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Strikeouts At All-Time High: Dr. Coop DeRenne, the dean of all hitting researchers, firmly believes that putting an over emphasis on 20 degree launch angles in Major League Baseball and colleges is causing big problems for hitters.

Remarkable Story Unfolds: Dynamic young coach CJ Bilbrey of Harris-Stowe State turns around 0-43 team into 30-game winners last 2 years with collection of kids from broken homes.

Amazing Success Story: Stanford Head Coach David Esquer has not had it easy as a coach. The former skipper at California for 18 years saw this historic program eliminated before alumni saved it.

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Louisiana St. No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Poll

Louisiana St. is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s first regular-season NCAA Div. I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew.

The Tigers (3-0) beat Louisiana-Monroe, Army and Air Force to kick off the season at home.

LSU, which scored 35 runs on 37 hits in the trio of games, is averaging 11.6 runs per game with 6 home runs and 9 doubles. Five batters are hitting .385 or higher.

LSU, ranked first for the second poll of 2019, was picked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s Pre-Season poll last December.

To read the entire release, including the top 40, CLICK HERE.

CB’s National Players Of The Week

Powered by Diamond Sports, Collegiate Baseball’s National Players Of The Week feature a hitter who went 16-for-22 at the plate with 4 homers, 12 runs scored and 16 RBI.

One pitcher fired a perfect game with 17 strikeouts and another threw 6 no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts, plus more.

To read the entire National Players Of The Week List, CLICK HERE.

2019 Collegiate Baseball All-Americans

The 2019 Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season All-Americans, powered by Diamond Sports, feature a remarkable mix of talented NCAA Division I baseball players across the USA.

The first team All-Americans include five starting pitchers who struck out over 100 batters each last season. RHP Kyle Brnovich of Elon led all first teamers with 147 strikeouts.

C Adley Rutschman of Oregon St. is the projected National Player of The Year. He hit .408 with 22 doubles, 9 homers and 83 RBI last season for the Beavers. He caught 67 of 68 games and only allowed 17 stolen bases in 36 attempts. He is the favorite at this point to be the first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.

The first team closer is Jack Little of Stanford who posted 16 saves with a 0.60 ERA. He struck out 58 batters over 45 1/3 innings and only walked 8.

On offense, 1B Spencer Torkelson of Arizona St. hit 25 homers to lead first team All-Americans and was closely followed by 1B Andrew Vaughn of California with 23. Vaughn had a remarkable season in 2018 as he hit .402 with 23 homers, 14 doubles, 63 RBI and only struck out 18 times in 54 games.

Defending national champion Oregon St. leads all schools with four pre-season All-Americans.

To view the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season All-Americans, CLICK HERE.

Argyle (TX) No. 1 In CB’s H.S. Poll

Argyle High School (TX) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s 2019 Pre-Season National High School Poll presented by Diamond Pro.

The Eagles posted a 37-0 record last season to capture the Texas 4A state title and the No. 1 spot in the final Collegiate Baseball Poll. Eight starters return, including the entire infield and outfield.

Last year’s ball club hit .387 and averaged 8.9 runs a game as the offense belted 24 homers and stole 112 bases. The Eagles had a 1.12 ERA with 255 strikeouts and 70 walks.

Ten players have signed or committed to NCAA Division I teams already.

To read the entire top 30 and notes, CLICK HERE.

Understanding GPS Can Help You Hit A Curve

Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone’s GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester. This same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related optical illusions, including the sudden “break” of baseball’s well known “curveball illusion.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

Special Q&A With Virginia’s Brian O’Connor

Brian O'Connor Mug NZ3T5660 NewVirginia Head Coach Brian O’Connor and his coaching staff orchestrated one of the most amazing comebacks in college baseball history in 2015.

O’Connor led the Cavaliers to their first national baseball championship at the College World Series.

Due to injuries, Virginia lost 8 of 11 games at one point. They suffered through 4 losses in a row twice and 3 in a row 3 times.

Because of the injury epidemic, Virginia trotted out 31 different starting lineups over a 61-game span, and Cavalier position players combined to miss 146 games last season.

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Stotz Explains His Recruiting Techniques

Dean Stotz Stanford PortraitPossibly the greatest recruiter in college baseball history was Dean Stotz of Stanford.

He retired after the 2013 season and was Mark Marquess’ top lieutenant for 37 seasons with the Cardinal. His ability to evaluate and recruit players was second to none.

In this article, Stotz explains for the first time what his secrets were to churning out numerous top 10 recruiting classes over the years that allowed Stanford to win two national titles

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Resilience A Must In Baseball, Military

Ken Ravizza ActionWhen it comes to winning any type of championship, survival is the operative word. How teams handle trying times during the season determine their fate.

