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OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 20, 2011) – Ten NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The list of finalists follows this release. Continue reading Lowe’s Senior Class Baseball Award Finalists
Here are some of my thoughts from the mid-week action on Tuesday, March 1st. Most of the southern squads were in action while some northern squads were still stuck in the northeast as they haven’t started their spring trip yet. As always, follow us on Twitter @CB_Daily for the most up to date news on College Baseball on the Internet.
Continue reading Foley’s Quick Hits for March 1st
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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – With the first pitch of the 2011 season barely a week away, the University of San Diego is a unanimous selection to repeat as the West Coast Conference champions, garnering all seven possible first place votes and 49 points in a preseason poll of the eight WCC head coaches, announced Thursday. The conference also announced its preseason all-conference team, as voted on by the head coaches. Continue reading 2011 West Coast Conference Coaches Poll
The West Coast Conference was dominated in 2010 by the San Diego Toreros who has a 19-2 conference record as they got the conference’s automatic bid into the postseason. They ended up getting sent to the Arizona State Regional where they went a disappointing 1-2 with both losses to Hawaii and the victory coming over Milwaukee. Portland came in second place in the conference with a 14-7 record while Pepperdine came in third at 12-9. San Francisco came in fourth at 10-11. There was a three way tie at fifth place at 8-13 with Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga. Rounding out the conference was Loyola Marymount who went 5-16.
Continue reading 2011 CBD Season Preview: West Coast Conference
We are now 24 days away from Selection Monday on May 31st. Here are some of the most interesting stories from Friday, May 7th.
The Ivy League championship series starts on Saturday at noon down at Columbia between the host Lions and the Dartmouth Big Green. TCBB contributor Katherine Cornetta did an excellent preview of the series which you can check out by clicking here.
The biggest series on the West Coast taking place this weekend is between San Diego and the University of Portland. San Diego took Game 1 of the series 2-0 behind an outstanding performance from Kyle Blair. He pitched a complete game shutout while allowing only one hit and three walks while striking out 15 batters. He brought a no-hitter into the ninth inning when he gave up a two-out single to Kris Kauppila before finishing out the one hitter. Kyle Kraus was solid on the mound for the Pilots also as he went 8.1 innings while giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out 10 batters but ended up getting the loss. The teams will be back in action on Saturday when San Diego sends Sammy Solis (7-1, 2.69 ERA) to the hill to face off against Portland’s Zach Varce (5-1, 3.08 ERA).
Continue reading Random Thoughts: 24 Days to Selection Monday
Larry Casian is an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Portland Pilots. The Pilots are 31-9, 11-1 in the West Coast Conference. They are ranked #22, and have won 11 straight. They will host the University of San Diego Toreros this weekend in a battle for first place in the WCC.
Bob Broughton, CBB: You had a fairly interesting professional career, including some time in the Major Leagues. What can you tell us about it?
Larry Casian: I got drafted in the sixth round out of Cal State Fullerton. Pitched for the Minnesota Twins for parts of four years. Chicago Cubs for parts of three years, and then a couple of other teams.
Continue reading CBB Interview with Larry Casian (U. of Portland)
#20 Arizona vs. #3 Arizona State
The Wildcats were riding high 2 weeks ago with consecutive series victories, that is before they ran into UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, and weren’t able to recover this past weekend as they were almost swept by USC when visiting Dedeaux Field this past weekend and squeaking out a late victory with a 6-run 8th inning. They travel to Tempe, where they were victorious in their last meeting 2 weeks ago, 4-2. Arizona State is 7-1 since, including their most impressive road sweep of UCLA this weekend. Zack MacPhee was sick with the flu in the last matchup, and Drew Maggi laid an egg at the plate. If these two can get on base effectively in Tuesday’s matchup, I see Arizona State taking this game handily.
Continue reading 5 Games to Watch for Tuesday, May 4th
Seattle U. 8, Brigham Young 7
U. of Portland 16, Seattle U. 9
The Seatlle University Redhawks, playing their first baseball season since 1986, had five wins prior to this week, and their 28 losses included a shutout by Division III Pacific Lutheran. Win #6 came on April 29, the night prior to this visit. The Redhawks defeated Brigham Young 3-2 (16 innings; story: Seattle U Baseball Wins Marathon Over BYU in 16 Innings, 3-2).
Continue reading CBB Visit: Seattle U. vs. Brigham Young, U. of Portland
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
Irvine, Calif. (NCBWA) — Forty players have been named to the initial watch list for the sixth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Thursday.
Last year’s Stopper of the Year winner, Addison Reed of San Diego State, headlines the list of preseason nominees for the 2010 award. Reed recorded a nation-leading 20 saves in 20 opportunities last season, finished the year with a microscopic 0.65 earned run average and 38 strikeouts over his 27.2 innings of work. He allowed only seven walks, with two of those being intentional passes and his save total was a new San Diego State and Mountain West Conference season record.
Continue reading NCBWA Names Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List