Following a season that once again concluded in Omaha, Neb., at the College World Series, Cal State Fullerton was selected to capture the 2010 Big West Baseball Championship, a title they lost to UC Irvine last season, according to the Big West Conference preseason poll conducted by the league’s nine head coaches. The Titans, who have claimed at least a share of seven of the last 11 titles and a conference-best 14, nabbed seven first-place votes for a total of 79 points and were followed by defending conference championship UC Irvine, who picked up two first-place votes en route to a 71 point total. Rounding out the top three were the Cal Poly Mustangs, sitting third with 60 points.
The UC Riverside 2010 baseball schedule, released today by Head Coach Doug Smith, continues the Highlanders tradition of playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation (see chart below). It features 13 games against 2009 NCAA Tournament participants including a three-game home series to open Big West Conference play against Cal Poly (Apr. 1-3).
The CBB continues our countdown for the 2010 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 with number 68 in our countdown with UC-Riverside sophomore catcher Rob Brantly. He is a 6’3 195 pound catcher out of Temecula Valley California where he went to Chapparal High School. He picked up four letters in high school including being named 2007-08 First-Team All-League and 2008 First-Team All-Valley and Second-Team All-County. He was picked in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals with the 1378 overall selection but decided to attend UC-Riverside.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals continues his previews of conferences around the country today with the Big West. He believes that the Big West has nothing to worry about this year as they are deeper then usual as Cal-State Fullerton and UC-Irvine are contenders for a CWS bid.
Baseball America recently put out their Top 25 College Baseball and High School Prospects for the 2010 MLB Draft. The college rankings are led by Bryce Harper who has received national attention for skipping his final two years of high school to play college baseball with Community College of Southern Nevada. The rest of the top five is Anthony Ranaudo from LSU, Deck McGuire from Ga Tech, Levon Washington from Chipola JC, and Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The rest of the top 25 is available below.
The defending champion Corvallis Knights won their third straight West Division pennant, behind the hitting of Richie Jimenez (Riverside CC) and the pitching of Matt Andriese (UC Riverside). They will play the Bend Elks in the first playoff round. The first game of the best-of-three series will be in Bend, OR on August 11. The second game will be in Corvallis, OR on Wednesday, August 12, and the if-necessary game will be in Corvallis on August 13. Continue reading West Coast League playoffs start August 11→
Kitsap Blue Jackets 3, Corvallis Knights 1 (20 innings) (completion of suspended game)
Corvallis Knights 6, Kitsap Blue Jackets 3 (13 innings)
The Kitsap Blue Jackets play their home games at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and Events Center near Bremerton, WA, which is a one-hour ferry ride west of Seattle.
A wild West Coast League evening started with the completion of a game that was suspended after 16 innings on June 17 with the score 1-1, because the lights went out at 11 PM. It took another four innings to settle it. Andy Bethel (Washington) hit a ball into shallow center field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the twentieth inning. The outfielder dropped it to allow the winning run to score. Cody Hevner (hasn’t picked a college yet) got the win, and Steve Kalush (Santa Clara) got the loss. Box score and play-by-play The Knights defeated the Blue Jackets 1-0 the previous night (Liam Baron [Linn-Benton CC] pitched a three-hit shutout), and Blue Jackets owner Rick Smith, a Bremerton attorney, was quick to point out that his team had held the Knights, ranked #3 nationally by Perfect Game Crosschecker, to a total of two runs over 29 innings. Continue reading CBB Visit: Corvallis Knights at Kitsap Blue Jackets→
The Corvallis Knights lead the West Division with a 21-5 record. The defending champions swept three games against the Kelowna Falcons, and won two of three against the East Division leader, the Wenatchee AppleSox.
Eddie Orozco (UC-Riverside), Trevor Smith (Linn-Benton CC), Drew Leary (San Diego State), and Liam Baron (Linn-Benton CC) combined for a 3-0 shutout at Kelowna, holding the Knights to three hits. The next night, Steve Kalush (Santa Clara) scattered five hits over seven innings in a 6-0 shutout of the Falcons. Continue reading West Coast League Recap for July 13th→
The Corvallis Knights lead the West Division with a 16-4 record. On July 3, they drew a league-record crowd of 3,506 against the Bend Elks. The Knights won 9-2; Matt Andriese (UC-Riverside) started and got the win, went six innings, allowed five hits, struck out seven. The winning run came on a home run by Dylan Jones (Mount Hood CC) in the bottom of the fourth. Richie Jiminez (Riverside CC) leads the league in hitting with a .429 average. James Nygren (Oregon State) has a record of 2-0, 2.33 ERA. Andriese is 2-0, 0.60 ERA. Continue reading West Coast League recap for July 6→
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Eric Deragisch’s bat lifted UC Irvine to a 4-1 week, including a three-game sweep over then-ranked No. 12 Cal Poly, to earn Big West Player of the Week honors, while UC Riverside’s Paul Bargas picked up Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades after a strong showing on the mound that resulted in a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Cal State Fullerton. Continue reading Big West Players of the Week→