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USA Baseball: Collegiate National Team Finalizes 24-Man Roster

Five members will serve their second tour

Press Release USA Baseball

CARY, N.C. – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team finalized its 24-man roster that will take part in international competition this summer. The group of 24 features 12 hitters and 12 pitchers. Five members will be serving their second tour with the squad.

Returning to the Collegiate National Team are David Berg (RHP, UCLA), Michael Conforto (OF, Oregon State), Austin Cousino (OF, Kentucky), Carlos Rodon (LHP, NC State) and Trea Turner (IF, NC State). For Cousino, it marks the third time in his career that he will represent USA Baseball after also playing with the 16U National Team.

Three members of the team are making their debut on the collegiate roster, but have represented USA Baseball at various times throughout their prep careers. Alex Bregman (IF, LSU) has played with the 16U and 18U National Teams, while C.J. Hinojosa (IF, Texas) participated with the 14U National Team and 16U Team. Ryan Burr (RP, Arizona State) played with the 16U Team.

Sixteen athletes will be representing USA Baseball for the first time in their amateur careers. TCU leads the way with three participants in LHP Brandon Finnegan, RHP Preston Morrison and RHP Riley Ferrell.

Along with TCU and NC State, Indiana also boasts multiple participants in catcher Kyle Schwarber and infielder Sam Travis.

Rounding out the roster are: Tyler Beede (RHP, Vanderbilt), Skye Bolt (OF, North Carolina), Nick Burdi (Louisville), Matt Chapman (IF, Cal State Fullerton), Grayson Greiner (C, South Carolina), Matt Imhof (LHP, Cal Poly), Daniel Mengden (RHP, Texas A&M), Taylor Sparks (IF, UC Irvine), Tommy Thorpe (LHP, Oregon), Luke Weaver (RHP, Florida State) and Brad Zimmer (OF, San Francisco).

Remaining with the team until their departure for Japan on July 3 are Chris Diaz (LHP, Miami, Fla.) and Trent Thornton (RHP, North Carolina).

The Collegiate National Team has three games remaining in its tour of the Coastal Plains League. International competition is slated to begin July 5 with an exhibition contest against the Matsuyama Industrial League. The 39th edition of the USA-Japan series gets underway July 6 in Matsuyama, Japan. Upon returning to the United States, the CNT will play a pair of exhibition games before opening up a five game series against Cuba on July 18 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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College: Alex Bregman Announced as Top National Shortstop

Louisiana State infielder wins 2013 Brooks Wallace Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Alex Bregman as the 2013 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year.

The LSU freshman had an impressive .369 batting average with 18 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 52 RBIs and a .939 fielding percentage during the first season of his college career.

“It is such an honor,” Bregman said. “This is a team award and I have to thank all of my great teammates. To have won this award with all the other great shortstops in the country is truly an honor.”

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, is named for Brooks Wallace, a Texas Tech shortstop from 1977-80 who died at age 27 after a battle with leukemia.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College: Mike Dickson Wins Inaugural Skip Bertman Award

Gloucester County skipper named National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Gloucester County College coach Mike Dickson as the 2013 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year.

Dickson coached the team to a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championship in 2013 and finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record.

He also coached three NJCAA Division III First-Team All-Americans and had a player picked up during the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Dickson said. “To be mentioned in the same b

reath as Skip Bertman, who was truly a great college baseball coach, it’s a tremendous honor to win this award.”

The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, is named for Bertman, who coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball

Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

Coach of the Year Award

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College: Gonzales Named Two-Way Player of the Year

Gonzaga pitcher, first baseman wins John Olerud Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Marco Gonzales as the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year.

The junior pitcher and first baseman at Gonzaga finished the season with a remarkable .311 batting average, seven doubles and 26 RBIs at the plate. In 106 innings on the mound, he logged a .982 fielding percentage, 2.80 ERA, 7-3 record, 96 strikeouts and one save with no home runs allowed.

“I am extremely honored to accept such a prestigious award,” Gonzales said. “This means the world to me and my family. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for believing in me and for giving me the chance to be on the field every day. This is simply a testament of my support group and how important they are to me and my passion for the game of baseball.”

The award is named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher.

For more information on the Olerud Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visitwww.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Celebrates Newest Members

Night of Champions features Class of 2013 induction

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Baseball champions of yesterday and today gathered here Saturday for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, where seven new members were inducted.

The distinguished baseball players honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Night of Champions include Arizona State third baseman Sal Bando; Oklahoma State pitcher Tom Borland; Grambling State second baseman Ralph Garr; University of Tampa first baseman Tino Martinez; Marietta College coach Don Schaly; USC shortstop Roy Smalley; and Colby College, Maine and Husson College coach John Winkin.

Bando is one of eight Arizona State Sun Devils to be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, including his coach, Bobby Winkles.

“The journey of getting to Arizona State started to sink in, and I was just hoping to compete, let alone get inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame,” he said. “It’s truly been a blessing.”

One of the inductees said not only was it an honor to have been able to play college baseball, but to then be awarded for it, as well.

“I really enjoyed my college career at the University of Tampa,” Martinez said. “This is the last thing I ever dreamed of and [never] thought this would happen.”

John Schaly represented his father, the late Don Schaly, and said his dad was a very humble man who would not have taken the credit had he been able to accept the award.

“He built a great legacy, and that will be something to remember for many years to come. And as a Family, we’re very proud of everything he did,” he said.

The late Tom Borland’s family also represented him during the Night of Champions, and his daughter, Jana King, said the College Baseball Hall of Fame helped her family realize the impact her father had on college baseball.

“This is just a great time for us to honor his history and his accomplishments,” she said. “To be honest, a lot of times we referred more to his professional career, so it was very educational for us — I have three older brothers — to learn about his college career and the amazing things he did there.”

A few of the inductees discussed the recognition the College Baseball Hall of Fame has been able to give to college baseball.

“I think baseball is really gaining momentum at being the No. 1 sport, and I hope that continues, and I think what they’re doing here in Lubbock is a wonderful thing,” Garr said.

