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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.

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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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2013 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Two coaches, five Major League players make up 2013 Hall of Fame class

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Two of the most respected college coaches in history join five outstanding players with a good deal of Major League Baseball experience in the 2013 Class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

“This class brings a different flavor to the induction process because it features our first Division III coach, perhaps the greatest Division II player ever and three players from the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s, which is a time period that has been a bit underrepresented in past inductions,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We are excited to welcome them to the Hall of Fame.”

This year’s class, which will be inducted as a part of the annual celebration of college baseball in Lubbock, Texas, is headlined by former longtime Major Leaguers Sal Bando, a standout third baseman at Arizona State from 1964-1965; Ralph Garr, who batted .418 in a stellar career at Grambling from 1964-1967; Tino Martinez of the University of Tampa, for whom the Division II Player of the Year award is named; and Roy Smalley of USC, a shortstop for the Trojans from 1973-1974.

Garr was selected by the Black Legends and Pioneers Committee, which is designed to honor players and coaches at historically black colleges and universities whose careers began prior to 1975. Garr joins Lou Brock, Danny Goodwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones as previous honorees in this category.

“Ralph Garr made a name for himself as an All-Star Major Leaguer, but for the small-school venue in which he performed, he’d be just as well known for his college baseball career,” said Jay Sokol of www.blackcollegenines.com. “It is gratifying for those who know what he accomplished at Grambling to see him recognized with such an elite group of College Baseball Hall of Famers.

In his career, Garr led Grambling to a 103-11 record, highlighted by a 33-1 record and a third-place finish at the 1967 NAIA baseball championship. His .582 batting average as a senior led the nation and set a national record, as did his 11 triples, on the way to first-team NAIA All-

American honors. Going into the 2013 college season, Garr still holds the Division II record for highest batting average in a season.

Bando, the MVP of the 1965 College World Series, led the Sun Devils to back-to-back CWS appearances and the school’s first national title in 1965. A two-time All-WAC performer, in 2010 he was named to the College World Series Legends Team.

Martinez was the 1988 National Division II Player of the Year at the University of Tampa. In addition, he was named third-team All-American as a freshman, second-team All-American as a sophomore and first-team All-American as a junior. Martinez still holds Spartan records for career home runs (54), career batting average (.399), career slugging percentage (.736), single-season batting average (.452) and single-season slugging percentage (.957), and was a leading hitter for the 1988 USA Olympic gold medal baseball team.

Smalley was named first-team All-American shortstop in 1973 and twice joined teammate and 2007 inductee Fred Lynn in leading the USC Trojans to a national championship. Twice named first-team All-Pac 8, he was later named shortstop on the College World Series 1970s All-Decade Team.

Also included in the 2013 HOF class are the late Tom Borland of Oklahoma State University, who fashioned a perfect 11-0 record on the way to being named first-team All-American in 1955; the late Don Schaly, who was named Division III Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball Magazine for his legendary career at Marietta College from 1964-2003; and John Winkin, who coached at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson College from 1954-2006 and led his Maine Black Bear teams to six College World Series appearances.

Borland led the Oklahoma State Aggies to their first two College World Series appearances in the school’s history in 1954 and 1955. He was named first-team All-American on the strength of his 11-0 record and 2.13 ERA. He capped his stellar 1955 season by being named Most Valuable Player at the CWS. In his two-year career in Stillwater, he posted a 19-2 record.

Schaly was named Division III Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball Magazine by virtue of the best winning percentage (.812) of any college coach at any level with more than 500 wins, being National Coach of the Year four times and winning three national championships and more than 1,400 games as coach at Marietta College from 1964-2003.

Winkin won more than 1,000 games in 50-plus years of coaching at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson College. Best known for his tenure at Maine, he led the Black Bears to 11 NCAA tournament appearances, six College World Series appearances and twice finished third in Omaha.

“I am so happy to welcome a new class of inductees that includes Coach Schaly and Coach Winkin, among the other tremendous inductees,” Gustafson said. “They are extremely well-respected among their coaching peers, so this recognition is due.”

The 2013 class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration, June 28-29 in Lubbock, Texas.

 

2013 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Class:

Sal Bando, Arizona State, 1964-65 (3B)

The MVP of the 1965 College World Series, Bando helped lead Arizona State to Omaha in both of his seasons in Tempe. He anchored an offense that collected 419 RBIs en route to a then-national record 54 wins and a national championship in the ’65 season. The Sun Devils stormed through the ’65 College World Series behind Bando, who scored the game-winning run against Ohio State in the national championship game after reaching base on a triple. Bando hit .319 during his Sun Devil career, including .364 in 1964, and amassed 130 hits, 99 runs scored and 92 RBIs in two years at ASU. A two-time All-WAC performer, in 2010 he was named to the College World Series Legends Team. Bando was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in ’75, and his number was retired by the Sun Devils in ’96.

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Tom Borland, Oklahoma State, 1954-55 (Pitcher)

Borland was a stalwart pitcher on Oklahoma State’s team from 1953 through 1955. The left-hander posted a sparkling 19-2 record during his career, which included a perfect 11-0 mark in 1955.

Borland helped lead the Cowboys to the College World Series in both 1954 and 1955. He posted an 8-2 record with a 2.50 earned run average in 1954 while striking out 100 batters in 104 innings pitched.

Oklahoma State went 18-11 that season and followed that up with a 27-3 record in the 1955 campaign.

Borland was a dominating force for the Cowboys in 1955, with a 2.13 ERA and an impressive 143 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings.

He was named a first-team All-American according to the American Baseball Coaches’ Association, while leading the Cowboys to the College World Series.

At the CWS, Borland capped his collegiate career by being named the Most Valuable Player and was also on the All-Tournament team.

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Ralph Garr, Grambling, 1964-1967

As a freshman in 1964, Garr made only 21 plate appearances for the Tigers. However, in his final three years in school, Ralph Garr was the team’s leading hitter each year. His .582 average in 1967 not only led Grambling by a wide margin, but also topped the entire NAIA and NCAA Division II. Going into the 2013 college season, Garr still holds the Division II record for highest batting average in a season. He also set a record with his 11 triples that year.

During Ralph Garr’s career at Grambling, winning baseball was a foregone conclusion. It’s hard to imagine any one college player having taken part in a more successful four-year span than Garr did at Grambling with its 103-11 record between the years of 1964-1967. In 1967, Grambling won 33 of its 34 regular season games and finished third at the annual NAIA baseball championship. For his career, Garr had an impressive batting average of .418.

Ralph Garr culminated a great career at Grambling with his selection as a first team NAIA All-American in 1967 and his selection by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of that year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (the 52nd player picked overall).

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Tino Martinez, University of Tampa, 1986-88 (1B)

Martinez spent three years playing for the University of Tampa Spartans. He was the 1988 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, a three-time All-American (third-team in ’86, second-team in ’87, first-team in ’88), a three-time All-Region Performer, a three-time member of the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team, the NCAA South Regional Tournament MVP (’86), an Academic All-American and a fixture in the Spartans record books. Martinez still holds Spartans records for career home runs (54), career batting average (.399), career slugging percentage (.736), single-season batting average (.452) and single-season slugging percentage (.957).

In 1988, Martinez led the 1988 United States baseball team to the gold medal in the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He was named MVP of the World Amateur Championships in Parma, Italy, hitting .413 with four home runs and 18 RBIs, and was named first baseman on The Sporting News College All-America Team. That year, he also was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the country’s best amateur player.

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Don Schaly, Marietta College, 1964-2003

Highlights:

Collegiate Baseball named him the Division III Coach of the Century

Record: 1,442-329

Best winning percentage of any college coach at any level (.812) with more than 500 wins

Named National Coach of the Year four times

Coached his teams to three National Championships and seven runner-up finishes

For 40 years, from 1964 to 2003, Don Schaly was the baseball coach at Marietta College in Ohio.

The 1959 graduate of Marietta College played baseball and football for the Pioneers. He returned to his alma mater in 1964 and never left, guiding his teams to three NCAA Division III national championships and seven national runner-up finishes. He won 18 Mideast Regional Championships and 27 Ohio Athletic Conference championships.

The coach won numerous coaching awards during his career. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995. Schaly was named the National Coach of the Year four times (1975, 1981, 1983 and 1986), and in 2000 Collegiate Baseball named him the Division III Coach of the Century. Schaly was also awarded the OAC’s Coach of the Year 17 times and the Mideast Regional Coach of the Year 21 times.

Schaly’s final record at Marietta is 1,442-329, but Schaly’s role in the Marietta College athletics department extended far beyond the duties of head baseball coach. He was an assistant football coach for 17 years and served as an assistant athletic director for more than 20 years. Schaly also played a primary role in the formation of the Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 2004.

Schaly was the first person in Marietta College history to have his jersey retired. The college also renamed the main entrance of Ban Johnson Arena the Schaly Lobby, in his honor. In 2006, Pioneer Park was renamed Don Schaly Stadium, in his honor.

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Roy Smalley, USC1972-73, (SS)

• Earned first-team All-America honors as a shortstop by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association and The Sporting News in 1973.

• Batted .338 in 1973, second-best on the team. Also had five home runs and 29 RBIs.

• Earned All-College World Series honors in 1973.

• Earned All-Region honors in 1973.

• Starting shortstop on the 1972 and 1973 teams, twice winning national titles.

• Twice named first-team All-Pac 8

• During his two-year Trojan career, batted .297, with 68 RBIs, 101 hits and 10 home runs.

• Was drafted four times by MLB teams between 1970 and 1973 without signing. Smalley signed in the January 1974 amateur draft when he was the No. 1 overall pick.

• In 1996, was named shortstop on College World Series 1970s All-Decade Team

• Inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007

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John Winkin, Colby College/Maine/Husson College, 1954-06

Coached baseball at Maine for 22 years and compiled a record of 642-430-3. He took six teams to the College World Series and his squad finished third in the nation twice. He led Maine to 11 NCAA regional tournaments. Winkin was named National Coach of the Year in 1965, New England Division I Coach of the Year in 1975 and Northeast Region Division I Coach of

the Year in 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1991. He has been elected to the Maine Baseball, ABCA, Maine Sports and University of Maine Halls of Fame. Winkin also received the Lefty Gomez Award for contribution to baseball and the ECAC Distinguished Achievement Award. Winkin came out of retirement to coach baseball at Husson College in Bangor, Maine, and on March 12, 2006, he recorded his 1,000th career coaching victory.

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College: First Pitcher of the Year Watch List Released

Initial watch list of 2013 features 41 players from across the country

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — After nearly two months of the 2013 season, a number of pitchers have already distinguished themselves with season numbers featuring miniscule earned run averages and stellar strikeout totals.

The initial watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29, features 41 players from across the country.

The Southeastern Conference leads the list with nine representatives — three each from Vanderbilt and LSU.

“We all know the SEC is a dominant conference, but to have three pitchers from one school is even more impressive,” said Raymond Richardson, chair of the Pitcher of the Year Award committee. “We have a couple of schools that have two pitchers on the list, but three speaks to how competitive LSU’s and Vanderbilt’s pitching is.”

Smaller schools are well represented on the watch list as well. John Farrell of William & Mary leads the list in innings pitched at 63.2 in only eight games. He also has a 7-0 record. Austin Peay’s Tyler Rogers leads the list in saves with 12.

Rice’s Austin Kubitza and Savannah State’s Kyle McGowin both have 72 strikeouts on the season, narrowly surpassing Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma and 2012 Pitcher of the Year winner Mark Appel of Stanford, who both have 71.

“It’s nice to see some names from last year in the mix again, but it’s really great to see the variety of newcomers on the list this year,” Richardson said. “We can’t wait to see what these young men can do for the rest of the season.”

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 TEAM CONFERENCE
Scott Sitz Florida State ACC
Buck Farmer Georgia Tech ACC
Kent Emanuel North Carolina ACC
Trent Thornton North Carolina ACC
Stephen Janas Kennesaw State Atlantic Sun
Jonathan Gray Oklahoma Big 12
Vince Wheeland Oklahoma State Big 12
Trey Masek Texas Tech Big 12
Jeff Thompson Louisville Big East
Adam Norton Notre Dame Big East
Scott Effross Indiana Big Ten
Tom Windle Minnesota Big Ten
Thomas Eshelman Cal State Fullerton Big West
Michael Lorenzen Cal State Fullerton Big West
Andrew Morales UC Irvine Big West
John Farrell William & Mary Colonial
Austin Kubitza Rice Conference USA
Zech Lemond Rice Conference USA
Ben Lively Central Florida Conference USA
Scott Baker Ball State MAC
Jordan Foley Central Michigan MAC
Kyle McGowin Savannah State MEAC
Sean Manaea Indiana State Missouri Valley
Nick Petree Missouri State Missouri Valley
Tyler Rogers Austin Peay Ohio Valley
Josh Davis Belmont Ohio Valley
Ryan Kellogg Arizona State Pac-12
Jimmie Sherfy Oregon Pac-12
Matt Boyd Oregon State Pac-12
Andrew Moore Oregon State Pac-12
Mark Appel Stanford Pac-12
Chris Cotton LSU SEC
Ryan Eades LSU SEC
Aaron Nola LSU SEC
Ross Mitchell Mississippi State SEC
Bobby Wahl Ole Miss SEC
Tyler Webb South Carolina SEC
Tyler Beede Vanderbilt SEC
Brian Miller Vanderbilt SEC
Kevin Ziomek Vanderbilt SEC
Jeff McKenzie CSU Bakersfield WAC

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Dale Williams wins National Collegiate Umpire Award

College Baseball Hall of Fame honors lifetime of umpiring excellence

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame announced this year’s recipient of the National Collegiate Umpire Award, honoring a lifetime of excellence in umpiring.

The recipient of the 2013 award is Dale Williams, who umpired college baseball for 32 years. He worked the Division I College World Series in Omaha, Neb., eight times and umpired Division I regionals 21 times. Add to that numerous Division II, Division III and NAIA regionals, and it tallies an impressive list of important baseball over which Williams presided. He has supervised the umpires in several conferences over the years, and also found time to work as an NFL referee for 23 years, including three Super Bowls.

“During my umpiring career, God has blessed me with great friends, experiences and success,” Williams said. “Having umpired with the other outstanding men on the ballot, I feel honored and humbled my colleagues have chosen me, and I thank them and the College Baseball Hall of Fame for this prestigious award. It is also a special honor to have my name associated with (previous winners) Dick Runchey and Rich Fetchiet.”

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Williams’ selection was the result of a nomination and screening process by past and current NCAA national coordinators of umpires, NCAA regional advisers, umpire conference coordinators and four collegiate head coaches.

“Dale is truly a career official,” said Mike Gustafson, CBHOF executive director. “He is so well respected in college baseball circles, especially on the West Coast. Throw in his NFL experience and it doesn’t take long to figure out how remarkable he was.”

The College National Collegiate Umpire Award will be presented on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of College Baseball’s Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of several of college baseball’s most prestigious awards, as well as the induction ceremonies for the 2013 inductees into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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College: First Brooks Wallace Award Watch List released

Power conferences well-represented on list of top shortstops

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The high-caliber athletes of the Southeastern Conference are on display with five players represented on the first Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List of the 2013 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.

Other conferences with multiple representatives include the Pac-12 with four, the Big 10 with three and the ACC and Ohio Valley with two each.

“It’s no wonder that some of these conferences have multiple players featured on the Wallace Award Watch List,” said Tyler Young, award co-chair. “Of course, we’re also excited to see a number of other conferences represented as well. This is a great list of players.”

LSU’s Alex Bregman has the best batting average of the 27 shortstops featured on the list at .441 in 32 games. He also has 31 RBIs and 60 hits. Ohio State’s Kirby Pellant leads the list with a .989 fielding percentage.

“Each of these shortstops have some impressive statistics — whether it’s batting averages or fielding percentages,” said Darby Brown, Wallace Award co-chair. “We look forward to seeing what they do during the upcoming weeks.

 

BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Trea Turner

North Carolina State

ACC

Branden Cogswell

Virginia

ACC

Thomas Lindauer

Illinois

Big 10

Michael Basil

Indiana

Big 10

Kirby Pellant

Ohio State

Big 10

Austin Fisher

Kansas State

Big 12

Sutton Whiting

Louisville

Big East

Brent Graham

Campbell

Big South

Brock Niggebrugge

Delaware

Colonial

Chad Prain

Georgia State

Colonial

Alex Allbritton

New Mexico

Mountain West

Reed Harper

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

Dylan Bosheers

Tennessee Tech

Ohio Valley

Kevin Newman

Arizona

Pac-12

Drew Stankiewicz

Arizona State

Pac-12

J.J. Altobelli

Oregon

Pac-12

Tyler Smith

Oregon State

Pac-12

Alex Bregman

LSU

SEC

Adam Frazier

Mississippi State

SEC

Austin Anderson

Ole Miss

SEC

Mikey Reynolds

Texas A&M

SEC

Vince Conde

Vanderbilt

SEC

Aaron Attaway

Western Carolina

Southern

Hunter Dozier

Stephen F. Austin

Southland

Carter Burgess

Sam Houston State

Southland

Tyler Vaughn

Troy

Sunbelt

Tyler Shryock

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

 

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2013 Olerud Award Watch List released

Twenty-five college players recognized for versatility

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — While many college athletes embrace the concept of specialization, a se­lect few embrace the value of playing multiple roles on their team. Such is the case with the 25 young men on the watch list for the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

The Olerud Award, presented on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions, recognizes baseball players who excel both on the mound and in the field.

“These players are contributing to their teams’ success in multiple ways,” said Sam Dowell, Olerud Award co-chair. “To see the numbers they have compiled throughout the season is very impres­sive.”

Washington State outfielder and left-handed pitcher Jason Monda leads the list with the lowest earned run average at 0.44 in 20 2/3 innings pitched. He also has six home runs, four doubles and 33 RBIs.

Zach Morton, a right-handed pitcher and infielder at Northwestern, leads in innings pitched with 59 and has a 1.98 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Richmond’s Jacob Mayers has the top batting average on the list at .380, narrowly leading Creighton’s Jake Peter, who’s hitting .379.

No school features more than one dual-threat representative, but the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big South and Great West conferences each feature two players on the list.

“It’s great to see a number of conferences have more than one player in the running for this award,” said co-chair Chris Curbo. “And for a couple of smaller conferences to have multiple representatives shows they can compete regardless of their size.”

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

Zach Evans

Georgia Tech

ACC

Matt Conway

Wake Forest

ACC

Mike Connolly

Maine

America East

Jacob Mayers

Richmond

Atlantic 10

Clinton Freeman

East Tennessee State

Atlantic Sun

Taylor Kaufman

Iowa

Big 10

Zach Morton

Northwestern

Big 10

Tanner Witt

Kansas State

Big 12

Randy McCurry

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Nick Howard

Virginia

Big East

David Olson

Campbell

Big South

Ryan Retz

High Point

Big South

Michael Lorenzen

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Jake Gonzalez

Houston Baptist

Great West

Nick Miller

Northern Colorado

Great West

Jake Peter

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Mark Shannon

UNLV

Mountain West

Josh Davis

Belmont

Ohio Valley

Jason Monda

Washington State

Pac-12

Ryan Lowe

Davidson

Southern

Desmond Russell

Jackson State

Southwestern Athletic

Ryan Wilson

Louisiana Lafayette

Sun Belt

Dylan Christensen

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

Marco Gonzales

Gonzaga

West Coast

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College: Vanderbilt Takes Over Top Spot in Poll

After ten week of the University of North Carolina at the top of the polls, we finally have a new #1 in the NCBWA Div. I Poll in Vanderbilt.

The Vanderbilt Commodores went a perfect 4-0 this week to take over the top spot in the poll. In their weekend series, Vandy swept then #10 Mississippi State in Nashville.

They are getting it done on the hill with a team ERA of just 2.58. Leading the pitching staff is sophomore Tyler Beede who is 11-0 this season posting a 1.63 ERA through 71.2 innings of work. The former first round pick in 2011 has only given up nine extra base hits on the season holding opponents to a .178 average.

Following up Beede is junior Kevin Ziomek. The lefty is 8-2 so far with a 2.12 ERA through 80.2 innings in eleven starts. He is holding opponents to just a .164 average.

Vandy also has one of the top closers in the country in sophomore Brian Miller. Miller has posted a 0.68 ERA through 39.2 innings of work while earning 12 saves.

The Commodores have a few hitters as well. Leading the way is junior Tony Kemp who is hitting .399 through the first 45 games. Kemp has struck out just 21 times while walking 28. Conner Herrell (.314/8/52) and Vince Conde (.314/6/34) are providing some pop for the Vandy lineup.

Vandy doesn’t have an easy schedule the rest of the way either. This weekend they take on #9 South Carolina on the road in Columbia. The next weekend they will travel to Lexington and take on #26 Kentucky before finishing up their schedule at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

UNC dropped a spot after spending ten weeks at the top due to their 2-2 week that included a loss to #10 NC State and a loss to UNC Wilmington.

LSU (ranked #2 last week) was poised to take over the top spot with the Tar Heels 2-2 week, but they too went 2-2 losing twice to #9 South Carolina at home over the weekend.

We are getting down to the final few weeks of the regular season before the conference tournaments start at the end of May. Everyone should be in for some good baseball from here on out.

 2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 29)

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

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels are once again ranked #1 in the NCBWA Div. I Poll. This marks the tenth week in a row that they have been atop the standings.  Over the past week UNC went 5-0 including a weekend sweep of rival Duke.

The Tar Heels are getting it done on the pitching mound. As a team they have posted a 2.27 ERA compared to their opponents 7.96 ERA. They have limited their opponents to hitting just .202 while their offense is hitting at a .317 clip.

The offense is led by Colin Moran (.387/.507/.632) who has blasted 10 home runs. Two other hitters are hitting over .350 including Skye Bolt (.392/.509/.648) and Cody Stubbs (.373/.455/.596).

The Heels will have a big challenge this weekend traveling to #13 NC State this weekend for an ACC series.

Two teams fell out of the Top 10 this week as Arkansas fell five spots to #15, while Louisville fell three spots to #12. Replacing them in the Top 10 are UCLA (up four spots to #8) and Mississippi State (up one spot to #10).

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 22)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 39-2 5-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 37-4 3-1 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 34-6 3-1 4
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 35-6 2-2 3
5. Virginia Atlantic Coast 35-6 4-0 8
6. Oregon State Pacific-12 30-8 2-2 6
7. Oregon Pacific-12 29-10 2-2 7
8. UCLA Pacific-12 25-11 3-1 12
9. Florida State Atlantic Coast 31-9 1-3 5
10. Mississippi State Southeastern 32-10 2-1 11
11. South Carolina Southeastern 31-10 4-0 15
12. Louisville Big East 30-9 2-2 9
13. NC State Atlantic Coast 32-10 4-0 17
14. Oklahoma Big 12 31-10 3-2 13
15. Arkansas Southeastern 27-15 2-3 10
16. Arizona State Pacific-12 24-12-1 2-2 14
17. Indiana Big Ten 29-8 3-1 19
18. Mississippi Southeastern 29-12 3-2 20
19. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 27-13 1-3 16
20. Rice Conference USA 28-14 3-1 23
21. Stanford Pacific-12 22-12 3-1 24
22. UC Irvine Big West 25-11 2-2 21
23. Cal Poly Big West 26-11 2-2 22
24. Oklahoma State Big 12 27-11 3-1 27
25. Kentucky Southeastern 24-15 0-4 18
26. Mercer Atlantic Sun 32-11 3-1 28
27. Arizona Pacific-12 25-14 2-2 25
28. Notre Dame Big East 22-15 3-1 29
29. Clemson Atlantic Coast 27-13 1-2 26
30. UNC Wilmington Colonial 30-11 4-0 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (24-18), CSU Bakersfield (27-14), Campbell (35-8), Central Arkansas (28-10), Coastal Carolina (25-15), Creighton (22-9), Dartmouth (26-7), Florida (22-19), Gonzaga (26-11-1), Kansas State (28-13), Lamar (30-11), Louisiana (27-13), Miami (24-15), Michigan State (22-11), New Mexico (24-16), North Florida (29-12), Ohio State (25-13), Pittsburgh (29-10), San Diego (24-15), South Alabama (29-12), South Florida (26-14), Southern Miss (21-18), Troy (29-11), UNLV (27-12).
Dropped out: Coastal Carolina (30).
By conference: Southeastern 7, Atlantic Coast 6, Pac-12 6, Big West 3, Big 12 2, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Colonial 1, Conference USA 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: North Carolina Tops NCBWA Top 30 for 9th Straight Week

For the ninth straight week the University of North Carolina tops the NCBWA Div I Top 30 Poll. The Tar Heels went 5-0 this week including a weekend sweep of Virginia Tech. The Heels broke out in Game 1 of the series with a 21-8 victory, but needed 10 innings to pull out a 9-8 win in Game 2. UNC will face off with Duke in the upcoming weekend series.

The only team to drop out of the Top 10 was South Carolina who dropped five spots to #15 after going 1-3 this past week. The Gamecocks got swept in a three game series against Florida, who came into the series with a losing record. Taking over their spot in the Top 10 is Louisville who moved up three spots to #9.

In the series of the weekend, LSU took 2-of-3 from Arkansas to remain at #2. The Razorbacks fell two spots to #10 after going 2-3 over the past week including the two losses to LSU.

Three teams cracked poll this week with Clemson (#26), Mercer (#28), and Coastal Carolina (#30) joining the Top 30. The teams that fell out of the Top 30 were Houston, Campbell, and Florida Gulf Coast.

 

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 15)

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

For the eighth week in a row, the University of North Carolina has topped the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll. The Tar Heels went 5-1 this past week. The only loss came in an 11 inning affair against Clemson in the second half of a double header.  In other action, the Heels rolled through its mid-week game against UNC-Wilmington and then swept a weekend series with Maryland.

The top four teams stayed in the same spot with only #5 Oregon and #10 Kentucky dropping to mix up the Top 10 a bit. The biggest movers were Arizona State, up five spots to #17, and NC State, up five spots to #20. The team with the biggest fall was Oklahoma Sate who fell seven spots to #26 after a 1-2 week.

Campbell, from the Big South Conference, makes it into the Top 30 this week coming in at #29 after going 5-0 in the past week. Virginia Tech was the only team to fall out of the poll after spending the previous week at #30.

Once again the SEC leads with the number of teams in the poll with seven followed by the Pac-12 with six.

The week ahead:

One of the best series this weekend will be #2 LSU visiting Fayetteville, Arkansas and the #9 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas.

Arkansas started the year ranked #1 in the preseason polls, but quickly fell a few weeks into the season with an 0-4 week. After plummeting to #16, they have steadily risen in the polls and now sit in the top 10 as a hot LSU team comes to town.

LSU is off to the best start in school history at 30-2. They have won 12 straight games including nine SEC games and are atop the standings with Vanderbilt.

 2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 8)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.

