Clemson 7 Florida State 6
The Clemson Tigers got to Luke Tucker for three runs in the top of the ninth to erase a two run deficit and turn it into a 7-6 victory over the second ranked Seminoles. The Tigers took advantage of two walks by Tucker sandwiched around a single from Marquez Smith to load the bases for Taylor Harbin. He proceeded to hit a two run double down the left field line to tie the game at 6. Mark Martin then brought in Michael Hyde who intentionally walked the first batter he faced in Ben Paulsen. (I hate seeing relief pitchers coming into games to throw intentional walks). Doug Hogan then hit a sharp groundball to third baseman Jason Stidham who threw to second base but the relay throw to first was not in time to let the runner on third score the winning run. The Tigers got the final three outs from Alan Farina who ended up pitching 4.1 shutout innings of relief to pick up the win and up his record to 4-2. Luke Tucker picks up his first decision of the season who puts his record at 0-1.
Virginia 4 NC State 2 (completion of yesterday's game)
Tyler Cannon was left on third base in a game tied at 2 when the rains came on Friday. When the game resumed on Saturday, Cannon promptly came home on a wild pitch from Jeff Stallings to take a 3-2. One batter later, Jeremy Farrell hit a homer to left to set up the final scoreline of 4-2.
NC State Recap
NC State 10 Virginia 7
The NC State Wolfpack scored eight runs in the first four innings to grab control of the second game of their weekend series with Virginia. The Wolfpack were led on offense by Marcus Jones who went 3-4 with two RBI. Sean Doolittle led the Cavs at the plate by going 2-4 with four RBI. Matt Packer got the loss for the Cavs as he was rocked for three runs in 1.2 innings with his record evening up at 3-3 while Jimmy Gillheeney got the win in relief to up his record to 4-2.
NC State Recap
Miami 9 Wake Forest 8 (14 innings, completion of yesterday's game)
Jemile Weeks with one out in the 14th inning hit a single up the middle. After a strikeout to Dave DiNatale, Dennis Raben walked to force Weeks to second base. Gus Menendez then hit a line drive that landed in left field that drove in the speedy Weeks with the winning run. Eric Erickson picks up the victory by pitching three scoreless innings to put his record at 8-3. Eric Nielsen picks up the loss by going the final 4.1 innings to drop his record to 5-5.
Wake Forest Recap
Wake Forest 12 Miami 10
Austin Jones hit a walk-off two run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Deacons a huge victory over the Miami Hurricanes in ACC action on Saturday. The Deacons came back from three two run deficits on the day and were able to get the win as they are battling for the final spot in the ACC Tournament with Boston College. Josh Ellis picked up the win to put his record at 5-2 while Michael Rudman got his first decision of the season to put his record at 0-1.
Wake Forest Recap
Boston College 10 Maryland-Eastern Shore 2
The Boston College Eagles came back from the finals break and were able to pick up a 10-2 victory over the lowly Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. Kevin Boggan only allowed 2 hits as he only pitched four innings to get some work in before an important series with Virginia this upcoming week. Ted Ratliff also pitched four innings and allowed both runs on three hits. Boston College blew open the game by scoring seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to let the BC Eagles cruise to the victory.
GT 6 UNC 1 Bottom of the fifth
Virginia Tech 1 Duke 0 Top of the fifth
Virginia Tech Recap
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Clemson 7 Florida State 6
One of our loyal readers sent me the above link of the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns winning the Sun Belt regular season title by crushing Arkansas-Little Rock by a score of 28-3 on Saturday. The championship is the Cajuns second title in the last three years. They missed the title in 2006 by a measly one game.
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Recap
Arkansas-Little Rock Recap
Friday, May 11, 2007
CSTV has been providing some excellent coverage this year. We have linked to some of the best content from the previous week below.
CSTV Player of the Year Watch
Doug Kroll's Bubble Watch
CSTV Tourney Projections
Eric Sorenson's Blog
Touching the Bases Blog
Going Yard Road Trip
The Northeast-10 Conference Tournament takes place today in Lowell MA at the home of the Lowell Spinners. The teams participating are the Bryant University Bulldogs, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Franklin Pierce Ravens, and Pace Settlers. Bryant knocked off Southern Connecticut State on Wednesday by a score of 4-2 while Pace University beat Bentley 5-2 in the opening round of the tourney. Franklin Pierce and UMass-Lowell each got byes in the tournament. Franklin Pierce (41-8) enters the weekend as the Number 1 ranked team in the Northeast region by the NCBWA. UMass-Lowell enters as the second seed with a record of 33-16 while Bryant is 29-20 and Pace is 28-24.
The College Baseball Blog will be attending the Northeast-10 Tourney this weekend likely on Sunday. The Blog will be taking the teaching exam on Saturday and might head up after the all-day exam but likely will spend Mother's Day in Lowell taking in the final games of the Northeast-10 Tourney.
Click here to listen to the FPC-Pace Game at 7 pm
Click here to listen to the Bryant-UML Game at 4 pm
Northeast-10 Official Website
The Citadel Bulldogs will host Georgia Southern as they close out their home schedule with a weekend series with the Eagles.
