The Texas State Baseball program scored a big win last night over Big 12 Oklahoma. The Bobcats came out swinging and were able to comfortably win 8-3. Mike Hart started the game for the Bobcats and did not allow a hit in his five innings of work. Third baseman Adam Witek provided a 3-4 night driving in a run and scoring two.
Texas State Recap
Saturday, February 03, 2007
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Hofstra Pride have canceled the 3 game set for this weekend due to inclement weather. OSU will open the season next weekend at the Citrus Tournament against Lamar on Friday. Hofstra heads to Auburn also on Friday to try to open the season.
OK State Release
The Rainbows took Game 2 of the series with Georgia Southern on Friday by a score of 5-3. Mark Rodrigues pitched 5 innings while only allowing one earned run to pick up the victory. Georgia Southern starter Drew Murray pitched the first four innings of the game and gave up all five runs (2 earned) while walking five. The Eagles defense gave him no help by committing four errors in the first three innings. Kris Sanchez of Hawai'i has continued his great start to the season by going 4-4 on Friday to bring his average up to .650. The teams are both back to action on Saturday at 1:05 pm local time.
Georgia Southern Recap
Honolulu Star Bulletin Article on game
The USC Trojans took game one from Long Beach State by a score of 2-1 in a pitching duel. The teams will face off Saturday at Long Beach State. Vance Worley and Ryan Cook both had good nights on the mound with each pitching 6 innings of baseball but only allowing the opposition one run. Robert Perry was the only Dirtbag to have a multiple hit game with two hits. Nick Buss and Grant Green both had two hits to lead the Trojans offense. The teams will be back in action on Saturday at LBSU for Game 2 of their series.
Daily Breeze game recap
Hawaii-Hilo has continued their horrible start by heading to 0-7 on the season after getting swept in a doubleheader by the Kansas Jayhawks by scores of 12-0 and 7-2. Freshman pitcher Wally Marciel made his collegiate debut in the nightcap for the Jayhawks and pitched five innings giving up two runs. Marciel is from Kailua, Hawaii so this was a homecoming for him. Casey Larson was the star on offense by picking up 3 hits and driving in two.
In Game 1, Senior Kyle Murphy led the Jayhawk offense by going 2-3 with 4 RBI. Nick Czyz pitched 4.1 innings to earn the victory in the mercy ruled shortened game.
Kansas Recap Game 2
Hawaii-Hilo Recap Game 2
Kansas Recap Game 1
The Mercer Bears made a dramatic ninth inning comeback to knock off the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the three game set. Catcher, Josh Thompson lead the Bears with a 4-4 performance with 3 RBI's and a home run. The Hurricanes were unable to hold a 5-1 advantage behind a solid start from Manny Miguelez who went five innings allowing only one run. Mercer starter Brantley New struggled through five innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the season on Saturday at 7 pm.
Miami Herald Recap
Brian Matusz delivered a clutch performance as he led his Toreros to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Texas Longhorns. He pitched 5.2 innings only allowing 1 run and striking out eight batters. Matt Couch got the last two outs in the ninth to record his first save of the season. Justin Snyder led the offensive charge with a 3-5 performance including a home run. Texas starter Randy Boone only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 earned) and surrendered eight hits. Travis Tucker went 3-4 for the Longhorns in the losing effort. Both teams will face off again on Saturday.
San Diego Recap
Dallas News checks in with Skip Johnson
UCLA knocked off the Winthrop Eagles tonight by a score of 2-1. UCLA scored the second run of the game on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning to get to the deciding score. Tyson Brummett started for the Bruins and went a masterful eight innings while only giving up a run on six hits and six strikeouts. Brant Rustich pitched the ninth where he allowed the tying run to get to third base with 2 outs but finished off the game. Alex Wilson started for the Eagles and lasted 5.2 innings and only giving up one run which was unearned. Ryan Mullins pitched the rest of the game and ended up giving up the winning run on a dropped ball. There was not much hitting in the game for either team but UCLA was led by two hits by both Tim Stewart and Mickey Weissner. Phil Carey went 2-4 for the Eagles.
