Saturday’s roundup takes us to the PAC 12/Big 10 Challenge in Surprise, AZ where Michigan State pulled off a comeback win late against #1 Oregon State. Down 7-6 entering the top of the 9th, the Spartans pushed across two runs to take the 8-7 lead and held on for the win. Michigan State has been very impressive thus far in 2014, taking the first two games against the PAC 12 this weekend to improve to 4-1 overall and a chance to go 3-0 in the challenge if they can beat Washington on Sunday. Next weekend they will have another opportunity to pick up some quality wins as they face Mississippi State twice in the Diamond Classic in Starkville. Continue reading Saturday Roundup (2/22)
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The South Carolina Gamecocks are predicted to win the 2014 Southeastern Conference baseball championship by a slim one-vote margin, as voted by the league’s 14 baseball coaches in the 23rd annual preseason SEC poll.
The Gamecocks, ranked No. 14 nationally in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll, seek to capture their fourth SEC Championship. LSU and Mississippi State, ranked second and fourth in the USA Today poll respectively, received four votes each in the overall vote. Continue reading 2014 SEC Preseason Coaches Poll
2013 record: 29-30 (14-16)
Finish: Regionals (4th place, Bloomington)
2013 was a season of frustration and disappointment for a team coming off back to back to back College World Series appearances. Injuries decimated the Gators, and many even questioned whether they belonged in a regional after finishing one game over .500 heading into postseason play. After a quick 0-2 exit in Bloomington, the answer was, well, probably not. Continue reading 2014 CBD Season Preview: SEC
We continue the countdown today with number 42 with Tennessee sophomore shortstop AJ Simcox. The Knoxville, Tennessee native attended Farragut High School where he was a three time state champion from 2009-2011. As a high school senior, he hit .470 with two homers and 32 RBI while being named Knoxville News Sentinel PrepXtra Player of the Year among other awards. The Colorado Rockies selected him in the 32nd round but decided to go to his hometown school in Tennessee to play for head coach Dave Serrano. Continue reading 2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 42. AJ Simcox (Tennessee)
We continue the countdown today with number 61, Tennessee outfielder Christin Stewart. In his freshman campaign with the Vols, Stewart did not waste any time as he went 2-4 with three RBI and a homerun in his college debut against UNLV. The 6’0” outfielder played in 46 games in the 2013 season getting 43 starts in the outfield. In 145 AB, Stewart was able to post a .310 average while compiling 45 hits, 27 RBI and .414 OBP. Stewart signed with the Volunteers to add a spark to their lineup offensively and he didn’t disappoint. The rookie showed great poise on the diamond and quickly became an everyday outfielder at UT. Continue reading 2014 Top 100 Countdown: 61. Christin Stewart (Tennessee)
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Highlighted by 33 games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, which include nonconference matchups against Purdue and UNLV, an away series at perennial power Arizona State and the seventh edition of the Hokie-Smokey Classic, Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano unveiled the program’s 2014 schedule on Friday. Continue reading Tennessee releases 2014 Schedule
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The No. 6 ranked Bruins will travel to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears this weekend. It will be UCLA’s first visit to Baylor in program history. UCLA (2-1) is coming off a series victory against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Bruins dropped the opener 6-2 in 10 innings Friday night, but rallied on Saturday by defeating the Gophers 14-0. On Sunday, sophomore starter Grant Watson kept the Gophers quiet by throwing six scoreless innings and tallying a career high eight strikeouts. Baylor (1-3) is coming off a win at home Tuesday against Texas State. The Bears were swept on the road at UC Irvine last weekend. Continue reading CBD Column: Pac-12 Weekend Preview