We saw seven out of the Top 30 teams pick up losses on Wednesday. The biggest upsets took place in the Top 10 with Jacksonville State beating number 2 ranked Georgia and Western Carolina beating Georgia Tech. We have linked to each upset below. Continue reading
The College Baseball Newspaper released their rankings for the Top Recruiting classes for the 2009 season. It is led by Arizona State University for the third time in the 26th year existence of the rankings. They will welcome a 20 recruit class to Tempe in the spring with 15 incoming freshmen and 5 junior college transfers. Out of the 20 recruits, 13 of them were selected in the 2008 MLB Draft. Oregon comes in second place in the rankings with their 30 recruits joining George Horton in Eugene for the return of UO baseball. Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Georgia round out the Top 5. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
TUCSON, Ariz. – The 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans feature a wealth of baseball talent. The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s Freshman Pitcher of The Year LHP Chris Hernandez of the University of Miami (Fla.) and Freshman Player of The Year OF Ryan Lockwood of South Florida. Continue reading
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The No. 24 Texas Longhorns logged 19 hits to post a 15-7 win over the Kansas State Wildcats in the title game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
It was the third league tournament crown for Texas who also won the prize in 2002 and 2003.
Brandon Belt was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship Most Outstanding Player. He went .588 (10-of-17) with five runs, two doubles, one home run and 10 RBI in four games.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Texas 11, Oklahoma 10
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Sophomore David Hernandez chipped an 0-2 offering for an RBI single to cap a three-run rally and lead the Texas Longhorns to a come-from-behind 11-10 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship baseball action at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Saturday morning
With Texas trailing 10-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell drew walks from Jake McCarter to leadoff the frame. Chase Anderson came in to pitch for the Sooners and induced a pop up on a bunt attempt by Russell Moldenhauer for the first out. Brandon Belt reignited the rally with a single to rightfield, plating Danks and trimming the lead to 10-9. Preston Clark struck out looking to bring Hernandez to the plate with two outs. Hernandez swung at strike two in the dirt, but a wild pitch allowed Russell to score from third and put Belt in scoring position. Hernandez golfed the next pitch into centerfield for the game-winning run. Continue reading
Our good friend Chip Armonaitis of Gotham Baseball sent us a link to his Weekend Recap of the Gotham area baseball programs. There was only one major upset with Fordham beating Virginia Tech if you really want to call that an upset. Fordham is expected to be near the top of the A-10 this season while Virginia Tech is expected to finish last in most of the preseason projections. Continue reading
Bill Pennington has continued his series of articles on what a student athlete goes through on a day to day basis. The students have to juggle their school work around practice and game time and plus have some type of a personal life. Then the coach has to guard against the possibility of players getting their nose out joint if they find out that a certain team mate is getting more scholarship then they are. Please take the time to read this article and the other two from Bill Pennington.
Bill Pennington of the New York Time has written part two of three on what a coach has to go through in order to recruit a student athlete to his/or her campus. I found both articles to be very enlightening with a lot of detail. Please take the time to read the article if you are a parent or a student athlete. This will save you some headaches down the line if and when you reach this point.
Bill Pennington of the New York Time has written a very comprehensive article on the actual dollars for a scholarship. If you are a Parent or a student athlete please take the time to read this article. It goes in depth to all the sports on how a scholarship is divided up and what a coach goes through to divide those dollars up. The full article is available here.
The Division 2 poll by The College Baseball News that came out on Feb. 25th is led by Mount Olive who has taken over the top spot in the poll with a 16-1 record. Ouachita Baptist is ranked second in the country with an solid record of 12-1. Two-time defending national champion and former number 1 team in the country Tampa is ranked number 3. Delta State and Grand Valley State round out the Top 5. You can read the full poll by clicking here.