The Florida State Seminoles took game one from the Volunteers of Tennessee on Friday. Bryan Henry gave a top of the line performance by giving up no runs in his six innings of work. Henry also struck out eleven batters. The Seminoles were led on offense by Jack Rye and Buster Posey. Rye went 2-4 including a homer and also scored two runs and drove in three. Craig Cobb of Tennessee did not give a great performance on the mound by giving up nine runs in 6.2 innings of work. Shawn Griffin and Cody Brown both went 2-4 in the loss. The teams face off tomorrow back at Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU Game Recap
Tennessee Game Recap
All Smiles at FSU after Game 1
Henry overpowers Vols
Posey solid behind plate
Friday, February 02, 2007
The NCBWA has released the 2007 Stopper of the Year Watch List. You have all the normal candidates for this post season award including Milan Dinga (Army) and Brett Cecil (UMD). The full press release is available here.
The AP has written an article about the San Diego State Aztecs and how Tony Gwynn has basically failed to turn around the program in his first four seasons. The pressure is starting to build on Gwynn to bring the Aztecs to their first NCAA Tournament in sixteen seasons. The College Baseball staff heard from a source that Gwynn is having problems teaching his student-athletes.
North County Times
San Diego State opens the season on Friday by visiting Cal Poly in
San Diego Game Notes
Cal-Poly Game Notes
The Florida State baseball program gets a ton of press from the Tallahassee Democrat. The Democrat is the main reason behind the massive amount of coverage of the Seminole baseball team on this site.
Steve Ellis checks in today with an article about the friendship between Mike Martin Sr. and Rod Delmonico. They speak on the phone at least once a week and talk about their baseball teams but this weekend, the friendship is off as they play against each other. The full article is available here.
The Democrat also had some time to sit down with Coach Martin and discuss the upcoming season with him. The full article is available here.
Also, They check in with a interesting article about the FSU starters music choices for their batting walkup. The full article is available here.
The Georgia Southern Eagles won a crazy game against Hawai'i on Thursday night by a score of 13-11. Mike Economos led the Eagle offense by going 5-5 with 5 runs scored and drove in five. Justin Fresh led the Rainbow offense by going 3-4 with two RBI's. There was way too much action in this game and I don't want to miss any of it so click on the links below.
Georgia Southern Recap
Hawai'i Rainbows Recap
The Kansas Jayhwaks took Game 1 from Hawaii-Hilo by a score of 4-1. Lars Knepper started the game for the Vulcans and pitched 6.2 solid innings while only giving up 3 runs (all earned) on four hits. Mr. Knepper did not get much help again last night from the Vulcan offense since they only recorded two hits on the evening. In his first start, the Vulcans were no hit by Oregon State. Zach Ashwood started for Kansas and gave up one hit and one run in his six innings of work. He was followed by Ryotaro Hayakawa who pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings while giving up only one hit. Paul Smyth pitched the ninth to record his first save. The Jayhawk offense was led by Ry Price who went 2-3 with a home run. Leadoff hitter Brock Simpson also got two hits including a key triple in the seventh inning to break the 1-1 tie.
The USC Trojans and the Dirtbags of Long Beach State will meet in a weird 3 game set. USC will play at home on Friday and Sunday while LBSU will host the game on Saturday. USC is coming off an impressive victory over Cal Poly to get Chad Kreuter's first career victory. The starter's for this weekend series are as followed: Friday-Vance Worley (LBSU) vs Ryan Cook (USC), Saturday-Manny McElroy (LBSU) vs Brandon Buxbaum (USC), Sunday- Omar Arif (LBSU) vs Tommy Milone (USC). All these games should be interesting and fun. I will keep you readers informed about this series among others this weekend.
