FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – After winning the Big Ten’s regular-season and tournament titles last season, Minnesota has been named the conference favorite for 2011, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday. For the first time in conference history, the Big Ten baseball coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their teams for a Players to Watch list. Also among the top six projected finishers for the season were No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Ohio State. Continue reading
Friday was the first day of practice around the country for almost every Division 1 baseball program. Here are some of the most interesting links and videos from the day. Continue reading
Heading into the 2010 campaign, everyone was talking about the Ohio State Buckeyes being the class of the Big Ten but they would be talking about the Gophers instead. The Big Ten ended up seeing the first place Minnesota Gophers (15-9) and last place Penn State Nittany Lions (9-15) separated by a measly six games. Michigan ended up finishing second with a 14-10 mark while Iowa and Northwestern finished at 13-11 in a tie for third place. Purdue and Indiana were also tied with a 12-12 mark for fifth place. Michigan State and Ohio State tied for seventh place with a record of 11-13 and Illinois finished in ninth with a 10-14 mark while Penn State rounded out the standings with their 9-15 record. 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
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The schedule has been finalized for the 2011 BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge, hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, as announced by the BIG EAST and Big Ten conference offices Tuesday. Triple-headers on Friday and Saturday highlight a slate that features 24 games over three days, Feb. 18-20, 2011, at current and former major league facilities in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Fla., area.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – First-year Ohio State baseball head coach Greg Beals announced the team’s 2011 schedule today. Highlights include home Big Ten series against Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern, a first-ever appearance at Bill Davis Stadium by Oklahoma State for a two-game series, and three games as part of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge to open the season.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The coaching team of Greg Beals and Mike Stafford will continue. It’s not as if this comes as too great of a surprise for those in the collegiate baseball circles, and particularly to those who have watched the two succeed along the recruiting trails or between the base paths the past seven seasons instructing, mentoring and coaxing the most out of their student-athletes at Ball State University. But today it became official when Beals, the Springfield, Ohio-native and first-year coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, named Stafford, the former Buckeye reliever, as his pitching coach.
Ball State head coach Greg Beals will be named the next head coach at Ohio State according to multiple sources. He has spent the last eight seasons with the Cardinals accumulating a 243-202 record while going 117-80 in MAC play. This past season, the team went 29-29 facing off against the fourth toughest non-conference schedule in the country. He has also overseen 20 Cardinals being selected in the MLB Draft with Kolbrin Vitek being selected in the first round.
UPDATE at 5:00pm
Ohio State is set to name Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin according to a post from Kendall Rogers. He is set to replace Bob Todd who is retiring after 23 seasons leading the Buckeyes.
You can check out the full post by clicking here.
We spoke with Stricklin before this season and the full interview is available by clicking here.
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America tweeted the following about the situation:
Kent State coach Scott Stricklin refutes rumor he will take Ohio State job. He texted: "No basis for that. Have not been contacted by them."
We should see what happens about this situation in the coming days but it is very odd timing for this news to break.
Here are some of the best mid-week matchups to watch for tonight.
#14 Arkansas at #15 Oklahoma
The Arkansas Razorbacks make the trek to Norman Oklahoma tonight to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Arkansas enters the game with a 38-14 overall record but are on a three game losing streak thanks to the South Carolina Gamecocks who swept them in Fayetteville over the weekend. Arkansas will send freshman LHP Randall Fant to the hill as he has a 3-1 record with a 4.05 ERA in 33.1 innings. The Sooners enter the game with a 37-14 record after taking the last two games of a three game weekend series with Memphis. The Sooners will send junior RHP Michael Rocha to the mound as he is 6-1 with a 3.70 ERA in 15 appearances including two starts.