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.
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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.
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.
Tom 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.
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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
We continue to get 2009 Recruiting Classes into the offense. Click on the respective school for the full article.
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 CBB talks with Donnie Watson (Stephen F. Austin)