Those also honored during the Night of Champions included LSU’s Alex Bregman, the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year; Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray, the Pitcher of the Year; Gonzaga’s Marco Gonzales, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year; Ole Miss’ Stuart Turner, the Johnny Bench Award winner; Gloucester County College coach Mike Dickson, the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year; and Dale Williams, the National Collegiate Umpire Award winner.

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College: Oklahoma’s Gray Named Pitcher of the Year

Junior right-hander posted 10-3 record, 1.64 ERA in 126 1/3 innings

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Jonathan Gray as the winner of the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports.

The Oklahoma junior had an outstanding 10-3 record with a 1.64 ERA and four complete games. In 126 1/3 innings pitched, he had 147 strikeouts, a .189 opponents’ batting average, and gave up just one home run during the 2013 season.

“There were some truly exceptional pitchers this year, but Jonathan clearly distinguished himself,” said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year chairman. “He put up really impressive numbers. He’s a great choice for the best pitcher in the country.”

For more information on the Pitcher of the Year Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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All-Japan University Baseball Federation Announces National Collegiate Roster

by All-Japan University Baseball Federation

All-Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) announced on June 23 the names of the 24 players selected to represent Japan for the 39th Japan/U.S. Collegiate Championship to be held in five cities in Japan from July 6 to 11.

Manager Tatsuya Yoshinami (Meiji University) said that all the eight pitchers selected have a variety of pitches to take on powerful batters of the U.S. and strong fielding and fast running of the host team should make the five duels most exciting.

The name, position, uniform number, university and throw/bat of the roster are as follows:

Coaching Staff:

Leader IWAI Yoshiki Kokusai Budo
Manager 30 YOSHINAMI Tatsuya Meiji
Coaches 50 YOKOI?Hitoki Tokai
40 SUZUKI Hideyuki Kansai Kokusai
55 TORIYAMA?Yasutaka Kokugakuin
Trainer TIKUJO Hifumi -
Captain 10 UMENO Ryutaro Fukuoka
Travel Manager HONDA Takashi Jobu

Roster:

P
(8)
11 ROKUNO?Masaji Tokai L/L
14 OSERA?Daichi Kyushu Kyoritsu R/R
18 SUGIURA Toshihiro Kokugakuin R/R
19 SEKIYA Ryota Meiji R/R
15 YAMASAKI Yasuaki Asia R/R
17 YAMASAKI Sachiya Meiji L/L
21 ISHIDA Kenta Hosei L/L
16 TANAKA Toyoki Nihon Bunri R/R
C
(4)
10 UMENO Ryutarou Fukuoka R/R
22 MINEI Hiroki Asia R/R
27 ISHIKAWA Ryohei Kokugakuin R/R
12 SAKAMOTO Seishiro Meiji R/R
IF
(8)
1 MIKI Ryo Jobu R/R
3 KAWAI Kanji Hosei R/L
6 NISHIURA Naomichi Hosei R/R
25 OKA Hiromi Meiji R/R
2 NAKAMURA Shogo Waseda R/R
7 MINESHITA Tomohiro Kinki R/L
4 OHSHIRO Koji Rikkio R/R
5 FUJIOKA Yudai Asia R/L
OF
(4)
9 OOKIDO Shohri Hosei R/L
24 EGOSHI Taiga Komazawa R/R
26 YOSHIDA Masataka Aoyama Gakuin R/L
8 MIZUMOTO Gen Asia R&L/L

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Creates Coach of the Year Award

Five finalists up for Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced today the creation of its newest award — the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award — honoring the nation’s top collegiate coach from any level of college baseball. The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, will be presented as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions ceremony on June 29.

“It is time for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame to create a yearly honor for the top coach from any level of college baseball,” said Hall of Fame executive director Mike Gustafson. “We recognize accomplishments at all levels of the game, so that part was obvious. Coach Bert­man’s record stands on its own merits, but it is also a special way for us to honor him because of his support and guidance in our fundraising process.”

Bertman coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national champi­onships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement from coaching, Bertman served as LSU’s athletic director from 2001 to 2007, according to an LSU press release. In May, LSU’s home field was renamed Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

“I am thrilled and humbled to have an award with my name on it to be given by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame,” Bertman said. “It’s indeed a proud and extraordinarily happy moment for me and all the players I coached.”

The award finalists and winner are selected by a national committee of active and retired coach­es from all levels of college baseball.

Five finalists have been selected for the inaugural Skip Bertman Award: Scott Brosius, who led NCAA Division III Linfield College to a 42-8 overall record and a 21-3 conference record; Mike Dickson, whose NJCAA Division III Gloucester County College Roadrunners finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record; Paul Mainieri of LSU, whose Tigers currently have a 57-9 overall record and finished with a 23-7 conference record; Patrick McCarthy, who led the NAIA Faulker University Eagles to a 56-11 overall record and a 25-5 conference record; and Tracy Smith, whose Indiana Hoosiers currently have a 48-18 overall record and finished with a 15-6 conference record.

“Three of these coaches have already led their teams to national championships and two have led their teams to Omaha for the College World Series and are still in the running to win a title,” Gustafson said. “All of them led their teams to truly impressive records and all are very deserving candidates to be the first winner of the Skip Bertman Award.”

The Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award is sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports.

“Easton-Bell Sports is very pleased to be associated with this tremendous award, particularly in conjunction with coach Bertman,” said Easton-Bell’s Jim Darby. “Skip has been a great mentor to many people, both on and off the field.”

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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USA and Japan Collegiate Teams to Meet for 39th Time

For the 39th time the USA and Japan will have a series between the two countries collegiate national teams. It will be held July 6-12 at four different venues around Japan.

The series is officially sanctioned by the IBAF with the two teams ranked #2 (USA) and #3 (Japan) in the world.

