The Penn Quakers lost the final game of their Florida Trip by a score of 13-6 to Fordham. Javier Martinez pitched 6.0 innings for the Rams whilke giving up three runs on six hits to get his first victory of the season. Mike Mobbs led the Rams offense with a 3-3 game with two homers and five RBI. Penn's Alex Nwaka had two hits for the only multiple hit game for the Quakers.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
After giving up 13 runs on Friday, The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks shutout the VCU Rams 3-0 in CAA action. Jeff Hatcher of UNC-Wilmington pitched a complete game shutout to get his second victory of the season. Senior catcher John Batts went 2-2 at the plate with two RBI's to lead the hitting attack. The teams play the rubber game tomorrow at 2 pm.
The Citadel Bulldogs and Columbia Lions played a doubleheader on Saturday with each school picking up a victory. In Game 1, The Lions picked up 14 runs on 20 hits to blow out the Bulldogs by a final score of 14-1. Bill Purdy of Columbia pitched eight innings while giving up the only run on six hits. Ron Williams went 4-5 with 4 RBI to lead the offensive attack for the Lions. Andrew Ward also picked up 3 RBI on his three hits. The Citadel was led by Zach Brown and Kyle Jordan who each got two hits on the afternoon. In Game 2, Chris McGuiness hit a solo home run to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning to provide the winning run. The Citadel starter Matt Crim scattered seven hits in seven innings of work while only giving up one run to pick up his first victory of the year. Link Saunders pitched a scoreless ninth to get his third save of the season. Columbia starter Henry Perkins was the hard luck loser by going eight strong innings while giving up five hits and 2 runs (one earned) to bring his record to 1-1 on the season. The teams will play on Sunday at 1 pm in the rubber game.
The Citadel Game 1 Recap
Columbia Game 1 Recap
The Citadel Game 2 Recap
Columbia Game 2 Recap
Texas pitcher Adrian Alaniz took out the DVD of his best performance as a Longhorn and sat down to view the masterpiece.
"I watched the final two innings of my no-hitter against Oklahoma," Alaniz said Saturday.
Now he's got another tape to watch.
Alaniz didn't throw a no-hitter Saturday, but his complete-game two-hitter against Miami of Ohio keyed the Horns' 10-0 victory at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
"It's kind of funny that I pulled that one out," Alaniz said of his 2005 performance against Oklahoma. "The performances were really similar. I was just getting ahead of the hitters and throwing all my pitches for strikes. I really didn't do anything different than I did in any of my other outings."
It was the way Alaniz threw the ball, with confidence, with control, and for a strike whenever he wanted. It was effortless.
"He threw really good today," Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson said. "I was really proud how he stayed with the process through the whole game. He got his rhythm set early with his fastball, breaking ball and changeup."
Alaniz (5-1) kept Miami (3-5) frustrated all day, changing speeds and mixing pitches effectively to match his pinpoint control. He allowed just four baserunners and at one point retired 15 consecutive batters, a streak that was ended by Josh Prince's throwing error.
The Longhorns (14-7) manufactured two runs in the first and second inning to take a 4-0 lead. They left putting the game away to Kyle Russell.
Russell, who's having an All-America season, hit his ninth home run of the year and third of the series, turning on a two-out, two-strike pitch in the fourth inning for a three-run shot.
"I just closed my eyes and swung," joked Russell, whose four-RBI day tied a career high and brought his season total to 25. "I'm seeing the ball well, that's the only thing I can say. I don't swing as hard when I hit the home runs. My problem last year was I swung too hard. This year I'm catching myself before I do that."
While the Horns seemed to be batting forever, Alaniz worked through the Redhawks' lineup quickly. He needed just 104 pitches to finish the game.
Singles by Jeff Carroll and Jordan Petraitis, a hit batsman and the error were the only blemishes for Alaniz.Texas Recap
Texas Scout.com Recap
Austin-American Statesman Recap
Miami (OH) Recap
The UNC Tar Heels picked up another win on Saturday by a score of 3-1 to bring their record to 14-1 on the season. Freshman Alex White pitched 7.2 innings while allowing only an unearned run to pick up his third victory of the season. Alex White also scattered six walks which he needs to tone down before teams start taking advantage of those base runners. Reid Fronk and Dustin Ackley both picked up two hits and an RBI in the game to lead the Tar Heels offense. Jemile Weeks of Miami also picked up two hits in the loss. The teams will be back in action on Sunday with a noon start.
Wake Forest 5
David Adams went 5-6 on the afternoon to lead the Cavaliers to a 13-5 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Jacob Thompson of UVA picked up the victory by lasting 5.1 innings and giving up 5 runs. Alex Smith and Jake Rule pitched 3.2 shutout innings to close out the victory. Patrick Wingfield and Brandon Guyer each picked up three hits in the victory. Wake Forest was led on offense by Austin Jones who hit a three run homer in the fifth inning. The teams will play the rubber match on Sunday at 1 pm.
NC State 2
The Maryland Terrapins continue their strong start to the season with a 4-2 victory over NC State on Saturday. The Terps were led on offense by Mike Murphy and Jon Greenwich each hit solo home runs to lead the Terps to the victory. Ryan Moorer pitched 5.2 innings while only giving up 1 run but picked up the no decision. Eric Surkamp was equally as good by pitching seven innings giving up two runs and getting the no-decision also. The Terps were able to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth on Greenwich's homer and tacked on an insurance run before turning the ball over to Brett Cecil. He pitched a perfect inning to pick up his fifth of the season. The teams will be back in action on Sunday at 1:30 pm.
NC State Recap
Georgia Tech 19
Virginia Tech 4
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets followed yesterday's loss with a 19-4 drubbing of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Matt Wieters and Luke Murton hit home runs in the eight run sixth inning to lead the GT offense to victory. Jared Hyatt picked up his second win of the season by going 5.0 innings in relief.
Virginia Tech Recap
Boston College 10
The Boston College Eagles picked up their second straight victory over the Duke Blue Devils to star the conference 2-0. Punter/Right Fielder Johnny Ayers went 4-4 with a walk in the lead off role with four runs scored to lead the Eagles to the victory. Dan Houston pitched 5.1 innings of solid relief to pick up his first victory of the season. Andrew Wolcott picked up his first loss of the season by lasting only 1.1 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits.
