WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Arizona State has been chosen as the favorite to win this year’s Pac-10 baseball title, according to a vote of the league’s coaches.
The Sun Devils received three of 10 first-place votes, earning 69 points overall. UCLA also received three first-place votes and 67 total points for the No. 2 spot, while Stanford was picked third with one first-place vote, totaling 64 points. Rounding out the top five was Oregon State, which nabbed two first-place votes and 58 points overall, and Arizona grabbed the final first-place vote for a total 56 points. Continue reading 2009 Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll→
Mississippi State has reached into Alabama, Georgia and Texas for its latest signees of the 2008-09 college baseball recruiting campaign.
Joining the initial Bulldog recruiting class of first-year MSU skipper John Cohen are left-handed pitcher Matt Lane of Marietta, Ga. (Pope High School), outfielder Jaron Shepherd of Kilgore, Texas (Kilgore High School/Navarro College) and shortstop Nick Vickerson of Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Hillcrest High School/Florida State/Shelton State). Continue reading College Baseball Early Signing Period Continues→
Former University of Memphis pitcher Brandon Rowan has joined the Pitt baseball coaching staff announced head coach Joe Jordano. Rowan, who most recently held the head coaching position at Crichton College in Memphis, Tenn., joins the Panthers’ staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
“I am very pleased to have a coach of Brandon Rowan’s character and experience join our staff,” said head coach Jordano.
The College Baseball Blog recently had the opportunity to talk with Jordan Wyckoff who just completed his second season with the Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats. He just finished his summer coaching in the Alaskan Baseball League where he served as an assistant coach for the Mat-Su Miners. This is our second opportunity to speak with Coach Wyckoff this fall as we focus this time on his Alaskan League experience. Continue reading CBB talks with Jordan Wyckoff (Part 2)→
The Corvallis (OR) Knights swept a best-of-three series against the Wenatchee (WA) AppleSox to win their first West Coast Collegiate Baseball League championship. The AppleSox won the championship in 2006 and 2007.
The Knights won the first game of the series 6-4 (11 innings) in Wenatchee. The star of that game was Doug Cherry (Washington), who went 4-5, reached base six times, and was spectacular on defense. He drew a walk in the ninth to bring in the tying run and send the game into extra innings. Bryant Kraus (Portland) batted in the winning run in the 11th. Taylor Starr (Oregon State) got the win for the Knights. Continue reading Corvallis Knights win WCCBL pennant→
Baseball Program Holds 11th Annual Bullpen Golf Outing. Event raised nearly $40,000 for the baseball program.
QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s baseball program hosted its 11th annual Bullpen Golf Outing at Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, N.Y., on July 28. The event, with title sponsor Chartwells, raised over $40,000 to benefit the Red Storm baseball program.
The Washington Huskies have released their 2009 schedule. They will open the season on February 20th with a three game set against 2008 CWS Champion Fresno State. The next weekend they will travel to Minneapolis to take part in a tournament hosted by the Minnesota Gophers. They will play Notre Dame, Hawaii, and the host Gophers. They will come home to host Oregon for two non-conference games before heading to Nevada for a three game out of conference weekend set. Continue reading 2009 Washington Huskies Schedule→
ASU moves a half game in front of Stanford for first place in the Pac-10. The starting pitching for both teams ended up with nearly identical box scores, but neither figured in the decision. Mike Leake for ASU and Tim Murphy for UCLA both struck out 10, walked zero and gave up 8 hits. Tommy Rafferty picked up his 9th win (tied for most in the nation) after pitching the final 2 innings and gave up zero runs, 1 hit, 1 walk and struck out 2. Offensively Jermaine Curtis for UCLA had the most hits going 4 for 5 with a double. For ASU Jason Kipnis went 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s while Marcel Champagnie also had 3 hits, 2 RBI’s and stole 2 bases.
Cal snaps a four game loosing streak with the win. Tyson Ross of Cal picked up the win allowing 11 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks and 5 strike outs in 8 innings. Cal also got home runs from Charlie Cutler, Josh Satin, Brett Jackson and Blake Smith. Defending Pac-10 pitcher of the week Preston Guilmet takes the loss for Arizona as he gave up only 7 hits but 7 earned runs along with 1 walk and 8 strike outs in 6.1 innings.
Washington’s Jorden Merry picked up his 7th win after going 7.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 4 walks and 3 strike outs. Tommy Milone takes the loss for USC after he went 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 earned runs, 0 walks and 7 strike outs. Kyle Conley was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate for Washington with 2 RBI’s.
The NAIA University of British Columbia Thunderbirds have been making an annual trip to Seattle to play the Huskies since 2002. UBC has usually had five or six Division I teams on their schedule, but this year, due to the late February start of the D-I schedule, this was the only D-I game that could be arranged.
The Thunderbirds’ only win against the Huskies came in 2006, the year that the Birds made their only trip to the NAIA baseball national championship. They were on the losing end of a four-game sweep against the #2-ranked and defending NAIA national champion Lewis-Clark State last weekend, but the Birds generally played well against the Warriors. UBC outfielder Matt Chester was injured during the Lewis-Clark State series, and the Thunderbirds currently have two other key players unavailable due to injuries, outfielders Mike Styrna and Nic Lendvoy. The 14-4 win for the Huskies wasn’t a surprise. Continue reading CBB Visit: British Columbia at Washington on April 29→
USC snaps a six game loosing streak.Stanford’s loss drops them into a tie with ASU for first place in the Pac-10.Derek Perren went 2 for 3 for USC with a double, a home runs and 5 RBI’s. Jason Castro had another good day for Stanford, going 2 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBI’s.
ASU scored 10 runs in the second inning on only 3 hits.ASU’s win and Stanford’s loss puts both teams in a tie for first pace in the Pac-10 standings.The game was concluded after seven innings due to a combination of the 10 run mercy rule and Sunday travel requirements.Ryan Sontag was perfect at the plate for ASU going 3 for 3 including a triple.Petey Paramore’s only hit for ASU was a two run home run into a very strong wind blowing in.Cal starter Daniel Wolford only faced two batters and left the game after developing blisters.Dwight Tanaka of Cal was hit in the batting helmet by a pitch and left the game. Continue reading Pac-10 Recap Sunday 4/27→