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West Region / Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
« on: May 24, 2008, 01:59:05 pm »
Congrats to  NWC players Kyle Stalker -Junior first baseman from Willamette University  and Brian Clark -Senior Starting Pitcher from Linfield College for making the ABCA/Rawlings All America team.

Congratulations to Drew VanCleave, - Senior Catcher from Linfield College for being selected as a Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winner!

Kyle and Brian were highschool team mates out of Sammamish Highschool in Bellevue ,WA.

Here is a link to the ABCA All Amercia Team list:

Awards / ABCA D-III All-American Team
« on: May 24, 2008, 01:40:07 pm »
2008 ABCA All-America Team
First Team
Pos. Player Yr. School
DH Chris Dunham  Jr. Thiel College (Pa.) 
C Doug Coe  Sr. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1B Jason Acevado  Sr. Carthage College (Wis.) 
2B Michael Sims  Sr. LaGrange College (Ga.) 
3B Derek David* Sr. McMurry University (Texas) 
SS Brian Kolb  So. Wheaton College (Ill.) 
OF Brian Youchak  So. Johns Hopkins University (Md.) 
OF Brian Moran  Sr. Grove City College (Pa.) 
OF Anthony D'Alfonso  Jr. University of Southern Maine 
UT Kurt Yacko  Jr. Chapman University (Calif.)
UT Chandler Barnard Sr. Trinity College (Conn.) 
P Wayde Kitchens  Jr. Chapman University (Calif.) 
P Kenny Moreland Sr. Christopher Newport University (Va.) 
P Tim Kiely  Sr. Trinity College (Conn.) 
P Ryan Kulik  Sr. Rowan University (N.J.)
  * - Player of the Year   

Second Team   
Pos. Player Yr. School
DH Scott Marcus  Sr. University of La Verne (Calif.)
C Dale Curry Sr. Alvernia College (Pa.)
1B Sean Claugherty  So. The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) 
1B J.D. Rotzoll  Sr. Concordia University (Ill.) 
2B Craig Mease  Sr. Messiah College (Pa.) 
3B John Wagle  Jr. Augustana College (Ill.) 
3B Todd Emr  Sr. Johns Hopkins University (Md.) 
SS Trae Bailey  Jr. Christopher Newport University (Va.) 
SS Cory Briggs  So. University of the Ozarks (Ark.) 
OF Dan Valentine  Sr. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (N.Y.)
OF Hunter Owen  Jr. Millsaps College (Miss.) 
OF Chris Bullis  Sr. University of St. Thomas (Minn.) 
OF Mike Guadango  So. William Paterson University (N.J.) 
UT Scott Fisher  Jr. Richard Stockton College (N.J.) 
P Jeremiah Bayer  Jr. Trinity College (Conn.) 
P Adam Gingras  Jr. Wheaton College (Mass.) 
P Blake Booher  Jr. University of Texas-Tyler 
P Joe Devlin  Jr. Lynchburg College (Va.)
P Tom Dimitroff  Sr. Piedmont College (Ga.) 
P Matt Tone  So. State University of New York-Cortland

Third Team   
Pos. Player Yr. School
C Brock Whiteman  So. Muskingum College (Ohio) 
1B Kyle Stalker  Jr. Willamette University (Ore.)
2B Alex Ratzloff  Jr. Webster University (Mo.)
2B Mike Gerdes  So. St. Joseph's College (N.Y.) 
3B Justin Armiger  Sr. Salisbury University (Md.) 
SS Chris Burleson  Jr. University of Southern Maine 
OF Mike Vass  Sr. Chapman University (Calif.) 
OF Joseph Villegas  So. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 
OF Jeremy Wentworth  Jr. Heidelberg College (Ohio) 
UT Bobby Rickstad  Sr. Adrian College (Mich.) 
P Brian Clark  Sr. Linfield College (Ore.) 
P Michael Matsui So. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.) 
P Brett Mueller  Sr. Webster University (Mo.) 
P Eric Willey  Jr. Salisbury University (Md.) 
P Brett Holland  Jr. University of Texas-Tyler 
P Lonnie Robinson  Sr. University of St. Thomas (Minn.) 

Awards / Re: National/Regional Gold Glove Teams
« on: May 24, 2008, 01:37:25 pm »
ABCA/Rawlings  NCAA Divison 3 National Gold Glove Award winners:

ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III Gold Glove Awards   

Pos. Player            Yr.    School
C Drew Vancleave  Sr. Linfield College (Ore.) 

1B Brad Demmin  Jr. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 

2B Jamie Chevalier  Jr. Keene State University (N.H.) 

3B Jacob Haberman  Sr. California State University East Bay 

SS Maikel De La Rosa  Sr. Kean University (N.J.)
OF Brian Moran  Sr. Grove City College (Pa.) 

OF Charles Acker  Sr. Whittier College (Calif.) 

OF Camden Mamigonian  So. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (N.Y.)

P Adam Tellan  Sr. Tufts University (Mass.) 

This an interesting article about Linfield left fielder Cory Ellis.

Cory was a member of the 2006 Oregon State team that won the D1 title as a freshman.
He transferred to Linfield in 2007 and now here he is palying in the D3 Ntioanl championships.
This is a pretty amazing story - two separate teams out of Oregon and going to the National chapionships in two different NCAA divisions.

Two years ago Joe left handed pitcher Joe Patterson transferred from Linfield to pitch for Oregon State and won two consecutive D1 championships.

Awards / Re: announces 2008 All-America team
« on: May 20, 2008, 10:12:03 pm »
I agree that the ABCA poll and All America team is a better gauge on reality.

