Wake Forest 8 Maryland 6
Garrett Bullock pitched 7.2 innings while allowing 12 hits but kept the Terps off the board until the eighth inning to give the Demon Deacons an 8-6 victory. Allan Dykstra and Evan Ochetree each went 2-4 with 3 RBIs. Maryland will try to steal a game tomorrow when they face off against Wake Forest in the series finale at 1 pm.
Wake Forest Recap
Miami 5 Georgia Tech 2
Mark Sobolewski hit a three run homer in the bottom of the eleventh inning to walk-off with the victory over Georgia Tech 5-2. Blake Tekotte led the Canes offense by getting three hits on the afternoon. Matt Wieters and Michael Fisher were the only Jackets with two hits in the game. Dennis Raben picked up his first victory for the Hurricanes while Danny Payne picked up the loss.
Georgia Tech Recap
Clemson 6 Virginia Tech 3 (resumption of 4/6 game)
The Clemson Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies completed their suspended game with Clemson coming out victorious with a 6-3 victory. Matt Vaughn got the victory by going the last five innings in relief of Daniel Moskos. Vaughn picks up his third victory without a loss on the season. Greg Fryman gets the loss to drop his record to 2-5. He let up five runs in five innings.
Virginia Tech Recap
Clemson 8 Virginia Tech 5
David Kopp led the Tigers to an 8-5 victory over Virginia Tech by going seven innings while allowing five hits and two runs to up his record to 4-2. Andrew Wells got the loss for Virginia Tech by giving up five runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings. Taylor Harbin picked up two hits and two RBIs to lead the Tigers offense. The teams will play Game 3 on Sunday and Virginia Tech will try to get at least a game from the weekend set.
Virginia Tech Recap
Duke 13 Virginia 9
The Duke Blue Devils used a 17 hit attack to knock off the third ranked Virginia Cavaliers 13-9. The Blue Devils were led on offense by Brett Bartles who went 3-6 with five RBIs. Nate Freiman went 3-5 with 2 RBIs in support of Bartles. Sean Doolittle, Greg Miclat, and Brandon Guyer all had two hits in the loss. Duke starter Tony Bajoczky goes to 6-2 with the win while Matt Packer goes to 3-2.
NC State 8 Florida State 6
NC State used a six run third inning to take control of Game 2 of their weekend set with the Florida State Seminoles. Andrew Brackman started for the Wolfpack (only 2 earned) continued his recent struggles in which he pitched seven innings while giving up five runs. Eryk McConnell picked up his eighth save by going the final two innings while allowing a run. Michael Hyde started for Florida State but only lasted 2.2 innings giving up six runs (only one earned) to drop his record to 8-2 which is his second consecutive loss.
NC State Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
UNC 7 Boston College 2 (Game 1)
Full Report is available from The College Baseball Blog here.
UNC leads Boston College 6-1 heading into the top of the ninth in Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday. The teams will finish the game before Game 3 on Sunday.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
In Game 1 of a doubleheader, The Citadel Bulldogs batted around in two separate innings to throttle Wofford 17-5. The Bulldogs had 17 hits in the game including homers from Kyle Swauger and Richard Jones. Jones went 3-4 with four runs scored and also drove in four runs. Matt Crim picked up the victory to up his record to 3-2. He allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits. Ben Austin grabbed the loss for Wofford to drop his record to 7-3 on the season.
In Game 2, The Citadel Bulldogs got a walkoff single from Chance Smith in the bottom of the tenth to complete a sweep over Wofford by a score of 8-7 on Saturday evening. Link Saunders picked up the victory by pitching a scoreless ninth and tenth inning to up his record to 5-2.
The Citadel Game 1 Recap
The Citadel Game 2 Recap
The Holy Cross Crusaders swept the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in Patriot League action on Saturday. Scott Hampe pitched a no-hitter in game one. He allowed four walks as they accounted for all the base runners for Lehigh. Norm Roth led the Crusaders with two hits in his three at bats. He also scored two runs in the game. Brendan Akashian went 3-4 with 3 RBIs in Game 2 to lead Holy Cross to a 6-3 victory.
Holy Cross Recap
Texas (28-10, 9-3 Big 12) tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh on a home run by Kyle Russell, his second of the game and 20th of the season.
Kansas (18-20, 4-8) had tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth. Robby Price singled to score Buck Afenir, Brock Simpson drove in two runs and Erik Morrison had an RBI double.
Kansas took a 5-4 lead in the sixth when Kyle Murphy singled home Preston Land.
Randy Boone (1-5) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win, and Kansas reliever Paul Smyth (2-2) was the losing pitcher.
Daniel Hargrave drove in the game winning run with a double in the top of the ninth to lead the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks to the 3-2 victory over the Hofstra. Cody Dickens picked up the victory by working the final 1.2 innings and did not surrender a run. Steve Halford went 2-3 for his 18th multiple hit game of the season. UNC-Wilmington and Hofstra finish the series tomorrow at 1 pm.
The Delaware Blue Hens picked up a 6-2 victory over the George Mason Patriots on Saturday. The Blue Hens got a strong seven innings allowing two runs from starting pitcher Billy Harris. He also struck out seven batters. Ryan Jablonski and Bill Merkler hit homers to lead the Blue Hen offense. Mike Modica picked up the loss for George Mason to drop his record to a 2-4 mark.
George Mason Recap
The Northeastern Huskies used five homers to get a 9-3 victory over James Madison in Game 2 of the CAA conference showdown. Jeff Thomson picked up the victory for Northeastern by working 7.2 innings while giving up three runs to up his record to 3-2 on the season. James Madison starter Justin Wood only lasted 4.0 innings while giving up six runs on nine hits. Northeastern was led by Frank Pesanello went 3-4 with two runs and three RBIs which all came on his two homers. The teams will play the final game of their three game set at 1 pm Sunday where James Madison will try to salvage a game.
