Baseball America has released their 2011-2012 Recruiting Class rankings for the class that will be eligible for the start of the 2012 season. Leading the pack is the Vanderbilt Commodores which got a first round pick in Tyler Beede among other talented players to Nashville. The rest of the top five is filled out by Texas, Southern Miss, NC State, and Ole Miss.
You can check out the full top 25 compiled by Baseball America’s staff below. Continue reading
The MLB Signing Deadline is fast approaching as all teams have until midnight on August 15th to sign their draft picks or they will head to college for the 2012 season. Here is the latest news and notes from around the country. Continue reading
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss head baseball coach Scott Berry announced Friday the appointment of Brent Shelton as an assistant coach.
Shelton comes to Southern Miss after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant for coach Jeff Johnson at Chipola College where he served as recruiting coordinator, as well as coordinating administrative duties and working with the Indian hitters and infielders. Continue reading
By: Nolan Ryan Alexander
Georgia Tech 6 Southern Mississippi 2
A battle between two struggling offenses resulted in a second inning offensive awakening for the Georgia Tech bats as the Yellow Jackets (41-20) defeated Southern Miss (39-18) by a 6-2 margin. Tech scored all the runs in would need in the bottom of the second when Daniel Palka began the inning with a home run to right. His solo shot was the first of four straight hits for the Jackets. Brandon Thomas cleared the bases with a three run homer to left to give Tech a 5-0 lead. The Jackets poked across another run in the third on a RBI single by shortstop Jacob Esch. It took 32 innings for Southern Mississippi to hit the scoreboard when the Golden Eagles ended their scoreless streak on a RBI groundout from B.A. Vollmuth and a sacrifice fly by Ashley Graeter in the eith inning. Tech was backed by a solid outing from starter Jed Bradley (7-3) who gave up eight hits and retired four on strikes to give Tech all the room it would need to easily pass USM. Continue reading
By: Nolan Alexander
Mississippi State 3 Southern Miss 0
Luis Pollorena and Caleb Reed worked together to give 3rd seeded Mississippi State an eight-hit shutout of 2nd seed Southern Miss in the 3-0 win for the Bulldogs to open the Atlanta regional. Facing Southern Miss for the second time this season, MSU starter Luis Pollorena (7-5) pulled off an even more impressive performance this time around by pitching six innings giving up five hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Caleb Reed earned his 12th save of the season through three innings of three hit baseball throwing in four strikeouts and a walk. Continue reading
By: Nolan Alexander
Filled with four teams scattered across the Southeast, the Atlanta Regional features the ACC regular season co-champion in Georgia Tech, a solid Southern Mississippi squad that earned a share of the Conference USA regular season title, a Mississippi State ball club that finished second in the SEC West, and Ohio Valley Conference champion Austin Peay. The double-elimination regional will open when Southern Mississippi,the second seed, takes on the three seed Mississippi State at 3 PM ET Friday. First seed Georgia Tech battles the fourth seed Governors of Austin Peay in the second game on Friday at 7 PM ET. The winner of the Atlanta regional is pitted against the victor of the Gainesville regional. Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
2011 CUSA Player of the Year – Chad Zurcher, Memphis
In a year when offensive numbers across the country plummeted—and the name “BBCOR” became commonly uttered next to any manner of expletive—Memphis’ Chad Zurcher didn’t seem to get the memo. The junior from Knoxville finished the season with an NCAA-best .443 batting average, and his .455 average to finish the regular season was eight points higher than the CUSA single-season record set by UCF’s Chris Duffy in 2010. Zurcher was a large reason that Memphis finished the season with the best team batting average in the conference, as he led the league in multi-hit games (28). As well, Zurcher displayed an uncanny knack for getting on base as his 33 walks to just 17 strikeouts added up to a league-best (and nation-best) .547 on-base-percentage. Continue reading
Here is your Conference USA Recap for May 27th, courtesy of Conference USA:
#5 Memphis 5 – #8 UAB 4
Tigers hurler Ryan Holland struck out a career-high 11 batters and right fielder Robby Graham broke a 4-4 deadlock with an RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth as fifth-seeded Memphis defeated No. 8 seed UAB, 5-4, to open day three of the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship sponsored by Trustmark Friday morning at Trustmark Park. Continue reading
Our Conference USA recap is courtesy of John Lockwood. Thanks, John!
#4 UCF 6 – #8 UAB 4
For 117 pitches, UAB hurler Dillon Napoleon was nearly flawless. On his 118th offering to the plate, however, UCF first baseman Jonathan Griffin sent the recently appointed Conference USA Newcomer of the Year to the bench and turned a 4-3 deficit into a two-run lead as the Knights defeated the Blazers 6-4 in day two of the 2011 C-USA Baseball Championship sponsored by Trustmark Thursday morning at Trustmark Park. Continue reading
Here is your recap for the first day’s action of the Conference USA tournament.
#4 UCF 16 – # 5 Memphis 9
A trio of Knights’ batters tallied three-hit performances and southpaw Johnny Sedlock tossed 4.2 innings of solid relief as fourth-seeded UCF defeated No. 5 seed Memphis in a slugfest, 16-9, in the opening game of the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship presented by Trustmark Wednesday morning at Trustmark Park. Continue reading