May 19, 2023 Collegiate Baseball

What’s In This Issue?

• Incredible Shortstop: Venezuelan Carlos Medina of Mid-America Christian nearly pulls off the impossible as he almost goes an entire season without making an error.

How To Excel At Crunch Time: Playing great defense when pressure is the highest in playoffs is crucial. Chris Lemonis of Mississippi St. explains why the Bulldogs didn’t commit an error in 7 games at the 2021 College World Series. Hall of Famer Ed Cheff of Lewis-Clark St. explains how great defense was a key to the Warriors winning 16 NAIA titles.

• Player Hit In Chest By Bullet: Matthew Delaney of Texas A&M-Texarkana rushed to a hospital after being hit during a game. 

Lou Pavlovich Column: Danny Litwhiler, baseball’s greatest inventor of all time, invented the radar gun for baseball plus a whole host of other great products. 

• New All-Time NJCAA Div. I Win Record: Perry Keith of Connors St. (OK) wins his 1,805th career victory against Seminole St.

• Editorial: NCAA Div. I Board of Directors adopts new rules for all Division I schools that will require increased support for college athletes which includes health and academic benefits starting in August of 2024.

• Ruleball With Rich Marazzi: Here are some unique situations that involve caught balls.

CB’s NCAA Div. I Poll Presented By Big League Chew: Wake Forest No. 1 as Demon Deacons roll to 39-7 record.

National Players Of The Week Powered By Diamond: RHP Paul Skenes of LSU fans a career-high 15 Auburn batters, Brad Camarda of Hostra fires a no-hitter, plus much more.

• NCAA Div. I Notes: Tennessee Tech’s John Dyer belts 9 home runs in 8 games, Jay Thomason of Air Force Academy has a monster game with 10 RBI and collects 6 hits with 2 home runs during a 24-12 win over San Jose St., Coach Brad Bohannon of the University of Alabama fired after gambling scandal, plus much more.

• NCAA Div. 3 Notes: Zack Carinci of Case Western Reserve hits safely in 29 straight games to set a new school record, trio of no-hitters thrown, two players hit for the cycle, plus much more.

• Adam Sarancik Column: Coaches must tap mental state of players.

• CB’s National H.S. Top 30 Poll Presented By Diamond Pro: Barbe H.S. (LA) rolls to 37-1 record with 18 straight wins, Stoneman Douglas (FL) perfect at 24-0 and Sinton (TX) off to 30-1 start, plus much more.

High School Notes: St. Mary’s 84-game win streak stopped by University Liggett high school, parent arrested during a baseball game between two Florida high schools, plus more.

Charlie Greene Column: Pitching ‘up and in’ can cause big problems for pitchers as well as hitters.

• NCAA Div. 2 Notes: Erskine ties NCAA Div. II record with 12 home runs during a 40-8 win over Southern Wesleyan as nine players hit homers, Ross Smith of Metropolitan State-Denver breaks the school record for doubles in a season with 30, plus much more.

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