Friday, October 26, 2007

Texas falls to Texas State in exhibition!!

The University of Texas baseball squad dropped an exhibition game to Texas State University, 4-3, Friday afternoon at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

Texas State took the lead in the third inning with a run and inflated the cushion to 2-0 with a run in the fourth. Adam Witek hit an RBI single to drive in Cody Gambill to break the scoring seal for TSU. The second run came on an RBI double to the gap in right centerfield by Ben Theroit.

Texas shaved one run off the lead in the sixth inning with when Jordan Danks drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and scored on a throwing error an a ground ball by Cameron Rupp.

The Longhorns knotted the score in the seventh inning with another unearned run. Kyle Lusson drew a leadoff walk and a throwing error on a ground ball by Tant Shepherd put runners at the corners. With one out, Travis Tucker plated Lusson with a sacrifice squeeze bunt.

Texas State responded with two runs in the top of the eighth. Paul Goldschmidt drove in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle and Jerry Cervantes tacked on an insurance run with an single through the left side of the infield, staking the Bobcats to a 4-2 lead.

Kevin Keyes hit a home run over the leftfield wall with two outs in the ninth, his second home run of the exhibition season.

Brandon Workman, UT’s starter pitched two scoreless innings yielding two hits while striking out two. Stayton Thomas also pitched a pair of scoreless innings allowing one walk. Kyle Walker pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and one walk.

For TSU, Mike Heart and Steven Siers each booked two scoreless innings.

Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with the Orange-White World Series at 4:30 p.m. at The Dell Diamond.

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CSTV Fall Top 25

Doug Kroll of CSTV has released his top 25 poll based on Fall practices. It's worth checking out. Arizona State is listed as the top team. We will see about that.

Click here for the article.

UCSB releases 2008 slate

The University of California-Santa Barbara has released the 2008 schedule. The Gauchos will open the season on February 22nd against Marist in the beginning of a three game set. The next weekend the team will travel to Loyola Marymount for a four game set over three days. They will also head to Houston and host Southern Utah, St. Mary's, and USC in OOC weekend series. The Gauchos will play a 24 game conference schedule with Cal-State Northridge, UC-Davis, Cal-State Fullerton, and UC-Riverside all visiting Santa Barbara. The team will have conference road series against UC-Irvine, Long Beach State, Cal-Poly, and Pacific. The full schedule is available here.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Huskers Unveil Challenging 2008 Schedule

The Huskers open the 2008 baseball season on Feb. 22 at Stanford.An impressive home schedule, 27 games against NCAA Tournament teams and a season-opening trip to national power Stanford highlight the 2008 Nebraska baseball schedule released Thursday.

The Huskers, who reached the title game of an NCAA Regional for the sixth time in the last eight seasons in 2007, will be tested against a slate that features five teams – Arkansas, Texas, Wichita State, Texas A&M and Missouri – which were No. 1 seeds in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

According to Head Coach Mike Anderson, the Huskers’ non-conference schedule, which also features NCAA qualifiers UC Riverside, Louisiana-Lafayette and Creighton, will prepare Nebraska for the rigors of Big 12 action. Anderson credited the Huskers’ tough non-conference slate in 2007 as a key reason the Big Red reached postseason play for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

“We’re going to challenge ourselves again with this schedule,” Anderson said. “We understand that, but it was worth it to get our team ready for the postseason.”

“Last year was an example where playing a tough schedule paid off in getting into the NCAA Tournament,” Anderson said. “Because of the tough non-conference schedule we played and the wins against good teams outside of the Big 12, it not only helped us prepare for the conference, but also helped us in the NCAA Regional.”

The 55-game regular-season schedule includes 32 home games, including a four-game series with NCAA qualifier UC Riverside to open the home schedule on Feb. 29. Other marquee non-conference tilts include a two-game series with SEC power Arkansas (March 18-19), a three-game series against Louisiana-Lafayette (May 2-4) and single games against Wichita State (April 15) and Creighton (April 22).

