Two of the nation’s most prominent collegiate athletic conferences have come to an agreement to participate in a unique and ground-breaking season-opening baseball tournament in Florida. The inaugural BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge, hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, will feature 27 games February 20-22, 2009, at various spring training venues in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, API Marketing announced today.
Hempstead, NY- Hofstra scored three or more runs in the first three innings during which Matt Kougasian had four RBI and Nick Panzarella had three RBI as the Pride defeated Coppin State, 12-3, Wednesday afternoon. With the victory the Pride improve to 8-16 while the Eagles fall to 3-23.
Hofstra jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning. After the first three runners reached base for the Pride, Kougasian drove a run home with a sacrifice fly for the first run. One batter later Panzarella delivered Hofstra’s only hit of the inning to bring home two and increase the lead to 3-0. Continue reading →
The main reason why we saw the Uniform Start Date was that the Big Ten Conference really used their leverage to implement the new rule to level the playing field across the nation. The Big Ten this past weekend picked up some embarrassing losses with Ohio State losing to Air Force and Maine. The Michigan Wolverines picked up a loss to GA Southern on Friday with another bad loss earlier in the year to Portland. Both of these teams are supposed to be competing for the conference title shouldn’t they be representing the conference better? Continue reading →
Our good buddy Brian DeCaussin of Big Ten Hardball has started his previews for the 2008 season. His site is the ultimate in Big Ten Baseball coverage as he focuses only on the Big Ten. We have linked to each preview that is currently up below.
The University of Iowa Media Relations department has put out a great season preview for the 2008 season. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 31-23 mark in 2007 which led them to a fourth place finish in the Big Ten. They return a veteran squad in 2008 which should bring them closer to NCAA qualification. The full article is available here.
We have been posting articles for over two weeks now on teams releasing their 2009 signees. We continue the tradition today with some more press releases. Click on the respective team for the full press release.
The Iowa Baseball Program has released their 2008 baseball schedule. They will take part in two tournaments this year. The first tournament will be hosted by Notre Dame in Clearwater, Fla and the other tournament will be hosted by Vanderbilt. The teams in each tournament are unannounced. The top OOC game for the Hawkeyes will be when perennial power Nebraska visits them on April 8th. The full schedule is available here. Big Ten Hardball had this schedule posted a few weeks ago and I forgot to add the link.
The Bourne Braves and Falmouth Commodores are set to do battle in the Western Division playoffs in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
The Falmouth Commodores head over to Bourne to take on the Braves. Falmouth is led by Conor Gillaspie (Wichita State) who led the league in hitting at a .345 clip. He also has seven homers with 22 RBI on the year. David Adams (UVA) hit a solid .302 while Matthew Hague (Clemson) hit .299. Falmouth has the best two pitchers in the league based on ERA with Aaron Crow and Kyle Gibson who both play with the Missouri Tigers. Crow has a 0.67 ERA in 40 innings and a 3-1 record. (Video of Crow is available here) Gibson has a 2-0 record with a 1.17 ERA.
The Bourne Braves have fought through the 2007 season by overcoming losses of players during the season and before the season for various reasons to have the second best record in the league after Yarmouth-Dennis. Bourne is led by Kevin Hoef (Iowa) at the plate with his .317 average. T.J. Hose (East Carolina) is the top pitcher on the team with a 4-3 record with a 2.58 ERA.
Friday: Falmouth at Bourne 3 pm Saturday: Bourne at Falmouth 8 pm Sunday (if necessary): Falmouth at Bourne 3 pm
The College Baseball Blog predicts that Falmouth wins the series in three games in a mild upset.
The entire playoffs will be webcasted for free through Leaguestream. The games can be accessed by clicking here.