Friday: Wes Wrenn (3-6, 5.87 ERA) vs Aaron Eubanks (3-2, 3.23 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Crim (4-3, 5.76 ERA) vs Brian Wilkerson (4-7, 6.12 ERA)
Sunday: Matt Reifsnider (3-2, 4.58 ERA) vs Josh Lairsey (2-1, 6.75 ERA)
The Citadel Game Notes
GA Southern Game Notes
Clemson at Florida State
The Clemson Tigers head down to Tallahassee, FL to take on the FSU Seminoles in a key ACC matchup for the upcoming ACC Championship in two weeks. Clemson enters the series with an overall record of 32-17 and an ACC record of 15-9. The Tigers are coming off a split of their mid-week out of conference games picking up a victory over Wofford 12-3 and lost to Furman 6-3. The Tigers survived a scare from Boston College last weekend as they took two out of three games. Doug Hogan is the active hitting leader for the Tigers with his .326 average while Brad Chaulk leads the team with a .407 average and might be back for the weekend series. Florida State enters with a 42-7 overall record and an outstanding 20-4 in the ACC. Florida State is coming off a three game sweep last weekend over Maryland in College Park. Florida State is led by number 1 starter Bryan Henry who enters the weekend with a perfect 12-0 with a 2.59 ERA. Tony Thomas Jr. leads the team in hitting with a .439 average. The CBB predicts that FSU sweeps the Tigers.
Friday: Bryan Henry (12-0, 2.59 ERA) vs Daniel Moskos (3-3, 2.20 ERA)
Saturday: Danny Rosen (2-1, 3.50 ERA) vs David Kopp (5-2, 3.30 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (8-1, 3.03 ERA) vs TBA
Clemson Game Notes
FSU Game Notes
Tallahassee Democrat Article on Local Talent
Georgia Tech at North Carolina
The Yellow Jackets head to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Georgia Tech is coming off a loss to Georgia on Wednesday to drop their overall record to 30-18 (14-9 ACC). GT is led by All-American candidates Matt Wieters (.370 BA, 9 HR) and Danny Payne (.379 BA). North Carolina enters the weekend on a hot streak as they have won seven out of their last eight games overall. North Carolina's overall record is 39-10 and 16-8 in the ACC. They are led by senior pitcher Robert Woodard who is an impressive 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA. Dustin Ackley leads the team in average at .444. The CBB predicts UNC to win two out of three games.
Friday: David Duncan (6-2, 2.77) vs. Robert Woodard (7-2, 2.82)
Saturday: Eddie Burns (3-2, 3.09) vs. Alex White (4-3, 3.29)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (5-3, 4.24) vs. Luke Putkonen (6-1, 4.10)
GT Game Notes
UNC Game Notes
NC State at Virginia
The NC State Wolfpack head to Virginia this weekend in a key series for the Wolfpack in terms of getting into the ACC and NCAA tourneys. The Cavs are looking to secure hosting a regional in the NCAA Tournament. NC State has recently been led by Ryan Pond who is hitting .429 over the last eight games. Virginia has continued to receive outstanding pitching from Jacob Thompson who is a perfect 10-0 record and an 1.38 ERA. The CBB predicts that UVA sweeps the Wolfpack behind strong pitching.
Friday: Eric Surkamp (4-2, 2.72) vs Jacob Thompson (10-0, 1.38)
Saturday: Andrew Brackman (6-4, 3.65) vs Matt Packer (3-2, 3.39)
Sunday: TBA vs Sean Doolittle (7-3, 2.11)
NC State Game Notes
UVA Game Notes
Miami at Wake Forest
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Miami Hurricanes meet in Winston-Salem as both schools are trying to secure spots in the ACC Tournament. The Boston College Eagles are right on the heel of the Deacons as they are only 1/2 game back while Miami could miss the ACC Tournament also if they fall off the map these next two weekends. Miami is led by Yonder Alonso (.371 BA, 16 HR, 60 RBI) and Mark Sobolewski (.357 BA) give the Hurricanes two potent bats. Wake Forest is led Brett Linenkohl who is hitting .418 over the last 17 games. The CBB predicts Miami to sweep the Deacons.
Friday: Garrett Bullock (3-1, 4.44) vs Scott Maine (4-5, 3.19)
Saturday: Brad Kledzik (4-3, 4.79) vs Eric Erickson (7-3, 2.03)
Sunday: Ben Hunter (5-5, 4.97) vs Enrique Garcia (5-3, 3.12)
Wake Forest Game Notes
Miami Game Notes
Virginia Tech at Duke
The Virginia Tech Hokies head down to Duke in a series with very little impact on any postseason baseball. The CBB predicts VT takes two out of three games.
Friday: Greg Fryman (2-8, 7.83 ERA) vs TBA
Saturday: Andrew Wells (3-4, 5.10 ERA) vs TBA
Sunday: Adam Redd (2-5, 3.91 ERA) vs TBA
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Memphis 8, Arkansas State 7
MEMPHIS - With the Tigers trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth and down to its last strike, freshman Tyler Huelsing lifted a game-tying RBI-single to center and then scored from first on an error by the Arkansas State outfield to push Memphis past ASU 8-7 in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. The Tigers improve to 31-18 with its 11th last at-bat win. Arkansas State falls to 19-30.
Memphis will host C-USA foe Houston in its final home series of the year, beginning Friday. Arkansas State hosts Louisiana-Monroe in a Sun Belt Conference Series.
Arkansas State recap
No. 3 Rice 6, Texas State 4
HOUSTON -- The Rice trio of Brian Friday, Joe Savery and Aaron Luna all collected three hits, and the Owls combined a big five-run third inning and a stellar relief outing by Matt Langwell to claim a 6-4 win over visiting Texas State Wednesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston. The victory was the Owls' 11th in a row and the 19th win in the last 20 games.
