Duke 8 Florida State 5
Tallahassee native Tony Bajoczky went 6.2 innings while giving up four runs on six hits to give the Duke Blue Devils their seocnd ACC win and Florida State's first ACC loss. Duke was able to jump all over Michael Hyde in the second inning by knocking him out of the game on six hits and six runs in the inning. This was Hyde's first loss of the season which drops him to 8-1 while Tony Bajoczky goes to 5-2. Duke and FSU finish off the series at noon.
UNC 11 Wake Forest 6
The North Carolina Tar Heels used an eight run seventh inning to erase a 5-1 deficit and leading the Tar Heels to the 11-6 victory. The Tar Heels received a average outing from Alex White in which he gave up four runs in his six innings. Dustin Ackley continued his strong freshman season by picking up another two hits in the game. The Tar Heels and Demon Deacons finish off the series tomorrow at 1:30 pm.
Wake Forest Recap
UVA 11 Virginia Tech 4
The Virginia Cavaliers got 17 hits to pick up a 11-4 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Brandon Marsh led the offense with a four hits while Brandon Guyer and Tyler Cannon also picked up three hits. UVA starter Matt Packer only lasted four innings while giving up four runs (two earned) and was relieved by Andrew Carraway who pitched five scoreless innings to get his fourth victory. The Cavs and Hokies finish the series at 1 pm Sunday.
Virginia Tech Recap
Clemson 4 Miami 1
The Clemson Tigers bounced back to tie the series at one game a piece on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Miami. The Tigers got six innings of one run baseball from Ryan Hinson to up his record to 2-1 on the season. He was followed by Stephen Clyne who allowed only one walk in two innings of work while Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect ninth to get his sixth save of the season. Brad Chaulk went 3-4 to lead the offense. The teams play the rubber game on Sunday at 12:00pm.
Georgia Tech 16 Maryland 6
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets clinched a series victory with a 16-6 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. Tony Plagman went 4-5 with four RBIs and 3 runs scored to lead the offensive attack of the Yellow Jackets. Patrick Long also had a solid day by going 3-4 with 4 RBI's at the plate. The teams finish the series off on Sunday at 1 pm.
NC State 10 Boston College 1
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Saturday, March 31, 2007
NC State 10 Boston College 1
The NC State Wolfpack jumped all over Boston College starter Nick Asselin as they were able to get a quick seven runs over the first two innings to cruise to a 10-1 victory. Asselin gave up six hits, three walks, and hit a batter while giving up seven earned runs over his two innings of work. He was followed by Nate Jeanes who looked solid in seven innings of work while giving up three runs in the eighth inning as he was tiring.
Andrew Brackman was very unimpressive to myself in seven innings he gave up four hits, three walks, and hit two batters while giving up only one earned run. He hit 97 on the radar gun a few times but was not hitting his corners and his curveball was flat over the first 3 or 4 innings. I still don't see how the scouts have him going in the first round but I believe that his size is the biggest reason scouts are in love with him.
This was the first game I have attended this year and I have to say that I was unimpressed with the Boston College hitters. Tony Sanchez was the only hitter that looked comfortable at the plate while Jared McGuire has continued to struggle since he moved to left field last season. He won the Big East Player of the Year award as a sophomore and is barely cracking .260. I don't think I will be at the game on Sunday as I have some better options in the area for baseball including a solid Navy team taking on Holy Cross and some Division 2 action at Bryant. We will see where I show up tomorrow and if I do head to the Heights, I better see some life out of that baseball program or it will be a very long season.
NC State Recap
The victory marked the 15th consecutive time the Longhorns have beaten the Sooners on the turf at UFCU Disch-Falk Field with OU’s last win in Austin coming on March 29, 1997.
Alaniz (8-1) yielded just one run on three hits while striking out five over nine innings to earn the win. He allowed singles in the third and sixth inning and was headed to his second shutout of the season before Kyle Russell lost a ball in the rightfield sun turning a fly out by Mike Gosse into a triple. Oklahoma (20-9, 2-3 Big 12) converted with Jarod Freeman grounding out to short, plating Gosse and trimming the Texas lead to 3-1.
The game was scoreless for six and half innings before the Longhorns drew first blood in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Jordan Danks singled up the middle stole second base and scored on a single by through the left side of the infield by Bradley Suttle. The Sooners intentionally walked Kyle Russell allowing Preston Clark to deliver a two-run single down the leftfield line staking Texas to a 3-0 advantage.
Texas (25-8, 7-1 Big 12) had opportunities to get on the board early, but the Sooners’ ace Heath Taylor was able to get out of multiple jams and the Longhorns stranded 13 runners on the base paths for the game, including two each in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Texas also left the bases loaded in the eighth inning.
Taylor (5-1) was saddled with the loss for Oklahoma. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out six Longhorns.
Danks was the lone player in the game to post multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with one run scored and he also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Texas looks to complete the series sweep on Sunday with first pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk slated for 1 p.m.
Chance Wheeless went short.
The Texas pitchers successfully went in and out.
And it all mattered.
The Longhorns needed every advantage they could get Friday, as they played long ball and small ball to upend Oklahoma 4-3 in the opener of a three-game Big 12 Conference baseball series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
"When it's a one-run game, everything kind of plays into it," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "You really can't separate one thing from the other."
Every time Texas (24-8, 6-1 Big 12) went ahead, Oklahoma (20-8, 2-2) came back.
Wheeless, the team's best bunter, took a chance and laid down a perfect bunt single with two outs and the bases loaded to give Texas a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
"It wasn't the typical situation to bunt in — bases loaded, two outs — and nobody was expecting it," Wheeless said. "So with a good bunt and reasonable speed, anybody can make it to first."
Garrido said it was a heads-up play.
"If the player doesn't put that on himself, it never works," said Garrido, who will send Adrian Alaniz to the mound at 2 p.m. today to face the Sooners. "If I put it on, it scares the hell out of them."
Oklahoma came right back in the third with a home run from Joseph Hughes.
The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning when Russell laid into a pitch and became just the 32nd person in Disch-Falk history to hit a home run over the center-field monster.
As Russell was heading back to the dugout after his 17th homer of the season, he got a hug from catcher Preston Clark, who accomplished the feat earlier this year.
Was it a welcome-to-the-club hug for something so few have accomplished?
