Despite Being Raked over the Coals by Title IX, Two Teams Make it To Another Championship


by Rory Carrier

   Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming.....two teams who don't even field NCAA D1 baseball teams made it to the NCBA world series this year.  Colorado State ended up taking the Division 1 NCBA championship and the University of Wyoming ended up getting eliminated....but hey....congratulations to both teams for spitting in the face of Title IX and proving all the baseball haters out there wrong.

Speaking of Colorado State, how would they do in NCAA competition?  They're pitching staff has several pitchers which can throw over 86 mph and the team is always sending powerful home run hitters to the NCBA home run derby held annually in Florida each year.  Would they hold their own?  There's quite a few teams in the NCAA that don't even have pitchers that can throw 80 mph.  I know speed isn't everything, but lets get real here.  This team has talent and they are definitely the LSU of the NCBA world.  Hats off. 

Brief History of the NCBA:

  The National Club Baseball Association, L.L.C. (NCBA) is the fastest-growing intercollegiate baseball league in the United States.

     The National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) is the first ever, national governing body for collegiate club baseball. Founded in 2000 by former Penn State Baseball Club player and president, Sandy Sanderson, the initial season had 34 club baseball teams from across the country competing in the league. In the years since its commencement, the league has grown tremendously exceeding 160 member baseball teams during the 2008
season. The NCBA annually provides more than 4,000 college students with the chance to continue their competitive baseball careers and contend for a true national championship.  There are a number of former NCBA baseball players who began their careers on the
club team at their school before moving on to play for their NCAA Div I programs, while several others have gone on to play professional baseball in the independent leagues.

     Major League Baseball made full acknowledgement of the league’s talent when the
Florida Marlins drafted Colorado State pitcher Nathan Nowicki in the 19th round of the
2003 Amateur Player Draft. Nate holds the designation of being the first player drafted
out of the NCBA but certainly not the last. Following Nate’s 2003 selection, the
Anaheim Angels selected RHP Chris Waters in the 16th round of the 2004 Amateur
Player Draft. Chris had spent 3 seasons on the Clemson Club team before transferring to
the University of North Florida (DII) to finish his senior campaign. Then in 2005, Steve
Schmoll formerly of the University of Maryland Club team had the distinguished honor
of making his Major League debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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