College Baseball Division 1 Update

In The Fieldhouse

Division 1 college programs have started getting ready for the upcoming season.  While this blog is focused on Division 2 and specifically the Northern Sun Conference it’s hard to be a fan of college baseball and not follow the big schools as well.  As they get closer to starting their seasons the following stories might be interesting if you’d like to get caught up on what to expect for the coming year.

  • USA Today has an article that talks about the controversial change that the NCAA enacted in 2008 which mandated that all Division 1 programs would use a condensed schedule reducing the regular season from 17 to 13 weeks.  This really should help the northern schools which weren’t on a level playing field because of the weather and field availability but it has caused lots of schools to make some hard decisions about scheduling to the 56 game limit.  This story describes how some teams are scheduling scrimmages in the fall to make up for lost games in the spring and how Fresno State may have benefited from this new rule to help them to a National Championship – USA Today – Condensed Baseball Schedule Article
  • Ping! Baseball has their Division 1 Preseason Top 30 rankings up which includes capsules on each of the teams.  Their pick for the number 1 team is the University of North Carolina which has made it to Omaha for the College World Series each of the last 3 years.  Ping Baseball – Top 30 Rankings
  • Baseball America has a ton of college baseball content and while it’s all excellent, the majority of it is available via a paid subscription only.  That said, they did make available their Preseason Top 25 Chat which covers a number of topics and teams – Baseball America – Top 25 Preseason Chat
  • Finally, Yahoo/Rivals has some good college baseball coverage and should be checked out on a regular basis.  There are a number of stories already posted but the one that caught my interest was about the rebirth of the baseball program at Oregon University.  They haven’t had a baseball program for 28 years but the success of the Oregon State Beavers (NCAA Champions in 2006 & 2007) may have helped revive the program.  There is a Minnesota angle as well since one of the players for the Ducks is freshman, Madison Boer, who played last year for Eden Prairie HS in Minnesota.  Oregon’s Reborn Baseball Team
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