Florida State 8
The Florida State Seminoles picked up their 19th straight victory to open the season with a 8-2 decision over Indiana. Jason Stidham and Ruari O'Connor both picked up two hits to lead the Seminole offense. Micheal Hyde was struck in the head with a first inning comebacker but ended up going five innings to pick up the win.
Andy D'Alessio and Marquez Smith both hit two run homers to lead the Clemson Tigers to the 8-2 victory over Memphis. Stephen Clyne picked up the victory by going the last 3.1 innings while only giving up one hit and no runs.
The problem for the Texas Longhorns was Ely dominated the rest of them with ease.
With his fastball. With his changeup. With his curveball.
Everything Ely threw to the plate seemed to be the perfect pitch as Miami defeated Texas 6-2 on Friday during the first night game at the partially renovated UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
"It feels good to do this against a team like Texas," Ely said. "I just tried to keep my pitches down, attack the strike zone and get ahead of the count."
That's exactly what Ely did, which is why it took him 135 pitches to get through the entire game. He gave up just seven hits.
"The story is more about what they were able to do instead of what we weren't able to do," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "To take anything away from (Ely) would be unprofessional. It was his night."
The Redhawks jumped on Texas starter James Russell (3-2), scoring two runs in the first and second innings for a 4-0 lead.
"I had a little trouble with location, and the good pitches I made, they put in play," said Russell, who gave up six runs (five earned) and 10 hits in five-plus innings.
Once the Redhawks (3-4) jumped ahead, the Longhorns (13-7) couldn't touch Ely.
The Horns loaded the bases in the second inning with two outs, but Travis Tucker's hard-hit ground ball found the glove of Miami third baseman Jordan Petraitis, who ended the inning with a force at second.
"That was a play of great reflexes," Garrido said. "If that's a hit, the momentum changes right there. But he makes that play, and they keep the momentum."
There were bright spots for Texas. Kyle Russell continued to pound the ball, going 3 for 4, including the solo shots in the sixth and eighth innings. He has eight home runs and 21 RBIs in just 20 games.
Last year Russell started strong before tailing off and finishing with 10 homers and 42 RBIs.
"I'm just sitting here, relaxing, seeing the ball and hitting the ball," he said. "I've experienced tailing off, and I think this year I'm more mature."
The other bright spot was reliever Keith Shinaberry, who pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one walk.
Texas will face Miami again at 2 p.m. today, sending right-hander Adrian Alaniz to the mound to face Connor Graham.Texas Recap
Austin-American Statesman Recap
Miami (OH) Recap
The Ohio State Buckeyes knocked off North Florida 3-2 in 11 innings on Friday evening. The Buckeyes had the potential winning runs thrown out at the plate in the top of the ninth and tenth innings but were able to break through in the 11th inning. Eric Fryer hit a perfect swinging bunt in the 11th inning with the bases loaded to drive home Ryan Dew from third base with the winning run. Ohio State will be back in action tomorrow at 4pm when they face Western Michigan while North Florida will face off with Uconn at 1pm.
Ohio State Recap
North Florida Recap
The VCU Rams used a 17 hit attack to destroy the defending CAA conference champion UNC-Wilmington Seahawks by a score of 13-3. Jared Bolden lead the Rams with a 3-4 performance to continue his hot start to the season. Richard Gonzalez and Sergio Miranda also picked up three hits a piece in the victory. The teams will be back in action Saturday with a 4pm first pitch.
North Carolina 7 Miami 5
The North Carolina Tar Heels picked up a victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Friday by a score of 7-5. They were led by a key home run by Seth Williams who provided some insurance in the two run victory over the Hurricanes. Robert Woodard provided a solid pitching performance until he was roughed up for 3 runs in the sixth inning. He went 5.0 innings while giving up those three runs while striking out five. Woodard now is 4-0 on the season and 27-3 in his career. The Tar Heels and Hurricanes will be back in action Saturday with a first pitch at 1 pm.
Virginia Tech 5 Georgia Tech 3
The Hokies of Virginia Tech picked up an upset victory over Georgia Tech on Friday with a 5-3 victory. The Hokies were led by a strong pitching performance from Greg Fryman who went 6.2 innings while surrendering 2 runs only one was earned to the Yellow Jackets. The Hokies were led on offense by Bryan Thomas who hit a huge three run homer in the fourth inning to put the Hokies in the lead for good. Warren Schaffer also had two hits on the afternoon for the Hokies. The battle of the Tech's will continue on Saturday at 1 pm.
Georgia Tech Recap
Virginia Tech Recap
Wake Forest 8 Virginia 3
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons picked up a big 8-3 victory over the number 4 ranked Cavaliers of Virginia. Sean Doolittle had a rough outing giving up five runs in his 6.1 innings of work. Willy Fox of Wake Forest went 2-4 on the day with both hits being long balls. This included his two run blast off of Doolittle which was his first allowed round tripper of the season. Dustin Hood of Wake Forest also went 3-5 on the day to help out the Deacons offense. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, David Adams, and Brandon Guyer had multiple hit games for the Cavs. The Cavs and Demon Deacons will continue their series with a 1 pm start.
Wake Forest Recap
The Daily Progress Article
Maryland 6 NC State 3
Casey Baron gave the Terps a great outing of 6.2 innings while giving up 2 runs (none earned) to lead the Terps to a solid 6-3 victory over the NC State WolfPack. Andrew Brackman pitched a complete game for the Pack but it was not enough as he gave up six runs in those nine innings. The Terps used a balanced attack as five different players drove in runs as the Terps were limited to six hits in the game. Joe Florio went 2-2 in a pinch hitting role to lead the WolfPack offense. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with game 2 of the series with a 2 pm start.
NC State Recap
Boston College 3 Duke 1
The Boston College Eagles picked up a victory over the Blue Devils on Friday afternoon by a score of 3-1. The Eagles were led by a strong pitching performance from Kevin Boggan who pitched seven innings while only giving up one unearned run and three hits to pick up his second win of the season. Terry Doyle pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to pick up the save. Tony Sanchez had a run scoring single in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Eagles to the victory. Ryan Hutchinson and Joseph Ayers each picked up an RBI in the victory. Alexander Hassan picked up two hits in the game for the Blue Devils to be the only hitter to have a multiple hit game. Tony Bajoczky picked up the loss by going 7.1 innings while giving up two runs on two hits. Bajoczky record drops to 3-1 on the young season. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with a 2 pm start.