USC Game Notes
Long Beach State Game Notes
Press Telegram article about LBSU
LA Times article about Kreuter
Cal State Fullerton will open the season on Friday against Stanford. Fullerton is expected to start All-American pitcher Wes Roemer on Friday to face off against Stanford ace Nolan Gallagher. The Saturday match up is Jeff Kaplan facing off against Jeffrey Inman. The Sunday match up will be Jimmy Bleich taking the mound for the Cardinal while Sean Urena will make his first appearance as a Titan. Fullerton lost a ton of talent from last year's team but at Fullerton you reload instead of rebuilding. Stanford should be ready this season to contend for the Pac 10 crown like usual.
Fullerton Game Notes
Stanford Game Notes
Scout.com article about the Cardinal
Both Florida State and Tennessee have posted game notes for the big series in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles enter the series with many question marks with a pitching staff which is very low in experience. After Bryan Henry, The Noles are planning on starting Micheal Hyde who really was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last season and they are still TBA on a Sunday starter. They will also be without Luke Tucker who is still sitting on the sidelines with a sore pitching arm. The Vols are not without injuries either. They will be missing Julio Borbon who was expected to start in center field this season but will be out another 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle. He was one of the best players on the USA National team this summer.
Vols Game Notes
FSU Game Notes
SEBaseball article about the series
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Cal-Riverside started the season on Thursday night with a solid 8-4 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack. Aaron Wible led the Highlanders by getting two hits in his four at bats with 2 RBI's. Carl Uhl also provided a 3-4 night in the lead-off role including a double. Marc Rzepczynski started the game and went 5 innings while only giving up two runs both earned. He was followed by Pat Cassa who finished off the game by going four innings and giving up two runs in the ninth inning. The Wolf Pack offensive stars were Konrad Schmidt and Matt Suleski who both had two hits in the game. Nevada starter Ryan Rodriguez went five innings giving up three runs but only one was earned. Patrick Mason followed him to the mound and was hammered for two runs in only 1/3 of an inning of work. Jordan Salazar finished the game off for the Pack where he went 2.2 innings while giving up three runs but none were earned. Both teams will be in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series.
Conference USA has finally posted the last of their season previews by talking about the Southern Miss Golden Eagles today. The Eagles are led by Corky Palmer who is entering his 10th season with the program and has been to the NCAA tournament four straight years. The preview is available here.
I would like to thank Raymond Reeves for helping me out.
The Texas Longhorns will begin the season tomorrow in Round Rock TX against the San Diego Toreros. San Diego swept a series from Cal Poly to jump out to a 3-0 record in the early season. Guest Contributor Donald J. Boyles was nice enough to write a nine page preview on the Longhorns season which is linked below. I have also linked both schools game notes.
San Diego Game Notes
Texas Game Notes
Austin American-Statesman Article
Projected lineup from Austin American-Statesman
Texas Season Preview from Donald J. Boyles
Scott Maine of the Miami Hurricanes has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy. He will not be playing against Mercer this weekend and could be out longer since it is still unclear how long he will be out. Miami Herald article available here.
Miami has released a press release stating the starting pitching rotation for this weekend's series against Mercer. On Friday night, Jim Morris will send Manny Miguelez to the mound. He went 8-4 with a 4.31 ERA. Miguelez will face off against Mercer pitcher Brantley New (9-3 3.60 ERA). On Saturday, the Canes will send Danny Gil to the mound who went 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 2006 and will face off against Blake Quarles (4-2, 5.33 ERA). The canes will send freshman stud pitcher Erick Erickson to the mound on Sunday to face either Justin Boyette or Boone Webster who both are JC transfers.
Junior second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. of Florida State stopped by to talk to Tallahassee Democrat writer Ben Jacobs. Tony discusses how important this upcoming season is to himself and to the Seminole nation. He is expected to be the starting second baseman this season and had a tough summer hitting .224 in the CCBL which might hurt his draft status in 2007. The full article is available here.
