NCAA Regionals – College Baseball Lineup’s Haiku Predictions

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To me there’s always been something poetic about baseball, so what better way is there to forecast the NCAA Regional winners than by putting predictions into a literary art form. A haiku is a a very short form of Japanese poetry characterised by three lines having five, seven and five syllables respectively. Thus, the amalgamation of the two is a natural choice… Plus its a whole lot easier than typing up a detailed 1,000 word analysis on each of the 64 teams when smarter and more learned people have already told their tales and anointed who the top teams to move onto the Super Regional phase of the road to Omaha.

Predicted winner in italics.

Baton Rouge Regional – LSU, Louisiana, Sam Houston State, Jackson State

I pick LSU
Not because others are bad
Tigers too damn good

Blacksburg Regional – Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Coastal  Carolina, Connecticut

Oklahoma wins
Have you seen John Gray’s stats? Whoa!
My choice for Gold Spikes Continue reading

Final DI RPI+, SOS and Regional Rankings

College Baseball Lineup’s DI Rating Percentage Index Plus (RPI+) and Strength of Schedule and DI Regional Rankings have been updated on the website through all games played through Sunday.

All rankings are computed using the CBLineup WOPR computer which is housed in an underground tunnel beneath the ruins of Rosenblatt Stadium.

The RPI+ is a lot like the standard RPI, but it has a bunch of added bells and whistles to make it really pop. It takes into consideration margin of victory, home field advantage, winning streaks and some other stuff too that I can’t think of off the top of my head. It’s tweeted constantly, but the results seem pretty legit overall.

The strength of schedule is cool listing is cool because you can see how well teams did against good teams and bad teams. You can see how a team did against clubs in the top 50 or how well they played against teams in the lower 100.

 

Final Regular Season NCBWA DI Top 30 Rankings

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 16th year with its 2013 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 20-June 28 following the 67th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at the second-year TD Ameritade Stadium.

Arkansas (preseason), North Carolina (next 10 surveys), Vanderbilt (April 29-May 20), and LSU (May 27) have been No. 1 for during 2013. The ACC and SEC remain as the two conferences represented atop the poll in 2013. Forty-four of the 55 Top 30 or teams receiving votes have received 2013 NCAA bids. The latest survey also includes 15 conference regular- or postseason champions and 15 of the 16 NCAA Regional host schools. Defending NCAA champ Arizona received votes this week but did not obtain an at-large berth in the NCAA brackets.

The eight No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Championships 64-team bracket are NCBWA No. 4 North Carolina, No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Oregon State, No. 1 LSU, No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, No. 6 Virginia, No. 10 Florida State, and No. 7 Oregon.

The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week’s poll has representation by a season-most 14 different conferences among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks, and there have been 18 circuits and independents in the surveys this season. Last year there were a record 22 different leagues (from 30 in NCAA Division I) among the Top 30 polls. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rank School Conference Overall Record Previous Rank
1 LSU Southeastern 52-9 2
2 Vanderbilt SEC 51-9 1
3 Cal State Fullerton Big West 48-8 4
4 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 52-8 6
5 Oregon State Pac-12 45-10 3
6 Virginia ACC 47-10 5
7 Oregon Pac-12 45-14 8
8 NC State ACC 44-14 10
9 Mississippi State SEC 43-17 13
10 Florida State ACC 44-15 7
11 UCLA Pac-12 39-17 11
12 Indiana Big Ten 43-14 15
13 Louisville Big East 46-12 9
14 Kansas State Big 12 41-17 17
15 Rice Conference USA 41-17 19
16 South Carolina SEC 39-18 14
17 Arkansas SEC 37-20 18
18 Oklahoma State Big 12 39-17 12
19 Oklahoma Big 12 40-19 25
20 Arizona State Pac-12 35-20-1 16
21 Cal Poly Big West 39-17 22
22 Ole Miss SEC 37-22 21
23 Campbell Big South 49-10 24
24 Clemson ACC 39-20 20
25 Austin Peay Ohio Valley 45-13 26
26 Virginia Tech ACC 38-20 NR
27 Mercer Atlantic Sun 43-16 23
28 New Mexico Mountain West 37-20 28
29 South Alabama Sun Belt 42-18 27
30 Bryant Northeast 44-16-1 NR

