DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 18, today. Louisiana Tech sophomore outfielder Jericho Jones was named National Hitter of the Week, while UC Riverside junior right-hander James Simmons was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Jones, a sophomore from Corinth, Texas, hit .650 (13-20) in five games as Louisiana Tech extended its winning streak to eight in a row. He had a total of 16 RBIs, three home runs, three doubles, one triple, was walked twice and scored 11 runs during the week. Jones began the week with a 4-for-5 performance, driving in three and scoring three runs against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In Saturday's second game against McNeese State, Tech trailed 10-1 in the seventh inning when Jones hit a three-run homer, his second of the game. In the eighth, he hit a two-run double as the Bulldogs went on to win 15-13. For the game, he was 3-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs. On Sunday, he went 2-for-3 with four more RBIs to help seal the sweep for the Bulldogs.
In his first Friday-night start of the season, Simmons tossed a four-hit complete game and tied the UC Riverside Division I record with 15 strikeouts in the 3-0 win over San Francisco. His 15 strikeouts top his previous career high of 10, achieved three times last season, and ties Chris Smith's five-year old school record. In his first complete game, the 6-4 right-hander faced just four batters over the minimum and threw 128 pitches, 95 for strikes. The Norco, Calif., native, who allowed just one runner to reach second, improved to 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.45.
With this week's honor, Simmons automatically is named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at: www.prolineathletic.com.
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DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 11 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Preseason Rank
1 Vanderbilt SEC 6-0 4
2 South Carolina SEC 5-1 1
3 North Carolina ACC 3-0 3
4 Clemson 2-1 ACC 2
5 Cal State Fullerton Big West 7-2 5
6 Florida State ACC 9-0 10
7 Oregon State Pacific-10 9-1 9
8 Rice Conference USA 5-4 6
9 Virginia ACC 4-1 8
10 Arkansas SEC 6-2 11
11 Mississippi SEC 4-1 13
12 Nebraska Big 12 3-1 14
13 Arizona State Pac-10 7-3 12
14 Miami (Fla.) ACC 4-4 7
15 Pepperdine West Coast 7-3 18
16 Oklahoma State Big 12 5-1 16
17 Texas Big 12 6-4 15
18 TCU MWC 6-1 21
19 Alabama SEC 6-1 20
20 Tulane C-USA 4-2 22
21 Georgia Tech ACC 3-3 19
22 Winthrop Big South 7-2 24
23 Arizona Pac-10 9-2 23
24 Wichita State MVC 1-2 17
25 Kentucky SEC 3-0 26
26 Long Beach State Big West 5-4 25
27 UCLA Pac-10 6-4 27
28 Florida Atlantic Atlantic Sun 9-0 NR
29 NC State ACC 5-0 NR
30 Coastal Carolina Big South 7-0 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn (6-1), Baylor (4-3), Charlotte (5-1), College of Charleston (4-0), Evansville (3-3), Georgia Southern (8-2), Hawaii (9-3), Kansas (7-1), UL Lafayette (4-0), Louisiana State(4-2), Mississippi State (0-0), Ohio State (0-0), Rhode Island (0-0), San Diego (9-4), South Florida (6-0), Southeastern Louisiana (7-5), Southern California (7-5), Southern Miss (3-0), Stanford (3-5), Stetson (5-2), Texas A&M (7-1), Texas Tech (7-3), UC Irvine (6-2-1)
Dropped Out: Stanford (28), Louisiana State (29), Tennessee (30)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 7, Southeastern 6, Pacific-10 4, Big 12 3, Big South 2, Big West 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1, West Coast 1
Thanks to Russ Anderson for forwarding me this release and the NCBWA for doing this poll every week.
The NCBWA has released their National Players of the Week for the period ending on February 11th. Pedro Alvarez was named the Player of the Week with an outstanding weekend in Houston at the Minute Maid College Classic. He went 7-14 in a 3 game sweep over Rice, Baylor, and Arizona State. Charlotte left-handed pitcher Spencer Steedley was named the National Pitcher of the Week after pitching a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks in a 8-0 victory. He did not allow any runners past second base and scattered seven hits.
