The College Baseball Blog continues our previews of conferences around the nation today with a preview of the Gehrig Division of the Ivy League. The Columbia Lions won the divisional title last season which qualified them for the Ivy League Championship series. The Lions ended up winning the conference’s automatic bid by winning the best of three series against the Dartmouth Big Green. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog is committed to bringing our readers some insight from coaches from around the country. We continue our series of interviews today with Penn’s John Cole. He is currently entering his fourth season in charge of the Quakers program. Last season saw the Penn program finish the season with a 15-23-1 overall record with a conference record of 6-13-1. They ended up finishing in third place in the Gehrig Division with 8.5 games separating them from the first place Columbia Lions. John Cole came over to Penn after a highly successful six year run at Rowan College in New Jersey. Continue reading
Georgia State Announces 2009 Slate
Highlighted by home match-ups against two of their biggest rivals and coming off a school record 33-win season, the Georgia State baseball team announced its upcoming 2009 schedule on Tuesday afternoon. The journey back to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament begins with a four-game home series against Cleveland State on Friday, February 20th.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Game 1: Brown 2 Penn 1
Game 2: Penn 6 Brown 4
Philadelphia, PA – Senior pitcher Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) out-pitched Penn ace Todd Roth, with a little help from his closer, to help the Brown baseball team (7-11, 1-3 Ivy League) pick up its first Ivy League win in a split with Penn (7-9-1, 1-2-1 Ivy League) on Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium. Silverman went 6.1 innings before giving way to senior closer Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) for the final two outs in the Bears’ 2-1 game one win, before Penn’s five-run rally in the fifth inning of game two led to a 6-4 Quaker win for the split. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
PHILADELPHIA (3/18/08) – Temple senior Stan Orzechowski (Philadelphia, PA / Northeast Catholic) and Penn sophomore Todd Roth (Lanoka Harbor, NJ / Lacey Twp.) have been named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, in voting conducted by the school’s head coaches and sports information offices. Continue reading
Here is some links from around the nation from some Collegiate Newspapers.
The Daily Pennsylvanian: Spring Break Recap
The Hoya (Georgetown): checks in on Tommy Lee
The Temple News: Getting back near .500
The Lariat (Baylor): No Spring break for Baseball
The Harvard Crimson: Weekend Recap
USF Oracle: Sooners coming to town
Daily Texan: Texas overcomes Milk Truck accident
The Independent Florida Alligator: FSU Preview
We look at various links from around the country today.
BleedCrimson.net checks in with Coach Ward (NMSU)
Gotham Magazine Players of the Week/Weekend Recap
Holy Cross Season Preview
Penn Season Preview from Daily Pennsylvanian
Penn’s Tom Grandieri looks to impact lineup
Penn’s Roth looks to have strong Sophomore season
Baseball Zealot talks with Big Ten Hardball
The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to talk to John Cole who is entering his third season with the Penn Quakers. They won the Lou Gehrig division in 2007 but were swept by the Brown Bears in two games.
1. In 2007, Penn had a great season in the Ivy League by going 12-8 in the conference but finishing with an overall record of 20-19. The Quakers return a veteran squad as seven out of the nine starters from the 2007 Gehrig Division championship team return. Who is going to replace Joey Boaen (.310 BA) and Josh Corn (.288 BA) who have both graduated? Continue reading
The CBB will be providing conference previews throughout the preseason. We start this week with the Ivy League. I know you would rather see us preview the ACC or SEC but I have a guilty pleasure for the Ivy League. It is very competitive baseball that is a must-see for a baseball junkie like myself. The Brown Bears won the Ivy League title with a two game sweep over the Penn Quakers. Brown ended up winning the Red Rolfe Division over Harvard by two games while Penn ended up winning the Lou Gehrig Division by only a single game over Princeton. Continue reading
The Penn Quakers were named the Big 5 Team of the Year. They finished the season with an overall record of 20-19 and lost in the Ivy League Playoffs to Brown. The Quakers also had three members of the team were honored with Todd Roth picking up three awards including Big 5 Co-Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and All-Big 5. Joey Boaen earned Academic Big 5 honors while Penn Head Coach John Cole was named the Big 5 Coach of the Year. Full Release available here.