James Madison Recap
The College Baseball Blog headed to the Boston College and North Carolina doubleheader on Saturday. I only stayed for the first game of the doubleheader because of the bitter cold that is hitting New England.
Robert Woodard started for the Tar Heels and Kevin Boggan for the Eagles. Woodard only lasted four and a third innings while giving up two runs on eight hits. Woodard was not very effective in his work as he had zero strikeouts and the Boston College bats were not missing many pitches. He did not have his top of the line slider that has become his out pitch over the last few years. Kevin Boggan gave the Eagles six strong innings while giving up three runs on six hits. Boggan had a decent curveball and an effective curveball that kept the Tar Heels off balance but they were able to get the key hit unlike Boston College. Boggan was followed by freshman Michael Belfiore who went 2.2 innings while surrending three runs on five hits. Geoff Oxley got the final out of the ninth.
The Boston College Eagles continued to run themselves out of innings. In the third inning, Ryan Hutchinson reached third base with one out and subsequently picked off by Robert Woodard in a 2-1 game at that point. The next inning Boston College had Tony Sanchez and Eric Campbell get back to back singles to set up a 1st and 2nd situation with Peter Frates up to bat. Frates proceeded to lay down which went right back to Woodard who proceeded to throw Sanchez out at third base and Chad Flack just missed doubling up Frates at first base. Jett Ruiz then came up and hit a sharp groundball to the right of Josh Horton who snagged it and tossed it to Reid Fronk who made a great turn at the bag and completed the double play by making a very strong throw to Dustin Ackley at first. Boston College loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but were not able to bring any runners in.
The UNC Tar Heels showed a very strong lineup from top to bottom. Josh Horton hit a key three run double to blow the game wide open and provided the final 7-2 scoreline. Horton went 2-3 in the game while scoring three runs, driving in three, and walking twice. Horton really impressed me with his stellar defense and great hitting. Reid Fronk also played extremely well with many extended at bats including his triple he hit in the first innings. He went 3-5 and was only a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Dustin Ackley looked like a solid player but only went 1-4.
The teams will be back in action on Sunday for the final game of the series.
Boston College Recap
North Carolina Recap
Florida State 10 NC State 4
Bryan Henry continued his perfect start to the season by going seven strong innings while allowing three runs on six hits. Brandon Reichert led the Noles offense by grabbing 4 RBIs including a home run. Buster Posey led all players with three hits.
NC State Recap
UVA 4 Duke 0
The Virginia Cavaliers received complete shutout from Jacob Thompson who allowed only four hits while striking out ten to pick up the 4-0 victory over Duke. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, and Brandon Marsh all went 2-3 in the game to lead the offense.
Georgia Tech 9 Miami 2
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets got a three run homer from Wally Crancer in the third inning to lead the Jackets to the 9-2 victory over Miami. David Duncan pitched 5.1 innings while giving two runs to up his record to 5-2 on the season.
Wake Forest 8 Maryland 5
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons came back from two three run deficits to deficit the Terps by an 8-5 score. Andy Goff hit his first homer of the season and Ben Terry went 4-4 to lead the Deacons attack. Wake Forest starter Brad Kledzik settled down after a rough first inning to allow five runs over his six innings.
Wake Forest Recap
The Clemson Tigers are leading Virginia Tech 5-1 in a suspended game which was stopped because of snow and heavy winds in the fifth inning. The teams will try to continue the game on Saturday.
Virginia Tech Recap
Friday, April 06, 2007
- Rutgers 14, Connecticut 5 (Piscataway, N.J.)-Rutgers all American Todd Frazier hit his second grand slam in as many days and seniors Mike Bionde and Tim Querns drove in 3 runs each. Scarlet Knight starting pitcher Steve Healing went 7 innings giving up 5 runs only 3 earned on 11 hits. Meanwhile Huskies Center fielder HaroldBrantly went 3-4 with an RBI and 1 run scored. Thursday score Rutgers won 9-4 Rutgers Recap
- Cincinnati 4,Notre Dame 3 (Cincinnati, Ohio)-Bearcats starting pitcher Dan Osterbrock went the complete game in chilly Cincinnati giving up only 5 hits and 3 earned runs and striking out 5. Notre Dame pitcher David Phelps did go all the way also 4 runs (1 earned) and striking out 7. The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie but in the bottom of the 6th Earley doubled down t he line then scored on a Matt Weglaz error. Thursday Score Cincy over ND 4-3. Cincinnati Recap
- Pittsburgh 6, Louisville 4 (Louisville, KY)-After Louisville tied the game at 3 in the 6th, Pitt picked up two in the 8th and held on to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday, snapping a seven-game win streak. Louisville Recap
Adrian Alaniz (8-2), who entered the game tied for the national lead for wins with eight, was saddled with the loss as he allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings.
Russell Moldenhauer led the Longhorns' offense, going 2-for-2 with a triple. Jordan Danks and Chance Wheeless each hit solo home runs.
Texas (27-10, 8-3) was doomed by a six-run fourth inning by Kansas and struggled to get back into the contest. The Jayhawks' fourth inning featured a solo home run by Casey Larson, his second of the game and RBI singles by Ryne Price and Eric Snowden. The six-run inning gave Kansas a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth.
The Longhorns put up single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but those runs were negated by a two-run bottom of the sixth for Kansas, giving the Jayhawks a 12-6 margin heading into the last third of the game.
Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wheeless and scored on a double to the wall in left centerfield by Bradley Suttle.
