The Florida State baseball team has always been one of the best teams in the nation under Mike Martin in regards to recruiting. To the surprise of nobody, Martin’s 2008 class is no different.
The Seminoles have the second-best recruiting class in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball and will welcome in 20 newcomers to the team that includes 11 pitchers, of which four are left-handed, four infielders, three outfielders and three catchers.
While 15 of the ‘Noles’ 20 recruits were playing high school ball last season, five players make their way over to Tallahassee by way of transfer. Headlining the transfer class are infielders Tony Delmonico and Stephen Halford. Expect both Delmonico and Halford to contribute immediately to the team with last season’s infielders Tony Thomas, Jr. and Mark Hallberg opting out of school early for the Major League Draft.
Delmonico comes to FSU from the University of Tennessee, where he was arguably the Volunteers’ best player last season. As a sophomore, Delmonico led the team in home runs (9), RBIs (49), walks (35) and runs scored (53). Adding a productive player like Delmonico should make the losses of Thomas and Hallberg much more bearable.
Halford, meanwhile, transfers in from UNC-Wilmington. Halford played every game for UNCW at the shortstop position last season as a freshman and was outstanding at the plate, hitting .352 and scoring 52 runs while setting a freshman school record with a 12-game hitting streak
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Mark Etheridge of SEBaseball.com checks in with an article about many different topics. The first topic which is discussed is the whole Oregon/UC-Irvine/Fullerton musical chair act that has been going on all summer including Rod Delmonico (former head coach at Tennessee) throwing his name in the hat at UC-Irvine. The next topic discussed is how Dave Perno of UGA has had to change up his staff for the 2008 season with an assistant coach moving on to a different school. He finishes up the article by talking about some of winners and losers in the summer in getting transfers. The full article is available here.
New Tennessee coach Todd Raleigh is starting to fill in his first recruiting class in Knoxville. He reached into middle Tennessee and plucked Adam Adkins, the cousin of former Vol and Mount Juliet, TN ace James Adkins. Adkins was 11-0 with a 1.07 ERA and 107 strikeouts for Goodpasture in 2007. His accolades include two no-hitters, one in the 8-AA championship tournament.
Tom Kreager of the Tennessean reported on the commitment of Adkins, who chose Tennessee over interest from Alabama-Birmingham, Belmont, East Tennessee State, Georgia, Kentucky, Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee State and Ole Miss.
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According to multiple reports around the Internet including the Knoxville News, the University of Tennessee will name Todd Raleigh their next head coach. Raleigh is the current head coach of Western Carolina where he took the team to the NCAA Tournament on two separate occasions including the 2007 season. He compiled a record of 257-209 in eight seasons with the Catamounts.
Also, Tony Delmonico has decided to transfer to Florida State next season. This was expected as Delmonico’s father Rod was an assistant under Mark Martin Sr. before heading to Tennessee.
Western Carolina Release
The University of Tennessee released Rod Delmonico from his contract after another unsuccessful season. Delmonico had just finished his 18th season in which he went 34-25. He led the Vols to three appearances in the CWS and made eight appearances in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. I heard some rumors about this move coming a few weeks ago from some of my unnamed sources but did not post them on the blog as I did not think it was the right time to be bringing up some of the issues with the program.
The baseball program at Tennessee has seen increased competition in the region for the best baseball talent with the move by Tim Corbin to Vanderbilt. Every key recruit in the state of Tennessee is signing with the Commodores and thus making it extremely difficult to get the best talent. I also heard there was some pressure getting put on Delmonico from the administration and alumni with the expansion of Lindsey Nelson Stadium to bring it up to SEC standards.
The College Baseball Blog will be writing an article in the near future about some of the candidates for the job. Expect the familiar names to be brought up.
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 29, today. UCF senior third baseman Matt Horwath was named National Hitter of the Week, while Tennessee sophomore lefthander James Adkins was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Horwath, the Knights leadoff hitter, had one of the best offensive weeks in UCF history. In four games, he went 11-for-16 for a .688 average, scored eight runs, drove in three, stole a base and had four doubles, a home run and his first two triples of his career. The senior scored twice and had at least two hits in all four games to help the Knights go 4-0 on the week, including a three-game sweep of Tulane, its first-ever sweep of a C-USA series. In Friday night's series opener against Tulane he hit for UCF's first-ever cycle. Horwath was hit by a pitch in the first, singled in the third, tripled in the fourth and homered to lead-off the seventh. He came to the plate with the score tied at 6-6 in the eighth and delivered with a RBI double to complete the cycle and also give UCF a 7-6 win.
Adkins broke the Tennessee school record for strikeouts during a complete-game win at LSU last Friday in which he allowed just three hits and struck out 14 batters. The preseason All-America selection got Jason Lewis to strikeout looking in the bottom of the sixth inning to break former big-leaguer and Vol great R.A. Dickey's school record of 345 strikeouts from 1994-96. Adkins now boasts 350 Ks for his career and has 103 on the season. A junior from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Adkins needed just three pitches for six of his 14 Ks Friday. He allowed only one run while notching his sixth career complete game and his second of 2007.
With this week's honor, Adkins automatically are named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Website at: www.prolineathletic.com .
The most hyped series of the weekend turned out to be a huge disappointment. The Florida State Seminoles completed the weekend sweep of the Vols to extend their record to 3-0. The Seminole bats carried the team today in a 19-7 romp. Tony Thomas Jr. went 4-6 with four runs scored and driven in.
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
The FSU Seminoles took Game 2 on Saturday by a score of 4-0. Seminoles starter Micheal Hyde lasted 6.1 innings while only giving up two hits. Hyde also had a career high 10 strikeouts. Brian Chambers pitched 1.2 innings of hitless baseball and Jimmy Marshall pitched the ninth inning without allowing a hit. D’Vontrey Richardson in his first career baseball game went 2-3 with a run scored and driven in. The Vols offense has been non-existent and better get it rolling before the start of the SEC season.
Dick Howser Stadium impresses
The Florida State Seminoles took game one from the Volunteers of Tennessee on Friday. Bryan Henry gave a top of the line performance by giving up no runs in his six innings of work. Henry also struck out eleven batters. The Seminoles were led on offense by Jack Rye and Buster Posey. Rye went 2-4 including a homer and also scored two runs and drove in three. Craig Cobb of Tennessee did not give a great performance on the mound by giving up nine runs in 6.2 innings of work. Shawn Griffin and Cody Brown both went 2-4 in the loss. The teams face off tomorrow back at Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU Game Recap
Tennessee Game Recap
All Smiles at FSU after Game 1
Henry overpowers Vols
Posey solid behind plate
Both Florida State and Tennessee have posted game notes for the big series in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles enter the series with many question marks with a pitching staff which is very low in experience. After Bryan Henry, The Noles are planning on starting Micheal Hyde who really was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last season and they are still TBA on a Sunday starter. They will also be without Luke Tucker who is still sitting on the sidelines with a sore pitching arm. The Vols are not without injuries either. They will be missing Julio Borbon who was expected to start in center field this season but will be out another 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle. He was one of the best players on the USA National team this summer.
Vols Game Notes
FSU Game Notes
SEBaseball article about the series