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. The Sunday starter job is projected to go to freshman lefthander Chandler Best. He’s a high-end talent that struggled through his freshman season, but could be ready to make a jump. 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. Conference USA. With just 12 returning lettermen, the 2020 team will have to fight to avoid that fate again, but with so many newcomers, it may be a season where you can begin to see the rebuild take hold in Murfreesboro. 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. 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. 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. 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. There’s plenty of that. Righthander Palmer Wenzel (2.12, 17 IP) looked dominant in what was an injury-shortened season and will look to bounce back in a big way now that he’s healthy in 2020. Here’s our in-depth look back at C-USA in 2020 with best team, most impressive hitters/pitchers and much more. 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). Lefthander Zach Keenan (4-4, 4.48) is projected to slide into the midweek spot after starting ten games in 2019. Dealing with personnel losses after each season is just the cost of doing business if you’re a good program. Righthander Matt Brooks is a pitcher to watch in the second half of the season, once he returns from his torn labrum. 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. #ACC — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 11, 2020 SOURCE: @MAACSports is expected to have a 40-game, conference … One season won’t necessarily prove anything to that end, but getting a team into regionals other than Southern Miss or Florida Atlantic could provide a hint of things to come. The official for Conference USA. That seems like reason enough to expect some bumps in the road for the Bulldogs. Predicted Conference Standings is a prediction of each team's final conference record based on this season's previous results. One other recent trend is the lack of any sort of firm middle class in the conference. The 49ers have the look of an ascendent college baseball program. 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. 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. 2020 Conference Wrap: Conference USA Kendall Rogers - June 2, 2020. Facility investment, including a newly completed indoor facility, is underway. Here are five pressing questions as the Bruins look to return to Omaha for the first time since 2013. 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. Limited midweek games are in play. https://t.co/5jl2mCwV7a, — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 10, 2020. 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. Staff ace Karan Patel is gone, but having righthander Slater Foust (8-2, 2,96) back in the rotation will help keep things on course. Also returning is righthander Ryan Capuano (1-3, 5.61), who split his time between starting and relieving. “We feel really good about the … Really nice scoop here from @MattBrownEP. Limited midweek games are in play. Sophomore righthander Dalton Wood (4.23, 27.2 IP) will round out the rotation after pitching in relief a season ago. In our latest Top 25, we rank the 25 best breakout candidates for the 2021 college baseball season. The quality, versatility and athleticism of the lineup should put them in a position to do so. 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. 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). An early emphasis has been placed on competition all over the field, as UTSA expects to mix and match at any number of positions. With another season like his last, the lefthander could help push FIU toward its first postseason appearance since 2015 and push himself into being selected early in the draft. The official Baseball page for Conference USA. Senior righthander Tyler Follis (3.94, 45.2 IP) will look to make the transition from the bullpen to the Friday starter spot. The Blazers will go into 2020 looking to reverse a trend in league play. Outfielder Chris Williams (.188/.243/.290) is another player to watch. The List of 2020 College Baseball Conferences A-Z (Alphabetically) with Links to Each Conference's Standings, Scores, and Predictions Look for freshman third baseman Chris Dengler to be an impact player right away. C-USA was founded in 1995 by the merger of the Metro Conference and Great Midwest Conference, two Division I conferences that did not sponsor football.However, the merger did not include either Great Midwest member Dayton or Metro members VCU and Virginia Tech. Events. A 38th-round selection of the Royals last year, Corona is a good catch and throw guy behind the plate, which gives the coaching staff confidence he can handle the position as a freshman. They have a highly regarded first-year coach in Robert Woodard, who spent the last three years as pitching coach at North Carolina. Members Conference Members. The fact that he was still drafted in the 27th round at the end of last season speaks to his talent level, however. 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). The Conference USA Baseball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in baseball for Conference USA (C-USA). The former played shortstop last season and brings uncommon athleticism to his new position. 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. Part of that optimism comes from WKU being healthy coming into the season. Pitcher of the Year: Logan Allen, LHP, Florida International. 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). Third baseman Danny Lynch (.296/.387/.357) was productive as a freshman and has now added some additional strength. DH Brycen Thomas (.301/.379/.441) will likely have to do the heavy lifting in the lineup, as there is scant experience to be had otherwise. The USA Baseball Experience will feature three 75-minute instructional sessions led by some of the best coaches in the game. 