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Posts Tagged ‘Collegiate Baseball.’

Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas 8th in pre-season poll

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team is ranked eighth in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 poll.

 

The Razorbacks return 19 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished with a 40-22 record and won the SEC Western Division championship. Arkansas returns five position starters from last year’s team, including freshman All-American Dominic Ficociello, who hit .335 with four homers and 50 RBI in 2011.

Dominic Ficociello (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

On the mound, the Razorbacks return 10 pitchers, led by junior DJ Baxendale, who earned second-team All-SEC honors after going 10-2 with a 1.58 ERA last year. The Razorbacks also bring back freshman All-Americans Barrett Astin and Nolan Sanburn. Astin went 5-2 with three saves a 2.72 ERA last season, while Sanburn posted a 2-4 record with a team-high eight saves and a 3.62 ERA.

 

The SEC was well represented in the poll with six league teams among the top 40. Joining Arkansas in the top 10 are Florida at No. 1 and defending national champion South Carolina at No. 2. LSU (No. 12), Georgia (No. 18) and Vanderbilt (No. 23) are also ranked in the poll. Two of Arkansas’ non-conference opponents in 2012 were among the top 40 as Texas (No. 5) and Oklahoma (No. 16) were included in the rankings.

 

Arkansas opens the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17, when it hosts Villanova at Baum Stadium.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

 

Ohio State’s Wimmers selected to Pitcher of the Year Watch List

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletic Communications

Ohio State junior right handed pitcher Alex Wimmers has been named to the College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year watch list for 2010.

The preseason All-American and 2009 Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year has posted a 5-0 record with a 2.12 earned run average in five starts. The Cincinnati native leads the Big Ten with 41 strikeouts in 34.0 innings pitched while allowing opposing batters to hit just .236.

Alex Wimmers Ohio State (OSU)

Wimmers is coming off a sophomore season that included a 3.27 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 104.2 innings pitched with a 9-2 record in 16 starts. He was named first-team All-America by Louisville Slugger and Ping! Baseball and third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.