Schedule:

  • Game 1: July 6th(Sat) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
  • Game 2: July 7th(Sun) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
  • Game 3: July 8th(Mon) 18:00 Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium/ Hiroshima Pref.
  • Game 4: July 10th(Wed) 18:00 Utsunomiya Kiyohara Stadium/Tochigi Pref.
  • Game 5: July 11th(Thu) 18:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium/Tokyo

The two teams played in 2011 with the USA winning the series 3-1 with one tie. Those games were held in the USA. The first time the two played was in 1972 and over the years the USA has won 22 of the meetings with Japan winning 16.

Team USA will come back to the States to play a five game series with Cuba.

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USA Baseball College National Team: 23 Players Report on Thursday

Press Release USA Baseball

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-three of college baseball’s top underclassmen will head to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., Thursday as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team gets ready to open training camp.

The CNT coaching staff will be charged with the task of putting together a 24-man roster for the summer tour that will feature a five-game series against Japan and another five-game set against Cuba.

Eight members of the reporting group have already guaranteed their spot on the team, while 15 others head to North Carolina with hopes of earning a spot on the roster.

Already guaranteed a spot on the roster are: RHP Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt), RHP Ryan Burr (Arizona State), OF Austin Cousino (Kentucky), LHP Brandon Finnegan (TCU), C Grayson Greiner (South Carolina), IF Taylor Sparks (UC Irvine), LHP Tommy Thorpe (Oregon) and RHP Luke Weaver (Florida State).

The 15 hopefuls hail from coast to coast and feature: IF Matt Chapman (Cal State Fullerton), LHP Chris Diaz (Miami, Fla.), RHP Riley Ferrell (TCU), IF C.J. Hinojosa (Texas), LHP Matt Imhof (Cal Poly), LHP Cole Irvin (Oregon), C Nate Irving (Virginia), IF Will Maddox (Tennessee), RHP/C Daniel Mengden (Texas A&M), RHP Preston Morrison (TCU), IF Mike Papi (Virginia), IF Jake Peter (Creighton), LHP/INF A.J. Reed (Kentucky), RHP Colin Wellman (Loyola Marymount) and OF Brad Zimmer (San Francisco).

An additional three athletes whose season just ended in Omaha will be joining the team over the course of the weekend: IF Alex Bregman (LSU), RHP Nick Burdi (Louisville) and C Kyle Schwarber (Indiana).

Six other players are still representing their collegiate team in Omaha at the College World Series: C Brett Austin (NC State), RHP David Berg (UCLA), OF Skye Bolt (North Carolina), OF Michael Conforto (Oregon State), Carlos Rodon (NC State) and IF Trea Turner (NC State).

Coaching the Collegiate National Team this summer will be TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle. The hitting coach/3rd base coach is Arizona State’s Tim Esmay. Ole Miss’ Mike Bianco will serve as the pitching coach, while Creighton’s Ed Servais will coach first base and the defense. Brett Basham will serve as the bullpen coach.

TCU’s Danny Wheat returns as the athletic trainer and Brandie Davidson will be the press officer. Rounding out the CNT staff is Brian Cain who will be the mental skills coach for the summer.

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USA Baseball Announces Friendship Series with Cuba

USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced an upcoming series between the two countries Collegiate National Teams. The two will compete in an international friendship series for the second year in a row. This year, Cuba will travel to the USA and play a five-game series.

The teams will compete across three states from July 18-23.

The two teams will first face off in Des Moines, Iowa for Game 1. They will then move onto Omaha for Games 2 and 3 before heading east to North Carolina to finish off the series.

Read more here with the complete press release by USA Baseball.

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College World Series Down to Four Teams

The 2013 College World Series is down to the final four teams.

In Bracket 1, #3 Oregon State will need to beat Mississippi State twice to advance to the championship series. While in Bracket 2, UCLA is the undefeated team going up against #1 North Carolina.

How they got here?

Mississippi State has made two comeback wins advancing through the winner’s bracket. They scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning in their first game to defeat #3 Oregon State. Then in Game 2 they scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take down Indiana. The two wins have put them in the driver’s seat for a trip to the championship series. They will face #3 Oregon State at 3:00 PM EST and need just one win to advance.

Oregon State is one of only two national seeds left in the tournament. The #3 Beavers lost a tough game in their first match to Mississippi State giving up two late runs. That dropped them down into the loser’s bracket where they have thrived. They dominated Louisville bouncing them from the CWS with an 11-4 win. Their next game was a thriller, a 1-0 win over Indiana. The Beavers got a complete game shutout out of Matt Boyd to hold off the dangerous Indiana club to advance. Now they are looking for revenge against Mississippi State needing two wins to advance to the championship series.

UCLA has won two games both by the score of 2-1. Their first game came against #4 LSU when they got a great start out of Adam Plutko holding LSU to just a single run. They came back with another close win over North Carolina State getting another great start out of Nick Vander Tuig to pick up the win. Now they face #1 North Carolina needing just a single win to advance to the championship series.

North Carolina is the #1 ranked team but they started off by losing their first game 8-1 to NC State. They bounced back with a tough 4-2 win over a great LSU team that put them into a rematch with their ACC rivals NC State. The second time around UNC got the better of them. Hobbs Johnson pitched great almost tossing a complete game shutout to pitch UNC into the match up with UCLA. North Carolina needs to win two games to advance to the championship series.

College World Series Schedule:

Friday June 21st
3:00 pm EST Mississippi State vs #3 Oregon State
8:00 pm EST UCLA vs #1 North Carolina

Saturday June 22nd
*3:00 pm EST Mississippi State vs #3 Oregon State
*8:30 pm EST UCLA vs #1 North Carolina

Championship Series
June 24th 8:00 pm EST
June 25th 8:00 pm EST
*June 26th 8:00 pm EST

*If necessary

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College: Six Teams Punch Tickets for Omaha; Two Left

Six teams are set for the 2013 College World Series, but so far only one of the Top 8 National Seeds have made it to Omaha.

