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Starkville Notebook: Postseason At The New Dude; First-Rounder Ethan Small
Walter Villa shakes out his notebook from regionals in Starkville, with thoughts on the postseason experience at the new Dudy Noble Field, the maturity of first-rounder Ethan Small, and more.
Draft Spotlight: First-Rounder Alek Manoah Reflects On WVU’s Bittersweet Postseason
A walk-off grand slam in regionals ended West Virginia’s banner season in heartbreaking fashion, but ace Alek Manoah is proud of what the Mountaineers accomplished, and excited to join the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mississippi State Advances To 4th Straight Super Regional
Jake Mangum sparked a crucial rally that led Mississippi State to its fourth straight super regional with a win over Miami. Walter Villa was on hand with a full report.
Starkville: Mississippi State In Total Command
Ethan Small helped put Mississippi State in the catbird seat at the Starkville Regional. Walter Villa offers notes on the Bulldogs as well as Miami and Central Michigan.
Starkville: Chippewas Win 19th Straight; A Rowdey Win For Miss. State
Central Michigan extended its win streak to 19 with a comeback win vs. Miami, setting up a winners’ bracket game against Mississippi State, which got a big Friday from Rowdey Jordan.
Lubbock Regional Preview: Texas Tech Faces Tricky Obstacles
Big 12 superpower Texas Tech is a strong favorite in the Lubbock Regional, but the Red Raiders face a tricky bracket with three teams that all have NCAA tournament experience: DBU, Florida and Army.
Athens Regional Preview: FAU, FSU, Mercer Hope To Crash Georgia’s Party
Georgia’s elite pitching and defense and stellar track record at home makes the host Bulldogs a strong favorite in Athens, but Florida Atlantic, Florida State and Mercer are worthy challengers.
Golden Spikes Spotlight: UCLA’s Ryan Garcia
Ryan Garcia has been the best pitcher for the best team in college baseball, leading all power-conference pitchers in ERA. Walter Villa tells the story of his rise to dominance.
On A Mission For Mom: FIU’s Red-Hot Shenton Helps Mother Fight Cancer
Austin Shenton extended his hitting streak to 22 games Sunday — a perfect Mother’s Day present to his mother Andrea, who has relished Austin’s success as she has battled breast cancer.
For Northwestern, It’s All In The Family
One-third of Northwestern’s starting lineup is family: brothers Jack and David Dunn along with their cousin Michael Trautwein. Walter Villa tells their family’s story.
Louisiana Tech Copes With Tornado’s Aftermath
A deadly tornado destroyed Louisiana Tech’s beloved home field last week, leaving the Bulldogs and the community of Ruston to pick up the pieces.
Slew Of Injuries Forces Miami To Adjust On The Fly
Miami suddenly finds itself without the left half of its infield and its top two weekend starters heading into a series against Virginia Tech, forcing the Hurricanes to make some big adjustments.
Golden Spikes Spotlight: Tulane’s Kody Hoese
Tulane’s Kody Hoese almost signed as a draft-eligible sophomore last year. Instead he returned to the Green Wave and has terrorized opposing pitching as a junior, leading the nation with 21 homers.
Texas A&M’s Ducoff Serving As Inspiration In Last Hurrah
Texas A&M’s Jonathan Ducoff seemed to have his life turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis. Now, he’s a premier part of the nation’s No. 7 ranked club.
Florida State Faces Uphill Battle In Martin’s Swan Song
Mike Martin in his final season at Florida State with an incredible postseason streak in tow. But his club is facing an uphill battle in the second half.
Miami’s Bounceback Duo: Alex Toral, Raymond Gil Grow Through Adversity
Alex Toral and Raymond Gil were high-profile recruits who struggled mightily as freshmen, but they have learned from that adversity and rebounded in a big way as sophomores.
Demie Mainieri Leaves Rich, Lasting Legacy
LSU coach Paul Mainieri learned his craft from one of college baseball’s all-time great coaches: his father Demie, who died recently at age 90. Paul and others who were shaped by Demie shared their memories with Walter Villa.
FGCU’s Joe Kinker Makes Most Of Baseball Rebirth
Just over a year ago, Joe Kinker had given up on his baseball dream. Now he’s among the national batting leaders as a standout freshman for Florida Gulf Coast. Find out how it happened.
Pair Of Two-Sport Talents Make Marks At Citadel
The Citadel’s Tony Skole knows something about being a two-sport athlete — he played football and baseball himself for the Bulldogs. Now he coaches an exciting pair of two-sport talents: Ryan McCarthy and Lane Botkin.
Golden Spikes Spotlight: Noah Song
Navy’s Noah Song has been utterly dominant early this spring, and his electric stuff is carrying him up draft boards — but pro ball will have to wait.
Inside The Early-Season Tournament Boom
There are more premier college baseball tournaments scheduled for the first month of the 2019 season than ever before. Walter Villa explores the tourney trend.
2019 Conference Previews: Atlantic Sun
Coming off a 48-win season and a trip to super regionals, Stetson remains the team to beat in the Atlantic Sun, but Jacksonville, FGCU and Liberty look like formidable challengers.
2019 Conference Previews: Atlantic 10
Saint Louis once again looks to be the cream of the crop as we take an in-depth look at the Atlantic 10 Conference.
2019 Conference Previews: MEAC
Anthony Maldonado and Bethune-Cookman hope to challenge veteran-laden Coppin State and North Carolina A&T for MEAC supremacy in 2019.
2019 Conference Previews: Patriot League
Electric righthander Noah Song leads a Navy club that is aiming for its fifth straight Patriot League regular-season title.
Fall Report: Miami
Evan McKendry and Miami are hungry to get back to the postseason after a two-year drought. Walter Villa recaps the first fall of Gino DiMare’s tenure.