Here are some of the 2008 Season Previews that came out on Tuesday from the Media Relations department. We always are on the look out for season previews by SID’s and other information for our great readers. Continue reading
The CBB continues to bring you extensive coverage of the upcoming season. A few schools have put up their season previews today which are linked below.
Northern Illinois Preview Part 1
Nicholls State: Pitchers and Catchers
Air Force: Season Outlook
Oklahoma Season Preview: Part 1
Stephen F. Austin Season Preview: Catchers
Gotham Baseball Preview: Felician College
The Midwest Baseball Magazine recently sat down and talked with Ben Klafcynski who is a current Freshmen on Kent State. He had a tremendous senior year where he hit .613 with 12 homers as he led Highland High School to their first regional final in the program’s history. The full article from Midwest Baseball Magazine is available here. The CBB included Ben as one of the top freshmen to watch in the 2008 season. Our article is available here.
Kent State Athletic benefactor Hal Schoonover passed away this Saturday after a yearlong battle recovering from a fall. He attended Kent State where he played baseball from 1947-1949 while serving as the captain of the squad during his senior season. He was a fixture at all Golden Flashes sporting events according to Athletic Director Laing Kennedy. If he was not attending a game he would be ringing up the AD’s cell phone to get an update from the field. In 2003, Hal and his family made a substantial donation for the renovation of the Kent State baseball field. It was renamed for Hal and his wife Julie in 2005 honoring the commitment to the program. The full article from Akron Beacon Journal is available here. The CBB would like to send their condolences to the Schoonover family.
Photo is the courtesy of Kent State
University of Ohio baseball player Andrew Shisila has been charged with a first degree misdemeanor count of gambling. He was charged with former Ohio player Brent DeCoster who played with the Bobcats during his freshman season. Both of them are accused of running a gambling ring out of their residence. The investigation started in November when head coach Joe Carbone and Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt received an anonymous tip. They immediately contacted Ohio University police who started investigating the charges. They found three additional Ohio baseball players were involved in placing bets with the duo and they have been suspended from the team indefinitely with Shisila. The full release from Ohio Media Relations is available here.
Our good friend Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has started doing previews of conferences for the 2008 season.He is one of the top college baseball writers in the country with the depth of his knowledge about the players and coaches across the country. The previews are brief but informative especially the lower level conferences. Continue reading
The CBB has been previewing some of the top players in the country for the 2008 season throughout this off-season. This week we check in on the top freshmen in the country.
Derek Dietrich SS/P (Georgia Tech)
Derek Dietrich is a 6’1 199 pound shortstop/pitcher out of Parma OH. He was a third round pick by the Houston Astros in 2007 but elected to enroll at Georgia Tech after failing to come to terms on a contract. Continue reading
FROM PRESS RELEASE
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Twenty-one home games at Warren E. Steller Field, including three against four-time defending Mid-American Conference champion and NCAA participant Kent State, highlight the 2008 Bowling Green State University baseball schedule announced Thursday by head coach Danny Schmitz. The BG schedule, which will begin on Feb. 22 and run through the 17th of May, will include 58 total regular season games with 23 of those contests coming against teams that sported winning records in 2007, including four tilts with NCAA qualifiers. Continue reading