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UTSA & Lamar Unanimous Choices In Preseason Baseball Polls!

2007 Newcomer of the Year Trent Lockwood of UTSA headlines a talented group of players returning to the SLC for 2008.After claiming their first regular-season title in school history in 2007 the UTSA Roadrunners received a league-best 18 out of a possible 24 first place votes in the coaches and sports information directors polls.

UTSA leads the Southland Conference returning five automatic selections to the 2008 Preseason Teams, including 2007 award winners Trent Lockwood – Newcomer of the Year, and Tim Palincsar – Freshman of the Year.

A Hitter of the Year candidate and a two-time player of the week in 2007, Lockwood led UTSA in eight offensive categories, including batting average (.378), hits (87), RBI (57) and home runs (14). Those same numbers placed Lockwood in the top six in seven league offensive categories, inclunding finishing second to 2007 Player of the Year Steven Hill of Stephen F. Austin with a .687 slugging percentage.

For the rest of the Preview go HERE!

More Season Previews

The UAB Media Relations department continues their season preview today when they check in on the Infield. They have some veterans and some inexperienced players looking to secure spots in the field for the season. Ryan Keedy is the top returning player after hitting .333 with 33 RBI in 2007 season. The full preview is available here.

Stephen F. Austin continues their previews for the 2008 season focusing on the relievers. Richard Folmer took over the closer’s role accumulating a 0.45 ERA in his final 13 appearances. The full preview is available here.

Stephen F Austin Season Preview: Starting Pitching

The Stephen F. Austin Media Relations department has started a series of articles previewing the 2008 season. This week they have focused on the Starting Pitching staff. They lost two key starters in Jake Leonhardt and David Miller who left in the MLB draft but return a veteran staff. The full article is available here. We spoke with Stephen F. Austin head coach Donnie Watson a few weeks ago and it can be read by clicking here.

Baseball is back at Sam Houston State University!

Main StoryTom Waddill the Sports Editor of the Huntsville Item looks back on a very successful year for the Baseball Team.

For years, baseball was Sam Houston State’s pride and joy.

The Bearkats won 1,127 games and lost only 579 from 1957 to 1994. With four ties thrown in, that’s a winning percentage of .659.

During that lengthy 38-season stretch, SHSU won an NAIA national championship (1963), two Lone Star Conference titles (1981 and ’82), three Gulf Star Conference championships (1985, ’86 and ’87) and one Southland Conference crown (’89).

The Bearkats took nine trips to the NAIA World Series and three visits to the NCAA Division II Regionals. After making the move up to Division I, they earned their way to three NCAA Regionals, winning a combined three games at Austin’s Disch-Falk Field in 1987 and ’96.

Read the rest of the article here.

More Signing Classes

We continue to get information on Signing classes almost daily. We have linked below a bunch of the ones that have come out in the last week.

Sam Houston State
George Mason
Clemson
Maryland
Northwestern
LaSalle
Gonzaga
Duquesne
Lipscomb
New Mexico

CBB talks with Donnie Watson (Stephen F. Austin)

The College Baseball Blog recently had the chance to talk with Donnie Watson of Stephen F. Austin to discuss his program. He is entering his third season with the Jacks after taking over in 2004 when the school decided to bring the program back after an eleven year absence.

1. Stephen F. Austin finished the 2007 season with a 31-28 overall record after having a tough first season in 2006 which saw the Jacks struggle to a 15-41 record. Who has improved the most over the summer and during fall workouts? Continue reading

UTSA announce 2008 baseball schedule

UTSA head baseball coach Sherman Corbett announced Friday the Roadrunners’ 2008 schedule. Highlighted by six opponents that qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament (Baylor, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Texas and Texas A&M), the season-opening UTSA Baseball Classic and a full slate of Southland Conference action, the defending SLC Regular Season Champions will play a total of 56 contests next spring.

“Coach (Mike) Clement did an outstanding job of putting together the 2008 schedule with a good balance of teams,” Corbett said. “The non-conference schedule will be a good indicator on where we are as a team heading into conference play. The best thing about the schedule is the number of home contests. With the new NCAA rules not allowing us to start practice until Feb. 1 and play until Feb. 22, we were unsure how this would affect scheduling. The large number of home games should play to our advantage and, obviously, the home games with Texas and Texas A&M highlight this year’s non-conference schedule.”

