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Davidson baseball / similarities to W&M
There are schools out there, Eastern Washington, Grand Canyon, Liberty(not so much), Charleston, Stony Brook, Dallas Baptist, to name a few that most fans have never heard of. Kind of like us performance wise, but different in that many people have heard of Wm and Mary. Each of these schools is making their mark. What can we learn from them? Are we looking for something big(TP)? Or what?
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06-05-2017 09:02 PM
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RE: Davidson baseball / similarities to W&M
Nice run by Davidson.

If the point of all this though is to shed light on an ignored oppprtunity, it would make more sense. Our baseball program has been a more recent success story. We've been to the CWS twice now in the last four years and picked up 4 wins, including the elimination last year over the defending National Champs.
06-06-2017 07:27 AM
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Davidson baseball / similarities to W&M
(06-06-2017 07:27 AM)Sitting bull Wrote:  Nice run by Davidson.

If the point of all this though is to shed light on an ignored oppprtunity, it would make more sense. Our baseball program has been a more recent success story. We've been to the CWS twice now in the last four years and picked up 4 wins, including the elimination last year over the defending National Champs.

SB. We've been to the post season. Have yet to reach Omaha. You're preaching to the choir. Boosting baseball makes perfect sense. A key, that I have made in the past, is to ignite the locals. There's not much locally in the way of baseball for the locals. Get them involved. Look at the crowds at Blair Field in Long Beach. Precious few college kids. Stands are packed with locals. LBSU whacked the hornettes from Austin.
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RE: Davidson baseball / similarities to W&M
We have reached the level of having a solid program that can compete realistically for the CAA championship every season and have a shot in any NCAA first round. Very good, no-nonsense coach and staff recruiting talented, smart kids. Our outstanding stadium and recent indoor facility combined, of course, with the attractiveness of W&M and the number of Tribe players drafted in recent years gives us every opportunity to attract top prospects.

The coaching staff has also greatly improved our schedule, having us play many more Power Five level teams not only on the road, but at home (UVA, Maryland, Va Tech, Rutgers have played at
Plumeri in recent seasons).

One step badly needed: spend some money on marketing the team locally to drive attendance...we
do virtually nothing now. No reason this program--with an improved team and an outstanding home park---can't draw upwards of a thousand people on nice days for a ballgame. The large retired and military populations in the area are full of baseball fans.

To achieve the next level where we can almost automatically get an at-large bid if we don't win the CAA and also advance our of the first NCAA round we need to recruit one or two elite pitchers who can dominate opponents.
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To top off my above comments we just learned that freshman outfielder, Brandon Raquet has been named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team! Watching him play this spring I was most impressed by his sweet swing, his ability to drive the ball to all fields, and his game situation awareness.

A solid cornerstone for the program to keep building on.
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The run came to a close yesterday in an emotional, extra inning game at Texas A&M, which Davidson lost 7-6 in 15 innings.

For perspective, this was Davidson's first ever trip to the NCAA baseball tournament and they mentioned the school has a total of 3 baseball scholarships. Davidson happenned to win their first four NCAA tourney games before the loss yesterday.

While this was a great story and fun to follow for a week, it's not a poster child example of how W&M somehow again is sitting around with its head in the sand on baseball development. When I heard their program history above and looked at Davidson's facilities, they suddenly didn't just break on the scene because they are investing where we are not. Actually it's the opposite in this case.

Still, a nice story.
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We need to pay our coaches more and increase the recruiting budget. Baseball is strange in that you only get 13(?) scholarships, but they are spread out for the most part across as many as 25-30 kids. Unlike football and basketball where the scholarship limit approximates the team size, baseball teams carry 30-40 players. This year we had 35 on the roster. I agree on the comments about getting more locals involved. Advertise! Our facilities are great.
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RE: Davidson baseball / similarities to W&M
(06-10-2017 07:13 AM)Sitting bull Wrote:  The run came to a close yesterday in an emotional, extra inning game at Texas A&M, which Davidson lost 7-6 in 15 innings.

Davidson's not out. That was only Game 1 of the Super Regional.

Also was surprised to read your post saying the Tribe had made two trips to the CWS. Strangely enough, there's no record of that ever occurring...
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RE: Davidson baseball / similarities to W&M
(06-10-2017 07:13 AM)Sitting bull Wrote:  The run came to a close yesterday in an emotional, extra inning game at Texas A&M, which Davidson lost 7-6 in 15 innings.

For perspective, this was Davidson's first ever trip to the NCAA baseball tournament and they mentioned the school has a total of 3 baseball scholarships. Davidson happenned to win their first four NCAA tourney games before the loss yesterday.

While this was a great story and fun to follow for a week, it's not a poster child example of how W&M somehow again is sitting around with its head in the sand on baseball development. When I heard their program history above and looked at Davidson's facilities, they suddenly didn't just break on the scene because they are investing where we are not. Actually it's the opposite in this case.

Still, a nice story.

It was Game 1 of a Best of 3 series. They're still alive.
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RE: Davidson baseball / similarities to W&M
(06-10-2017 09:21 AM)HyperDuke Wrote:  Also was surprised to read your post saying the Tribe had made two trips to the CWS. Strangely enough, there's no record of that ever occurring...

Hyper, that was just a bit of an "overspeak" by that poster. He meant, I think, that we had reached the tournament twice recently.
Actually, The Tribe have played in four NCAA tournaments, 1983, 2001, 2013, and 2016, but have never qualified for the College World Series.
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