Boston College Recap
Florida State 6 Indiana 0
The Florida State Seminoles picked up a 6-0 victory over the Hoosiers on Friday night. They used an eight inning appearance from Bryan Henry who scattered six hits to pick up his fifth win of the season. D'Vontrey Richardson went 3-4 at the plate to lead the Seminoles offense in addition to a 2-3 performance from Mark Hallberg. Keith Haas and Reid Briglia picked up two hits a piece in the losing effort for the Hoosiers. The teams will play game 2 of the series at 6 pm on Saturday.
Section B Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Article
Memphis 6 Clemson 4
The Memphis Tigers picked up a 10 inning victory over the Clemson Tigers by a score of 6-4 on Friday evening. Josh Irvin picked up a two run single in the top of the tenth inning and Will Hudgens got the final three outs to pick up the victory over the Clemson Tigers. All-American pitcher Daniel Moskos was on the mound in the top of the tenth to pick up his first loss of the season. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with a first pitch at 2:00 pm.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Florida State closer Luke Tucker is expected to have surgery on his right shoulder by the end of this month to effectively end his season that never started. Tucker was expected to close but was shutdown in pre-season workouts with pain in his throwing arm. Mark Martin Sr. expects Tucker to return next season to fill the back end of the bullpen.
Tallahassee Democrat Article
The ACC will be opening their conference season this weekend with many interesting match-ups with Miami visiting Chapel Hill being the marquee event.
Miami at UNC
The UNC Tar Heels will enter the ACC portion of their schedule with a 12-1 record. The only loss was to Penn State last weekend in extra innings when they lost 3-2. They have also been getting tremendous pitching on the season in which they have only given up more than 4 runs once. UNC starting pitchers of Robert Woodard and Alex White both have an ERA of less than 1.00 while third starter Luke Putkonen has a 1.08 ERA. Josh Horton is leading the Tar Heels at the plate with a .421 average. Miami enters with a slightly poor record of 10-6 this season. They had some tough series losses to Mercer and Florida. They also lost a single game to St. Bonaventure this week by a score of 5-2. Miami is led at the plate by Yonder Alonso who is hitting .453. Miami's pitching staff has been weak this season after Eric Erickson who has a 2-1 record with 2.14 ERA. Scott Maine is suppose to be the ace of the staff but has a 2-2 record with a 5.00 ERA. Manny Miguelez is 0-0 with a 5.48 ERA in his five starts. The Hurricanes need to improve these numbers this weekend or the Tar Heels will roll easily. The College Baseball Blog predicts UNC to sweep the Hurricanes.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Scott Maine (2-2, 5.00 ERA) faces Robert Woodard (3-0, 0.92 ERA)
Saturday: Eric Erickson (2-1, 2.14 ERA) faces Alex White (2-0, 0.95 ERA)
Sunday: Manny Miguelez (0-0, 5.48 ERA) faces Luke Putkonen (3-0, 1.08 ERA)
UNC Game Notes
Rivals article on the Tar Heels
Miami Game Notes
Virginia at Wake Forest
The Virginia Cavaliers visit Winston-Salem this weekend to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to open up the ACC slate for both schools. The Cavs enter with a 15-1 record with the only loss to Coastal Carolina which is not that bad of a loss now. Brandon Marsh has been clutch over the last two games with game winning hits against Delaware and James Madison. David Adams, Greg Miclat, Jeremy Farrell, and Brandon Guyer are all batting over .400 this season. All-American pitcher/first baseman Sean Doolittle is the seventh best hitter on the team with a hefty .333 batting average. Doolittle also leads the team on the mound with his minuscule ERA of 1.17 with a 4-0 record. Jacob Thompson is the number 2 starter also has a 4-0 record with a 0.75 ERA and third starter Matt Packer has a 2-0 record with a 2.57 ERA. Wake Forest is coming into the weekend series with a 9-4 record. They knocked off High Point and Gardner-Webb this week after taking two out of three over last weekend against UNC-Wilmington. Wake Forest is led on offense by Allan Dykstra who leads the team with a .347 batting average. The Deacons use an effective but not potent pitching staff with Brad Kledzik as the Friday starter. He has a 1-1 record with a 4.32 ERA. Eric Nielsen has landed in the number 2 hole with his 2-0 record and a 3.10 ERA. The third starter is Garrett Bullock who enters the weekend with a 1-0 record and a 5.74 ERA. The College Baseball Blog predicts that the Cavs take two out of the three games of the series.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Sean Doolittle (4-0, 1.17 ERA) against Brad Kledzik (1-1, 4.32 ERA)
Saturday: Jacob Thompson (4-0, 0.75 ERA) against Eric Nielsen (2-0, 3.10 ERA)
Sunday: Matt Packer (2-0, 2.57 ERA) against Garrett Bullock (1-0, 5.74 ERA)
Virginia Game Notes
Wake Forest Game Notes
Maryland visits NC State
The North Carolina State Wolf Pack welcome the Maryland Terrapins to Raleigh to open the conference schedule for each school. The Wolf Pack has an 11-4 record and are coming off a victory over North Carolina A & T on Wednesday by a score of 6-2. They also lost to UNC-Greensboro 10-8 on Tuesday. NC State is led on offense by Ryan Pond who is hitting .333 on the season with 3 homers and 16 RBI. Andrew Brackman who decided to focus on baseball this year over joining the basketball team is the number 1 starter and he has a 3-0 record with a 2.01 ERA. The second starter's spot is filled by Eric Surkamp who has a 2-1 record with 2.45 ERA and to fill out the weekend rotation is Jeff Stallings who has a 2-0 record with a 3.44 ERA. The closer role for the Wolf Pack is filled by Eryk McConnell who is 1-0 with four saves and an ERA of 0.00 in his seven appearances. Maryland has jumped out to a surprising mark of 9-3 to begin the season. The Terps are coming off a series with the Lafayette Leopards in which the Terps won two out of the three games. They are led on offense by catcher Chad Durakis who is batting .341 on the season and AJ Cesario who is batting .340. The Terps pitching staff has been very average this season which is led by staff ace Casey Baron who only is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA on the season. Ryan Moorer who started against Boston College last year when the College Baseball Blog saw him last is expected to be the number two starter for the Terps. He seemed to have a decent fastball last year but had to develop another pitch to become more successful in the ACC. He enters with a 2-0 record and a 3.15 ERA. Kevin Biringer finishes out the Terps pitching staff with his 1-2 record and a 5.52 ERA. The Terps also have Stopper of the Year candidate Brett Cecil in the bullpen. He has a 2-1 record with 3 saves and an ERA of 3.09. The College Baseball Blog believes the Wolf Pack will sweep the Terps this weekend.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Casey Baron (2-0, 4.50 ERA) against Andrew Brackman (3-0, 2.01 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Moorer (2-0, 3.15 ERA) against Eric Surkamp (2-1, 2.45 ERA)
