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OMAHA, Neb. [July 2, 2011] – College of Charleston’s Daniel Aldrich beat Georgia Southern’s Victor Roache in front of 20,578 people at the 2011 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby tonight at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. CBS will televise the event nationwide at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. Continue reading
ESPN’s Sports Science program recently featured the new BBCOR Bats. The segment talks about the decreased power in the bats while giving you the technical workings of the new bats. I highly recommend you check out the video below. Continue reading
The LSU Tigers released their 2011 schedule a few weeks ago, which features your typical 56 games (30 SEC and 26 OOC). The interesting part is that they will only leave Alex Box Stadium for two out of conference road games and one neutral site game at Zephyr Field in Metairie, LA. Is it good for College Baseball to have a marquee program play mostly home games? I thought we would take this time to see how different coaches around the country put together their respective schedules.
The New York Times recently took a look at all the top athletic programs in the country looking in depth at the athletic program at the University of Florida. They have seen a major boost to athletic funding over the last couple of years including building a 15 million dollar women’s lacrosse facility that hadn’t played a game yet. Foley is the same guy that fired current Arizona head coach Andy who averaged 40 victories a season over seven seasons, winning two Southeastern Conference championships and appearing in five N.C.A.A. tournaments and two College World Series. He also fired Pat McMahon after going 202-113-1 in six seasons including an appearance in the 2005 CWS Championship Series.
We are now done the first day of the NCAA Regionals with the biggest upset being Minnesota defeating Cal-State Fullerton behind an excellent start from Seth Rosin. The other interesting thing that I saw was the fact that the UConn and Oregon game drew 5684 fans as alot of people questioned how good the regional would draw up in the Northeast. We can now say that all of the naysayers were wrong and the regional will probably be a success. I attended both games down there and was pleasantly surprised at the crowd and how well run the event has been run. I will have a full article on the regional in the upcoming week but for now you can check out my FSU-Central Connecticut State Recap by clicking here and my Oregon-UConn recap by clicking here. (Both links include interviews). If you missed any of the recaps feel free to check out our Regional Central by clicking here.
The 2010 SEC Tournament introduced a Pitch Clock for games. The SEC had a 108 second clock between innings and when there was no runners on base, pitchers were forced to throw a pitch every 20 seconds or they would be called for a ball. There was no pitch clock when runners were on the basepaths. The games during the tournament ended up being 15 minutes shorter then the previous year.
We continue to bring you the lighter side of our great sport with another great rain delay video from the Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic game over this past weekend. This is one of the better ones that I have seen in the last couple of years with some dancing and jokes played on the teams. Do you think it is better then the epic UConn-South Florida one from last year? (Click here for that one) My vote is still for the Division 3 danceoff between Lynchburg College and Christopher Newport University from two years ago. (Click here for that one).
Men’s Head Basketball Coach Fred Hill is reportedly being let go by Rutgers University on Thursday, according to Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com The incident that is reportedly leading to the firing happened at the conclusion of the Pitt-Rutgers baseball game last Thursday at Bainton Field. Fred Hill’s father, Fred, is the longtime coach of the Rutgers Baseball team. It happened on April Fool’s Day, but this was no joke. Below is a recap of what happened, as told by Jerry Carino of MyCentralJersey.com on his Hoops Haven Blog:
Pat Borzi of the New York Times has a great article on Ron Petrich. He is in charge of scheduling all the college baseball games at the Metrodome from February through April. The dome hosts many Division 2 and 3 games around the clock while serving as the home for the Minnesota baseball and softball programs during the early part of the season. Petrich said he was able to accommodate a record of 240 college games this season while setting up a total of 420 games. You can read the full article by clicking here.
The other interesting thing about the dome is the ability to roller skate on the concourse for $6.50. Has any of our readers ever done that?
Boyd’s World has put out their 2010 Strength of Schedule rankings. The Baylor Bears come into the season with the toughest schedule in the country with UCLA coming in at the second spot. Washington, San Diego, and Southern California round out the Top 5. You can check out the rest of the Top 25 and the rankings for all 301 teams in the country below.