The Georgia Southern Eagles are in Hawaii this weekend to play 3 games against the Warriors of Hawaii. The Eagles will be opening the season with this three game series while Hawaii took two out of three games from Santa Clara. The entire series can be heard for free here.
Georgia Southern Season Preview
Georgia Southern Day 1
Georgia Southern Day 2
Hawai'i Game Notes
The Citadel Media Relations Department has released the season preview for the 2007 season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 34-27 record in 2006. They return two out of the three weekend starters in Sophomores Wes Wrenn and Matt Crim. Senior pitcher Justin Smith is expected to make the move to the rotation for the season. The Citadel offense will need to replace shortstop Matt Matulia who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. They also lost second baseman Tripp Cappelman who graduated last spring. They have a bunch of young talent coming in with a strong freshman class.
Full preview is available here.
Thanks to Melanie Long of The Citadel for contacting me.
The Southern Conference has released its pre-season coaches poll and College of Charleston is the pick to win the conference behind All-American pitcher Nick Chigges. Western Carolina, Elon, and Georgia Southern round out the top four. The full poll and the pre-season conference teams are available here.
The Air Force Academy has postponed two games for the upcoming weekend due to unplayable field conditions in Colorado Springs. They expect to play York College in a doubleheader on Monday. Why is Air Force scheduling home games in February?
The Falcons fans can look at the season preview here.
The Winthrop Eagles are making the trip across the country to visit the UCLA Bruins. This is an interesting match-up since Winthrop has an attitude that they will play anyone anywhere. They have scheduled Rice in 2008 and USC in 2009 already. The Eagles finished second in the Big South Conference in 2006 with a 46-18 record. They received an at-large berth to the Chapel Hill Regional where they were eliminated. Winthrop returns one of the top pitchers in the country in Alex Wilson who compiled a record of 13-3 with a 3.78 ERA.
UCLA is coming off an NCAA appearance in the Malibu Regional in which they ended their season. The Bruins returning pitching is suspect as they start Tyson Brummett on Friday who went 6-7 with a 4.52 ERA. They follow that up with Paul Schmidt who had no record but a 2.25 ERA and they start freshman Gavin Brooks on Sunday.
UCLA Game Notes
Winthrop Game Notes
The SEC has released its preseason poll in which they have put South Carolina on top of the east division behind the great hitting Justin Smoak. The Vanderbilt Commodores come in second in that division. Arkansas is the pick to win their division behind the pitching of Nick Schmidt.
The full release from the SEC is available here.
The MAAC coaches have picked Lemoyne to win the MAAC conference this year. Bobby Blevins is expected to led Lemoyne to the conference title as he was picked as the preseason pitcher of the year. Matt Rizzotti was picked as the MAAC preseason player of the year. He will have a tough time repeating what Manhattan did in the NCAA tournament last year when the Jaspers knocked off Nebraska and San Francisco before bowing out to Miami.
Full release from the MAAC available here.
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are opening the season this weekend with the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. The Lumberjacks are entering the second season since they restarted the program. The program was dormant for 11 years but came back with 15 wins in the first season. Texas Tech is coming off a 31-26-1 season in 2006. They return a fab four of sophomores in Roger Kieschnick, Miles Morgan, Willie Rueda, and James Leverton. All four should be key players for the Red Raiders to improve on their season in 2007.
UPDATE: They have postponed Game 1 of the series until Saturday and Game 2 will take place on Sunday. Game 3 has been canceled. Full release here.
Texas Tech Game Notes
Stephen F. Austin Notes
The UIC Flames are predicted to win the Horizon League for the sixth consecutive season. They went 35-20 last season where they were knocked out of the Horizon League tournament by Wright State. The full release from the Horizon League is available here.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
LSU is starting to run into some problems with the start of construction of the new baseball stadium which was supposed to be ready for the start of the 2008 season. The reason for the delay is that they have changed the plans to a design upgrade and also some issues from the Louisiana state government. The full article is available here.
