Saturday, February 10, 2007

Oklahoma knocks off UNCW

The Oklahoma Sooners knocked off UNC Wilmington by a score of 10-5 in action Saturday. The Sooners were led by Cory Williamson who went 4-5 with three runs driven in. OU starter Stephen Porlier lasted five innings while giving up three runs. The full recap is available below.

OU Recap
UNCW Recap

ETSU knocks off The Citadel in Extra Innings

East Tennessee State bounced back today with a 5-3 victory in 13 innings over The Citadel. The Bucs were able to scratch across two runs in the 13th inning to pull out the victory. The Citadel got two runners on in the 13th but were unable to get any of them across against reliever Caleb Glafenhein who did give up the two tying runs in the bottom of the ninth to force the game to extra frames. Glafenhein pitched six innings while only giving up those two runs. Link Saunders pitched 2.0 innings while giving up the winning runs and getting his first loss of the season. Justin Aughey led the Bucs with three hits and two RBI's. The Citadel was led on offense by Matt Arnold who hit the big homerun to start the rally in the ninth inning. The teams will be back in action tomorrow to play the rubber game of the series.

The Citadel Recap
ETSU Recap

Georgia Southern knocks off Tech

The Georgia Southern Eagles knocked off the Yellow Jackets today 11-4 in the season opener for Georgia Tech. Chris Hollis, Jeremy Beckham, and Matt Miller led the offensive charge for the Eagles. Hollis had a 2-4 day with two runs scored and two RBI's. Jeremy Beckham went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. The big day was had by Matt Miller who pumped in five RBI's in his two hits. The Eagles pitching on the day was led by a very good pitching performance from reliever A.J. Battisto who pitched 3 innings of shutout relief to give the Eagles the victory. Georgia Tech leading offensive force Matt Wieters was held hitless on the day in four at-bats. Danny Payne had two hits in three at bats today. David Duncan pitched five innings but gave up six runs (all earned) to pick up the loss in his first start of the year. Duncan looked shaky to the CBB staff last season when we had a chance to see him.

Georgia Tech Recap
Georgia Southern Recap

Vandy knocks off Sun Devils in 10

The Vanderbilt Commodores used a late inning surge to pull out a 7-6 victory over Arizona State in ten innings. Matt Meingasner hit a triple with one out in the bottom of the tenth. Johnathan White came on to pinch run for Meingasner and scored on a wild pitch on an intentional walk. David Macias (VU) went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two doubles. Pedro Alvarez (VU) also went 3 for 4 with a home run and a run scored. Casey Weathers (VU) also had a solid performance on the mound by pitching two shutout innings to pick up the victory.

Vandy Recap

ASU Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap

South Dakota State takes Game 1

I posted on this site a few days ago that the KU-South Dakota State series was canceled but come to find out the series was rescheduled for this weekend in Minneapolis. The Kansas Media Relations department ended up putting out a press release saying the series was canceled but the Baseball program at Kansas found a way to reschedule the series in the Metrodome for the early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday. Full press release here.

The Jayhawks lost the first game of a doubleheader early Saturday morning by a score of 6-5. Kyle Murphy led the Jayhawks with a 3-3 performance and Kyle Morrison hit a three-run homer in a losing effort. In Game 2, The Kansas Jayhawks are leading 3-2 after eight innings with the game suspended due to the field having to be cleared by 7 am for other college baseball games which have been scheduled in the Dome.

Kansas Game Recap

Wichita Eagle Article on the Series

Houston Astro College Classic Day 1 Results

Vanderbilt 7
Rice 3

Vanderbilt Recap
Rice Recap
Chronicle Recap

Texas A&M 4
Arizona State 5

Texas A&M Recap
Arizona State Recap
Chronicle Recap

Baylor 2
Houston 4

Baylor Recap
Houston Recap
Chronicle Recap

The Citadel downs ETSU

The Citadel opened the 2007 campaign with a 13-6 victory over the Buccaneers of East Tennennsee State. The Citadel was led by a solid start by Wes Wrenn who gave up 3 runs in six innings of work.

The Citadel Recap
ETSU Recap

Winthrop drops Maryland

The Winthrop Eagles dropped Maryland on Friday afternoon by a score of 7-5. The Winthrop Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off of All-American Closer Brett Cecil. The teams will be back at it on Saturday with Game 2 of their series.