Sunday: Kevin Biringer (1-2, 5.52 ERA) against Jeff Stallings (2-0, 3.44 ERA)
NC State Game Notes
Maryland Game Notes
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Danny Hall welcomes Peter Hughes and his Hokies to Atlanta to open each schools ACC slate of games. The Yellow Jackets had some major issues with the Peter Hughes system of baseball when they visited Hughes last season at Boston College. BC actually took the final two games of the series to wake up the Yellow Jackets before their big run to the College World Series in 2006. The Yellow Jackets enter this weekend series with an 8-5 record. They have won last weekend's series with Rutgers by taking two out of the three games. The Rambling Wreck have some major issues with their pitching staff which is led by David Duncan. The tall lefty enters the series with a 3-1 record and a 4.91 ERA. He had a shaky start last season at Boston College when The College Baseball Blog saw him. He gave up five runs in his five innings of work. The Yellow Jackets other starting pitchers are John Goodman who has a 0-0 record with a 4.50 ERA and Ryan Turner who is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA. All three starters need to step up for the Yellow Jackets to have a successful season that ends in Omaha. The Yellow Jackets still are loaded on the offensive side of things with Matt Wieters and Danny Payne. Wieters is hitting .350 with 3 homers on the young season and is one of the top prospects for the 2007 MLB Draft. Danny Payne is batting .404 in the lead off role for the Yellow Jackets. The Hokies of Virginia Tech enter the series with an 8-5 record overall also. The Hokies are in a transition year with Peter Hughes taking over the program this season. They will play more small ball under Hughes who brought his style over from Boston College. The Hokies offensive leader is Joe Cueto who is hitting .325 for the season. Greg Fryman is the ace of the staff with his 1-1 record and a 5.79 ERA. Andrew Wells will be taking the number 2 starter's role with his 1-0 record and 4.76 ERA. David Cross finishes out the weekend conference rotation with a 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Georgia Tech will sweep the Hokies.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Greg Fryman (1-1, 5.79 ERA) against David Duncan (3-1, 4.79 ERA)
Saturday: Andrew Wells (1-0, 4.76 ERA) against John Goodman (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Sunday: David Cross (1-2, 3.00 ERA) against Ryan Turner (1-2, 4.76 ERA)
Virginia Tech Game Notes
Georgia Tech Game Notes
Boston College at Duke
The Duke Blue Devils will welcome the Boston College Eagles to Durham this weekend for the conference openers for each team. The Duke Blue Devils have been the surprise of the ACC this season by starting the season 15-1. The Blue Devils have been led on offense by Jonathan Anderson who has a .417 batting average while stealing seven bases. Tony Bajoczky leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and a 1.16 ERA in his four starts. The other two weekend starters in Andrew Walcott and Jeremy Gould have been atrocious this season. Walcott has a 2-0 record but has a very high ERA of 5.50. Jeremy Gould has a 0-1 record with an 8.74 ERA. The Boston College Eagles enter after knocking off Villanova in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday with a 2-6 record. They are led on offense by freshman Michael Belfiore who is hitting .440 in the first eight games of this career. Tony Sanchez, Johnny Ayers and Ryan Hutchinson are all hitting above .300 this season. The problem with the weak start from the Eagles has been their terrible closing of games. BC closer Dan Houston has pitched in five games this season and has a 0-3 record with one save and an ERA of 16.62 in his 4.1 innings of work. The Boston College starting pitching has been average with Kevin Boggan taking over the Friday starter role in the absence of Terry Doyle. Boggan has a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA in his two starts. Adam Crabtree has taken over the number 2 role in the rotation and has been terrible with a 0-2 record with an ERA of 9.72. The third weekend starter role has been going to Nick Asselin in the early part of the season. He has a 0-0 record with a 7.36 ERA. He did pitch extremely well against Vanderbilt in his first start of the season. The College Baseball Blog expects the Eagles to compete hard this weekend but they will get swept by the Blue Devils.
Expected Pitching Match-ups are unavailable at press time.
Duke Game Notes
BC Game Notes (I wonder if I will get some)
Non-Conference ACC Action
Clemson hosts Memphis
The Clemson Tigers will host Memphis this weekend for a three game set. The Clemson Tigers enter the series with an 8-3 record. They were swept by South Carolina last weekend in the two game set but picked up a win over Coastal Carolina in a mid-week contest. Memphis has a 7-3 record and has a record of 0-3 on the road. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Clemson sweeps the Memphis Tigers.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Scott McGregor (0-1, 27.00 ERA) against David Kopp (1-1, 4.11 ERA)
Saturday: Marc Ashley (0-0, 2.61 ERA) against Ryan Hinson (0-0, 1.20 ERA)
Sunday: Lance Scoggins (0-0, 1.42 ERA) against TBA
Clemson Game Notes
Memphis Game Notes
Indiana at Florida State
The Florida State Seminoles host the Indiana Hoosiers for a three game set that starts on Friday. The Seminoles will try to increase their record start of 17-0. They are led by hot hitting Tony Thomas Jr. who leads the team with a .527 batting average. He was named the ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season this week. Bryan Henry leads the Seminole pitching staff with a 4-0 record and a 2.63 ERA. Micheal Hyde has been holding down the Saturday spot in the rotation with a solid 5-0 record and a 2.17 ERA. The Seminoles have been having some problems filling the third spot in the rotation but it looks like Ryan Strauss might be there for good as he has a 3-0 record and a 2.62 ERA. Indiana enters with a 4-4 record on the season. They have the typical late start for a Northern school thus the reason for such a low total of games. The Hoosiers are coming off a 6-0 victory over Butler in Bloomington. Evan Crawford leads the Hoosiers in hitting with a .500 average in the first eight games. The Hoosiers pitching staff has been up and down through the first eight games of the season with a Team ERA of 3.36. The College Baseball Blog predicts FSU to go to 20-0 on the season.
