Fans of all kinds come out for the Buster Posey show. (NoleSports)
Freshman All-American Chris Hernandez will take the hill for Miami on Friday (Miami Herald)
What Georgia has to do to reach Omaha. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
It looks like the Athens Super Regional might be sold out. (Effingham Herald)
Texas A&M and Rice is a rematch of last year’s Super Regional (Houston Chronicle)
Preseason #1 rankings really don’t mean much. (The Daily Bruin)
Brett Wallace to the Oakland A’s? (The Sun Devil Sweet Spot)
Could Miami lose focus because of the draft? (The Sporting News)
A breakdown of the Fresno State Bulldogs (Blogging with the Devils)
College of Charleston visits the Yellow Jackets of Ga Tech in a Great Super Regional matchup this weekend. College of Charleston face a stiff Challenge from the hitting Jackets. Ga Tech is led by Super-Sophomore Matt Wieters who is from the Charleston SC area. Wieters has been hitting better since he got his contacts redone recently as evidenced in this article. Since May 1st, He is hitting .431 with 7 homeruns and 22 RBI’s.
Charleston will send Nick Chigges to the mound in the opener on Friday on ESPN at Noon. Nick is 11-1 in 15 starts with a 1.32 ERA. He has struck out 94 guys in that time period. The biggest stat for him is that opponents are hitting .204 off of him. Josh McLaughlin is the closer for the Cougars and he has a 1.27 ERA with 15 saves. He has 71 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.
Georgia Tech also is led by Blake Wood who is their ace pitcher. He has a 5.01 ERA and is 10-4. David Duncan is a lanky left-handed pitcher with mediocre stuff but has a 7-2 record by a 5.50 ERA. The GA Tech rotation for the weekend is not complete as of this article so I can’t tell you when they are going to pitch. Ga Tech needs to win this series with their bats and that is led besides Wieters by Jeff Kindel and Wes Hodges. Kindel is a solid outfielder with a good bat with some pop which I witnessed when GA Tech took on the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill this season. Hodges is battling a stress fracture in his leg but still is hitting .337 with 11 HR’s.
I predict an upset in this series with College of Charleston in 3 games. I just don’t think Tech’s batting will be able to beat this staff.
Just thought I would throw up a post about some articles about the games this weekend.
Miami vs Nebraska
This is a good article from the Nebraska side of the table from the Lincoln Journal Star Online. I think there is still bad blood between Miami and Nebraska fans from the mid 90′s and earlier football battles. The South Florida Sun Sentinel has an article about the hostile crowd that the UM team will face in Lincoln this weekend.
Florida State vs. Florida
The South Florida Sun Sentinel delivers again with an article about the series. The Tallahassee Democrat delivers with an article about Alan Horne and also there is an article from a couple of days ago about the Army Baseball team and the experiences they had in the regional. The Gainesville Sun delivers with an article about the series.
Vols at Georgia Tech
The Atlanta Journal Constitution delivers an article about the series which calls GT a heavy favorite. The Knoxville News Sentinel delivers with an article about Chase Headley patience at the plate.
Clemson at Baylor
The Waco Tribune-Herald delivers with an article about Baylor and Clemson. The Greenville News delivers with two articles about pitching: one about the Clemson staff and one about Baylor’s.
Arizona State at Cal State Fullerton
The East Valley Tribune comes up with an article about the duo of ASU pitchers who might help them beat CSF. The Daily Titan has two articles, one about the previous series and the other about Ricky Romero.
Texas at Ole Miss
The Austin-American Statesman checks in with three articles about the series. The first one focuses on previewing the series. The second focuses on how Texas plays better with its backs against the wall and the final one is about Ole Miss player Stephen Head.
Tulane hosts Rice
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has great coverage of the Tulane Baseball club by clicking here for there most up to date articles. The most intriguing article I found was this one.
USC visits Oregon State
The Corvallis Gazette Times has an article about Tyler Graham and his fight back from a torn labrum. The LA Times has no coverage of USC baseball but that is typical of large papers.
I hope to have up some links tomorrow before the games start up.
This is an interesting matchup with Texas who is a regular in the CWS by being in 31 CWS while Ole Miss who is looking for their first appearance since 1972.
Texas is led by one of the best head coaches in the game today in Augie Garrido. On Offense, Texas is led by CF Drew Stubbs who recently was named to the USA National Team for the summer. They also have Senior SS Seth Johnston who has hit .384 with 15 SBs. J. Brent Cox is the lead relief pitcher in the country and recently was named the Stopper of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association.
They are hosting a Super Regional for the second straight year and looking to advance to the CWS for the first time in 23 years. Ole Miss is led by the talented duo of Brian Pettway and Stephen Head. Pettway this season is hitting .391 and has 20 home runs. Head has .319 and has 18 homeruns. Ole Miss pitching is led by Matt Maloney and Mark Holliman. Maloney has a 8-2 record with 3.14 ERA and 104 K’s. While Holliman put up 8-4 record with a 3.85 ERA and 117 K’s.
My prediction is that Texas takes this series based on the experience of Augie in three games.