"No, I don't think so," Russell said. "That's just how Preston and I roll. We're good like that. We're always attached at the hip."
That was enough for Texas' James Russell (6-2), who pitched five-plus innings before turning it over to the bullpen, as the Horns' staff outdueled Oklahoma starter Stephen Porlier (4-2).
Porlier helped the Longhorns extend the lead in the seventh.
With Jordan Danks on third, Porlier briefly pulled his hands apart while standing on the mound. The balk gave Texas a 4-2 lead.
"What was unfortunate about that is we were getting ready to have him step off because we were going to (Nich) Conway right there," Oklahoma coach Sunny Galloway said. "I was up, tipping the cap, getting ready to go, and I heard, 'Balk.' "
That was the advantage Texas needed as Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to give up one run in the final three innings.
McCrory's 1 2/3 innings allowed the Horns to use Shinaberry against left-handed power hitter Joe Dunigan in the eighth inning with a runner on base. Shinaberry struck him out and handed the ball over to Boone, who picked up his eighth save.
The Western Carolina Catamounts picked up a 7-3 victory over The Citadel Bulldgos in a key Southern Conference showdown. Barrett Shaft got the Catamounts offense going by giving them a 3-4 game with 3 runs scored from his lead-off role in the lineup. Tyler Sexton pitched 8.0 excellent innings to get his fifth victory of the season against no losses. Wes Wrenn got the loss from The Citadel and drops to 3-3 on the season. The teams continue their series with a first pitch scheduled at 4:00 pm.
Western Carolina Recap
The Citadel Recap
FSU 15 Duke 3
The Florida State offense continued their slaughter on ACC pitching with a 15-3 victory over the Duke Blue Devils in Game 1 of their weekend series. Tony Thomas Jr. had three hits on the night including two homers. He hit his first homer to lead-off the game and hit his other homer in the second inning when the Seminoles tacked on five runs. Bryan Henry continued his strong pitching by going six innings while giving up two runs. The victory tonight was his seventh consecutive to start the season. Alexander Hassan picked up his first collegiate loss by giving up nine runs in 2.2 innings. The teams will continue their series on Saturday with Game 2 with a battle of Tallahassee with native sons Michael Hyde facing Tony Bajoczky at 2:00 pm.
UNC 3 Wake Forest 1
Robert Woodard pitched an absolute gem on Friday evening to take the opener of their weekend set with Wake Forest by a score of 3-1. Woodard went 7.1 innings while only giving up two hits with one of them being a home run for Michael Murray. The homer was Murray's first career round tripper. Brad Kledzik pitched 6.1 inngs while giving up all three runs. He gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to Dustin Ackley who continued his hitting streak to twenty games with the homer. Andrew Carignan struck out the side in the ninth to get his seventh save of the season while Robert Woodard goes to 6-0 on the season. First pitch for Game 2 is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
Wake Forest Recap
Virginia 3 Virginia Tech 1
The Virginia Cavaliers headed across the state to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies and walked away with a 3-1 victory. Jacob Thompson started the game for the Cavaliers and went seven innings giving up six hits but only one did damage in Luke Padgett's seventh inning homer. Tim Henry led the Cavs offense with a two run double int he second inning then was driven in by the next batter Greg Miclat to account for all the scoring in the game. Greg Fryman pitched a complete game but picks up his fourth loss of the season. Jacob Thompson now is 7-0 and Casey Lambert got his seventh save by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth. The teams will continue tomorrow with Game 2 at 1:00 pm on RSN.
Miami 10 Clemson 3
The Miami Hurricanes used a 13 hit attack to easily handle the Clemson Tigers by a 10-3 score. Yonder Alonso hit two homers to lead the Hurricane attack while starting pitcher Eric Erickson was strong in his six innings of work and only gave up three runs to get his fourth victory of the season. The teams will continue their series at 7:00 pm.
NC State 24 Boston College 4
The North Carolina Wolfpack used a 24 run performance from their offense over the final six innings to blowout the Boston College Eagles 24-4 on Friday. This was Boston College's first home game of the season but they were rudely greeted by the Wolfpack offense. Mike Roskopf went 4-6 with two homers and six RBIs to lead the Wolfpack bats. BC starter Kevin Boggan gave up ten runs in his 4.2 innings of work to give him an overall record of 2-3 on the season. NC State starter Eric Surkamp went six innings while giving up two runs. NC State pitcher Joey Cutler picked up a save by working the final three innings which was his second save of the season. BC and NC State return to Shea Field on Saturday with first pitch scheduled at 1:00 pm. The College Baseball Blog will have two staff covering the game on Saturday.
NC State Recap
Georgia Tech 5 Maryland 4
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth off of All-American closer Brett Cecil to pick up an exciting 5-4 victory on Friday evening. The game was tied as they entered the top of the ninth with one out Steve Braun hit a solo homer to put the Terps up 4-3. Georgia Tech was able to tie the game on a Danny Payne single to center field in the bottom of the ninth with one out when Luke Murton stepped to the plate and proceeded to hit a single through the left side of the infield to drive in Jeff Ussery with the winning run. Brett Cecil picked up his third loss of the season while Brad Rulon gets his first victory. The teams continue their series with the first pitch at 1:00 pm.
Friday, March 30, 2007
The Citadel Bulldogs will head to Cullowhee NC to take on Western Carolina in a big Southern Conference showdown. This will be the first time all season that the Bulldogs will leave the state of South Carolina. They were originally scheduled to head to Minnesota earlier in the season but couldn't get there because of a major blizzard. The Citadel is led by Zach Brown who is hitting .337 with seven homers and 22 RBI on the season.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Wes Wrenn (3-2, 4.64 ERA) vs Tyler Sexton (4-0, 4.64 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Crim (2-2, 4.89 ERA) vs Drew Saberhagen (2-1, 2.68 ERA)
Sunday: Justin Smith (4-1, 5.31 ERA) vs TBA
I was able to get permission to copy the following article from RockChalkTalk but it is slated heavily towards KU but is a good preview of the Missouri-Kansas series.
KU will be in Columbia this weekend playing a three game series with the Missouri Tigers. MU is off to a surprisingly good start, carrying a 20-7 record (2-1 Big-12). The Tigers are ranked in two of the four national polls (#25 and #28), and their RPI ranking of #32 justifies these optimistic placements.