Ken Williams Jr. has been ruled ineligible for the season for academic reasons. The full article from the Wichita Eagle is available here.
The Wichita fans are also talking about it which is linked here.
The Kansas Jayhawks will be making the long flight to Hawaii-Hilo for a weekend series to open the Jayhawk season. Kansas is coming off a Big 12 championship and accumulated 43 wins. Ritch Price is entering his 5th season with Kansas and hopes to continue his recent success.
KU Game Notes
The Tallahassee Democrat continues the coverage of the Florida State baseball team focusing on Micheal Hyde and the FSU starting pitching staff. The Seminoles had some issues last year with the third weekend starter as no one could hold down the spot. This season they also have to replace the number 2 starter in Tyler Chambliss. The full article from the Democrat is available here.
The Tampa Tribune also has an article about Mark Martin chasing the only thing he doesn't have an NCAA championship. The article is very brief and can be read here.
The Southern Miss Baseball Team is in the process of fixing up Pete Taylor Park to update it to become one of the top facilities in the country. The project will not be finished until June of 2007. The Hattiesburg American has checked in with head coach Corky Palmer to get his thoughts on the reconstruction here.
Conference USA is continuing the series of previews on different teams in the conference and they focused today on the Memphis Tigers. The Tigers are led by head coach Daron Schoenrock who is entering his 3rd season at the helm of the Tigers program. He has compiled a 45-70 record in his two seasons but won 32 games last season. The Memphis offense will be led by senior first baseman Adam Amar who hit .395 with ten homers last season. The full preview of the Tigers is available here.
I started this site a few years ago as a side project. I started attending a bunch of games last season at Boston College when they joined the ACC and recognized that College Baseball is where it is at. I was there when Florida State came in when the temperatures were in the low 40's and they were complaining about the weather. I have had some great chances to meet some powers in the baseball world just by attending games and running this website. I even have an opportunity to attend a college showcase this summer if I want because the owner of the showcase found my site. I have gotten over 6,000 hits in the month of January and expect those numbers to go up as the season goes on. I would also like to thank some of my loyal readers who have posted the site in some forums. As always, I love to hear from readers or even coaches as I know you’re reading the site so feel free to email me here.
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The Patten Lions knocked off the Saint Mary's Gaels on Tuesday by a score of 13-11 in seven innings due to darkness. The Gaels used nine pitchers in the game and three of them did not record an out but gave up 3 runs a piece. It looks from the box score that Saint Mary's was using this game to test out some of their younger pitchers. Saint Mary's was led by Kyle Jensen who went 3-4 with three RBI and Anthony Alliotti who went 2-3 with a run batted in.
Saint Mary Recap
The USC Trojans knocked off Cal-Poly tonight 6-4 to give Chad Kreuter his first career victory as the Head Coach of the Trojans. USC knocked around the Mustang starter Steven Fischback who lasted 2 innings while giving up all 6 runs (all earned) to the Trojans. Lucas Duda gave the Trojans a 6-1 lead in the second inning by hitting a three-run homer. The Mustangs were able to chip away at the lead but would not get closer then 6-4. Kyle Smith went 3-5 with two RBI's and Grant Desme also got two hits and drove in two runs to lead the Mustangs.
Robert Stock (USC) in his first career game was held hitless for USC. He has been signed already by the Cotuit Kettlers for the CCBL.
Cal Poly Recap
Daily Trojan Recap (Updated on 1/31)
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The Jacksonville Dolphins opened the season tonight with a 6-3 victory of the Florida A&M Rattlers. The dolphins pitching staff used a team effort to get through the game by using five pitchers. The only pitcher to stand out was Justin Young who pitched the ninth where he struck out two out of the three batters his faced. Jacksonville had two hit performances from Pete Clifford and Mike McCallister who really did minimal damage. On the other hand, Ryan McArdle did the most damage on the day by going 2-4 with three RBI's. Anthony Mazzeo led the Rattlers with two hits and drove in one run to be the only bright spot in the lineup.
