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FIU Hires Drew French as New Pitching Coach

MIAMI – After spending the past four years at the University of Alabama, Drew French has been hired as FIU baseball’s newest pitching coach, announced on Wednesday by Head Coach Turtle Thomas.

“We’re very happy and pleased to have hired a great young assistant pitching coach in Drew French,” Thomas said of his new hire. “He comes very highly recommended from many great current and former college baseball coaches. He’s going to do a tremendous job with our pitching staff and we couldn’t be happier to have him as part of our baseball program.” Continue reading FIU Hires Drew French as New Pitching Coach

Foley’s Quick Hits for Feb. 19th

Another day is in the books as we are now two days into the season as there was several upsets in the NCBWA Top 35.

We will be hosting a full Q and A on Sunday night at 8pm on the site with Brian Foley, William Knox, Mark Rafferty, Kat Cornetta, Ryan Rosenblatt from BruinsNation.com, and a couple of other guests. Remember to sign up for a reminder on the right side for the chat.  Here are some of my thoughts from Day 2 of action around the country.  Continue reading Foley’s Quick Hits for Feb. 19th

CBD Roundtable on Wittels Situation

The biggest story entering the year is Garrett Wittels 56 game hitting streak. Things aren’t going all smooth with him as he was charged in December in the Bahamas with raping two 17 year old girls. Wittels and two friends posted bond of $10,000 and will appear at a prelimanary hearing on April 18 before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis. The school announced on Wednesday that Wittels would be in the starting lineup to begin the season against SE Louisiana even though the charges are still pending. My question is “Should he be playing this season with the charges pending?” Continue reading CBD Roundtable on Wittels Situation

Sun Belt Conference Announces New Baseball Tournament Format

NEW ORLEANS – Following one of the most successful seasons in Sun Belt Conference baseball history the SBC baseball coaches decided to implement a new tournament format for the upcoming 2011 SBC Baseball Championship.

The new round-robin format, which is similar in scope to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, will feature eight of the ten SBC teams competing against each other in two four-team pools with the team with the best record in each pool advancing to the tournament’s championship game. Continue reading Sun Belt Conference Announces New Baseball Tournament Format

FIU’s Garrett Wittels charged with Rape

Update #2 at 12:00 AM on December 28th

There has been some more information to come out on this situation with Wittels. The incident took place on December 20th at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. Two friends and Wittels were released on $10,000 bond after the court hearing last Thursday.

The young men will be back in court on April 18th in front of Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis for a preliminary hearing in the middle of the Golden Panthers season. It will be interesting to see how Coach Thomas deals with this distraction in the coming months. Continue reading FIU’s Garrett Wittels charged with Rape

Garrett Wittels’ Pursuit Of Historic Streak Not Just An Individual Accomplishment

What do New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward and the teammates of Florida International sophomore third baseman Garrett Wittels have in common? They’ve both been a part of historic hitting streaks. Ward was the catcher on the 1987 Oklahoma State squad when Robin Ventura set the collegiate record with 58 consecutive games with a hit while Wittels’ teammates are witness to the longest hitting streak since that historic 1987 season.
Wittels carries the second longest hitting streak in college baseball history, 54 games, into the first game of the Miami Regional in Coral Gables, Fla. today at 12:00 p.m. ET where he and his teammates will square off against Texas A&M. While most of the national media focuses on the Wittels’ individual accomplishment, New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward explains that Wittels’ teammates are just as much a part of the streak as Wittels is.
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Early Signing Day Releases for November 30th

BrianPointerOregonState Here are your Early Signing Day Releases for November 30th.

Oregon State Signee Showcase: Brian Pointer

Brian Pointer recently signed his national letter of intent to join the Oregon State baseball team for the 2011 season. He is a native of Reno, Nev., and attends Galena High School.

As a junior, he posted 11 home runs, 41 walks, 14 stolen bases and 33 RBI. He was named first-team all-league after last season, also earning first-team all-league honors his sophomore season. Pointer is related to Allie Reynolds, who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1942-54 with the New York Yankees. His grandfather, Arnold, played football and baseball at Oklahoma.

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Ivy League Recap for Feb. 27th

Here is your Ivy League Recap for Feb. 27th.

Game 1: FIU 3 Brown 2
Game 2: Brown 7 FIU 4

Conway, S.C. – The Bears split a doubleheader against Florida International to kick off the 2009 season on Friday afternoon. After dropping the opener by a 3-2 margin, Brown rallied back to take a 7-4 decision in the rematch, moving their record to 1-1 after the first day of the new season. Continue reading Ivy League Recap for Feb. 27th

Opening Weekend Recap: Sunbelt Conference

Weekend Winners:  Middle Tennessee State was the big weekend winner, as they swept a three game home series with Missouri State.  Also posting impressive weekends were UALR, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana-Monroe, New Orleans, Troy, and Western Kentucky.  UALR took two of three games at home against Northern Iowa, and just missed a sweep with a one run loss on Saturday.  Florida Atlantic finished the weekend with a 2-1 series record against Fordham.  Florida International posted a 20 run Saturday in route to a two games to one series victory over Jacksonville.  Louisiana-Monroe hosted the ULM  and ended the weekend with a 2-1 record.  New Orleans won the first three games of their home series against Towson before losing the Sunday finale to open the season 3-1.  Troy lost a Friday contest against Kentucky in the Caravelle Resort Invitational before winning their next three games to end the tournament at a very solid 3-1.   Western Kentucky took a single game from Toledo on Friday night, but the Saturday and Sunday meetings were canceled due to inclement weather. Continue reading Opening Weekend Recap: Sunbelt Conference

2009 Sun Belt Preseason Poll and Teams

NEW ORLEANS – After winning its second tournament title and making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in five seasons, along with the majority of its line-up returning, Western Kentucky University is expected to top the Sun Belt Conference in 2009, according to a vote by the league’s 11 head coaches. The Hilltoppers veteran ace Matt Ridings has been tabbed Preseason Pitcher of the Year, while ULM’s shortstop Ben Soignier has been selected as the Preseason Player of the Year. Continue reading 2009 Sun Belt Preseason Poll and Teams