Catcher Nicholas Toney (.167, 18 AB) is a toolsy backstop and an intriguing player for the 2021 draft who will now look to flourish in a full-time role after sitting behind Pages last season. ECU began league competition in 1997; Army in 1998 and UAB began football play in 1999. The 2014 Conference USA Baseball Tournament will be held from May 21 through May 25 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.The annual tournament determines the conference champion of the Division I Conference USA for college baseball.The tournament champion will receive the league's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. Murray (.086, 35 AB) will look to start turning his promise into production after a tough freshman campaign. Standings In our latest Top 25, we rank the 25 best breakout candidates for the 2021 college baseball season. View All Events. Marshall will lean on a veteran pitching staff to try to stay in the middle of the pack or better in the league. Schedule. With this group, the program could be ready to jump back into the postseason for the first time since 2014. The Thundering Herd’s pitching talent already makes them a tough customer in the league, but achieving more balance by having some additional offensive difference-makers step forward would make them more competitive week-to-week in a deep conference. With Rice clearly down from where it was even a decade ago and realignment having changed the shape of the league, no one has really stepped up to fill in that vacuum. The Monarchs bring back a team that features proven players and talented newcomers in just about equal measure. Dealing with personnel losses after each season is just the cost of doing business if you’re a good program. But on the other hand, La Tech has established itself as the most consistent program in the league outside of USM and FAU, and they have a talented team on their hands again. Similarly, highly-regarded third baseman B.J. On offense, diminutive second baseman Derek Cartaya (.316/.395/.374, 20 SB) should be a spark plug in the order once again, Jose Garcia (.285/.365/.521, 11 HR) will provide some pop and Jarrett Ford (.277/.357/.331, 17 SB) will give FIU speed on the bases. Southern Miss was the Conference USA headliner through the first four weeks of the season. Events. There should be optimism about a lineup that returns veterans like center fielder Todd Elwood (.333/.384/.385), second baseman Carson Johnson (.304/.385/.362), first baseman Rafi Vazquez (.289/.362/.543, 12 HR) and third baseman Josh Haney (.281/.328/.325). In 2022: * Rosters will be capped at 40 (unlimited ’21, 35 normal season) * Counters stay at 32 (up from 27) * 25% minimum scholarship rule gone yet again. Good additions by the #WAC. Wallner is the highest-drafted player from Conference USA since East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman was taken ninth overall in 2014, before ECU moved to the American Athletic Conference. The league added TCU and ECU (1999) for all sports and they began competition in 2001. The righthander missed all of last season, but has the raw stuff to be a game-changer. SOURCES: @theACC is expected to play a 50-game game season in the spring with 10 conference weekends (three-game series) and 14 overall weekends. “We feel really good about the … 2020 Conference USA Preseason Awards by Brian Foley January 29, 2020 DALLAS – Conference USA has announced its 2020 preseason baseball awards, as chosen by the league’s 12 head coaches. Allen, who also occasionally finds himself in the lineup as a hitter for the Panthers, took a big jump as a sophomore last season, going from 5-5, 3.89 with 85 strikeouts and a .262 opponent batting average in 74 innings in 2018 to 4-6, 3.11 with 120 strikeouts and a .231 opponent batting average in 84 innings in 2019. The official Baseball page for Conference USA. The 2020 season could be just as good, despite the loss of Sanford. Conference USA. Events. This week's Bottom 10 gives a special shoutout to the Oregon Ducks, who were going to be the just-good-enough team to make Ryan McGee take the Pac-12 … In righthanders Nick Pantos (5-3, 4.05) and Ryne Moore (6-4, 3.78), Old Dominion returns two-thirds of its starting rotation from last year, and if freshman lefthander Noah Dean lives up to his immense potential right away, it will have a weekend group that could rival anyone in the league. First baseman Richard Constantine (.376/.449/.645, 7 HR) and DH Davis Sims (.362/.443/.505) were the two best hitters outside of Sanford last season, but both were limited to about half a season due to injury. Look for freshman third baseman Chris Dengler to be an impact player right away. There’s plenty of optimism about a weekend rotation of lefthander Peyton Wigginton (5-5, 5.25) and junior college transfers Aaron Brown and Justin Medlin. He’s coming off of a successful summer in the Cape Cod League and will look to use that as a springboard into becoming a workhorse in the rotation. Third baseman Danny Lynch (.296/.387/.357) was productive as a freshman and has now added some additional strength. Taking a wider view, one of the two has won the league’s regular season title in each of the last four years. Under coach John McCormack, FAU has done an extraordinary job of striking