (VII)||40-8||274|
|14||15||Bellevue (NE) (IV)||41-11||255|
|15||14||Union College (KY) (XII)||37-12||218|
|16||18||Auburn-Montgomery (AL) (XIII)||41-19||191|
|17||16||Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI)||33-12||180|
|18||19||Texas Wesleyan (VI)||37-12||137|
|19||17||Biola University (CA) (II)||33-16||117|
|21||22||Avila (MO) (V)||32-11||112|
|22||20||Malone College (OH) (IX)||33-11||77|
|23||23||Warner Southern (FL) (XIV)||33-22||71|
|24||25||Madonna (MI) (VIII)||32-12||43|
|25||24||Southern Polytechnic (GA) (XIII)||38-15||20|
First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 19. Lewis-Clark State 1
Brett Wallace can hit – fastballs, curveballs, changeups, oranges, grapefruit, pinatas…you get the idea.
So, the obvious question is: why don’t most of the projection lists have him as a top 10 talent? I wondered the same thing – more specifically, why is there a feeling that Smoak, Hosmer, and Alonso are better 1B prospects? Continue reading