UTSA’s 34-game home slate includes 12 contests at Wolff Stadium, the home of the San Diego Padres Double A affiliate San Antonio Missions. The Roadrunners’ first 10 games will be played at Wolff, which has been a fixture on the schedule for more than a decade, and 18 of the team’s first 21 contests will be played in the Alamo City.

UTSA opens the campaign with back-to-back games against 2007 NCAA Regional teams that won at least 40 games a year ago. The Roadrunners host Oral Roberts on Friday, Feb. 22, in the third game of the UTSA Baseball Classic and then play Louisiana-Lafayette the following afternoon before hosting Army in the final round-robin contest later in the day. The championship and consolation games are scheduled for Feb. 24.

After welcoming Sacred Heart for a four-game series (Feb. 29-March 2) and Kansas State for a two-game set (March 4-5), UTSA hits the road for the first time when it heads to South Carolina for a three-game series against The College of Charleston (March 7-9). The Roadrunners return home for their first contests of the year at Roadrunner Field when they host Northern Illinois in a doubleheader on March 11.

UTSA kicks off the 30-game Southland Conference slate with a three-game home series against McNeese State beginning on March 14. The Roadrunners also welcome Texas-Arlington (March 28-30), Stephen F. Austin (April 18-20), Sam Houston State (April 25-27), Nicholls State (May 9-11) and I-35 rival Texas State (May 15) to the Bird Bath for conference contests.

Following a March 17 tilt against Texas at Wolff and a doubleheader against Texas-Pan American the following afternoon at Roadrunner Field, UTSA plays its first league road series at Central Arkansas during Easter weekend (March 20-22). Other league road trips include Southeastern Louisiana (April 4-6), Northwestern State (April 11-13), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (May 2-4 in Robstown) and Texas State (May 16-17).

The Roadrunners play their final game of the year at Wolff when Texas A&M comes to town for a March 25 contest. UTSA then hosts Texas State in a non-conference tilt at Roadrunner Field the following night.

The Roadrunners begin a season-long nine-game road trip on April 2 when they make their annual trip to Waco to face Baylor. After a pair of SLC weekend series at Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State, UTSA concludes the road swing with a two-game non-conference set at Lamar (April 15-16).

Other non-league tilts include an April 23 game at Texas and a home-and-home series with Houston (April 30 at Houston/May 13 at Roadrunner Field).

The SLC Tournament is scheduled for May 21-24 on the campus of Sam Houston State in Huntsville. The conference’s top two divisional finishers and the next four teams with the best winning percentage in SLC regular-season play will qualify for the four-day tournament to decide who earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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Texas-Arlington coach resigns

Former UT-Arlington Head Coach Jeff CurtisUT-Arlington head coach Jeff Curtis has unexpectedly resigned on November 15th. Curtis took over the program in 2001 after former head coach Clay Gould passed away from cancer. Curtis led the Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2006. He spent six seasons with the program accumulating an overall record of 166-188 after a disappointing 2007 season in which the team went 13-40. Associate head coach Darin Thomas has been named the replacement effective immediately. The full release is available here. This seems to be a very weird time to resign from a head coaching position as many schools are wrapping up fall practice. This current week is the beginning of the signing period.

Conference USA recap for May 15

No. 2 RICE 13, BAYLOR 0
HOUSTON — Having sewn up the top seed for the upcoming Conference USA tournament, Rice coach Wayne Graham has begun mapping out his postseason roster.

The task of shrinking the bench and bullpen would be more challenging if the Owls weren’t tearing the cover off the ball, a trend that continued Tuesday at Reckling Park. No. 2 Rice blasted Baylor 13-0 to stretch its winning streak to 15 games.

Rice improved to 42-11 while Baylor fell to 28-24.