Kansas (18-19, 4-7) gained the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the first. Kyle Murphy lead off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robby Price. A fielding error by Suttle on a ground ball to third base by John Allman put runners at the corners. Brock Simpson singled to left centerfield, driving in Murphy with a game-tying run and Erik Morrison followed with a go-ahead single to centerfield, plating Allman.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Larson delivered a home run over the wall in dead centerfield to inflate the Jayhawks' lead to 3-1.
A pair of wild pitches by Alaniz led to a Kansas run in the third. With one out, Alaniz fanned Morrison, but a wild pitch on strike three put him on base. A groundout to first base by Ryne Prince moved Morrison to second. He stole third and scored on another wild pitch by Alaniz, staking Kansas to a 4-1 lead.
Nick Peoples hit an RBI triple and Josh Prince plated Peoples with a sacrifice squeeze bunt in the top of the fourth to cut the Kansas lead to 4-3 before the floodgates opened.
Texas and Kansas conclude the three-game series at Hoglund Park on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
FSU at NC State
The Florida State Seminoles head to Raleigh NC to take on the Wolfpack. Florida State is coming off a 16-7 loss to Florida on Wednesday. The Seminoles have a 29-3 record and 8-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles starting pitchers have been fantastic this year with Bryan Henry leading the staff with a record of 7-0 and an ERA of 2.44. Ryan Strauss and Michael Hyde complete the staff. Strauss has a 7-0 record with an ERA of 2.08. Michael Hyde got the first loss for the staff last Saturday against Duke. He has an 8-1 record and an ERA of 2.79.
The NC State Wolfpack picked up a come from behind victory over East Carolina on Wednesday by a 3-2 scoreline. They enter the series with Florida State sporting a 23-8 overall record and 8-4 record in the ACC. NC State completed a sweep over the Boston College Eagles last weekend and outscored the Eagles by a score of 40-7 over series. NC State top pitching prospect is Andrew Brackman who pitched seven innings last weekend while only allowing 1 run and four hits. He hit 97 on one of the radar guns that was around me. He has an overall record of 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA.
The College Baseball Blog predicts NC State takes two out of three games this weekend.
Friday: Bryan Henry (7-0, 2.44 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (3-1, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (8-1 2.79 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (5-2, 3.42 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (7-0, 2.08) vs Jimmy Gillheeney (3-1, 2.06 ERA)
FSU Game Notes
NC State Game Notes
Clemson at Virginia Tech
The Clemson Tigers will head to Virginia Tech for a three game set this weekend. They have an overall record of 20-9 but an average 5-4 mark in the ACC. The Tigers picked up two big OOC victories over SEC foe Georgia. The Tigers pitching has been suspect so they will have potential All-American closer Daniel Moskos making his first career start on Friday. The top hitter for the Tigers is Brad Chalk who is hitting .408. Andy D'Alessio is questionable for the weekend with a pulled groin he suffered last weekend against Miami.
Virginia Tech enters with 16-14 overall record and 4-8 in the ACC under first year head coach Peter Hughes. The Hokies knocked off VMI on Wednesday but were swept at home by the Virginia Cavaliers. They have had some pitching problems this season as the staff has the second highest ERA in the conference at 5.94 which is only behind the BC Eagles. Adam Redd is the top pitcher with a 2-2 record and ERA of 2.89. Sean O'Brien is the top hitter for the Hokies with a .345 average while driving in 18 runs. Nate Parks has become a pest on the base paths as he has 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts.
The College Baseball Blog predicts that Clemson sweeps the Hokies.
Friday: Daniel Moskos (2-2, 2.49 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-4, 6.80 ERA)
Saturday: David Kopp (3-2, 3.32 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-2, 5.49 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Hinson (2-1, 2.04 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-2, 2.89 ERA)
Clemson Game Notes
Virginia Tech Game Notes
Duke at Virginia
The Duke Blue Devils head to Charlottesville for an ACC series with the Virginia Cavaliers. The Blue Devils started the season with a 15-1 record but have struggled since then by losing 11 out of the next 17 to have an overall record of 21-11 but 2-10 in the ACC. The Blue Devils knocked off previously number 1 ranked Florida State behind top pitcher Tony Bajoczky. The Blue Devils are young and talented so the Cavaliers better take them seriously. The Cavaliers lost on Wednesday night at VMI but enter with a solid 27-6 record and tied for first place in the coastal division with an 8-4 mark. Jacob Thompson has become the ace of the staff with a 7-0 record and an ERA of 1.75. He is the leading candidate for ACC Pitcher of the Year if he can continue these numbers. The top hitter is Brandon Guyer who is hitting an outstanding .443 on the season.
The Virginia Cavaliers will take two out of three games according to The College Baseball Blog.
Friday: Jacob Thompson (7-0, 1.75 ERA) vs Alexander Hassan (2-1, 2.86 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-1, 3.12 ERA) vs Tony Bajoczky (5-2, 2.63 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (5-2, 2.74 ERA) vs TBA
Virginia Game Notes
Duke Game Notes
Georgia Tech at Miami
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets enter Coral Gables with a very respectable 20-11 mark and tied for first place in the Coastal Division of the ACC at 8-4. The Yellow Jackets pitching is still suspect with David Duncan leading the staff with a 4-2 record and 3.54 ERA. The Yellow Jackets offense is still loaded with Danny Payne hitting .409 in the leadoff role and Matt Wieters continuing his great career with a .325 average and six homers on the season.
Miami is coming in with a 18-13 record and only 5-7 in the ACC. The Hurricanes have played some of the top teams in the ACC early in the season thus the reason for the slow start. They will start playing some easier games in the coming weeks to get themselves eligible for the conference tournament. Eric Erickson has been far the best pitcher on the staff with a solid 4-3 record and a minuscule ERA of 1.96. Yonder Alonso leads the team in batting average at a .383 clip.