Rice improved to 38-11 on the season. Texas State fell to 32-18 overall.The Owls' eight-game homestand continues with a three-game Conference USA weekend series May 11-13 at Reckling Park. Rice hosts Tulane in the second-to-last league series of the season. CSTV Networks has announced that the Friday baseball contest will be available as part of a special pay-per-view event. The special presentation of this match-up will be available live and on-demand via Internet video streaming. The Bobcats return to Southland Conference action Friday when they open a three-game series with McNeese State in San Marcos.
Texas State recap
No. 4 North Carolina 5, No. 30 East Carolina 1
GREENVILLE, N.C. - No. 4 North Carolina used seven pitchers to record 17 strikeouts as the Tarheels defeated No. 30 East Carolina 5-1 in front of the second largest crowd in school history (5,076 fans) Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The win allowed UNC to sweep the two-game series between the two schools.
North Carolina improved to 39-10 while East Carolina fell to 32-17.
The Pirates will be back in action this Friday night when they host UCF in a three-game Conference USA series. The Tar Heels are back in action at home this weekend for a three-game ACC set against Georgia Tech beginning Friday.
North Carolina recap
East Carolina recap
UNC 5 East Carolina 1
The North Carolina Tar Heels received homers from Tim Federowicz, Chad Flack, and Reid Fronk all hit homers to led the Tar Heels to a 5-1 victory at East Carolina. The Tar Heels used the game to get seven different pitchers some work and they were impressive as they combined to strike out 17 hitters while only allowing one run. Matt Danford picked up the win to put his record at 4-0 while Jeff Ostrander got the loss for East Carolina to drop his record to 2-1.
East Carolina Recap
Furman 6 Clemson 3
The Furman Paladins picked up a surprising 6-3 victory over regional rival Clemson. The Paladins got a two run triple from Bobby Hubbard in the eighth inning to break open a close game. Furman reliever Spencer Hale pitched 3.1 strong innings while giving up only one run to pick up his first victory of the year for an overall record of 1-2. Clemson reliever P.J. Zocchi gave up two runs in four innings and grabbed the loss to drop his record to 3-2.
UNC-Wilmington 8 NC State 4
Mark Carver led the Seahawks with three hits and drove in three runs to lead UNC-Wilmington to a 8-4 victory over NC State on Wednesday. Cody Dickens pitched four shutout innings to pick up the victory to put his record at 2-2 on the season while Wolfpack starter Sam Brown gets the loss as he up three runs in 2.1 innings to even his record at 1-1.
NC State Recap
Duke 5 UNC-Greensboro 4
The Duke Blue Devils picked up a come from behind 5-4 victory over UNC-Greensboro in non-conference action. The Blue Devils scored three runs in the top of the ninth to grab the lead and were able to get the final three outs in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory. The three run ninth was highlighted by a Brett Bartles two run homer to tie the game. After the Bartles home run, Alexander Hassan picked up a walk and was driven in by a Gabriel Saade triple. Duke reliever Michael Ness picked up the win to put his record at 4-3 while UNC-Greensboro reliever Kory Judd got the loss to even his record at 4-4.
Georgia 9 Georgia Tech 4
The Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed their season series with Georgia picking up a 9-4 victory to clinch the season series victory over the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs got great games from Matt Olson and Travis Parrott who each drove in three runs to lead the Bulldog offense. Ryan Wooley picked up the win in relief by pitching a perfect 0.2 innings to put his record at 1-1 on the season. Brad Rulon was credited with the loss to even his record at 2-2.
Virginia Tech 9 VMI 0
The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up a 9-0 shutout victory at VMI on Wednesday. They were led by Rob Whitey, Andrew Wells, Scott Stoehr, and Rhett Ballard who combined on a three hit shutout of VMI. Whitey ups his record to 2-0 while VMI starter Chris Henderson gets the loss to put his record at 5-3.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The South Carolina Gamecocks picked up their third win in their last four games with a 12-3 victory over intrastate rival The Citadel. Justin Smoak led the Gamecocks by picking up his 16th homer of the year while Phil Disher went 3-3 with an RBI. South Carolina starter Mike Cisco pitched seven strong innings while striking out ten Bulldog batters to up his record to 4-2. Chris McGuinness started for the Bulldogs but labored through two innings while giving up three runs on five hits. His record evens at 2-2 on the season.
South Carolina Recap
The Citadel Recap
Memphis 10, Arkansas State 5
JONESBORO, Ark. - Freshman Brennon Martin scattered 10 hits and struck out four in 6.1 innings of work and senior Adam Amar tied the Memphis' all-time RBI record with a run-scoring single in the first inning, as the Tigers clinched their 30th win of the year in a 10-5 victory over Arkansas State Tuesday evening at Tomlinson Stadium. Amar's RBI was his 170th and ties him with Chris Marable, who lettered at the U of M from 1986-89.
The win guarantees the Tigers' fourth winning season since 1995. It also seals the program's first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1994 and 1995 campaigns. Memphis is now 30-18 on the year and Arkansas State is 19-29. The evening also marked the official opening of Barton's Baseball Deck at ASU's Tomlinson Stadium.
The two squads will meet in the series finale on Wednesday at Nat Buring Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas State recap
Troy 20, UAB 15
TROY, Ala. - The UAB Blazers entered Tuesday's game at Troy as one of only three teams in the nation to have more triples than home runs, but that all changed as the Blazers blasted a season-high six home runs, only to be outdone by the Trojans who out-slugged the Blazers for a 20-15 victory at Riddle-Pace Field. Junior first baseman Ryan Keedy had two home runs to highlight his 3-for-4 showing.
Troy improves to 30-20 with the win, while UAB is now 20-30 and has completed its non-conference schedule.
