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Draft Dish: March 8

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Tim Bascom doesn't appear on Baseball America's list of the Top 50 seniors for the 2007 draft, because he's not playing college baseball as a senior. He is taking 15 credit hours at Central Florida this semester, though, and he is hoping that when he starts pitching every weekend, as he was scheduled to do, scouts will be watching.

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College Baseball Arrives

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You know college baseball is a bigger deal than ever when it gets spoofed in The Onion.You know college baseball is a big deal when Georgia Tech's Matt Wieters and North Carolina State's Andrew Brackman show up in a news brief in The Onion, the satirical newspaper and Website. The latest edition of the weekly publication has a faux story involving Brackman, Wieters and the world's most famous baseball agent (and somewhat frequent Onion target), Scott Boras.

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’07 Pitching Selection Requires Close Inspection

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Tim Bascom doesn't appear on Baseball America's list of the Top 50 seniors for the 2007 draft, because he's not playing college baseball as a senior. He is taking 15 credit hours at Central Florida this semester, though, and he is hoping that when he starts pitching every weekend, as he was scheduled to do, scouts will be watching.

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Stew To Southern

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When former big leaguer Dave Stewart heard that Southern coach Roger Cador didn't have a pitching coach, he told his old friend he'd do something about it. So there Stewart was Thursday night, eating dinner in Baton Rouge and getting ready for his first weekend as Southern's volunteer assistant coach. The 50-year-old Stewart will be with the Jaguars program for a week, lending advice only a 168-game winner in the big leagues can.

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McNeese State Coach Resigns

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With his team off to an 0-4 start, McNeese State coach Chad Clement resigned on Thursday, saying in an official statement that his heart was not in coaching anymore. A Lake Charles, La., native and former Cowboys player and assistant coach, Clement was 82-84 overall after just starting his fourth season as head coach. McNeese State went 35-20 last season and its 22-8 record was the best in the Southland Conference in the regular season. Athletic director Sonny Watkins named assistant coach Chris Fackler as the Cowboys' interim head coach. McNeese State visits Louisiana Tech this weekend.

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Large And In Charge

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Three members of the BA team braved the mid-30s weather and cold breezes at N.C. State's Doak Field to see righthander Andrew Brackman--listed at 6-foot-10, probably looming at around 7 feet when it's all said and done--make his first start of 2007.Scouts won't judge Brackman on individual starts or even on performance; he'll be judged by quality of stuff and the durability he shows in his first full season as a pitcher, after splitting time between baseball and basketball his first two seasons. The two dozen or so scouts on hand Friday saw plenty--a fastball that Brackman used to pound the strike zone with consistent velocity. Our gun had him consistently at 89-92 mph, touching 93, but when we checked with scouts, we learned our gun was off (at least we caught it early), and Brackman sat in the 92-95 range, touching 97 and a reported 98, according to a local media member.

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Follow It Up

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Mercer coach Craig Gibson was excited Monday to talk about his team's surprising series sweep at Miami. The Bears won two games against the Hurricanes, who had entered the series ranked second, and the third game was rained out (perhaps you saw Sunday during a certain football game that it rained a lot in Miami).But Gibson doesn't want his team to get too excited; it's got another tough road series coming up this weekend against Bethune-Cookman, which has won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference every year but once since 1999. The fact that Mercer's best players are both fifth-year seniors--righthander Brantley New and catcher Josh Thompson--should help keep the team from getting too excited over its big opening weekend.

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OU’s Reza Out 4-6 Weeks

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Oklahoma junior Aaron Reza will miss up to four-to-six weeks after breaking his left hand in practice this week, according to a press release by the school. Reza, the Sooners’ starting shortstop and a team captain, made 56 starts and hit .318/.420/.406 in his first season after transferring from Modesto (Calif.) Junior College.

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Bogany, Jarvis To Arizona State

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Arizona State added two more significant semester transfers, as a Sun Devils official confirmed freshman righthander Jason Jarvis had joined the program, as had former Louisiana State outfielder Jared Bogany.

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What A Way To Start

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Oregon State began the college baseball season--and the defense of its national championship--in style Thursday night, as four pitchers combined to no-hit Hawaii-Hilo in a 5-0 victory.Junior righthander Mike Stutes started the game and threw five innings, striking out seven. Relievers John Keller (two innings), Mark Grbavac (one inning) and Jorge Reyes (one) finished up as the Beavers allowed just two walks and struck out 11 en route to the no-hitter. It was the third no-no in Beavers history and first in 40 years (April 11, 1967 to be precise).

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