The Huskers open the 2008 season at Stanford’s Sunken Diamond for a four-game series with the Cardinal Feb. 22-24. It marks the Huskers’ first trip to Stanford since the 2000 Super Regional. One week later, the Huskers will open the home campaign with another familiar foe, as UC Riverside visits Hawks Field for a four-game series. The Huskers took on the Highlanders, who won the Big West Conference title in 2007, at the Tempe Regional last June. The four-game set begins a 10-game homestand prior to the Huskers’ Big 12 opener at Kansas State on March 14.

Following the series at K-State, Nebraska begins a seven-game homestand with a bang, as Arkansas makes its first-ever visit to Hawks Field for a two-game series on March 18-19. The week continues with a key Big 12 Conference series against Oklahoma and two games against Northern Colorado. The Huskers wrap up the month with a series at defending Big 12 regular-season champion Texas.

The month of April is heavy into conference action, as NU hosts Texas Tech (April 4-6) and Kansas (April 18-20) and travels to Oklahoma State (April 11-13) and Baylor (April 25-27). The Huskers will play several midweek contests including the first two games of a three-game series with Creighton (April 1 and April 22) as well as matchups with Iowa (April 8), Wichita State (April 15) and two games against Western Illinois (April 29-30) which begin NU’s final homestand of the year.

The Huskers will spend the first two weekends of May at Hawks Field, hosting Louisiana-Lafayette (May 2-4) and Big 12 Tournament champion Texas A&M (May 9-11) in the final home weekend of the regular-season. NU wraps up its three-game series with Creighton in the annual game at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday, May 13, before closing conference play at Missouri on May 16-18.

Postseason play begins with the annual Big 12 Tournament at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City from May 21-25 before NCAA Regionals (May 30-June 2), NCAA Super Regionals (June 6-9) and the College World Series (June 14-25) at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Press Release

For the full Schedule

Black & Gold game set for Saturday

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer has announced that the annual Black and Gold game will be held this Saturday (Oct. 27), at 1:30 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The game will conclude the Golden Eagles five weeks of fall practice and give fans a sneak preview of the 2008 squad. Nineteen letterwinners return from last year's squad that finished 39-21 - 14-10 in Conference USA, which was good for 3rd place - and reached the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season.

"This game is for our kids, and gives them a chance to play in front of the community as well as the parents and our fans," said Southern Miss coach Corky Palmer. "From what I have seen this fall, we have a good pitching staff and some offensive threats. Our seven through nine (spots in the order) could be a problem. At this point, I have no idea who is going to play third (base) or leftfield going into the year as those positions are up for grabs, but the rest of the positions are pretty solid."

The Golden Eagles also went through the fall without the services of two of its players, including senior Trey Sutton (Hattiesburg, Miss.) and junior James Ewing (Beaumont, Texas). Sutton has not participated in any of the fall drills because of a left knee injury that he sustained in last year's Conference USA tournament, while Ewing has been limited to defensive duties only due to a back injury.

Palmer, though, has lauded the pitching he has seen this fall including senior Barry Bowden (Vidalia, La.), senior David Clark (Columbia, Miss.) and junior transfer from LSU-Eunice, Josh Billeaud (Scott, La.), while the 10th-year coach has also seen some bright spots in his freshman class.

"Anthony Doss (Brandon, Miss.) and Austin Davis (Meridian, Miss.) have played real well and am real happy with the way they have played as true freshmen."

Fall Ball Update for October 24th

Here is the CBB Fall Ball update for October 24th. Click on the links below for the full articles.

Utah: Wrapping up Fall workouts
Wright State: Fall World Series Update
Vanderbilt: Feinberg Interview
UNLV: Beuerlein Right in Line
Washington: Fall World Series Update
Oregon State: Fall World Series Update from Daily Barometer
LSU: Gold takes Game 2 of Intersquad Series from Daily Reveille

Illinois 2008 schedule released

The Fighting Illini have announced their 2008 schedule which is highlighted by trips to Texas Tech, Baylor, and University of Texas-Pan American. The team will take part in tournaments at Baylor and UTPA while playing a three game set against the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. The team will make their annual spring break trip to Florida from March 14th-21st where they will play six games against Northern schools. The Illini will play conference home series against Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, and Purdue. They will head on the road to play Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio State for conference series. The conference tournament will take place from May 21st-24th at the regular season champs field. The full schedule is available here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

UNLV announces 2008 Schedule

The University of Nevada-Las Vegas has announced their 2008 baseball schedule. The Rebels will open the season on February 22nd when Central Michigan begins a three game set in Vegas. The Rebels will also play two home games against Washington State and a three game series against Maine before heading on the road to play Arizona. They will also host WCC power San Francisco and head to Cal-State Fullerton before heading into conference play. The full schedule is available here.