The Blazers will next be in action on Friday when they begin a three-game Conference USA series at Marshall at 6 p.m. Troy will close out its home schedule with a Sun Belt Conference series against New Orleans this weekend. First pitch Friday night is set for 6 p.m.UCF 14, Stetson 3
DELAND, Fla. - Mitch Herold's career-high nine strikeouts and the offense's record-breaking eighth inning enabled the UCF baseball team to defeat Stetson, 14-3, Tuesday in DeLand, Fla. The Knights (24-26) sent 17 batters to the plate in the eighth vs. the Hatters (36-13), notching 10 hits and scoring 11 runs, the most runs ever in an eighth inning by a UCF offense.
The Conference USA schedule resumes this weekend as UCF wraps up its seven-game road trip at No. 30 East Carolina. First pitch of the three-game series is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Stetson travels to Nashville, Tenn. to face Lipscomb in an Atlantic Sun Conference series.
Citadel 8, No. 30 East Carolina 6
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Ryan Wood's career night was not enough to help East Carolina, as the Pirates fell 8-6 to The Citadel Tuesday night in midweek action at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates will be back in action Wednesday night when the play host to No. 4 North Carolina. Jeff Ostrander will take the hill for ECU with a first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT). The Citadel will travel to Columbia, S.C. to face No. 7 South Carolina. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. EDT.
The McNeese Baseball Program is doing a promotion on May 19th as they will host Armed Forces Day and give away a 1995 Toyota Camry. The Armed Forces Day will consist of military vehicles being at the stadium including Blackhawk Helicopter, Hummers, and other military vehicles. Local veterans will throw out the first. Lake Charles Toyota has donated the 1995 Toyota Camry but why couldn't they give away a brand new car instead?
McNeese State Release
FROM THE CITADEL PRESS RELEASE Greenville, N.C. – Senior Justin Smith posted a strong outing for his sixth win of the year as sophomore Sonny Meade knocked in three to help lead The Citadel past No. 30 East Carolina, 8-6, in non-conference baseball action at Clark-LeClair stadium Tuesday night. The Bulldogs earned their second win over a ranked opponent this season after upsetting No. 1 South Carolina, 7-6, on Feb. 18 at Riley Park. The Bulldogs improve to 26-21 on the year while the Pirates fall to 32-16. Senior Chance Smith and freshman Richard Jones paced the Dogs at the plate as they registered three hits each. Jones was only a triple shy of the cycle as he smashed his ninth home run of the season to give The Citadel an early lead in the first. Senior right fielder Joe Hoerter registered his first career hit with an RBI-single in the seventh as he made his first career start in the contest. Ryan Wood had his first two home run outing and drove in four of ECU’s six runs. Wood was 4-for-5 on the night. The Citadel enjoyed 15 hits to the Pirates’ nine. Justin Smith (6-3) enjoyed his longest outing since going seven against The Citadel attacked first as Jones blasted his second home run in as many games to give the Dogs a 1-0 advantage in the second. The Bulldogs got two on in the third courtesy of consecutive, one-out singles by sophomore designated hitter Sonny Meade and senior first baseman Zach Brown. Pirate starter Mike Anderson was then lifted for left-hander Josh Ruhlman who forced a strikeout and a fly out to end the frame. The Bulldogs evened it up in the fourth on an RBI-single off the bat of Chance Smith and then recaptured the lead with two runs in the fifth. A throwing error by Pirate first baseman Batts allowed junior left fielder Chris Swauger to race all the way to second to start things off. Swauger took third on a passed ball and came in to score on a groundout by Meade. Brown and Jones smacked back-to-back base hits, while Brown moved to second on another throwing error. Freshman second baseman Bryan Altman then knocked in Brown on a fielder’s choice. Meade extended The Citadel advantage to four in the sixth as he punched one through the right side to plate two with two outs. Two RBI-singles by freshman shortstop Kyle Jordan and Hoerter gave the Dogs two more in the seventh to make it 8-2. Wood notched his second home run of the contest in the seventh to add a run for the Pirates before ECU was able to pull within two with three runs in the eighth. The Bulldogs walked the bases loaded before a wild pitch allowed the first run to score. An RBI-groundout by Jamie Ray made it 8-5 before Wood drove in his fourth run of the evening with a base hit through the left side. The Dogs then called on freshman lefty Nick Sprowls to force the final out and get The Citadel out of the inning still up by two. Altman extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the ninth with a one-out, ground-rule double that bounced over the left center field wall. He was the only runner aboard for the Dogs that inning as Jason Neitz took to the hill and caught two Bulldogs swinging. Sprowls returned in the ninth to get two quick outs before surrendering a two-bagger that was just fair down the left field line. The freshman then forced pinch-hitter David Forbes to go down on strikes to earn his second save of the year and preserve the 8-6 victory. The Bulldogs are now 2-4 versus ranked opponents in 2007 while the contest with the Pirates was the first time the Dogs faced a nationally ranked foe on the road. The Citadel will now go to
FROM THE CITADEL PRESS RELEASE
Greenville, N.C. – Senior Justin Smith posted a strong outing for his sixth win of the year as sophomore Sonny Meade knocked in three to help lead The Citadel past No. 30 East Carolina, 8-6, in non-conference baseball action at Clark-LeClair stadium Tuesday night. The Bulldogs earned their second win over a ranked opponent this season after upsetting No. 1 South Carolina, 7-6, on Feb. 18 at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs improve to 26-21 on the year while the Pirates fall to 32-16. Senior Chance Smith and freshman Richard Jones paced the Dogs at the plate as they registered three hits each. Jones was only a triple shy of the cycle as he smashed his ninth home run of the season to give The Citadel an early lead in the first. Senior right fielder Joe Hoerter registered his first career hit with an RBI-single in the seventh as he made his first career start in the contest.
