“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

Spartans Take Top Spot From Mavericks. Weevilmania Begins.

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
1
(3)
TAMPA SPARTANS
The Spartans (6-0) swept the competion at the Prestige Appliance Classic which included wins over a pair of top five teams in Mount Olive and USC Aiken. UT has another big weekend coming up with a series at Georgia College.
2
(1)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The top ranked Mavericks (1-1) split with upstart Arkansas Monticello. The loss to UAM slips MSU from the top spot and solidifies the Weevils’ accention into the top twenty. The Mavs head to Tahlequah, OK to play offensive-minded Northeastern State next weekend.
3
(2)
USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers (4-2) could have laid claim to the top spot had they held off a ninth inning Tampa rally. Nonetheless, USCA did have wins over Shepherd and Mount Olive for a solid showing for the weekend. A date with Belmont Abbey awaits the Pacers for Valentine’s Day weekend.
4
(13)
LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (7-0) routed Clafin midweek and swept three games from North Greenville over the weekend to move into the top ten. The Bearcats have a midweek matchup with Mount Olive and series with Flagler this week.
5
(5)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
UMO (4-2) lost a pair of games over the weekend, but they were to two of the top three teams in the rankings. The Trojans fell to Tampa and USC Aiken while winning against Shepherd. UMO has another tough week with Lander and Concord on the agenda. 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.

 

Rank-School

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

How Did I Get Here?

SandersonGood morning/ afternoon / evening, or whatever time your eyes are currently fixated on these words. My name is Scott Sanderson and it is a privilege to be able to express my thoughts on the wonderful world of baseball through College Baseball Lineup.

In this first blog I will give an overview of how I’ve arrived at my current status at St. Cloud State University. I am a fifth year senior at St. Cloud State and have enjoyed every moment of the journey.

To begin this story we have to hit the rewind button considering six years ago seems like Bryce Harper would still be playing on the playground in elementary school (probably already hitting 400 foot no doubters). Continue reading

DII Baseball Rankings – Feb 02

Rank(Last Week) Team / Comment
1
(1)
Minnesota State Mavericks
The top ranked Mavericks (0-0) start their season next week when they play an increasingly good Arkansas Monticello club that can not be overlooked.
2
(2)
USC Aiken Pacers
The Pacers (2-0) started their season by taking two from Lincoln Memorial which included a 10-0 win over the visiting Railsplitters.
3
(3)
Tampa Spartans
The Spartans (3-0) began their national champion title defense with a sweep over the visiting Bentley Falcons – which despite the sound of the name is a school team and not a fleet of British luxury cars.
4
(4)
TEXAS A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
The Javelinas (2-0) opened the season with a pair of easy wins over the University of Houston-Victoria.
5
(5)
Mount Olive Trojans
New school name same dominating Trojans. UMO (3-0) swept three from Winston-Salem State to open 2014. Continue reading

NCBWA Division II Preseason Poll

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
USC Aiken 42-13 227 1
10 Shippensburg (Pa.) 32-23 214 NR Continue reading

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper DI Preseason Rankings

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I
2014 Pre-Season Poll
(As of Dec. 20, 2013)
www.baseballnews.com

Rank Team (2013 Record)

Points

  1. Cal. St. Fullerton (51-10)

495

  2. Mississippi St. (51-20)

493

  3. Louisiana St. (57-11)

491

  4. Oregon St. (52-13)

487

  5. Florida St. (47-17)

485

  6. Oregon (48-16)

483

  7. Indiana (49-16)

481

  8. Louisville (51-14)

479

  9. Vanderbilt (54-12)

477

10. N.C. State (50-16)

474

11. North Carolina (59-12)

471

12. Virginia (50-12)

468

13. Miami, Fla. (37-25)

465

14. South Carolina (43-20)

463

15. UCLA (49-17)

460

16. Florida (29-30)

457

17. Rice (44-20)

455

18. Oklahoma St. (41-19)

454

19. Texas Christian (29-28)

451

20. Texas (27-24)

450

21. Clemson (40-22)

447

22. Arizona St. (37-22-1)

445

23. La.-Lafayette (43-10)

443

24. Arizona (34-21)

441

25. Texas A&M (34-29)

437

26. Stanford (32-22)

435

27. Cal. Poly (40-19)

432

28. Kansas St. (45-19)

430

29. Alabama (35-28)

423

30. Mississippi (38-24)

421

31. Western Carolina (39-20)

419

32. Oklahoma (43-21)

417

33. San Diego (37-25)

414

34. Wichita St. (39-28)

411

35. Liberty (36-29)

409

36. Tennessee Tech. (40-17)

404

37. New Mexico (37-22)

403

38. East Carolina (31-26)

400

39. U.C. Santa Barbara (34-23)

396

40. Coastal Carolina (37-23)

395

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Arkansas, UNLV, Auburn, San Diego St., Fresno St., Southern California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Alabama, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, Brigham Young, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech., Mercer, U.C. Irvine, Missouri St., Pepperdine, Troy, Sam Houston St., Austin Peay St., Bryant, Florida Atlantic, N.C. Wilmington, Houston, Central Florida, St. Louis, Creighton, Campbell, Nebraska, Gonzaga, Sacramento St., New Mexico St., St. John’s, Cal. St. Bakersfield, Ohio St., Michigan, Southern Mississippi, Kent St., Illinois St., Appalachian St., The Citadel, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Louisiana, California, Washington, Washington St., West Virginia, Baylor, Minnesota, Stony Brook, Dallas Baptist, UT Arlington, Texas St., Maine, South Florida, Connecticut, Virginia Tech., Pittsburgh, Missouri, Notre Dame, North Florida, East Tennessee St., Florida Gulf Coast, Virginia Commonwealth, Rhode Island, Charlotte.