By: John Lockwood
Oh, the Midwest in March. As the teams of the Missouri Valley Conference entered their second-to-last weekend series before conference play, they received a less-than-warm welcome from a frigid cold front sweeping across the region. As a result, many teams saw their series cut-short (Creighton didn’t even play a game), leaving them to gear up for their mid-week games and—hopefully—warmer temperatures. The notable exception was Wichita State who traveled to #24 Oregon for a four game series. Wichita split the opening double-header, dropping the first game 2-1, yet scored two runs in the top of the ninth to win game two by a score of 6-4. Saturday night, Wichita played the longest game in Shockers history, winning a grueling 17-inning ordeal 6-5. However, the Shockers dropped the series finale 6-1 to ultimately split the series at 2 games apiece. Continue reading
Here is your ACC Recap for March 9th.
#5 Florida State 9 Maine 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Devon Travis played with one of the best leadoff hitters in Florida State baseball history last season, and is quickly proving he’s a pretty good visual learner.
As the successor to Tyler Holt in the leadoff spot this season for the Seminoles, Travis is off to a torrid start, serving as both the table-setter and a run producer. Continue reading
Here is your ACC Recap for March 8th.
#4 South Carolina 5 #8 Clemson 4
GREENVILLE, S.C. – South Carolina scored five runs in their final two at-bats and held off a furious Clemson rally in the ninth to earn a 5-4 victory in the Reedy River Rivalry game before a crowd of 7,125 at Fluor Field on Tuesday night.
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ST. LOUIS – Illinois State, which returns a dominating young pitching staff and solid depth from last year’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship squad, has been tabbed as the league favorite in the annual coaches’ preseason poll, receiving four of eight first-place votes.
The Redbirds tallied 58 points and were a close favorite over second-place pick Wichita State (53 points). Evansville (41 points) was picked to finish in the third position. Continue reading
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Wichita, Kan. (NCBWA) — Forty-five players have been named to the initial watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Tuesday.
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 68 with Illinois State redshirt junior Second Baseman Kevin Tokarski. The Downers Grove, Illinois, native had himself an impressive senior season hitting .441 with 8 triples and 20 stolen bases, being named to the All-State team by the Chicago Tribune. He helped his team to a regional title during his senior season. Tokarski is the son of Gary Tokarski, who played football for the Miami Hurricanes.
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NORMAL, Ill.-The defending Missouri Valley Conference Champion Illinois State baseball team’s 2011 schedule is highlighted by matchups against seven teams that won 30 or more games last season, two that qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament and one that finished the season nationally-ranked. The schedule, which was released Tuesday, also features the annual Horenberger-Bass Classic, which pits the Redbirds against the 2010 NCAA Division III National Champion Illinois Wesleyan Titans.
The CBB continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 78 with Illinois State’s Kenny Long. He is 6’0 and only 150 pounds from Fox Grove, Illinois and attended Dundee Crown High School. As a senior, he posted an 11-2 record with a 1.62 ERA. He finished the season with 121 strikeouts and walked only 22 batters in 85.6 innings of work.
Collegiate Baseball has put out their 2010-2011 Top 40 Recruiting Classes. Leading the way is LSU with the San Diego Toreros coming in at the runners up spot. The Oregon Ducks come in at the third spot while CWS Finalist UCLA comes in at number four. Florida rounds out the top five with another strong class coming in. You can check out the full top 40 below.
Vanderbilt 7 Louisville 0
LOUISVILLE , Ky.— Junior southpaw Richie Goodenow, in his first start of the year and just the second start in 68 career outings, held Louisville to only two hits and faced just two over the minimum to lead Vanderbilt to a 7-0 win Sunday afternoon at the NCAA Louisville Regional.
For the second straight year, the Commodores (44-18) will force a second championship game against the Cardinals (50-13) Monday night at 5 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. ET, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals.