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Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 15 San Diego

Kendall Rogers continues his countdown of the Top 25 teams in the nation with San Diego at the 15th spot. The Toreros return a young pitching staff that is talented but lack experience on a collegiate mound. They will need to replace All-American Brian Matusz who was drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Josh Romanski also made the jump into the minor leagues after a strong career. We spoke with Rich Hill a few weeks ago to talk about the 2009 squad and you can read that article by clicking here. Continue reading

Rivals Top 25 Countdown

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Jim Wells (Courtesy of Alabama Media Relations)

I have been slacking recently on keeping up with the Rivals Top 25 countdown. Kendall Rogers has rated three teams that I have missed over the last few days. He has Baylor at 18th overall as they are led by Kendal Volz. The Louisville Cardinals check in at 17 as they will be led by senior third baseman Chris Dominguez. Kendall Rogers puts Alabama at number 16 as they will be led by sophomore shortstop Josh Rutledge. Continue reading

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 21 UCLA

UCLA looks to win Pac 10 in 2009 (Courtesy of UCLA Media Relations)

Rivals writer Kendall Rogers continues his Top 25 Countdown today with UCLA checking in at 21. The Bruins are coming off a Regional final appearance against Cal-State Fullerton but ended up eliminated by the Titans. The Bruins return a solid group of pitchers with an impact freshman Gerrit Cole stepping into the rotation after spurning a multi-million dollar deal with the New York Yankees. UCLA suffered some losses on offense but Kendall expects UCLA to win the Pac-10 title. Continue reading

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 22 Arizona State

jason-kipnis-28Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com continues his Top 25 countdown today with Number 22 Arizona State. They are coming off a Super Regional appearance where they were upset by eventual NCAA Champion Fresno State. The Sun Devils suffered heavy losses to one of the best 2008 lineups. Brett Wallace and Ike Davis were the biggest names to make the jump into minor league baseball where Wallace has already seen much success. The best returning hitter for the Sun Devils is Jason Kipnis and the top pitcher is Mike Leake. Continue reading

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 23 Miami (FL)

Jim Morris looks to lead Miami (FL) back to Omaha
Jim Morris looks to lead Miami (FL) back to Omaha

Rivals.com continues their Top 25 countdown today with the Miami (FL) Hurricanes checking in at the 23rd spot. Last year, Miami (FL) was ranked in the Top 5 in the country throughout the year and held down the number 1 spot for several weeks. The season ended with a trip to the College World Series where they went 1-2 with a victory over ACC and instate rival Florida State. The Hurricanes have heavy losses in the lineup with Yonder Alonso, Jemile Weeks, Blake Tekotte, Adan Severino, Mark Sobolewski and Dennis Raben all leaving the program. The Hurricanes pitching staff looked on paper to be the strongest part of the squad but Eric Erickson ended up coming down with an arm injury which required surgery and will miss the 2009 season. Sophomore pitcher Chris Hernandez and Junior pitcher Kyle Bellamy will have to pick up the slack. Continue reading

Rivals Top 25 Countdown: Number 24 Oregon State

Rivals.com continues their Top 25 countdown today with Oregon State checking in at number 24. They are led by Pat Casey who won the 2006 and 2007 national championships but failed to lead the Beavers to the NCAA Tourney in 2008. The team slipped to a 28-24 record and failed to recieve an at-large berth with an RPI of 60. Continue reading

Rivals talks about Cal State-Bakersfield and Oklahoma

Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com checks in today with two articles. The first article is about Cal State-Bakersfield’s new program. Bill Kernan has been put in charge of the program which is his first job in 13 years. He previously served as Cal-State Northridge’s head coach from 1989-1995 where he went 240-154-3 record. After the 1995 season, he resigned to take up play writing at Columbia University. He has since had seven plays produced. Kendall also starts up his Top 25 countdown with Number 25 Oklahoma Sooners. They are coming off a 36-26 record but a disappointing 9-17 record in the Big 12. They were a controversial pick for the NCAA Tourney but ended up making the Regional final before losing to Arizona State. Continue reading

Rivals names Top Juniors in 2009 Class

Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com continues his previews of the 2009 season today as he looks at the best junior players in the country. He names UNC’s Dustin Ackley and San Diego State’s Stephen Strasburg as the top juniors. Ackley is coming off a solid sophomore season for the Tar Heels which saw him hit .417 with seven homers and 51 RBI. He had off season surgery but should be back at 100 percent once the season starts. Strasburg was the best pitcher in the country this summer lighting up radar guns with his 90+ MPH fastball and pitching in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Continue reading