Maryland Release
Winthrop Release

Friday, February 09, 2007

Georgia Tech heads to Georgia Southern

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will open the season on Saturday with a visit to Georgia Southern. The Jackets are coming off a 50-18 season in 2006 and a CWS appearance. The Jackets are led by All-American catcher Matt Weiters who also closes games. He was named the number 2 pro prospect this summer in the CCBL behind Justin Smoak. David Duncan will be the lead returning pitcher. Georgia Southern is heading into the series with a 1-2 record from their series in Hawai'i.

BYU Opens with a win over SHSU

The BYU Cougars opened the 2007 season with a solid 17-8 victory over Sam Houston State. The Cougars were led by a five hit performance from Leon Johnson. He also scored three runs from his lead-off spot in the lineup. The Cougar pitching staff had a rough night with starter Jesse Craig giving up six runs in four innings of work. He was followed by Matt Jensen who gave up two runs in his four innings. Clayton Barnes pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory. Sam Houston State starter Tim Gray who surrendered five runs in his four innings of work. Stephen Spaugh followed him by giving up five runs in 1.1 innings. Tanner Rainwater came in and pitched 2.2 innings and gave up three runs. Zac Baker pitched the ninth and gave up four runs. The Sam Houston State BearKats need to get better pitching if they expect to compete for an NCAA tournament bid. The teams continue the series on Friday afternoon.

Central Michigan and Miami tabbed in MAC

The Mid-American Conference has released their 2007 Pre-season coaches poll. The Miami Redhawks were tabbed in the East Division over the Kent State Golden Flashes. Central Michigan was picked in the West Division to beat out Ball State for the divisional title. The coaches also picked Central Michigan to win the entire league and get the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Full press release available here.

Houston Astros College Classic

The Houston Astros College Classic will begin today at noon with Vanderbilt facing off against the Number 1 ranked Owls of Rice. This will be a showcase event for David Price of Vandy and Joe Savery of Rice. Wayne Graham decided against pitching Joe Savery against Price which is disappointing because it would have been a showcase pitching match-up. The other teams involved in the tournament are Texas A&M, Arizona State, Houston, and Baylor. The entire tournament can be watched for $14.95 from MLB.
Edit: Vanderbilt is offering a free webcast of each of their games in this tourney and home games throughout the year at this link for free.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Winthrop Tourney News

The Maryland Terps will open the season this weekend at the Winthrop Challenge. They will take on Winthrop on Friday, followed on Saturday by a game against Gardner-Webb, and on Sunday they will face off against the Creighton Blue Jays.

Maryland Game Notes
Winthrop Press Release
Creighton Game Notes
Gardner-Webb Game Notes

The Citadel hosts East Tennessee State

The Citadel will open the season this weekend against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers for a 3 game weekend series. The Bulldogs will start Wes Wrenn on Friday night against ETSU starter Brandon Langston. Saturday's matchup will be Matt Crim against Drew Story. In the final game, Justin Smith will take the mound for the Bulldogs against an unknown starter.

The Citadel Game Notes
ETSU Season Preview

Getting to know Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt Commodores will open the season on Friday in the Houston Astro College Classic facing off against Rice. The Media Relations office at Vandy has put out a few press releases previewing the upcoming season in which they are expected to compete for a CWS berth. They are led by fifth year head coach Tim Corbin who has built a very successful program in Nashville. They have two star players with pitcher David Price and Pedro Alvarez.

Infield Preview
Outfield Preview
Pitching Preview
Season Preview
Rivals Season Preview on Vandy

Jacksonville knocks off FAMU

The Jacksonville Dolphins continued their strong start to the season tonight by picking up a 9-6 victory over the Rattlers of FAMU. Mike McCallister had a two run single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Dolphins the lead for good. McCallister also picked up three hits on the evening. Justin Young picked up the victory with two shutout innings of relief. Chad Smith picked up the loss for the Rattlers by letting up five runs in 2.2 innings of work. Daryll Evans went 3-5 for the Rattlers with two runs scored in the losing effort. Jacksonville will be back in action next Tuesday with Georgia Southern. FAMU will be hosting Navy this weekend for three games.

Jacksonville Recap
FAMU Recap

Oregon State Season Preview

Casey Grogan of The Daily Barometer wrote a very nice article about the upcoming 2007 season for the Oregon State Beavers. The article discusses some of the expectations of the program and how that will affect the upcoming season in which they have started with four straight victories including a no-hitter in game 1. The full article is available here.