One of the top sports psychologists in the world is Ken Ravizza, and he explains how crucial it is to be resilient not only in baseball but the military and how this leads to better performances.

Both have much more in common than you realize.

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20 Great Ways To Use Cell Phones In Coaching

1034567Since the mid-1980s, cell phones have been widely available to the public.

As they have become more sophisticated over the years, they have turned into miniature computers called smartphones that have numerous software functions, e-mail capability and internet browser functions that have become an indispensible tool for coaches.

For the first time, Collegiate Baseball is exploring many of the technological advantages coaches can gain with smartphones.

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Schreiber Discovers Breakthrough Technique

Cell Phone Video (Use)One of the most creative uses of cell phones is being utilized at Alvin Community College. Jason Schreiber, assistant baseball coach at Alvin Community College (Alvin, Tex.), listened intently to a lecturer speak at a convention.

“That person said that we retain 10 percent of what we hear, 50 percent of what we do and 90 percent of what we teach someone else,” said Schreiber.

“A light went on in my head when I heard that. I was fascinated with the 90 percent figure. I wondered if my players might be able to teach me about certain baseball concepts they were having trouble with on the field which would allow them to learn concepts more efficiently. The big problem was that there was not enough time in practice to have my guys teach.

“Then it hit me that my guys could teach me concepts they were having trouble with via the video capability on their cell phones. Every kid has a cell phone with video capability.

“What I discovered was remarkable. Not only did I know for certain my players understood what we were teaching through these videos they made. I learned kids today take great pride in the videos they produce — so much so a player’s sense of urgency goes up dramatically when you have them teach a skill they do not perform well. Often the result is that player finally understands the concept and performs better on the field.”

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Iowa Western’s Incredible Coaching Wizard 

Marc Rardin Iowa WesternOne of the most incredible stories in college baseball history is unfolding at Iowa Western Community College.

Located in Council Bluffs, Iowa near Omaha, this school has accomplished what many thought was impossible — three NJCAA Division I national championships over the last five seasons all under an amazing coach named Marc Rardin.

In the 57-year-history of the NJCAA World Series, Iowa Western is the only Iowa junior college ever to win this prestigious event and the first Northern District representative to win it all.

In 12 seasons at Iowa Western, Rardin has led the Reivers to eight NJCAA World Series, won 10 consecutive regional titles and eight Northern District titles. Consider the tremendous challenges his teams face every season.

Many high profile NJCAA Division I baseball programs offer 24 full ride scholarships for baseball. His program has the equivalent of 10 full rides.

No player in the last 12 years has been given a full ride, and typically he gives out 1/2 scholarships to his athletes. All outdoor activity stops for 3-plus months from mid-November through February as practices take place indoors because of bone chilling weather.

To read more about Marc Rardin’s amazing system, CLICK HERE.

SPECIAL REPORT: Cardinals’ Potent Running Game

Louisville Baseball HeadshotsThe University of Louisville has put up staggering stolen base numbers over the past eight years under Head Coach Dan McDonnell.

During the past two seasons, the Cardinals have stolen 150 bases (second nationally) in 2013 and 133 in 2014 (second nationally). In his first year with Louisville in 2007, his ball club swiped 153 bases (second nationally).

In six of the eight years, his teams have pilfered at least 89 bases. His tough-minded teams also refuse to allow pitchers to throw inside as his batters have been hit 100 or more times in five of the eight years and ranked first nationally in 2013 with 129 hit by pitches, second in 2012 with 115 HBP and sixth last season with 109 HBP.

Having more men on base and stealing efficiently allows his teams to have more runners in scoring position which has allowed Louisville to score over 400 runs seven of the eight years he has been with the Cardinals.

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U.C. Irvine’s Gillespie Explains How To Stop Stealers

Mike Gillespie Mug UC IrvineWith the home run becoming increasingly rare in college baseball, the running game on offense is more important than ever.

In 2010, the year prior to BBCOR bats being mandated for use by college programs, NCAA Division I programs averaged 0.94 home runs per game, according to the annual statistics’ trends compiled by the Association.

In 2011, that average dropped nearly in half to 0.52 with the new bats in use. The last two years, Division I teams have averaged 0.42 home runs per game in 2013 and 0.39 in 2014 — the lowest home run numbers in over 40 years.

Programs which are adept at stopping the running game of opponents have a big advantage when it comes to winning in today’s game.

Few coaches in college baseball have the track record that U.C. Irvine Head Coach Mike Gillespie has when it comes to shutting down base stealers.

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