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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Five-time defending Mountain West Conference champion TCU is the unanimous favorite to win its sixth consecutive regular season MWC baseball title in 2011, according to a vote of the seven MWC head coaches and a selected media panel. The Horned Frogs received all 16 first-place votes and 112 points overall, while BYU garnered 84 points to finish second in the poll. San Diego State collected 75 points for a third-place ranking in the poll, while New Mexico was fourth (71 points). Rounding out the poll were UNLV in fifth (45 points), Utah in sixth (43 points) and Air Force in seventh (18 points). Continue reading
The Mountain West Conference was dominated by TCU last season as the Horned Frogs went 21-5 to win the conference by four games over New Mexico, who went 14-8. San Diego State finished third, with a 13-11 record. BYU finished in fourth place at 12-12, while UNLV finished in fifth place with a 11-13 record. Utah finished sixth at 10-13, with Air Force struggling mightily as they finished 3-20. Continue reading
The NCAA released their 2010 NCAA Baseball Attendance Figures which is led by four SEC schools. The LSU Tigers lead the pack with an average of 10,673 fans in 37 games. Arkansas comes in second with 7,704 fans while Ole Miss comes in third with 6,759 fans edging out fourth place South Carolina by an average of one fan. Texas is the first non-SEC school in fifth place with an average of 6,571 fans. You can check out the rest of the Top 50 below. Continue reading
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.
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University of New Mexico head baseball coach Ray Birmingham has announced the 2011 Lobo baseball schedule. The team will take on some of the best college teams in the nation, including 2010 College World Series participants Arizona State, Oklahoma and TCU. The Lobos are scheduled to play 24 games at Isotope Park.
“As we march toward Omaha, Lobo baseball will take another giant leap into the `shark-infested waters’ with a schedule that rivals any team schedule in the country,” said Birmingham.
Cal State Fullerton 11 New Mexico 3
FULLERTON, CA – Cal State Fullerton’s Corey Jones finished with three hits, including his seventh home run of the season, and three RBI to lead a trio of Titans with three hits on the day, helping his team to an 11-3 victory over third-seeded New Mexico in an elimination game at the 2010 NCAA Baseball Regional at Goodwin Field.
Top-seeded Fullerton (43-16 overall, 2-1 in NCAA Regional play) advances to the regional championship against unbeaten and fourth-seeded Minnesota later tonight at 8 p.m. PDT. Should the Titans defeat the Golden Gophers, the two teams would meet in a winner-take-all game seven on Monday night (June 7) at 8 p.m. PDT.
Minnesota 6 New Mexico 4
FULLERTON, CA – Minnesota’s Matt Puhl drove home the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the top of the 10th and closer Scott Matyas struck out the final eight batters he faced to earn the win and lead the fourth-seeded Golden Gophers to a 6-4, 10-inning victory over No. 3 New Mexico on Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
Minnesota (32-28, 2-0 in NCAA Regional play) is now in the driver’s seat at the Fullerton regional, needing just one more victory to advance to the first NCAA Super Regional in the history of the program.
The Lobos (38-21, 1-1) will face elimination on Sunday at 4 p.m. PDT, clashing with host and top-seeded Cal State Fullerton, a 6-5 winner over Stanford earlier in the day. The victor will advance to face the Golden Gophers in the first of two possible regional championship contests beginning at approximately 8 p.m. PDT.
Here is your Fullerton Regional for Day 1 of action.
Minnesota 3 Cal-State Fullerton 1
FULLERTON, CA – Minnesota’s Seth Rosin scattered just three hits over eight innings of work and the fourth-seeded Golden Gophers scored all the runs they would need in the first inning en route to a 3-1 upset of top-seeded Cal State Fullerton to close out the first day of the 2010 NCAA Baseball Regionals at Goodwin Field.
Minnesota (31-28, 1-0 in NCAA Regional play) advances in the winners bracket to face third-seeded New Mexico, a 9-5 winner over No. 2 Stanford earlier in the day. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. PDT or 50 minutes following the completion of the first game.
#1 Fullerton (41-15, 21-3 Big West)
Dave Serrano’s Fullerton Titans had slow start to their season, similar to the one experienced before their run to the 2004 National Title. Serrano made a few changes with his squad, primarily by making Noe Ramirez the Friday starter. After starting the season at 4-7, Fullerton turned their season around and finished 41-15, which had them in contention to possibly be a national seed. Fullerton got over the hump during the season, but need to get over another certain obstacle called the Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal have owned the Titans in the postseason as of late, most recently beating the Titans in 2 games in the 2008 Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.
Here are some of the best links from Around the Nation.
The first story today is Villanova’s Matt Szczur will be missing this weekend’s series against Georgetown as he is starting to take medication for a bone marrow donation he will be giving in the next couple of weeks. The New Mexico Lobos have started the season off well but San Diego State is standing between them and a bid to the NCAA Tourney. There is a major showdown between Pitt and UConn this weekend which could go far in deciding who will be the top seed in the Big East Tourney. The Merced-Sun Star has a good article on former high school teammates Brett Mooneyham and Dylan Floro. All four of the ACC schools located in North Carolina are currently in trouble of missing the 2010 ACC Tournament after they have struggled throughout the year. The final article talks about the great baseball atmosphere at Ole Miss and Mississippi State which could be the best in the nation. Feel free to check out the articles below.