Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame To Induct Inaugural Class

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The inaugural class of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducted prior to the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame has been established to celebrate college baseball’s rich history by recognizing legends who have made their mark in Omaha.  Inductees into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame were selected because of their outstanding contributions to college baseball, specifically through extraordinary performances on the game’s biggest stage: in Omaha.  Finalists and winners were selected by a committee comprised of college baseball experts.  The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will also be recognized on-field during the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby July 3, as well as featured on the broadcast of the event at 8 p.m. ET July 4 on ESPN. Continue reading

Final 2013 NCBWA Division I Poll

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continued its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 16th year with its 2013 weekly surveys. This season’s polls have been circulated from Feb. 18-June 26 following the 67th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., as UCLA captured its first NCAA baseball title.

This is the final poll of the 2013 season, and champ UCLA topped Southeastern Conference power Mississippi State 2-0 in games on June 24-25 to win its NCAA-record 109th men’s or women’s team championship. MSU was vying for its inaugural NCAA crown. The Bruins also became the first non-SEC or Atlantic Coast Conference member to hold down the No. 1 position in ’13 compilations.

Arkansas (preseason), North Carolina (next 10 surveys), Vanderbilt (April 29-May 20), and LSU (May 27-June 4) were No. 1 during 2013. UNC was the No. 1 seed in NCAA pairings and tied for third in the College World Series with Oregon State.

The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. The final poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks, and 18 circuits were ranked in at least one NCBWA Top 30/35.

The preseason 2014 NCBWA DI Top 35 poll will be released in January 2014 after the pre-’14 NCBWA All-America team is denoted in December 2013.

Rank School Conference Overall Record Previous Rank

1 UCLA Pac-12 49-17 11

2 Mississippi State Southeastern 51-20 9

3 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 59-12 4

4 Oregon State Pac-12 52-13 5

5 NC State ACC 50-16 8 Continue reading

UCLA Baseball Wins First NCAA Baseball Championship

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UCLA Baseball Wins NCAA Championship
Bruins earn first national title in program history, 109th NCAA title in school history.
Author: Mike Leary, UCLA Sports Information

OMAHA, Neb. – The UCLA baseball team won its first-ever National title on Tuesday night with an 8-0 victory over Mississippi State in the second game of the College World Series. It was the Bruins’ nation-leading 109th NCAA championship.

“We worked extremely hard all season and they believed in each other and that’s what great teams do,” UCLA head coach John Savage said. “We have to congratulate a great Mississippi State team. They had a great year. I just think it was one of those situations where it was our time. Nick (Vander Tuig) threw the ball great for eight innings and kept them off balance and then (David) Berg did his job.” Continue reading

Ball State’s Scott Baker Wins Inaugural Gregg Olson Award for Breakout Player of the Year

Ball State sophomore pitcher Scott Baker as been named the inaugural Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports. The honor is to be given to college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The award will be presented to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season. Continue reading

College Baseball Lineup Announces Third Annual DII All Star Team

GVSU's Brad Zambron has been an All Star caliber player since he arrived on the GVSU campus. The senior finished his career as the all time saves record holder.

GVSU’s Brad Zambron has been an All Star caliber player since he arrived on the GVSU campus. The senior finished his career as the all time saves record holder.

The third annual College Baseball Lineup DII All Star team consists of thirty-two top student-athletes from across the nation. The roster represents at least one player from each DII baseball conference with no school having more than one athlete on the team and no conference has more than two representatives.

Many of the players were named their conference’s player or pitcher of the year and have already accumulating numerous accolades and hardware at season’s end. The team includes Harmen Sidhu, the winner of the 2013 Tino Martinez Award for DII baseball’s most outstanding player and Brannon Easterling, the winner of the 2013 Josh Willingham Award for DII baseball’s most valuable player. The national champion Tampa Spartans also have a representative on the team in Mike Adams who was recently picked in the seventh round of the MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. Continue reading

NCBWA Releases Latest Division I Poll; LSU Remains Number One

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 following
the 67th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

Arkansas (preseason), North Carolina (next 10 surveys), Vanderbilt
(April 29-May 20), and LSU (May 27-June 4) have been No. 1 during 2013.
All eight NCAA Super Regional hosts are ranked among last and this
week’s Top 30. The next-to-last NCBWA poll will be released after the
June 8-11 NCAA Super Regional contests prior to the CWS.

The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media
persons from throughout the nation. This week’s poll has representation
by 12 different conferences among the 298 baseball-playing schools in
the 2012 NCAA Division I ranks, and there have been 18 circuits or
independents in the surveys this season. For more NCAA postseason
information and news, please go to www.NCBWA.com<http://www.ncbwa.com/>.

Rank School Conference Overall Record Previous Rank
1 LSU Southeastern 55-9 1
2 Cal State Fullerton Big West 51-8 3
3 Vanderbilt SEC 54-10 2
4 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 55-9 4
5 Oregon State Pac-12 48-10 5 Continue reading

Finalists Named for Gregg Olson Award for Breakout Player of the Year

olsonawardSix players have been named finalists for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports. The honor is to be given to college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The award will be presented to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season.

The award is named after former Auburn pitching great and two-time All American Gregg Olson. After a freshman season at Auburn filled with only mixed success, Olson became one of the top collegiate players in the nation during an outstanding, unprecedented sophomore season. Despite being omitted from any preseason All American lists, Olson went on to lead the entire nation in ERA with a 1.26 mark and compiled an incredible 11-1 record with 10 saves for the Tigers. Following a summer pitching for the USA National Team where he lead the club in strikeouts, Olson returned to Auburn for another spectacular season. He led the SEC with a 2.00 ERA and amassed a triple-digit strikeout total, issuing 113 K’s in only 72 innings with only 27 walks. He finished his collegiate career with back-to-back First Team All American honors, a 25-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 20 saves, 271 strikeouts and redefined the way college coaches used their top pitcher. Continue reading

St. Edward’s Brannon Easterling Wins 2013 Josh Willingham Award

easterlingBrannon Easterling, a junior pitcher for the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers, has been named the inaugural Josh Willingham Award winner. The honor goes to DII college baseball’s most valuable player.

Easterling was the ace of the St. Edward’s pitching staff which made its first ever trip to the DII Baseball Championships. The 6’5” righty from College Station, Texas tied for the national lead in victories and finished a historic Hilltopper campaign with a 2.10 ERA. He led the nation with an incredible 14 complete games, four of which were shutouts, and also topped the nation in innings pitched with 132.2. In his final game of the season he shutout Grand Canyon in the opening round of the DII Baseball Championships as he pitched SEU to a 1-0 win. Continue reading

Harmen Sidhu Named 2013 Tino Martinez Award Winner

sidhuHarmen Sidhu, a senior pitcher for the Sonoma State Seawolves, has been named the 2013 Tino Martinez Award winner. The honor goes to DII college baseball’s most outstanding player.

Sidhu’s 0.98 ERA was tops in the nation and he tied for twelfth in wins as he went 10-1 in a dozen starts. Sidhu only allowed 47 hits in 82.2 innings, which amounted to a paltry .165 batting average against him. He also fanned 93 batters for a ratio of 10.13 per nine innings which placed in twenty-third nationally. He also impressively only allowed five extra base hits and 23 walks for the entire season. Sidhu was also a true student-athlete and compiled one other impressive number, a 3.4 GPA. Continue reading