The College Baseball Blog predicts that Miami wins two out of three games this weekend.
Friday: David Duncan (4-2, 3.54 ERA) vs Erik Erickson (4-3, 1.96 ERA)
Saturday: John Goodman (1-1, 4.18 ERA) vs Scott Maine (2-5, 4.42 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.57 ERA) vs Enrique Garcia (2-2, 2.91 ERA)
Miami Game Notes
GT Game Notes
Wake Forest at Maryland
Wake Forest and Maryland both enter this must win series looking to knock each other farther back from the eighth spot in the ACC standings. Wake Forest enters with an overall record of 15-16 and 4-8 in the ACC. They have had some starting pitching struggles with a staff ERA of 5.26. They are led by All-American candidate Allan Dykstra who leads the team with 12 homers. Wake Forest will be without Willy Fox who is out with a leg injury.
Maryland enters with a record of 19-12 and 5-7 in the ACC. They have been receiving great play from Freshman AJ Casario who leads the team in hitting at .327. The top pitcher in the rotation for the Terps has been Ryan Moorer who is 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.
The College Baseball Blog predicts that Wake Forest sweeps the Terps with their powerful offense.
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-2, 4.81 ERA) vs Casey Baron (3-1, 3.60 ERA)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (2-1, 5.31 ERA) vs Ryan Moorer (3-1 3.43 ERA)
Sunday: Charlie Mellies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Kevin Biringer (2-5, 4.75 ERA)
Maryland Game Notes
Wake Forest Game Notes
I previewed the UNC at Boston College yesterday and it can be read here.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Ahead 6-4 entering the top of the eighth, Texas (27-9, 8-2) sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame. Nick Peoples hit a leadoff home run over the wall in left centerfield to start the rally. Russell Moldenhauer hit a pinch-hit double to the gap in left centerfield and Jordan Danks followed with a single to plate pinch runner Michael Demperio. After Chance Wheeless grounded into a fielder's choice to swap places with Danks at first, Kyle Russell hit a triple down the rightfield line to add the third run of the inning. Bradley Suttle hit a sacrifice fly to plate Russell. Preston Clark and Travis Tucker walked setting up an RBI single through the left side of the infield by Josh Prince and Texas left its half of the inning with an 11-4 lead.
Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning. Wheeless grounded into a fielder's choice to take Danks spot at first base, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Suttle through the left side of the infield.
Kansas (17-19, 3-7) claimed the lead in the bottom half of the second. After an infield single by Erik Morrison, Ryne Price was hit by a pitch and Buck Alenir hit a two-run double down the leftfield line, staking Kansas to a 2-1 lead.
Texas regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third. With one out, Wheeless doubled off the wall in right centerfield. Russell singled to rightfield, plating Wheeless and moved to third on an error by KU's rightfielder Brock Simpson. Suttle drove in Russell with a groundout to third base, giving UT a 3-2 advantage.
The Longhorns tacked on two runs in the top of the fifth. Wheeless hit a leadoff double down the rightfield line. With one out, Suttle drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Clark plated Wheeless with a double to leftfield and Tucker pushed Suttle across with a groundout, inflating the cushion to 5-2.
Kansas shaved a pair of runs off the lead with a two-run home run by Brock Simpson over the wall in right centerfield, trimming the Texas lead to 5-4.
In the sixth inning, Peoples hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chais Fuller and scored on a single to rightfield by Danks, pushing the lead to 6-4.
Kansas made a late charge with two runs in the bottom of the eighth scoring on sacrifice flies by Ryne Price and Alenir.
Wheeless went 2-for-6 with four runs scored and two doubles. It marked the fourth time on the season and the second consecutive game that Wheeless logged two doubles in a game. Peoples went 3-for-5 with one home run and two runs scored. Suttle drove in three runs giving him seven RBI over the last two games. Russell and Danks each added two hits and two RBI.
Robby Price led Kansas' offense going 2-for-5 with one run scored. Alenir was 1-for-3 with three RBI.
James Russell (7-2) earned the win as he pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Nick Czyz (2-5) was saddled with the loss for Kansas. He allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings.
Texas and Kansas return Hoglund Park for game two of the series Friday at 3 p.m.Texas Boxscore!
Boston College and North Carolina were scheduled to start their three game set later this afternoon but they had to postpone the game due to poor field conditions. The Boston area was hit by a snow and ice storm on Wednesday evening. The teams will attempt to play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
The Tulane Green Wave Athletic Department has announced that Turchin Stadium will not be completed by the end of the 2007 season. This forces the Green Wave to play all their remaining home games at Zephyr Field home of the New Orleans Zephyrs. The 2007 Conference USA Tournament was scheduled to be played at Turchin Stadium thus the conference needs to look for a new home. The CBB will keep you updated on any news on where the tournament will be moved to.
The Times-Picayune Article
The Ole Miss Baseball Program has set plans in motion to expand Oxford-University Stadium to a seating capacity of 10,000. Head Coach Mike Bianco believes the upgraded facility will help with atmosphere and recruiting. The full article is available here.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will head to Boston College for an odd Thursday and Saturday series with the Eagles. The Tar Heels are coming off a 14-2 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday while the Eagles enter the games after beating local rival Northeastern also on Tuesday.