Casey was nice enough to shoot me an e-mail to check out his article so anyone with a good article feel free to e-mail me here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Owls focus on a title

The Houston Press has posted an article on the Rice Baseball team and team leader Joe Savery. They are in the process of preparing for the Houston Astro College Classic which starts on Friday at noon when the Owls take on Vanderbilt. They will also face Baylor and Texas A&M on the weekend. The full article about the Owls is available here.

KU cancels series

The Kansas Jayhawks have canceled their home opening series against South Dakota State for this upcoming weekend. The reasons are cold weather and poor field conditions for the weekend. Kansas will be back in action on February 14th when they host North Dakota State.

KU Release

Peter Hughes 1 on 1

New Virginia Tech Head Coach Peter Hughes recently sat down with The Collegiate Times and talked about his coaching philosophy and the goals he is setting for the Hokie program. The article speaks about issues that were going on at Boston College and how he overcame them and how Virginia Tech is a better fit for him. The full article is available here.

VT Season Preview by

USC knocks off Marymount

The USC Trojans used a nine hit attack to take a 5-2 victory over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday. The Trojans were led by Tommy Milone who gave six strong innings of work while only giving up two runs (both earned). Paul Koss pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his third save this season. Nick Buss had a 3-5 performance and JJ Owen went 2-3 to lead the Trojans offense. Eric Farris of LMU continued his strong hitting with a 2-4 night. USC will be back in action on Friday hosting San Diego. LMU will be making the trip to UC Irvine also on Friday.

USC Recap
LMU Recap

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Texas beats Arlington

The Texas Longhorns knocked off UT-Arlington by a score of 9-4 to pick up their second victory on the young season. The Longhorns used a running attack on Tuesday by stealing nine bases including two each by Nick Peoples, Jordan Danks, and Bradley Suttle. Kyle Russell led the offensive attack by going 3-3 with a double, a homer, two runs scored, and three runs driven in. Hunter Harris started for the Longhorns and lasted 4.1 innings while letting up four runs. He was followed by Joseph Krebs who pitched 2.2 perfect innings while striking out four. Randy Boone finished off the game by pitching two shutout innings. Dillion Gee started for the Mavericks and gave up three runs in three innings. Chris Taylor followed Gee by lasting only two innings but gave up four runs. The rest of the pitchers had fine performances for the Mavericks. Texas now heads to Long Beach State for a three game set while Arlington hosts La Tech for a three game set.

Texas Recap
UT-Arlington Recap

Texas State continues to roll

Are we seeing the beginning of a magical season? I don't think we can say that yet but the Texas State Bobcats tonight knocked off the Number 1 team in the country Rice by a score of 3-2. The Bobcats scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs to secure the victory. The action started with two outs when Jarrod Bunn singled to right field. Paul Goldschmidt followed that with a single to right center which sent the runner to third with two outs. Laurn Randall singled through the left side of the infield to win the game. Both teams used a multitude of pitchers and all pitched well except for Bobby Bell who suffered his first career loss in 13 appearances. Eric Weaver picked up the win for the Bobcats. Rice will be back in action Friday at the Minute Maid Park College Classic against Vanderbilt. Texas State will play Prairie View A&M this weekend for two games.

Rice Recap
Texas State Recap

Fred Jordan checks in with the CBB

Fred Jordan of the Citadel was kind enough to answer some few questions about the upcoming season. The College Baseball Blog would like to thanks Coach Jordan and Melanie Long of the Citadel Media Relations department for taking the time to set up the interview. Coach Jordan is coming off a 34-27 season where they finished as the runner-ups in the Southern Conference Tournament.

1) The Citadel lost some key players up the middle. Do you have any players that have stepped up to take their places?

Freshmen Kyle Jordan and Bryan Altman will play at shortstop and second base. Junior Chris Swauger could move over to center from left field in some situations along with Chance Smith and Graham Couch. Conrad Kellahan, who got some starts at second last year, and freshman Matt Simonelli will provide some offensive depth in the middle infield.

2) The Citadel is returning two of the three weekend starters this season. You have two sophomores in Matt Crim and Wes Wrenn who were able to be solid starters in the Southern Conference last year. After reading the season preview, it is expected that Justin Smith will fill the third starter role on the weekend. Who do you think will be able to replace Smith in the bullpen?

