It’s a similar story on the mound. With midweek games against Florida, Miami and UCF always looming large for FAU’s postseason hopes, finding someone for that role is no minor task. https://t.co/5jl2mCwV7a, — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 10, 2020. Under coach Chris Finwood, ODU has been quietly consistent for a long time. Conference USA baseball site Freshman of the Year: Dante Visconti, RHP, Florida Atlantic. Rice’s first season under coach Matt Bragga looked a lot like the program’s last under Wayne Graham, right down to having the same number of wins - 26. BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox! Similarly, highly-regarded third baseman B.J. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.The tournament format, which has changed several times, currently consists of an eight-team double-elimination tournament format, in which the winners of two four-team … Allen, who also occasionally finds himself in the lineup as a hitter for the Panthers, took a big jump as a sophomore last season, going from 5-5, 3.89 with 85 strikeouts and a .262 opponent batting average in 74 innings in 2018 to 4-6, 3.11 with 120 strikeouts and a .231 opponent batting average in 84 innings in 2019. Schuler, in particular, took a big jump in the summer and fall, with his fastball now touching 95 mph. #ACC, — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 11, 2020, SOURCE: @MAACSports is expected to have a 40-game, conference-only schedule for 2021 with a March 20 start date, pending formal approval by the leagueâs athletic directors. Peyton Wigginton, LHP, Middle Tennessee State, Chris Williams, OF, Florida International, Dustin Dickerson, SS, Southern Mississippi. In coach Jim Toman’s first season on the job, the Blue Raiders finished last in the league for the second time in four years. Facility investment, including a newly completed indoor facility, is underway. That talent has yet to lead to any postseason appearances for the Panthers, but as has been the case the last couple of seasons, the individual pieces are there for this to be the year they come through. The fact that he was still drafted in the 27th round at the end of last season speaks to his talent level, however. It has finished eighth or lower in each of the last four seasons after finishing as high as second in 2014, the first year that conference membership shifted radically. Powered by outfielder Jake Sanford, who won Conference USA’s regular season triple crown, 2019 was the best season for Western Kentucky since joining the league prior to the 2016 season. He had successful stints as an assistant at Rice and Missouri, and as the head coach at crosstown Incarnate Word, he led a turnaround that saw the Cardinals go from 20 wins the season before he arrived, to 29 in year one and 37 in year two. Conference USA Conference Standings for College Baseball with division standings, games back, team RPI, streaks, and conference RPI The quality, versatility and athleticism of the lineup should put them in a position to do so. Catcher Nicholas Toney (.167, 18 AB) is a toolsy backstop and an intriguing player for the 2021 draft who will now look to flourish in a full-time role after sitting behind Pages last season. View All Events. The 2014 Conference USA Baseball Tournament will be held from May 21 through May 25 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.The annual tournament determines the conference champion of the Division I Conference USA for college baseball.The tournament champion will receive the league's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. History. First baseman Will McGillis (.223/.328/.293) and center fielder Hunter LeBlanc (.239/.306/.336) stand out as athletes that could thrive on a team looking to rely less on power. Electric righthander Gabe Shepard (3-0, 2.35) exploded onto the scene late last year with 7.1 no-hit innings against Rice in the Conference USA Tournament and then backed that up by holding Arizona State to two runs in 5.2 innings in the regional. To round out the pitching staff, the Bulldogs will lean heavily on junior college transfers in righthanders Jarret Whorff and Ryan Jennings, who project to follow Follis on the weekend, and righthander Shemar Page, who could find his way into starts or work out of the bullpen. They have a highly regarded first-year coach in Robert Woodard, who spent the last three years as pitching coach at North Carolina. Conference USA. 2020 Conference USA College Baseball Preview. Here are five pressing questions as the Bruins look to return to Omaha for the first time since 2013. Stay tuned. Righthander Matt Brooks is a pitcher to watch in the second half of the season, once he returns from his torn labrum. Saturday starter Alex DeLeon transferred in from junior college power McLennan (Texas) JC