GoJackets.com checks in with a preview on the UNC Tar Heels. They will continue to be a power in the ACC with their hitting but they need to replace both Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard to head back to the CWS Final. Robert Woodard is the only returning starter and Andrew Carignan returns in the Closer role. The full preview is available here.
North Carolina recently graduated four players who went on to play professional baseball before fulfilling their graduation requirements. All four student-athletes came back to college recently and finished up on their degrees. The four players are Bo Dickerson, Marshall Hubbard, Matt McCay, and Daniel Moore. Coach Mike Fox was quoted saying that “Our players are here first and foremost to receive an education, and these four have made us extremely proud. We have a great track record of graduating our players, even those that leave early to pursue a career in professional baseball.”
Full release available here.
The UNC TarHeels and Head Coach Mike Fox have released their baseball schedule for the 2007 season. They have a pretty easy Non-Conference schedule with Seton Hall and Penn State each coming in for 3 game sets. My Boston College Eagles will host Carolina on April 5, April 7, and April 8th. The College Baseball Blog will be making every effort to attend those games to see the NCAA Finalist in action up close. Florida State host Carolina on April 20-22 for their ACC clash and Miami comes in March 9th-March 11th.
The full schedule can be read here.
Daniel Bard has officially signed with the Boston Red Sox. He took some time to decide on whether to come to the Sox or go back to school but was persuaded to join the Red Sox. He is a very good pitcher who is very lanky and has a 95 MPH fastball. He should be up in the majors within 3 years.
Full article from the Red Sox available here.
SeBaseball has posted a very good article about Robert Woodard taking the spotlight now for the UNC Baseball program. He has to replace the two cornerstones of the UNC rotation in Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller. Robert has to be a stud for UNC to have a chance of making it back to Omaha this season because the rest of the rotation is not up to the level of Bard or Miller. The full article from SeBaseball can be seen here.
Andrew Miller has been called up by the Detroit Tigers after pitching a total of five innings in professional baseball. In those five innings, Miller struck out nine batters. It was debatable if Miller was going to be a September call-up for the Tigers but he is now on the roster before the September. This is a huge accomplishment for College Baseball and should give the College Baseball World some more notoriety.
Full article from the AP can be seen here.
The USA National Team swept a doubleheader from Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic. The United States won the morning game against Puerto Rico by a score of 15-0. Nick Schmidt pitched 5 shutout innings giving up only two hits. Sean Doolittle pitched two perfect innings to end the mercy ruled game. J.P. Arencibia led the offense by driving in five runs and getting three hits.
The late afternoon game was against the Czech Republic. The Czechs were overmatched from the great pitching of Jake Arrieta in the 16-0 victory. Jake gave up the only hit of the game in the fifth inning which was his last inning of work. Tim Federowicz finished the game which was ended early because of the mercy rule again. Brandon Crawford led the USA offense with a 3-3 performance with 4 RBI and four runs scored.
The USA team will play Mexico on Thursday night at 8:45 pm.
The USA National Team knocked of the Virgin Islands today by a score of 4-0. David Price (Vanderbilt) threw 4 shutout innings while only giving up two hits. He also walked none. Cole St. Clair (Rice) pitched two innings and only let up one hit while striking out four. The next pitcher was Casey Weathers (Vandy) who gave up three hits while striking out five in his two innings of work. Daniel Moskos closed the door in the ninth inning by giving up a hit and had a strikeout. The USA offense struggled mightily as they had not played in a week. They only had two hits in the game but scored four runs (three earned) while taking advantage of the six walks they received from Virgin Islands starter Deshaun Brooks. The USA team will play a Doubleheader on August 9th with Puerto Rico at 10 AM and Czech Republic at 4 PM. Hopefully they can win these two games to head to 3-0 in the tournament.
The Oregon State Beavers knocked off the UNC Tar Heels in Game 3 of the Championship game tonight. This is the first victory for a true northern school since Ohio State won the title in 1966. The Beavers were led by a solid pitching staff and survived six elimination games to arrive with the title. This is Oregon State’s first baseball championship and only the second in the school’s history in any sport.
UNC heads to Alabama for a SEC-ACC matchup. UNC is a better team then Alabama with solid hitting and 2 first round picks in there pitching staff with Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard. UNC should sweep them in the series
South Carolina visits Georgia for the Super Regional. Georgia has a ton of good arms and a good pitchign staff as they should take this series.
Stanford at Oregon State should be a win for the beavers
Missouri at Cal St Fullerton is a very easy pick if you look at it on paper but Cal State will be taken to 3 games but win the series though.
Oklahoma at Rice will have the Owls come out on top.
Miami at Ole Miss is a win for the Hurricanes.