2013 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division I Preseason Poll

After finishing last season with a third-place finish at the College World Series, the University of Arkansas baseball will open the 2013 season with high expectations of themselves and high expectations from across the country. The Hogs are ranked the number 1 team in the country according to the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 poll, released on Thursday. The No. 1 ranking marks the first time in program history that the Razorbacks will open the season as the nation’s top-ranked team.

ArkansasArkansas finished the 2012 season with a 46-22 record and advanced to the College World Series for the seventh time in program history, finishing in a tie for third. The 46 victories were the most for the Razorbacks under head coach Dave Van Horn and the most in a season since the 1990 team won 47 games.

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The Art of the Walk Up Song

Baseball players are people of expression. From eye black, to the way we wear our socks, to what our glove and cleats look like, we like to be able to express who we are. It should come as no surprise then, that walk up songs have become so popular. For players, it’s a chance to share a little bit of personality with the fans. It adds a human feel to the athletes we watch every day.

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Some players go for intimidating, some go for fun. But make no mistake, there is a process behind each player’s song. I’ve spent countless hours with teammates listening for that 15 second span of the perfect song, imagining myself coming to the plate and being announced.

On our team, that walk up song is a source of pride. It’s always a contest to see who has the best entrance to the plate. I’ve kind of gotten myself into a hole though. Last year I came to the plate with “O Death” by Jen Titus playing. Our sports information director told me I wasn’t allowed to change it midway through the season because people liked it so much. I was pumped that people enjoyed it so much, but it’s time to retire the song and find something new this year. Continue reading

2013 NCBWA Preseason All-America Team

IRVING, Texas – Coming off a year filled with surprises such as Stony Brook’s and Kent State’s first trips to the NCAA World Series and several other national developments, the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America team highlights the always exciting world of the nation’s best baseball student-athletes for 2013.

Tennessee Tech’s Zach Stephens was included on the Third Team. He participated in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby last season.

Next month’s practices signify the 154th season of college baseball with the 2013 All-Americasquad signify the direction that Division I baseball continues to go – clutch hitting, solid defense and pinpoint control pitching. With defending NCAA World Series champ Arizona hit heavily by graduation and signings, the upcoming crop of stars hails from the talented Pac-12 diamond tradition as well as 19 conferences and 43 schools nationwide. Continue reading

Rutgers/Reds Star Todd Frazier Helps Hometown

Apparently nice guys don’t always finish last. Sometimes they come in third.

As much as he accomplished on the field this past season, former Rutgers standout and current Reds rookie sensation is making an even bigger impact off the field. Not one to rest on his laurels as the third-place finisher in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, the New Jersey native has been doing what he can to help his hometown rebuild after it was devastated by superstorm Sandy.

Frazier was recently profiled by ESPN’s Buster Olney in a nice segment which rockets him up my favorite player list. Check it out here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8709615

The Winter Season

So building off of Coach Marizzaldi’s post on the break during this time of the year, I’d like to talk about it from a player’s perspective at the D3 level.

We had a four week fall season where we were limited to 16 practices and wrapped up awhile ago. Since then, we have had our lifting program, throwing program, and agility stuff set in place on a schedule every day. There are no breaks for a team trying to build a winning program. As soon as fall season ended, it was time to get in the weight room and get stronger. In my previous two years at EMU, the use of the weight room was non-existent by most of the baseball team. Now, for four days a week, everyone is in there dripping sweat for 2 hours.

We have our first double-header in the early part of February, so there is no time to waste. Practice begins as soon as we get back from winter break and we have about a month from then until we head to N.C. Weselyan to play.

Practice in the early part of the season is cold. Harrisonburg is the windiest place I’ve ever been and it’s also stuck in the mountains. It’s not unusual to practice out in the snow. I’ve been to practice looking like the little brother from A Christmas Story where I could barely walk, much less throw a fastball.

It’s been really encouraging to see the team working out so hard this winter. It seemed that in the past, the winter was a time to just recover and get in the weight room when it was convenient. The freshman have come in with a great attitude and work ethic and are buying into the system that Coach Spotts has put into place. The older guys have been here long enough and lost enough games that we are doing whatever it takes to change this thing.

When the season gets this close, I find that all of my daydreaming usually turns to baseball and that first game. That’s always been a ritual for me. As the season approaches, my mindset begins to change and the opener consumes most of my thoughts (besides schoolwork of course…). After the sophomore slump I faced last year, I’m eager to get back out on the field and prove myself again. I know the rest of the guys are chomping at the bit to take the field as well and show people the work that we’ve put in.

For a team that has struggled to find wins every year, we are finally putting in the work it takes to get where we want to go. We don’t have to look far for inspiration. Every day we go to the weight room and open up our lifting book, the steps that lead to the ODAC Championship site stare back at us, almost challenging us to get there.

God Bless and go Royals!

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