I say "optimistic" because it seems to me that Missouri and K-State are 1st-half only teams. I have only followed Big-12 baseball for a few years but already I've been fooled by these teams getting off to good starts and then fizzling two years in a row so now take a cynical view of their long term prospects. Maybe 2007 will be different and MU or KSU will keep their steam up as they move into April and May. We'll find out soon enough.
Regardless as to past history, MU looks very solid right now and the Jayhawks will need to be on their game to win this series.
Friday 6:30: Nick Czyz (2-4, 3.69 ERA) vs. Aaron Crow (4-0, 2.15 ERA)
Saturday 2:00: Zach Ashwood (3-2, 5.67 ERA) vs. Rick Zagone (4-0, 3.65 ERA)
Sunday 1:00: Andy Marks (3-3, 6.10 ERA) vs. Greg Folgia (2-2, 3.49 ERA)
Missouri in a nutshell
MU has not played an easy schedule this year, five of their seven losses have come to teams ranked in the RPI top-100. Against these upper teams the Tigers are 7-5.
0-1 vs. Oregon State (#17)
1-1 vs. Arizona State (#26)
0-1 vs. Memphis (#31)
2-1 vs. Nebraska (#46)
2-0 vs. Louisiana-Monroe (#70)
1-0 vs. Dallas Baptist (#71)
1-0 vs. Texas State (#85)
0-1 vs. Creighton (#97)
One more reason to not love Missouri is their team website which does not list player On-Base or Slugging averages. Even without full information a few Tiger batters having solid years can be identified .
#3 Evan Frey: 83 at bats, .337 BA, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 6 SB.
#20 Ryan Lollis: 102 at bats, .333 BA, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 7 SB.
#7 Kyle Mach: 69 at bats, .333 BA, 1 HR, 9 RBI.
#14 Trevor Coleman: 60 at bats, .317 BA, 2 HR, 20 RBI.
#4 Brock Bond: 92 at bats, .293 BA, 19 RBI, 7 SB.
#28 John McKee: 95 at bats, .253 BA, 3 HR, 26 RBI.
#51 Jacob Priday: 89 at bats, .225 BA, 1 HR, 15 RBI.
As a team the Tigers are hitting .277, with an unknown On-Base and Slugging percentage. They are scoring 6.8 runs per game so they are getting it done at the plate. This is a bit hard to understand. Their batting average is not very high, they have only hit 10 homeruns in 27 games, and their running game is good but not great at 36 stolen bases. Of note on the above list is the struggling Jacob Priday. Priday is a two time All Big-12 selection, last year he lead MU with 11 homeruns and 49 RBI's. Is he styling for the scouts this year? Has he been hurt? Whatever the reason for his struggles let's hope he doesn't discover the cure this weekend.
As has been the case over the last several years MU's team strength is their pitching. The team ERA of 3.06 is phenomenal at the NCAA level. All three starting pitchers KU will face are having great years. The Tiger bullpen is also well-stocked. Kyle Gibson appears to be their closer, having already recorded five saves and put together some very solid numbers. 33.2 innings, 19 hits, 5/35 BB/K ratio.
Missouri has not lost a home game this year (10-0) and are coming off a big road series win at Nebraska. KU needs to win a conference series badly and there is no sweeter place to do so than in Columbia, Missouri. Marks and Ashwood both pitched fairly well last week vs. Oklahoma State and Czyz has been solid all year. All that has separated the Jayhawks from a winning Big-12 record this year has been the lack of a few big hits in key situations. Let's hope it all comes together for the team this weekend and the Jayhawks start the second half of their season strong.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Florida State at Duke
The Florida State Seminoles will leave the state of Florida for the first time this season when they head to Durham NC to take on the Duke Blue Devils. Florida State enters the series with a 27-1 overall record and a perfect 6-0 record through two weekends of the ACC portion of the schedule with sweeps over Wake Forest and Boston College. Tony Thomas Jr. is the leading hitter for the Noles with a .482 batting average on the season. Bryan Henry is the considered the ace of the staff and has a 6-0 record and a 2.37 ERA which is the highest of the weekend starters for the Seminoles. Ryan Strauss with a 1.57 ERA and Michael Hyde at 1.74 have both been dominant from their spots in the weekend rotation. Duke enters with a 19-9 overall record and 1-8 in the ACC. They picked up their first victory last Saturday when they beat Georgia Tech by a 3-0 score. Jimmy Gallagher leads the Blue Devils with a .356 batting average while Nate Frieman is right behind him at .351. Freshman Alexander Hassan leads the Duke pitching staff with a 2.10 ERA in his six appearances. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Florida State continues their undefeated ACC season with a sweep of Duke.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Bryan Henry (6-0, 2.37 ERA) vs Alexander Hassan (2-0, 2.10 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (8-0, 1.74 ERA) vs Tony Bajoczky (4-2, 2.27 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (6-0, 1.57 ERA) vs TBA
FSU Game Notes
Duke Game Notes
Wake Forest at UNC
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be taking a roadtrip this weekend when they visit the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Demon Deacons picked up a loss this week to Winthrop by a score of 15-9 to give the Deacons an overall record of 14-13 and 3-6 in the ACC. Wake Forest is led by Allan Dykstra who leads the team in average at .378 and homers with 12 on the season. The Wake Forest weekend pitching staff has been ineffective with Brad Kledzik leading them with a 4.91 ERA. UNC enters hitting the ball extremely well as they got 28 runs from their offense in a 28-3 drubbing over Davidson in their only mid-week game of the week. North Carolina's overall record is 23-4 and 6-3 in the ACC. They are lead by Dustin Ackley who is hitting an outstanding .495 on the season for the young freshman. Alex White has the lowest ERA out of the weekend starters at 1.91 but Robert Woodard is right there at 2.35 to provide a strong 1-2 punch. The College Baseball Blog predicts that UNC takes 2 out of 3 games on the weekend.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-1, 4.91 ERA) vs Robert Woodard (5-0, 2.35 ERA)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (2-1, 4.96 ERA) vs Alex White (3-1, 1.91 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Luke Putkonen (5-0, 3.51 ERA)
Wake Forest Game Notes
UNC Game Notes
Virginia at Virginia Tech
