NCAA Bubble Teams, May12th

(To check out more of my work, a whole bunch of it can be found four times a week on D1baseball.com) Okay StitchHeads, we are now fully immersed in the month of May. In other words, it’s put up or shut up time in college baseball. From here on out the season becomes like a [...]

 
 

Three-Up, Three-Down for April22nd

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 22nd, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

An emotional Brian Shoope hugs his wife after picking up his 1,000th career win.

An emotional Brian Shoope hugs his wife after picking up his 1,000th career win.

Lots of upsets and a handful of notable performances dot the stitched-ball landscape for this Friday of college baseball action. There are also a bunch of bummer efforts that laid an egg. Here are the goods and bads in our sport today…

 
 

My Favorite Pics From The First Month of 2017

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 24th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis told me I had carte blanche access to his team while I was at their game in Hawaii against the Rainbows. So I snapped this pic of the final out from behind the Hoosier players perched on the top step of the dugout. First time I've been able to do a shot like this at a game.

Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis told me I had carte blanche access to his team while I was at their game in Hawaii against the Rainbows. So I snapped this pic of the final out from behind the Hoosier players perched on the top step of the dugout. First time I’ve been able to do a shot like this at a game.

Hey StitchHeads.

This season is already flying by, ain’t it? I’ve been doing a little bit of flying myself, making it out to some far flung locations to see as much college baseball as I can in this early part of the season. And here are a collection of some of my favorite images I’ve been able to snap in these first five weeks of the 2017 campaign. Hope you dig ‘em.

 
 

The StitchHead Top 299 Rankings for 2017

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 15th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

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Johnny Rosenblatt is my father. Annie Savoy is my mother. And I’m their bastard son.

Happy February StitchHeads. As you know, the season will be here in no time flat and that sweet smell of horsehide will be in the air. Is the adrenaline kicking in for you yet? I hope so.

To get you ready, I’ve prepared a small list of teams to watch for the 2017 season. As you’ve read in the past, I’m not a big fan of Top 25 lists. Or top 40 lists. I like a list that goes to 299. I’m all-inclusive here. So here’s the lay of the land in college baseball for this year, from good to bad, pretty to ugly, soup to nuts. One through 299.

Check the list out. Dig your cleats in. Grip it and rip it.

 
 

The 2017 PreSeason Top 25

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on December 22nd, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 1

Get ready to see more of these kind of home run celebrations from Evan Skoug and Luken Baker for top-ranked TCU.

Get ready to see more of these kind of home run celebrations from Evan Skoug and Luken Baker for top-ranked TCU.

Okay StitchHeads, here you go. Here is my Top 25 as it will appear in Athlon’s Preseason magazine. And of course, chances are quite strong that this is NOT how the teams will end the season in June. Just sayin’.

THE TOP 25

1- TCU, 49-18

2- LSU, 45-21

3- Florida State, 41-22

4- Texas Tech, 47-20

5- Cal State Fullerton, 36-23

6- Vanderbilt, 43-19

7- Clemson, 44-20

8- Coastal Carolina, 55-18

9- Florida, 52-16

10- UC Santa Barbara, 43-20-1

11- Oregon State, 35-19

12- Arizona, 49-24

13- South Carolina, 46-18

14- Miami, 50-14

15- Stanford, 31-23

16- Louisiana, 43-21

17- Virginia, 38-22

18- Ole Miss, 43-19

19- Oklahoma State, 43-22

20- East Carolina, 38-23-1

21- North Carolina, 34-21

22- Nebraska, 37-22

23- Louisville, 50-14

24- Texas, 25-32

25- Mississippi State, 44-18-1

Ten to Watch (alphabetical)
Arizona State
BYU
Dallas Baptist
Indiana State
New Mexico
North Carolina State
Rice
St. Mary’s
Texas A&M
Tulane

 

 
 

2016 Area Code Games – Day Five

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 11th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

It's called "Synchronized Stretching". Donivan Williams gets a chuckle as he and an unidentified White Sox teammate doing very similar pregame stretching exercises.

It’s called “Synchronized Stretching”.
Donivan Williams gets a chuckle as he and an unidentified White Sox teammate doing very similar pregame stretching exercises.

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The Southern California-based Brewers team made Area Code Games history today.

Not only did they secure the first-ever no-hitter in ACGs history, but they also became the first team in the 29 years of the games to win twice on the final day to procure the Area Code Games championship. The Brewers downed the Midwest-based White Sox with an 8-0 skunking in the afternoon and then rallied to pull out an unlikely 7-6 win over the Royals in the nightcap. That’s some pretty heady stuff.

 
 

2016 Area Code Games – Day Four

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 10th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

Those poor Kansas City Royals. Here the dugout looks on helplessly as they are one out away from another non-victory.

Those poor Kansas City Royals. Here the dugout looks on helplessly as they are one out away from another non-victory.

Four days down, one to go.

Today was chock full of action at the Area Code Games in Long Beach as there were four games, starting at 8am and then the Home Run Derby in the evening.

 
 

2016 Area Code Games – Day Three

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 9th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

"Walk-Off win baby." New York Yankees pitcher Matt Tabor did some profiling in front of my camera lens after the Yankees scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the last inning. Tabor, who is committed to Elon, threw a pair of solid innings to close things out and get the "win" on the mound.

“Walk-Off win baby.”
New York Yankees pitcher Matt Tabor did some profiling in front of my camera lens after the Yankees scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the last inning. Tabor, who is committed to Elon, threw a pair of solid innings to close things out and get the “win” on the mound. 

I mentioned in yesterday’s writeup that this is the 30th year of the Area Code Games. Well I was actually wrong. My bad. This is the 31st edition of the ACG.

It all started in 1985 in Lodi, California, which is in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley – otherwise known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.”

 
 

2016 Area Code Games – Day Two

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 8th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

Hunter Greene was THE showcase stud on day two of the Area Code Games as he sat at 97-98 on his fastball and even hit triple digits at times. Damn, that commitment to UCLA probably isn't going to stick, since the pros will give him a Brinks truck worth of cash to go pro.

Bob Gibson has returned to baseball! Hunter Greene was THE showcase stud on day two of the Area Code Games as he sat at 97-98 on his fastball and even hit triple digits at times. Damn, that commitment to UCLA probably isn’t going to stick, since the pros will give him a Brinks truck worth of cash to go pro.

Sunday marked the first occurrence of four games in one day, starting at noon west coast time. So all eight teams played today, including the SoCal-based Brewers and Northwest-based Royals, who were the last two teams to put on the unit and hit the diamond for game action.

 
 

2016 Area Code Games – Day One

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 7th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

Another cloudlessly-cool day at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, California.

Another cloudlessly-cool day at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, California.

I had a group of friends asking me if I wanted to go to today’s Boston-L.A. game at Dodger Stadium in downtown Los Angeles. You know what I said? “Oh HELL no.”

There is a little something called the Area Code Games going on down in Long Beach.