Louisville dropped Vanderbilt from the tournament by going into Nashville and sweeping the #2 seed. Vanderbilt star pitcher Tyler Beede didn’t fare too well on Sunday afternoon. Beede was pulled after 59 pitches and 2.2 innings after allowing two runs in the elimination game for the Commodores. Carson Fulmer came in and pitched great for Vandy holding Louisville at bay, but the Vandy bats couldn’t get going mainly due to Cardinal starter Jeff Thompson. Thompson pitched seven strong innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out nine to pick up the win.

The #7 Florida State Seminoles were bounced in two games by Indiana who is making their first trip to the CWS. It is also the first time a Big 10 school has made the CWS since 1984 when the Michigan Wolverines made it to Omaha led by shortstop Barry Larkin.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs, who finished third in the SEC Western division, eliminated the #6 Virginia Cavaliers. The Bulldogs held off a ninth inning rally in Game 2 on Monday after noon after a 19 hour rain delay to fend off the Cavaliers and advance to Omaha for the first time since 2007.

For the first time in 45 years the North Carolina State Wolfpack will make a trip to Omaha. It is the second longest stretch between appearances. They did it with a sweep of the Rice Owls, and it took them 17 innings to win Game 2 of the series. NC State needed three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The game was marred by a rain delay of more than an hour before play resumed. After the dust settled, it was the longest Super Regional game in the history of the CWS.

UCLA eliminated #5 Cal State Fullerton over the weekend too in straight games. UCLA pitchers shut out the Titans in Game 2 to advance to Omaha for the fifth time in school history. They were in Omaha in 2012 but were eliminated after going 1-2.

So far the only National Seed to make the CWS is #4 LSU. After winning a close game, and shutting out, Oklahoma in Game 1 of the Super Regional, LSU exploded for 11 runs in Game 2 to win the game going away. They are going to be one of the heavy favorites to win the title. The Tigers are already holders of six CWS titles with the last coming in 2009.

The two spots that are still up for grabs are coming from the Chapel Hill and Corvallis Regionals.

In Chapel Hill, #1 North Carolina and South Carolina square off in a winner take all game on Tuesday afternoon. The two teams split the first two games with South Carolina shutting out UNC in Game 2 to force the final game.

In Corvallis, #3 Oregon State came back to force the final game with a 12-4 win over Kansas State in Game 2. The elimination game will take place Monday night at 10pm EST.

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College: Beede, Bryant, Moran Named Golden Spikes Finalists

Live award presentation set for July 19 on MLB Network, GoldenSpikesAward.com

By USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the three finalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This summer marks the 36th consecutive year that the GSA will be presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Tyler Beede, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt; Kris Bryant, a junior infielder from San Diego; and Colin Moran, a junior infielder out of North Carolina, received the most votes among 30 semifinalists last week, as voted on by a committee of more than 200 members.

Each of the three players participated in the NCAA regionals this past weekend, with Vanderbilt and North Carolina advancing to super-regional competition. San Diego was eliminated following play in the Los Angeles regional.

Additionally, Bryant and Moran are expected to be drafted early in Thursday’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Beede, as a sophomore, is not eligible for the Draft until 2014.

For the first time ever, the GSA will be presented at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and MLB Network will televise the announcement for the third consecutive year. The presentation will air live on The Rundown on Friday, July 19, starting at 2 p.m. ET, and will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. The presentation will also be simulcast live on MLB.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

Fans can continue to stay up to date on the GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com — powered by MLB Advanced Media — which serves as the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries and photographs and video highlights of the 2013 finalists.

“Once again our voting committee did a fantastic job of selecting three talented finalists,” USA Baseball executive director/CEO Paul Seiler said. “Tyler Beede, Kris Bryant and Colin Moran all had outstanding seasons for their respective schools, and we are excited to honor them for both their individual accolades and their team’s on-field success.”

Beede was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after leading the nation in wins. The Commodores righty tallied a 14-0 record with 101 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings pitched. A native of Auburn, Mass., Beede posted a 2.20 ERA and held opponents to a .177 batting average.

Bryant was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after a record-setting season for the Toreros. The Las Vegas native led the nation in home runs, runs scored, walks and slugging percentage. His 31 home runs set an NCAA single-season record in the BBCOR era. Bryant was tabbed the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year and the co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year after hitting .329 with 62 RBIs.

Moran was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after tallying a nation-best 85 RBIs. The Rye, N.Y., native batted .351 with 13 home runs as part of the nucleus that led the Tar Heels to an ACC championship and the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year finished fourth in the nation with 69 runs scored.

The three finalists advanced by receiving the most votes during the semifinalist balloting round. During the round, 33 different student-athletes received votes to become a GSA finalist. After the three finalists, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray finished fourth in voting, followed in order by Mark Appel (Stanford), Aaron Nola (Louisiana State), D.J. Peterson (New Mexico), Michael Lorenzen (Cal State Fullerton), Tony Kemp (Vanderbilt) and Ryne Stanek (Arkansas). Additionally, Matt Boyd (Oregon State), Michael Ford (Princeton), Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State) and Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State) received votes via the voting committee’s write-in option.

Following the presentation of the award on July 19, all three finalists will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles as part of the 2013 Rod Dedeaux Award Dinner. Hosted by the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the dinner will honor the Golden Spikes Award finalists, the Rod Dedeaux Award winner and the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award winner.

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it follows the same model again in 2013. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a list of 30 semifinalists was sent to the GSA voting committee last week. The three players that received the most votes advanced to the finalist round, and beginning today, the committee will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.

Fans will once again be able to vote for the 2013 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. ET on June 14.

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College: Gene Stephenson Fired at Wichita State

June 4, 2013 marked the end of an era in Wichita, Kansas, an era that lasted 36 years.

Yesterday longtime coach of the Wichita State Shockers baseball program Gene Stephenson was fired. Stephenson was at the helm of the Shockers since 1978. He ranks second in wins among college coaches with a record of 1,837-675-3.  Only Augie Garrido of Texas has more wins.

