Tuesday, February 21, 2017

State schedule, Tuesday, Feb. 21

Anderson at Erskine, 2 p.m.
Furman at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.
Southern Wesleyan at Truett-McConnell, 2 p.m.
Montreat at North Greenville, 3 p.m.
Charlotte at South Carolina, 4 p.m.
Armstrong State at Claflin, 5 p.m.

Postponed
Charleston Southern at Savannah State, to May 3

Monday, February 20, 2017

Composite of 5 major NCAA Division I polls, Feb. 20

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.

The USA TODAY coaches poll doesn't publish another poll until later in the season, but the other five polls offered updated rankings today.

TCU is No. 1 in all five rankings.

South Carolina is fifth, Clemson 16th and defending national champion Coastal Carolina is tied with Texas A&M for 20th.

There are seven ACC teams and six SEC teams in the composite Top 25 ranking. The +/- represents rise or fall from the preseason composite poll.


School +/-NCBWABBAUSATCBD1PGTotal
1.TCU2525NA252525125
2.Florida 2423NA232423117
3.LSU2322NA242124114
4.Florida State2224NA172322108
5.S. Carolina2121NA222221107
6.Oregon State1918NA211819 95
7.Vanderbilt2017NA201917  93
8.Louisville1820NA151620 89
9.Cal Fullerton +11219NA161414 75
10.N. Carolina +11412NA14171673
11.N.C. State +21614NA02012  62
12.La. Lafayette +11110NA101313 57
13.(tie) E. Caro. -41715NA0811  51
13.(tie) Arizona +3107NA19114 51
15.Virginia +2713NA13122  47
16.Mississippi  +704NA12918 43
17.Clemson -51311NA44638
18.Texas Tech +395NA6150 35
19.Washington +3016NA909 34
20.Miami -280NA185031
21.(tie) Tx A&M +260NA1110330
21.(tie) C. Caro. -6158NA07030
23.Okla. State -446NA001525
24.Stanford -533NA06820
25.Rice +220NA23512

     26. (tie) Texas 11; UNC Wilmington 11; 28. (tie) Houston 8; Sam Houston State 8; 30. (tie) Arizona State 7; Cal Santa Barbara 7; 32. Long Beach State 5; 33. Dallas Baptist 3; 34. Maryland 2; 35. Wright State 1.

     Dropped out: Cal Santa Barbara (No. 23 preseason)

     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.

News digest, Feb. 20

Weekly program airs on Sirius/XM
PerfectGameUSA and Sirius/XM satellite radio are producing a weekly two-hour program devoted to college baseball. It airs at 9 p.m. (eastern) each Monday night on Channel 84. College of Charleston coach Matt Heath is one of the scheduled guests tonight.  As a side note, several college baseball games are carried on Sirius/XM channels, usually after basketball winds down.
Satellite 

Buccaneers alter schedule
Charleston Southern's scheduled Tuesday game at Savannah State has been rescheduled for May 3.
Bucs

Gamecocks recap notes
South Carolina has posted notes recapping its weekend series with UNC Greensboro.
Carolina

Odd facts known by few
* Virginia Tech's three-game sweep at USC Upstate was the first road sweep for the Hokies since 2013.
* Rock Hill native Sammy Taormina of Liberty University was named Big South player for the week after going 6-for-11 (.545) at the Charleston Crab House Shootout.

Poll updates
Collegiate Baseball: 1. TCU (1st last poll). 4. South Carolina (4). 22. Clemson (12). 27. Coastal Carolina (19).
CB DI

PerfectGame.org: 1. TCU (1). 5. South Carolina (5). 20. Clemson (19). Dropped out: Coastal Carolina (24).
PG

Baseball America: 1. TCU (1). 5. South Carolina (5). 15. Clemson (10). 18. Coastal Carolina (15.
BA

D1Baseball.com: 1. TCU (1). 4. South Carolina (4). 15. Coastal Carolina (11). 22. Clemson (15).
D1

