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Upsets At The LeClair

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Both ranked teams participating in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C., went down Friday against frisky teams from the Tar Heel state. In the first game, Western Carolina toppled No. 24 North Carolina State 6-5, and in the nightcap East Carolina overcame an early 4-1 deficit to beat No. 17 Pepperdine. As usual, it's a quality field assembled for the LeClair classic, and the first day of games did not disappoint. Some observations:

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Ask BA

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Which Delmon Young is the better prospect, the 2005 or the 2006 version? Might the Athletics be shut out on the 2008 Top 100 Prospects list? If two players of identical talent graduate from high school in the same year, and one turns pro and one goes to a top college program, who would reach the majors first?

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Tragedy In Atlanta

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Every once in a while something happens that reminds us there are things in life more important than baseball. A bus carrying the Division III Bluffton (Ohio) baseball team plunged off a highway ramp this morning and slammed into the pavement below, killing at least six people and leaving several others in critical condition. Our thoughts are with the team and the families of all involved.

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Bull Market

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This week's mailbag answers a question about the quality pitching staff at South Florida, but first we highlight a near-big day for the Big South. Winthrop and Coastal Carolina went on the road and gave the top two teams in the nation all they could handle Wednesday. In the end, No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Clemson proved stronger in the late innings and survived, but it's clear the Eagles and Chanticleers are legitimately good teams.

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Top 100 Risk Factors: Will Inman

In addition to ranking the Top 100 Prospects for 2007, we also wanted to take a look at some risk factors that the prospects will have to overcome in order to reach their full potential, as well as a look at a best case and worst case scenario for the future.

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Top 100 Risk Factors: Drew Stubbs

In addition to ranking the Top 100 Prospects for 2007, we also wanted to take a look at some risk factors that the prospects will have to overcome in order to reach their full potential, as well as a look at a best case and worst case scenario for the future.

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Top 100 Risk Factors: James Loney

In addition to ranking the Top 100 Prospects for 2007, we also wanted to take a look at some risk factors that the prospects will have to overcome in order to reach their full potential, as well as a look at a best case and worst case scenario for the future.

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Tulane-LSU Rivalry Renewed

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Tuesday featured a veritable cornucopia of quality midweek games. Senior second baseman Tyler Mach had a huge day in Oklahoma State's 10-3 win over Dallas Baptist, going 4-for-5 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBIs. Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez nearly matched Mach in the Commodores' 8-0 win over Austin Peay, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a triple in support of freshman lefthander Mike Minor, who picked up his first collegiate win with eight shutout innings, striking out eight and allowing just three hits. Out on the West Coast, Cal State Fullerton avenged last week's 8-7 loss to San Diego State with a 9-8 win over the Aztecs; Pepperdine pounded UC Irvine 13-2 behind a pair of homers and six RBIs by third baseman Chase d'Arnaud; Arizona State blasted Arizona 22-8, led by seven RBIs for first baseman Brett Wallace; UC Riverside got five strong innings and seven strikeouts from senior lefty Marc Rzepczynski in his return from elbow soreness, and the Highlanders beat San Diego 9-4. Elsewhere, Georgia Tech's pitching woes continued, as the Yellow Jackets fell 10-7 against Western Carolina despite a spirited comeback attempt.And oh, by the way, the year's first Tulane-Louisiana State game also happened yesterday.

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