College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 College Baseball season by checking in on the top 100 players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 78 with Louisiana-Lafayette shortstop Blake Trahan. In his freshman campaign with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Trahan was the only freshman in the Cajuns lineup during the 2013 season and quickly showed signs of a top performer. In 213 at bats the shortstop compiled 68 hits, 38 RBI and hit to a .319 avg. The Kinder, La., native started 62 of the Cajuns’ 63 games at shortstop and hit safely in 48 of 62 games. After being named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, Trahan was then also named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. He is the first Cajun to be recognized as a Freshman All-American since Jonathan Lucroy in 2005. Continue reading
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SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State Baseball released its 2014 schedule Monday afternoon, and it’s the competitive, exciting schedule that Texas State fans have come to expect from Head Coach Ty Harrington and his team. The schedule includes highlight games against Rice, Texas, Texas A&M, Houston, Baylor, Washington State, UC Riverside and Valparaiso in addition to conference action in the Sun Belt Conference, the sixth rated baseball conference in all of collegiate baseball in 2013. Continue reading
MONROE, La. – ULM head baseball coach Jeff Schexnaider announced today the 2014 baseball schedule that features a total of 56 games including home contests against Michigan State, Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Miss, all of which won 30 or more games a season ago.
In all, ULM will face six different teams that advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2013 (Baton Rouge, La. Regional – Jackson State and UL-Lafayette; Raleigh, N.C. Regional – Ole Miss; Starkville, Miss. Regional – South Alabama; Tallahassee, Fla. Regional – Alabama and Troy). The Warhawks will face a total of 12 teams that won 30 or more games last season. Continue reading
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU head baseball coach Matt Myers announced the 2014 Hilltopper Baseball schedule on Monday morning, a slate that features eight 2013 NCAA Regional participants, two first-time opponents, a home series with Big 10 foe Illinois and 28 games at Nick Denes Field.
The schedule is highlighted by 18 games against eight 2013 NCAA Regional teams that combined to win 364 games and 72 percent of their contests. WKU’s 2014 slate includes home and away games versus 2013 College World Series qualifier Louisville, a mid-week trip to another College World Series participant, Indiana, on April 16 and a Feb. 25 meeting at Vanderbilt, a 2013 Super Regional contestant. Continue reading
Last weekend I attended the Texas vs. Texas State fall scrimmage. Texas had played the previous day against Lamar and lost a rain-shortened scrimmage. Texas State, a new member of the Sun Belt conference, travelled 30 miles north to Austin to take on the Longhorns.
Fall games are a little different than the regular season in that the coaches are really trying to see all of the guys play in a game situation, so I saw a Texas lineup that featured 3 designated hitters and a Texas State pitching rotation that featured 12 pitchers in 12 innings. Continue reading
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Two games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, plus the first Sun Belt Conference season, highlight the 2014 schedule for UT Arlington baseball. The 56-game slate begins Feb. 14, 2014 at Clay Gould Ballpark with the UTA Invitational.
“I feel like we have put together another great schedule,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “It should be challenging for our kids.” Continue reading
UNC 12 Florida Atlantic 11 (13 innings)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.- Cody Stubbs singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning to help No. 1 overall seed North Carolina avoid a huge upset by edging Florida Atlantic 12-11 on Monday night in a wild regional championship game.
Stubbs’ hit scored Landon Lassiter from third to cap a game filled with momentum swings, sending the Tar Heels (55-9) spilling onto the field in a mad dash to celebrate. Continue reading
Troy 9 Alabama 8
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Brandon Brown drew a bases-loaded, walk-off walk in the ninth to cap a four-run inning as Troy defeated Alabama 9-8 in an elimination game at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Sunday.
No. 26 Troy (42-19) moves on to face No.9 Florida State on Sunday at 4 p.m. (CDT) in the Tallahassee Regional Championship at Dick Howser Stadium. The Trojans (42-19) will have to defeat the Seminoles (46-15) twice to advance to next week’s Super Regional. Continue reading
Central Arkansas 3 South Alabama 0
Starkville, Miss. – Facing elimination yet again, the Central Arkansas Bears did what they have done so well over the past week and a half, staring the end of their season in the face and refusing to give in. The fourth-seeded Bears rode an outstanding performance from true freshman Connor Gilmore to a 3-0 win over the second-seeded South Alabama Jaguars, eliminating the Jags and surviving for a rematch against top-seeded Mississippi State. Continue reading
Florida Atlantic 6 Towson 5
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior Corey Keller took his turn at leading No. 23 Florida Atlantic University’s baseball team to a thrilling 6-5 victory over Towson to advance at the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
The two teams exchanged the lead three times and were tied twice. Geoff Jimenez was hit by a pitch to start the ninth inning, with the score tied at five. He stole second and moved to third on a deep fly to center field by senior first baseman Mark Nelson. Towson elected to walk Brendon Sanger to get to Keller, who had a homerun earlier in the day. Keller belted a double to left to score the game-winning run. On the day, Keller was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Continue reading