after two productive seasons there. Not only has he been outstanding for FIU, but he was excellent last summer in the Cape Cod League before moving on to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. Limited midweek games are in play. Under Mervyl Melendez, FIU has excelled at talent acquisition, as it continues to bring in top recruit after top recruit. He’s coming off of a successful summer in the Cape Cod League and will look to use that as a springboard into becoming a workhorse in the rotation. Under coach John McCormack, FAU has done an extraordinary job of striking balance on the roster that allows the program to continually put tons of players into pro baseball while also avoiding seasons where the coaching staff has to start from scratch come February. NCAA SCOOP: The @NCAA Competition Oversight Committee, last week, recommended cutting the minimum number of games to make the NCAA postseason in baseball and softball from 27 to 14. Southern Miss was the Conference USA headliner through the first four weeks of the season. SOURCE: Reported a while back that the #BigTen was planning to do conference only in the spring. Additionally, Iâve been told the league plans to start the 2021 baseball season the first weekend of March with a potential for 44 games. There is certainly a lot to like about this team offensively, as it brings back most of its most effective hitters from last year. Freshman shortstop Dustin Dickerson, one of the best newcomers in the conference, will get a shot at holding down an important position right away. SOURCES: @theACC is expected to play a 50-game game season in the spring with 10 conference weekends (three-game series) and 14 overall weekends. #ACC — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 11, 2020 SOURCE: @MAACSports is expected to have a 40-game, conference … Davis has the goods to be a bona fide ace in the league with command of three pitches, including a fastball that has been up to 94 mph. Limited midweek games are in play. There’s also good balance with this group, as Zack Davis, Schultz and Ladner provide some power, Jess Davis and shortstop Justin Wiley (.245/.328/.327, 17 SB) can steal some bases and four returning players showed a nose for finding their way on base with .400 or better on-base percentages. Sport Navigation Menu. He was limited to four appearances last season, but in 2018, he started 14 games for the 49ers. It will now be voted on by the D1 Council. Staff ace Karan Patel is gone, but having righthander Slater Foust (8-2, 2,96) back in the rotation will help keep things on course. He’s a high-end talent that struggled through his freshman season, but could be ready to make a jump. At the same time, McCormack and his staff do an outstanding job of developing players to move up into bigger roles and finding players from the high school and junior college ranks who can have an impact right away. With a wealth of returning talent and another top-five recruiting class, Florida looks like a national championship favorite in 2021. There’s plenty of that. Print; Choose A Season: 2019 Baseball Standings; Team School C-USA Conf Overall CPct. Those three not only had three of the four highest averages, but they also accounted for 45 of the team’s 67 home runs. But it remains an open question what can be expected in year one of his tenure with the Roadrunners. Lefthander Zach Keenan (4-4, 4.48) is projected to slide into the midweek spot after starting ten games in 2019. Speaking of workhorses, two of them are back in the bullpen in lefthanders Jonathan Fincher (2.78, 32.1 IP) and Kyle Griffen (4.19, 58 IP), who set the program record for appearances in 2019. The official for Conference USA. Main Navigation Menu. Those are three huge losses, but they are eclipsed by what they have coming back in second baseman Francisco Urbaez (.322/.432/.519, 10 HR), outfielder Mitchell Hartigan (.322/.404/.514), shortstop Wilfredo Alvarez (.320/.396/.395), right fielder Bobby Morgensen (.312/.408/.535, 11 HR), DH Jared DeSantolo (.298/.373/.413) and first baseman Andru Summerall (.295/.386/.474). Expectations should not be that Rice will return to its status as a national power in 2020, but if things click, a postseason appearance is certainly on the table. Outfielder Chris Williams (.188/.243/.290) is another player to watch. The righthander missed all of last season, but has the raw stuff to be a game-changer. In 2020, he’ll step into the Friday role. A ton of quality bullpen arms from last season are back in righthander Michael Guerrero (2.11, 5 SV), righthander Philip Hoffman (3.52, 38.1 IP), lefthander Garett Priestley (4.32, 16.2 IP) and righthander D’Andre Knight (4.72, 34.1 IP). Everything points to new coach Patrick Hallmark being the right fit for UTSA. Really nice scoop here from @MattBrownEP. This week's Bottom 