Wednesday, March 29, 2017

News digest, March 29

Holbrook says Buscher departure 'mutual decision'
Former South Carolina baseball player  Brian Buscher is no longer on the Gamecocks' staff as a volunteer assistant, coach Chad Holbrook confirmed after Tuesday night's 15-1 at The Citadel.

The State's Matt Connolly reports Holbrook said he and Buscher had a discussion on Monday and "mutual decision" was made. "It was an unfortunate situation we both agreed, and it was in the best interest of our program and everyone involved if we went our separate ways," Holbrook said.

Buscher worked with USC hitters and infielders. The Gamecocks hit .225 for the team in last weekend's series with Alabama and are in the lower half of the SEC statistics in most team offensive categories.
Buscher

Polls
NCBWA Division II
National:
1. Chico State (2nd last week). 22. USC Aiken (23).
Southeast Region: 1. Mount Olive (1). 4. USC Aiken (4). 7. Erskine (7).
Writers

State schedule, Wednesday, March 29

Southern Wesleyan at North Georgia, 1 p.m.
Francis Marion at Chowan, 1:30 p.m.
Coker at Claflin, DH, 3 p.m.
Montreat at North Greenville, 3:30 p.m.
Lander at Limestone, 5 p.m.
Benedict at Newberry, 6 p.m.
Emmanuel at USC Aiken, 6 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at USC Upstate, 6 p.m.
Savannah State at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.
UNC Wilmington at Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m.
Winthrop at Clemson, 6:30 p.m.
Presbyterian vs. Wofford, Greenville (Fluor Field), 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

News digest, March 28

Previews
* Presbyterian has posted preview information form its Wednesday game against Wofford at Fluor Field in Greenville.
Blue Hose
* Claflin has issued preview information for its Wednesday home doubleheader against Coker.
Panthers
* Winthrop takes a five-game winning streak into its Wednesday visit to Clemson.
Eagles

Polls
NJCAA DI:
1. Dyersburg State TN (2nd last week).
Juco

Honors
SAC pitcher of the week: Evan Estridge, Newberry
SAC

SIAC pitcher of the week: Robert Troiano III, Benedict.
SIAC

State scoreboard, Tuesday, March 28

Carson-Newman 7, Limestone 6 - Lim: Ryan Creps 3-5, 2 RBI
Clemson 8, Furman 0 - Cle: Weston Jackson 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Erskine 9, Anderson 4 - Ers: Chris Rave 1B, HR, 3 RBI
Georgia Southern 8, College of Charleston 4 - Cha: Logan McRae 2 1B, BB, RBI
Mount Olive 7, Francis Marion 0 - FM: Connor Howell 2 1B
Newberry 4, Augusta 3 - New: Tommy Passarello 1B, 2B, 3 RBI
North Carolina 7, Coastal Carolina 6 - Coa: Cory Wood 3-run HR, T9
South Carolina 15, The Citadel 1 - Jacob Olson 1B, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
USC Upstate 10, Charleston Southern 4 - Up: Jake Bourke 2 1B, BB. 4 RBI
Voorhees 17, Morris 0, G1
Voorhees 8, Morris 6, G2
Walters State 11, Spartanburg Methodist 1 - SM: Grant Thompson 1B, 2 2B

Postponed
Southern Wesleyan at Mars Hill, no makeup date announced

Monday, March 27, 2017

Composite of 6 major NCAA Division I polls, March 27

Each week during the regular season, CollegeBaseballInsider.com posts a composite poll of five national NCAA Division I rankings.

In the table below, I've added PerfectGame.org to the mix for a six-ranking composite.

Oregon State replaced Louisville as No. 1 in the rankings. The Beavers, No. 2 last week, are No. 1 in all six rankings.

Clemson is No. 5 (up from a tie for seventh) and South Carolina is No. 6 (up from a tie for seventh) this week.

There are nine SEC teams and five ACC teams in the composite Top 25 ranking. The +/- represents rise or fall from last week's composite rankings.

School +/- NCBWA BBA USAT CB D1 PG Total
1 Oregon State +1 25 25 25 25 25 25 150
2 Louisville -1 24 24 23 24 24 24 143
T3 TCU -- 22 23 22 23 22 23 135
T3 Texas Tech +1 23 22 24 22 23 21 135
5 Clemson +2 21 21 21 20 21 20 124
6 S. Carolina +1 20 20 20 18 19 22 119
7 North Carolina +3 18 19 19 19 18 19 112
8 LSU -3 19 17 18 13 20 16 103
9 Florida +2 17 18 17 15 17 17 101
10 Florida State +2 16 14 16 14 14 18 92
11 Fla. Gulf Coast +3 14 15 14 17 12 12 84
12 Cal. Fullerton -6 12 16 11 12 16 13 80
13 Arizona -4 15 13 15 10 13 9 75
14 St. John's +2 13 12 13 21 11 4 74
15 Stanford -- 9 11 12 7 15 14 68
16 Auburn +7 7 8 9 16 9 0 49
17 Oklahoma  +2 11 9 8 11 2 2 43
18 Kentucky +7 8 10 7 6 10 0 41
19 Virginia +2 10 7 10 5 8 0 40
20 Arkansas +13 6 5 6 9 6 6 38
21 Mississippi -8 3 6 4 0 7 7 27
22 Houston +8 2 3 1 1 0 15 22
23 Missouri -6 4 0 3 8 0 1 16
T24 La. Lafayette -6 0 0 2 0 5 8 15
T24 Vanderbilt +2 0 0 0 4 0 11 15

26. Baylor 14; 27. East Carolina 11; 28. South Florida 6; 29. (tie) Michigan 4; Southern Mississippi 4; 31. (tie) Oklahoma State 3; San Diego 3; 33. (tie) Oregon 2; Wake Forest 2.

Dropped out: Baylor (T-19 last week; Michigan (T-21); Oklahoma State (T-24).

Poll key: NCBWA -- National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; BBA -- Baseball America; USAT -- USA TODAY coaches; CB -- Collegiate Baseball; D1 -- D1Baseball.com; PG -- PerfectGame.org.  Points are awarded on a descending scale, from 25 points for a first-place vote to 1 for a 25th-place vote. Some polls ranked more than 25 teams, but I kept it at the top 25 for consistency's sake. In the event of ties, the points are divided evenly among the tied teams.