The Virginia Cavaliers will travel across the state with their 24-5 overall record and ACC record of 5-4 to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies for a big weekend series. The Cavaliers are led by the .447 average of Brandon Guyer and Greg Miclat who is hitting a hefty .433 on the season also. The Cavaliers top pitcher has been Jacob Thompson who leads the weekend staff with an ERA of 1.83 and a 6-0 record. Sean Doolittle has gotten off to a slow start on the mound with a 4-2 record and a solid ERA of 3.20. Doolittle is also hitting .300 on the season which is down from the .324 he hit in 2006. The Hokies enter the series with a 15-11 overall record and 4-5 in the ACC. They picked up a loss to James Madison on Tuesday. They are led by first year head coach Peter Hughes who bolted out of Boston College after the 2006 season. The top weekend starter for the Hokies is Adam Redd who is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.68. The top hitter for the Hokies is Nate Parks who is hitting .336 with Sean O'Brien at .323 in the second spot on the team batting average list. The Hokies are a running team as they have attempted to steal 64 bases and successful on 43 of them while their opponents have attempted 31 and only been successful on 22 of them. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Virginia sweeps the Hokies.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Jacob Thompson (6-0, 1.83 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-3, 7.79 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-1, 2.97 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-1, 4.19 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (4-2, 3.20 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-1, 3.68 ERA)
UVA Game Notes
VT Game Notes
Miami at Clemson
The Miami Hurricanes enter this series against Clemson with an unheard of 15-12 overall record and 3-6 ACC record. The Hurricanes are entering the series after a week long break after losing two out of three games to Virginia last weekend. The Hurricanes are led by Yonder Alonso who leads the team in hitting with his .374 average. Freshman Eric Erickson has been the most consistent weekend starter for the Canes with a 3-3 record but a very good ERA of 1.58. Clemson enters the series coming off a 15-6 victory on Wednesday over Western Carolina and a 14-2 victory on Tuesday over Gardner-Webb to bring their overall record to 17-7 and ACC record stands at 4-2 after a weekend sweep over Duke and losing two out of three up at Maryland. Clemson is led by a strong offensive attack which is hitting on the season as a unit at a strong .293 batting average. Brad Chaulk is the leading hitter at .425. The top weekend starter has been P.J. Zocchi who is 3-0 on the season with a 2.70 ERA. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Clemson sweeps the Hurricanes out of South Carolina.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Eric Erickson (3-3, 1.58 ERA) vs P.J. Zocchi (3-0, 2.70 ERA)
Saturday: Scott Maine (2-4, 4.68 ERA) vs Ryan Hinson (1-1, 2.14 ERA)
Sunday: Enrique Garcia (2-2, 2.43 ERA) vs David Kopp (3-2, 3.58 ERA)
Miami Game Notes
Clemson Game Notes
Maryland at Georgia Tech
The Maryland Terps will travel down to Final Four country this weekend for a three game set against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Maryland is coming off two midweek victories in which they beat William & Mary on Tuesday by a score of 15-3 and then followed that on Wednesday with a no-hitter in which they beat Coppin State 12-0. The Terps have an overall record of 18-8 and 5-4 in the ACC. They are led by Freshman A.J. Casario who leads the team in batting average at .371. The top weekend starter has been Ryan Moorer who is 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA. The Yellow Jackets swept Georgia Southern in a quick two game mid-week series by scores of 10-2 and 6-2. They are led by All-American candidates Matt Wieters who leads the team with 28 RBI and Danny Payne who leads the team in batting average at .412. John Goodman has become the most consistent weekend starter for the Jackets as he enters the weekend with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 2.84. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Maryland continues their hot streak by taking two out of the three games on the weekend.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: David Duncan (4-2, 3.40) vs. Casey Baron (3-1, 3.59)
Saturday: John Goodman (1-1, 2.84) vs. Ryan Moorer (3-0, 2.29)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (2-3, 3.89) vs. Kevin Biringer (2-4, 4.65)
Maryland Game Notes
GT Game Notes
NC State at Boston College
The NC State Wolfpack will head to Boston College this weekend for a key ACC showdown. The Wolfpack enter with a 19-8 overall record but 5-4 in the ACC. They are led on offense by Joe Florio who is hitting .345 on the season. Ramon Corona is continuing to struggle at the plate with a .223 average. He struggled in teh Cape Cod League in 2006 with the Hyannis Mets where he hit .236 for the summer. The top pitcher for the Wolfpack weekend rotation has been Freshman Jimmy Gilheeney who is 2-1 with a very healthy 1.84 ERA. The biggest prospect of the season in terms of height and hype was Andrew Brackman who enters the series with a record of 4-2 and an ERA of 3.79. Brackman has been roughed up over his last four starts as he has a 1-2 record and an ERA of 6.26 over that period. Some people were talking about Brackman's fastball hitting 99 MPH this summer on the cape. Boston College enters the series coming off a 10-7 victory over Holy Cross on Thursday and a 6-5 victory over Hartford on Tuesday. Boston College has an overall record of 8-11-1 and 4-5 in the ACC. The Eagles are led by two sport athlete Johnny Ayers who leads the team with a .369 batting average. Tony Sanchez is second on the team with a .365 batting average. Kevin Boggan leads the pitching staff with a 2-2 record and an ERA of 2.57 on the season. The College Baseball Blog predicts BC to take 2 out of 3 games this weekend.
The College Baseball Blog will have staff at both Saturday's and Sunday's games. So stay tuned for full coverage of the series.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Kevin Boggan (2-2, 2.57 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (2-1, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday: Nick Asslein (1-1, 5.85 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (4-2, 3.79 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Jimmy Gillheeney (2-1, 1.84 ERA)
NC State Game Notes
Interview with Peter Frates (BC)
The Boston College Eagles knocked off Holy Cross 10-7 in non-conference action on Thursday. Boston College was led on offense by Michael Belfiore who hit a homer run in the top of the eighth to set up the final scoreline. Geoff Oxley got his first collegiate victory by throwing three scoreless innings. Dan Houston picked up the save by working a scoreless ninth. The Eagles will be back in action on Friday when they host NC State in the home opener at Shea Field. Holy Cross will host Navy on Saturday in the first Patriot league contest for both schools.
"If their pitching comes around, they are the best team in the country," Graham said. "I don't think there is any doubt about that."
And that was after Texas committed three errors Tuesday.
That also was after the Longhorns were held to eight hits and six runs, both below average.