Athletic director Eric Sexton reportedly gave Stephenson an ultimatum to either retire or be fired. Stephenson had one year remaining on his contract.

Wichita State disbanded the baseball program in 1970 only to bring it back in 1977. Stephenson took over the helm in 1978 and quickly turned the Shockers into a powerhouse.

It took him only three years to get the team to the NCAA tournament and two more before they would appear in their first College World Series. In that 1982 season they would lose to Miami in the national championship game and set the single season record for wins with 73.

Stephenson would take Wichita State to 20 conference championships, 28 appearances in the NCAA tournament, and trips to the College World Series a total of seven times, winning one national title in 1989.

The past few seasons have been down years for the program. The Shockers had to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. They were bounced from the tournament this year by Arkansas and eventual regional champ Kansas State.

Stephenson says he hopes to continue coaching.

Wichita State will begin a national search for his replacement immediately.

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College: Super Regional Teams Set to Begin Play Friday

The 2013 College World Series is down to 16 teams. After an exciting weekend of regionals, where we saw two #1 seeds go down, we are all set for the Super Regionals.

The top two seeds in the entire tournament faced elimination on Monday night, but both survived to see the Super Regional round.

The top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels needed 13 innings to down Florida Atlantic to move on to the next round.

Florida Atlantic used a 6-run ninth inning to take a late lead over the #1 ranked Heels. Down 6-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Owls came storming back to take the lead late. The inning was led off with by Corey Keller hit his second home run to left field to cut the lead to three. Then the Tar Heel pitching staff couldn’t find the strike zone walking one run in after giving up a single and two walks to load the bases. Then with the bases loaded and trailing 6-4 with two outs, Tyler Rocklein hit a grand slam to give the Owls the lead.

The Heels weren’t done though. They quickly came back scoring two runs on three quick hits in the bottom of the inning to send it to extra innings.

The twelfth inning saw even more highlights as in the top of the inning, Levi Meyer untied the game with a three-run home run. However, once again the Owls bullpen couldn’t hold the lead giving up three to tie it in the bottom half of the inning.

Cody Stubbs, who went 4-for-7 in the game, singled down the left field line to drive in the winning run sending the top ranked North Carolina into the Super Regional round.

Rice used a fifteen hit attack to down the #1 seed Oregon Ducks in the Eugene Regional. The Ducks were just the second #1 seed to be sent home after Oklahoma sent Virginia Tech packing the day before. Oregon is also the only Top 8 National Seed not to make it to the Super Regional round.

So the Super Regionals are set and will get kicked off this coming Friday June 7th.

#1 North Carolina will host South Carolina

#2 Vanderbilt will host Louisville

#3 Oregon State will host Kansas State

#4 LSU will host Oklahoma

#5 Cal State Fullerton will host UCLA

#6 Virginia will host Mississippi State

#7 Florida State will host Indiana

North Carolina State will host Rice

NCAA Division I CWS Bracket

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College: The Top Two National Seeds Face Elimination Tonight

Four number one seeds in the NCAA College Baseball World Series Regionals are facing elimination today. One has already been ousted when Oklahoma ousted Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Sunday night.

Included in the four #1’s that are up for elimination today are three of the Top 8 National Seeds as well, including the top two.

The #1 National Seed North Carolina (54-9) faces elimination in Chapel Hill tonight as they face the Florida Atlantic Owls (42-21). The Owls downed the Tar Heels in yesterday’s game defeating the top seed 3-2. Florida Atlantic scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stave off elimination and force the winner take all game tonight.

Florida Atlantic shocked the Tar Heels when third baseman Ricky Santiago hit a three-run home run to give the Owls the win.

UNC will face Florida Atlantic at 6pm EST on ESPN 3. You can also watch on ESPN Bases Loaded.

The #2 National Seed is also in danger of being eliminated in the regional round. Vanderbilt (53-10) was shutout by Georgia Tech (37-26) on Sunday as the Yellow Jackets forced the winner-take-all game tonight.

The two baseball powerhouses will square off on ESPNU tonight at 7pm EST.

The other National Seed that is in danger of being eliminated earlier than expected is Oregon (48-15). The Ducks pounded the Rice Owls (43-18) on Sunday to the tune of 11-0. The big win came a day after Rice defeated Oregon 1-0 behind a great pitching performance from Owl Jordan Stephens who tossed a two hit shutout.

The Ducks will look to keep the bats going against the Owls tonight at 9pm EST on ESPN 3.

Mississippi State (45-18) is another host, and #1 regional seed, that is on the verge of being eliminated. Central Arkansas (42-21) defeated the Bulldogs on Sunday 5-2 to force the Monday elimination game. They will face off with one another at 8pm EST on ESPN 3.

All of the games can be see online via ESPN Bases Loaded.

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College: Twelve Players Featured on New Olerud Watch List

Big South Conference has two representatives up for award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Players representing smaller conferences from across Division I baseball dominate the newest watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock.

“It’s great to see athletes in smaller conferences be so successful,” said Chris Curbo, Olerud Award co-chair, “especially because these young men are making dual contributions to their teams.”

The Big South Conference has two representatives on the watch list: Campbell’s David Olsen and High Point’s Ryan Retz.

Olson, a senior infielder and right-handed pitcher, has a 3-0 record with three saves and a 1.71 ERA to go with his .357 batting average, eight doubles and two home runs. Retz, also a senior infielder and right-handed pitcher, has a 4-4 record with two saves in 60 2/3 innings pitched. He also has a .338 batting average with 16 doubles and four home runs.

Olerud’s alma mater also has a player on the watch list: outfielder and left-handed pitcher Jason Monda, who has a 2-0 record and 1.29 ERA in 28 innings pitched. He also has six home runs and 34 RBIs.

“Obviously the Cougars have a precedent of two-way players, so it’s nice to see someone from Washington State on the list,” said Sam Dowell, award co-chair. “It’s great to see schools from all across the country represented on this list too. There are players on the list from Maine to California.”

For more information on the Olerud Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visitwww.collegebaseballhall.org.