Former UBC star Jeff Francis set to start Game 1

Jeff Francis is set to start for the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday Night in Game 1 of the World Series. He has pitched in two games in the playoff run where he has a 2-0 record with a 2.13 ERA. Hitters are only hitting a paltry .213 against the lanky lefty. Francis was a standout player with the University of British Columbia where he was drafted out of in the first round. sent us a video of an interview done with the CBC about Francis which can be watched by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Approach at WCU

Bobby Moranda has started up fall practice with his Western Carolina squad. He is entering his first season as the head coach of the Catamount program. He was with the Georgia Tech program for six seasons under Danny Hall. Asheville Citizen-Times writer Tyler Norris Goode checked in on Fall practice recently where he recognized a change in philosophy. The full article is available here.

TCU baseball's intrasquad series gives rookies playtime!

After two weekend games, the best-of-five Purple-White World Series is tied at one game all.

Each team had impressive showings in its respective victories, with the Purple-clad Horned Frogs taking game one, 7-2. The White team answered with a 7-0 win Saturday.

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said he liked the way freshman second baseman Aaron Schultz looked at the plate for the White team through the first two games. Schultz had a hit in each game.

On the pitching side, Saturday's starters, freshman right-hander Greg Holle and sophomore left-hander Derek VerHagen, stood out for Schlossnagle.

Holle pitched 4 2-3 innings and allowed two hits and two walks in the shutout for the White team during game two. VerHagen received no run support, surrendering two runs on four hits for the Purple team. The lefty also had seven strikeouts.

For the Purple team, sophomore right-hander Tyler Lockwood racked up five innings in relief of junior right-hander Andrew Cashner, a transfer from Angelina College.


Game 1 Recap

Game 2 Recap

Q&A with USM's Corky Palmer

HATTIESBURG — Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer heads into his 10th season at the helm with expectations as high as ever for the Golden Eagles. Palmer and his staff have been putting the team, including 11 signees, through its paces this fall at revamped Taylor Park.

Q: Five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, but folks are waiting to see the program take the next step. Could this be the season?

A: "I would say 50 percent are happy with what we've done in five years and are proud. The other 50 are ready to go that next step, but no moreso than the staff and the players.

"The kids talk about it, and we need to push forward. There's a lot of expectations."

Complete story

Monday, October 22, 2007

Maine releases 2008 schedule

The University of Maine has released their 2008 schedule. The Black Bears will open the season on February 23rd when they play a doubleheader against Delaware State. The Black Bears have a difficult schedule in 2008 with games against ACC power Miami, UNLV and Ivy League finalist Penn. They will play a full America East schedule with Albany, Stony Brook, and Hartford heading up to Orono for conference series. Maine will head on the road with conference series at UMBC, Binghamton, and Vermont. The full schedule is available here.

Miami (FL) defeats Barry

The University of Miami Hurricanes played another scrimmage on Saturday evening against Barry University. The Hurricanes picked up a 13-6 victory. The Hurricanes were led by sophomore Ryan Jackson who went 2-3 with three RBI. Eric Erickson pitched three shutout innings in the game to continue to hold his spot as the Canes number 1 starter. The full recap is available here.

