Chase Parham last week had an interesting article about how the new bats are changing the college game. (FULL ARTICLE) It has always been an interesting debate on whether the metal bats were juiced too much, causing safety issues and leading to higher scoring games. The early feedback on the new bat standards is that there is much less “pop” in the bat, making scoring much more difficult in the 2011 season.
The College Baseball Blog recently surveyed a smattering of college coaches around the country regarding use of metal bats. The opinions are drastically different depending if you were a power hitting team in the past or a team that believed in good pitching and defense to win ball games. Check out TCBB’s and coaches’ opinions below and feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments section below.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
PITTSBURGH ? University of Pittsburgh head baseball coach Joe Jordano has announced the hiring of Tom Lipari as the Panthers? new pitching coach and Kyle Cheesebrough as a volunteer assistant for the upcoming 2011 season.
Lipari comes to Pitt after having most recently served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Youngstown State University for the past three seasons. Lipari fills the void left by former pitching coach Brandon Rowan who departed Pitt for the top assistant job at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Here are your Top Performers from the Cape Cod Baseball League for June 29th.
Stewart Ijames, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (Louisville) 2-4, RBI
Andy Burns, Brewster Whitecaps (Kentucky) 2-5, SB
Steve Selsky, Orleans Firebirds (Arizona) 2-4, RBI
Mark Ginther, Chatham Anglers (Oklahoma State) 2-4, double, RBI
Levi Hyams, Cotuit Kettleers (Georgia) 2-4 Continue reading
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DENTON, Texas - Nine of college baseball’s finest student-athletes have been named 2010 National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America District Players of the Year, as the NCBWA announced these 11th annual awards today.
The 2010 NCBWA District Players of the Year are District I: 3B/RP Joe Leonard (Pittsburgh); District II: SS Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia); District III: C Yasmani Grandal (Miami, Fla.); District IV: SP Anthony Meo (Coastal Carolina); District V: OF Alex Dickerson (Indiana); District VI: OF Aaron Senne (Missouri); District VII: 3B Anthony Rendon (Rice); District VIII: C-1B-DH C.J. Cron (Utah); District IX: 2B Zack MacPhee (Arizona State).
#9 Louisville 4 St. John’s 3 (Bottom 8)
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Jimmy Parque had a solo home run in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth as St. John’s rallied back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat No.9 Louisville, 6-5. Parque was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John’s (38-18), while Matt Wessinger was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Carasiti (7-4) tossed 0.2 innings of relief to earn the win, while Bruce Kern took a no-decision after 5.1 innings of work. Ryan Wright was 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Louisville (47-11).
After being set down in order in each of the first two innings, St. John’s took a 2-0 lead in the third. Paul Karmas led off the frame with a single through the left side, but was erased as Sean O’Hare reached first on a fielder’s choice. O’Hare moved to second on a passed ball before Joe Witkowski drew a walk to set up runners on first and second. Wessinger then lofted a two-out RBI single into center field, but the throw to third base bounced into the stands and another run scored on the play.
Here is your 2010 Big East Tournament Recap for Day 1 of action from Clearwater, Florida.
#9 Louisville 11 West Virginia 4
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Keyed by sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright’s game-winning three-run homer in the seventh, the ninth-ranked Louisville baseball team scored 10 unanswered runs during the final three innings to earn an 11-4 victory over West Virginia on Wednesday in the first round of the 2010 BIG EAST Championship at Bright House Field.
The Big East Tournament kicks off in action on Wednesday as every team will play a game. Pitt will start the day with a 10 am game against Rutgers. UConn and Cincinnati will play in the afternoon. The night games see Louisville playing West Virginia and St. John’s will play South Florida at 8pm. Continue reading
We are now 10 days away from Selection Monday. Here are some of my random thoughts as we enter the last day of conference action for many teams across the country.
We are heading into the last weekend of conference play for most teams across the country except for the West Coast schools who do not have postseason conference tournament. Here are ten series to watch this upcoming weekend.