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SBC Johnny Bench Award Watch List: Aramis Garcia

AramisGarcia90The Sun Belt Conference features three catchers on the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top catcher in Division 1 college baseball.

Coming out of high school, Aramis Garcia was a special prospect.

Long time major league scout Dave Perkin described him as a “rarity…an athletic high school catching prospect with remarkably quick feet and fluid receiving skills.” Continue reading


2013 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll and Teams

sunbelt_thumb.jpgNEW ORLEANS – The Florida Atlantic Owls have been tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the 2013 Sun Belt Conference baseball title, the league announced on Monday.

FAU won the SBC regular season title in 2012 behind a 32-22 overall record and a 19-8 record in SBC play. This season, the Owls return six starters from that squad and four starting pitchers, including 2013 All-SBC Preseason selections pitcher Austin Gomber and first baseman Mark Nelson. Continue reading


FIU releases 2013 Schedule

FIU_ATH_logo(282-125spot)MIAMI (Jan. 15, 2013) – The 2013 FIU baseball schedule, comprised of 18 teams and featuring 37 home games, was released on Tuesday. Coupled with a very competitive Sun Belt Conference slate, the Panthers will face five out-of-conference opponents which punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

FIU will start its season with a three-game series at home against one of the best stories across the college landscape last year in Stony Brook on Feb. 15. The Seawolves took their American East Conference championship and turned it into a trip to the College World Series before being eliminated by Florida State. With a record of 43-11, Stony Brook’s .796 winning percentage led the nation last season. Continue reading


NCBWA releases National Players of the Week

FROM NCBWA RELEASEMORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)­ released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 13, today. FIU senior outfielder Pablo Bermudez was named National Hitter of the Week, while Texas A&M senior right-hander Ross Stripling was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. Continue reading


Wittels Career Nearly Derailed over Rape Charges

Before last season, I was one of the strongest critics of Florida International allowing Garrett Wittels to play during the 2011 season with rape charges pending. The charges ended up being dropped and Wittels lost his hitting streak on the first day of the season and went back into obscurity. ESPN.com recently caught up with Wittels who is now in the St. Louis Cardinals system to discuss the charges and the challenges he has faced. Continue reading


2012 CBD Season Preview: Sun Belt Conference (Part 2)

This is the second part of our two part 2012 Sun Belt Preview. You can check out the first part by clicking here.

Louisiana- Lafayette: 31-27; 18-12

After finishing third in the conference last season, the Ragin’ Cajuns are ready for another strong year, although may have trouble due to the loss of key players Taylor Hubbell, T. J. Geith and Joey Satriano. Continue reading


2012 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll

NEW ORLEANS – The Panthers of FIU and the Trojans of Troy have been tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the 2012 Sun Belt Conference baseball title in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

FIU, which finished second overall in the standings in 2011, returns five starters to an offense that led the SBC in batting average, home runs and runs scored. The Panthers finished last season 20-9-1 in conference play. FIU received four first-place votes from the coaches and finished with 93 points. Continue reading


FIU releases 2012 Schedule

MIAMI (January 25, 2012) – Coming off a 40-win season and a second-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, the FIU baseball team is poised to make another run at a Sun Belt Conference championship and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. The road to Omaha won’t be an easy one for Head Coach Turtle Thomas and his squad as they have many obstacles to overcome, which includes three conference champions, six NCAA Regional participants, and three teams that finished the 2011 season ranked in the college baseball polls. Continue reading


October 24th Fall Ball Update

Here is your October 24th Fall Ball Update.

Rhode Island:  Keaney 3 Navy 2

Darkness forced the suspension of Game Two in the Keaney-Navy World Series on Friday evening, but when play resumed on Saturday, sophomore Joe Landi scored on redshirt junior Pat Fortunato’s single up the middle to give Keaney the 3-2 win, as well as its fifth consecutive KNWS title. Continue reading