There were some aces that were missing their sharp kitchen utensils on Friday afternoon. Instead of knifing through lineups like they were ripened pears, pitchers like West Virginia’s Harrison Musgrave, Irvine’s Andrew Morales and Fullerton’s Thomas Eshelman struggled to have the success they normally have.
Granted, those three staff aces are still going to give their team a chance to compete every time out, so were their squads able to pick them up when they didn’t have their A+ stuff?
That plus all of Friday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from the last two days at Cal State Northridge, some highlights and clips from Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton: Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Dull Aces
The rains again claimed most of the action in Southern California, but the teams on the road were able to get their games in (except for Long Beach State who fell victim to a ‘sub-freezing temperatures’ cancellation at Wichita State) and there were some really great matchups.
After missing him twice in Omaha last summer, UCLA finally had to face off with North Carolina State ace Carlos Rodon, but it was a different lefty that stole the show.
A pair of young top prospects took the mound in Eugene as Cal State Fullerton and Oregon battled to a one-run contest that wasn’t decided until the eighth inning.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action in the area:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Saturday Aces
“Rain! Rain! Go away! Don’t ever come back until baseball season is over.” (or something like that)
Instead of an exciting matchup between USC and Cal Poly or some tripleheader USD Tournament action, all there was to do in Los Angeles tonight was listen and watch games online since everything in Southern California was cancelled on Friday.
There still were some great games played by some SoCal squads. Could James Kaprielian overcome UCLA’s struggling offense? How would Thomas Eshelman respond after struggling his last outing?
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Rain, Rain Go Away
Several Southern California college baseball squads take to the road this weekend with teams flying to the Pacific Northwest, North Carolina, across the Pacific and even to the country’s heartland.
And those teams might be the lucky ones as Southern California is being beset with rain that threatens to wipe out several scheduled games around the area.
To get you ready for the Southern California baseball action, we’ve got your schedule and Around the Horn preview of series to watch highlighted by a top 10, familiar foe, face-off along with teams vying to return to the national spotlight and a team that won’t get to avoid one of the nation’s top pitchers any longer. Continue reading SoCal Weekend Preview: Wheels Up
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 9 on the countdown is Evansville’s Kyle Freeland. The 6’3 Denver, Colorado native broke out as a key player to watch in 2013 after a fantastic summer playing in the Alaska Baseball League. Continue reading 2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 9. Kyle Freeland (Evansville)
The Illinois State Baseball squad is looking to improve on their 2013 Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship title under Mark Kingston. Randy Reinhardt of Pantagraph.com has a preview of the Redbirds which can be checked out by clicking here.
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ST. LOUIS – Wichita State, which returns its entire weekend pitching rotation and a wealth of depth from last year’s squad, has been tabbed as the league favorite in the annual coaches’ preseason poll, receiving six of eight first-place votes.
The Shockers tallied 56 points and were a slim favorite over second-place pick Missouri State (55 points), as the Bears tallied the two remaining first-place votes. Continue reading 2014 Missouri Valley Preseason Coaches Poll Released
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WICHITA, Kan. – The 2014 Wichita State baseball schedule features 16 games against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams along with 30 home games, head coach Todd Butler announced Jan. 9.
“We are playing an outstanding non-conference schedule,” Butler said. “The conference alone is going to be tough and I’m excited about it. We will continue to play the best non-conference schedule we can play. I also think it’s great that we are playing Missouri at Kauffman Stadium. I think it will be great for both fan bases, it will be fun for our players and we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the national championship team.” Continue reading Wichita State releases 2014 Schedule
We continue the countdown today with number 50, Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie. In his sophomore season with the Shockers, Gillaspie started 62 games at first base, three at DH and one in right field as he played a huge role in the success of the program. In 66 games the 6’4” switch hitter posted a .299 average with 49 runs, 70 hits, 16 doubles, 11 HR, 46 RBI and 62 walks. His efforts on the field got him named to the second team All-Valley as well as the Valley all-defensive team. Continue reading 2014 CBD Top 100 Players Countdown: 50. Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State)
We continue the countdown today with number #56, Southern Illinois RHP Sam Coonrod. In his sophomore campaign with the Salukis, Coonrod showed dominance on the mound, proving that he had the stuff to be an elite starting pitcher in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The 6’1” right-hander made 15 starts during the 2013 season and recorded 79.2 innings which was good for 10th in the MVC. Coonrod quickly filled a weekend starting spot and it was for good reason. The sophomore pitched to a 4.29 ERA and finished 8th in the conference with 68 strikeouts. Coonrod finished the Salukis 2013 season with a 3-6 record and also received the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award for his hard work in the classroom. Continue reading 2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 56. Sam Coonrod (Southern Illinois)