Kyle Stalker from Willamette University is an example.  He was an ABCA West region first team selection - with 22 hrs and great other stats - but he is not even listed on the D3 all america honorable mention selections.
I have seen him play and he is going to the next level .....  not sure why  D3 baseball would not mention him-
Up here in the Northwest we do not get any respect at D3 level.  There is some very good talent in  the Northwest - Stalker is just one example ofa player who was ignored by D3 baseball.

West Region / Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
« on: May 19, 2008, 08:19:27 pm »
Looking at the Warhawks offense in their regional I'm curious on who Linfield will put on the mound to start.  Do they go with the staff ace in Clark or with Dorn (like the 'Cats did in the regional)?

Dorn will most likely start the first game on Friday and  Clark will start on Saturday.

Dorn gave up only 3 earned runs in 17.1 innings pitched in the central regional against Wisconsin- Stevens Point and Webster.

Clark was solid only giving up two earned runs against #1 seed Illinois Weslyan.

McCulley was in command great until he tired a bit against Wartburg - but a strong bullpen shut off their comeback.
Guterman came in to start against Augustana and shut them down in combination with Cameron Larson.

I attended all the games and the whole pitching staff over all was great. They did their jobs when it counted.

In the five games they played in the regional - they had a 1.94 combined era against some pretty powerful offensive teams. I think we gave up only 1 HR.  The defense was also very solid at .971.

They beat  every team in the regional  except Wisconsin Stevens Point in the opener - and that game was 2-1 in 10 innings. The Cats had the bases loaded in the top of the 9th with no one out and did not score and then had another chance inthe top of the tenth to win - but got doubled up on popped up squeeze paly attempt.

The Cats are playing great baseball going into the finals!

All of Linfield's top 3 starters are can throw upper  80's.
 Brian Clark, 89 , Garett Dorn 89  and Reese McCulley has hit 92.
Kyle Mossbrucker, who closes games can hit 91.
Really though- the top three starters are control pitchers who throw strikes and mix up their pitches well.
Clark, who is the number one starter on the staff and was Northwest Conference pitcher of the year faced  Matt Aronson of Illinois Weslyan in Linfields second game. Clark throws a 4 seam, Cutter, Slider, change and his out pitch is a splitter tha can drop off the table.

Dorn is rock solid.  He started two games for Linfield - including the final on 3 days rest.  in 17.1 innings he gave up 3 earned runs.

Linfield's pitching staff had a 1.94 era for the central region tournament in 5 games.  When you combine this pithcing staff with the number one ranked defense in division 3- I am not surprised at all they won the regional.
They basically shut down some outstanding offensive teams.

Linfield has not gotten much national respect this year at all- being up in the Pacific Northwest in Oregon.

Linfield first year head coach and 3 time World Series champion Scott Brosius- and the rest of the coaching staff have the team mentally focused and ready for the finals in Appleton.
 Brosius knows what it takes to win at the highest level and I think this is rubbing off on his team.

This is a great story with a world series champion bringing his team to the national championship in his first year as head coach.

Awards / Re: 2008 Pre-Season All-Americans
« on: May 10, 2008, 01:14:11 pm »
 Brian Clark from Linfield-Stats , He earned 2008  Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year:
 2nd team ABCA West Coast selection last year as a Junior.

POS   Name           School        ERA    W-L   SV   IP       H      ER    BB    SO    B/Avg
  P     Brian Clark    Linfield       2.59   9-1     0   76.1   60     22     22     48    .223

National topics / Re: BB: NCBWA/ Top 25
« on: April 09, 2008, 05:12:15 pm »
I have  been watching Linfield all year- and I think they will be a team to watch out for in the regionals provided they can finish off the rest of the season strong.
 If they can take at least 2 out of 4 games from George Fox - this should be enough to get in as NWC champion.  The 4 game series is the last series of the year and Linfield has them at home.

Strong pitching and defense are usually what it takes to win when the competition gets better in the playoffs. 
Consider that Linfield's team era is 2.78 ( 5th in the nation) , hits allowed per 9 innings is 7.15( 4th in the nation).  Team defense ranks 2nd in the country ( .975).

Their top three starters, Brian Clark , Garrett Dorn and Reese McCulley have a combined era of 2.65 and Batting average against is .227...

Of their 6 losses this season - 5 have been by one run. The offense is finally  starting to warm up also - in their last 4 game series against Pacific, they scored 44 runs against what was the number 2 team in the conference - and swept them.

ABCA Poll currently has Linfield ranked tied for 12th in the country.

Coach Scott Brosius appears to have the team focused to be mentally tough on the field and they are playing some very good baseball.

When Campbell is in top form you can definitely make a case for UT Tyler's starting 3 to be one of the best weekend rotations in the country, but I don't know about top pitching staff in DIII.

Last year, without hesitation, I would say that they had the best pitching staff in division III, and possibly one of the top bullpens ever, but I think the bullpen lacks depth this year and I envision it getting them in trouble eventually. Maybe the ASC tournamnet, but a lot more likely in the regional -- or even in Appleton provided they can get past Chapman (and after watching what Chapman did to CalStEB I'm not convinced they don't win it again this year, Abilene or otherwise).

Do I think Linfield is better than UT Tyler, no, I don't. Do I think the ABCA has a reasonable rationale. Probably.

If we want to talk about pitching staffs, let's talk about theirs. A team ERA of 2.78 and average against of .225 -- that's just flat out obnoxious. Brian Clark (7-0, 1.93) has been sensational as the staff ace, Garrett Dorn (6-1, 2.82), Reese McCulley (4-0, 3.19), and Cameron Larson (3-3, 4.06) round out a DEEP starting rotation. One that, the nature of their conference, has enabled them to develop 4 starters (much like the SCAC). The bullpen has been used in relative moderation, but there's three guys with 8+ innings and sub 1.70 ERAs and .245 average against.

That's something to look out for in a regional tournament setting, no?

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