By: David Collier
For the fourth time since 2008, the LSU Tigers will host a regional, and if history is any indication, they will be the heavy favorites for a reason other than being one of the country’s top teams. The Tigers, who are the No. 4 national seed in the field of 64, have won 14 of the last 16 regionals they have hosted. LSU will have some tough competition, however, against the powerful bats of in-state foe No. 2 seed Louisiana-Lafayette. No. 3 seed Sam Houston State and No. 4 seed Jackson State round out the regional. Continue reading
As we’re now well into the 2013 college baseball season, College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to Selection Monday with our latest 2013 Regional Projections.
For this week’s projections, instead of being solely compiled based on RPI like they have been done in past weeks, every aspect was taken into consideration. College Baseball Daily’s Ginger Poulson (@gingerpoulson) compiled this list after analyzing RPI, overall records, conference standings, overall talent and several other factors. If you have any questions about the projections feel free to leave a comment below or send her a tweet.
Enjoy the regional projections!
The Sun Belt Conference features three catchers on the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top catcher in Division 1 college baseball.
Coming out of high school, Aramis Garcia was a special prospect.
Long time major league scout Dave Perkin described him as a “rarity…an athletic high school catching prospect with remarkably quick feet and fluid receiving skills.” Continue reading
The way infielder Logan Pierce sees it, the Trojans of Troy University have a simple policy:
“We’re not a bunting team. We’re not just trying to move guys over, we want to score.”
And score they have. 23 games into the season, the Trojans have crossed the plate 191 times, second only to South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC). They lead the conference in team batting average, slugging, and on-base percentage. Continue reading
Florida International at Florida Atlantic
The Florida Atlantic Owls continue their domination over the Florida International Golden Panthers. Owls starting Pitcher Austin Gomber struck out a season high eight on Friday, as the Owls scored twelve in the first two games. Though Florida Atlantic did ramp up their offense a bit, while also holding the Golden Panthers to five combined runs for Friday and Saturday, FIU avoided getting swept. They used a ten run third inning to win 12-1, making up FAU’s two game total in seven frames of mercy-rule baseball on Sunday. Starter Jeremy Strawn couldn’t make it out of the third inning before getting pulled. The Junior right-hander allowed six runs on six hits, as FAU needed five pitchers to work out of that third frame. Despite Sunday’s trouncing, Florida Atlantic kicks off conference play at 2-1, while FIU starts with a 1-2 mark. Continue reading
Florida International at Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic begins its defense of their Sun Belt regular-season title as they take on Florida International. FAU is off to a good start this season, standing at a record of 11-7 with a 3.22 team ERA. FIU allowed 16 runs in a loss to a weaker Stetson side. With that being said, they’ve also been swinging the bat well. Leading into the Sun Belt’s opening weekend, the Golden Panthers hit a walk off single in the 10th inning of a game against USF. Their team batting average is at .306, led by their sophomore catcher Aramis Garcia. Garcia is one of 48 catchers on the Johnny Bench Award watch list, hitting .355 with a team leading three homers. Florida Atlantic is coming in with some of their own hot bats, having just posted 15 runs on 17 hits in a win against Maine on Wednesday. The Owls’ senior first baseman Mark Nelson is coming off a productive week, hitting .429 (9-21) with three home runs. Through their five games in 2012, FAU swept the Golden Panthers convincingly, including a three game set in Miami that saw Atlantic combine for 23 runs. In fact, it was a home win against FIU that clinched FAU’s regular-season title. Continue reading
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending February 17 today. Troy junior outfielder Danny Collins was named National Hitter of the Week, while Georgia Tech senior right-handed pitcher Buck Farmer was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. Continue reading
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
NEW ORLEANS – The Florida Atlantic Owls have been tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the 2013 Sun Belt Conference baseball title, the league announced on Monday.
FAU won the SBC regular season title in 2012 behind a 32-22 overall record and a 19-8 record in SBC play. This season, the Owls return six starters from that squad and four starting pitchers, including 2013 All-SBC Preseason selections pitcher Austin Gomber and first baseman Mark Nelson. Continue reading
As we continue counting down to the first pitch of the 2013 season, we are running some of the best posters from schools across the country. The team we feature today is the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. They are coming off a season which saw them go 32-30 overall with a 15-15 record in Sun Belt conference play. You can check out the poster below. Future posters can be sent to me by clicking here. Continue reading
The North Texas Mean Green are currently exploring the opportunity to add baseball to their athletic department according to sources close to the situation. There is currently a 12 million dollar expenditure in the budget for the school to build a new baseball stadium on the Denton, TX campus. Continue reading