Friday: Bryan Henry (4-0, 2.63 ERA) against TBA
Saturday: Micheal Hyde (5-0, 2.17 ERA) against TBA
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (3-0, 2.62 ERA) against TBA
FSU Game Notes
Tallahassee Democrat Article on Tony Thomas Jr.
IU Game Notes (Not available yet)
IU Student Paper Preview
The Citadel Bulldogs will open a three games set this weekend with a visit from The Columbia Lions. The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 8-4 record. They are led by senior first baseman Zach Brown who is hitting .381 with three homers on the season. The Citadel pitching has been decent this season with Wes Wrenn leading the staff with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 2.62. Columbia enters the series with a 0-3-1 record. They lost three out of the four games last weekend against St. Mary's and the other game they tied.
Expected Pitching Match-up
Friday: Wes Wrenn (2-0, 2.62 ERA) against Bill Purdy (0-0, 2.00 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Crim (0-2, 5.40 ERA) against Henry Perkins (0-1, 1.50 ERA)
Sunday: Justin Smith (3-0, 4.56 ERA) against John Baumann (NR)
The Citadel Game Notes
Columbia Game Notes
Thursday, March 08, 2007
The UNC Tar Heels picked up a 14-0 victory over the helpless Temple Owls on Wednesday. Reid Fronk, Josh Horton, Chad Flack, and Dustin Ackley each drove in multiple runs to the lead the Tar Heels to the victory. Adam Warren earned the win as the Tar Heels used seven pitchers to combine on a seven hit shuout. Temple starter Tom Bingham picked up the loss to head to 1-2 on the season. North Carolina will be back in action this weekend when they open the ACC season hosting Miami while Temple hosts Buffalo on Saturday for a doubleheader and Sunday for a single game.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The Boston College Eagles picked up a 10-9 victory over Villanova in the first game of two on the day. Boston College used a key hit by freshman John Spatola to drive in Peter Frates from second base for the walk-off victory. Eagles pitcher Terry Doyle pitched the final 2.1 innings while giving up two runs on four hits to get the victory. Villanova pitcher Gus Guida picked up the loss.
BC and Monmouth tied 3-3 in the nightcap but there is very little info on the game.
Paced by a career-high five RBI from Travis Tucker and four hits by Preston Clark, the University of Texas posted a 10-6 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in collegiate baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Whataburger Field.
Tucker went 3-for-5 with one run, a stolen base and five RBI. Clark went 4-for-5 with three runs. The offensive attack was supplemented by Bradley Suttle and Kyle Russell who each went 2-for-5.
Texas jumped out to a 3-0 lead with one run each in the first, second and third innings.
In the first inning, Tucker led off with a single and moved to second as Corpus Christi's leftfielder misplayed the hit. A groundout by Chance Wheeless moved Tucker to third and he scored on a groundout by Jordan Danks.
With two outs in the second inning, Clark singled up the middle and Todd Gilfillan doubled down the leftfield line putting runners at second and third. Clark scored as a grounder by Josh Prince was mishandled by the Islanders' shortstop.
Wheeless led off the third inning with a triple and scored on a groundout to second base by Danks, staking the Longhorns to a 3-0 lead.
The Islanders knotted the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Chase Williams singled to right field. Martin Parra put runners at the corners with a single down the rightfield line and Trae Williams drew a walk to load the bases. Chase Wheaton singled to drive in Chase Williams and Bryan Gerondale drew a walk plating a Parra and Jason Graham tied the score with a fielder's choice grounder which pushed Trae Williams across.
Texas reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Clark hit a leadoff single and a throwing error by Corpus Christi's catcher on a grounder by Prince put runners at second and third. Tucker hit a single up the middle to drive in Clark and Prince giving the Longhorns a 5-3 advantage.
An RBI single by Suttle in the sixth inning inflated the cushion to 6-3 for UT.
The Texas lead ballooned to 9-3 with two runs in the seventh on a single by Tucker to centerfield which plated Clark and Kyle Lusson and an RBI double by Suttle in the eighth which plated Danks.
The Islanders posted another three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth. The surge featured an RBI single by Josh Plumaj and a two run single by David Williams, cutting the UT lead to 9-6.
Texas tacked on its final run in the top of the ninth as Tucker hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to drive in pinch-runner Michael Demperio.
Pat McCrory (1-0) picked up his first career win. The sophomore pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, scattering two hits and one walk while striking out four. Randy Boone finished the game with two scoreless innings one two hits and one strikeout.
Emerson Trager (3-2) was saddled with the loss for the Islanders. He yielded five runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out four Horns over five innings.
Texas returns to action on Friday with the Longhorns hosting Miami University of Ohio in the first of a three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m.Texas Recap
Todd McInnis (seen above) pitched 7 2/3 innings of no hit ball as the Eagles beat the Crimson Tide 5-0. Alabama had entered the game with a team batting average of .344. McInnis is now 3-0 on the season as USM is now 11-2 and the Tide fell to 12-3. Definitely a pitcher worth keeping an eye on.
Clarion Ledger article
Virginia Tech 4
Virginia Commonwealth 9
The VCU Rams got seven runs in the first two innings to cruise to a 9-4 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Virginia Tech Recap
The Duke Blue Devils have continued their strong start to the season with a 7-4 victory over the Temple Owls. They used a squeeze play in the bottom of the sixth by Jonathan Foreman which got Alexander Hassan home to get the 5-4 lead and they tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to get to the final score.
NC State 8
The UNC-Greensboro Spartans used a seven run fifth inning to cruise to a 10-8 victory over the NC State Wolfpack. Korey Judd picked up the win for the Spartans while Nate Karns picked up the loss.
