The biggest news last week was that the NCAA Baseball Committee has recommended changing the way the RPI is calculated for the 2013 season. The revised RPI formula will value each road victory as 1.3 instead of 1.0. Each home win will be valued at 0.7 instead of 1.0. Conversely, each home loss will count 1.3 against at team’s RPI and each road loss will count 0.7 against a team. This is similar to the changes made in Division I men’s and women’s basketball where road wins are weighted as 1.4 and home victories are weighted at 0.6. That was based on statistical data that consistently showed home teams in Division I basketball winning about two-thirds of the time.
College Baseball Daily was able to catch up to coaches from around the country to get their thoughts on the new rules and what changes they might have for their 2013 schedules if they are adopted by NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel meeting on August 11th. You can check out the coaches comments below and the NCAA did a study on what the changes would have done for the 2011 season if they were in effect which can be checked out by clicking here. Continue reading
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DENVER — Some collegiate baseball coaches spend the off-season coaching summer ball. Others run camps, all recruit and most take some vacation time. USF coach Nino Giarratano will spend his time off by recovering from a surgery that he underwent to give his father a kidney.
On July 11th, Giarratano checked into the Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver for his first-ever procedure that would require an overnight stay. He was wheeled into the operating room at noon and two hours later, doctors took his kidney next door and began surgery on his father, Mickey. Continue reading
By: Ghizal Hasan
Ronnie Schaeffer’s ninth inning single past first baseman Dean Espy, vaulted UC Irvine into the Super Regional for the third time in the past five seasons. Mike Gillespie’s Anteaters won their third straight at the Los Angeles Regional, besting the Bruins, helmed by his former Assistant John Savage, 4-3. They will now travel to Charlottesville to take on the Cavaliers of Virginia.
The ‘Eaters, buoyed by their vocal and spirited cheering section, were rendered uncomfortably silent over the first eight by UCLA Freshman Zach Weiss. Weiss limited Irvine to six hits and two runs, before he was replaced by Nick Vander Tyg after walking pinch-hitter Jonathan Hurst to start the ninth. With Irvine trailing 3-2, Hurst battled for nine pitches before drawing the free pass on a 3-2 pitch, and Bruin Head Coach John Savage signalled to the bullpen. Continue reading
By: Ghizal Hasan
The Fresno State Bulldogs were “rewarded” for their WAC Regular Season and Tournament Titles with a #2 seed at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Two days later the Dawgs are out of the tournament, courtesy of UCLA’s Trevor Bauer, who pitched the Bruins to a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon. Continue reading
By: Ghizal Hasan
UC Irvine defeated Fresno State and San Francisco upended host UCLA, as both lower seeds advanced to the winner’s game on Saturday evening in Westwood.
1. UCLA (33-22)
2. Fresno St. (40-14)
3. UC Irvine (39-16)
4. San Francisco (31-23) Continue reading
College Baseball Daily throughout the season will be providing our Quick Hits on games throughout the country. Special thanks to William Knox and Mark Rafferty for contributing to this report. As always, follow us on Twitter @CB_Daily for instant reaction and the best up to minute coverage on college baseball in the country. We also have a Facebook page which can be joined by clicking here. Continue reading
We head into the final weekend of action in nearly every conference either as they come to the end of the regular season or play in their conference tournaments. Here are College Baseball Daily’s Top 10 stories of the upcoming weekend to follow. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily throughout the season will be providing our Quick Hits on games throughout the country. Special thanks to William Knox and Mark Rafferty for contributing to this report. As always, follow us on Twitter @CB_Daily for instant reaction and up to minute coverage on college baseball. Continue reading
The Bay Area is scheduled for some nasty weather this weekend, and there’s even snow possibly in the forecast in San Francisco for the first time since the 1970′s. The USF Dons (0-4) look to turn around its season after a rough opening stretch against UCLA as they play UC Davis in a home/away/home series this weekend. Weather will probably get in the way Friday with a double dip sometime either Saturday or Sunday. I spoke with USF Head Coach Nino Giarratano this week about his teams efforts to rebound over the weekend.