2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award Watch List Announced

tinoawardOMAHA, NE > One hundred twenty-five exceptional student-athletes comprise the watch list for the 2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award for the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. Omission from the initial list does not exclude additional players from future consideration.

The list will be updated with a mid-season release mid April. Semi-finalists are scheduled to be announced on May 12th with the finalists to be named on May 26th.

After the finalists are named fans will be once again be invited to vote online at tinoaward.com to help determine the winner. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 24th to May 31st.

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NCBWA DI Rankings – Feb 17

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 17th year with its 2014 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 17-June 26 (weekly through June 10) following the 68th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1) and Oregon State (Feb. 17) have held down the No. 1 position in the initial two 2014 surveys. Last year Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference schools were No. 1 every week until UCLA captured the 2013 NCAA title. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current survey has representation by nine different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 12 separate circuits had team rankings in ’13.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (FEB. 17)
Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Oregon State Pac-12 3-0 3
2. Cal State Fullerton Big West 2-1 1
3. Florida State ACC 3-0 5
4. Virginia ACC 2-1 2
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NCBWA Division II Regional Rankings – Feb 18

Atlantic Region

RK School -First-Place Votes- W-L Pts. Prev.
1 Shippensburg (Pa.) -9- 0-0 126 1
2 Seton Hill (Pa.) -4- 0-0 122 3
3 Millersville (Pa.) 2-1 119 2
4 Concord (W. Va.) -1- 1-1 93 4
5 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 1-0 87 5
6 Kutztown (Pa.) 0-0 57 7
7 Slippery Rock (Pa.) 0-0 48 8
8 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 2-5 40 6
9 California (Pa.) 0-0 34 9
10 Mercyhurst (Pa.) 0-0 26 10

Also receiving votes: Virginia State (4-0), 11 points; Shepherd, W. Va. (0-3) 3 points; West Chester, Pa. (0-0) 2 points.
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Despite Losses, Top Teams Remain Same in DII Rankings

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
1
(1)
TAMPA SPARTANS
Top ranked Tampa (7-1) split a twin-bill with George College on Sunday. The two will settle the series Monday in a winner take all cage match. A visit from Albany State awaits the Spartans next week.
2
(2)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (3-1) outscored Northeastern State in a Sunday doubleheader which is no easy feat; that’s like out-cooling the Fonz because the RiverHawks got some sticks. Southwest Baptist for the Mavs midweek with no games as MSU prepares for their spring trip south.
3
(3)
USC AIKEN PACERS
USCA (7-2) swept visiting Belmont Abbey to put a stranglehold on their top three position. The Pacers’ first road games are this week against the always formidable Francis Marion Patriots.
4
(4)
LANDER BEARCATS
The Bearcats (8-1) split a double header with Flagler. The two teams will play again Monday to decide the series victor. LU has road games against Clafin and Young Harris this week.
5
(5)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
UMO (5-3) battled Concord to an extra-innings loss before squishing them 14-1 in a rematch. The Trojans and Mountain Lions will decide the series winner Monday and Mount Olive will go on to play Lenoir-Rhyne and California (Pa) this week. Continue reading

Senior Season!

Minnesota State's Jason Hoppe

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Greetings baseball fans, my name is Jason Hoppe and I am currently a senior pitcher for the Minnesota State University, Mankato baseball team. It’s unreal how time flies by, I still remember the nerves of going to practice the first day as a 150-pound freshman. Instead of giving you guys a background on myself, I have a buddy who is the editor-in-chief for our local newspaper here in Mankato who wrote a fantastic article in the beginning of the 2013 season on my journey thus far. If you get a chance check out the article here.

When I was asked to give my thoughts and personal experiences on baseball I was pretty ecstatic to say the least. Over the years here at Minnesota State University Mankato, through classes and baseball, I have learned the more you write things down the easier it is to recall and the desired outcome is much more attainable. Continue reading

“Headed Down South to the Land of the Pine…”

Greetings college baseball fans!

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Back in the ol’ college playing days.

All the way from “warm” and “sunny” Winston-Salem, North Carolina (those of you in the southeast region of the country can sense my sarcasm), my name is Chris Constantine with the Winston-Salem State University baseball program and I welcome you all aboard for the ins-and-outs of the 2014 college baseball season.

Before I go any further, I figure I should probably introduce myself and give you guys a little insight into my background.  Currently, I’m an assistant baseball coach at Winston-Salem  State University. After finishing up my collegiate playing career here last season in 2013, I returned to the program this year to make the transition from being a player-in-2013 to becoming a coach-in-2014. Continue reading

2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Release from College Baseball Hall of Fame
Every year, a new class is inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, and the brotherhood of coaches, players and umpires grows. With the 2014 class, that sense of brotherhood will be even more prominent, as the Hall of Fame will now feature siblings.

Gene Stephenson, who has more Division I wins than any other coach, will join his brother, Phil, in the Hall of Fame. Phil Stephenson was inducted in 2007.

“It’s great to unite the Stephenson brothers as inductees,” said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. “Once Gene went on the ballot this year, there was no doubt he’d be a part of this year’s class.” Continue reading

10 Signs Baseball is Near for a Northerner

domeIt’s a frequent thought in the minds of every northern living baseball player during the wintertime, “Why the heck did I choose to play baseball up here?”

Although we grow to love it, sometimes it still plagues our minds during the harsh winter months. Maybe it’s the unbearable winter that makes the spring that much more enjoyable. Or maybe when we signed up to play in the great north we thought, “Hey, maybe global warming isn’t a myth?” Either way, these past few weeks have brought a celebration in the North Country when the temperature has finally surpassed single digits. As I sit in my house to thaw from the treacherous walk home from practice, I can’t help but dream of balmier days ahead.

Even though actual warm temperatures remain to feel like light years away; baseball is coming. This is a list of 10 signs that the season is approaching for a college baseball player who calls “Up North” their home.

1. You add the location of your spring break games to your Smartphone to check out what temperatures you can hope for when your team heads south.

2. A strict personality critique of your team begins in hopes of coming up with the perfect road trip rooming list.

3. March is around the corner; the trash talk on who is going to grow the best mustache begins. The guy who shaved his during the first week of March last year is looking for redemption. Continue reading

NCBWA Releases 2014 Preseason Division I Poll – Cal State Fullerton No. 1

Cal State Fullerton has been selected No. 1 nationally in the 17th annual 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Division I preseason poll. It’s the second NCBWA preseason No. 1 ranking for the Titans, along with the 2005 season. Cal State Fullerton is paced by a pair of preseason All-American starting pitchers in Thomas Eshelman, a sophomore who was 12-3 with a 1.48 ERA, 17 starts, 115 2/3 innings pitched, and 83 strikeouts as a freshman; and sophomore Justin Garza who was 12-0 with a 2.03 ERA, 17 starts, 115 innings of work, and 95 strikeouts as a consensus Freshman All-America hurler (along with Eshelman) in 2013.

Defending NCAA champion UCLA (a first-time baseball titlist in 2013) is ranked ninth initially after entering the 2013 season No. 5 in the NCBWA. Mississippi State, which advanced to the CWS final round for the first time in school history, is No. 4 this year after starting 2013 at No. 16. No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Oregon State, MSU, and No. 5 Florida State round out the 2014 inaugural top five.

 

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1 Cal State Fullerton
2 Virginia
3 Oregon State
4 Mississippi State
5 Florida State  Continue reading