The Top 20 Power Rankings, Going Into Week 11

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 24th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

LSU beat Texas A&M in extras last night to kick off the 11th week of the college baseball season. So here is how the latest no-quarter, no-B.S. Power Rankings shake out, with the TCU Horned Frogs still the best team I’ve seen so far… Funny how this college baseball thing works. Two weeks ago when [...]

 
 

Some Radio Ear Candy For College Baseball

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 22nd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

North Carolina head coach Mike Fox takes time during a break in his radio show to pick out crayons for Molly True's coloring book. Coach Fox's radio show doesn't appear online anywhere but if you're in the Research Triangle area you can hear it on WCHL, the Tarheel Sports Network, at 97.9FM every Monday night at 7pm.

North Carolina head coach Mike Fox takes time during a break in his radio show to pick out crayons for Molly True’s coloring book. Coach Fox’s radio show doesn’t appear online anywhere but if you’re in the Research Triangle area you can hear it on WCHL, the Tarheel Sports Network, at 97.9FM every Monday night at 7pm. (Thank you Karin True for the pic.)

Hey StitchHeads. Can’t get enough college baseball out at the stadium? Want to hear what the coaches have to say when they are away from the park? Check out some of the coach’s radio shows that I stumbled upon – most of them air on Mondays. If you know of any others out there, let me know. Here are some that I found:

 
 

More About The “Entitlement” Issue

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 19th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 2

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A quick mea culpa here StitchHeads.

I’ve been down in San Diego going to USD and SDSU games the past two days and didn’t get to mediate all the numerous comments that flowed in from my column on the Hall of Fame coaches and their view on entitlement in the sport of college baseball. Some really great comments had been sent in and they deserved some recognition and discussion.

So I’ll make up for it now guys and dolls. Here is a reposting of some of the cogent comments that you guys wrote in concerning the views of coaches like Augie Garrido, Wayne Graham and Mike Martin.

 
 

Is Player Entitlement Ruining Our Sport?

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 16th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 25

Augie Garrido and Wayne Graham both have seen the evolution of the sport of college baseball, while also seeing the rise of the sense of entitlement from the players who play the game.

Augie Garrido and Wayne Graham both have seen the evolution of the sport of college baseball, while also seeing the rise of the sense of entitlement from the players who play the game.

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Are college baseball players just like those prima donna professional players they like to emulate? Are they soured with an over-inflated sense of self? Are college athletes in general coddled way too much from an early age through their years on campus?

Well here is what Texas coach Augie Garrido, Rice coach Wayne Graham and Florida State coach Mike Martin had to say about the subject when I caught up with each of them recently…

 
 

Monday Morning RPI Biz To Talk About

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 13th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 2

The Missouri State Bears have forged their way into the top 10 in the last few weeks. National Seed, anyone?

The Missouri State Bears have forged their way into the top 10 in the last few weeks. National Seed, anyone?

I hate to be so RPI-centric at this time of year. As you StitchHeads know, I despise that basketball formula that has been forced on our sport. But we have to deal with it when it comes to who gets into the NCAA tournament and who doesn’t. So I will continue to address it, against my protestations.

 
 

UCLA Takes Opener Of Tinseltown Showdown

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 11th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 1

The Bruin dugout watches James Kaprielian spin his wares on the mound.

The Bruin dugout watches James Kaprielian spin his wares on the mound.

Under a sun-washed Friday afternoon in the shadow of downtown Los Angeles, the opening game between top ten rivals UCLA and USC did not go as expected. Instead of a nip-and-tuck, knockdown-drag out between these two, the Bruins scored early an often in a breezy 9-3 win.

 
 

Lagniappe, April 7th. Power Ranking Sneak Peak

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 7th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Coach Wayne Graham's Owls are on an uptick after winning two of three against Middle Tennessee State.

Coach Wayne Graham’s Owls are on an uptick after winning two of three against Middle Tennessee State.

The no-hold-barred, n0-quarter-given, weak-schedules-get-you-nowhere top 20 for college baseball is here.

 
 

Owls Score a Blue Streak on the Blue Raiders.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 6th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 1

Jordan Stephens was back to his old self again today, throwing in the low-90s and dominating.

Jordan Stephens was back to his old self again today, throwing in the low-90s and dominating.

WHAT I SAW AT RECKLING PARK
For all the hype and bluster that was given to Middle Tennessee State coming into this Sunday getaway game, it all went out the door in two quick innings that were a swift kick in the aspirations. But don’t worry StitchHeads, when people like Wayne Graham say this Blue Raiders team really is better than it showed today, you tend to believe him. Still, all things broke Rice’s way today as they built up a quick 7-0 lead after two innings and made it a boatrace from there.

 
 

Sooners Wait Till Later For Stunning Comeback.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 2nd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

The Sooner dugout explodes when they see Jacob Evans' 10th-inning home run clear the fence.

The Sooner dugout explodes when they see Jacob Evans’ 10th-inning home run clear the fence.

Due to travel restraints, I ended up flying into OKC just before first pitch and by the time I got to the stadium I had missed a couple of innings. But boy howdy, I didn’t miss any of the fireworks. No sir-ree. Oklahoma, looking sluggish and sloppy for eight innings, looked to be dead in the water trailing visiting Kansas 6-2 with three outs left.

But a stirring 9th inning comeback tied things, and then the Sooners were able to get the win when Jacob Evans led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a solo salvo over the right-center fence, leading to a wild celebration and possibly a jump-starter for their season.

 
 

Lagniappe, April 1st. The All About Pitchin’ Edition

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 1st, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 1

 

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Dr. Tom House, left, leads a forum on pitching.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Dr. Tom House, left, leads a forum on pitching.

When it comes to pitching, former major leaguer Tom House is the one unimpeachable source for what is best for your youngster, high schooler, college athlete or professional hurler. I spent Tuesday night listening to his well-hewn pitching advice and knowledge.