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South Carolina No. 1 In Latest CB Poll
The Gamecocks (10-0) swept a 3-game series over the past weekend against Clemson. It marks South Carolina’s first 10-0 start since the 2005 season.
The Gamecocks have a 1.60 team ERA with 95 strikeouts in 90 innings. South Carolina’s defense has only committed seven errors in 10 games and limited opponents to 3 stolen bases. On offense, the Gamecocks are averaging 8.1 runs per game and have outscored opponents 81-17.
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Louisville Slugger National Players Of The Week
One pitcher fired a no-hitter, another struck out 14 batters, one player belted 3 home runs in the same game, one pitcher retired 20 straight batters to start the game and another pitcher struck out 13 hitters.
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Owasso (OK) High School No. 1 In Pre-Season Poll
With eight returning starters from last year’s undefeated and state champion team, Owasso H.S. (Owasso, OK) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s 2014 Pre-Season National High School Baseball poll.
Owasso, 36-0 last season, finished No. 2 in the nation in the final Collegiate Baseball National High School poll of 2013.
The dominance of the Owasso Rams is undeniable. The program has gone to the 6A Oklahoma state finals in 15 of the last 17 years and won nine titles. In 12 of those years, the Rams have lost five or fewer games. The only time Owasso has gone undefeated was last year with the Rams running the table.
In the amazing history of Owasso baseball which stretches back to 1968, no varsity baseball team had ever gone unbeaten until last season. A fabulous core of players return, including the top two pitchers Jeb Bargfeldt (Wichita State signee, 9-0, 2 SV, 91 K, 65 IP) and Braden Webb (South Carolina signee, 6-0, 1.98 ERA, 53 K, 46 IP). Both are Louisville Slugger Pre- Season All-Americans.
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Will This Be The Future Of Pitching Staffs?
No philosophy is more progressive than what renowned Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson does with Bulldog pitchers.
He utilizes two starting pitchers each game (one to start the game and another a few innings later) which is followed by a setup man and closer. If needed, he will insert another pitcher or two in games if he needs ground balls or strikeouts. He has specialists for every occasion in a game.
Under his system, Mississippi State averages 4-5 pitchers a game with unbelievable success and less stress on pitchers’ arms since they don’t overextend themselves in games. The Bulldogs finished second in the nation last year.
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Tim Kelly Lived Unyielding Nightmare
An incredible comeback is unfolding before our eyes with 58-year-old Tim Kelly. One of the great pitching coaches of our time, he is making a dynamic recovery from a brain disorder which knocked him for a loop for nearly a decade.
Specialists don’t even have a name for what he has because it is so rare.
But they describe the condition as a “profound dysregulation of a major depressive disorder caused by unknown antagonists which can shut down the brain.”
Simply put, the disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Only 150 people in the United States suffer from it.
For 30 years, Kelly has been a pitching coach and scout.
He was the pitching coach for six years at Arizona State as the Sun Devils won the 1981 College World Series in his first season.
Kelly also worked at the highest levels in the scouting departments of the California Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers after his run at Arizona State.
This brilliant man, who once attended Stanford University and was the hottest pitching coach in the nation in the early 1980s for ASU under Head Coach Jim Brock, slowly lost function of his brain over a 7-year period.
It was so debilitating that he could not get out of bed for over a year as his brain essentially shut down.
Doctors he initially contacted were perplexed at his condition and had him try numerous drugs to stop the symptoms. But he only got worse.
In a last-ditch effort, his brain was shocked 18 different times with a procedure called electroconvulsive therapy.
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Ejections, Suspensions Up In NCAA Baseball
Ejections and suspensions were up during 2013 NCAA baseball games despite the NCAA Rules Committee approving the toughest penalties in college baseball history for unruly behavior prior to last season.
A grand total of 624 ejections and suspensions took place in NCAA Divisions I, II and III in 2013 which was 23 more than the 601 ejections/suspensions that were reported from over 20,000 games that were played by 904 NCAA teams in 2012.
This total includes virtually every type of ejection possible, including verbal confrontations with umpires, fighting, running into a catcher, purposely throwing at batters by pitchers, arguing balls and strikes, etc.
The ejection categories, according to Gene McArtor, NCAA National Coordinator for baseball umpires who compiled the numbers, were:
• Ball/strike (195 – down 10 from 2012).
• Out/safe (152 – up 11 from 2012).
• Unsportsmanlike conduct (120 – up 18 from 2012).
• Malicious slide (23 – down one from 2012).
• Balk (19 – down 4 from 2012).
• Interference/obstruction (20 – down one from 2012).
• Hit batter (18 – same as 2012).
• Fair/foul (16 – up one from 2012).
• Other (19 – up five from 2012).
• Fighting (16 – up three from 2012).
• Throwing at batter (16 – up five from 2012).
• Catch/no catch (7 – up three from 2012).
The breakdown of ejections/suspensions by coaches and players and others includes:
• Head coaches (269 – up eight from 2012).
• Assistant coach ejections (85 – down 27 from 2012).
• Player ejections (267 – up 44 from 2012).
• Entire team ejections (2).
• Trainer ejection (1).
The overall number of suspension penalties in 2013 was 386 across all three divisions of NCAA baseball. This factors in head coaches, assistant coaches and players.
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