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.
In the long standing tradition of the NCAA of trying to run the entire country, They are meeting this week to discuss the issue of banning post season play in states where the confederate flag still flies. They are thinking of extending the rule to hosting baseball regionals and super-regionals. The only two states which it flies in are Mississippi and South Carolina. The full article from WLTX is available here.
UPDATE: The NCAA has decided to make no changes to the current rules. The full NCAA release is available here.
Perfect Game CrossChecker are posting a series of previews about the top 100 teams in the nation. The top team has been released with University of South Carolina ranked Number 1 but from 2-49 have not been released but will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. The listing of teams from 51-100 are available here.
Rivals has released their top 25 for the upcoming season. The top team is Rice with UNC, University of South Carolina, Virginia, and Miami rounding out the top 5. I believe that Miami is a little overrated being in the top 5 but we will have to see how the season falls to find out the truth. It is nice to see 3 ACC teams in the Top 5.
The full poll is available here.
The 2007 Baseball schedule is out for the University of South Carolina. There are no major OOC games scheduled for this season with the basic home and home series with Clemson. They play in the UNC Wilmington and the Citadel Tournaments respectively this year. The Brown Bears make a weekend trip March 9th-11th to visit the Gamecocks. You can read the full schedule in PDF format here.
The University of South Carolina has the highest rated recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball. The Gamecocks brought in 14 players for the upcoming season with 8 high school recruits and 6 Junior College transfers. They picked up Jay Brown from Young Harris College who had an outstanding season for Cotuit on the Cape this summer. I had the opportunity to see this young man pitch and he is a solid pitcher with an incredible upside. Miami came in second in the ratings with many other top teams in the ratings.
The full ratings are available here.
Justin Smoak had a killer year in the Cape Cod League receiving a ton of attention this season on the Cape including leading the league with 11 HR’s and finishing tenth in average with a .286 average. He also finished tied for third in RBI’s with 27. Good article this past week about Justin in the Cape Cod Times. Click here for the article.
UNC heads to Alabama for a SEC-ACC matchup. UNC is a better team then Alabama with solid hitting and 2 first round picks in there pitching staff with Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard. UNC should sweep them in the series
South Carolina visits Georgia for the Super Regional. Georgia has a ton of good arms and a good pitchign staff as they should take this series.
Stanford at Oregon State should be a win for the beavers
Missouri at Cal St Fullerton is a very easy pick if you look at it on paper but Cal State will be taken to 3 games but win the series though.
Oklahoma at Rice will have the Owls come out on top.
Miami at Ole Miss is a win for the Hurricanes.