North Carolina is led by Robert Woodard who is an outstanding 29-3 in his career. This season he is a perfect 6-0 with an ERA of 2.17. He will be pitching against Boston College on Friday which is the only ACC team he has not defeated. He faced the Eagles in 2006 but only lasted four innings while giving up a run on three hits. Freshman Dustin Ackley leads a potent UNC offense as he currently holds a 23 game hitting streak entering Game 1 on Thursday. Ackley is hitting for the season at a .479 clip. He has also hit five homers and driven in 45 runs. He is not the only offensive threat for the 2006 CWS finalist as Tim Federowicz and Chad Flack are among many that return from last year's team.
Boston College is currently on a six game ACC losing streak with consecutive sweeps at the hands of FSU and NC State. The Eagles pitching has been poor as they have a staff ERA in the ACC of 6.04. The Eagles have no pitching this year as they have moved Kevin Boggan from the closer role to the number 2 starter position. He gave up 10 runs in his last start against NC State in 4.2 innings. The Eagles will send Nate Jeanes to the mound this weekend as he went seven strong innings in relief last Saturday against NC State while giving up three earned runs. The third starter's spot is still not announced but I expect Terry Doyle will take the ball and try to regain his composure he showed this past summer in the Cape Cod League. The Eagles leading hitter is punter/outfielder Johnny Ayers who is hitting .346 on the season. Tony Sanchez has been a pleasant surprise with a .333 average.
The College Baseball Blog might attend the doubleheader on Saturday if the weather cooperates and if I can handle the cold of Massachusetts that is hitting this weekend. I predict that the BC Eagles get swept by North Carolina.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday: Robert Woodard (6-0, 2.17 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (2-3, 4.96 ERA)
Saturday Game 1: Alex White (3-1, 2.27 ERA) vs Nate Jeanes (0-2, 5.40 ERA)
Saturday Game 2: Luke Putkonen (5-1, 3.23 ERA) vs TBA
UNC Game Notes
The James Madison pitching staff combined on allowing seven hits in a 3-1 victory over Radford. Allie Swanson got the victory by working the first three innings while allowing only a run. His record now is 1-3 on the season and Josh Hammonds picked up the loss for Radford to drop his record to 0-1. Joe Lake led James Madison's offense by going 2-4 with two runs scored.
Jake Goldberg threw a complete game shutout for the College of Charleston as they knocked off The Citadel Bulldogs by a 7-0 score. Goldberg allowed five hits and two walks in the shutout victory. Stuart Haywood went 3-4 with two runs driven in and a run scored. This game was played with wood bats as it was the annual "Turn Back the Century" Game.
College of Charleston Recap
The Citadel Recap
Alabama starter Casey Kebodeaux pitched eight innings while only letting up one run on five hits and was followed by Tommy Hunter who struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to get hsi fourth save of the year. Alabama grabbed the lead on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Paiml that brought home Ryan Rhoden with the eventual winning run. Alabama will return to action when they visit Vanderbilt while UAB heads to Houston.
SeBaseball visits Hoover
The NC State Wolfpack scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pick up a 3-2 victory over the East Carolina Pirates. ECU received solo homers from Harrison Eldridge in the fourth and Brandon Harrison in the fifth to account for all the Pirates runs. NC State started the eighth inning with Joe Florio getting hit by a pitch. He proceeded to second pass on a pass ball and then Ramon Corona got his fourth walk of the game to set up a first and second situation. Marcus Jones then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to set up second and third with one out. Ryan Pond then got the runner home from third with a ground out to shortstop. Pat Ferguson then followed with a two out single through the infield to drive Ramon Corona home from second base to tie the game. Ferguson then took second base on a wild pitch. Caleb Mangum then provided a clutch single through the left side to give the Wolfpack the lead for good. The Wolfpack is back in action on Friday when they face FSU and East Carolina will host Rice in conference action.
NC State Recap
East Carolina Recap
The Clemson Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Georgia Bulldogs 11-10 in non-conference action. Addison Johnson hit a line drive with two outs to left field with the winning run on second in DJ Mitchell. Matt Cerione dove for the ball and flipped over. As he was getting up to show that he made the catch, the ball popped loose and the winning run scored. Joshua Fields picked up his fifth loss of the season as he continues to struggle with a 1-5 record and an ERA of 5.91. Stephen Clyne picked up the win by getting the final out in the top of the ninth. His record goes to 4-0. Georgia will head to Ole Miss on Thursday while Clemson stays home to host Virginia Tech.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The Towson Tigers picked up a 7-6 victory over the Maryland Terps on Wednesday. Junior rightfielder Brian Conley hit a one out single to left center to drive in the winning run in a two run bottom of the 13th. The Tigers were losing 6-5 entering the bottom of the 13th after Maryland shortstop hit his second home run in the top of the inning. The Tigers also made a three run comeback off of potential All-American closer Brett Cecil who blew his save chance. The Terps will be back in action when they host Wake Forest in a weekend series. Towson will return to action on April 11th when they head to Mount St. Mary's.
They gave up a grand slam. And they hit one.
They gave up 14 hits. They got 15.
For every large number the University of Texas-San Antonio offense put up Tuesday, the Longhorns matched them.
It was enough. Barely.
The Longhorns came away with a 14-9 victory in front of 4,560 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
"There was a lot of adversity in this game. It's not always going to be smooth, and it's never going to be the same game twice," Texas coach Augie Garrido said.
Texas fell behind early as starter Kyle Walker struggled, giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
The Longhorns came back quickly thanks to Bradley Suttle, whose season would be receiving more attention if it weren't for Kyle Russell's home-run barrage.
Suttle turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead when he lifted an 0-1 pitch over the right-field fence for a grand slam in the third inning.
"I think that's the first one of my career," said Suttle, who sparked a seven-run third to give the Horns a 7-4 lead. "I know it's the first one in college. And I can't remember if I had one in high school."
He can't remember?
"Nope," Suttle said. "That probably means I didn't have one."