balance on the roster that allows the program to continually put tons of players into pro baseball while also avoiding seasons where the coaching staff has to start from scratch come February. The official for Conference USA. There isn’t quite the same track of record of success among those ticketed for the weekend rotation, but righthander Riley Davis (4-1, 5.13), righthander Tanner Rusk (2-2, 4.85) and lefthander Austin Bohannon (1-3, 6.51) all bring some starting experience to the table. Also back is senior second baseman Matthew Guidry (.297/.457/.491, 8 HR), a prototypical gamer who does everything, from drawing walks, to hitting home runs, to even stealing the occasional base. Really nice scoop here from @MattBrownEP. The bullpen looks like it could be a strength, what with the return of righthander Scheldon Paulk (3.61, 42.1 IP) and lefty David Zoz (3.44, 55 IP). He’ll have to prove that he can handle that workload, but there’s no doubt that he has the stuff to be as good as anyone in the league. The Conference USA Baseball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in baseball for Conference USA (C-USA). With a wealth of returning talent and another top-five recruiting class, Florida looks like a national championship favorite in 2021. The Owls are still clearly several steps back from where they were at their peak, but there’s enough impressive talent in place this season that you might start to see the rebuild under Bragga taking shape. It has finished eighth or lower in each of the last four seasons after finishing as high as second in 2014, the first year that conference membership shifted radically. Total number of weekends could change to 12, but 14 is the proposal right now. #ACC, — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 11, 2020, SOURCE: @MAACSports is expected to have a 40-game, conference-only schedule for 2021 with a March 20 start date, pending formal approval by the league’s athletic directors. It will now be voted on by the D1 Council. On the mound, they hope junior college transfer righthander Corey Ireson and the freshman Dante Visconti will fit that mold and fill in behind Josey in the rotation. Facility investment, including a newly completed indoor facility, is underway. An unsigned fourth-round pick in 2017, Conlon began his career at Texas A&M and then stopped over at San Jacinto (Texas) JC last season before arriving in Houston. From the lineup, center fielder Eric Rivera, catcher Pedro Pages and third baseman Joe Montes are gone. All rights reserved. History. View All Events. On offense, Cruz is a fantastic centerpiece to begin with, junior catcher Justin Collins (.260/.387/.425) is a star in his own right and seniors in second baseman Cade Edwards (.308/.360/.498), third baseman Braden Comeaux (.299/.388/.421) and right fielder Bradley Gneiting (.295/.366/.378) give the lineup length. Freshman shortstop Dustin Dickerson, one of the best newcomers in the conference, will get a shot at holding down an important position right away. He was limited to four appearances last season, but in 2018, he started 14 games for the 49ers. One other recent trend is the lack of any sort of firm middle class in the conference. That includes right fielder Zack Davis (.330/.421/.569, 8 HR), left fielder Colton Schultz (.316/.421/.490), center fielder Jess Davis (.296/.391/.431, 48 SB), who finished second in the country in steals last season, first baseman Ian Ladner (.293/.404/.493) and catcher J.P. Fullerton (.341/.433/.511), who thrived at the plate in a small sample of 88 at-bats last season. He’s a high-end talent that struggled through his freshman season, but could be ready to make a jump. Here are five pressing questions as the Bruins look to return to Omaha for the first time since 2013. Davis has the goods to be a bona fide ace in the league with command of three pitches, including a fastball that has been up to 94 mph. Add in junior college transfers in first baseman Austin Bulman, left fielder Daniel Hernandez and DH Brayden Combs, who began his career at Kentucky, all of whom have great offensive track records, and you have the makings of the best Rice offense in quite some time. The lineup is a bit of a different story, as all four of Marshall’s .300 hitters are gone, plus catcher Rey Pastrana. Getting Tyler Myrick back should be a boon for the pitching staff as well. Four significantly experienced juniors or seniors project to populate the lineup in second baseman Taylor Young (.316/.443/.396), third baseman Hunter Wells (.294/.372/.431), center fielder Parker Bates (.270/.348/.434) and right fielder Steele Netterville (.254/.349/.462). The Sunday starter job is projected to go to freshman lefthander Chandler Best. With midweek games against Florida, Miami and UCF always looming large for FAU’s postseason hopes, finding someone for that role is no minor task. The Blazers will go into 2020 looking to reverse a trend in league play. Jess Davis and Wiley also give UAB good defenders at important positions. Since this left an uneven number of schools in the conference, Houston of the dissolving Southwest Conference … In 2020, he’ll step into the Friday role. Conference USA Conference Standings for College Baseball with division standings, games back, team