10 gives a special shoutout to the Oregon Ducks, who were going to be the just-good-enough team to make Ryan McGee take the Pac-12 … — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 8, 2020 BREAKING: The @NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief has granted DI Baseball a blanket waiver … On offense, Cruz is a fantastic centerpiece to begin with, junior catcher Justin Collins (.260/.387/.425) is a star in his own right and seniors in second baseman Cade Edwards (.308/.360/.498), third baseman Braden Comeaux (.299/.388/.421) and right fielder Bradley Gneiting (.295/.366/.378) give the lineup length. Schedule. Once upon a time, when programs like East Carolina, Tulane, Central Florida and Houston were in the league, Rice may have been the perennial champion, but those four teams, plus USM and FAU, took turns not just getting into regionals, but in many cases, challenging to host them. ECU began league competition in 1997; Army in 1998 and UAB began football play in 1999. But around him, outfielder Kyle Battle (.306/.399/.418), second baseman Matt Burch (.298/.369/.367), outfielder Ryan Teschko (.291/.372/.342) and shortstop Tommy Bell (.273/.356/.407) ensure that it’s not a one-man show in the lineup. Improved health should also benefit WKU on the mound, what with the return of starting pitcher Michael Darrell-Hicks, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery. Brown is regarded as the best 2020 draft prospect on the roster, and the MTSU coaching staff notes that his competitiveness and work ethic are through the roof. Murray (.086, 35 AB) will look to start turning his promise into production after a tough freshman campaign. Overall Pct. One pitcher to watch in the bullpen is junior college transfer righthander Jack Conlon, who has taken a circuitous route to get to Rice. Also back is senior second baseman Matthew Guidry (.297/.457/.491, 8 HR), a prototypical gamer who does everything, from drawing walks, to hitting home runs, to even stealing the occasional base. The USA Baseball Experience will feature three 75-minute instructional sessions led by some of the best coaches in the game. In the bullpen, it doesn’t get much better than the duo of righty Hunter Gregory (4.05, 60 IP), who struck out 85 to lead the team in 2019, and righthander Aaron Holiday (2.90, 40.1 IP). View All Events. In our latest Top 25, we rank the 25 best breakout candidates for the 2021 college baseball season. The offense feels more settled at this stage, with how well the new faces take to Division I baseball looking like a potential difference-maker in whether or not La Tech can make another regional. Copyright © 2020 Baseball America Enterprises. Over the last two seasons, the cream has risen to the top in Conference USA, with Southern Mississippi and Florida Atlantic being the league’s two representatives in regionals both times. Add in sophomore left fielder Jackson Swiney (.257/.348/.422) and senior third baseman Sam McElreath (.184/.296/.243) and it makes for an extraordinarily experienced lineup. They’ll be joined by another precocious freshman in Christian Lothes, a 6-foot-2 lefthander from Ohio. And the new coaching staff is going all-in on introducing advanced training technology to the 49ers. The Owls’ pitching staff is long on talent, but short on experience. An early emphasis has been placed on competition all over the field, as UTSA expects to mix and match at any number of positions. The Sunday starter job is projected to go to freshman lefthander Chandler Best. Ole Miss raced out to a 16-1 start in 2020 and returns much of that team for 2021, giving the Rebels high hopes and expectations for this spring. The righthander was a 28th-round selection of the Royals last season, but elected to attend WKU. #ACC — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 11, 2020 SOURCE: @MAACSports is expected to have a 40-game, conference … 12. Standings. Best Pure Hitter: Matthew Guidry, Southern MississippiBest Power Hitter: Andy Garriola, Old DominionBest Strike-Zone Discipline: Matthew Guidry, Southern MississippiBest Athlete: Trei Cruz, RiceFastest Runner: Jess Davis, Alabama-BirminghamBest Baserunner: Jess Davis, Alabama-BirminghamBest Defensive Catcher: Justin Collins, RiceBest Defensive Infielder: Kevin Lambert, Western KentuckyBest Infield Arm: Kevin Lambert, Western KentuckyBest Defensive Outfielder: Parker Bates, Louisiana TechBest Outfield Arm: Bobby Morgensen, Florida AtlanticBest Fastball: Gabe Shepard, Southern MississippiBest Breaking Ball: Gabe Shepard, Southern MississippiBest Changeup: Nick Pantos, Old DominionBest Control: Walker Powell, Southern Mississippi. Conference USA, also known as C-USA, is an NCAA Division I conference comprised of schools stretching from Florida to Texas. 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