April 7, 2023 Collegiate Baseball

What’s In This Issue?

• Doing The Impossible: Texas State freshman Chase Mora, at only 154 pounds, hits home runs in first 3 at-bats of his college career and then goes on homer hitting spree with 4 in another game.

University of South Carolina’s Unique Bullpen Catcher: Meredith McFadden is the first woman to catch at a Power 5 university as she receives pitches from hurlers with 95 mph heat, nasty movement.

• Numerous Batters Trying To Get Hit By Pitches: Seven teams in NCAA Div. I are on pace to break the all-time hit-by-pitch record. 

Editorial: Walks are destroying great game of baseball. NCAA Div. I statistics show 19 different teams which have walked 15-20 batters in a game this season.

• Ruleball With Rich Marazzi: When a runner is hit by a ball, he is not always out. Read the reasons why in his column.

• Burnout Study Taking Place: Long hours of studying combined with rigorous training and competing are taking a toll on students.

• Lou Pavlovich, Jr. Column: The amazing Bobby Winkles taught us many lessons in life. He was tough as nails but cared deeply about his players.

• Adam Sarancik: Sage advice given about changes for game on youth level.

National Players Of The Week Powered By Diamond: Kris Armstrong of Jacksonville belts 8 home runs and 3 doubles over 5 games, including 3 circuit clouts in two consecutive games, plus much more.

CB’s NCAA Div. I Poll Presented By Big League Chew: LSU No. 1 with 21-3 record and only commits 8 errors in 24 games while averaging 10.8 runs per contest.

• NCAA Div. I Notes: Vanderbilt and Evansville battle for 17 innings in a game that lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes as Commodores come out on top. New Orleans sets a program record for runs scored during a 35-3 win over Mississippi Valley St., plus much more.

• CB’s National H.S. Top 30 Poll Presented By Diamond Pro: Tampa Jesuit No. 1 with 14-0 record and outscores opponents, 109-27. Read the top 30 and notes on every ranked team.

• High School Notes: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) wins Boras Classic Arizona tournament with 8-3 win over Sandra Day O’Connor H.S. St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, MI) extends winning streak to 67 games, plus more.

• NCAA Div. 2 Notes: Wingate All-American LHP Mitch Farris sets career high with 18 strikeouts during a 5-1 win over Lincoln Memorial. Noah Windhorst of Columbus St. fires a no-hitter, plus much more.

• NCAA Div. 3 Notes: Grove City LHP Nick Guidas tosses perfect game with 14 strikeouts. Pitching Coach Lou Bernardi of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy receives a once-in-a-lifetime honor as he is presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold Level) for over 500 meaningful hours in the community from President Joe Biden, plus much more.

• Charlie Greene Column: Here’s how to improve pitchers and break the cycle of failure.

• NAIA Notes: LHP Michael Watson of Southwestern Assemblies of God fires a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts. Two more no-hitters take place, plus much more.

• Jerry Weinstein Column: Communication is essential to being an outstanding catcher.

Junior College Notes: LSU Eunice posts 30-0 record as Freshman RHP Connor Benge strikes out 14 Southeastern Iowa hitters. Central Arizona rolls with 18-game winning streak, plus much more.

• Jack Dunn Column: Here is how to execute double plays better with exceptional drills that work wonders.

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