But Suttle is having a season to remember, leading the Longhorns (26-9) in batting average (.424) and RBIs (43).
Not to be outdone, Russell belted his 18th home run of the season in the fourth inning, a fly that cleared the left-field fence, putting him two away from tying Jeff Ontiveros' single-season record of 20.
"Suttle's the guy who should be getting all the attention," said Russell, whose homer put the Horns up 9-4. "He's been doing this all season."
Suttle's home run helped Walker, who retired the first five batters he faced, a development Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson called a "step in the right direction."
It also helped Hunter Harris (2-0), who pitched for the first time since March 6, going three innings and giving up three runs on six hits.
UTSA (17-12) made it a one-run game in the sixth inning, when Michael Rockett cleared the bases with a grand slam off Austin Wood. The ball landed just right of the scoreboard
"Whoever is teaching the hitting over there is doing one heck of a job," said Garrido, whose Horns have given up 23 runs to the Roadrunners over the past two meetings.
Johnson was positive his staff moved in the right direction Tuesday, including a good inning from right-hander Drew Bishop, who pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance as a Longhorn.Texas Recap
Tulane 16, LSU 9
All nine Green Wave hitters tallied at least two hits, including a 4-for-6 showing by sophomore right fielder Warren McFadden, as the Tulane University baseball team defeated arch-rival LSU, 16-9, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
Tulane (23-8) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after three innings, and held a comfortable 13-3 advantage going into the top of the seventh. In that stanza, however, the Tigers (17-13-1) clawed their way back into the ballgame as left fielder Ryan Schimpf capped a six-run stanza with a three-run homer to right. Rookie right-hander Preston Claiborne came out of the pen to put the fire out and the Green Wave held on to complete the regular-season sweep of LSU for the third time since 2001.
Southern Miss' Trey Cuevas and Michael Ewing each finished with three hits and four RBIs to lead the Golden Eagles to a 13-5 victory over Nicholls State, tonight, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 2,467 in attendance.
Cuevas finished with a single in the first inning, a grand slam in the second inning and a single in the fourth inning. Michael Ewing had a triple to center field in the second inning, a walk in the third inning, a sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning, a three-run homer to right field in the sixth inning and a single through the right side in the seventh inning.
Jared Cavenaugh (2-0) earned his second win of the season, pitching six innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out seven batters. JR Ballinger pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one, and Ben Wade pitched the ninth inning and had a strikeout.Baylor 12, Houston 6
Baylor scored nine runs over the final four innings on the way to a 12-6 win against the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday during a non-conference game at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears took advantage of a hit and error to score two runs in the sixth inning and grab the lead for good and then broke the game open with four runs off three hits and another Cougar miscue one inning later to split the regular-season series against the Cougars. UH enjoyed a 4-2 win over the Bears on Feb. 9 during the first day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Baylor added three more run in the eighth inning during its final at bat for the final margin of victory.Houston Recap
Rice 5, Prairie View A&M 4
Junior left fielder Jordan Dodson delivered the game-winning hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth-inning to cap a late two-run rally and propel the eighth-ranked Rice baseball team to a 5-4 victory over upset-minded Prairie View Tuesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.
Dodson's ninth inning game-winner was on the heals of an emotional boost in the top of the eighth inning when junior reliever Cole St.Clair made his long-awaited debut for the 2007 season. The left-hander fired a solid shutout inning that halted the first Prairie View rally after the Panthers cut the Rice lead to a single run, 3-2. St.Clair entered the game with one run already in, a man in scoring position and nobody out. The consensus preseason all-America selection got a fly out, which was enough to advance the runner to third, and he hit the next batter. With men on the corners, St.Clair quickly made up for the hit batsman by picking the runner off first base. He then batted down a line-shot back to the mound, which he managed to corral and flip to first to end the inning.Rice Recap
Louisville 17, Marshall 1
The Marshall University baseball team suffered a 17-1 setback to at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday on the strength of eight Cardinal home runs, three of which came in a 10-run third inning. The game was called in the top of the sixth inning due to thunderstorms.
Brendan Murphy ( , Tenn.) RBI groundout in the first inning that scored Thundering Herd leadoff man Mason Chapman (Barboursville, W.Va.). The Cardinals then wasted no time getting their offense going, hitting two home runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. Justin McClanahan hit a two-run shot off starter Ryan Kiel (Los Gatos, Calif.), then two batters later Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer.fell behind 1-0 on a Marshall Recap
Thanks to Raymond Reeves for forwarding me all this information. He is much help with Conference USA coverage.
The Clemson Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half of a home and home series tonight. The Tigers picked up a 4-2 victory on Tuesday in Athens GA behind strong pitching from Alan Farina and Stephen Clyne. (Recap available here.) Georgia will start Jason Leaver while Clemson will counter with Matt Zoltak. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson Game Notes
Georgia Game Notes
The VMI Keydets pulled off an upset on Tuesday night over the Virginia Cavaliers in front of the largest crowd in VMI Baseball history. Chris Henderson started for VMI and pitched 7.2 strong innings while only giving up two runs to the high powered Cavalier offense. Henderson's record goes to 3-1 on the season. Robert Crumpler went 2-4 as he was the only Keydet to record multiple hits in the game. He was followed by Corey Bachman who got the final four outs by giving up two hits and no runs to get his second save of the season. Virginia reliever Jake Rule got tagged with the loss by giving up four runs in the sixth inning while only getting one out. His record drops to 2-2 on the season. Brandon Marsh, Sean Doolittle, and Brandon Guyer all went 2-4 in the losing effort. UVA will be back in action on Friday when they host Duke while VMI is back in action on Wednesday when they head across the state to visit Virginia Tech.