NC State Recap
St. Bonaventure 5
Miami (FL) 2
Eddie Williams was able to scatter six hits and seven walks to only allow two runs in his 6.2 innings of work to pick up the huge victory for the Bonnies. It is only their second victory on the season. Miami was led on offense by Mark Sobolewski who went 4-4 in the losing effort.
St. Bonaventure Recap
James Madison 5
Brandon Marsh picked up his second straight game-winning RBI as he drove in Greg Miclat with the winning run in the ninth inning. Jake Rule picked up his first victory in a Cavs uniform while Casey Lambert picked up his third save of the young season. Allie Swanson picked up his third loss of the season for the Dukes. All-American Kellen Kulbacki went 1-4 in the losing effort for the Dukes.
James Madison Recap
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 5-4 victory over Gardner Webb on Tuesday. Wake Forest was held to three hits and no runs through the first eight innings. The ninth inning was a different story as the Deacons came up with five hits and five runs for their third walk-off victory of the year. Willy Fox hit a two run double to drive in the tying and winning runs to be the hero on the day. Wake Forest will be back in action on Wednesday when they host High Point. Wake will send Alex Weisner (0-0, 8.31 ERA) to the mound to face Brandon Moore (0-0, 9.00 ERA). Gardner-Webb will be back in action on Friday when they visit Georgia.
Wake Forest Recap
The Boston College Eagles have continued their closer struggles by blowing a three run lead in the ninth inning on Tuesday night to let the Florida International University Panthers pull out a 11-10 victory. Boston College closer Dan Houston pitched a perfect eighth inning before running into trouble in the ninth. With a three run lead in the ninth, Houston gave up a lead-off double to Corey Lozano and then hit Bryan Pullin to set up first and second with none out. Mik Aoki decided to make a pitching change and brought in Mike Belfiore from first base to pitch. Belfiore promptly gave up a James McOwen single up the middle to make it a 10-8 game with runners on second and first still. Next batter, Luis Bautista hit a single to left field which let both runners score and Bautista ended up on second base as the winning run in the tie game. Chris Dunn ended up coming into the game to pinch run for the catcher Bautista. He then advanced to third base on a wild pitch which could not be stopped by catcher Jett Ruiz. Tyler Townsend hit a single up the middle to drive in Dunn for the winning run. FIU now has a record of 10-6 on the season and will host Rutgers on Friday for a 3 game set. Boston College now has a 1-6 record overall and will play Villanova and Monmouth on Wednesday. BC has blown five games on the young season and they better get their bullpen together on Wednesday because the ACC season opens up on Friday with a visit to Duke.
BC Recap (I'll be shocked if I get it before 4 pm on Wednesday)
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 6, today. South Alabama sophomore third baseman David Doss was named National Hitter of the Week, while Cal State Fullerton freshman right-hander Sean Urena was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Doss went 12-25 (.480) in the six games played over the last week. The Cantoment, Fla., native ripped three doubles, two triples, two home runs and drove in an amazing 16 runs. He had two five RBI games. Doss also scored 11 runs for the Jaguars, who are now 10-4. Doss led South Alabama to a 6-0 week as the Jags swept Siena and Connecticut. He is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak.
Urena pitched his first-career complete game, one-hitting No. 6 Rice as Cal State Fullerton beat the Owls 6-1 in the series finale on Sunday. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but was broken up with a Jared Gayhart one-out triple. The right-hander from Rialto, Calif., retired 13 of the first 15 hitters he faced and then 14 of the last 15 after Gayhart's lone hit. Urena, who improves to 3-0 on the season, struck out a career-high six on 110 pitches and held the Owls to a .036 batting average.
FIU will receive a visit tonight at 7pm from the Boston College Eagles. BC is coming off another devastating loss yesterday to Penn when Dan Houston picked up his third loss of the season. BC stands at 1-5 early this season. FIU enters the game with a 9-6 record after playing a weekend series with Wagner in which the Panthers took 2 out of three games.
FIU Game Preview
Kevin Cooney of Florida Atlantic recently wrote his diary entry for the week on College Baseball Insider. He speaks about how the recent bus crash really hits home with him and the rest of college baseball. The article can be read here.
The Penn State Baseball program is coming off a 1-2 weekend when they were able to grab a game from the University of North Carolina. Scott Gaffney has been a pleasant surprise for the program by giving them two solid outings in the early part of the year. These starts were the first for him since he pitched in Little League so this has come as a surprise to everyone that he is succeeding as a pitcher. He is also the starting shortstop when he is not on the mound.
The Daily Collegian (PSU Student Paper)
The Duke Blue Devils will host Temple on Tuesday and Xavier on Wednesday before opening the ACC season against the Boston College Eagles. Duke enters Tuesday's game with a 13-1 record while Temple enters with a record of 2-7. The Owls pitching has been atrocious in the early part of the season with a 9.95 Team ERA. Jeremy Gould (0-1, 6.52 ERA) will get the start for the Blue Devils while Rob Chamra (0-0, 27.00 ERA) gets the ball for the Owls. Xavier will enter with a 1-10 record coming off a three game sweep from Vanderbilt. They beat Oakland University to pick up their only win on the season. Both Duke and Xavier have not announced starting pitchers.
The Chronicle Preview (Duke Student Newspaper)
Monday, March 05, 2007
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt SEC 14-0 1
2 South Carolina SEC 10-1 2
3 North Carolina ACC 11-1 3
4 Florida State ACC 17-0 5
5 Virginia ACC 14-1 8
6 Cal State Fullerton Big West 12-5 9
7 Clemson ACC 7-3 4
8 Oregon State Pacific-10 13-3 7
9 Rice Conference USA 11-6 6
10 Pepperdine West Coast 13-4 12
11 Texas Big 12 12-6 14
12 Arizona State Pac-10 12-5 10
13 Alabama SEC 12-2 16 (tie)
14 Miami (Fla.) ACC 9-5 15
15 Arkansas SEC 10-5 11
16 Mississippi SEC 9-4 18
17 Kentucky SEC 12-0 21
18 Auburn SEC 13-2 23
19 Long Beach State Big West 8-4 19
20 Oklahoma State Big 12 10-3 24
21 Texas A&M Big 12 15-1 30
22 Nebraska Big 12 5-4 13
23 Wichita State MVC 10-4 16 (tie)
24 Coastal Carolina Big South 12-2 26
25 Arizona Pac-10 13-5 20
26 Southern Miss C-USA 10-2 NR
27 NC State ACC 10-3 25
28 Tulane C-USA 9-4 27
29 Georgia Tech ACC 8-6 22
30 College of Charleston Southern 11-1 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Charlotte (10-3), Duke (13-1), Florida Atlantic (12-3), Kansas State (9-2), Lipscomb (11-5), Louisiana-Lafayette (11-2), Michigan (5-2), Mississippi State (6-1), San Diego (12-8), South Alabama (10-4), Southern California (13-7), Stetson (10-3), TCU (10-4), Texas Tech (12-5), UC Irvine (12-4-1), UCLA (7-7), Winthrop (10-7)
Dropped Out: Florida Atlantic (28), Louisiana-Lafayette (29)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 7, Southeastern 7, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Southern 1, West Coast 1.
