FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After winning a school-record 48 games and advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 1994, Connecticut has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2011 BIG EAST baseball championship by the league’s 12 head coaches.
The Huskies received nine of a possible 11 first-place votes in the preseason poll. The coaches also chose Connecticut outfielder George Springer as the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and named righthanded pitcher Matt Barnes the BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Continue reading
According to the Washington Examiner, the Georgetown baseball team is currently exploring moving home games to Alexandria, Virginia to play at The Four Mile Run complex. The school would design and build a “state-of-the-art” facility for both baseball and softball in return for a multi-year lease on the fields. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Head Baseball Coach Pete Wilk announced today that Curtis Brown has been promoted to associate head coach for the Hoyas.
Brown has been the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgetown for the last three seasons. In that role, Brown has assisted in all facets of running the baseball program. His duties have included recruiting, travel, scouting, academic review, and budget maintenance.
Joe Maniaci of The Hoya recently wrote a feature on how the Georgetown Hoyas baseball team members Dan Capeless and Rand Ravnaas spent the summer. Both players led the Hoyas offense last season with Ravnaas leading the team with a .347 average with eleven homers and 35 RBI while Capeless had a .317 average with eight homers and 38 RBI.
We are now down to 23 days until Selection Monday. Here are some of my thoughts from the action on Saturday.
We will see on Sunday the first bid to the NCAA Tournament punched as Dartmouth and Columbia will face off in the third game of the three game Ivy League Championship series in New York. Columbia won Game 1 on Saturday by a score of 13-2 before Dartmouth won Game 2 15-12. I predict that Dartmouth will take it since they won the conference last year.
Here is your ACC Recap for April 28th.
#2 Virginia 10 Georgetown 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team matched a season best with its seventh straight win Wednesday, as the Cavaliers recorded a 10-5 victory over Georgetown at Davenport Field.
Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) recorded his third career four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Reed Gragnani (Fr., Richmond, Va.) added two hits and two stolen bases. Eight of the nine Cavalier starters posted at least one hit as UVa finished with 13 hits in the game.
Here is your Big East Recap for February 21st.
Florida 7 South Florida 6 (10 innings)
Freshman Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) delivered a walk-off single down the right-field line in the 10th inning as No. 7 Florida (3-0) completed a sweep of USF (0-3), 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The Gators had rallied to force extra innings with three runs in the ninth, including the tying run on a two-out fielding error by sophomore shortstop Sam Mende.
Here is your Big East Recap for February 20th.
#10 Florida 9 South Florida 1
No. 7 Florida (2-0) clinched its season-opening weekend series with a 9-1 victory over USF (0-2) on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 3,723 fans at McKethan Stadium. Freshman left-hander Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) tossed 5.2 scoreless innings in his collegiate debut to pick up the win, while sophomore Tyler Thompson (Tequesta, Fla.) (2-for-5) had a career-high four RBI, highlighted by a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning. Freshmen Kamm Washington (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) belted solo homers in the triumph for the Orange and Blue.
Here is your Big East Recap for February 19th.
Florida 6 South Florida 2
Gainesville, FL- Junior Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) powered No. 7 Florida to a 6-2 victory over USF in front of 3,309 fans at McKethan Stadium in the season opener for both teams on Friday. The two-time All-SEC second baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI, a pair of home runs and a double. In his collegiate debut, freshman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 2-for-4 and blasted a two-run homer on the first swing of his Gator career. Making his return to the lineup after missing the 2009 campaign, redshirt sophomore right-hander Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) scattered three hits, registered four strikeouts and allowed an unearned run in 3.1 innings.
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of conference previews today with the Big East Conference. Louisville won the conference regular season and postseason titles in 2009 with a 47-18 overall record while going 19-7 in Big East play. The Cardinals were the only team selected to play in the 2009 NCAA Tourney out of the Big East where they won the Louisville Regional before losing to Cal-State Fullerton. Continue reading