NCBWA: 1. TCU (1). 5. South Carolina (5). 19. Coastal Carolina (11). 20. Clemson (13).
Writers

Honors
The Sun Conference

Pitcher of the week: Justin Kortessis, USC Beaufort.
Player of the week: Bobby Wenthe, USC Beaufort

State scoreboard, Monday, Feb. 20

Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach, Conway
St. John's 7, Coastal Carolina 4, 10 innings - Coa: Seth Lancaster 2-4, HR

Sunday, February 19, 2017

State schedule, Feb. 20-26

* Presbyterian plays midweek home games against two of its closest rivals, facing Furman on Tuesday and Wofford on Wednesday.

* Another notable Wednesday game is College of Charleston's visit to Coastal Carolina.

Other midweek games involving in-state teams  include Anderson at Erskine on Tuesday and Anderson at Southern Wesleyan and Limestone at Lander on Wednesday.

* South Carolina has a rare Thursday game on the eve of a Friday-Sunday series. The Gamecocks meet Kansas State on Thursday. The Wildcats stay in the Midlands for a weekend tournament at the Lexington County Sports Complex.

* Other tournaments are in Florence and Spartanburg and on the Grand Strand.

Monday, Feb. 20
Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach, Conway

St. John's at Coastal Carolina, noon

Tuesday, Feb 21
Anderson at Erskine, 2 p.m.
Furman at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.
Southern Wesleyan at Truett-McConnell, 2 p.m.
Montreat at North Greenville, 3 p.m.
Charlotte at South Carolina, 4 p.m.
Armstrong State at Claflin, 5 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Savannah State, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb 22
Spartanburg Methodist at Southeastern CC, DH, 1 p.m.
Winston-Salem State at Benedict, 1 p.m.
Wofford at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.
Anderson at Southern Wesleyan, 3 p.m.
Belmont Abbey JV at USC Lancaster, DH, 3 p.m.
Newberry at Pfeiffer, 3 p.m.
Belmont Abbey at Francis Marion, 4 p.m.
College of Charleston at Coastal Carolina, 4 p.m.
Paine at USC Aiken, 4 p.m.
UNC Asheville at USC Upstate, 4 p.m.
Western Carolina at Clemson, 4 p.m.
Limestone at Lander, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb 23
Kansas State at South Carolina, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb 24
Stony Brook at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.
Warner at USC Beaufort, 2 p.m.
Pfeiffer at Erskine, 2:30 p.m.
Southern Wesleyan at North Greenville, 3:30 p.m.
Brunswick at Florence-Darlington Tech, 4 p.m.
Elon at Clemson, 4 p.m.
Monmouth at Furman, 4 p.m.
Roane State at Spartanburg Methodist, 4 p.m.
Winthrop at Kennesaw State, 4 p.m.
Wright State at South Carolina, 4 p.m.
Young Harris at USC Aiken., 4 p.m.
Barton at Limestone, 5 p.m.
Bluefield State at Claflin, 5 p.m.
Cincinnati at College of Charleston, 5 p.m.
Delaware State at The Citadel, 5 p.m.
Goldey-Beacom at Newberry, 5 p.m.
Augusta at Francis Marion, 6 p.m.
Coker at Tusculum, 6 p.m.
Florida State College at USC Sumter, 6 p.m.
Lander at Montevallo, 6 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne at Anderson, 6 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.

Caravelle Resort Tournament
Pelicans Park, Myrtle Beach

George Mason vs. West Virginia, 3 p.m.
Springs Brooks Stadium, Conway
Ball State at Coastal Carolina, 4 p.m.

Florence-Darlington Tech Tournament
Old Cormell Field, Florence

Brunswick at Florence-Darlington Tech, 4 p.m.
Brunswick vs. Cecil, 6:30 p.m.

USC Upstate/Wofford Tournament, Spartanburg
Harley Park

Georgetown at USC Upstate, 4 p.m.
Russell King Field
UNC Asheville vs. Dayton, noon
James Madison at Wofford, 5 p.m.

