Coach Paul Mainieri and Recruiting Coordinator Terry Rooney took home the title of #1 Recruiting Class of 2008. The Collegiate Baseball title was unsurprising as Coach M (in his first year at Baton Rouge after a successful stint in South Bend) and Coach Rooney had assembled a massive class including 12 Freshman and 7 JuCos, including several All-Americans.
The future is certainly looking bright for LSU, which is seeking to restore its position as one of the top programs in the country.
This was the 25th ranking of recruiting classes by Collegiate Baseball. The full release can be found here.
The list of top classes goes as follows:
Rank Team Recruits
1. Louisiana St. 19
2. Florida St. 20
3. Oregon St. 16
4. Notre Dame 14
5. UCLA 11
6. Cal. St. Fullerton 16
7. North Carolina 12
8. Arizona St. 17
9. San Diego 18
10. Texas 17
11. Washington 16
12. Auburn 14
13. Virginia 16
14. Oklahoma St. 18
15. Vanderbilt 13
16. Georgia 14
17. Rice 12
18. South Carolina 13
19. Missouri 16
20. Miami, Fla. 8
21. Clemson 10
22. Stanford 13
23. Georgia Tech. 11
24. Arizona 9
25. Mississippi 17
Doug Kroll of CSTV checks in with an article going over a few schedules for the 2008 season and how they dealt with the uniform start date. He looks at UCLA, NC State, Cal-State Fullerton, Auburn, and Florida. The article is available by clicking here.
The UCLA Bruins lost two big time recruits for the 2008 season in Ryan Dent and Jason Heyward. Dent was the 62nd overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Boston Red Sox. Dent received a $571,000 deal with the team. Heyward was the 14th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves. He received a 1.7 million dollar deal with the team. The rest of the UCLA freshman class will be attending classes in Los Angeles this year. The full press release is available here.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com College Baseball has counted down his top 10 rising programs with a series of articles. Here’s the list.
9. Coastal Carolina
7. UC Riverside
6. Texas A&M
3. San Diego
2. UC Irvine
Kendall also answered some interesting questions in his latest Mailbag. Addressed were the draft decisions for a trio of Longhorns and Rick Porcello. Also discussed are the prospects for the NC State Wolfpack and Western Carolina’s hiring of Bobby Moranda.
I want to be a Sports Agent website checks in with an article about the most successful baseball programs based on MLB players drafted and making it to the Majors. Using their calculations, They have USC in the top spot with 275 players drafted and 94 players making it to the Majors. Texas holds down the second spot followed by Arizona State, Stanford, and UCLA to round out the Top 5. The full article is available here.
The Pacific University Tigers coaching staff will be making an appearance on the Discovery channel show Mythbusters which is set to air on Wednesday August 8th at 9:00 pm (PST). Tiger Head Coach Ed Sprague and Undergraduate assistant coach John Devaney were invited to be involved in the shooting at Klein Family Field. The full release is available here
The Miami (FL) Media Relations Department has released a feature on Kyle Bellamy who played this summer in the NYCBL with the Geneva Red Wings. He recorded 16 saves in 26 innings while recording a perfect ERA of 0.00. The full article is available here with updates on other Hurricanes players progress throughout the summer.
The Daily Utah Chronicle checks in with an article previewing the Utah Utes 2008 team. The article discusses some of the disappointments of the 2007 season and the future of the program. The full article is available here.
The UCLA Bruins have released their 2008 schedule which includes a game in Compton CA against USC. They also have a visits from the Oklahoma Sooners and UC-Riverside as the highlights of their OOC schedule. The full schedule is available here.
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Baseball America published an interesting op-ed piece today, forecasting their predicted field for the 2008 College World Series. Obviously it’s too soon to tell who will be a legitimate contender, with almost 2 months remaining before the August 15 deadline for MLB organizations to sign would-be college prospects, and injuries, weather and dozens of other factors looming on the horizon. But all the same, it’s interesting to start thinking about it already as we watch the summer leagues take shape, and Aaron Fitt provides some interesting food for thought in the off-season. And no, as you near the end of the list, you’ll discover that I am not unbiased in my evaluation of this article…
The lucky 8:
The Cal-State Fullerton Titans knocked off UCLA 2-1 in a great pitchers duel to send the Titans to the CWS in Omaha. UCLA starting pitcher Gavin Brooks pitched a complete game and gave up both runs while scattering seven hits while striking out 12 batters but got the loss to end his freshman season with a 6-7 record. Fullerton starter Jeff Kaplan went 6.1 innings while giving up one unearned run on five hits. Bryan Harris got his third save by going the final 1.2 innings. Clark Hardman led the Titan offense by getting three hits in his four at-bats including a home run. UCLA ends the season with a 33-28 record while Fullerton will be in Omaha this weekend.
2007 NCAA Super Regional
Cal State Fullerton (36-23) vs. UCLA (33-26)
At Goodwin Field, Fullerton, Calif. / June, 9-11, 2007
Cal State Fullerton is set to face UCLA in the 2007 NCAA Super Regionals this weekend at Goodwin Field. The Southern California best-of-three game series for a trip to Omaha, Nebraska.
Sunday, (CSF home team), 10:06 p.m. (GT, WEB, ESPN2)
CSF: Jeff Kaplan, RHP (11-3, 3.35 ERA)
UCLA: Gavin Brooks, LHP (6-6, 4.65 ERA)
The Cal-State Fullerton Titans jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead then went on to cruise to a 12-2 victory over the UCLA Bruins to pick up a win in Game 1 of their Super Regional match-up. Wes Roemer (11-6) pitched a complete game giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out seven UCLA hitters. The Titans offense was led by Evan McArthur who went 3-3 with three runs scored and three driven in. UCLA starter Tyson Brummett was lit up for nine runs in 4.1 innings to drop his record to 10-6. Brendan Crawford led the Bruins by going 2-4 with 2 RBI while Alden Carrithers also picked up two hits in the losing effort.
The teams will be back in action at 10 pm EDT on Sunday.