Jump to content
  • Welcome to AngelsWin.com

    AngelsWin.com - THE Internet Home for Angels fans! Unraveling Angels Baseball ... One Thread at a Time.

    Register today to join the most interactive online Angels community on the net!

    Once you're a member you'll see less advertisements. Become a Premium member and you won't see any ads! 



College Baseball 2014!

Recommended Posts

The season is less than a week away!  Baseball America hasn't released their rankings yet, so I'll post the pre-season rankings from NCAA.




Of the local teams, Fullerton is the National #1!  Congrats, tho I'm hopeful my Dirtbags will shock the world this season and get back into the National conversation.  Fullerton faces two top-25 opponents this season (@Oregon #7 for three games, and one @UCLA #10).  My Dirtbags open with #8 Vanderbilt at home, and will face four other top-25 opponents (host ASU #19 at home, Fullerton #1 for six games, host UCLA #10 for three games, and host Indiana #11 for three games).  In addition to the games vs. Fullerton and the Dirtbags, UCLA host ASU, #25 Stanford, and #7 Oregon.


Cal Poly, UCI, and Santa Barbara also got mention in the rankings.  Get out to a game, watch some hungry young ballplayers, and support our local teams.  Fullerton is a decent park to watch a game, but I prefer Blair Field and even UCI (mostly because they sell beers!).


Here are links to some schedules-








Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Last night was Opening Day!


Went to the #8 Vanderbilt @ Dirtbags game...


I thought the Bags looked pretty good against Vandy last night.  Hampson had two infield hits, and Patron ("Tequila!") crushed a couple of balls foul.  Our pitching was pretty sharp too; but Prigatanos 2-run error cost us.

The bunt that forced the runner at 3rd, was a good play by the catcher on a really bad bunt by Hill.  I'm one of those who doesn't like bunt-strategy, and was surprised to see Hill laying-one-down there.  I get it's a percentage play to move runners, but if Hill is supposed to be one of our power-sources this season why waste the out?!  We already had a runner in scoring-position.  I'd much rather see a hit-and-run than a bunt, unless the batter is trying to get a hit (we'll probably see a LOT of those from Hampson this year).
I will also mention that the umpiring left a lot to be desired...  I didn't protest too loudly at a missed-call on a pick-off at 1st, where the runner was caught leaning (tho, I was told by a friend who was standing on the 1st base side, that it wasn't even close).  I protested a bit more loudly on a stolen-base call at 2nd (Where Buck agreed enough to run-out and complain), and almost jumped the railing over a squeeze-play at home, where the play obviously beat the runner..
Oh well, I saw a lot of positives in the game last night.  It'd be great if the Boys could get a win today to set-up a possible series-win Sunday.
Other scores-
Fullerton beat Washington State 12-0
Cal Poly beat Kansas State 2-0
UC Riverside beat San Francisco 10-2
UCI lost to Fresno State 2-0 in 10 innings
#12 UCLA lost to Portland 1-0
Link to comment
Share on other sites

LB pitching will be solid once the two pitchers sitting out last season with injuries get included into the rotation again. 

The offense though is soooo mid-1960's Chavez Ravine bunch.

A ton of hit and runs, bunts, and SBs will need to be in order. 


Vandy is that darned good to sweep LB though, a definate CWS contender.

Another one (Indiana) will be faced in a 3 game early March home series.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I imagine they practice in the gym when they can (like the scene from "A League of Their Own).


The NCAA showed their East-coast bias again in recent years, when they changed their "laws" regarding when teams could start practicing officially.  The dates were pushed-back to allow better weather to catch-up to the East-coast.


I talked to one of the Vandy players when they came-out to The Beach last weekend.  I welcomed him out to the warm weather, and he told me they weren't too thrilled to be heading back to 20' weather back home (in Tenn.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites


The Bags put a frog-stomping on ASU last night!  Won 11-0, and Patron smacked a two-run homer (which is a near-impossibility, even during day-games).


I had to work, but managed to stop-by outside the left-field fence to watch the first inning.  After the Bags set-em down, an older dude was cheering and said to me, "Great start, but I wish they were up 8-0."  I laughed and said, "I don't think they're gonna be up 8-0 on anybody this season."


Thanks for proving me wrong, Boys!  See you at the park today.  They get the Wright State Raiders, who beat UCI yesterday 3-1.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2nd quality win for the Bags.  Brings em to 3-5 on the season.  Handed SC their first loss of the season but, more incredible to me at least, there were no errors on either side; rare at a Dirtbags game.


They're off to play Wichita St. at TCU (because of weather concerns).  They'll be in Tuscon vs. Arizona next week while we're in Tempe for ST, but I can't afford the helicopter ride to check em out..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...