The Jackson Clarion-Ledger has put out a preview of the 2008 Ole Miss Baseball program. They have not qualified for the CWS over the last three years but expectations are high for the program behind the right arm of Cody Satterwhite. The full article is available here. The Daily Progress out of Charlottesville Va. checks in with the Virginia Cavaliers who are preparing for their season opener on Friday against Lehigh. The article states that Brian O’Connor will start Jacob Thompson on Friday night with Pat McAnaney and Andrew Carraway during Saturday’s doubleheader. The full article is available here.
Our Vanderbilt and SEC writer NYDore is currently out of the country so I will try to provide you guys with some coverage of the conference. Tim Corbin recently sat down with 104.5 FM to discuss the upcoming Commodore season. He discusses his expectations for the season and how the team is preparing for the DeMarini Invitational in Tempe AZ. The full interview is available by clicking here.
The Vanderbilt Commodores have been putting out some great information over the last few days. Pedro Alvarez recently sat down for a thirty minute chat with the great Commodores fans. The full transcript is available here. They have checked in with Jonathan White with a quick Q and A. The full article is available here.
The University of Kentucky recently held their media day where some interesting news came out. The first article is from the Lexington Herald-Leader which he discusses some of his expectations for the season. The goal he states is getting to Omaha and put the Wildcats on the map. The full article is available here. The next article is from The Courier-Journal talking about Kentucky pitcher Scott Green’s commitment to the UK program. He was drafted last year by the Boston Red Sox in the 15th round but decided to spurn them to come back for his junior campaign. The full article is available here. The biggest news out of the day is the talk of Kentucky getting a new 4,000 seat stadium. The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting that the plans could be announced next month. The full article is available here.
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The Vanderbilt Commodores are predicted to repeat as the 2008 Southeastern Conference baseball champions, as voted by the league’s 12 baseball coaches in the 17th annual preseason SEC poll.
The Commodores, ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in the preseason polls, seek to capture their fifth SEC Championship, having also won titles in 1973, 1974, 1980 and 2007. Vanderbilt returns eight position starters and four pitchers from their 2007 squad which also won the SEC Tournament and earned the National No. 1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading SEC picks Vandy as Preseason Favorite
Here are some of the 2008 Season Previews that came out on Tuesday from the Media Relations department. We always are on the look out for season previews by SID’s and other information for our great readers. Continue reading Around the Nation (SID Edition)
Rivals national baseball writer Kendall Rogers has put out his 2008 All-American Team which is led by Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt. Buster Posey of FSU is named to the first team catcher’s spot in only his second year behind the plate. Miami slugger Yonder Alonso beat out Justin Smoak for the first base position. Filling out the rest of the infield is 2B Blake Stouffer of Texas A&M, Ryan Flaherty and Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt. The outfield is Dominic de la Osa of Vanderbilt, Kyle Russell of Texas, and Tommy Baldridge of Coastal Carolina. Brett Wallace of Arizona State picks up the DH spot while Zach Putnam of Michigan is listed as the Utility player. The starting pitchers are Jacob Thompson of Virginia, Preston Guilmet of Arizona, Brian Matusz of San Diego and Lance Lynn of Ole Miss. The relief pitchers are led by switch-pitcher Pat Venditte of Creighton and Cole St. Clair of Rice. The full team with break downs on each player is available here.
CSTV has put out their 2008 Preseason Player of the Year list which puts Pedro Alvarez in the top spot. Former Vanderbilt teammate David Price was able to win the award in 2007 after an oustanding campaign. Alvarez led the Commodores in hitting at a .386 clip while finishing second on the team with 18 homers. He picked up several awards in 2007 being named to several All-American teams. The CBB voted in the poll and put Justin Smoak in the top spot slightly ahead of Pedro. The full article from CSTV is available here.