Ryan Wood had his first two home run outing and drove in four of ECU’s six runs. Wood was 4-for-5 on the night. The Citadel enjoyed 15 hits to the Pirates’ nine.
Justin Smith (6-3) enjoyed his longest outing since going seven against
The Citadel attacked first as Jones blasted his second home run in as many games to give the Dogs a 1-0 advantage in the second. The Bulldogs got two on in the third courtesy of consecutive, one-out singles by sophomore designated hitter Sonny Meade and senior first baseman Zach Brown. Pirate starter Mike Anderson was then lifted for left-hander Josh Ruhlman who forced a strikeout and a fly out to end the frame.
The Bulldogs evened it up in the fourth on an RBI-single off the bat of Chance Smith and then recaptured the lead with two runs in the fifth. A throwing error by Pirate first baseman Batts allowed junior left fielder Chris Swauger to race all the way to second to start things off. Swauger took third on a passed ball and came in to score on a groundout by Meade. Brown and Jones smacked back-to-back base hits, while Brown moved to second on another throwing error. Freshman second baseman Bryan Altman then knocked in Brown on a fielder’s choice.
Meade extended The Citadel advantage to four in the sixth as he punched one through the right side to plate two with two outs. Two RBI-singles by freshman shortstop Kyle Jordan and Hoerter gave the Dogs two more in the seventh to make it 8-2.
Wood notched his second home run of the contest in the seventh to add a run for the Pirates before ECU was able to pull within two with three runs in the eighth. The Bulldogs walked the bases loaded before a wild pitch allowed the first run to score. An RBI-groundout by Jamie Ray made it 8-5 before Wood drove in his fourth run of the evening with a base hit through the left side. The Dogs then called on freshman lefty Nick Sprowls to force the final out and get The Citadel out of the inning still up by two.
Altman extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the ninth with a one-out, ground-rule double that bounced over the left center field wall. He was the only runner aboard for the Dogs that inning as Jason Neitz took to the hill and caught two Bulldogs swinging.
Sprowls returned in the ninth to get two quick outs before surrendering a two-bagger that was just fair down the left field line. The freshman then forced pinch-hitter David Forbes to go down on strikes to earn his second save of the year and preserve the 8-6 victory.
The Bulldogs are now 2-4 versus ranked opponents in 2007 while the contest with the Pirates was the first time the Dogs faced a nationally ranked foe on the road. The Citadel will now go to
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 8, today. Texas A&M junior infielder/outfielder Blake Stouffer was named National Hitter of the Week, while Hawai'i sophomore right-hander Matt Daly was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Stouffer hit .900 (9-for-10) for the week with eight RBIs in three games. The San Antonio, Texas, native also contributed three doubles, a home run and seven runs scored against Dallas Baptist. He slugged 1.500 and had an on-base percentage of .875, drawing four walks and was hit by a pitch. In Thursday's series opener and victory (11-10), Stouffer went 5-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Friday the Aggies defeated the Patriots, 3-0 and Stouffer went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. In the series sweep on Saturday (14-6), Stouffer went 1-for-1 with a two-run homer and bases-loaded walk.
Daly, a Yorba Linda, Calif., native threw a one-hit complete-game shutout in Hawai'i's 8-0 victory at Hawai'i-Hilo on Friday. Daly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, before giving up a single with one out. He walked the leadoff hitter to start the game before retiring the next 25 batters. He also struck out a career-high nine in the game.
With this week's honor, Daly automatically are 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 Website 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 Website, www.ncbwa.com.
For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro (601-266-5947, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pro-Line Athletic Co., Hitter of the Week - Feb. 13 - Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt; Feb. 20 - Jericho Jones, Louisiana Tech; Feb. 27 - Mike Bianucci, Auburn; March 6 - David Doss, South Alabama; March 13 - Justin Bour, George Mason; March 20 - Corey Brown, Oklahoma State; March 27 - Matt LaPorta, Florida; April 3 - Tony Thomas, Jr., Florida State; April 10 - Travis Jones, South Carolina; April 17 - Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison; April 24 - Ryan Heath, Oakland; May 1 - Matt Horwath, UCF; May 8 - Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M.
Pro-Line Athletic Co., Pitcher of the Week - Feb. 13 - Spencer Steedley, Charlotte; Feb. 20 - James Simmons, UC Riverside; Feb. 27 - Brian Matusz, San Diego; March 6 - Sean Urena, Cal State Fullerton; March 13 - David Price, Vanderbilt; March 20 - Lance Lynn, Ole Miss; March 27 - Eric Rohr - Saint Louis; April 3 - Trey Barham, VMI; April 10 - Ryan Berry, Rice; Rick Zagone, Missouri; April 17 - Brad Brach, Monmouth; April 24 - Scott Barnes, St. John's; May 1 - James Adkins, Tennessee; May 8 - Matt Daly, Hawai'i.
As Conference USA enters the final two weeks of the regular season, there is still a lot to be decided. While Rice has a stranglehold on first place, the race for second contains many contenders, as does the quest for NCAA Tournament at-large selections. And, elsewhere in the standings, the jockeying for tournament seeding continues.
