By Thomas Nelshoppen of The Baseball Zealot
Weather had played major tricks to us college baseball fans in the Midwest. There must have been a record number of postponements, cancellations and suspensions. Unfortunately, the rains came to Ann Arbor Friday evening and interfered with the Regional games. At least, Arizona and Eastern Michigan got their full game in so let’s start with them Continue reading Ann Arbor Regional Day 1 Recap
The Cal State Fullerton Titans will be hosting a Regional this year where they will be joined by UCLA, Virginia, and Rider. The Titans have a record of 37-19 while being 16-8 in the Big West. UCLA went 31-25 while struggling in the Pac-10 with a 13-11 record. Virginia enters with a 38-21 record while going 15-15 in the tough ACC. The final team in the regional is Rider who is 29-26 while going 13-10 in the MAAC. Continue reading CBB Regional Preview: Fullerton (CA)
The Stanford Cardinals enter the Regionals with a 33-21 record while having a 14-10 record in the Pac-10. They will be joined by Pepperdine who has a 36-18 record while finishing second in the West Coast Conference with a 14-6 record. Arkansas will join the clubs as they finished with a 34-22 record and a 14-15 record in the SEC which kept the Razorbacks out of the SEC Conference Tourney. The last team in the Regional is UC Davis who went 34-22 with a 13-11 record in the Big West. Continue reading 2008 CBB Regional Preview: Stanford
#1 Arizona State (45-11)
#2 Vanderbilt (40-20)
#3 Oklahoma (34-24-1)
#4 Stony Brook (34-24)
Arizona State is the host for the Tempe Regional for the second year in a row and third time in four years. Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark will be the site of all the action. The Sun Devils are also the #3 National Seed.
Continue reading CBB Regional Preview: Tempe
#1 LONG BEACH STATE VS. #4 FRESNO STATE
Long Beach State (37-19)
The Dirtbags are 37-19 and are the top seed in the Long Beach regional. LBSU boasts the Coach of the Year in Mike Weather, tri-Pitcher of the Year Andrew Liebel and co-Player of the Year in first baseman Shane Peterson. Peterson led the league in hitting with a .399 average and an .510 on base percentage. Liebel went 8-3 on the season with a 1.81 ERA in 109.2 innings pitched.
The Dirtbags earned a share of the Big West title and the automatic bid after taking two of three games from #8 Cal-State Fullerton to end the season.
Continue reading CBB Regional Preview: Long Beach
By: Thomas Nelshoppen of The Baseball Zealot
Last week at the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan’s bat boy was wearing a jersey with “692” on the back of it. The reference was lost on me till later when I read that is the exact mileage from Ann Arbor to Omaha.
When you set your goals, set them high.
Michigan (45-12) will put that all to the test as they host a NCAA Regional Tournament at Fisher Stadium beginning this Friday. They received a #2 seed and in fact, are the only #2 seed hosting a regional tournament this year. They will begin the tourney by facing #3 seed Kentucky (42-17). #1 seed Arizona will take on #4 seed Eastern Michigan (25-32). Continue reading CBB Regional Preview: Ann Arbor
Aman Reaka and myself have been accumulating a bunch of questions from our readers over the past few weeks about the upcoming MLB draft. We have picked out the five best questions that have been sent to us and have answered them below. Continue reading CBB Draft Q and A
Our good friends over at The Nickel Block check in with an article on Oregon State head coach Pat Casey who has been rumored to be moving on to a new job over the last year. The most recent rumors have him getting a little bit tired of the expectations of winning the National Championship every season and if the Beavers don’t win the title it is a major disappointment. Check out the full article by clicking here.
The Pac-10 Conference concluded the 24 game conference season this Memorial Day Weekend and after defeating Arizona on Thursday night, the Arizona State Sun Devils clinched their second straight conference title. Stanford finished second, UCLA finished third. Arizona, CAL, Washington, Oregon State, USC and Washington State wrap up the standings.
Five Pac-10 schools were selected by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee to participate in the postseason, and given a chance to head to Omaha. Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford and UCLA were invited, while two time defending National Champion Oregon State was left out despite a three game sweep of Pacific to conclude its season. Continue reading Pac-10 Leaders
ASU’s Kipnis Named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA’s Murphy Named Pitcher of the Week
This is the first weekly honor for Kipnis and Murphy’s third.
(Walnut Creek, CA) – Arizona State redshirt sophomore outfielder Jason Kipnis has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA junior left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 19 – 25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Kipnis, from Northbrook, Ill., helped Arizona State clinch their second straight Pac-10 title, going 8-for-13 (.615) with a double, a triple, a homer and six runs batted in during the final week of the regular season. He also stole a base, drew four walks and played perfect defense in the outfield.
Murphy, from Vista, Calif., pitched his second complete game shutout of the season, helping the Bruins blank No. 15 California, 8-0, in Friday’s series opener at Evans Diamond. Murphy scattered five hits in nine innings, totaling 10 strikeouts while walking four hitters. Murphy’s complete-game effort helped pave the way for UCLA’s series victory at California over the weekend. UCLA blanked the Golden Bears, 7-0, on Saturday to become the first Bruin baseball team to post back-to-back shutouts since 1978. With the win, Murphy improved to 5-6 on the season with a 3.52 ERA and team-highs of 107 strikeouts and 94.2 innings.
Continue reading Pac-10 Player / Pitcher of the Week