Despite all that, the ninth-ranked Longhorns beat the eighth-ranked Owls for the 10th consecutive time, winning 6-4 in front of 5,133 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
"It's because they did those things and they still won," Graham said. "We walked a couple of batters and hit a couple of batters. But even something as little as that means you're not going to beat a team like Texas."
The Longhorns didn't play the perfect game, but they always had an answer.
Rice took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, when Kyle Russell misplayed a fly ball by Rice's Chad Lembeck with a runner on first. Russell picked up the ball and, as Lembeck raced around the bases, threw it into the Longhorns' dugout for an unearned inside-the-park home run.
Texas responded as Travis Tucker led off the bottom of the inning with a single, and was driven home on a double by first baseman Chance Wheeless, who was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
"I think all of us are feeling really good at the plate," said Wheeless, who raised his batting average to .380. "We put in a lot of work, and I think all that effort is really showing up in our ability to hit the ball and our offense."
Wheeless helped Texas (23-8) add to the lead in the sixth inning with a single up the middle that scored Nick Peoples.
It was 5-2 after six innings, but Wheeless helped the Owls (19-10) jump back into the game.
With runners on first and second and one out in the seventh, Wheeless failed to come up with a ground ball by Jess Buenger, helping Rice cut the lead to 5-4.
"That ball was really spinning on me, and I thought I came up with it," Wheeless said. "It was just one of those things."
Texas designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer responded in the bottom half of the inning by hitting his second home run of the season.
"One of the reasons we are able to respond so much is every practice we practice playing every inning individually," Tucker said. "No one inning is more important than the others."
As for the errors, Texas coach Augie Garrido isn't too worried.
"Those things happen. It's baseball," Garrido said. "The players are going to make mistakes, and then they've got to clean them up."
Like the pitching staff, which struggled against Kansas State on Sunday, giving up 11 runs and 17 hits.
Tuesday was different, as Austin Wood (4-0), Pat McCrory, Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone, who got his seventh save, allowed just six hits and one walk. They also didn't give up an earned run.
"Losing is going to happen," said Wood, who gave up three hits and two unearned runs in 5 2/3 innings. "We just have to come out here, forget about it and get re-energized. And that's what we did."
The Citadel Bulldogs were able to slip by the Brown Bears to split their brief two game set with a 6-5 victory on Wednesday. Sid Fallow had an RBI single in the eighth inning which proved to be the game winner. The Citadel will be back in action on Friday when they head to Western Carolina for a three game set.
The Citadel Recap
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
UNC 28 Davidson 3
North Carolina hit six homers including two from Benji Johnson to give the Tar Heels the 28-3 victory over Davidson. UNC scored eleven runs in the second inning and then twelve in the third to take full control of the game. UNC will be back in action on Friday when they host Wake Forest.
Maryland 12 Coppin State 0
The Maryland Terrapins held Coppin State hitless and used a balanced attack by scoring in seven out of their eight at bats to continue the Coppin State losing streak to 20 games. Mike Murphy went 2-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Maryland offensive attack. Brett Curll, Tim Kearney, Brett Jones, and Nick Pearce all went two innings without allowing a hit while Brian Shellhamer pitched a perfect ninth to complete the no-hitter. Maryland will visit Georgia Tech this weekend for a big ACC series.
Coppin State Recap
Virginia 4 Longwood 3
Brandon Marsh hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Cavaliers to a 4-3 come from behind victory over Longwood. Casey Lambert struck out 2 batters in the top of the ninth to pick up the victory for the Cavs. Virginia will travel across the state to Virginia Tech for a weekend series.
Clemson 15 Western Carolina 6
The Clemson Tigers blew out Western Carolina 15-6 in non-conference action on Wednesday in Clemson SC. Taylor Harbin and Doug Hogan led the offense with three hits a piece. Clemson will return to action on Friday when they host the Hurricanes.
Western Carolina Recap
NC State 6 UNC-Greensboro 0
The NC State Wolfpack received a stellar pitching performance from Nate Karns, Jeff Stallings, and Sam Brown who combined on a three hit shutout. Caleb Mangum and Pat Ferguson each picked up two RBIs to lead the offense. NC State heads to Chestnut Hill to open the BC home schedule this weekend and The College Baseball Blog should be there on Saturday and Sunday.
NC State Recap
Georgia Tech 6 Georgia Southern 2
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets used nine pitchers and were able to limit the Georgia Southern Eagles to two runs. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher were the only two Yellow Jackets with two hits on the day. Georgia Tech will host Maryland this weekend for a big ACC series.
GA Tech Recap
Georgia Southern Recap
Winthrop 15 Wake Forest 9
The Winthrop Eagles used a ten run fifth inning to pick up a 15-9 slugfest victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday. Winthrop will visit UNC-Asheville while Wake Forest heads to UNC for a big ACC weekend series.
Wake Forest Recap
Boston College and Holy Cross were postponed until Thursday when they will try again to play their big non-conference game in a battle of Massachusetts.
The Ole Miss Rebels defeated Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in front of 6,217 fans by a score of 6-5. This was the Eagles 3rd consecutive loss while Ole Miss picked up their fourth win in the last five games. Cody Overbeck hit a one-out sacrifice fly to right field to get the victory for the Rebels. Cody Satterwhite picked up his second win of the season while Eagles closer Patrick Ezell got his first loss by pitching 2/3 of an inning.
Southern Miss Recap
The Sun Herald Recap
Ole Miss Recap
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 27, today. Florida senior first baseman Matt LaPorta was named National Hitter of the Week, while Saint Louis senior right-handed pitcher Eric Rohr 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.
LaPorta was a sizzling 7-for-13 (.538) in the sweep of No. 21 Auburn with seven RBIs, three homers, three doubles and was hit by a pitch four times. Florida notched its first road sweep since May 20-22, 2005, at Vanderbilt and collected its first league series win on the road since that trip to Nashville. The Port Charlotte, Fla., native went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a pair of doubles on Friday, 1-for-6 with a homer on Saturday and was 4-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs, two home runs and a double on Sunday.
Rohr earned a pair of wins on the week after tossing 13 shutout innings in two games. The Belleville, Ill., native registered a complete-game shutout on March 20 in the Billikens' 1-0 win over Tennessee-Martin, allowing just five singles and one walk. He pitched four innings of one-hit relief on March 25 as Saint Louis edged Charlotte, 6-5. Rohr finished with eight strikeouts for the week.