Freshman Matt Reifsnider will work as our top set-up guy and is the number four starter. Brett Bull, Timmy Martin and Chris Boyce are our right-handed set-up guys, while Jamie Maxwell, Chris McGuiness and Nick Sprowls are our left-handers. Freshman Raymond Copenhaver is our sidearm specialist.

3) The uniform start date goes into effect next season, how will that affect your team in the future? Do you see your school hosting any more tournaments? Also, what are your thoughts on the rule change?

The new start date will affect every team the same. Everyone is going to have to play more Tuesday/Wednesday combos than in years past. We are still planning on hosting two tournaments in the beginning of the season as we have done for the last 12 years. The rule is hopefully going to improve college baseball as a whole, so if that is the case then I am in agreement with the decision even though we play in a warm-weather climate.

4) What team in the Southern Conference will provide the biggest challenge for the Bulldogs this season?

Western Carolina, Elon and the College of Charleston all have outstanding teams. Georgia Southern and Furman have plenty of depth in certain areas. The SoCon is by far the strongest it has been in my 15 year tenure. This could be the first year that we place three teams in post-season play.

5) Your son is an incoming freshman this season. What is the toughest challenge in coaching your son at the collegiate level?

The toughest challenge is not being overcritical of Kyle. We have established that our assistant coaches will handle the majority of the coaching.

6) What player or coach have you enjoyed working with the most during your long career?

I established a tremendous relationship with Jack Stallings at Georgia Southern at the end of his career and the beginning of mine. I still draw from his wealth of knowledge in many instances. I can’t pick one player that I have enjoyed working with the most. All players become part of my family so they are all very special to me.

7) What is the greatest challenge you face coaching at one of the top military institutes in the country?

The greatest challenge is educating the parents and student-athletes during the recruiting process of how beneficial a Citadel career and degree can be for their future. Development within the program is a key element to success in college baseball, but recruiting is the lifeline for your success.

We would like to thank Coach Jordan for taking the time to do this interview and hope him so good luck in this season and his career.

Justin Smoak article

Justin Smoak of University of South Carolina is still bitter about losing to Georgia in a Super Regional in 2006. After the season, Justin heading up to Cape Cod and was named the top pro prospect in the league. He does not want to be remembered as a great baseball player but as a great person. The article is available here.

Justin Smoak also did an interview with my buddies over at Codball which can be heard and read here.

Troy preparing for Arkansas

The Troy Trojans will host the Arkansas Razorbacks this upcoming weekend in a three game set. The Montgomery Advertiser checks in with an article on the team. Troy expects to be able to break attendance records in this series due to the fact Arkansas is ranked in the top 10 in every poll. Full article available here.

Loyala-Marymount to host USC

The Loyola Marymount Lions will host the Trojans of USC on Tuesday at 2 pm in a battle of the LA area. Eric Farris of LMU was recently named West Coast Conference player of the week after going 8 for 14 in the three game sweep of Sacramento State. Farris was a standout player this past summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

USC Game Notes
LMU Game Notes
Farris named POW for the West Coast Conference

C-USA Notebook

Conference USA has released their weekly notebook for February 5th. The article gives a quick preview on each teams upcoming week and the past week. The full article is available here.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Baseball Zealot Chat

The Baseball Zealot has recently posted an interview with Illinois Head Coach Dan Hartleb. It gives you some insight into the baseball program they are building. The full article is available here.

Aoki checks in with the CBB

Mikio Aoki recently took some time out of his schedule to talk to the College Baseball Blog. Mik is entering his first season as the head coach of the Boston College Eagles. He was promoted from the Associate Head Coach position in June of 2006 when Peter Hughes went to Virginia Tech. The Eagles are coming off a 28-25 season (9-21 in conference).

1) Boston College returns six position starters from last year’s team. Who has stepped up to fill Dave Preziosi’s role as the leader of the team and at first base? Who do you expect to step in behind the plate?

Pete Frates will be our everyday CF and he has definitely stepped into take a leadership position on the team. Nate Jeanes has returned for a 5th year and is doing a very good job as the leader of the pitching staff. We also have a number of seniors on the team (I think 9) this year as opposed to just 3 last year and our seniors have been great in terms of leading the younger guys, in particular the freshmen. As far as 1B goes, coming out of the fall Mike Belfiore was the frontrunner for the job and I think he still is. Jett Ruiz and Tony Sanchez will be our catchers this year. Neither player has clearly separated himself as the number 1 guy, but that’s fine because both of them are very good players. I would expect the one who is not catching on a particular day to be our DH or even see some time at 1B.