Lexington County Ballpark
Liberty vs. Maryland Baltimore County, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25
Barton at Limestone, DH, noon
Florida State College at USC Sumter, DH, noon
Goldey-Beacom at Newberry, DH, noon
Pfeiffer at Erskine, DH, noon
Southern Wesleyan at North Greenville, DH, noon
Warner at USC Beaufort, DH, noon
Coker at Tusculum, DH, 1 p.m.
East Georgia at USC Salkehatchie, DH, 1 p.m,
Lenoir-Rhyne at Anderson, DH, 1 p.m.
Monmouth at Furman, 1 p.m.
Patrick Henry at USC Lancaster, DH, 1 p.m.
Roane State at Spartanburg Methodist, DH, 1 p.m.
Voorhees at Rust, DH, 1 p.m.
Augusta at Francis Marion, 2 p.m.
Bluefield State at Claflin, 2 p.m.
Cincinnati at College of Charleston, 2 p.m.
Delaware State at The Citadel, 2 p.m.
Stony Brook at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.
Winthrop at Kennesaw State, 2 p.m.
Wright State at South Carolina, 2 p.m.
Young Harris at USC Aiken, 2 p.m.
Elon at Clemson, 2:30 p.m.
Lander at Montevallo, 3 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth at Charleston Southern, 4 p.m.

Caravelle Resort Tournament
Pelicans Park, Myrtle Beach

George Mason vs. Ball State, DH, 1 p.m.
Springs Brooks Stadium, Conway
West Virginia at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m.

Florence-Darlington Tech Tournament
Old Cormell Field, Florence

Walters State vs. Potomac State, 11 a.m.
Potomac State at Florence-Darlington Tech, 1:30 p.m.
Cecil vs. Walters State, 4 pm.
Cecil at Florence-Darlington Tech, 6:30 p.m.

USC Upstate/Wofford Tournament, Spartanburg
Harley Park

UNC Asheville vs. James Madison, noon
Dayton at USC Upstate, 4 p.m.
Russell King Field
Georgetown at Wofford, 4 p.m.

Lexington County Ballpark
Kansas State vs. Liberty, 2 p.m.
St. John's vs. Maryland Baltimore County, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26
Goldey-Beacom at Newberry, noon
Stony Brook at Presbyterian, noon
Bluefield State at Claflin, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at College of Charleston, 1 p.m.
Delaware State at The Citadel, 1 p.m.
Elon at Clemson, 1 p.m.
George Mason at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
James Madison at USC Upstate, 1 p.m.
Lander at Montevallo, 1 p.m.
Monmouth at Furman, 1 p.m.
New River at Spartanburg Methodist, DH, 1 p.m.
Patrick Henry at USC Lancaster, DH, 1 p.m.
USC Salkehatchie at East Georgia, DH, 1 p.m.
Voorhees at Rust, DH, 1 p.m.
Winthrop at Kennesaw State, 1 p.m.
Young Harris at USC Aiken, 1 p.m.
Wright State at South Carolina, 1:30 p.m.
Augusta at Francis Marion, 2 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth at Charleston Southern, 2 p.m.

Caravelle Resort Tournament
Pelicans Park, Myrtle Beach

West Virginia vs. Ball State, 11 a.m.
Springs Brooks Stadium, Conway
George Mason at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.

Florence-Darlington Tech Tournament
Old Cormell Field, Florence

Cecil vs. Potomac State. 10:30 a.m.
Brunswick vs. Walters State, 1 p.m.
Walters State at Florence-Darlington Tech, 3:30 p.m.

USC Upstate/Wofford Tournament, Spartanburg
Harley Park

James Madison at USC Upstate, 1 p.m.
Russell King Field
Dayton vs. Georgetown, noon
UNC Asheville at Wofford, 4 p.m.

Lexington County Ballpark
Kansas State vs. Liberty, 11 a.m.
St. John's vs. Maryland Baltimore County, 2 p.m.