Foley’s Friday Thoughts

MattRidings Here are my thoughts from the College Baseball action on Friday evening.

The UCLA offense came alive tonight by beating Oral Roberts 20-4. They were led on offense by Tyler Rahmatulla who went 2-3 including a homer with four RBI. The Bruins were off some days this week as they were taking finals at the end of the semester. UCLA is now a perfect 14-0 on the season.

 

The number 2 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils continued their perfect start to the season by defeating Houston tonight by a score of 10-1. Kole Calhoun led the offense with his second homer of the season as he went 2-3 with 4 RBI. Seth Blair was also strong on the mound as he went seven innings while giving up five hits and only one run.

Matt Ridings of Western Kentucky pitched six innings allowing four hits and two runs as the Hilltoppers defeated VCU 19-4. The victory by Ridings was his 29th of his career and puts him as career leader in wins at the school.

Justin Bryant led the Auburn offense by hitting two homers and driving in eight runs as Auburn defeated SEC rival Georgia by a 20-3 score. I know Georgia is trying to work in some of the younger players but giving up 20 runs in conference on a Friday night is surprising to say the least.

Michael Lemaire checked in tonight from Maryland and stated that he did not see Kevin Jacob on the bench tonight for the Yellow Jackets or in the bullpen. Jacob has struggled out of the gate early as he is sporting a 6.14 ERA in seven appearances. I am hearing rumblings that there could be an arm issue with Jacob but I can’t confirm that right now.

Maryland did end up picking up an impressive 5-2 victory over Georgia Tech on Friday evening. They scored three unearned runs in the first inning on a Derek Dietrich error that ended up giving the Terps enough runs for the win. Maryland’s Brett Harman was masterful on the mound as he went eight strong innings while allowing two runs on five hits.

  • Doug

    Hi Brian,
    One of the most exciting things Friday night was the end of the Nebraska/Texas game. The Cornhuskers were one out away from a huge road win over the Longhorns and Taylor Jungmann, then Texas got a pinch hit double from Jordan Weymouth, Kevin Keyes drew a BB, and Cameron Rupp hit a huge walk off HR. Amazing finish, great for Texas, devastating for Nebraska.

    I also noted that after missing a few weeks with a shoulder injury, Matt Snyder was back in the lineup for Ole Miss at DH; they missed him during the Louisville series. He returned to action with 2 hits, 2 rbi, and 3 runs in the Rebels win against Kentucky on Friday night.

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      It seems like Texas wins games like that every weekend.