With this week's honor, Rohr automatically is named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at: www.prolineathletic.com.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site,www.ncbwa.com.
For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro (601-266-5947, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saint Louis Release
Florida State 6 North Florida 0
Caleb Graham picked up his first victory of the season as he shutdown the North Florida offense for the first six innings.
UVA 17 George Mason 6
Brandon Guyer went 3-4 with four RBIs, four runs scored, and a grand slam to lead the Cavaliers to a 17-6 thumping of George Mason. David Adams and John Scaglione were the other Cavs with three hits on the day.
George Mason Recap
Clemson 14 Gardner-Webb 2
The Clemson Tigers without head coach Jack Leggett pounded out 21 hits with twelve different players picking up at least one hit to pound Gardner-Webb 14-2. Ben Paulsen went 5-5 with a homer and six RBI to lead the Tiger offense.
Duke 11 Campbell 7
Kyle Kreick picked up three hits to lead the Blue Devils to a come from behind 11-7 victory over Campbell.
Georgia Tech 10 Georgia Southern 2
Eddie Burns struck out ten batters over eight innings while only giving up one earned run to pick up his second consecutive victory. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher each picked up three hits to lead the offensive attack from the Jackets.
Georgia Southern Recap
James Madison 8 Virginia Tech 6
Joe Lake drove home Bryan Lescanec to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the eighth to lead JMU to the 8-6 victory over Virginia Tech.
Maryland 15 William & Mary 3
The Terps scored nine runs in the fifth inning to coast to a 15-3 victory over William & Mary. Joe Palumbo set the stage in the lead-off role by going 4-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the win.
William & Mary Recap
Brown scored four runs in the top of the ninth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-4 win. Steve Daniels hit a bases clearing triple with two outs to provide the game winning RBI and insurance runs to the Brown Bears. Zach Brown of The Citadel and Devin Thomas hit solo home runs in the game to lead each other's offenses. They will face off on Wednesday in finale of their quick two game set.
The Citadel Recap
Boston College picked up a 6-5 victory over the Hartford Hawks in non-conference action on Tuesday. Ryan Hutchinson led the offense by getting two hits and driving in two runs. Senior Ted Ratliff pitched a complete game giving up five earned runs on eight hits. The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday at 3:30 when they visit Holy Cross. I might be attending if I can get my job to let me go.
Monday, March 26, 2007
The Southland Conference has released their Player of the Week in Zach Etheredge who went 9-20 at the plate to lead UTSA to a 4-1 record on the week. Jesse Marshall of Sam Houston State picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by pitching 8.1 shutout innings in a 3-0 shutout on Friday over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He only allowed three hits and three walks to get the win.
Sam Houston State Release
Dustin Ackley for the second straight week was named the ACC Baseball Player of the Week. He hit .500 (11-22) for the week while leading the Tar Heels to a 4-1 record. Tony Bajoczky picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by tossing seven shutout innings against Georgia Tech on Saturday to get the Blue Devils first ACC victory on the season.
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the period ending on March 25th. Harrison Eldridge was named the player of the week after hitting .533 (8 for 15) in leading the East Carolina Pirates to a 4-0 record for the week. The Pitcher of the Week award went to Wes Musick of Houston pitched eight strong innings Saturday against UCF while striking out ten batters.
C-USA Players of the Week
East Carolina Release
Conference USA Weekend Recap
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, and 15 leagues have had teams in the polls in '07. For more information
or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Florida State Atlantic Coast 26-1 2
2 South Carolina Southeastern 21-4 3
3 Vanderbilt SEC 23-3 1
4 Oregon State Pacific-10 22-3 4
5 North Carolina ACC 22-4 5
6 Virginia ACC 22-5 8
7 Arkansas SEC 19-7 10
8 Texas Big 12 22-8 9
9 Rice Conference USA 19-9 7
10 Pepperdine West Coast 19-8 11
11 Clemson ACC 15-7 6
12 Arizona State Pac-10 21-8 14
13 Kentucky SEC 23-2-1 15
14 Cal State Fullerton Big West 15-10 12
15 Wichita State Missouri Valley 21-5 18
16 Oklahoma State Big 12 19-6 16
17 Texas A&M Big 12 22-5 13
18 Mississippi SEC 18-8 17
19 Coastal Carolina Big South 23-3 20
20 Arizona Pac-10 21-6 21
21 East Carolina C-USA 19-6 23
22 Long Beach State Big West 13-9 19
23 Oklahoma Big 12 20-7 29
24 San Diego West Coast 21-10 27
25 Alabama SEC 17-10 25
26 Nebraska Big 12 13-9 24
27 NC State ACC 18-8 30
28 Missouri Big 12 20-6 NR
29 Ohio State Big Ten 13-3 NR
30 Southern Miss C-USA 17-8 28
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn (18-9), Charlotte (19-5), College of Charleston (18-6), Kansas State (18-6), Louisiana-Lafayette (20-5), Louisiana-Monroe (18-7), Maryland (16-8), Miami, Florida (15-12), Mississippi State (14-6), Old Dominion (19-11), Southern California (17-12), Stetson (20-8), Tennessee (17-9), Texas Tech (18-10), Tulane (19-7), UC Irvine (19-5-1).
Dropped Out: Auburn (22), Miami, Florida (26)
By conference: Big 12 6, Southeastern 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2. West Coast 2, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Missouri Valley 1.
Pitcher of the Week-David Phelps(Notre Dame)-Phelps first Big East honor of the year, he went all the way shutting out USF and striking out ten Bulls.
Weekly Honor Roll:
Batted .500 and collected seven RBI in a 4-1 week.
Boomer Whiting, Louisville, OF, Sr.
Scored nine runs, collected nine hits and batted .450 in a 4-1 week.
Brett Lilley, Notre Dame, SS, Jr.
Hit .571 and scored nine runs in a 3-2 week.
Steve Healing, Rutgers, RHP, Sr.
Threw a complete game shutout in a 6-0 win over Georgetown.
Mike Loree, Villanova, RHP, Sr.
Posted a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over Louisville.