Matt LaPorta hit two three run homers and Austin Pride hit a grand slam to lead the Gators to a 16-7 victory over the Florida State Seminoles in a non-conference tilt in Jacksonville. The game drew a crowd of 12,280 which was only 663 people short of the stadium record. The Seminoles pitching staff was knocked around early on as they allowed ten runs over the first two innings. Seminoles starter Caleb Graham only lasted 1.2 innings while giving up six runs. He was followed by Travis Burge who only lasted 0.1 of an inning while giving up four runs on three hits. FSU returns to action on Friday when they visit NC State while Florida heads home to host South Carolina.
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Article on Atmosphere
The Independent Florida Alligator Online Recap
The Florida Times -Union Recap
The Citadel will host the College of Charleston in the "Turn Back the Century" Game on Wednesday at Riley Park (Game was moved to The Citadel due to construction on COC home field). The Citadel enters with a 17-11 record but 1-5 in the Southern Conference. The College of Charleston enters with a very respectable 20-8 mark overall and 5-1 in the Southern Conference. The Citadel will send Matt Reifsnider to the mound while the Cougars will send Jake Goldberg to the hill.
The Citadel Game Notes
Conference USA has put out a press release about the amount of Conference USA alumni that are on MLB opening day rosters. They include many great players including Lance Berkman of Rice and Dan Uggla of Memphis. The full article is available here.
The University of Connecticut had Robert Van Woert and Will Musson combined on a two hitter as the Huskies picked up a 3-1 victory over the Hartford Hawks. Van Woert upped his record to 4-1 while Hartford reliever Zach Stefka picked up his first decision of the year to drop to 0-1. UConn will be back in action on Thursday when they visit Rutgers in a Big East match-up. The Hartford Hawks will head to UMBC for an America East series that starts on Friday.
The Delaware Blue Hens used a 17 hit attack to knock off La Salle 12-9. Every starter for the Blue Hens had at least one hit in the game with Scott Shockley going 4-5 with 3 runs scored and a run driven in to lead the offensive attack. La Salle was led on offense by John Rickards and George Papuchis who each had two hits for the Explorers. Delaware will be back in action on Wednesday at Rider while La Salle hosts St. Louis on Friday.
La Salle Recap
The UMass Minutemen headed to Fitton Field in Worcester MA to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders were they walked away with a 4-3 victory. The Minutemen received a very strong pitching performance from Jim Cassidy who went seven innings while surrendering three hits and only one run. Adam Tempesta led the Minutemen offense with two runs driven in. Tyler Stampone was the only Crusader with a multiple hit game with two hits and a run scored in a losing effort. Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday when they visit Harvard. UMass will host URI on Friday when UMass head coach Mike Stone goes for win number 500.
Holy Cross Recap
Daily Collegian Recap
The Lafayette Leopards and Lehigh Mountain Hawks both picked up victories in the semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic to qualify for the final on April 10th at Citizens Bank Park home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lafayette used a ten hit attack to knock off the Penn Quakers by a score of 10-2. The Leopards got a strong start from Brad Woodfield who went six innings while giving up two unearned runs. Jeff Butler led the offense by going 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Kevin Leasure also had a strong game by going 2-3 and two RBIs. The Quakers top hitter for the game was Williams Gordon who went 2-3. The Quakers starter Robbie Seymour gave up eight runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Penn will be back in action on Wednesday at 6pm when they visit Lehigh. Lafayette will head to NJIT for a 6pm game also.
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks got ten runs in the first inning to cruise to a 14-4 victory over Temple to advance to the Liberty Bell Classic final next Tuesday at Citizen Bank Park. Joe Ercolano and Liam O'Connor each scored two runs in the first inning to lead the Hawks to the ten run inning. Lehigh starter Joe Matteo pitched four scoreless innings to get his first win of the year against three losses. Temple starter Rob Chamra only lasted 1/3 of an inning while letting up nine runs (one earned) to put his record at 0-2 for the season. Temple will be back in action Friday when they head to Dayton while Lehigh will face Penn at Limeport Stadium.
The UNC Tar Heels completed a two game sweep over UNC-Wilmington with a 14-2 victory. Dustin Ackley led the Tar Heels like usual by going 2-3 with a homer and 5 RBIs. Reid Fronk also had a solid game by going 3-4 with 4 RBIs. Adam Warren pitched a solid six innings while giving up two runs to up his record to 6-0. UNC-Wilmington starter Ryan Doolittle was lit up for six runs in two innings of work. His record drops to 0-2 on the season. The Seahawks offense was led by Steve Halford who went 3-4.
UNC heads to Boston College for a weird Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday series. The weather in Boston is expected to drop to high 30's or low 40's for the weekend set so I might not attend because of the bad weather. UNC-Wilmington heads to Hofstra as they return to conference action.
Tim Kearney pitched a perfect scoreless inning in relief of Maryland starter Brett Curll to pick up his first career victory with a 9-0 shutout over UMBC. The Terps were led by Mike Murphy, Steve Braun, and Wink Nolan who each went 2-3 in the victory. UMBC's leading hitter was Scott Peddicord who went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Maryland returns to action on Wednesday when they head to Towson for a non-conference match-up while UMBC is off until Friday when they host Hartford.
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 April 2, today. Florida State junior second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr., was named National Hitter of the Week, while VMI junior left-handed pitcher Trey Barham 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.
