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Mr. Intensity

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

When it comes to being tough, Chuck Norris has nothing on Conor Gillaspie, the reigning Cape Cod League MVP, preseason All-American and Wichita State's top player. As Gillaspie is quick to point out, growing up in the upper Midwest isn't like growing up in a warm-weather baseball hotbed down South or on one of the coasts. Before he became a standout third baseman for Wichita State, Gillaspie starred for Omaha's Millard North High, which went 35-0 his senior year and won the Nebraska state championship.

College | #2008#On Campus

Aggies Keep Climbing

Miami swept conference foe Virginia to remain on top of the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the fourth consecutive week, but there was plenty of shuffling elsewhere in the new rankings. A pair of Big 12 teams made big moves to break into the Top 10 this week. Oklahoma State swept its weekend series with Kansas to move up to No. 9, and Texas A&M swept then-No. 4 Missouri, giving the Aggies wins in 20 of their last 21 games, to move up from No. 18 to No. 10.

College | #2008#Top 25

Rebels With A Cause

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Lance Lynn and Cody Satterwhite have been inseparable since the day they set foot at Mississippi in 2005. Now the preseason All-America righthanders want to carry the Rebels to the College World Series.

College | #2008#On Campus

More Honors For Miami

Miami cemented its No. 1 spot in the new Baseball America Top 25 Rankings as the Hurricanes went on the road and defeated No. 3 Florida State in one of the most anticipated series of the year.

College | #2008#Top 25

Scouts Question Texas Duo

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell haven't carried Texas' offense as expected, with both falling short in terms of home runs this year. The result: The Longhorns haven't been as good as expected, and neither preseason first-team All-America outfielder seems likely to be drafted in the first round.

College | #2008#On Campus

Three To Watch

John Manuel -Premium Content

In honor of former BA columnist Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" show on MSNBC, here are the three stories from the first half of the college season that bear watching in the second half. Sorry, the NCAA already has wrapped up this year's "Worst Person in the World" award.

College | #2008#Column

College Midseason Update

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

The uniform start date limits the regular season to 13 weeks, but if you factor in a week for conference tournaments, a week for regionals and a week for super-regionals, we're halfway to Omaha with eight weeks in the books. It's a perfect time to look at some of the top performers and storylines of the first half.

College | #2008#On Campus

College Top 25: April 14

Miami swept a somber Georgia Tech squad to maintain its spot atop the Baseball America Top 25 Rankings. The first four sports in the rankings remain unchanged, as Miami, Arizona State, Florida State, and North Carolina all won conference series on the road. Arizona State won two of three against Washington State, while Florida State and North Carolina swept Boston College and Clemson, respectively.

College | #2008#Top 25

Far Yonder Power

Walter Villa -Premium Content

He is from the same high school as Mike Lowell, has been compared to Tino Martinez and worked out for three weeks this past offseason with Alex Rodriguez. He is Cuban native Yonder Alonso, Miami's slugging junior first baseman. Through 30 games, Alonso is hitting .362/.537/.660 with six homers and 29 RBIs, leading the Hurricanes to a 27-3 record and a No. 1 national ranking.

College | #2008#On Campus