RPI, streaks, and conference RPI The righthander was a 28th-round selection of the Royals last season, but elected to attend WKU. Championships. The Golden Eagles lost three of their four top hitters from last season in Matt Wallner, Bryant Bowen and Hunter Slater. Speaking of workhorses, two of them are back in the bullpen in lefthanders Jonathan Fincher (2.78, 32.1 IP) and Kyle Griffen (4.19, 58 IP), who set the program record for appearances in 2019. Here’s our in-depth look back at C-USA in 2020 with best team, most impressive hitters/pitchers and much more. They have a highly regarded first-year coach in Robert Woodard, who spent the last three years as pitching coach at North Carolina. #ACC — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 11, 2020 SOURCE: @MAACSports is expected to have a 40-game, conference … — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 8, 2020 BREAKING: The @NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief has granted DI Baseball a blanket waiver … — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 8, 2020 BREAKING: The @NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief has granted DI Baseball a blanket waiver … Left fielder Gabe Montenegro (.342/.455/.494) is back after leading the team in hitting a season ago. And the new coaching staff is going all-in on introducing advanced training technology to the 49ers. BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox! But around him, outfielder Kyle Battle (.306/.399/.418), second baseman Matt Burch (.298/.369/.367), outfielder Ryan Teschko (.291/.372/.342) and shortstop Tommy Bell (.273/.356/.407) ensure that it’s not a one-man show in the lineup. With the losses of Blake Sanderson and Mike Ruff, FAU will be looking for pitchers to step up and earn innings on the weekend, and Visconti has the opportunity to take advantage. But it remains an open question what can be expected in year one of his tenure with the Roadrunners. BILOXI, Mississippi — The 2019 Conference USA Baseball Championship is scheduled to take place May 22-26 at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi.. Limited midweek games are in play. Events Results. NCAA SCOOP: The @NCAA Competition Oversight Committee, last week, recommended cutting the minimum number of games to make the NCAA postseason in baseball and softball from 27 to 14. Six-foot-three, 220-pound freshman DH David McCabe, a corner infielder by trade, looks the part of an instant-impact bat as well. Back to help mitigate those losses are middle infielder Geordon Blanton (.286/.352/.468), whose 17 doubles and 18 stolen bases were good for first and second on the team, respectively, and Zach Inskeep (.281/.361/.427). At the same time, McCormack and his staff do an outstanding job of developing players to move up into bigger roles and finding players from the high school and junior college ranks who can have an impact right away. Sophomore righthander Dalton Wood (4.23, 27.2 IP) will round out the rotation after pitching in relief a season ago. There’s also good balance with this group, as Zack Davis, Schultz and Ladner provide some power, Jess Davis and shortstop Justin Wiley (.245/.328/.327, 17 SB) can steal some bases and four returning players showed a nose for finding their way on base with .400 or better on-base percentages. Results. Those trends should continue into 2020, with USM and FAU the favorites once again. Schuler, in particular, took a big jump in the summer and fall, with his fastball now touching 95 mph. NCAA SCOOP: The @NCAA Competition Oversight Committee, last week, recommended cutting the minimum number of games to make the NCAA postseason in baseball and softball from 27 to 14. Around Foust, expect converted relievers Hunter Mason (4.63, 46.2 IP) and Shane Daughety (6.24, 53.1 IP) to get a crack at weekend innings. There are enough veteran pieces back that the floor is pretty high for this Southern Miss team. Add in sophomore left fielder Jackson Swiney (.257/.348/.422) and senior third baseman Sam McElreath (.184/.296/.243) and it makes for an extraordinarily experienced lineup. View the complete 2021 Conference USA conference schedule on ESPN.com By Joe Healy on February 10, 2020. Peyton Wigginton, LHP, Middle Tennessee State, Chris Williams, OF, Florida International, Dustin Dickerson, SS, Southern Mississippi. Baseball’s Conference USA has sent teams to more than 44 NCAA appearances and five College World Series games, and C-USA teams are some of the best in the NCAA bunch! On one hand, the Bulldogs will be baseball nomads this season, playing “home” games in three different venues, including several series more than two hours away in Jackson, Miss., due to the re-construction of J.C. Love Field that will take place this season. He was voted a Preseason All-American as a two-way player by major league scouting directors. With a fastball that sits 90-94 mph, Darrell-Hicks will pair nicely in the rotation with a pitcher who has similar fastball velocity in junior college transfer Riley Boyd. First baseman Will McGillis (.223/.328/.293) and center fielder Hunter LeBlanc (.239/.306/.336) stand out as athletes that could thrive on a team looking to rely less on power. Under coach Chris Finwood, ODU has been quietly consistent for a long