The LSU pitching staff has been hammered with injuries, transfers, and players signing with MLB teams. The Tigers have lost three pitchers to Tommy John surgery this summer with Jordan Rittiner and Joey Bourgeois will miss next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery this summer. There is an outside chance Left-hander Chris Garrett will be back in April according to a Paul Mainieri in a report from The Times-Picayune. (Link) Both LHP Chris Matulis and RHP Mitch Moorman have decided to transfer. Matulis will join former LSU assistant Terry Rooney at Central Florida while Mitch Moorman will head to Wichita State to play under legendary head coach Gene Stephenson.
The Cape Cod Baseball League hosted the 2010 All-Star Game at Fenway Park on Wednesday evening. The Western Division picked up a 5-0 victory over the East behind a strong pitching performance from the Western Division All-Stars. (We ran a Live Blog from the game which can be checked out by clicking here.)
FROM USA BASEBALL
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the five finalists for the 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This year will mark the 33rd consecutive year that the Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player.
Chris Duffy, IF/OF, Central Florida; Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami (Fla.); Bryce Harper, C/IF/OF, Southern Nevada; Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi; and Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast round out the five finalists.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Conference USA has announced its preliminary baseball television schedule for the 2010 season. The schedule currently features games to appear nationally on CBS College Sports as well as regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS), Bright House Networks and Cox Sports Television. Additional games remain a possibility and will be announced at a later date.
Baseball America has put out their incoming 2010 Recruiting Class Rankings which are led by the University of Florida. Stanford comes in at the runner up spot with Arizona State, TCU, and Cal-State Fullerton completing the Top 5.
The College Baseball Blog would like to announce that Central Florida’s Shane Brown as our Player of the Week while Tyler Kehrer of Eastern Illinois as our Pitcher of the Week. Continue reading College Baseball Blog Players of the Week (April 29th)
Week Two Underway for the UCF Baseball Team
Fall practices continued to roll on for the UCF baseball team as it opened up its second week on the diamond Sunday. Week one consisted of scrimmages on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, while the remaining practices featured team fundamentals, including team defense and batting practice.
“I thought the energy and intensity was very good early in the week,” said assistant coach Cliff Godwin. “We lost a little bit of focus later in the week but we got it back on Friday. The scrimmages helped our pitchers get their work in, while we are trying to teach the guys how we want them to play the game, and that’s with a lot of enthusiasm and energy.”
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FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) – Every journey has its starting point. Even in life, when you’re thirsty for a refreshing beverage, you need to plan a trip in order to acquire what you’re looking for. Well, that might not be the most important event in a person’s life, but it sets the stage for how Terry Rooney evolved into UCF’s fifth head baseball coach since the program’s inception in 1973.
Rooney’s path growing up seemed to have one road with a sign that read “Baseball” and it pointed straight ahead. A New England boy born into a family that already included two brothers and a sister, baseball seemed to fill the little tike’s need for enjoyment perfectly.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) – College basketball is fast approaching. Players across the country have been hitting the courts daily to prepare for preseason practices. And fans are eager to check out their school’s new recruits in action. One of those fans is UCF assistant baseball coach Cliff Godwin.
Coming over from LSU where he was the Tigers hitting coach, Godwin is now serving as the Knights’ hitting coach while also leading up the program’s recruiting efforts. A graduate of East Carolina University, Godwin grew up in the heart of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry. With no Major League clubs located in the state and his family already involved in basketball, it is no wonder why he has a love of the hard courts.