The Citadel Media Relations Department has released the season preview for the 2007 season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 34-27 record in 2006. They return two out of the three weekend starters in Sophomores Wes Wrenn and Matt Crim. Senior pitcher Justin Smith is expected to make the move to the rotation for the season. The Citadel offense will need to replace shortstop Matt Matulia who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. They also lost second baseman Tripp Cappelman who graduated last spring. They have a bunch of young talent coming in with a strong freshman class.
Full preview is available here.
Thanks to Melanie Long of The Citadel for contacting me.
The Air Force Academy has postponed two games for the upcoming weekend due to unplayable field conditions in Colorado Springs. They expect to play York College in a doubleheader on Monday. Why is Air Force scheduling home games in February?
The Falcons fans can look at the season preview here.
The SEC has released its preseason poll in which they have put South Carolina on top of the east division behind the great hitting Justin Smoak. The Vanderbilt Commodores come in second in that division. Arkansas is the pick to win their division behind the pitching of Nick Schmidt.
The full release from the SEC is available here.
Conference USA is continuing the series of previews on different teams in the conference and they focused today on the Memphis Tigers. The Tigers are led by head coach Daron Schoenrock who is entering his 3rd season at the helm of the Tigers program. He has compiled a 45-70 record in his two seasons but won 32 games last season. The Memphis offense will be led by senior first baseman Adam Amar who hit .395 with ten homers last season. The full preview of the Tigers is available here.
The Naval Academy is continuing the series of releases previewing the upcoming season. They focus today on the catchers and the infield. They lost Jonathan Johnson to graduation who was the second team catcher in the Patriot League last season. They return a large percentage of their starters in the infield and should be fine there. The full preview is available here.
The Baylor Bears are preparing for their season opener on February 9th against the Houston Cougars. The Bears have one of the top freshman classes in the country according to Baseball America. The team also returns 18 letter winners from last season including two key players on the National Semi-finalist team in 2005 in Chase Gerdes and Jeff Mandel. The full preview is available here.
The Stanford Media Relations department has released a season outlook for the 2007 season. The team is led by Mark Marquess who is entering his 31st season at Stanford. He returns Pre-season All-American Micheal Taylor and some depth at starting pitchers Nolan Gallagher and Jimmy Bleich coming back. The full preview is available here.
THe UC-Irvine baseball team is looking forward to the upcoming season. The Daily Pilot out of Newport Beach CA checks in with the Anteaters to discuss the upcoming season. The team is led by third year head coach Dave Serrano who expects them to contend for an NCAA bid. The full article is available here.
The USC Trojans under new head coach Chad Kreuter. The leader of the USC offense this season should be Matt Cusick who was admired greatly this summer by his fellow Cape Cod Leaguers who still talk about his hitting ability. Kreuter also has gotten a huge recruit in Robert Stock who left high school early to play for the Trojans this season. Stock was expected to be a first round pick in the upcoming draft but will not be eligible since he has already enrolled in college. Baseball America has rated the incoming freshman class as the third best behind South Carolina and Baylor by Baseball America. The Game notes are linked here for the Cal Poly game on Tuesday and the Long Beach State series over the weekend.
Conference USA has posted their preview of the Marshall Thundering Herd. The team will be under the direction of new head coach Jeff Waggoner. He comes from NC State where he was an assistant coach for two seasons under Elliot Avent. He inherits a team which returns only two starting position players and lost six pitchers from last years team. The full article is available here.