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (34-26), Arizona (34-21), Central Arkansas (39-20), Coastal Carolina (37-21),Columbia (27-19), Connecticut (34-26), East Tennessee State (36-22), Florida Atlantic (39-20), Georgia Tech (34-25), Illinois State (39-19), Kentucky (30-25), Liberty (34-27), Louisiana-Lafayette (41-18), Miami (Fla.) (36-23), Notre Dame (34-24), Pittsburgh (42-17), San Diego (35-23), Seton Hall (37-19), St. Louis (41-19), Stanford (32-22), Troy (40-18), UC Irvine (33-22), UTSA (35-23), Wichita State (39-26).

Dropped Out: Pittsburgh (29), Troy (30).

By conference: ACC 6, SEC 6, Pac-12 4, Big 12 3, Big West 2, A-Sun 1, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, C-USA 1, MWC West 1, Northeast 1, Ohio Valley 1, Sun Belt 1.

Finalists for 2013 Tino Martinez Award Revealed

tinoawardTen finalists for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award have been announced. The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. A panel of media, coaches,  sports information officers and former players were be polled to determine the finalists and the group will vote once again vote to determine the winner. A fan Internet vote is planned to also contributing to the crowning of the winner. Continue reading

Semifinalists for Gregg Olson Award for Breakout Player of the Year Announced

olsonawardOMAHA, NE > The semifinalists for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports, have been named. Through hard work, strength of mind and determination these forty-six players have made the list to honor college baseball’s “Breakout Player of the Year”. The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star. Like Olson, these players have elevated their game to an elite level and in many instances their team has mirrored their success as a direct result. Continue reading

Inaugural Josh Willingham Award Finalists Named

GVSU's Brad Zambron has been a valuable player on the Laker team since arrived on campus. The senior set the DII career saves record earlier this season and will be looking to extend that mark.

GVSU’s Brad Zambron has been a valuable player on the Lakers team since arrived on campus. The senior set the DII career saves record earlier this season and will be looking to extend that mark.

May 21, 2013 – The finalists for the inaugural Josh Willingham Award presented by College Baseball Lineup and D2BaseballNews.com have been announced.  The new annual award honors DII college baseball’s most valuable player – an individual who not only excels on the field, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status.

The determination of the finalists candidates and initial voting for the award has been made by a select panel of baseball sports information contacts, media members and former players. Once a group of finalists are selected, the panel will vote again and a fan Internet vote is planned to contribute to the selection of the winner.

The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 25th to June 1st.

Six of the eleven finalists are on teams currently preparing to play in the finals of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship which begins May 25th and concludes June 1st.

For more information on the award visit www.willinghamaward.com.

NAME YR POS SCHOOL
Borgschulte, Matt Sr. OF Drury
Easterling, Brannon Jr. RHP St. Edward’s
Graham, Trevor Jr. RHP Franklin Pierce
Harris, David Sr. SS Southern Arkansas
Jay, Peter Sr. RHP New Haven
Kondla, Fico Jr. 1B Coker
Kregeloh, Pat Jr. UTL Shippensburg
Pendleton, Adam Sr. C Tampa
Peterson, Jordan So. RHP St. Joseph’s
Taska, Taylor Jr. UTL Texas A&M Kingsville
Zabron, Brad Sr. LHP Grand Valley State

2013 Josh Willingham Award Semifinalists Announced

The semifinalists for the inaugural Josh Willingham Award presented by College Baseball Lineup and D2BaseballNews.com have been announced.  The new annual award honors DII college baseball’s “most valuable player” – an individual who not only excels on the field, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status. The twenty-eight players selected are on teams preparing to take to the diamond as a part the opening round of double-elimination Regional Championship Tournament which will determine the eight teams who will advance to Cary, NC to a compete for the DII national title.

logo400pxThe award is named after the former University of North Alabama Lion star, Josh Willingham. While playing baseball at UNA Willingham was a two-time All American and tied or broke 14 school single-game, season and career records. After his junior season Willingham was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft and he is currently in the midst of his 10th season at the highest professional level.

