Houston’s Shriners College Classic Highlights College Baseball Weekend

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BIG GAME HUNTING By BILL BALLEW Her is a look at the top matchups in college baseball for the weekend of March 2-4. South Alabama Jaguars at Texas Tech Red Raiders Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday (DH) Noon & 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. (All times Central) South Alabama (7-2) opened its season by winning three…

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McGovern, Georgia looking to return Dawgs to prominence

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By BILL BALLEW When the six major outlets that generate national baseball rankings released their pre-season polls for the 2018 slate, not one included a single vote for the Georgia Bulldogs. In many ways that’s understandable. After all, the Dawgs have not had a winning season since 2012, when Georgia went 31-26, and have failed…

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College Baseball’s Second Weekend 2018

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BIG GAME HUNTING FOR WEEK 2 IN COLLEGE BASEBALL By Bill Ballew Here is a look at three of the most intriguing matchups in college baseball’s second weekend of the 2018 season (all rankings refer to the current NCBWA poll): #1 Florida Gators at #28 Miami Hurricanes Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday Noon…

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College Baseball Weekend Update – Week 1

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By Bill Ballew, College Baseball Now Here’s a look at the biggest stories and happenings in College Baseball Now’s college baseball weekend update. SOUTHERN MISS MAKES A STATEMENT Sweeping a season-opening three-game series against in-state rival Mississippi State may not serve as complete revenge for last year’s two losses to the Bulldogs in the Hattiesburg…

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College Baseball’s Opening Weekend 2018

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BIG GAME HUNTING FOR WEEK 1 IN COLLEGE BASEBALL It’s college baseball’s opening weekend 2018 and there are no shortage of big series that will test the mettle of everyone involved. Here is a look at the top three series that fans might want to keep an eye on as the contenders and pretenders begin to…

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Billikens, Wildcats and Rams projected to top Atlantic 10 in 2018

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ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE By Bill Ballew   DAVIDSON WILDCATS What a difference a great season makes. After going 13-11 in Atlantic 10 regular season play, head coach Dick Cooke’s team surprised the masses by winning the A-10 Conference Tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Instead of simply…

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Huskies, Seahawks, Blue Hens and Tribe will battle for top spot in CAA baseball

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  Colonial Athletic Association Preview By Bill Ballew College of Charleston Cougars A different vibe was noticeable throughout fall practice in Charleston, which has the Cougars cautiously optimistic as they enter the 2018 campaign. Head coach Matt Heath was fired due to allegations of abusive behavior. He was replaced by Chad Holbrook, who was forced…

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Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson look to rule Atlantic Sun baseball in 2018

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ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE By Bill Ballew   FLORIDA GULF COAST EAGLES Head coach Dave Tollett began the Florida Gulf Coast program in the early 1990s and has built it into one of the emerging mid-majors in the country. The Eagles have won four regular-season conference titles since moving to the Division 1 ranks in 2008.…

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Tar Heels, Seminoles, Blue Devils, Wolfpack among teams in the hunt for ACC baseball title

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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE By Bill Ballew BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES The Eagles soared in 2016 when they came within a win of reaching the College World Series while going 35-22. That represented the most victories in a campaign for Boston College since 2005, when the program established the single-season mark with 37. Last year was a…

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Cougars, Knights, Bulls & Huskies will battle for supremacy in American Athletic

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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE By Bill Ballew CINCINNATI BEARCATS When Ty Neal stepped down after last season as head coach of the Bearcats, the Cincinnati brass did not have to look far for a replacement. The school hired Scott Googins, who guided nearby Xavier to four regional appearances in 12 years, to try to end the…

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