2) Boston College is returning their entire pitching staff from last season including CCBL Co-Pitcher of the Year Terry Doyle. Has their been any freshman or newcomers to the program that will be competing for a starting or closer role?

The closer’s role is definitely the most unsettled role on our pitching staff and probably the entire team. I think that we have a number of quality arms that can step in and assume that role, but because Kevin Boggan was so good in that role for us for the past few years nobody has been put in that position of closing out games in a while. Boggan has moved into the starting rotation so we’ll have to determine who the closer will be as we progress. Ryne Reynoso and Matt Meyer would have been the co-closers this year but we lost them to the draft so we’ll have some auditions for it. Ted Ratliff, Dan Houston, Nick Asselin, Kurt Hayer, and Steve Cadoret have all pitched well in our scrimmages in the Bubble so far and they’ll all get a chance to see if they can win that job. As far as freshmen arms are concerned, I would say that Geoff Oxley, Mike Belfiore and Jimmy Cozza are probably closest to helping us although Trent Kavnagh pitched really well in Saturday's scrimmage.

3) The uniform start date goes into effect next season, How will that affect your team in the future? Also, What are your thoughts on the rule change?

I’m not really sure how that is going to effect us, but my feeling is not very much. We’ve got a great indoor situation and we’re lucky to have an early spring break. The idea behind is a sound one. I really like the fact that we will have played a similar number of games to our conference opponents when ACC play opens up. We’ll play one three-game set in a tournament or a single opponent on that first weekend and then we’ll play about five games on our spring break trip before our ACC opener. The eight games that we will have played will be a very similar amount to whoever we open with, which is great. However, we’re really fortunate that our spring break begins as early as it does. We’re also incredibly fortunate to have the indoor situation that we do. The Bubble allows us to scrimmage live and really be prepared to go down south without having been outside and compete at a high level. For the majority of northern schools, they don’t have an indoor situation like we do and they have to play weekend to weekend until they can play outside at home. The lack of midweek games will still hurt them as they go south because by the middle of March, the southern schools will have been playing one or two midweek games since the starting date and will be up to 15 or more games while most northern schools will have only played about nine or so games. In addition, you have to count all of the scrimmages that southern schools will have been playing since February 1.

I really hope that the NCAA does not decide to lessen the number of games that we can play, which is a thought attached to the new legislation. Northern schools are used to playing two midweek games a week. We, at BC, have been accustomed to it forever. We graduate 100% of our players, and I’d say 95% of our kids graduate in four years. If a school like us, with the academic reputation and standards that we have, can get to 56 games without hurting graduation rates, everybody else can do it too. Look at Notre Dame, they’re doing it as well.

Yes, it creates some situations where you play games with an unfavorable pitching match-up for you and perhaps you lose a game that you “aren’t supposed to” but on the flip side, you’re developing some depth on your pitching staff. In the larger picture, you’re probably going to have to spread scholarship dollars around a bit more than southern schools are used to do doing to create depth on a pitching staff and maybe that results in more parody in college baseball. If that’s the case, I think it is really good for college baseball – parody has been a really good thing for hoops and it would be for us as well.

4) Boston College is in a Southern conference with many traditional powers in baseball like Florida State and Miami among others. What is a realistic goal of the program? Do you expect to make the CWS?

Obviously we’re going to always be in an uphill battle in recruiting because we are a northern school. BUT, I think we have a great niche. Academically, we are a great school, and now we play in the best baseball conference in America. Our closest ACC rival is 500+ miles away. So for kids in the Northeast and in particular New England, we represent a tremendous opportunity. Those kids, who want to get a great education and play college baseball at the very highest level, can do it while playing in their own backyard. I think we have a really good recruiting class this year. I feel very strongly that we got the majority of the best kids in New England that we could recruit from an academic standpoint. The couple of big names that committed elsewhere from up here that we could have gotten into school are kids that are going to go really high in the draft, and while we would have loved to have signed them, the likelihood of those couple of kids playing in college is very questionable. Our goals are the same every year and they are in chronological order for our season – 1. Win the Beanpot 2. Play in the ACC Tournament 3. Get to the NCAA tournament 4. Get to Omaha We play in a conference that will allow us the opportunity to accomplish all of those things. Our are challenges as a highly academic school in an northern climate more difficult than some other places. They might be – every place has its own challenges and obstacles. However, I know that when it comes to achieving goals – if you can’t say it and envision it, it isn’t going to happen. I believe it can happen here and once we get our new facility in the next year or so, we’ll be that much closer to it because one more hurdle will have been cleared.

