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Texas A&M No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Big League Chew LogoTexas A&M (27-2) is ranked No. 1 for the second straight Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Aggies are tied for the lead in the Southeastern Conference with a 7-2 record with Vanderbilt and won two of three at home against Missouri over the past weekend. Texas A&M has a 1.96 team ERA with 263 strikeouts and 73 walks. On offense, the Aggies are hitting .316 with 82 extra base hits over 29 games.

Poll Notes: Several teams have been red-hot. Coastal Carolina has won 9 of its last 10, UCLA has captured 8 straight, Arizona 6 in a row, Nevada 10 of 11 and San Diego 11 of its last 13.

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

National Players Of The Week Named

PrintThe Louisville Slugger National Players of The Week turned in amazing performances.

Two hitters belted 4 home runs while 4 pitchers from the same team combined to strike out 19 batters and pitch a mid-game no-hitter during a 1-0, 15-inning win.

To read the National Players of The Week and who accomplished these achievements, CLICK HERE and scroll down to the Players of The Week.

JSerra Catholic No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Poll

High School Top 30 LogoJSerra High School (San Juan Capistrano, CA) is ranked No. 1 in the second regular-season National High School poll conducted by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The Lions (6-0) have posted three doubleheader sweeps over Loyola (13-2, 7-2), Huntington Beach (8-3, 5-2) and Cypress (7-4 and 16-5).

JSerra now heads to North Carolina to participate in the National High School Invitational where they will face No. 2 A. Crawford Mosl;ey (Lynn Haven, FL) in the first round.

To read more about the top 30 national high school teams, CLICK HERE.

20 Great Ways To Use Cell Phones In Coaching

Cell Phone With HandSince 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.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

Schreiber Discovers Breakthrough Technique

Cell Phone VideoOne 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.”

To read more, CLICK HERE.

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.

For more on this story, CLICK HERE.

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.

To read more of this story, CLICK HERE.