|RK||School -First-Place Votes-||W-L (2013)||Pts.||Prev.|
|1||Tampa (Fla.) -12-||47-12||348||2|
|2||Minnesota State -2-||42-9||336||21|
|3||St. Edward’s (Texas)||44-18||311||NR|
|4||Mount Olive (N.C.)||48-8||303||7|
|5||Grand Valley State (Mich.)||38-19||295||18|
|6||Delta State (Miss.)||44-11-1||256||6|
|7||Franklin Pierce (N.H.)||37-19||238||RV|
|8||Chico State (Calif.)||37-18||227||13|
|10||Shippensburg (Pa.)||32-23||214||NR Continue reading|
CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY OTTERS (39-17)
Ottermania ran wild through Seaside as the Otters gave opposition the big boot and followed it up with a running leg drop to finish with the best season in school history. CSUMB captured the program’s first regular season CCAA title and won 39 games (13 more than the previous year’s program record) to complete a remarkable run which ended in the NCAA West Regionals. Unfortunately however, a bulk of those wins came during the regular season. The Otters went a combined 2-4 in the CCAA Championships and West Regional to have both their postseason runs come to an earlier-than-hoped exit. Continue reading
DII Baseball 2014 Sleeper Pick:
FLORIDA SOUTHERN MOCS (18-28)
Unquestionably the 2013 Florida Southern baseball schedule didn’t go quite as anticipated. The traditionally talented team struggled to earn wins and finished with their first losing season since 1959. Nevertheless the Mocs’ uncharacteristic collapse should be short lived.
The roster was a bit barren to start the season and Head Coach Lance Niekro was in his first year at the helm of the program. Now with a year of experience both on the diamond and in the dugout the Mocs should be ready to once again compete for conference and national titles.
For FSC to return to their winning ways they will have to swing the bat better. Last season the team only hit .264; however many of their top hitters will be back on campus for another go. Leading hitter Keith Curcio was a First-Team All Sunshine State Conference selection after leading the Mocs in batting average, hits and stolen bases. Also back in the everyday lineup will be second baseman Conor Szczerba who was named to the NCAA DII Gold Glove Team and was one of the major reasons the Moccasins finished the season ranked 22nd as a team in overall fielding percentage at .969. Szczerba also batted .290 and added 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts. Dominic Brugnoni, whose brother Giancarlo is a bruising slugger at GVSU, will also be back in the everyday lineup. Last season Brugnoni was third on the team in batting at .291. The biggest bats in Lakeland may belong to a couple of transfers. Trey Vavra is expected to give the offense a jolt after batting .318 with eight homeruns at Eastern Illinois last season. He also had twenty doubles and a pair of triples for a .568 slugging percentage. Chris Dennis is coming to the FSC lineup via Brevard Community College where he excelled as the Titans’ shortstop.
The pitching staff has some holes, but there are enough talented arms that should keep FSC in contention. Clay Chapman led the team in innings last season, going 4-6 with a 4.73 ERA in thirteen starts. Chapman will certainly have to bring his game up a notch for the Mocs to complete, as will relievers Nate Carter and Nick Krolczyk who each had notable drops in their stat lines . In 2012 Krolczyk led the team with a 2.43 ERA and Carter fanned 21 batters in 20.1 innings with nine saves but both struggled to stop runs from scoring last season. Senior Brian Johnson will also be looking to end his college career on a high note. Last season Johnson tied for the team lead in wins, but also had a 5.62 ERA which was a bit of a disappointment after being a two-time First Team All-Suncoast Conference selection at Polk State College.
After their regrettable season last spring the Mocs have a long way to go to be contenders again, but they can create good chemistry and continue to improve in all aspects of the game there is no reason Florida Southern can’t once again be one of the top teams in the nation.
Rice University junior Michael Aquino won the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in front of sell-out crowd of 23,731 people. The final round came down to Aquino and Georgia Tech freshman Matt Gonzalez. Gonzalez, the relative underdog who hit just three home runs during the regular season (the fewest of the eight competitors chosen for the event), stepped to the plate first and sent five balls out of the park. Aquino, who hit nine home runs during the 2013 regular season, launched three out early, but lost his groove in the middle of his at-bat. With only one out remaining, Aquino rose to the occasion by blasting the next two pitches out, causing the eliminated players to mob him at home plate and the fans to erupt in cheers.
“Tonight was one of the most amazing nights I’ve ever had on a baseball diamond,” Aquino said after the presentation of the first place trophy. “I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity and even more happy to get the Rice “R” back in Omaha this year.”
2013 College Home Run Derby Final Results
Michael Aquino, Rice: 6+8+6=20
Matt Gonzalez, Georgia Tech: 6+5+5=16
Kenny Towns, Virginia: 4+4=8
Bo Thompson, The Citadel: 4+3=7
Caleb Adams, UL-Lafayette: 3
DJ Stewart, Florida State: 3
Joey Pankake, South Carolina: 2
Garrett Boulware, Clemson: 2
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
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 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 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|
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
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