By: Chris Slade
ACC Atlantic Division
Boston College Eagles
2013 record: 12 – 40 (4 – 25 ACC, 6th place)
Finish: No postseason
To put it bluntly, the Boston College Eagles were out of their element in ACC conference play in 2013. The Eagles lost their first 20 conference games before surprisingly winning a home series with Miami to get off the schnide.
Blake Drake always knew baseball was for him.
“My friends played it, my parents loved it, and it was my escape from school,” he said. “It was always something that I did when I was young. Then I figured out I was actually pretty good at it, so I’m trying to pursue a career.” Continue reading
CORVALLIS, Ore. – High rankings don’t mean much to Pat Casey.
Oregon State’s 20th-year coach is far more interested in deciding who will be the final players to make the team’s roster when the season starts on Valentine’s Day against Gonzaga in Tempe, Ariz. Continue reading
With 2014 quickly approaching the Patriot League and its members continue to work hard in anticipation for a new Patriot League season. With many changes to all the rosters, it promises to be a very competitive season that could be full of some upsets. As always Army, Navy and Holy Cross will be the teams to beat in 2014 with Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh rounding out the bottom of the standings. Continue reading
After an exciting finish in last year’s Ivy League Baseball Championship it is fair to say that coach Whalen and the Big Green will be looking for some redemption come the 2014 season.
After Columbia swept Dartmouth in the Championship it was no surprise that the Lions had lived up to their pre-season rankings. This victory clinched their 11th Ivy League title in program history, and second in the last six years which has head coach Brett Boretti and the rest of the program excited for the upcoming 2014 season. With the competitive nature of the Ivy League continuously growing, 2014 promises to showcase great talent on the diamond. Continue reading
2013 record: 29-30 (14-16)
Finish: Regionals (4th place, Bloomington)
2013 was a season of frustration and disappointment for a team coming off back to back to back College World Series appearances. Injuries decimated the Gators, and many even questioned whether they belonged in a regional after finishing one game over .500 heading into postseason play. After a quick 0-2 exit in Bloomington, the answer was, well, probably not. Continue reading
Last weekend I attended the Texas vs. Texas State fall scrimmage. Texas had played the previous day against Lamar and lost a rain-shortened scrimmage. Texas State, a new member of the Sun Belt conference, travelled 30 miles north to Austin to take on the Longhorns.
Fall games are a little different than the regular season in that the coaches are really trying to see all of the guys play in a game situation, so I saw a Texas lineup that featured 3 designated hitters and a Texas State pitching rotation that featured 12 pitchers in 12 innings. Continue reading
Student-athletes returned to campuses around the nation in the past few weeks. Here is a look at the top six coaches on the hot seat as we enter the fall practice period. This list is in no particular order. Continue reading
Baseball was in the air Thursday, Sept. 5th in Storrs, CT as the 2013-2014 Huskies took the field as part of their annual scout day. This day allows all of the players to showcase their talents in front of Major League scouts and try to open a few eyes in the process. After going 31-27-1 last season, the Huskies hope that their talented underclass, as well as their experienced veterans will be able to pull together a championship season. Continue reading
Photo by Aaron Yost
The West Coast League is growing quickly – both in membership and profile – as players discover the advantages of playing in a summer collegiate league that has teams in two states and a Canadian province.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Playing on the Cape is still the goal for most collegiate players during their summer break.
Pro scouts flock to the league to look at prospects, but there’s a sense on the Left Coast that a summer in the West Coast League can prove a player’s ability to perform at the next level as well. Continue reading