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the 2007 NCAA Division I ranks. For more information or to join te NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Preseason Rank
1 South Carolina Southeastern Conference 3-0 3
2 Clemson Atlantic Coast 0-0 2
3 North Carolina ACC 0-0 4
4 Vanderbilt SEC 3-0 11
5 Cal State Fullerton Big West 5-1 9
6 Rice Conference USA 2-3 1
7 Miami (Fla.) ACC 3-2 6
8 Virginia ACC 2-1 7
9 Oregon State Pacific-10 7-0 17
10 Florida State ACC 6-0 15
11 Arkansas SEC 4-2 8
12 Arizona State Pacific-10 5-1 14
13 Mississippi SEC 2-0 13
14 Nebraska Big 12 Conference 0-0 12
15 Texas Big 12 3-4 6
16 Oklahoma State Big 12 3-0 21
17 Wichita State Missouri Valley Conference 0-0 18
18 Pepperdine West Coast Conference 4-2 20
19 Georgia Tech ACC 0-2 10
20 Alabama SEC 3-0 28
21 TCU Mountain West Conference 2-1 22
22 Tulane Conference USA 1-2 16
23 Arizona Pacific-10 8-0 NR
24 Winthrop Big South Conference 4-2 31
25 Long Beach State Big West Conference 4-2 NR
26 Kentucky Southeastern Conference 0-0 27
27 UCLA Pacific-10 2-4 23
28 Stanford Pacific-10 2-3 24
29 LSU SEC 3-0 34
30 Tennessee SEC 2-4 25
(Note: NCBWA Rated 35 teams in pre-2007 poll)
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn (3-0), Baylor (0-3), California (4-1), Charlotte (3-1), Coastal Carolina (3-0), Evansville (2-1), Florida Atlantic (6-0), Georgia (0-3), Georgia Southern (3-2), Hawai'i (7-2), Kansas (7-1), Kent State (0-0), UL Lafayette (0-0), Mississippi State (0-0), Missouri (3-0), NC State (3-0), Ohio State (0-0), Oklahoma (2-4), Oral Roberts (2-0), Rhode Island (0-0), San Diego (6-3), Southeastern Louisiana (2-1), Southern California (5-3), Southern Miss (0-0), UC Irvine (3-2-1), UC Riverside (5-1)
Dropped Out: Georgia (19), Baylor (26), Evansville (29), Oklahoma (30)
From NCBWA Release
The NCBWA has released the 2007 Stopper of the Year Watch List. You have all the normal candidates for this post season award including Milan Dinga (Army) and Brett Cecil (UMD). The full press release is available here.
The NCBWA has released their 2007 Pre-Season poll. The Owls of Rice are the number 1 pick overall with Clemson, UNC, University of South Carolina, and Miami rounding out the top 5. The full poll is available here.
The 2007 NCBWA All-American Team has been released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. We have the usual group of athletes on the team with Andy D’Alessio from Clemson coming back for his senior year. My favorite player in this group is Kellen Kulbacki who I had the chance to see play down the cape this summer and he impressed me with his talent in the field and also with the bat. Milan Dinga of Army has a very powerful arm and should be drafted this upcoming year but with his military service issues we should see if it hinders his prospects.
This is the first of the All-America teams of the year and I am starting to get ready to watch some good old fashion college baseball but it only happens for about a month and a half up here in the great white north of New England.
2007 NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
C Kevin Coughlin, Kentucky, Sr.
1B Andy D’Alessio, Clemson, Sr.
2B Eric Sogard, Arizona State, Sr.
3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt, So.
SS Zack Cozart, Mississippi, Sr.
UTIL Sean Doolittle, Virginia, Jr.
DH Robert Rodebaugh, Elon, Sr.
OF Emeel Salem, Alabama, Jr.
OF Steven Strasbaugh, Western Car., Jr.
OF Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison, Jr.
SP Wes Roemer, CS Fullerton, Jr.
SP Cole St. Clair, Rice, Jr
SP Jake Arrieta, TCU, Jr.
SP Tony Watson, Nebraska, Jr.
SP Nick Schmidt, Arkansas, Jr.
RP Joshua Fields, Georgia, Jr.
RP Blair Erickson, UC Irvine, Sr.
RP Milan Dinga, Army, Jr.
C Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech, Jr.
1B Chad Flack, North Carolina, Jr.
2B Ramon Corona, N.C. State, Jr.
3B Jonathan Greene, Western Carolina, Sr.
SS Josh Horton, North Carolina, Jr.
UTIL Joe Savery, Rice, Jr.
UTIL Damon Sublett, Wichita State, Jr.
DH Brendan Murphy, Marshall, Sr.
OF Jared Prince, Washington State, So.
OF Danny Payne, Georgia Tech, Jr.
OF Tommy Lentz, Winthrop, Sr.
SP Barry Enright, Pepperdine, Jr.
SP Chris Ashman, Oral Roberts, Sr.
SP Alex Wilson, Winthrop, So.
SP Nick Chigges, Coll. Of Charleston, Sr.
SP Aaron Shafer, Wichita State, So.
RP David Price, Vanderbilt, Jr.
RP Daniel Moskos, Clemson, Jr.
RP Luke Tucker, Florida State, Sr.
C J.P. Arencibia, Tennessee, Jr.
C Matt Smith, Texas Tech, So.
1B Adam Amar, Memphis, Sr.
2B Jemile Weeks, Miami (Fla.), So.
3B Conor Gillaspie, Wichita State, So.
3B Curt Smith, Maine, So.
SS Brian Friday, Rice, Jr.
SS Todd Frazier, Rutgers, Jr.
UTIL Josh Dew, Troy, Jr.
UTIL Ryan Wehrle, Nebraska, Sr.
DH David Doss, South Alabama, Sr.
OF Roger Kieschnick, Texas Tech, So.
OF Marcus Davis, Alcorn State, Jr.
OF Eric Rose, Michigan, Sr.
OF Collin Cowgill, Kentucky, Jr.
SP Mitch Harris, Navy, Jr.
SP Bryan Henry, Florida State, Sr.
SP Ben Norton, Evansville, Sr.
SP Christian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky, So.
SP Greg Dombrowski, Kentucky, Jr.
SP Tommy Hunter, Alabama, So.
SP Dan DeLucia, Ohio State, Sr.
RP Daniel Latham, Tulane, Sr.
RP Brett Hunter, Pepperdine, So.
Full Press Release available here.
The NCBWA has released their preseason All-American teams. It is led by Matt LaPorta, Drew Stubbs, Shane Robinson, Dallas Buck, and Ian Kennedy. The rest of the team can be seen here.