The Owls have just three more games to close out the regular season and all are at home starting Thursday through Saturday. Rice hosts Memphis in a three-game C-USA series at Reckling Park. Thursday’s first pitch is slated for 7 pm. Baylor concludes its regular season schedule with a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State at Baylor Ballpark.

Houston Chronicle story
Baylor recap
Rice recap

SOUTHERN MISS 9, NEW ORLEANS 4
NEW ORLEANS – UNO’s struggles continued Tuesday as Southern Mississippi capitalized on shaky pitching by the Privateers to win 9-4 at Maestri Field. With Tuesday night’s win, the Golden Eagles have won seven in a row, nine of 10 and finished with double-figure hits in six of the last seven games.

Southern Miss (34-19) scored five runs in the fourth inning, including a leadoff home run by catcher Trey Cuevas, to go ahead 6-2. The Privateers (32-21) couldn’t get it going offensively, stranding 10 batters.

Southern Miss wraps up its regular season schedule with a three-game C-USA series at Houston. The first game of the series, on Thursday, will be broadcast nationally on CSTV at 7 p.m. CDT. The Privateers will conclude their regular season schedule this weekend, when they host Louisiana in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday contest will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

Times-Picayune story
Hattiesburg American story
Southern Miss recap
UNO recap

HOUSTON 6, SAM HOUSTON STATE 4
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Senior first baseman Josh Stirneman went 2-for-5 with a double and solo home run to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-4 win over area-rival Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Don Sanders Stadium.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Cougars scored six unanswered runs and appeared to have the game well in hand heading into the final frame. But the Bearkats pushed three runs across in the ninth inning and continued to threaten with the bases loaded, but reliever Aaron Brown hurled a strikeout to end the threat and the game.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 28-23 overall while Sam Houston State fell to 33-20. The Cougars swept the regular-season series against the Bearkats after taking a 16-9 win on Feb. 13 at Cougar Field. UH, which won its 11th straight game against the Bearkats, also evened the all-time series against SHSU at 71-71. The Cougars had not been even with the Bearkats in the all-time series since standing at 10-10 in 1956.

The Cougars wrap up their 2007 regular season later this week as they play host to Conference USA rival Southern Miss in a three-game series from the friendly confines of Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m., games on both Thursday and Friday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Saturday. The Thursday game will be televised nationally on CSTV. Sam Houston wraps up the regular season schedule with a Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin.

Houston recap
Sam Houston recap

MEMPHIS 5, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 3
UNION CITY, Tenn. – Senior Kyle Norrid went 3-for-4 four and drove in four runs to lead Memphis to a 5-3 win over UT-Martin Tuesday night at Elam Stadium. The win was the 33rd of the year for the Tigers–the most regular season wins for a Memphis team since 1994. The win also eclipses the Tigers 2006 win total.

After waiting through a two hour, 23-minute rain delay, Memphis (33-20) got off to a fast start with a pair of scores in the opening frame. Michael Murray extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single to centerfield and moved to third when Skyhawks leftfielder Kevin Holt was unable to handle a single by Adam Amar. Amar advanced to second. Norrid then lined the first pitch he saw up the middle for a 2-0 Memphis lead.

Memphis will now prepare for its final Conference USA regular season series. The Tigers will travel to Houston to take on the second-ranked Rice Owls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. UT-Martin (19-33) completes the regular season with by hosting Samford in an OVC series. The teams will play a double-header on Friday and a single game on Saturday.

Memphis recap
UT-Martin recap

ELON 4, No. 29 EAST CAROLINA 2
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kyle Roller’s two home runs were not enough for No. 29 East Carolina as it fell to in-state foe Elon 4-2 Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium in the final regular season home game for the Pirates.

Jesse Lewter improved to 4-3 on the year after tossing his first career complete game with a career-high six strikeouts for Elon (28-24). On the night he allowed just six hits and walked one, making two pitching mistakes, both home runs to Roller.

The Pirates (35-18) will hit the road for the final three games of the regular season this weekend when they travel to UAB for a C-USA series. Junior T.J. Hose will take the mound for ECU on Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. (EDT). Elon returns to action on Wednesday, May 16 in a 7 p.m. game with High Point at Latham Park.

Elon recap
East Carolina recap