The Citadel's Justin Smith picked up the Pitcher of the Week Award from the Southern Conference for the week ending March 5th. Smith earned two wins out of the teams three games last week. He pitched 9.1 innings while only allowing the opponents to hit .118. Appalachian State hitter David Rubinstein picked up the Player of the Week Award by going 13-16 over the four games last week for a batting average of .812.
The Citadel Release
Appalachian State Release
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the week ending March 4th. Conference USA named two players of the week in Memphis second baseman Bill Moss and Tulane outfielder Nate Simon. Moss led the Tigers to a 4-0 record while batting .500 and hitting three homers on the week. Nate Simon led the Green Wave to a 4-0 record also and hit .500 with two homers to pick up the award. Southern Miss pitcher David Clark was named Pitcher of the Week for a complete game four hitter on Sunday.
Southern Miss Release
Clarion Ledger Article
Conference USA has also posted the conference notebook which checks in with every team after the weekend can be read here.
Tony Thomas Jr of Florida State was named Player of the Week in the ACC for the week ending on March 5th while Duke's Micheal Ness was named Pitcher of the Week. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Seminoles to a 4-0 record by hitting .611 (11-18) for the week. Ness picked up two victories this week with a start against North Carolina A & T and a relief appearance win against Holy Cross on Saturday.
The Boston College Eagles have continued to struggle early in the season with another one run loss this time to the Penn Quakers. Kyle Armeny hit the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth over the right field wall to give the Quakers the 7-6 victory. Johnny Ayers went 3-5 to lead the Eagles on offense while the Quakers were led by Alex Nwaka who went 3-4 in the victory. The Quakers will be off on Tuesday and will play St. Bonaventure on Wednesday while BC heads to FIU for a Tuesday night game.
This was Dan Houston's third loss of the young season and hopefully the end of the experiment of him closing out game. I believe that Houston needs to head back into the rotation and switch with Adam Crabtree in the starter's role. It makes sense since neither player is getting their current jobs done on the field.
Boston College Recap
Conference USA has released their recap of the weekend where the conference teams went 11-2 in one run games. Memphis continues their strong start to the season with a three game sweep at the Autozone Classic in Memphis this past weekend. Marshall also picked up a four game sweep over University at Buffalo. Southern Miss also took 2 out of three games from the Ragin Cajuns in one of the better series of the weekend. The full release from C-USA is available here.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles won the series finale 1-0 on Sunday to knock off the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns in two out of three games this weekend. On Sunday, Southern Miss used a complete game shutout by David Clark to pick up the victory. The Southern Miss offense was held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth though when Drew Carson drove home Bailey Hartel with two outs in the ninth to bring in the winning run. On Saturday, Louisiana-Lafayette picked up a 4-0 victory and on Friday night Southern Miss pulled out a 7-4 win.
Sunday Southern Miss Recap
Sunday Louisiana-Lafayette Recap
Saturday Southern Miss Recap
Saturday Louisiana-Lafayette Recap
Friday Southern Miss Recap
Sunday, March 04, 2007
The UNC-Wilmington baseball team was able to pull out a 16-11 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in 12 innings. This victory broke a four-game losing streak for the Seahawks. Wake Forest made a brilliant comeback when they were only two outs away from defeat. They scored 3 runs to force extra innings where it stayed scoreless until the top of the 12th. With a tie score in the 12th, Matt Holt led the inning off by striking out but reached on a wild pitch. Daniel Hargrave then followed with a sacrifice bunt to send Holt to second. Steve Halford then doubled down the left field line to drive Holt in for the lead run. Mark Carver then walked to set up a first and second situation. Nate Hall then hit a single through the infield to drive in Steve Halford. Grayson Evans then hit into a fielders choice to send Jonathan Batts to the plate with first and third. He then hit a three run homer to give us the final score. Wake Forest pitcher Ben Hunter picked up the loss after going 3.0 innings and allowing all five runs. His record is 1-2 this season. UNC-Wilmington pitcher Allen Floyd picked up his third win of the season against no losses by going 4.1 innings while blowing the three run lead in the ninth. Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday with Gardner Webb while UNC-Wilmington will visit the Phoenix of Elon.
Wake Forest Recap
The University of Texas received a strong effort by starting pitcher Austin Wood and scratched out five runs to complete a three-game series sweep of Oral Roberts University with a 5-1 win in collegiate baseball action Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
With the win, Texas (12-6) recorded its first series sweep of the season. The Longhorns have won 10 of their last 12 games after starting the season 2-4.
Austin Wood (2-0) posted the longest pitching performance of his career going seven innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to pitch two scoreless innings to finish off a solid weekend for Texas' bullpen. The relief corps allowed just one run in 8.2 innings in the series against Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts (4-8) drew first blood in the top of the third inning. David Genao hit a double to leftfield to lead off the frame. With one out, he was advanced to third on a groundout by Brendan Duffy and scored on a single up the middle by Marcus Tackett staking the Golden Eagles to a 1-0 lead.
The Longhorns tied the contest in the bottom half of the third. Jordan Danks and Bradley Suttle led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Kyle Russell pushed runners to second and third with a groundout. Nick Peoples walked to load the bases and Preston Clark hit a groundout to shortstop, plating Danks and tying the score at 1-1.