The determination of the semifinalists candidates and initial voting for the award has been made by a select panel of baseball sports information contacts and media members. Once a group of finalists are selected, the panel will vote again and a fan Internet vote is planned to contribute to the selection of the winner.

The finalists are scheduled to be named on Monday, May 20th. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 25th to June 1st.

For more information about the award visit www.willinghamaward.com.

2013 Josh Willingham Award Semifinalists

PLAYER YR POS SCHOOL
Aldridge, Tyler Sr. 3B Delta St.
Anderson, Will Jr. RHP Cal State Monterey Bay
Baur, Bryce Sr. OF USC Aiken
Borgschulte, Matt Sr. OF Drury
Cima, Mike Sr. C Seton Hill
Easterling, Brannon Jr. RHP St. Edward’s
Ernst, Brian Sr. UTL East Stroudsburg
Graham, Trevor Jr. RHP Franklin Pierce
Hampton, Josh Jr. 3B Wilmington
Harris, David Sr. SS Southern Arkansas
Jay, Peter Sr. RHP New Haven
Kline, Kevin So. 1B Dixie St.
Kondla, Fico Jr. 1B Coker
Lieser, Scott Sr. RHP St. Cloud St.
Martin, Harvey Sr. RHP Minnesota St.
Mercuio, Mike Sr. SS Mount Olive
Neumann, Lee Sr. OF Angelo St.
O’Neal, Carl Sr. RHP St. Mary’s
Pendleton, Adam Sr. C Tampa
Peterson, Jordan So. RHP St. Joseph’s
Robertson, Nate So. SS Colorado Mesa
Russo, Mike Sr. C St. Thomas Aquinas
Schulze, Michael Jr. SS Missouri Western State
Stone, Zach Jr. 1B Millersville
Taska, Taylor Jr. UTL Texas A&M Kingsville
Weil, Benjamin Sr. RHP Valdosta State
Wharton, James Sr. 1B Cal State LA
Zabron, Brad Sr. LHP Grand Valley State

 

NCBWA Top 25 Rankings – May 13 Release

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 16th year with its 2013 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 18-June 27 (weekly through June 11) following the 67th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

Arkansas (preseason), North Carolina (next 10 surveys) and Vanderbilt (three polls from April 29-May 13) have held the No. 1 positions during the 2013 NCBWA Top 30/35s. The NCBWA poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current poll has representation by 12 different conferences (18 total for the season) among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks. The surveys of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rank-School-2013 Record-Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt Southeastern 45-6 1
2 LSU SEC 45-7 4
3 Oregon State Pac-12 41-8 5
4 North Carolina Atlantic Coast Conference 45-6 2
5 Cal State Fullerton Big West 41-8 3 Continue reading

Josh Willingham Award to Honor DII Baseball’s Most Valuable Player

logo400pxCollege Baseball Lineup is proud to announce the creation of the Josh Willingham Award, an honor to DII college baseball’s most valuable player. The award is to bestowed upon a player who not only excels on the field, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status. Because the award honors players who help propel their teams to an elite level, only players from teams who advance to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship are eligible.

The award is named after the former University of North Alabama Lion star, Josh Willingham. While playing baseball at UNA Willingham was a two-time All American and tied or broke 14 school single-game, season and career records. After his junior season he was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft and he is currently in the midst of his 10th season at the highest professional level.

The semifinalists for the 2013 will be named this week prior to the start of the extended NCAA postseason. The determination of candidates and initial voting for the award will be made by a select panel of baseball sports information contacts and media members. Once a group of finalists are selected, the panel will vote again with a fan Internet vote also contributing to the of the winner.

The finalists are scheduled to be named on Monday, May 20th. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 25th to June 1st.

For more information about the award visit www.willinghamaward.com.