NCBWA Division II Poll 3-18-14

Rank Team -First Place Votes- Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 Tampa (Fla.) -15- 23-1 375 1
2 Minnesota State 12-3 349 2
3 Lander (S.C.) 23-3 342 4
4 West Texas A&M 20-4 310 17
5 West Florida 17-4 302 5 Continue reading

Same Song Different Verse, Tampa Spartans Remain in First

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Tampa Spartans

Tampa (23-1) ran its winning streak to sixteen games after a sweep of Rollins. With two one-run wins and a pair of extra inning victories over the past two weeks UT has shown they are vulnerable but also very, very good. Spartans host Franklin Pierce midweek and Barry this weekend.

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Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (23-3) beat Newberry and swept Georgia Regents to slip into the second spot on the rankings. LU has it’s biggest series of the season to-date as they play at Montevallo this week.

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Minnesota State Mavericks

The Mavs (12-3) concluded their Florida trip with a wins over GVSU, SJC and Alderson Broaddus but it also included a shutout loss to Ohio Dominican. MSU is scheduled to play its first home games this week with a series with Southwest Minnesota State.

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West Florida Argonauts

The Argos’ (17-4) tangled with Alabama Huntsville with the Chargers getting the series win in the last at bat. UWF will have their angry eyes on when they host West Georgia this week.

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Southern Arkansas Muleriders

Muleriders (21-6) consecutive series win streak was stopped at twenty after being foiled by Harding in an extra innings loss. SAU will look to start a new streak this week when they host Arkansas Tech. Continue reading

Leadoff Hitting: A Lost Art

A quality leadoff hitter is a a crucial element to a productive and prodigious lineup.  Unfortunately in today’s college game some of the essential qualities of traditional number one batter have gone the way of the Dodo Bird.  I came up with the following list of rules and guidelines for a good leadoff hitter:

Rules for being an effective and selfless leadoff hitter:

1.) A walk is better than a hit.  You will see more pitches and allow your teammates to get a better look at the starters arsenal, movement, release point, etc.  The following counts should be take counts during any leadoff at bat by the leadoff hitter: 0-0, 1-0, 2-0.

2.) During your first plate appearance of the game, it is essential for you to see as many pitches as possible, regardless of outcome.

3.) You must bunt, and show bunt enough for it to be a legitimate threat to the opponent. Continue reading

Baseball and Mustaches: The Relationship Between America’s Pastime and the Ultimate Display of Manliness

Mustache Mafia

Florida State’s 2013 “Mustache Mafia”

As we begin the month of March,  it’s without a doubt that those of you watching NCAA baseball will increasingly see more and more facial hair gleaming from the upper-lip of the college baseball world.

Why is this? Is it something random? Is there a higher power responsible for forcing young men across the country to suddenly neglect the area above their lip when shaving? Or have the stars magically aligned to bring college baseball players back to their primal roots of displaying their male dominance through the testosterone-driven feat of growing facial hair?

mustache kids

Even the kids join in on the fun

Well, while those all may be valid explanations, the simplest reason for this recent abundance of crumb catchers, handlebars,  and flavor savors is none other than the fact that it’s March and in the college baseball world, March = Mustaches.

What started as a campaign in the Air Force, Mustache March has grown into a national phenomenon and, at the spite of many girlfriends across the country, results in thousands of guys devoting an entire month to putting their manhood on display and growing their ‘staches out. Continue reading

2014 Division I Baseball Attendance (3/10/14)

By Average (min. 1,200)

 School Avg. Total #

1.  LSU 10,846 141,007 13
2.  Arkansas 7,504 60,037 8
3.  Mississippi State 7,464 97,038 13
4.  South Carolina 7,337 95,393 13
5.  Ole Miss 7,053 91,695 13
6.  Texas 5,363 48,267 9
7.  Florida State 5,313 58,447 11
8.  Clemson 4,914 54,054 11
9.  Texas A&M 4,178 50,146 12
10.  Louisiana-Lafayette 3,718 33,470 9 Continue reading

Spring Trip Summary and Observations

We finished our Spring Trip on a high note with a hard-fought 8-7 win over Tiffin University to end the week at 4-5, and 6-6 overall.  The record at this point is disappointing for sure, but the talent is still here and we are getting better at the plate with each game.  It wont be long before the engine is firing on all cylinders.  The individual approaches are normalizing and becoming more consistent, and the hitters are getting more adept at making minor in-game adjustments to increase their competitive results.  The key to our future success is finding the proper balance between being selective and being aggressive.  Each has its place in an overall approach, but neither is mutually exclusive, meaning that from pitch to pitch and at-bat to at-bat the sliding scale between being passive and aggressive must be moved and evaluated.  Once we get a handle on this, we will be a very good hitting team. Continue reading

South Carolina Tops Latest NCBWA DI Poll

South Carolina has joined Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1), Oregon State (Feb. 17) and Virginia (Feb. 24-March 3) as schools holding down the No. 1 positions in the first five 2014 surveys. Last season only five teams were No. 1 during the entire January-June NCBWA compilations. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 10)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. South Carolina Southeastern 15-0 5-0 3
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 12-2 4-1 2
3. Virginia Atlantic Coast 11-3 2-1 1
4. Oregon State Pacific-12 14-3 5-0 5
5. Vanderbilt Southeastern 15-2 5-0 6 Continue reading