HITTER OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL EWING, SOUTHERN MISS Sophomore, OF, Beaumont, Texas Ewing batted .600 (6-for-10) to help lead the Golden Eagles to a 3-0 series sweep over Marshall this past weekend. He had three doubles, one home run and seven RBI in the series, while also drawing three walks and scoring three runs. In Friday night's opener, Ewing had a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer to account for four RBI. He finished with a .643 on-base percentage and collected 12 bases for a 1.200 slugging percentage for the week.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
T.J. HOSE, EAST CAROLINA Junior, RHP, Hagerstown, Md. Hose improved to 6-4 on the season after picking up the win in Friday night's 3-1 victory at Houston on CSTV. He went 7.2 innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. After giving up a hit in the first inning, Hose retired 16 of the next 18 batters, including 14 in a row at one point, and did not allow a runner past second base. The 7.2 innings worked tied a season-high and his four hits allowed was the second-fewest he has given up this season.
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The Citadel Bulldogs will head to East Carolina on Tuesday and South Carolina on Wednesay in key out of conference game for the Bulldogs. The Citadel are comign off a weekend series in which they lost two out of three games against Southern Conference foe UNC-Greensboro. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs will send Senior starter Justin Smith (5-3, 6.75 ERA) to the mound to make his first start since April 1st to face East Carolina who has not annouced a starter yet. East Carolina picked up a weekend sweep over Houston in Conference USA action. On Wednesday, The Citadel will head to Columbia SC to take on the University of South Carolina. South Carolina is coming off a weekend in which they took two out of their three games with Kentucky. The starter for the Gamecocks is expected to be Mike Cisco (3-2, 4.63 ERA) against an undetermined starter for The Citadel.
The Citadel Game Notes
ECU Game Notes
South Carolina Game Notes
GA Tech 15 South Florida 7
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed a sweep over South Florida on Monday by knocking off the Bulls 15-7. The Yellow Jackets received three RBI from Patrick Long, Wally Crancer, and Luke Murton. Ryan Turner started for the Jackets and was effective but not outstanding as he let up five runs in six innings but picked up the victory to head to 5-3. South Florida starter Matt Quevado was roughed up in the first inning for four runs. He was lifted after the inning and relieved by Chris Delaney who only went 3.1 innings while giving up seven runs on eight hits. He picked up the loss to drop his record to 8-2.
South Florida Recap
The mayor of Omaha NE Mike Fahey is pursing an option to build a new 50 million dollar baseball stadium. The seating capacity would be topped out at 9,000 but would be expandable to 25,000 for the CWS. The full article from the Omaha World-Herald is available here.
Monday, May 07, 2007
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 13 different
conferences (season-high number for the fifth time this season) among the 293
baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 circuits 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 Vanderbilt Southeastern 41-9 1
2 Florida State Atlantic Coast 42-7 2
3 Rice Conference USA 37-11 3
4 North Carolina ACC 37-10 5
5 Virginia ACC 38-10 6
6 Texas Big 12 38-14 4
7 South Carolina SEC 35-14 8
8 Arizona State Pacific-10 34-12 10
9 Arkansas SEC 36-14 7
10 Texas A&M Big 12 38-11 11
11 Wichita State Missouri Valley 41-13 12
12 Oregon State Pac-10 35-11 9
13 Arizona Pac-10 35-11 15
14 San Diego West Coast 38-14 16
15 Oklahoma State Big 12 34-13 17
16 Clemson ACC 31-16 14
17 Coastal Carolina Big South 38-9 19
18 Mississippi State SEC 31-12 20
19 Mississippi SEC 32-18 13
20 Long Beach State Big West 30-14 23
21 Pepperdine West Coast 31-16 21
22 UC Irvine Big West 31-13-1 22
23 Charlotte Atlantic 10 38-9 25
24 Missouri Big 12 33-13 28
25 Cal State Fullerton Big West 28-18 18
26 Michigan Big Ten 34-10 26
27 College of Charleston Southern 36-12 24
28 NC State ACC 31-16 27
29 TCU Mountain West 37-11 29
30 East Carolina C-USA 32-15 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Creighton (32-12), Kentucky (31-15-1), LSU (28-21-1), Louisiana-Lafayette (35-13), Miami (Fla.) (30-19), Minnesota (33-10), Southern Miss (30-19), St. John's (32-13), Stetson (36-12), UC Riverside (30-17), UCLA (27-19).
Dropped Out: Minnesota (30)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 5, Southeastern 5, Big 12 4, Big West 3, Pacific-10 3, Conference USA 2, West Coast 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1, Southern 1.
Blake Stouffer (Texas A&M) has been named Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week, while Wade Mackey (Baylor) was chosen as Pitcher of the Week for games of April 30-May 7, the conference announced on Monday.
Big 12 Release
Texas A&M Release
Two Conference USA schools posted three-game sweeps this past weekend. East Carolina won all three games at Houston to move up to third place in the league standings, while Southern Miss took three straight from Marshall to climb back above .500 in C-USA play for the first time since they defeated Rice in their conference opener in late March.
East Carolina earned a 3-1 win on Friday night in front of a national television audience on CSTV. T.J. Hose was outstanding in posting his first win in conference play and Shane Mathews picked up his league-leading 11th save. On Saturday, the Pirates used a dramatic rally in the top of the ninth inning to post a 6-1 victory. Jamie Ray highlighted the five-run inning with a grand slam. In the series finale on Sunday, ECU used a six-run fourth inning to come away with a 9-2 win.
Southern Miss was more than convincing in its sweep, outscoring the Thundering Herd, 35-9. After opening with an 8-4 win on Friday night, the Golden Eagles smacked a season high 18 hits and scored a season-best 18 runs in an 18-3 win that was called after seven innings due to Conference USA's Saturday run rule. Righthander Barry Bowden picked up his fifth straight victory in C-USA play and his sixth of the season. Southern Miss completed the sweep with a 9-2 victory on Sunday.