5) When do you expect the new baseball facility to become a reality?

Within the next year or two. There’s a lot of red tape with the City of Boston and we at BC want to be good neighbors. The property values of the surrounding neighborhood are out of sight and we don’t want to just jam things down there throats. We want to work them and be aware of their concerns before we start putting shovels in the ground. I’ve seen the drawings that they have and the stadium will be first-class in every way and precisely what we need and the right fit for BC.

6) Mik, You were named the head coach of Boston College on June 8th, 2006. What is the biggest challenge you see yourself dealing with?

I think it has to be the recruiting aspect. BC is doing everything they can to ensure that we’re going to be competitive in the ACC so we’ve got to hold up our end of the bargain by recruiting great players and students. We’ve had a great track record of developing players here. I think we’ve had 18 players drafted in the past three years and only two of them had been drafted out of high school including Chris Lambert who came to BC undrafted and left as a 1st-rounder three years later. If we can recruit the right fit for BC, I think we’re going to be pretty good

7)What player or coach have you enjoyed working with the most during your career?

The player question is tough because I’ve been blessed to have been around truly great kids here at BC and during my other coaching stops. The coaching one is tough too but it has to Pete Hughes. He and I have been friends for 20+ years now and he’s one of my closest friends and he is like a brother to me.

The College Baseball Blog would like to thank Coach Aoki again for taking the time to do this brief interview. If you have any questions or comments send them to me here.

Harvard's new facility

The Harvard University Athletic Department has added a bubble to historic Harvard Stadium to provide an excellent indoor facility to the baseball program in addition to other spring sports. This is a big step forward for the spring sports at Harvard because it gives them a place to work out and get full field scrimmages in. The full article is available here.

Kansas completes Sweep

The Kansas Jayhawks completed the sweep of Hawaii-Hilo Sunday by a score of 9-2. The Jayhawks were led by 2-4 performance from Buck Afenir who also hit a home run and had three RBI's. The Jayhawks are back in action next weekend when they host South Dakota State for a three game set.

KU Recap
Hawaii-Hilo Recap

Dirtbags take series

The Long Beach State Dirtbags grabbed Game three of their series with USC today by a score of 5-1. Long Beach was led by a good pitching performance from Omar Arif who started the game and went 4 shutout innings while only allowing two hits. Andrew Leibel pitched the final three innings to pick up his first save on the season. Anthony Vazquez started the game fro the Trojans and lasted 6.0 innings while giving up two runs. Long Beach State will be back in action on Tuesday at Pepperdine before hosting Texas while USC will be making the trip to Loyola Marymount before San Diego comes rolling into town.

Long Beach Recap
USC Recap

San Diego takes Rubber Game

San Diego took Game three of their series with the Texas Longhorns by a score of 4-1. Jordan Abruzzo and Shane Buschini both hit two run homers to lead the Toreros offense to the victory. Matt Couch got his first win on the young season by pitching 6.0 innings of one run baseball. Ricardo Pecina pitched two innings of hitless relief before handing the ball over to AJ Griffin who pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second career save. James Russell picked up the loss for the Longhorns by going 7.0 innings and allowing Jordan Abruzzo's two run homer. San Diego is back in action on Friday with a three game set with USC. Texas heads out to the west coast to take on Long Beach State next weekend but has a mid-week game against Texas-Arlington.

Texas Recap
San Diego Recap

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Noles sweep Vols

The most hyped series of the weekend turned out to be a huge disappointment. The Florida State Seminoles completed the weekend sweep of the Vols to extend their record to 3-0. The Seminole bats carried the team today in a 19-7 romp. Tony Thomas Jr. went 4-6 with four runs scored and driven in.

FSU Recap
Vols Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap

UM-Mercer Rained out

The final game of the Miami-Mercer series was canceled due to rain in the area. Mercer took Game one 6-5 and Game two 8-5. Mercer is back in action next weekend at Bethune-Cookman while Miami tries to get win number 1 against UCLA.