Big East Standings after Sunday:
BIG EAST Overall
W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
West Virginia 3 0 0 1.000 13 5 0 .722
Rutgers 3 0 0 1.000 10 10 0 .500
Louisville 2 1 0 .667 16 8 0 .667
Connecticut 2 1 0 .667 8 10 0 .444
USF 4 2 0 .667 18 8 0 .692
Pittsburgh 3 3 0 .500 9 11 0 .450
Villanova 1 2 0 .333 9 8 0 .529
Cincinnati 1 2 0 .333 12 11 0 .522
Notre Dame 1 2 0 .333 11 11 0 .500
St. John's 1 2 0 .333 8 10 0 .444
Georgetown 0 3 0 .000 9 14 0 .391
Seton Hall 0 3 0 .000 5 12 0 .294
Player of the Week-Lars Davis, C, Illinois-Davis earns his first career weekly honor after batting .857 (12-for-14) to close out Illinois' Spring Break trip.
Pitcher of the Week-Mike Schurz, Iowa-Schurz takes home his first career conference award after holding opponents scoreless in three appearances last week, picking up a win and two saves.
Big Ten Standings:
2006-07 Big Ten Overall
Teams W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Ohio State 0 0 0 .000 13 3 0 .812
Minnesota 0 0 0 .000 14 5 0 .737
Iowa 0 0 0 .000 9 5 0 .643
Michigan 0 0 0 .000 10 6 0 .625
Indiana 0 0 0 .000 10 8 0 .556
Purdue 0 0 0 .000 9 8 0 .529
Illinois 0 0 0 .000 7 8 0 .467
Michigan State 0 0 0 .000 7 8 0 .467
Northwestern 0 0 0 .000 6 11 0 .353
Penn State 0 0 0 .000 4 13 0 .235
Sunday, March 25, 2007
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The Elon Phoenix picked up a 12-8 victory over The Citadel to take the rubber game of their series. The Phoenix was led on offense by Pat Irvine who went 3-4 with 3 RBIs and a homer. Ryan Addison also had a big day by going 4-5 with two runs scored. Will Romanowicz went 7.1 innings while giving up six runs but got his third victory of the season. Justin Smith started for the Bulldogs and was roughed up for seven runs in five innings. The Citadel will host Brown for a two game set on Tuesday and Wednesday. Elon will host South Carolina on Tuesday.
The Citadel Recap
Elon Recap (Not available now)
Florida State 7 Boston College 0
Ryan Strauss carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning until Tony Sanchez broke up the bid with a single through the left side. Michael Belfiore also got a hit in that inning for the Eagles only two hits. Boston College starter Nick Asslein lasted only two innings while giving up a towering two run homer to Jack Rye in the first inning. He was followed by Terry Doyle who is still nursing a hand injury and he pitched five innings while giving up five runs. Dennis Guinn went 3-3 with 3 RBIs and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. Florida State is back in action on Tuesday when North Florida comes to visit while Boston College heads Tuesday to Hartford.
UNC 13 Virginia Tech 1
Seven Tar Heels had multiple hits to lead the Tar Heels to a 13-1 victory over Virginia Tech. Luke Putkonen shut down the Hokie offense with seven strong innings while only giving up one run. Tim Fedroff went 3-5 with a homer to lead the Tar Heel offense. VT starter Adam Redd was knocked around in his 3.1 innings while giving up eight runs. UNC will be back in action Wednesday when Davidson visits while Virginia Tech travels to James Madison on Tuesday.
Clemson 5 Maryland 0
Jack Leggett picked up his 1,000 victory and the Clemson Tigers were able to salvage a game from Maryland in a 5-0 victory on Sunday. David Kopp pitched seven shutout innings while only allowing six hits. Brad Chalk, Andy D'Alessio, Taylor Harbin, Ben Paulsen, and J.D. Burgess all had two hits in the game to lead the Tiger offense. Clemson will be playing Gardner-Webb on Tuesday without Jack Leggett who will be in Vermont with his father who is ill. Maryland will be hosting William & Mary also on Tuesday.
Miami 4 UVA 2
The Miami Hurricanes picked up the final game of their series with Virginia by picking up a 4-2 victory. UVA ace Sean Doolittle started and was effective in six innings of work and gave up two runs. His bullpen failed him as Michael Schwimer let up two runs in the top of the eighth which proved to be the winning runs needed by the Canes. Enrique Garcia picked up the victory with a five inning performance and gave up only one run. Danny Gil pitched a scoreless ninth to get his second save of the season. UVA will host George Mason on Tuesday while the Canes will be off until Friday when they go to Clemson.
NC State 3 Wake Forest 2
The NC State Wolfpack squeaked by Wake Forest by the slimmest of margins in a 3-2 victory. Caleb Mangum drove in two runs and Jimmy Gillheeney pitched 5.2 innings and gave up three hits and a run to get his second victory on the season.
NC State Recap
Wake Forest Recap
Georgia Tech 5 Duke 1
Ryan Turner picked up his second win of the year by letting up 1 run in his six innings of work. Luke Murton led the offense by going 3-4 with 4 RBIs. GT will be back in action when they host Georgia Southern on Tuesday and Wednesday. Duke will head to Campbell Tuesday then host FSU next weekend.
Georgia Tech Recap
- Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 0 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Game 1-Fans in Pittsburgh saw a complete game shut out from starting pitcher Paul Nardozzi (the game was only 7 innings), he gave up no runs on only 4 hits and striking out 4.
- Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Game 2)-The second game saw the Bearcats jump out to a quick 2-0 first inning lead on a Michael Earley home run, then in the bottom of the third the Panthers came back with back to back jacks from Jordan Herr and Sean Conley. The Panthers then took the lead for good in the 5th inning, with runners on first and second when Gary Bucuren singled to center field knocking in what would be the game winning run.