With Houston being swept, it opened the door for Memphis to move into second place. After a 9-6 loss to UCF on Friday night where the Knights rallied from a 5-1 deficit, the Tigers took the final two games of the series to move behind idle Rice in the league standings. On Saturday, Memphis was held hitless by Knights starter Kyle Sweat until the fourth inning and did not score until the sixth, but came up with seven runs over the sixth and seventh innings to post a 7-3 win. On Sunday, the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead but had to fight off a furious UCF rally to get a 10-9 win. Will Hudgens made his first career start and earned the win to improve to 4-0 for Memphis, while Mat Yokley tied the Tiger single-season save record with his eighth.
In New Orleans, UAB won two-of-three at Tulane to increase its lead to earn a berth in the Conference USA Tournament to 2 ½ games. After Friday's game was suspended due to heavy rain, the teams resumed play on Saturday. After Tulane rallied in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning to tie it on a three-run homer by Aja Barto, Blazer freshman Jonathan Merritt hit his first career home run, a three-run shot in the top of the 11th, to give UAB an 11-8 win. On Sunday, the two teams played a pair of seven-inning games, with UAB winning the first one, 4-2, and Tulane taking the night cap, 2-1.
Conference USA Players of the week
After setting the tone for a three game sweep at Houston with a brilliant performance on Friday night, East Carolina junior righthander T.J. Hose has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 1-6. Hitter of the Week honors went to Southern Miss sophomore outfielder Michael Ewing, who had an outstanding weekend at the plate as the Golden Eagles swept Marshall.
Hose improved to 6-4 on the season after picking up the win in Friday night's 3-1 victory at Houston on CSTV. He went 7.2 innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. After giving up a hit in the first inning, Hose retired 16 of the next 18 batters, including 14 in a row at one point, and did not allow a runner past second base. The 7.2 innings worked tied a season-high and his four hits allowed was the second-fewest he has given up this season.Ewing batted .600 (6-for-10) to help lead the Golden Eagles to a 3-0 series sweep over Marshall this past weekend. He had three doubles, one home run and seven RBI in the series, while also drawing three walks and scoring three runs. In Friday night's opener, Ewing had a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer to account for four RBI. He finished with a .643 on-base percentage and collected 12 bases for a 1.200 slugging percentage for the week.
Texas is going to win the Big 12 championship.
That's what Longhorns coach Augie Garrido said after his team blew its first opportunity to do just that.
"We're going to do it. We're the best team," Garrido said.
They probably will win a conference championship, and they might be the best team in the conference.
But they weren't this weekend.
That title went to Missouri, who completed a series win against Texas on Sunday as Dripping Springs' product Trevor Coleman hit two home runs to help the Tigers claim a 5-4 victory in the rubber match at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Longhorns (38-14, 18-6), who have three games remaining against Texas A&M, need any combination of three Texas victories and three losses by Missouri, which has six conference games remaining, to claim the Big 12 for the second consecutive year.
They could have completed both those tasks with a win Sunday.
It didn't happen.
The Longhorns, who were playing without left fielder Jordan Danks — shoulder — and right fielder Kyle Russell, who injured his wrist in the fifth inning diving for a ball, couldn't contain Coleman, a freshman.
After Texas took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Missouri catcher hit a solo home run in the second inning off starter Austin Wood.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the sixth, Coleman, who had three home runs in the series, hit a two-run blast off Texas reliever Joseph Krebs, putting the Tigers (33-13, 14-7) up for good.
"It feels great to come here, where I've watched a few games, and play like this," said Coleman, who talked with Texas a few times about playing in Austin but never got a scholarship offer. "Any time you come into this atmosphere and play like this and win the series, it's big."
The Tigers got both victories off poor bullpen performances by Krebs, who gave up three runs — two earned — in one-third of an inning Sunday.
"I just didn't have it," said Krebs, whose been one of Texas' most reliable pitchers this season. "I was getting too many balls up in the zone and they took advantage.
The Horns tried to fight back.
They scored a run in the seventh on Preston Clark's home run, and brought the game within one in the eighth when Travis Tucker scored on Chance Wheeless' sacrifice fly.
But they couldn't pull it off in the ninth as the game ended when Kyle Lusson flied out, leaving runners on first and second.
The Horns, who fell to 0-9 in games they've trailed after seven innings, stranded 14 runners Sunday.
And Texas always seems to strand the tieing run late in the game.
"That's just the way it's gone,"Peoples said. "We seem to put pressure on the other team but fall one hit short. It's a gross feeling. I hope that everybody realizes how much this hurts."
Garrido gave the Tigers credit.
"They got more confidence, more competitive and more mentally tough as the game went on," Garrido said. "They didn't win because we rolled over. We had our opportunities, and we kept fighting. They won because they played good baseball."
Texas will have time to regroup from its first series loss since losing two of three at Long Beach State in February. They're off this weekend before taking on the Aggies beginning May 18 in College Station.
"There are a lot of positives we can take from this," Clark said. "We just have to realize that we need to regroup and come out and give 110 percent next game."
Texas should be back to full strength when they invade Texas A&M.