 

JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Mike Connolly

Maine

America East

Jacob Mayers

Richmond

Atlantic 10

Nick Howard

Virginia

Big East

David Olson

Campbell

Big South

Ryan Retz

High Point

Big South

Michael Lorenzen

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Mike Ford

Princeton

Ivy League

Jake Peter

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Josh Davis

Belmont

Ohio Valley

Jason Monda

Washington State

Pac-12

Dylan Christensen

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

Marco Gonzales

Gonzaga

West Coast

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College: Fourteen Shortstops in Contention for Wallace Award

High batting averages, stellar fielding percentages among candidates

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — From remarkably high batting averages to stellar fielding percentages, the 14 players on the newest watch list for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award have made their marks on the season.

The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

“These guys have put up great numbers all season,” said Darby Brown, Wallace Award co-chair. “We have followed them closely all season and the consistency they play with is impressive.”

Troy’s Tyler Vaughn and Oregon’s J.J. Altobelli lead the pack in fielding percentage at .979, while LSU’s Alex Bregman continues to lead the list with his .403 batting average.

Hunter Dozier, a junior at Stephen F. Austin, has 16 home runs on the season, by far the highest on the watch list.

“When you stop to think about how many chances these guys have in the field, to have a fielding percentage that high after 50-plus games is remarkable,” said Tyler Young, award co-chair. “And Hunter Dozier’s home-run total is huge in the era of the BBCOR bats.”

Several conferences have multiple representatives on the newest watch list, including the SEC with three. The ACC, Pac-12 and Southern conferences all feature two players on the list.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Trea Turner

North Carolina State

ACC

Branden Cogswell

Virginia

ACC

Michael Basil

Indiana

Big 10

Austin Fisher

Kansas State

Big 12

J.J. Altobelli

Oregon

Pac-12

Pat Valaika

UCLA

Pac-12

Alex Bregman

LSU

SEC

Adam Frazier

Mississippi State

SEC

Vince Conde

Vanderbilt

SEC

Will Callaway

Appalachian State

Southern

Aaron Attaway

Western Carolina

Southern

Hunter Dozier

Stephen F. Austin

Southland

Tyler Vaughn

Troy

Sunbelt

Tyler Shryock

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

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College: Pitcher of the Year Award Semifinalists Announced

2012 winner Appel leads list in strikeouts; UCLA’s Berg boasts 0.70 ERA

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — As postseason play gets underway, the College Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the 10 semifinalists for the Pitcher of the Year Award.

The winner of the Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports, will be announced June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year’s Hall of Fame class.

“The pitchers on this list continue to demonstrate excellence on the mound,” said award chairman Raymond Richardson. “As we’ve progressed through the season, we’ve been able to narrow down the list, but many of the pitchers across the country have made it a tough task.”

UCLA right-handed sophomore David Berg leads the top 10 in both ERA (0.70) and appearances (41). He also has 18 saves and a 6-0 record.

Stanford’s Mark Appel, who won the 2012 Pitcher of the Year Award, heads the list in strikeouts with 130, narrowly leading Savannah State’s Kyle McGowin, who has 129, and Oklahoma junior Jonathan Gray, who has 127. McGowin holds the lead in innings pitched with 115.1. He also has a 12-1 record.

“To see how consistent these pitchers have been all year has been truly impressive,” Richardson said. “And to see several conferences continue to have multiple representatives speaks to the quality of baseball being played across the country.”

For more information on the Pitcher of the Year Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

PITCHER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Justin Garza

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Jonathan Gray

Oklahoma

Big12

Kyle McGowin

Savannah State

MEAC

Andrew Moore

Oregon State

Pac-12

Mark Appel

Stanford

Pac-12

David Berg

UCLA

Pac-12

Aaron Nola

LSU

SEC

Bobby Wahl

Ole Miss

SEC

Tyler Beede

Vanderbilt

SEC

Jeff McKenzie

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

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Field of 64 Announced for the 2013 College World Series

The field of 64 has been announced for the 2013 College World Series which begins with the regional round this coming weekend.  With the announcement of the field came the announcement of the Top 8 national seeds which is lead by the University of North Carolina (52-8).

UNC won the ACC tournament this past weekend defeating Virginia Tech in the championship game to earn the #1 overall seed in the College World Series. The Tar Heels will host a regional, and if they advance a super regional.

Following up North Carolina are, in order, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State, and Oregon. All of the Top 8 national seeds will host a regional and a super regional should they advance.

Some of the biggest names in college baseball didn’t make the tournament this year including defending champion Arizona (34-21). Also missing the CWS this year was Texas, who didn’t even make the Big 12 tournament.

Miami (36-23), the only #1 national seed to ever win the title in 1999, made the tournament for the 41st consecutive year to extend its own record. Florida State (44-15) is making its 36th straight appearance as well.

Of the 64 tournament teams, thirty-one were in the CWS last year.

Several teams are making their first appearance including Canisius, Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, Savannah State, and Bryant who made it in its first year of eligibility.

Bowling Green (24-29) is the only team in the field with a losing record but advanced by winning the Mid-America Conference tournament and receiving the automatic bid.

But perhaps the biggest story of the tournament comes from Towson (29-28). Due to financial problems and in support of the gender-equity imbalance, the Towson baseball and soccer team were destined to be eliminated as programs from the school. That was until the governor stepped in and found $300,000 in funding to save the baseball program for at least two years. The soccer team was not saved unfortunately.

The regional round begins this coming weekend as the 16 four-team, double-elimination rounds. You can find the full bracket of all the teams in the tournament below.

NCAA Div. I CWS Bracket

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College: Vanderbilt Keeps #1 Spot with Sweep of Kentucky

For the third week in a row the Vanderbilt Commodores are atop the NCBWA Division I Poll. The Commodores swept a weekend series from Kentucky over the weekend. They will face Alabama in the last weekend SEC series before the conference tournament begins.