- St. Johns 10, Connecticut 7 (Queens, NY)-UConn jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning just to see St. John's score 7 runs in the 4th. St. John's was led by DH Zayas going 3-5 with 2 RBI and scoring a run. UConn recap
- Louisville 10, Villanova 3 (Villanova, PA)-The Cardinals used a 3 run 3rd inning led by Boomer Whiting who extended his hitting steak to 13, he also stole his 31st base which is a school record. The Cards were led by left fielder Isaiah Howes who went 3-5 with 3 RBIs. Louisville Recap
- Rutgers 5, Georgetown 4 (Piscataway, NJ)-Rutgers down 4-2 in the bottom of the 8th used two straight singles by Ryan Hill and Dave Williams, to set up for a Tom Edwards homerun to put the Knights up for good. Rutgers Recap
- West Virginia 4, Seton Hall 3 (Morgantown, WV)-Both teams scored the first runs on solo blasts, WVU's by Tyler Kuhn and The Hall's by Greg Miller. With the scored still tied in the bottom of the 5th West Virginia's Austin Markel smashed a 2 run jack to give WVU a two run lead. Seton Hall battled back to score one in the 6th and the other in the 7th when Dan McDonald knocked in Robbie Hine to tie the game. With the scored still tied in the 9th West Virginia scored the final run on a wild pitch, I guess you could call that a walk off wild pitch. Seton Hall Recap
- South Florida 9, Notre Dame 1 (South Bend, IN)-USF jumped on the Irish early scoring 2 first inning runs on no hits (Walk, error, wild pitch). The Irish responded with a lead off homer from SS Brett Lilley but again for a second day Notre Dame's bullpen was unable to throw strikes and gave up 7 of the 9 runs. The Bulls were led by second baseman Dexter Butler who went 2-4 with 2 RBIs. USF Recap
Texas jumped out to a 3-1 lead with single runs in each of the first three innings. Bradley Suttle broke the scoring seal with a sacrifice fly to drive in Chance Wheeless in the first inning. In the second inning, Nick Peoples plated Preston Clark with a single. Kansas State scored its first run in the top of the third as an infield grounder pushed Eddie Vasquez across. Texas responded with a run in the bottom half of the third as Suttle hit his eighth home run of the season over the Horns’ bullpen in leftfield.
Kansas State took its first lead of the three-game series with a five-run fifth inning. Adam Muenster, J.J. Muse and Eddie Vasquez each singled to load the bases. Rob Vaughn followed with a grand slam home run, his first dinger of the year. With two outs, Drew Biery followed with a solo home run to give the Wildcats a 6-3 lead.
Texas responded with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. The inning featured a three-run triple by Preston Clark. The Longhorns also scored runs on a sacrifice fly by Josh Prince, a bases loaded hit by pitch drawn by Kyle Russell and a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Travis Tucker, staking Texas to a 9-6 lead.
Kansas State trimmed two runs off the lead in the seventh. Vaughn and Derek Bunker singled to leadoff the inning and a groundout by Jordan Cruz pushed runners to second and third setting up a sacrifice fly by Biery and an RBI single by Justin Bloxom, cutting the UT lead to 9-8.
The Wildcats reclaimed the lead with three runs in the seventh. In the inning, Kansas State scored runs on two separate throwing errors and an RBI single by Biery to take an 11-9 lead.
Daniel Edwards pitched the final two innings for Kansas State, allowing just one hit while striking out three to earn his seventh save of the season.
Randy Boone (0-5) was saddled with the loss for Texas. He allowed five runs on five hits and one walk over 1.1 innings.
Justin Murray (2-2) earned the win in relief allowing two runs on three hits and four walks over three innings.
Texas was paced by Suttle who went 2-for-3 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. Peoples went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Preston Clark added two runs and three RBI.
The Longhorns could not find the answer for the Wildcats’ bottom of the order as their No. 8 and 9 hitters combined to go 6-for-8 with six runs and four RBI. No. 9 hitter Vaughn went 4-for-4 with one double, one home run, three runs scored and four RBI. Vasquez, hitting eighth in the lineup, went 2-for-4 with three runs. Kansas State also got solid hitting performances from Biery who went 2-for-4 with one home run, one run and three RBI and Bloxom who was 3-for-5 with one run.
The Longhorns return to action on Tuesday as Texas hosts Rice in a 6:05 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.Texas Recap
Texas Scout.com Recap
- South Florida 13, Notre Dame 10-(South Bend, IN)-South Florida reliever Yuri Higgins(3-1) came in relief of starting pitcher Matt Quevedo who started in place of USF ace David Thomas and went 5.2 inning, gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits, and struck out 10. The turning point in the game was in the top of the 6th when starting Notre Dame pitcher Wade Korpi along with Jess Stewart and Joey Williamson(1-2) gave up 5 runs, USF did add 6 runs the next inning. The Irish scored 4 running in the bottom of the 8th but it wasn't enough. These two teams will square off in the rubber match tomorrow at Frank Eck Stadium Dan Kapala(0-1, 1.98) will go for the Irish and Chris Delaney(4-0, 3.86) will toe the rubber for the Bulls. Notre Dame Recap
- Villanova 1, Louisville 0-Game 1-(Villanova, PA)-With the scored tied at zero in the bottom of the 9th Villanova first baseman Dan Terpak doubled off the left center field wall, the next batter was hit by a pitch then Cards pitcher Kyle Hollander threw a wild pick off throw over first base to allow the winning run to score. Louisville Recap.
- Louisville 11, Villanova 3-Game 2-(Villanova, PA)-The second game wasn't as close Louisville scored a run in each of the first four inning to cruise by the Wildcats. Colby Walk(2-1) came on in relief and picked up the W pitching 3.1innings perfect inning striking out 7.
- Rutgers 4, Georgetown 3 (F/10)-Game 1-(Piscataway, NJ)-At the grand opening of Bainton Field on Rutgers Campus the Scarlet Knights open up with a win over the Hoyas of Georgetown. With the score tied up a 3 in the 10th to straight singles with two out by Rutgers gave them the win. Rutgers Recap
- Rutgers 6, Georgetown 0-Game 2-(Piscataway, NJ)-Rutgers starting pitcher Steve Healing(3-2) went all the way shutting out the Bulldogs allowing 5 hits and striking out 1.
- Cincinnati 19, Pittsburgh 5-(Pittsburgh, PA)-Cincinnati blew the game open in the first inning scoring 9 runs on 8 hits off of PITT starter Rob Brant(1-3) he did go 5.2 innings, giving up 11 runs, only 3 earned. Pitt Recap
- West Virginia 4, Seton Hall 3(F/13)-Game 1-(Morgantown, WV)-Seton Hall had control of the game at 2-0 until the bottom of the 7th when center fielder Adam White hit an RBI single then later scored on a double Justin Jenkins to tie the game at 2 all. Then in the top of the 13th Seton Hall's John Walsh hit a solo home run to take a 3-2 lead, but then in the bottom of the Austin Markel singled in Vince Belnome then two batters later Adam White knocked in the winning run, this all with 2 outs. West Virginia Recap
- West Virginia 12, Seton Hall 5-Game 2-(Morgantown, WV)