Miami (FL) defeats Indian River

The Miami Hurricanes welcomed Indian River Community College to Mark Light Field Friday night. The Hurricanes picked up a 12-5 victory in a ten inning scrimmage. The Hurricanes used Enrique Garcia for three innings where he struck out five batters. Southridge High School graduate Iden Nazario hit a three run homer for Canes to lead the offensive attack with Mark Sobolewski chipping in with three runs. The full recap is available here.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

USC Releases 2008 Schedule

The USC baseball program announced its 2008 schedule with the Trojans set to open with their first-ever appearance at Florida International (Feb. 22-24) in Miami, Fla. This will be the first year that the "uniform starting date" set by the NCAA will be in effect, which accounts for the later starting date for USC.

USC will host Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon State in Pac-10 Conference play with road trips to Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford and Washington State in the final season with nine teams before Oregon rejoins the conference in 2009.

The Trojans will also make their first-ever appearance at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C., in a three-game series, March 7-9.

A total of 25 games are on tap at Dedeaux Field. Other home games for USC this season include Southern (Feb. 29), Bethune-Cookman (March 2), Pepperdine (March 5), Long Beach State (March 15), Loyola Marymount (March 25), UC Riverside (April 1), Cal State Fullerton (April 8), UC Santa Barbara (April 19), Cal Poly (May 6) and Cal State Northridge (May 10-11).

On Saturday (March 1), USC and UCLA will play one nonconference game at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.

This season, USC will also play UC Irvine twice (Feb. 27 at Irvine and March 12 at Dedeaux Field). Both games will draw more intrigue this season after Mike Gillespie, former USC head coach and father-in-law of current USC head coach Chad Kreuter, was hired at UC Irvine to lead its program earlier this month.

For the 2008 season, the Trojans return freshman All-America shortstop Grant Green and freshman All-America pitcher Brad Boxberger. All but two pitchers from last year's staff return under the supervision of first-year assistant coach Tom House, including junior left-hander Tommy Milone, who was named Cape Cod Baseball League Pitcher of the Year this summer.

Catcher/pitcher Robert Stock, outfielder Nick Buss and third baseman Roberto Lopez anchor the group of returning position players with the addition of senior first baseman Mike Roskopf, who transferred from North Carolina State after hitting 13 home runs last season for the Wolf Pack.

All 56 games will be broadcast live on, with live video webcasts courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access for all home games. This season, TrojanTV All-Access will bring an improved broadcast with the usage of four remote-control cameras at Dedeaux Field.

USC Press Release.

For the full schedule

Clemson Announces 2008 Baseball Schedule

Thirty-two home games, 23 games against 2007 NCAA Tournament teams, and a game at West End Field in Greenville, SC highlight Clemson's 56-game, 2008 regular-season baseball schedule, released Wednesday.

The first week of play for all Division I teams has been pushed back to the weekend of February 22-24. Clemson will open the season with a three-game series against Mercer at Doug Kingsmore Stadium that weekend.

After a Wednesday home game against High Point, the Tigers will travel to the South Carolina coast to take on College of Charleston on February 29. The following day, Clemson will take on South Carolina at Sarge Frye Field before facing the Gamecocks again on Sunday, March 2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

After a March 5 home contest versus Wofford, Clemson will play 10 consecutive weekends of conference play, starting with Wake Forest at Winston-Salem, NC from March 7-9. Then for six of the next seven weeks, Clemson will play five games.

The Tigers will play host to North Carolina-Greensboro twice on March 11,12 before Boston College comes to town for a three-game series from March 14-16.

The following week, Clemson will welcome Coastal Carolina and Furman to Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in the Tigers' first night games of the season. From March 21-23, N.C. State will visit Tigertown for a three-game set.

Clemson will play Elon in a two-game midweek series on March 25,26 to conclude a 12-game homestand, then the Tigers will travel to Maryland for a weekend series. It will be the beginning of a stretch of 13 games away from home in a 19-game span.

The Tigers' annual midweek, home-and-home series with Georgia will begin on Tuesday, April 1 at Athens before the two play at Clemson the following day. Then the Tigers will travel southward to take on Miami (FL) from April 4-6.

After traveling to South Carolina for the third of four regular-season matchups on April 9, Clemson will take on two-time College World Series runner-up North Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from April 11-13. The two have not met during the regular season since the Tigers opened their 2005 ACC schedule against the Tar Heels at Clemson.

Press Release

For the full schedule