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. 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. Over the last two seasons, the cream has risen to the top in Conference USA… The lineup is a bit of a different story, as all four of Marshall’s .300 hitters are gone, plus catcher Rey Pastrana. Middle Tennessee State (18-37, 11-19). ECU began league competition in 1997; Army in 1998 and UAB began football play in 1999. Once upon a time, when programs like East Carolina, Tulane, Central Florida and Houston were in the league, Rice may have been the perennial champion, but those four teams, plus USM and FAU, took turns not just getting into regionals, but in many cases, challenging to host them. Hard-throwing senior righthander Roel Garcia has been in the program going on four years, but due to missing all of last season with injury, he hasn’t yet had a chance to prove himself in the rotation full-time. One pitcher to watch in the bullpen is junior college transfer righthander Jack Conlon, who has taken a circuitous route to get to Rice. 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. 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. Under coach Chris Finwood, ODU has been quietly consistent for a long time. Those three not only had three of the four highest averages, but they also accounted for 45 of the team’s 67 home runs. But it remains an open question what can be expected in year one of his tenure with the Roadrunners. By Joe Healy on February 10, 2020. An explosive athlete, Dengler is a quality defender at the hot corner who already boasts a mature understanding of the game. Murray (.086, 35 AB) will look to start turning his promise into production after a tough freshman campaign. Members Conference Members. Catcher Jorge Corona and first baseman Ben Brantley are freshmen worth getting excited about. History. It will now be voted on by the D1 Council. Conference USA Conference Standings for College Baseball with division standings, games back, team RPI, streaks, and conference RPI Netterville could hold the key to this lineup reaching the next level. Championships. Schedule will include 10 4-game series with two doubleheaders making up each of those series. UCLA has the potential to be a juggernaut in 2021. Getting Tyler Myrick back should be a boon for the pitching staff as well. — Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 8, 2020 BREAKING: The @NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief has granted DI Baseball a blanket waiver … A Rice University legacy whose father, Jose Cruz, Jr., and uncle Enrique Cruz both played for the Owls under Wayne Graham, Trei Cruz burst onto the scene with a solid freshman season in 2018, hitting .279/.392/.438. The righthander missed all of last season, but has the raw stuff to be a game-changer. What would raise the ceiling is the offense truly finding a way to manufacture more runs without the luxury of waiting for homers and Shepard and Best taking to their roles. BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox! The 2020 season could be just as good, despite the loss of Sanford. Schedule. Rice’s first season under coach Matt Bragga looked a lot like the program’s last under Wayne Graham, right down to having the same number of wins - 26. 2019 Baseball Standings. Those trends should continue into 2020, with USM and FAU the favorites once again. Main Navigation Menu. Events. 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. Additionally, I’ve been told the league plans to start the 2021 baseball season the first weekend of March with a potential for 44 games. A ton of quality bullpen arms from last season are back in righthander Michael Guerrero (2.11, 5 SV), righthander Philip Hoffman (3.52, 38.1 IP), lefthander Garett Priestley (4.32, 16.2 IP) and righthander D’Andre Knight (4.72, 34.1 IP). It starts with Allen on the mound. In the bullpen, righty Angel Tiburcio (2.15, 29.1 IP) returns after serving as the team’s most effective reliever last season. Conference USA baseball site 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). Schedule. And the new coaching staff is going all-in on introducing advanced training technology to the 49ers. View All Events It will now be voted on by the D1 Council. He was voted a Preseason All-American as a two-way player by major league scouting directors. Top 50 Prospect Scouting Reports (2020 Draft), 51-100 Prospect Scouting Reports (2020 Draft), ACC, Other Conferences Beginning To Solidify Spring Schedules, The D1Baseball Podcast: Season 7, Episode 8. 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. 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. 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 … Sport Navigation Menu. Southern Miss was the Conference USA headliner through the first four weeks of the season. 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. View the complete 2021 Conference USA conference schedule on ESPN.com 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. The Golden Eagles lost three of their four top hitters from last season in Matt Wallner, Bryant Bowen and Hunter Slater. In coach Jim Toman’s first season on the job, the Blue Raiders finished last in the league for the second time in four years. In 2020, he’ll step into the Friday role. With this group, the program could be ready to jump back into the postseason for the first time since 2014. 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. 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. 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