The college baseball regular season is only two weeks from completion so I thought this would be the perfect chance to look at each of the six division one school’s postseason prospects. We’ll start with No. 9 University of Louisville. The Cards are one-half game behind Connecticut for first place in the Big East with two series left in the regular season.
UofL hosts fourth-place St. Johns this weekend before traveling to eighth-place Notre Dame next week. UCONN travels to fifth-place South Florida this week before hosting 11th-place Seton Hall in the final weekend. The Cards have wrapped up a NCAA regional host slot with the No. 5 RPI and probably would earn on of the eight national seeds if the season ended today. Wrapping up the Big East regular season title would likely cement that national seed.
(You can see the Rivals.com field of 64 projection here and the Baseball America stock report here.)
Your weekly Monday college baseball roundup:
- The University of Louisville stayed at No. 9 in the latest Baseball America top 25 and dropped to No. 8 in the latest Rivals.com rankings.
- Aaron Fitt of BA profiles Murray State University senior first baseman Wes Cunningham in his weekly Golden Spikes Award spotlight.
- Cunningham was named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week, and Murray St. right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft was named the league’s pitcher of the week.
- University of Kentucky right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week.
- UofL senior Adam Duvall and Morehead State University senior Drew Lee were named quarterfinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award which goes to the nation’s top shortstop.
UK Athletics Wallpaper
Links for a Wednesday afternoon:
- Rob Gidel, sometime BluGrass Baseball contributor and Cat’s Pause analyst, reports the University of Kentucky has received a commitment from former LCA star Tyler Oliver. Oliver leads all junior college players with 25 home runs.
- Those wanting an early glimpse of the slugger can watch him with the Lexington Hustlers college summer league team this summer, Adam Revelette of Examiner.com reports. Revelette is also the Hustlers’ general manager.
- For the complete Hustlers’ roster check out a previous post from Revelette.
- Aaron Fitt of Baseball America breaks down the small conference races for their automatic NCAA bid and declare Murray State University the Ohio Valley Conference favorite.
- Matt Eddy of BA profiles the surprising pitching depth (subscription required) of the struggling Bowling Green Hot Rods.
- Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports ranks PRP alum Zack Cox as the No. 6 college prospect for the 2010 draft.
Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports has released his latest weekly position-by-position college baseball power rankings and, as usual, several Kentucky players were included on the lists. I have listed the Kentucky players below, but check out the entire rankings here.
- 1) Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP)
- 5) Jayson Langfels — Eastern Kentucky University
- 9) Phil Wunderlich — University of Louisville
- 7) Ryan Wright — UofL
- 8) Drew Lee — Morehead State University
- 10) Matt Rice — Western Kentucky University
I’ll be out of action for much of the afternoon after some dental work this morning, but I’ve passed along some links for your Wednesday. I’ll try to post as many Wednesday game recaps as I can get to tonight:
- Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com interviews University of Louisville ace Thomas Royse for his weekly Yahoo! Sports Q&A.
- The national publicity continues to roll in for UofL after its big road series victory against Ole Miss as Aaron Fitt of Baseball America profiles Cards third baseman Phil Wunderlich. (subscription required)
- Eastern Kentucky University recaps its 5-2 win over Purdue.
- Western Kentucky University recaps its 17-2 blowout of No. 19 Vanderbilt.
- UofL recaps its 7-4 victory over Xavier.
- Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle reports Louisville-native Todd Wellemeyer may have the inside track to the Giants’ fifth starter role.
- The Louisville Bats kick off its Spring Training schedule today.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods‘ Spring Training schedule starts Friday.
- The Colorado Rockies reassigned Lafayette-alum Chaz Roe and EKU-alum Christian Friedrich to Minor League camp.
Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr
Lots of college awards to pass along to go with several Spring Training Kentucky-related updates and some minor league news:
- University of Kentucky right-handed reliever Matt Little was named one of three national players of the week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
- University of Louisville infielder Phil Wunderlich was named Big East player of the week.
- Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic has the latest update on UK alum Brandon Webb from D’Backs camp.
- Just a reminder for Louisville Bats fans, John Fay’s Reds blog for The Cincinnati Enquirer should be a must read to keep track of past, present and future Bats during Spring Training.
- Lexington Legends President/COO Alan Stein got some love on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning yesterday for a new marketing decision by the Omaha Royals, Stein’s other team.
- Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com reports UK will play in the Houston College Classic in 2011 at Minute Maid Park.
The University of Louisville stayed at No. 10 and No. 8 in the Baseball America and Rivals.com rankings respectively, and the University of Kentucky moved up slightly in each poll. UK moved up to No. 22 from No. 23 in the Baseball America poll and moved to No. 19 from No. 22 in the Rivals poll. You can see each full top 25 below.