The College Baseball Now Weekly Blog: Issue 1

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Sam Fragle hit three home runs in his first three at-bats in 2017. (Virginia Tech Sports Information)

Welcome to the debut of the College Baseball Now Weekly Blog! The first week of the college baseball season proved that many players were ready to take the field. Stellar performances on the mound and at the plate were seen throughout the country, which gave every player exactly what he hopes to achieve in any…

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Paladins’ Deep Pitching, Lineup Fuel Optimism in Harker’s Head Coaching Debut

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Every player at every level has Opening Day circled on the calendar. The first day of the season represents a finish line of sorts, the time when the countless reps in the weight room, the hours of batting practice and the monotony of intrasquad games come to an unofficial end so that the fruits of…

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Terriers Believe Fourth Straight 30-Win Season Is Within Reach

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Year in and year out, one of the more underrated mid-major conferences at the Division I is the Southern Conference. And as the first pitches of the 2017 campaign are about to be thrown, one of the more underrated teams is the Wofford Terriers. Head coach Todd Interdonato’s team is coming off three consecutive 30-win…

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Changes in Starkville Lead to High Hopes for Mississippi State Baseball

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Change has been commonplace in Starkville over the past year. The Bulldogs finished in last place in 2015 before returning to their typical spot atop the Southeastern Conference last season with a league-best 21-9 record in SEC play and advancing to the Super Regionals. Ten players from that team, including pitcher Dakota Hudson and offensive standouts…

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Youth Will Be Served with USC Upstate Spartans

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The 2017 season marks the 10th year the USC Upstate Spartans have competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference as a Division 1 program and the 20th campaign Matt Fincher has served as the team’s head coach. A former member of the Division II Peach Belt Conference, the Spartans have experienced some growing pains over the…

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Loyola Marymount Lions Hope to Roar in WCC in 2017: Gill Likes Grit, Resiliency of Team

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Jason Gill, head coach of the Loyola Marymount Lions college baseball team, knew he was challenging his squad last year with the schedule he put together. Not only did the Lions not host a non-conference series, their road trips included visits to TCU, Southern Cal, San Jose State, Florida International and Nebraska. The difficult slate led…

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Bruins Hoping to Rebound from Difficult 2016 Season

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A trying 2016 season ended on a difficult note for the UCLA Bruins. After losing their starting catcher and shortstop before the year’s first game, head coach John Savage’s team concluded the campaign against Oregon State by being shut out in each contest of a three-game series for the first time in school history. That performance…

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Gardner-Webb Looks to Take Big South Title

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Gardner-Webb takes on Presbyterian in Big South baseball action at John Henry Moss Stadium on Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  Gardner-Webb won 3-1.

The Big South Conference will have a different feel in 2017. Coastal Carolina, the defending national champions and long-time bull of the woods, has made the move to the Sun Belt, thereby leaving the top spot in their previous league up for grabs. While several teams are vying to establish themselves as the leader of…

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Demon Deacons Hope to Build on Last Year’s NCAA Regional Appearance

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Wake Forest took another step forward last season in establishing itself as a program to contend with in the uber-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons posted a 35-27 record, including a 13-17 mark in conference play, to reach the ACC Tournament by virtue of their three-game sweep over North Carolina on April 22-24. Head…

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Tar Heels Looking to Bounce Back in a Big Way After Two Tough Seasons

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The North Carolina Tar Heels advanced to the College World Series six times in an eight-year stretch, from 2006-13. But after earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 2014, head coach Mike Fox’s club has endured late-season difficulties in each of the last two years that left them on the outside looking in on…

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