Mercer Release
Miami Release

FAU scores 33 in 7 innings

The FAU Owls slided by the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils by a score of 33-3 in only seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader. FAU won the second game 11-7. I want to focus on Game 1 because Mississippi Valley State pitcher Neal Belmonte pitched 2.0 innings and gave up 19 runs (only 5 earned). How does one coach let his pitcher take a beating like that? Are you telling me that there was no position players available to pitch?

FAU Recap
MVSU Recap

Jayhawks take another

The Kansas Jayhawks took game four of their series against the Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans by beating them 10-1 on Saturday. This was the Jayhawks fourth straight win to open the season while the Vulcans continue their poor start by going to 0-8. The Jayhawks were led by a Ryne Price who hit a homer and drove in three runs. Andy Marks had a solid performance by going 6.2 innings and not giving up a run. They will finish off the series on Sunday.

KU Recap
Vulcan Recap

Hawai'i takes Georgia Southern series

The Rainbows of Hawai'i took the rubber game of their three game set against Georgia Southern 2-1 to take the series two games to one. Brian Wilkerson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Eagles but gave up two runs in the inning after giving up back to back singles to Justin Frash and Brandon Haislet to set up Kris Sanchez who hit a two run double to drive them in. Sanchez has been on fire early in the season and he continues it with a 1-2 performance tonight.

Hawai'i Recap
Georgia Southern Recap
Star-Bulletin Recap

Long Beach topple Trojans

Manny McElroy pitched a solid game to give the Dirtbags a 5-3 victory over one of their local rivals USC. McElroy pitched 6.1 innings while only allowing 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out three batters and walking only one. Bryan Shaw picked up the save by pitching a perfect 1.1 innings. USC starter Brad Boxberger picked up the loss and gave up 4 runs (none earned) in five innings. Long Beach State was led at the plate by a 2-4 performance from Jason Tweedy while USC was led by Hector Estrella who hit a home run. The teams are back at it tomorrow over at USC to finish the three game set.

USC Recap
LBSU Recap
Press-Telegram Recap

Winthrop takes game 2

The Winthrop Eagles beat the UCLA Bruins tonight 6-4 to even up the series at one game a piece. Winthrop took advantage of a six run third inning where they were given five walks by Bruin pitchers Paul Schmidt and Kevin Brophy. They also sent twelve batters to the plate in that inning. Winthrop starter Ryan Schwartz was average tonight by going 6.2 innings and giving up four runs (2 earned). Jonathan Settle picked up the save by going the last 1.1 innings without surrendering a run. The teams will face off tomorrow back at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 1:00 pm local time.

UCLA Recap
Winthrop Recap

Bears take out Canes again

The Mercer Bears took Game 2 of their three game set with Miami on Saturday by a score of 8-5. This was the Bears second consecutive win over the Canes since they won on Friday evening by a score of 6-5. Mike Armstrong and Billy Shaughnessy each hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the Mercer offense. Cory Gearrin finished off the game by pitching a perfect ninth inning to get his second save in as many nights. The Miami team needs to wake up since most of the early season games are to build up the Hurricanes record for a possible NCAA Tourney bid.

Mercer Recap
Miami Recap

Texas takes Game 2

Nick Peoples led the Longhorns to a 13-8 victory over the Toreros. Peoples went 2-4 with five RBI's. Preston Clark also gave the Longhorns a 3-5 performance with an RBI and two runs scored. Mike Metzger went 3-5 in the losing effort for the Toreros. Longhorns relief pitcher Adrian Alaniz picked up the victory for the Longhorns and Josh Romanski picked up the loss. The teams face off in the rubber game on Sunday.

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Austin American-Statesman

FSU beats Vols again

The FSU Seminoles took Game 2 on Saturday by a score of 4-0. Seminoles starter Micheal Hyde lasted 6.1 innings while only giving up two hits. Hyde also had a career high 10 strikeouts. Brian Chambers pitched 1.2 innings of hitless baseball and Jimmy Marshall pitched the ninth inning without allowing a hit. D'Vontrey Richardson in his first career baseball game went 2-3 with a run scored and driven in. The Vols offense has been non-existent and better get it rolling before the start of the SEC season.

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Dick Howser Stadium impresses