Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 7th-9th)

UAB (13-3, 2-1)-MTSU (5-9, 1-2)

Game 1 – UAB: 3 MTSU: 4. WP – Cody Tollison LP – Cory Eller SV – Paul Mittura. MTSU starting pitcher Zac Curtis went 7.2 innings, only allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks, while matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts. UAB starter Chase Mallard gave up his first and second runs of the season, ending his consecutive innings scoreless streak at 26. In all, Mallard lasted 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 8. MTSU first baseman Trent Miller was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored in the game. With the game tied at two apiece going to the top of the 9th, the Blue Raiders plated one run on a sac fly and another on a wild pitch, which would end up proving to be the game-winning run as UAB got one back in the bottom of the 9th.

Game 2 – UAB: 6 MTSU: 4. WP – Thomas Lowery LP – Will Small SV – Adam Lau. This was a sloppy game both ways as the two staffs combined to walk 20 batters and plunk six. Tyler Mims had the big hit for UAB as he cleared the bases for a 3-run double. Hank LaRue and Austin Bryant were both 2-4 for MTSU.

Game 3 – UAB: 2 MTSU: 0. WP – Alex Luna LP – Johnathan Frebis SV- Cory Eller. Luna was the story in this one, going eight innings, only allowing 4 hits and not walking anyone, while striking out 10 batters. