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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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College: North Carolina Tops NCBWA Division I Poll for 5th Straight Week

The University of North Carolina held on to the No. 1 spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Div. I Pool for the fifth week in a row despite dropping their first game of the year.

The Tar Heels first loss came over the weekend it its ACC Series against the Miami Hurricane. UNC dropped the first game of the weekend series 4-1 but came back with a vengeance on Saturday to take Game 2 14-2. Prior to taking 2-of-3 from Miami, the Heels easily took care of both Gardner-Webb and High Point.

The top nine spots in the poll were unchanged this week. Number 10 Mississippi State was the only one to drop out of the Top 10 by going 2-2 this week. They dropped 2-of-3 to SEC and third-ranked LSU over the weekend at home in Starkville.

Most of the rest of the Top 30 didn’t change much. A lot of teams did a little bit of shifting but only two teams fell out of the poll, UNLV and Miami. Jumping up to take their place were Houston and Indiana.

 

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 18)

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

For the fourth consecutive week, North Carolina claimed the top spot in the NCBWA Division I Poll. Carolina went 4-0 again this week including a weekend sweep of Wake Forest. In the middle game of the series, UNC stomped Wake 20-6.

The top five from the previous week stayed unchanged.

The Southeastern Conference is dominating the top of the poll with six of the top ten and seven of the top eleven.

Stanford was the only team to the only team to fall out of the Top 10 after going 1-3 over the week falling to #16. Ole Miss jumped up seven spots to #8 after going 5-0 this week sweeping a two game series with Southeastern Louisiana and a three game series with Lipscomb.

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 11)

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

 

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College: Mount Olive Tops Division II Poll

Mount Olive took over the top spot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Poll.

Mount Olive went 4-0 during the week sweeping a three game series with Belmont Abbey (#18 at the time) over the weekend.

Delta St. dropped one spot in the poll after going 2-1 against #8 West Florida over the weekend. All three games were close between the two top 10 teams.

None of the top 10 teams changed, they just changed order a bit. Some of the teams with the biggest jump in the standings were Incarnate World (up 5 spots to #12), Dixie St (up 7 spots to #14), and #18 Florida Tech who wasn’t in the top 30 last week.

 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Poll

 

Rank Team Record Points Previous
  1. Mount Olive 17-1 480   2
  2. Delta St. 13-2 464   1
  3. Cal. St. Chico 11-1 444   4
  4. Tampa 11-2 436   3
  5. Central Missouri 8-1 413   8
  6. S.C. Aiken 13-2 403   6
  7.   Lander 14-3 378   7
  8.   West Florida 10-3 374   7
  9. St. Mary’s, TX 14-4 352   9
10. Indianapolis 3-0 322 10
11. Southern New Hampshire 5-0 320 14
12. Incarnate Word 13-2 316 17
13. St. Cloud St. 7-2 284 16
14. Dixie St. 9-1 262 21
15. Grand Valley St. 0-0 258 15
16. Alabama-Huntsville 16-3 246 19
17. Minn. St.-Mankato 4-2 232 12
18. Florida Tech. 15-4 202 RV
19. Texas A&M-Kingsville 11-3 190 20
20. Shippensburg 7-1 186 RV
21. Belmont Abbey 11-4-1 138 18
22. Sonoma St. 10-4 130 13
  Barry 12-7 130 RV
24. Wilmington 5-2 124 NR
25. Catawba 13-4 116 26
26. Arkansas Tech. 16-5   42 30
  Millersville 8-3   42 RV
  Slippery Rock 8-0   42 RV
29. Angelo St. 10-5   40 30
30. Southern Arkansas 14-6   16 22

 

 

Also Receiving Votes: UC San Diego (10), Texas A&M-Int. (8), Montevallo (8), Cal Poly Pomona (8), Seton Hill (4), Francis Marion (4), Grand Canyon (4), Wayne St.-MI (4), St. Edwards (4), UNC Pembroke (4), Western Oregon (4), Carson-Newman (2), Colorado Mesa (2), Cal. St. Los Angeles (2), Cal. St.-Monterey Bay (2), Limestone (1), Nova SE (1), St. Leo (1), Franklin Pierce (1), Adelphi (1), LeMoyne (1), Kutztown (1), West Chester (1), Mercyhurst (1), Regis (1), West Texas A&M (1), Eastern New Mexico (1), Southern Indiana (1), Drury (1), Henderson St. (1), Harding (1), Pittsburgh St. (1).

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College: North Carolina Stays Atop the NCBWA Division I Poll

North Carolina held onto the top spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 Poll.

The Tar Heels improved to 10-0 on the year after winning the Astros Foundation College Classic in Houston. In doing so, Carolina defeated Rice (#22), Texas A&M, and California. The Heels have a great team ERA so far of just 2.05 while their offense is scoring 9.7 runs a game.

There are several hot teams right now with extended winning streaks. Mississippi State (#6) has won 15 in a row, while Oregon State (#4) and Virginia (#19) have both won 12 in a row.

A few teams didn’t fare as well this week including Texas, who went 0-4 and dropped out of the poll, and preseason #1 Arkansas who dropped 4 games this week falling to #16.

2013 NCBWA Division I Poll – March 4

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

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UNC Takes Over the Top Spot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30

Only one team in the Preseason Top 10 dropped out over the first weekend as Stanford dropped 2-of-3 to Rice dropping from #9 to #11. With the wins, Rice jumped from #20 to #10.

Stanford’s top prospect Mark Appel (L, 0-1) took the loss in the opening game pitching five innings while giving up five runs (two earned). He was out pitched by Rice starter Austin Kubitza, a Preseason Second Team All-American, who struck out 12 in the win.

Another change in the Top 10 was the swap at the top as #1 and #2 changed spots with one another.

North Carolina, the new #1, took a pair of games from Seton Hall over the weekend to take over the top spot. They are now 3-0 after a win over Coastal Carolina on Monday. Arkansas, now #2, took 2-of-3 from Western Illinois dropping the third game of the series 7-5. After a double header sweep of New Orleans on Tuesday, the Razorbacks now sit at 4-1.

UNC and Arkansas were the number ones in pretty much every preseason poll as both teams look to have strong seasons on the way to Omaha.

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of Feb. 18, 2013)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. North Carolina (2-0) 495 2
2. Arkansas (2-1) 493 1
3. Vanderbilt (2-1) 492 3
4. Louisiana St. (3-0) 489 4
5. Oregon (3-0) 486 6
6. UCLA (2-1) 484 5
7. South Carolina (2-1) 481 7
8. Kentucky (2-0) 478 8
9. Oregon St. (3-0) 475 10
10. Rice (2-1) 472 20
11. Stanford (1-2) 471 9
12. Mississippi St. (4-0) 468 13
13. N.C. State (0-1) 467 11
14. Oklahoma (4-0) 465 14
15. Arizona (3-0) 462 18
16. Mississippi (3-0) 460 25
17. Georgia Tech. (3-0) 457 17
18. Florida St. (3-0) 455 19
19. Cal. St. Fullerton (4-0) 454 23
20. Miami, Fla. (3-0) 451 28
21. U.C. Irvine (3-0) 449 30
22. San Diego St. (3-0) 446
23. Arizona St. (2-1) 444 16
24. Florida (2-1) 442 24
25. Texas (2-1) 440 21
26. Louisville (2-1) 438 22
27. Texas A&M (2-1) 435 26
28. Clemson (2-1) 433 27
29. Virginia (2-0) 432 35
30. Southern Miss. (3-0) 429 36

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER’S” NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OF Danny Collins, Troy: Collins had a monster week as he went 8-for-14 over four games with 9 RBI as he collected one homer, two triples, two doubles and 17 total bases. During the second game of the season, he hit for the cycle, Troy’s first since 2009. He also scored nine runs and didn’t strike out.

1B/LHP Clinton Freeman, East Tennessee St.: Freeman went 8-for-10 over three games with three homers, one triple, one double and five RBI. He also scored seven runs. In two relief appearances, he struck out three and earned a save in 1 1/3 innings on the mound.

1B Zack Powers, Florida: Powers went 3-for-6 at the plate with two grand slams and 9 RBI for the Gators. Powers hit both grand slams during a 16-5 win over Duke and also collected all 9 RBI as well. He joined Preston Tucker as the only Florida players in history to accomplish this feat in one game.

RHP Trevor Foss, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: Foss recorded 15 strikeouts while allowing only three hits and no runs in a complete game shutout of Texas-Pan American. He only allowed one walk.

RHP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech.: Farmer set a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight dominant innings during a 3-0 win over Akron on opening day. He scattered four singles, and just one runner advanced past first base.

RHP Jeremy Null, Western Carolina: Null struck out a career-high 13 batters in seven innings against Washington State. His 13 strikeouts were the most by a Catamount pitcher since Matt Benedict had 13 during the 2011 season.

Poll and Players of the Week courtesy Baseball Collegiate Newspaper

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College: Preseason Golden Spikes Watch List Released

2012 Golden Spikes Award finalists Appel and Rodon headline list

Press Release USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced its preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Thursday, marking the organization’s first step toward identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2013 for the 36th time.

The Watch List features 50 of the nation’s top amateur players, and it will be a “rolling” list to ensure that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the Golden Spikes 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 Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.

Headlining the 2013 Watch List are seven athletes who finished among the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award, including Mark Appel (RHP, Senior, Stanford), Kris Bryant (OF/3B/1B, Junior, San Diego), Marco Gonzales (LHP, Junior, Gonzaga), D.J. Peterson (3B/1B, Junior, New Mexico), Nick Petree (RHP, RS Junior, Missouri State), Raph Rhymes (OF, Senior, Louisiana State) and Carlos Rodon (LHP, Sophomore, North Carolina State).

“2013 marks the 36th year USA Baseball has presented the Golden Spikes Award, and with two of last year’s finalists on this year’s preseason Watch List, it should be another exciting year for amateur baseball,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. “We look forward to an exciting start to the college baseball season this weekend and to following all of these players in the coming months.”

Louisiana State and Stanford lead all schools with three players named to the Watch List, and 10 other schools from six different conferences are represented with two players. For the fourth consecutive year, the Southeastern Conference tops all conferences with 12 players. The Pac-12 Conference has 10 players on the list, and the Atlantic Coast Conference has the third most with five. Juniors make up the majority of the list with 41 players named, increasing from 30 in 2012. Sophomores and seniors are represented by five and four players, respectively.

Following the release of a second, 60-player Watch List on Thursday, May 2, 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 the 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.

Beginning with Florida State’s Buster Posey in New York in 2008, USA Baseball partnered with MLBAM to create GoldenSpikesAward.com, and until 2011, streamed its annual presentations online live from MLB All-Star FanFest. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State 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. Both accepted the trophy as part of live presentations in 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 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

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

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference
Mark Appel, RHP, Senior, Stanford, Pac-12
Aaron Blair, RHP, Junior, Marshall, C-USA
Kris Bryant, OF/3B/1B, Junior, San Diego, West Coast
Boomer Collins, OF, RS Senior, Dallas Baptist, WAC
Michael Conforto, OF, Sophomore, Oregon State, Pac-12
Austin Cousino, OF, Sophomore, Kentucky, SEC
Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Junior, Florida, SEC
Josh Deezse, RHP/DH, Junior, Ohio State, Big 10
Kent Emanuel, LHP, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
Phillip Ervin, OF, Junior, Samford, SoCon
Buck Farmer, RHP, Senior, Georgia Tech, ACC
Johnny Field, OF/INF, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12
Adam Frazier, SS, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC
Scott Frazier, RHP, Junior, Pepperdine, West Coast
Mitchell Garver, C, Senior, New Mexico, Mountain West
Marco Gonzales, LHP/1B, Junior, Gonzaga, West Coast
Jonathan Gray, RHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
Conrad Gregor, 1B, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC
Eric Jagielo, 3B/OF, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East
JaCoby Jones, 2B/OF, Junior, Louisiana State, SEC
Aaron Judge, OF, Junior, Fresno State, Mountain West
Jared King, OF, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12
Andrew Knapp, C, Junior, California, Pac-12
Corey Knebel, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12
Corey Littrell, LHP, Junior, Kentucky, SEC
Michael Lorenzen, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Sean Manaea, LHP, Junior, Indiana State, Missouri Valley
Colin Moran, 3B, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
Aaron Nola, RHP, Sophomore, Louisiana State, SEC
Michael O’Neill, OF, Junior, Michigan, Big 10
Dillon Overton, LHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
D.J. Peterson, 3B/1B, Junior, New Mexico, Mountain West
Nick Petree, RHP, RS Junior, Missouri State, Missouri Valley
Adam Plutko, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-12
Brian Ragira, 1B, Junior, Stanford, Pac-12
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC
Raph Rhymes, OF, Senior, Louisiana State, SEC
George Roberts, RHP/INF, Senior, Kent State, Mid-American
Carlos Rodon, LHP, Sophomore, NC State, ACC
Jimmie Sherfy, RHP , Junior, Oregon, Pac-12
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC
Trea Turner, SS, Sophomore, NC State, ACC
Konner Wade, RHP, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12
Michael Wagner, RHP, Junior, San Diego, WCC
Bobby Wahl, RHP, Junior, Mississippi, SEC
Ben Wetzler, LHP, Junior, Oregon State, Pac-12
Trevor Williams, RHP, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-12
Austin Wilson, OF, Junior, Stanford, Pac-12
Tom Windle, LHP, Junior, Minnesota, Big 10
Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

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College: North Carolina Tops Baseball America Preseason Top 25

The NCAA Division I college baseball season kicks off this weekend with North Carolina ranked #1 by Baseball America for the first time in the programs history.

UNC has had a lot of success in recent years with five trips to Omaha in the past seven seasons. And this year they return perhaps the deepest pitching staff in the country.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with eight total teams in the Top 25, including five of the Top 10. They are led by #2 Vanderbilt and #3 Arkansas. Last season’s runner-up, South Carolina, starts the year at #7.

The Pacific-12 Conference isn’t too far behind the SEC with a total of five teams. The Atlantic Coast Conference ranks third with four teams.

Defending national champion Arizona enters the season after losing a lot of key players just cracking the Top 25 in at #24.

New Mexico is making its first ever appearance in the preseason polls. The last time it made the Baseball America Top 25 was back in early 2009.

2013 Baseball America Preseason Top 25

Rk. Team 2012
Record
Final
2012 Ranking
1. North Carolina 46-16 17
2. Vanderbilt 35-28 NR
3. Arkansas 46-22 6
4. Louisville 41-22 NR
5. Mississippi State 40-24 22
6. Oregon State 40-20 24
7. South Carolina 49-20 2
8. North Carolina State 43-20 12
9. Stanford 41-18 13
10. Louisiana State 47-18 9
11. Kentucky 45-18 20
12. UCLA 48-16 5
13. Mississippi 37-26 NR
14. Texas Christian 40-22 16
15. Oregon 46-19 11
16. Georgia Tech 38-26 NR
17. Florida 47-20 3
18. Rice 41-19 18
19. Oklahoma 42-25 14
20. Florida State 50-17 4
21. New Mexico 37-24 NR
22. Cal State Fullerton 36-21 21
23. Southern Mississippi 32-24 NR
24. Arizona 48-17 1
25. San Diego 40-17 NR

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College: Caltech Ends 228-Game Losing Streak with Win over Pacifica

California Institute of Technology ended its 228-game losing streak Saturday with a 9-7 victory over Pacifica. It was the Beavers’ first win in nearly 10 years.

Caltech won the second game of a double header behind a complete-game seven-innings win by freshman pitcher Daniel Chou. It was their first win since February 15, 2003.

The team dropped the first game of the double header, and their first of the season, 5-0.

The win, in a non-conference game, doesn’t break Caltech’s 463-game conference losing streak. They have not won a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game since 1988.

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College: 2013 Preseason Coach’s Poll Released

The 2013 Preseason College Baseball Coach’s Poll has been released with some of the major power conferences dominating.

The SEC placed 8 teams in the top 25 including 4 in the top 10. The Pac-12 followed with 4 in the top 10 and 6 total in the top 25.

The top 10 is made up of only 3 different conferences as the ACC picked up the last 2 spots not held by the SEC or Pac-12.

Rank…Team…First Pl. Votes…2012 Record

1. Arkansas (10) (46-22)

2. UCLA (4) (48-16)

3. LSU (3) (47-18)

4. North Carolina (4) (46-16)

5. South Carolina (49-20)

6. Oregon (46-19)

7. Stanford (1) 41-18

8. Vanderbilt (3) (35-28)

9. Florida St. (2) (50-17)

10. Arizona (3) (48-17)

11. North Carolina St. (43-20)

12. TCU (40-22)

13. Florida (1) (47-20)

14. Oregon St. (40-20)

15. Kentucky (45-18)

16. Oklahoma (42-25)

17. Rice (41-19)

18. T- Mississippi St. (40-24)

18. T- San Diego (40-17)

20. Arizona St. (36-20)

21. Georgia Tech (38-26)

22. Cal State Fullerton (36-21)

23. Baylor (49-17)

24. Texas A&M (43-18)

25. T- Virginia (40-18-1)

25. T – Louisville (41-22)

Others receiving votes: Mississippi (37-26) 92; Texas (30-22) 84; Kent State (47-20) 68; Clemson (35-28) 63; Miami (Fla.) (36-23) 61; St. John’s (40-23) 58; Stony Brook (52-15) 28; Central Florida (45-17) 27; Purdue (45-14) 26; Tulane (38-20) 19; UC-Irvine (31-25) 13; Pepperdine (36-23) 9; Missouri State (40-22) 8; California (29-25) 6; Oklahoma State (32-25) 6; Georgia (31-26) 5; New Mexico (37-24) 5; Southern Mississippi (32-24) 5; North Carolina-Wilmington (39-23) 3; Sam Houston State (40-22) 3; Cal Poly (36-20) 2; Coastal Carolina (42-19) 2; Dallas Baptist (41-19) 2; Fresno State (31-28) 2; Notre Dame (31-27) 1; Virginia Tech (34-21) 1; Wichita State (35-25) 1.

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College: Baseball America Releases 2013 Preseason All-America Teams

Baseball America released its 2013 Preseason College All-America Teams on Thursday.

The teams, voted on by MLB scouting directors, is led by Vanderbilt who placed more players on the teams than any other school with four.

Stanford University has the most first-teamers with three including senior righthander Mark Appel who was on the list last season. Appel was picked in the first round of the 2012 draft #8 overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates but chose to return to Stanford for his senior season. He looks to improve on his already impressive junior year and possibly become the first overall pick in the June draft.

Appel is joined by fellow Cardinal players Austin Wilson (OF) and Brian Ragira (1B). Baseball America has Stanford ranked #9 in their preseason poll.

Once again the power conferences dominate the teams with the SEC placing 14 players to lead all conferences. The Pac-12 produced the most first-teamers (4) and places second in the conference ranks with 9 overall players. The ACC and Big-12 each placed 5 players on the teams.

However, the smaller schools also have an impact on the teams. Gonzaga, known more for basketball, has utility player Marco Gonzales on the first team. Indiana State also has a player on the first team in lefthanded pitcher Sean Manaea.

2013 Preseason All-America Teams
Major League Baseball scouting directors vote on Baseball America’s All-America team.
First Team
Pos. Player, School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Andrew Knapp, California Jr. B-R 6-1 192 .265 .347 .412 211 36 56 5 26 4
1B Brian Ragira, Stanford Jr. R-R 6-2 200 .329 .385 .448 252 41 83 5 50 3
2B JaCoby Jones, Louisiana State Jr. R-R 6-3 200 .253 .308 .363 245 42 62 4 29 11
3B Colin Moran, North Carolina Jr. L-R 6-3 209 .365 .434 .494 170 30 62 3 35 1
SS Trea Turner, N.C. State So. R-R 6-1 171 .336 .432 .459 259 72 87 5 43 57
OF Phillip Ervin, Samford Jr. R-R 5-11 190 .327 .406 .519 260 55 85 10 52 16
OF Aaron Judge, Fresno State Jr. R-R 6-7 255 .308 .453 .458 201 47 62 4 27 13
OF Austin Wilson, Stanford Jr. R-R 6-5 245 .285 .389 .493 221 56 63 10 54 7
DH Kris Bryant, San Diego Jr. R-R 6-5 215 .366 .483 .671 213 59 78 14 57 9
UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga Jr. L-L 6-1 185 .325 .372 .430 151 23 49 2 29 0
Pos. Player, School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
SP Mark Appel, Stanford Sr. R-R 6-5 215 10 2 2.56 16 0 123 97 30 130
SP Sean Manaea, Indiana State Jr. R-L 6-5 235 5 3 3.34 17 0 105 94 37 115
SP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State So. L-L 6-3 234 9 0 1.57 17 0 115 71 41 135
SP Ryne Stanek, Arkansas Jr. R-R 6-4 190 8 4 2.82 17 0 93 75 36 83
RP Colby Suggs, Arkansas Jr. R-R 6-0 225 7 1 1.38 30 0 39 26 19 36
UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga Jr. L-L 6-1 185 8 2 1.55 12 0 93 63 23 92
Second Team
Pos. Player, School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Spencer Navin, Vanderbilt Jr. R-R 6-1 205 .298 .427 .404 188 31 56 3 27 9
1B Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt Jr. L-R 6-3 215 .328 .439 .463 229 37 75 3 35 10
2B Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt Jr. L-R 5-6 160 .261 .392 .386 241 55 63 1 31 21
3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico Jr. R-R 6-1 205 .419 .490 .734 248 57 104 17 78 1
SS Brandon Trinkwon, UC Santa Barbara Jr. L-R 6-1 170 .347 .460 .490 202 42 70 2 32 7
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State So. L-R 6-1 215 .349 .438 .601 218 45 76 13 76 1
OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky So. L-L 5-10 178 .319 .408 .515 260 61 83 9 41 15
OF Derek Fisher, Virginia So. L-R 6-3 210 .288 .375 .507 219 44 63 7 50 4
DH Daniel Palka, Georgia Tech Jr. L-L 6-2 234 .303 .380 .550 238 44 72 12 47 6
UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton Jr. R-R 6-3 200 .297 .353 .435 232 38 69 2 43 14
Pos. Player, School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
SP Jonathon Crawford, Florida Jr. R-R 6-2 205 6 2 3.13 19 0 78 75 24 73
SP Ryan Eades, Louisiana State Jr. B-R 6-3 198 5 3 3.83 17 0 94 107 28 63
SP Bobby Wahl, Mississippi Jr. R-R 6-3 210 7 4 2.55 17 0 99 76 32 104
SP Trevor Williams, Arizona State Jr. R-R 6-3 228 12 2 2.05 16 0 110 90 13 59
RP Corey Knebel, Texas Jr. R-R 6-3 195 4 5 2.08 27 9 74 50 20 68
UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton Jr. R-R 6-3 200 2 0 1.23 20 16 22 16 5 17
Third Team
Pos. Player, School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Ty Ross, Louisiana State Jr. R-R 6-2 208 .292 .357 .384 185 19 54 3 41 2
1B Kevin Cron, Texas Christian So. R-R 6-5 245 .338 .383 .503 151 20 51 6 34 0
2B L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut Sr. R-R 6-1 190 .339 .404 .548 239 43 81 9 38 16
3B Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame Jr. L-R 6-3 215 .310 .399 .546 229 33 71 13 43 4
SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi State Jr. L-R 5-11 174 .371 .482 .445 245 45 91 0 26 9
OF Jared King, Kansas State Jr. B-L 6-1 200 .377 .453 .577 220 49 83 7 47 16
OF Jason Monda, Washington State Jr. L-L 6-4 201 .275 .369 .363 193 27 53 1 18 6
OF Mason Robbins, Southern Miss So. L-L 6-2 215 .330 .356 .470 215 36 71 3 38 7
DH Johnny Field, Arizona Jr. R-R 5-10 195 .370 .476 .529 257 72 95 3 44 11
UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine So. L-L 6-1 222 .265 .328 .350 117 9 31 1 24 3
Pos. Player, School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
SP Dillon Overton, Oklahoma Jr. L-L 6-2 160 6 3 3.15 22 0 123 127 24 126
SP Adam Plutko, UCLA Jr. R-R 6-3 192 12 3 2.48 18 0 120 91 47 99
SP Karsten Whitson, Florida Jr. R-R 6-4 215 4 0 3.51 14 0 33 37 18 20
SP Kevin Ziomek, Vanderbilt Jr. R-L 6-3 200 5 6 5.22 19 0 79 79 39 79
RP Andrew Mitchell, Texas Christian Jr. R-R 6-3 225 5 3 3.74 17 0 77 55 46 101
UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine So. L-L 6-1 222 2 1 4.64 16 4 21 21 21 19

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Receives Major Donation

Press Release: College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame has been based in Lubbock, Texas, since its founding in 2004. However, on Tuesday, the dream of a permanent home devoted to recognizing and preserving the history of the game took a major step toward becoming reality.

The Moody Foundation, based in Galveston, Texas, awarded the Hall of Fame a $5 million capital campaign grant. The grant brings the total raised toward the campaign to approximately $7 million, not including the value of the land committed by the City of Lubbock. The total campaign goal is $13 million, with $9 million needed for facility construction and a $4 million endowment.

“This is a momentous day for our organization,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “This is a huge step forward for the capital campaign and the mission of the museum.”

Supporting the College Baseball Hall of Fame and its mission of preservation and education was a natural fit for the foundation, said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, executive director of the Moody Foundation.

“The Moody Foundation has a long history of activities in Lubbock,” she said. “The timing couldn’t be more perfect to support the College Baseball Hall of Fame given the Moody history with baseball and economic development. The trustees and staff of the foundation are proud to support this important project.”

Although the grant from the Moody Foundation is vital to the success of the capital campaign, local success also has been crucial, said Jana Howser, Hall of Fame vice president of development.

“Generous support from within Lubbock, across Texas and around the country are all important components in realizing this national treasure,” Howser said. “The decision by the Moody Foundation to grant $5 million dollars is spectacular. We are immensely grateful for their generous decision and are excited about the road ahead.”

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be dedicated to preserving the artifacts and stories that tell the history of college baseball and to providing educational opportunities for visitors. The Hall of Fame complex also will include a baseball field for youth tournaments and other amateur baseball events.

“We look so forward to providing a world-class facility,” Howser said. “The Moody Foundation Board of Trustees embraces the necessity of a proper national hall of fame that will educate the extraordinary history of college baseball.”

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

“I learned a long time ago that everything we do is a value statement. A $5 million dollar gift by the Moody Foundation is an immense value statement about establishing a national home for college baseball’s greatest history and the College Baseball Foundation.”

– Andy Lopez, head coach of the 2012 national champion Arizona Wildcats and
former head coach of 2012 CBHOF inductee and Florida Gator Brad Wilkerson

“What fantastic news! The College Baseball Hall of Fame facility becomes reality. Congratulations to all that have worked so hard to make it happen. Now the great game of college baseball and its history will finally have a proper home. This is truly a wonderful day for all who love the ‘purest national pastime,’ college baseball.”

– Gene Stephenson, head coach, Wichita State

“I am very excited and humbled by the generous donation that the Moody family is making to the CBF. It is greatly appreciated and they will always have a place in our hearts.”

– Brooks Kieschnick, 2006 Hall of Fame inductee

“What a great day for everyone involved in college baseball. This grant will now allow the College Baseball Foundation to get closer to achieving its dream. The building of the CBHOF and field will be a beautiful masterpiece that will honor the past, present and future players, coaches, and umpires of the great game of college baseball. I am honored and humbled to be a part of it.”

– Dick Runchey, regional adviser, NCAA Baseball Umpire Program
and recipient of the inaugural National Collegiate Umpire Award

“This is very exciting news. I always thought that working with foundations was the right way to go and I commend the Moody Foundation for their gift. There’s no question that the construction process can begin soon. The people of Lubbock have been very supportive and college baseball will soon have a home for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.”

– Skip Bertman, 2006 Hall of Fame inductee and honorary chair of the capital campaign

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USA Baseball Finalizes 2013 Collegiate National Team Coaching Staff

ASU’s Esmay, Ole Miss’ Bianco and Creighton’s Servais join Schlossnagle’s staff

Press Release USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced today it has finalized the 2013 Collegiate National Team coaching staff with the addition of assistant coaches Tim Esmay, Mike Bianco and Ed Servais. Esmay, Bianco and Servais currently serve as head coaches for the Arizona State, Ole Miss and Creighton baseball teams, respectively.

“As we continue preparations for the 2013 Collegiate National Team season we are pleased to have Mike Bianco, Tim Esmay and Ed Servais join the coaching staff,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams. “These coaches complete a great staff for the coming summer, and we look forward to having them represent our country in international competition.”

All three coaches will be making their debut on a USA Baseball coaching staff. They round out TCU skipper and 2013 collegiate team manager Jim Schlossnagle’s four-man staff.

Esmay, who will serve as the hitting coach in addition to coaching third base, has a 131-48 record, including 55-29 in conference, through three seasons at the helm of the Sun Devil baseball team. He has one College World Series appearance, one conference title and two NCAA tournament trips, and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2010. Coach Esmay has mentored eight All-Americans, 25 all-conference honorees and four members of Team USA in Tempe, and 31 Sun Devils have been taken in the MLB Draft in his ASU tenure, which is the most of any Div. I school in that time span. He has guided ASU to the highest regular-season winning percentage in the Pac-12 since 2010, is the second-fastest coach in ASU history to reach 100 wins and recently led the program to its 50th consecutive 30-win season. For his career, he is 344-283-1 in 11 seasons, including eight at the University of Utah.

Serving as the pitching coach in 2013, Bianco is entering his 13th season as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels and has compiled a career record of 571-349-1 (471-278-1 at Ole Miss). In that time, he has helped the Rebels to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship, the 2006 SEC Tournament championship and a pair of SEC Western Division titles. Bianco has coached seven Rebels to All-America honors and 31 All-SEC selections. Seven of his Ole Miss players were active in the Major Leagues this past season. Bianco has also coached seven players who have competed internationally with USA Baseball in the past 12 seasons as the Rebel head coach.

Ed Servais, who will coach team defense as well as coaching first base, enters his 10th season leading the Creighton baseball program in 2013. He is the winningest coach in program history with 327 victories. He owns a career coaching record of 327-195. Servais has led the Jays to the NCAA Tournament in three of the past six seasons (2007, 2011 & 2012) and has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year four times in his eight years at Creighton (2004, 2005, 2007 & 2011). Servais has coached 43 players to All-MVC honors, including 19 All-MVC First Team selections. He has coached nine All-Americans and had 15 Bluejays selected in the MLB Draft. Servais’ teams have finished among the nation’s best in fielding percentage and sacrifice bunts every season, including 2012, when the Bluejays finished eighth in fielding percentage (.978).

Also announced today were the remaining members of the 2013 Collegiate National Team’s administrative staff.  TCU’s Danny Wheat will serve as the team’s certified athletic trainer and Brandie Davidson will serve as the team press officer.

Wheat enters his ninth year as an ATC for the Horned Frogs, and 2013 will mark his fifth appearance in the red, white and blue. Davidson is in her 10th year as an assistant media relations director at TCU. It will mark her second appearance with USA Baseball as she served as the press officer for the 2012 USA Baseball Women’s National Team.

The dates for the 2013 schedule and opponents will be announced in the coming weeks on USABaseball.com.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan American teams (and all other USA Baseball professional teams), and the Collegiate, 18U, 15U, and Women’s National Teams, all of which participate in various domestic and international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit USABaseball.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

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