"Both Danks and Russell should be back by then," Garrido said. "Neither has serious injuries. This was the best time for them to get injured because we have time for them to heal."Texas.Scout.Com
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Florida State 3 Maryland 2
Brett Cecil made his first start of the year for the Terrapins as he went 7.1 innings while also striking out six Seminoles but that was not enough as the Seminoles picked up a tough 3-2 victory. Danny Rosen started for the Noles and gave them 7.1 innings limiting the Terps to four hits and two runs to pick up his first win of the season as a starter. The Noles offense was led by Mark Hallberg who went 2-3 with the only RBI for the Seminoles. Dan Benick hit a two run single in the eighth inning to set up the final scoreline of 3-2. FSU will be back in action on Friday when they host Clemson while Maryland will host West Virginia on Tuesday before taking time off for finals.
Game 1: BC 8 Clemson 6
The Boston College Eagles scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take an 8-6 lead and hold on in the bottom of the ninth to pick up a key ACC victory in the race for the final spot in the ACC Tournament. BC was led by Jared McGuire and Eric Campbell who each led the team with three hits in the first game of the doubleheader. Senior relief pitcher Ted Ratliff got the win by working the final 1.2 innings while allowing two runs on three hits. His record goes to 6-2. Alan Farina blew the save opportunity and picked up the loss to drop his record to 3-2. Taylor Harbin led the Tigers with two homers in the game.
Game 2: Clemson 7 BC 6
Marquez Smith hit a two run homer in the third inning and a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead which Tiger reliever Matt Vaughn was able to hold onto to give the Tigers a great come from behind victory over the Eagles. Vaughn picks up the win to up his record to 4-0 while Terry Doyle pitched the entire game for the Eagles but gave up all seven runs to drop his record to 3-4 on the season. Jared McGuire continued his recent hot streak with three hits, two RBI, and two runs scored in the losing effort. BC will be off all week for exams and will host UMES Saturday and Sunday for a three game set while Clemson will head to Greenville SC to face Wofford on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech 12 South Florida 2
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets picked up a 12-2 victory over the South Florida Bulls in Tampa on Sunday. The Jackets exploded for 12 runs over the final two innings to give the Bulls their second straight loss to Georgia Tech in as many days. The GT offense was led by Luke Murton who went 3-5 with four RBI in the win. GT reliever Jared Hyatt picked up the win by pitching 1.2 scoreless innings to put his record at 8-0. South Florida starter Shawn Sanford got the loss to put his record at 1-4. GT and South Florida will finish their series on Monday at noon.
South Florida Recap
Miami 13 Wright State 5
Eric Erickson pitched five strong innings while only allowing three hits and one unearned run to put his record at 7-3 and give the Hurricanes a 13-5 sweep over the Wright State Raiders. Mark Sobolewski and Yonder Alonso each picked up three RBI to lead the Canes offense. Wright State starter Kyle Kearcher gave up eight runs in 3.0 innings to drop his record to 7-4. Wright State was led on offense by Dan Biedenharm who got two hits. The Canes will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Wake Forest while Wright State will face Bowling green on Tuesday.
Wright State Recap
The College Baseball Blog made the trek out to Amherst to check out the Richmond Spiders and UMass Minutemen in Atlantic 10 action. Richmond jumped all over Minuteman starter Tim Comisky for three runs in the first two innings but Comisky used an appeal play on a sacrifice fly to pick up the third out in the second inning in which Richmond head coach Ron Atkins was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Steve Drescher. Richmond tacked on a run in the sixth inning on a Alex Wotring solo homer and two runs in the seventh to get a 6-0 lead. UMass bats finally came to life in the bottom of seventh when the Minutemen put together four hits and took advantage of an error to scratch across four runs. The Spiders brought in closer Brian Alas who shut the door in his 2.1 innings to pick up the victory.
Daily Collegian Recap from Eli Rosenswaike
They talk about picking each other up like it's a job.
So late Friday night after the emotional fireworks following a 7-6 loss to Missouri, Texas pitcher Adrian Alaniz sent Preston Clark a text message.
"Keep your head up. I'm going to need you," Alaniz's text said.
Clark, the Longhorns catcher, was upset because his error in the 11th inning allowed the winning run to score. Saturday was different.
Clark had three hits and scored two runs, and Alaniz continued his dominant pitching as the Longhorns beat Missouri 5-1 in front of 4,971 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
If the Longhorns beat the Tigers today, Texas will claim its second consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. If Missouri wins, the Longhorns will need any future combination of two victories or Missouri losses to clinch the title.
"This feels so much better," Clark said. "My teammates put last night's loss as a team loss, but I thought it was my fault."
There was no finger pointing after the Horns evened up the series. Alaniz (12-2) threw 8 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and a run on 118 pitches.
Alaniz worked inside and battled as he has all season.
That's the approach Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson preaches.
"Adrian's performance was really big today, because he allowed us to save the bullpen after we used them Friday," Johnson said.
Alaniz received the offensive support he needed in the fourth inning, when Bradley Suttle singled, Clark doubled and, two batters later, Chais Fuller knocked in both of them with a two-out single.
Fuller, who was 3 for 4, knocked in Clark again in the sixth inning, when Texas scored three more runs to take a 5-0 lead. The final runs came when Kyle Russell knocked a two-run single between first and second base with two outs.
"The difference in the game was that we had two chances with two outs and we couldn't come through. They had two chances with two outs and they came through," Jamieson said.
Russell thought it was more than that.
"This win really showed something about our team after last night," he said. "We all went home and went to bed early and came back here ready to fight for a victory. And that's exactly what we did."
For Texas, the only negative from Saturday's game was an injury to outfielder Jordan Danks, who bruised his shoulder when he ran into the wall making a critical catch in the fifth inning. The Tigers had the bases loaded with two outs when Danks made the play .
"It's not separated, it's just bruised," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "How long he's out will depend on how much it swells up."Texas Recap