Tallahassee Democrat Article
The Dons of San Francisco will be visiting Fresno State this weekend to open the season for both schools. San Francisco made the NCAA tournament where they lost to Miami, then knocked off the hosts Nebraska, then bowed out to Manhattan.
Fresno State also made the NCAA tournament last season but made the Regional Championship game at Cal State Fullerton. They were not able to get by the Titans but won 45 games which was the highest total since the 1988 season.
The pitching match ups this weekend will be very interesting. Friday night San Francisco will be starting Aaron Poreda while the Bulldogs will counter with Brandon Miller. Saturday's starters will be Jason Dufloth for the Dons and Fresno is planning to start Brandon Burke. The Dons in the final game have lined up Matt Baugh to face an unannounced pitcher.
San Francisco notes
Fresno State notes
The Naval Academy is continuing the series of releases previewing the upcoming season. They focus today on the catchers and the infield. They lost Jonathan Johnson to graduation who was the second team catcher in the Patriot League last season. They return a large percentage of their starters in the infield and should be fine there. The full preview is available here.
The Southern Miss baseball program had the opportunity this weekend to get on the field and scrimmage each other. Head Coach Corky Palmer ran his team through a 6 inning scrimmage to get some game action for his players. They will start the season on February 16th hosting Southern Illinois. The full article on the scrimmage from the Hattiesburg American is available here.
Alex Lebow of the Daily Trojan checks in with new USC Head Coach Chad Kreuter on his preparations for the season opener tonight against Cal Poly. The full article is available here.
Kyle Jahner also of the Daily Trojan checks in with another article on the USC Baseball Program. He discusses how much success other athletic programs have had with new head coaches and how he expects the same with the Trojans. Full article available here.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Steve Ellis has wrote a season preview for the upcoming season on the Florida State Seminoles. He believes that since the FSU schedule is back loaded that they should be able to have a solid year until May when they play the heart of the ACC in Clemson, Miami, UNC, and GT. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat also is reporting junior closer Luke Tucker has been shut down for 3 weeks to rest his shoulder from soreness. Some of my contacts at Florida State have stated that Tucker has not been throwing well since the first day of practice so this is not a huge surprise. Last year, He was shut down on Sunday of a 3 game set at Boston College due to soreness also. Buster Posey is expected to step into the closer role for the first few weekends. The article is available here.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats have received a million dollar donation from former Houston Astros owner Don Sanders. The Bearkats one year old baseball facility will be renamed the Don Sanders Baseball Stadium. The full release from Sam Houston State is available here.
The Baylor Bears are preparing for their season opener on February 9th against the Houston Cougars. The Bears have one of the top freshman classes in the country according to Baseball America. The team also returns 18 letter winners from last season including two key players on the National Semi-finalist team in 2005 in Chase Gerdes and Jeff Mandel. The full preview is available here.
The Reflector (Student newspaper of Mississippi State) checks in with an article about Title IX which is asking for protection of the men's sports. The Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk is quoted saying "What I really want to see is Title X, Where's our protection? Where's the protection against men's sports being cut?" I find this type of comment right on the mark because many schools have decided to cut funding for many sports at smaller school to get in complaince with Title IX. When I do start to have issues with Mr. Polk is when he states the following: "It doesn't bother me at all that women's softball gets to give out 20 scholarships, I just want to be able to offer the same amount, especially since we're one of the biggest sources of revenue for the athletic department." This is a very offensive statement because for many years MSU gave out a very large percentage of scholarships to his team and other male programs while forgetting about women's athletics. Remember Women's sports before Title IX? Very few people remember them before Title IX.
The full article is available here.
The Stanford Media Relations department has released a season outlook for the 2007 season. The team is led by Mark Marquess who is entering his 31st season at Stanford. He returns Pre-season All-American Micheal Taylor and some depth at starting pitchers Nolan Gallagher and Jimmy Bleich coming back. The full preview is available here.