The Top 5 was shaken up a bit after North Carolina fell to #4 after spending the past few weeks at #2. They faced off with #26 Georgia Tech dropping two-of-three over the weekend including an 11 inning loss in Game 3 of the series.  UNC lost two game by just a single run, but they were not the only Top 5 team to fall over the weekend. Cal State Fullerton fell two spots to #5 after losing a game to UC Riverside over the weekend.

The big series of the weekend featured #8 Florida State traveling to #9 NC State. The hometown Wolfpack took the first game 3-1, but then dropped the next two to the Seminoles. Both teams remained in the same spots in the Top 10.

One big series this weekend will feature a pair of Top 20 SEC teams when #12 South Carolina travels to #17 Mississippi State this weekend.

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MAY 13)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt Southeastern 45-6 4-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 45-7 2-1 4
3. Oregon State Pac-12 41-8 4-0 5
4. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 45-6 3-2 2
5. Cal State Fullerton Big West 41-8 2-1 3
6. Oregon Pac-12 40-11 3-0 6
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 42-8 3-0 7
8. Florida State Atlantic Coast 41-10 3-1 8
9. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 39-12 2-1 9
10. Louisville Big East 42-10 5-0 10
11. UCLA Pac-12 34-14 3-1 11
12. South Carolina Southeastern 37-14 4-0 12
13. Arkansas Southeastern 34-17 2-1 14
14. Arizona State Pac-12 32-15-1 2-1 15
15. Indiana Big Ten 38-11 3-2 16
16. Oklahoma State Big 12 36-13 2-1 19
17. Mississippi State Southeastern 37-15 1-2 13
18. Ole Miss Southeastern 35-17 2-1 20
19. Clemson Atlantic Coast 37-15 7-0 25
20. Rice Conference USA 33-17 2-2 17
21. Oklahoma Big 12 35-16 1-2 18
22. Kansas State Big 12 37-15 3-0 28
23. Pittsburgh Big East 40-11 4-0 29
24. UC Irvine Big West 31-16 2-1 23
25. South Alabama Sun Belt 39-14 3-1 26
26. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 32-20 3-2 30
27. Cal Poly Big West 33-16 2-2 22
28. Mercer Atlantic Sun 39-14 3-2 24
29. Campbell Big South 43-9 4-0 -
30. Austin Peay Ohio Valley 38-13 3-0 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (29-20), Belmont (36-15), Bryant (36-15-1), CSU Bakersfield (34-18), Canisius (37-13), Coastal Carolina (32-18), Creighton (28-14), Dartmouth (32-9), Florida Gulf Coast (34-17), Gonzaga (32-16-1), llinois State (33-18), Kentucky (28-22), Louisiana (35-17), Miami (33-20), New Mexico (32-18), Sam Houston State (33-18), Seton Hall (33-16), Stanford (26-20), Troy (37-14), UNC Wilmington (36-16), UNLV (34-17), Virginia Tech (33-19).
Dropped out: Stanford (21), Arizona (27).
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Southeastern 6, Pac-12 4, Big 12 3, Big West 3, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Ohio Valley 1, Sun Belt 1.

 

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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College: Vanderbilt Keeps Top Spot with Sweep of South Carolina

Vanderbilt University held onto the #1 spot in the NCBWA Div. I Poll after sweeping a weekend series over then #9 South Carolina. The series was cut short due to bad weather giving Vandy the sweep in Columbia, SC.

Game 1 between Vanderbilt and South Carolina was dominated by Vandy starter Kevin Ziomek who tossed eight innings of one-run ball improving his record to 9-2. Brian Miller came on to pick up the save even though he gave up a ninth inning run.

Spencer Navin hit his third home run of the year to lead Vanderbilt. The two-run shot gave Vandy an early lead that they would not relinquish.

Tyler Beede led Vandy to the Game 2 victory tossing 6.1 innings giving up two runs on just two hits. He improved his record to 12-0 on the year. Carson Fulmer pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn his fourth save.

The only change in the Top 10 was #9 South Carolina dropping down to #12 after losing two straight to #1 Vanderbilt.

The big droppers were Oklahoma (dropping five spots to #18), Arizona (dropping five spots to #27), and Georgia Tech (dropped seven spots to #30). Both Kentucky and Notre Dame dropped out of the Top 30. Replacing them are Kansas State at #28 and Pittsburgh at #28.

The biggest series this weekend comes to us from the Atlantic Coast Conference where #8 Florida State and #9 NC State will play one another in Raleigh. Both teams are fighting for position in the Atlantic Division of the ACC with Florida State (16-8) just ahead of NC State (15-8) in conference play.

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MAY 6)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt Southeastern 41-6 2-0 1
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 42-4 1-0 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 39-7 3-0 3
4. LSU Southeastern 43-6 4-0 4
5. Oregon State Pac-12 37-8 3-0 5
6. Oregon Pac-12 37-11 4-1 6
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 39-8 1-0 7
8. Florida State Atlantic Coast 38-9 3-0 8
9. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 37-11 3-0 10
10. Louisville Big East 37-10 4-0 11
11. UCLA Pac-12 31-13 4-0 12
12. South Carolina Southeastern 33-14 0-2 9
13. Mississippi State Southeastern 36-13 3-0 15
14. Arkansas Southeastern 32-16 3-1 16
15. Arizona State Pac-12 30-14-1 2-2 14
16. Indiana Big Ten 35-9 1-1 17
17. Rice Conference USA 31-15 3-1 18
18. Oklahoma Big 12 34-14 1-3 13
19. Oklahoma State Big 12 34-12 2-1 20
20. Ole Miss Southeastern 33-16 2-2 21
21. Stanford Pac-12 26-16 3-1 27
22. Cal Poly Big West 31-14 3-1 28
23. UC Irvine Big West 29-15 1-3 19
24. Mercer Atlantic Sun 36-12 0-0 24
25. Clemson Atlantic Coast 30-15 0-1 25
26. South Alabama Sun Belt 36-13 2-1 30
27. Arizona Pac-12 29-17 1-3 22
28. Kansas State Big 12 34-15 3-1 -
29. Pittsburgh Big East 36-11 4-1 -
30. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 29-18 1-2 23
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Austin Peay (35-13), Bryant (33-14-1), CSU Bakersfield (31-18), Campbell (39-9), Central Arkansas (32-13), Coastal Carolina (29-18), Columbia (26-19), Florida (25-23), Florida Gulf Coast (30-16), Gonzaga (31-14-1), Illinois State (31-17), Kansas (30-18), Kentucky (27-19), Louisiana (34-15), Miami (32-18), Michigan State (26-14), New Mexico (30-17), North Florida (34-14), Notre Dame (28-19), Ohio State (31-14), Sam Houston State (31-17), Seton Hall (30-16), South Florida (31-16), Tennessee Tech (33-14), Troy (35-12), UNC Wilmington (34-14), Virginia Tech (30-19), West Virginia (29-20).
Dropped out: Kentucky (26), Notre Dame (29).
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Pac-12 6, Southeastern 6, Big 12 3, Big West 3, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Sun Belt 1.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests

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College: 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List Released

Press Release by USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball released its 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country.

The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until May 28 — when the 30 semifinalists for the award are announced — ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on MLB Network for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19. Through USA Baseball’s partnership with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.

Twenty-eight new players were added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 32 others from the original watch list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch-list players, placing 11 on the midseason update, while Georgia Tech and Louisiana State each placed three players on the list. Louisiana State infielder Alex Bregman and Cal State Fullerton right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman, the only two freshmen on the list, both played their way onto the midseason watch list with strong freshman campaigns. Among the 60 are six 2012 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, including two of last year’s finalists, Mark Appel (RHP, senior, Stanford) and Carlos Rodon (LHP, sophomore, North Carolina State).

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 28. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2013. Tuesday, May 28, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

USA Baseball partnered with MLBAM to create GoldenSpikesAward.com in 2008. Later that year, Florida State’s Buster Posey was presented the award at MLB All-Star FanFest in New York City. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego States won the award in 2009 in St. Louis, and Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada took home the trophy from Anaheim, Calif., in 2010. UCLA’s Trevor Bauer was the 2011 winner and Florida’s Mike Zunino won the 2012 award. Bauer and Zunino accepted their trophies as part of live presentations from MLB Network’s Studio 42.

Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).

Important 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14: 50-man preseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
  • Thursday, May 2: 60-man midseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
  • Tuesday, May 28: 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters to select three
  • Friday, May 31: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 4: Three finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
  • Friday, June 14: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
  • Friday, July 19: Live Golden Spikes Award presentation airing on MLB Network’s The Rundown

The complete 2013 midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference (in order of last name, new players bolded)

Chris Anderson, RHP, Junior, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun
Mark Appel, RHP, Senior, Stanford, Pac-12
Barrett Astin, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC
Michael Bass, IF, Senior, UNC-W, Colonial Athletic
Tyler Beede, RHP, Sophomore, Vanderbilt, SEC
Aaron Blair, RHP, Junior, Marshall, C-USA
Matt Boyd, LHP, Senior, Oregon State, Pac-12
Alex Bregman, IF, Freshman, Louisiana State, SEC
Kris Bryant, UTL, Junior, San Diego, West Coast
Danny Collins, OF, Junior, Troy, Sun Belt
Michael Conforto, OF, Sophomore, Oregon State, Pac-12
Kyle Crockett, LHP, Junior, Virginia, ACC
LB Dantzler, IF, Senior, South Carolina, SEC
Kent Emanuel, LHP, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
Phillip Ervin, OF, Junior, Samford, SoCon
Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Freshman, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Zane Evans, C/RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC
Buck Farmer, RHP, Senior, Georgia Tech, ACC
Johnny Field, OF, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12
Mitchell Garver, C, Senior, New Mexico, Mountain West
Marco Gonzales, LHP, Junior, Gonzaga, West Coast
Jonathan Gray, RHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
Ryon Healy, IF, Junior, Oregon, Pac-12
Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Sophomore, ECU, USA
Jason Hursh, RHP, RS Sophomore, Oklahoma St, Big 12
Eric Jagielo, IF, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East
Aaron Judge, OF, Junior, Fresno State, Mountain West
Mason Katz, IF, Senior, Louisiana State, SEC
Jared King, OF, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12
Andrew Knapp, C, Junior, California, Pac-12
Corey Knebel, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12
Michael Lorenzen, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Sean Manaea, LHP, Junior, Indiana State, Missouri Valley
Trey Masek, RHP, Junior, Texas Tech, Big 12
Kyle McGowin, RHP, Junior, Savannah State, Mid-Eastern
Colin Moran, IF, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
Aaron Nola, RHP, Sophomore, Louisiana State, SEC
Matt Oberste, IF, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
Daniel Palka, UTL, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC
D.J. Peterson, IF, Junior, New Mexico, Mountain West
Nick Petree, RHP, RS Junior, Missouri State, Missouri Valley
Andrew Pierce, RHP, Senior, Southern Mississippi, C-USA
Adam Plutko, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-12
Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Junior, Miami, ACC
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC
Carlos Rodon, LHP, Sophomore, NC State, ACC
Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Sophomore, Indiana, Big Ten
Jimmie Sherfy, RHP , Junior, Oregon, Pac-12
Braden Shipley, RHP, Junior, Nevada, MWC
Dan Slania, RHP, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC
Jeff Thompson, RHP, Junior, Louisville, Big East
Trea Turner, IF, Sophomore, NC State, ACC
Stuart Turner, C, Junior, Mississippi, SEC
Bobby Wahl, RHP, Junior, Mississippi, SEC
Trevor Williams, RHP, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-12
Tom Windle, LHP, Junior, Minnesota, Big 10
Derrick Workman, OF, Junior, Mercer, Atlantic Sun
Jimmy Yezzo, IF, Junior, Delaware, Colonial Athletic
Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

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