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1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 29-2 5-1 1
2. LSU Southeastern 30-2 4-0 2
3. Vanderbilt Southeastern 29-4 4-0 3
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 28-4 4-0 4
5. Virginia Atlantic Coast 29-3 4-0 6
6. Florida State Atlantic Coast 27-5 3-1 7
7. Oregon State Pac-12 25-5 3-1 8
8. Arkansas Southeastern 23-9 2-1 9
9. Oregon Pac-12 23-8 1-2 5
10. South Carolina Southeastern 26-7 4-1 12
11. Oklahoma Big 12 27-6 2-1 13
12. Louisville Big East 25-6 3-1 14
13. Indiana Big Ten 25-4 3-1 17
14. Kentucky Southeastern 22-9 1-3 10
15. UCLA Pac-12 19-9 1-3 11
16. Mississippi State Southeastern 26-9 3-1 18
17. Arizona State Pac-12 19-9-1 4-1 22
18. Rice Conference USA 23-11 3-1 21
19. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 23-9 2-3 15
20. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 24-10 5-0 25
21. Ole Miss Southeastern 23-9 0-3 16
22. Notre Dame Big East 19-10 4-1 24
23. UC Irvine Big West 20-8 4-0 27
24. Cal Poly Big West 21-8 1-2 20
25. Stanford Pac-12 16-10 3-1 26
26. Oklahoma State Big 12 22-8 1-2 19
27. Arizona Pac-12 21-11 3-0 29
28. Houston Conference USA 24-9 1-3 23
29. Campbell Big South 28-5 5-0 -
30. Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun 20-8 2-2 28
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (20-13), Austin Peay State (25-7), Belmont (23-7), Bryant (18-9-1), CSU Bakersfield (21-11), Central Arkansas (23-8), Clemson (21-11), Coastal Carolina (19-12), Creighton (18-6), Gonzaga (19-10-1), Kansas State (23-10), Lamar (24-9), Louisiana-Lafayette (22-9), Mercer (25-10), Ohio (6-24), San Diego (19-12), South Alabama (24-9), UNC Wilmington (23-10), UNLV (22-9), Virginia Tech (21-12).
Dropped out: Virginia Tech (30).
By conference: Southeastern 7, Pacific-12 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Big West 3, Big 12 2, Big East 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 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: North Carolina Tops NCBWA Division I Poll for Sixth Straight Week

North Carolina leads the NCBWA Division I Poll for the sixth week in a row once again going undefeated.

Two teams dropped out of the Top 10 this week with South Carolina (#13) and Old Miss (#12) both falling this week after dropping weekend series.

The Southeastern Conference is still dominating the poll by placing eight teams in the Top 30. The ACC and Pac-12 are tied with both having five teams. All three conferences have three teams in the Top 10 with only Cal State Fullerton (Big West) being the only non major conference team.

 

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 25)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 21-1 3-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 22-2 4-0 3
3. Oregon State Pac-12 21-2 2-1 4
4. Florida State Atlantic Coast 22-2 4-1 5
5. Vanderbilt Southeastern 21-4 2-2 2
6. UCLA Pac-12 17-4 2-1 7
7. Cal State Fullerton Big West 21-3 5-0 10
8. Oregon Pac-12 18-6 3-0 12
9. Virginia Atlantic Coast 22-2 5-0 15
10. Kentucky Southeastern 18-5 2-2 9
11. Arkansas Southeastern 17-7 3-0 16
12. Ole Miss Southeastern 21-4 1-2 8
13. South Carolina Southeastern 18-6 1-3 6
14. Oklahoma Big 12 22-4 5-0 18
15. Louisville Big East 19-4 3-2 13
16. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 18-5 1-3 11
17. Mississippi State Southeastern 21-6 2-2 14
18. Oklahoma State Big 12 19-4 2-1 20
19. Notre Dame Big East 14-6 2-1 22
20. Rice Conference USA 18-8 4-1 24
21. UC Irvine Big West 15-5 0-0 23
22. Houston Conference USA 21-4 5-0 28
23. Stanford Pac-12 11-7 1-2 17
24. Indiana Big Ten 18-3 5-0 29
25. Cal Poly Big West 17-5 2-1 26
26. Arizona State Pac-12 13-7-1 1-3 21
27. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 16-9 0-4 19
28. South Alabama Sun Belt 21-4 4-0 -
29. Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun 15-5 2-1 30
30. Texas A&M Southeastern 17-8 3-1 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (16-9), Arizona (15-11), Austin Peay (19-4), Belmont (17-6), Campbell (21-3), Central Arkansas (18-6), Clemson (15-8), Connecticut (13-7), Dartmouth (11-1), Georgia Southern (16-7), Gonzaga (14-7-1), Lamar (20-6), Louisiana (17-6), Miami (19-8), Middle Tennessee (15-10), Ohio State (15-6), Southeastern Louisiana (18-7), UNC Wilmington (17-7), UNLV (17-7), Virginia Tech (18-7).
Dropped out: Arizona (25), Central Arkansas (27).
By conference: Southeastern 8, Atlantic Coast 5, Pac-12 5, Big West 3, Big 12 2, Big East 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 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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