Texas (12-6) took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Suttle hit a leadoff double down the leftfield line. Russell drew a walk and Peoples hit a fly ball to rightfield, advancing Suttle to third. Russell stole second base and Brett Lewis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Josh Prince singled up the middle driving in Russell and Suttle to give Texas a 3-1 cushion.
The Longhorns added insurance runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Peoples hit an RBI single scoring Danks in the sixth and Prince scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
For the third consecutive game, Suttle recorded three hits. He went 3-for-5 with one double and one run scored. Prince went 3-for-3 with one double, one run score and two RBI. Danks went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Michael Jarman (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Golden Eagles. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over four innings.
Texas returns to action on Tuesday with the Longhorns traveling to Corpus Christi for a 4 p.m. contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Whataburger Field.
Brandon Marsh hit a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Virginia to a 3-2 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens. Mike Mitchell led off the bottom of the ninth by getting hit by a pitch from Todd Ozog. Brian O'Connor took a risk by trying to steal second base with Mitchell but Greg Miclat hit the ball back to the pitcher to protect the runner. So with a runner in scoring position, Brandon Marsh was able to get a single to left field to drive home Marsh with the winning run. Mike Schwimer pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the victory and Todd Ozog picked up his second loss of the season. Delaware now is 0-6 on the season while UVA continues to roll to a 14-1 record. Delaware now heads to Rider on Wednesday before opening the CAA season with Towson. UVA will play at James Madison on Tuesday and then head to Wake Forest to open the ACC season.
The Duke Blue Devils played the final game of their 3 game series with Holy Cross on Sunday and came out with a 6-5 victory. The Blue Devils were led by catcher who went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Alex Hassan got the start for the Blue Devils and gave up 3 unearned runs over his five innings of work. Kyle Butler of Duke was able to hold the Crusaders hitless over 1.2 innings to pick up the win. Dan Seip got the start for Holy Cross and let up all six runs in his seven innings of work. Holy Cross will be back in action tomorrow when they visit Campbell while Duke will host Temple on Tuesday.
Holy Cross Recap
The Florida State Seminoles completed a sweep over Siena on Sunday by a score of 22-3. The Seminoles used a 15 run sixth inning to do most of the damage in the game. The Seminoles were able to get ten consecutive hits in that inning. This win puts the Seminoles record at 17-0 in the early part of the season. FSU will be back in action next weekend when the Hoosiers of Indiana come to visit while Siena will be back on the road next weekend when they visit Rocky Top Tennessee.
FSU Game 3 Recap
Siena Game 3 Recap
FSU Game 2 Recap
Siena Game 2 Recap
FSU Game 1 Recap
Siena Game 1 Recap
The Florida Atlantic University Owls picked up a 15-3 victory over the Boston College Eagles to split the two game set at a game a piece. The Owls jumped on Boston College starter Adam Crabtree in the fourth inning by scoring four runs in the inning to get a 5-1 lead. Trent Kavanaugh of Boston College ended up getting the game out of control in his 1.1 innings of work by allowing six runs (all earned) while giving up five hits and three walks. Robbie Widlansky went 3-4 for the Owls while Eric Campbell of BC went 2-4 with 2 RBI. FAU will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Maine while BC plays on Monday against Penn.
The University of Texas received solid performances by Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone out of the bullpen and strung together a pair of two-run rallies to post a 5-3 win over Oral Roberts University in collegiate baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas (11-6) has won nine of its last 11 games after a 2-4 start on the season.
Adrian Alaniz struggled through 3.1 innings in which he allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out five and was lifted after throwing 82 pitches. Krebs (2-0) responded with 4.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk while fanning four to earn the win. Boone retired three consecutive batters in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
With Oral Roberts leading 3-0, Texas started to chip away at the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Russell Moldenhauer led off the frame with a single to centerfield. With one out, fellow freshman Josh Prince singled to right field. A fielder’s choice grounder by Travis Tucker put runners at the corners and Chance Wheeless plated both runners with a double to the wall in right centerfield, trimming the lead to 3-2.
The Longhorns took their first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Bradley Suttle and Kyle Russell both singled to start off the inning to put runners at the corners. An unsuccessful sacrifice squeeze bunt by Nick Peoples retired Suttle at home, but a groundout by Moldenhauer put runners at second and third for Preston Clark who drove home a pair with a single through the left side of the infield staking UT to a 4-3 lead.
Texas added an insurance run in the eighth inning. With two outs, Josh Prince drew a walk stole second base and scored on a fielding error by Brendan Duffy on a fly ball by Tucker.
Oral Roberts (4-7) drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Duffy led off with a single and moved to second on an error on a failed pickoff attempt. After Chad Rothford was hit by a pitch, Brian Van Kirk delivered an RBI single to leftfield giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
ORU added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to inflate the cushion to 3-0. In the fourth, Warfle hit an RBI single up the middle to drive in Stephen Pearson. In the fifth, Kelly Minissale plated Jake Kahaulelio with a single to centerfield.
Texas offense was led by Wheeless, Moldenhauer and Suttle who racked up three hits apiece. Wheeless went 3-for-5 with one double and two RBI and extended his career long hitting streak to 13 games. Moldenhauer, who got his first career hit in his first at-bat, went 3-for-4 with one run scored.
Warfle went 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI to lead the Eagles offense.
Erik Crichton (0-3) was saddled with the loss for Oral Roberts. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk over 3.1 innings. Marcus Tackett pitched well in the start, but didn’t have the endurance, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk over 4.2 innings.
Texas and Oral Roberts return to action on Sunday with the series finale scheduled for 1 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.Texas Recap
Oral Roberts Recap
Box Score of game
Austin-American Statesman Recap
The South Carolina Gamecocks pulled out a 12-0 victory over the Clemson Tigers on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Gamecocks did it behind great pitching from Harris Honeycutt who worked a magical seven innings while only allowing three hits. Phil Disher and James Darnell each hit three run homers to lead the Gamecocks offense. Clemson is still playing without shortstop Stan Widmann who is nursing a neck injury which might cost him the entire season or even his career. The teams will on Sunday in Columbia to finish the brief two game set this weekend.
South Carolina Recap
The Post and Courier Recap
Widmann injury article from The Post and Courier