Thomas Jr. had a career week as he hit .579 in four games, going 11-for-19 with five home runs, five singles and a double. The Valrico, Fla., native scored nine times and registered eight RBI's, while going a perfect 4-for-4 in the stolen base category. Thomas tallied 27 total bases and slugged 1.421 for the week to lead the Seminoles to three wins including a series victory on the road at Duke. Against the Blue Devils, he hit .643 (9-for-14) with five home runs, eight runs scored and eight RBI's. He posted career-highs with two home runs and nine total bases in game one as Thomas slugged 2.250 on Friday. In that first game, Thomas hit back-to-back home runs in his first two at-bats as he saw a total of three pitches. In game two, Thomas led off the game with a double and then hit a solo shot for his third home run of the series. In the series finale, Thomas once again led off the game with a hit, an infield single to second. He hit a two-run homer in the second and followed that with another single in the fourth. His last at-bat was a mirror image of how he began the series with another home run, his fifth of the series and second two-run homer of the game. In the series finale, he set a career-high with 10 total bases and tied career-highs in runs scored (4) and home runs (2). He was 3-for-3 in leading off the game vs. Duke with a home run, a double and a single.
Barham allowed only one hit in 10 innings of work, including two perfect innings of relief against VCU in a 5-3 win before allowing only two base runners in eight innings against Savannah State. He retired all six batters VCU batters he faced, and mowed down the first 12 hitters against the Tigers. The Portsmouth, Va., native allowed a leadoff walk in the fifth and a two-out single in the seventh against SSU. He finished with eight strikeouts in collecting his sixth win of the season. Barham's line last week was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, .031 opponents batting average (1-32).
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Dan Houston got his first start of the season on Tuesday and took full advantage as he led the Eagles to a 10-3 victory over cross-town rival Northeastern. Houston went eight innings while only surrendering two earned runs on nine hits. He picked up his second victory on the season as Dan is making his transition back into a starter's role as he filled miserably as the team's closer during the opening weekends. Eric Campbell hit his second home run in as many days to lead the Eagle offense. Northeastern starter Dan Zehr got the loss by only lasting 4.0 innings while giving up seven runs. His record drops to 1-2 on the year. Northeastern will return to action on Wednesday when they visit Marist while BC is off until Thursday when they host North Carolina for a three game set. The CBB might be in attendance for the series depending on the weather.
Player of the Week-Jorge Castillo(Louisville); Castillo batted .500 with 10 RBIs and 1 homer in Louisville's sweep over West Virginia.
Pitcher of the Week-Paul Nardozzi(Pittsburgh); Nardozzi threw his second of back to back complete game shut outs.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Sean Conley, Pittsburgh, OF, Jr.
Went 6-for-7 in two wins over Notre Dame.
Casey Gaynor, Rutgers, RHP, Fr.
Pitched a complete game and got the win against St. John's (4/1).
Walter Diaz, USF, SS, Jr.
Batted .455 and collected seven RBIs in a 4-1 week.
Dan Terpak, Villanova, 1B, Jr.
Posted an average of .545 at the plate and collected eight RBIs Seton Hall.
Justin Jenkins, West Virginia, OF, Sr.
Batted .842 with three RBIs for the week.
Big East Standings
BIG EAST Overall
W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Louisville 5 1 0 .833 19 8 0 .704
Rutgers 4 2 0 .667 13 12 0 .520
USF 6 3 0 .667 22 9 0 .710
Pittsburgh 5 3 0 .625 11 12 0 .478
West Virginia 3 3 0 .500 15 8 0 .652
Villanova 3 3 0 .500 12 10 0 .545
St. John's 3 3 0 .500 12 11 0 .522
Connecticut 3 3 0 .500 12 12 0 .500
Cincinnati 2 4 0 .333 14 13 0 .519
Georgetown 2 4 0 .333 12 16 0 .429
Notre Dame 1 4 0 .200 12 14 0 .462
Seton Hall 1 5 0 .167 8 14 0 .364
Big East Website
Georgetown 8, Cincinnati 2 (Washington D.C.)- Georgetown Recap
St. John's 5, Rutgers 1 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Villanova 7, Seton Hall 6 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Louisville 4, West Virginia 3 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Pittsburgh 4, Notre Dame 2 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Notre Dame Recap
South Florida 16, Connecticut 1 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
South Florida 3, Connecticut 0 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
Villanova 15, Seton Hall 7 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Cincinnati 11, Georgetown 3 (Washington, D.C)-Georgetown Recap
St. Johns 10, Rutgers 7 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Pittsburgh 5, Notre Dame 0 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Notre Dame Recap
Louisville 16, West Virginia 5 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Seton Hall 5, Villanova 3 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Connecticut 6, South Florida 2 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
Georgetown 6, Cincinnati 5 (Washington, D.C)-Georgetown Recap
Notre Dame @ Pittsburgh-Canceled
Rutgers 8, St. Johns 3 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Louisville 9, West Virginia 8 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Sorry I couldn't write recaps some personal things came up that I had to take care of. I'll be back on it next week.
The Citadel and the College of Charleston will take part in a "Turn Back the Century" baseball game on Tuesday. Both teams will be playing in special throwbacks uniforms for the occasion and use wooden bats. The game will be televised live by CSS on Tuesday at 7pm.
The Citadel Preview
Tony Thomas Jr. of Florida State and Eric Niesen of Wake Forest were recognized as Players of the Week in the ACC for the week ending on April 1st.
Thomas led the Seminoles to a series victory over Duke and a victory over North Florida on Wednesday in which he had a week average of .579 (11-19) with five homers, five singles, and a double. He also scored nine runs, drove in eight runs, and stole four bases. Thomas was also named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Eric Niesen made three appearances this week and had an ERA of 0.00 over 10 innings. He pitched 8.1 shutout innings on Sunday against North Carolina, pitched 0.2 innings on Friday against North Carolina, and a scoreless inning on Wednesday against Winthrop.
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Release
Wake Forest Release