time. Conference USA Network West Virginia Basketball Top Plays vs. Nicholls (2019-20) Sean McNeil and Miles McBride came off the bench for West Virginia and added 10 and 15 points respectively, contributing to the Mountaineers 83-57 victory over Nicholls State. Conference USA schools had an impressive 2020 recruiting cycle and the conference brought in the fifth most BA 500 players, trailing only college baseball's biggest powers: the … The USM pitching staff will have to deal with the loss of starting pitcher Stevie Powers, but the high-end talent on the roster should mitigate his departure and give the Golden Eagles a chance to have one of the best rotations in the conference. The quality, versatility and athleticism of the lineup should put them in a position to do so. Brown is regarded as the best 2020 draft prospect on the roster, and the MTSU coaching staff notes that his competitiveness and work ethic are through the roof. Copyright © 2020 Baseball America Enterprises. SOURCES: @theACC is expected to play a 50-game game season in the spring with 10 conference weekends (three-game series) and 14 overall weekends. Powered by outfielder Jake Sanford, who won Conference USA’s regular season triple crown, 2019 was the best season for Western Kentucky since joining the league prior to the 2016 season. Total number of weekends could change to 12, but 14 is the proposal right now. The biggest name on the marquee for ODU is outfielder Andy Garriola (.328/.378/.559, 10 HR), a toolsy player who was a Freshman All-American last season. One pitcher to watch in the bullpen is junior college transfer righthander Jack Conlon, who has taken a circuitous route to get to Rice. Batting, pitching, and fielding stats for the 2019 Conference USA Righthander Bailey Sutton (4.04, 42.1 IP) will be back to anchor the bullpen. Those are three huge losses, but they are eclipsed by what they have coming back in second baseman Francisco Urbaez (.322/.432/.519, 10 HR), outfielder Mitchell Hartigan (.322/.404/.514), shortstop Wilfredo Alvarez (.320/.396/.395), right fielder Bobby Morgensen (.312/.408/.535, 11 HR), DH Jared DeSantolo (.298/.373/.413) and first baseman Andru Summerall (.295/.386/.474). They’ll be joined by another precocious freshman in Christian Lothes, a 6-foot-2 lefthander from Ohio. No matter how things shake out, you have to imagine outfielder Dylan Rock (.327/.423/.473, 20 2B), catcher/first baseman Bryan Sturges (.316/.465/.523, 19 2B) and catcher Nick Thornquist (.315/.400/.568, 19 2B) will be right in the thick of things. Best Pure Hitter: Matthew Guidry, Southern MississippiBest Power Hitter: Andy Garriola, Old DominionBest Strike-Zone Discipline: Matthew Guidry, Southern MississippiBest Athlete: Trei Cruz, RiceFastest Runner: Jess Davis, Alabama-BirminghamBest Baserunner: Jess Davis, Alabama-BirminghamBest Defensive Catcher: Justin Collins, RiceBest Defensive Infielder: Kevin Lambert, Western KentuckyBest Infield Arm: Kevin Lambert, Western KentuckyBest Defensive Outfielder: Parker Bates, Louisiana TechBest Outfield Arm: Bobby Morgensen, Florida AtlanticBest Fastball: Gabe Shepard, Southern MississippiBest Breaking Ball: Gabe Shepard, Southern MississippiBest Changeup: Nick Pantos, Old DominionBest Control: Walker Powell, Southern Mississippi. Predicted Conference Standings is a prediction of each team's final conference record based on this season's previous results. Schedule. Over the last two seasons, the cream has risen to the top in Conference USA, with Southern Mississippi and Florida Atlantic being the league’s two representatives in regionals both times. https://t.co/5jl2mCwV7a, — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 10, 2020. Having senior righthander Walker Powell (6-2, 2.81) back will help steady the rotation, even if Shepard deals with growing pains along the way. I've confirmed that @Lamar_Baseball @BearkatsBSB @ACU_Baseball @SFA_Baseball are all headed to @WACsports soon. Standings. The 49ers have the look of an ascendent college baseball program. A 6-foot-5, 220-pound righthander from Bartram Trail High in St. Johns, Florida, Visconti has the physicality, arm strength and repertoire, including a good breaking ball, to break into the rotation right away. Everything points to new coach Patrick Hallmark being the right fit for UTSA. Batting, pitching, and fielding stats for the 2017 Conference USA As a result, the offense may have to take a different approach this time around and push to score more runs as a result of stringing multiple hits together and making things happen on the bases. In the bullpen, righty Angel Tiburcio (2.15, 29.1 IP) returns after serving as the team’s most effective reliever last season. That’s the case again in 2020. They’ll be joined in the lineup by senior catcher Matt Phipps (.275/.338/.413), senior second baseman Jack Wilson (.307/.423/.407), senior shortstop Kevin Lambert (.271/.316/.300) and senior center fielder Ray Zuberer III (.222/.323/.380, 7 HR). Print; Choose A Season: 2019 Baseball Standings; Team School C-USA Conf Overall CPct. Tech will host the Conference USA Baseball Tournament in 2021, followed by Southern Miss in 2022 and Rice in 2023. Members Conference Members. Overall Pct. 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