UVA scored a big 4-1 victory over the Number 1 ranked UNC Tar Heels and Andrew Miller. The Hitting Wahoos scored 2 unearned runs against Miller in the second and the fourth innings. Miller pitched 6.1 innings giving up 7 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), and 8 strikeouts. He did not have his A game tonight but still gave a decent performance. Sean Doolittle had another great performance pitching 6.2 innings giving up 4 hits and 0 runs with 5 strikeouts. Casey Lambert picked up his eighth save on the season. The teams are back at it tomorrow on the Regional Sports Networks at 1pm EST.
Friday, May 12, 2006
The ACC heads to the second to final weekend with some key conference matchups in Charlottesville, VA and Clemson SC.
UNC at UVA
The Tar Heels invade the Hitting Wahoos of UVA for a big ACC Clash. This should be an excellent series with both teams having tremendous staffs. UNC is led by All-Everything Andrew Miller (10-0 1.91 ERA) who will face off against Sean Doolittle (8-1 1.99 ERA) in Game 1. Saturday's game will be televised on the Regional Sports Networks with Robert Woodard (5-1 3.21) facing off against Jacob Thompson (9-1 2.39). In the series finale, Daniel Bard (6-2 3.69) will face Mike Ballard (6-2 3.01).
We predict that UVA takes 2 out of 3 and loses the first game of the series against Miller.
FSU at Clemson
The Seminoles head to Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium for an important series for seeding in the ACC and NCAA tournaments. FSU and Clemson both changed up the order in their staff for the weekend series. In game 1, FSU will send Tyler Chambliss (10-3 2.01 ERA) to face Stephen Faris (6-2 2.69). Faris had some struggles this season on the mound with a horrible performance at Boston College where he only went 1.2 innings and had very little control. If he finds his control, He should be fine against the Hitting Noles. Game 2 is the best matchup of the weekend. Bryan Henry (9-2 1.88 ERA) will face Josh Cribb (8-0 2.66) in a battle of the aces. Cribb has pitched well in the entire season while Henry has pitched well against the weaker teams in the ACC but has struggled against the likes of UNC and Miami. FSU will start for Game 3 Mark Sauls (1-0 2.70 That is not a misprint) against Tommy-John surgery phenom Jason Berken (7-3 2.77). Berken is a hard-throwing and fast working right hander who topped out against Boston College at 94 MPH.
I predict that Clemson will sweep FSU.
Duke at GA Tech
Tech will sweep the Blue Devils
NC State at Va Tech
NC State will take 2 out of 3
Miami hosts Wake Forest
Wake Forest takes 2 out of 3.
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Thursday, May 11, 2006
Georgia beat the Georgia Tech tonight 5-4 in 11 innings at Turner Field home of the Atlanta Braves. Bobby Felmy hit a one out double off of Tech's super closer Matt Wieters to drive in Gordon Beckham with the winning run. GA Tech did not play with Wes Hodges (calf) and Danny Payne (shoulder) because of injuries. Neither team had a starter go longer then 2 innings as they were just setting their respective teams up for the weekend series against Auburn and Duke.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The Georgia-Georgia Tech game has been postponed to Thursday night at Turner Field. This game is known as the Spring Baseball Classic for Kids because it benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The game will still be played at Turner Field and will still be broadcasted on CSS.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
North Carolina became the first team in the nation to record 40 wins as they beat Campbell 6-3 on Tuesday evening. This was UNC's first game in eight days because of the break for Final exams. UNC was led on offense with home runs from Sophomores Reid Fronk, Josh Horton, and Benji Johnson. They all contributed with solo home runs. Matt Danford picked up the win for the Heels and Andrew Carignan continued his strong closing on the season with his 12th save. UNC will be in action on Wednesday with Winthrop.
Monday, May 08, 2006
The Clemson Tigers came out and swept a doubleheader from the Duke Blue Devils by scores of 7-4 and 14-0.
In the first game, Clemson was led by Andy D'Alessio and Marquez Smith. Andy hit two home runs and Marquez went 3-4 with a homer and two doubles. Josh Cribb pitched 6.2 innings letting up 4 runs (2 earned) with ten strikeouts. Daniel Moskos pitched the ninth inning to pick up his eighth save.
The second game Clemson destroyed the Duke pitching by picking up 14 runs in the win. Adrian Casanova led the offense with a 3-3 performance with a double and two RBI's. Marquez Smith continued his strong hitting on Monday with another two hits and driving in two runs. Stephen Faris started the game but was on a pitch count. He pitched 3 innings without letting up a hit. Duke did not have a runner get past first base the entire game.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1:00 pm.
Tim Lincecum from the University of Washington struck out 16 batters in Friday's night 6-4 victory over the 5th ranked Oregon State Beavers and fellow All-American Dallas Buck. Lincecum broke the career strikeout record of the Pac 10. Lincecum is only a junior but throws smoke and lit up the guns in the Cape Cod League last year. He looks like a solid first round pick in the upcoming draft. He has a 95+ fastball which is almost unhittable. John Manuel and Buster Olney weigh in with this article from the Washington Huskies website.
Boston College completed their home schedule with a come from behind 6-3 win. Nate Jeanes took the mound and was his consistent self in getting out of jams in his five and a one-third inning of work. He gave up three runs but only 2 were earned as Johnny Ayers made an error on a ball in the sixth inning. Matt Meyer and Kevin Boggan shut down the Terps offense for the rest of the game which let BC come back with some clutch hitting. With the game tied at 3, Boston College exploded for three runs in the bottom of the eighth off Maryland's best relief pitcher Seth Overbey. Shawn McGill and Ryan Hutchinson both got hits with one out to have runners on first and second with one out and Eric Campbell at bat. Campbell delivered with a shot over the third base line to score both runners. Eric has started to hit the ball much better in the last few weeks and seems to becoming a force with his bat. He is only a freshman, so he has plenty of time to become better at bat. He is very smooth defensively though.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
FSU behind a strong bullpen beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a 20 inning game by a score of 4-3. This was the longest game played by any ACC Team. FSU did not let up a run for the final 17 innings of the game and did not give up an earned run the entire game. Wake held FSU scoreless for 13 straight innings. Barret Browning picked up the Win for the Seminoles with Michael Hyde getting his first career save.
Boston College received another solid outing from Terry Doyle today to lead the Eagles to a 9-4 victory. Doyle improved his record to 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA. His next start and final start on tea season will be against the UNC Tar Heels in two weeks. Hopefully, BC pitches him against Andrew Miller to have a showdown of aces. Shawn McGill and BC punter and second baseman Johnny Ayers had three hits to lead the attack. McGill had three RBI's and Ayers had 2 runs scored respectively. Jared McGuire made a Yastremski like catch in the sixth inning. Top play of the year nominee from me. I will be there on Sunday for the final home game of the season.