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Is it too early for a baseball preview thread? Nah...

Discussion in 'Buckeye Baseball' started by JCOSU86, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    The Baseball Buckeyes open their season next Friday (February 25th) in Dothan, Alabama vs the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. Here is the low-down on MTSU from their official site


    Blue Raiders Picked Fifth in Baseball Poll

    MT Media Relations MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Defending Sun Belt champion Middle Tennessee was picked to finish fifth in 2005 in a vote of the league's baseball coaches released Friday by the conference office.

    The Blue Raiders received 43 votes in a panel of the league's nine coaches. Middle Tennessee returns five everyday starters from last year's 40-22 squad, but lost all three weekend starters and seven pitchers overall from the staff.

    Louisiana-Lafayette, who has not won a regular season title since 1997 and finished 34-23 in 2004, received eight of the nine first-place votes to take top honors in the poll. Head coach Tony Robichaux returns perhaps the league's top pitcher in righthander Kevin Ardoin (6-2, 3.30 ERA), a 12th-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers in 2004. Ardoin struck out 95 in 106.1 innings of work last season.

    The Cajuns also return a pair of All-Sun Belt performers in the infield, first baseman Phillip Hawke (.329, 10 HR, 42 RBIs) and third baseman Dallas Morris, who batted .373 last year before going down with a leg injury.

    "Louisiana-Lafayette has a lot of returning players with a good pitching staff coming back, and I can easily see them as the top pick," Middle Tennessee head coach Steve Peterson said. The league has a chance to be very strong with some very good pitchers. There will be strong baseball at the top of the league.

    "[The coaches] have us about where they always pick us, in the middle of the pack," he said. " We have some position players coming back, and if we had quality starting pitching coming back, we would probably be higher. The position players have to step up for us and our pitching needs to be solid."

    South Alabama was second in the poll, with the Jaguars returning 2004 Freshman All-American P.J. Walters on the mound. Walters went 10-1 with a 2.43 ERA last season, striking out 119 with only 38 walks and six complete games.

    Defending Sun Belt Tournament champion Western Kentucky was predicted to finish third. The Hilltoppers return lefthander Grady Hinchman, the 2004 Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Hinchman was 7-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 2004 and threw a complete-game gem in a 1-0 shutout at Ole Miss in the NCAA Regionals.

    Florida International was picked ahead of Middle Tennessee in fourth. Panthers head coach Danny Price is looking for his 1,000th win as skipper at FIU. The Panthers return centerfielder Dennis Diaz, who led the league with 49 stolen bases last year, along with infielder Luis Rivera.

    The other first-place vote in the league went to New Mexico State, which placed sixth in the voting. Arkansas State was seventh, followed by New Orleans and Arkansas-Little Rock.

    Sun Belt baseball action begins this weekend with Florida International playing Florida A&M. Middle Tennessee begins its season February 18-20, with the three-game series against Ball State at Reese Smith Field.

    As voted on by the league's 9 head coaches
    ** First-place votes in parentheses
    Team Pts.
    1. Louisiana-Lafayette (8) 80
    2. South Alabama 65
    3. Western Kentucky 57
    4. Florida International 54
    5. Middle Tennessee 43
    6. New Mexico State (1) 38
    7. Arkansas State 25
    8. New Orleans 22
    9. Arkansas-Little Rock 21

    Go Baseball Bucks!
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Never. We southerners are already in full baseball mode. HS teams already scrimmaging...we've had 2 thus far.

  3. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Don't even get my started on how much of an advantage that southern schools have over northern schools like OSU when it comes to being able to start their season early.
  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    SO Thump would it make you mad if you knew in 3 weeks of official practice (more than 3 kids at a time) we've only had one "gym" day.
  5. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Let's see, would that make me mad, FUCK YES IT WOULD!!

    :mad1: :mad1: :mad1: :mad1: :mad1: :mad1: :mad1: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2005
  6. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    Thump, did you move to Rhode Island from OH? Or is that a joke that I'm just not getting...:)
  7. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    No joke man, it sucks up here. :sick1:
  8. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear....

    Can you guys play fuck-fuck somewhere else? :pissed:
  9. OH COME ONE! ND does rather well in baseball despite being a Northern school!
  10. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now

    OSU, ND, and Minny are really the only three Northern teams that do well year in and year out.
  11. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    What, you maybe have somethink against fuck-fuck?

  12. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds!

    Northern teams can do well in NCAA baseball, it's just a hard road both in recuiting and the money it takes. Believe me, I'm in a position to see the differences and it will be very hard to address them. Very hard! Anyway, it is a credit to Bob Todd and coaches at the other northern schools who are successful year after year. :osu:
  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    You could always leave that position unlocked one night and let me "borrow" a Gator and the 3 wheeled infield groomer....oh and maybe about 200 bags of turface too...and a push edger.

    Just leave the side door unlocked:wink2:
  14. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds!

    I told you I'd help all I could! Just let me know what you need deals on and I'll work on it. :biggrin:
  15. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Oh you have been doing a great job on the deals...but deals cost money :)

    Coastal can spare some equipment..its all insured :biggrin:

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