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NOW AVAILABLE! Our Latest EditionMay 6, 2016 Page 1

• 1,000 Wins The Hard Way: Mayville State, under Hall of Fame skipper Scott Berry, plays over 80% of their games on the road with a gauntlet of wild weather conditions.

• Ultimate Turnaround Story: Jayson King turns program with dismal record into a national powerhouse at Franklin Pierce University as Ravens steal 384 bases over 1 1/2 seasons.

• Amazing Achievements: St. Edward’s Eric Hester throws 47-pitch, 7-inning complete game; Sonoma Academy posts 5 consecutive no-hitters; Georgia hits 20 consecutive solo homers.

To find out what else is in this issue, CLICK HERE.

Texas A&M No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Poll

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Texas A&M (45-14) is ranked No.1 for the first time this season in the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Aggies captured their first Southeastern Conference tournament title with a 12-5 win over Florida. It marked their six league tournament title in school history with others coming in the Southwest and Big 12 conferences. 

Several teams have been red-hot. Louisiana-Lafayette and Bryant have won 10 in a row, Clemson and Coastal Carolina nine straight, Dallas Baptist seven of its last eight, Utah nine of its last 12 and Arizona six straight.

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

To view the latest NCAA Div. II, III, NAIA, NJCAA, California, Northwest JC polls, go to POLLS in the main menu above and click the one you want.

Louisville Slugger National Players Of The Week

PrintThe Louisville Slugger National Players of The Week for May 30 feature some incredible achievements across the USA.

One pitcher struck out 16 batters, a hitter belted 3 home runs as he was named MVP of the SEC Tournament and another pitcher threw 186 pitches in the Southland Conference tournament over two games with 18 strikeouts.

To read the list of National Players Of The Week and stats, CLICK HERE.

Buchanan H.S. No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Poll

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For the first time this season, there is a new No. 1 team in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll — Buchanan (Clovis, CA).

With a 28-1 record, the Bears defeated Liberty-Bakersfield, 9-1 in the quarterfinals of the CIF Central Section Division 1 playoffs and are scheduled to play Bullard in the semi-finals this week. 

After maintaining the No. 1 spot since the pre-season poll, Coppell, TX fell to No. 4. The Cowboys, now 32-2, dropped the first game of a three game series against Boyd, 3-2, but came back to win 10-2 and 6-1 to advance in the state playoffs. 

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

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Former Army baseball player Harold Earls and his climbing team summit Mount Everest on May 24 as Earls suffers frostbite, near deadly catastrophe takes place. CLICK HERE.

 NCAA Div. I, H.S. Pre-Season All-Americans

PrintAn all-star lineup of NCAA Division I and high school players across the USA headline the 2016 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American teams.

The players on this list represent not only amazing athletic ability and talent in their respective positions, but they also are among the most sought after players by pro scouts and college recruiters.

For the 20th year, Louisville Slugger is sponsoring the All-American teams. The staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper selects the teams.

To read the 2016 NCAA Division I Pre-Season All-Americans, CLICK HERE.

For the 2016 High School Pre-Season All-Americans, 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.

UCLA’s Savage Wins Teaching Pro Award

John Savage UCLA Mug Teaching ProUCLA Head Coach John Savage has been named the 2015 Teaching Professional of The Year by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Sponsored by EDGE charting software and web stats, the award is in its 7th year. He will be presented the award at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in early January.

Through 11 seasons as UCLA’s skipper, Savage has established the Bruins as a consistent national championship contender. Savage helped UCLA reach college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as the Bruins won their first-ever NCAA baseball title.

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 last season.

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.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

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

To read more, CLICK HERE.

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.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

 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.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

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.”

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.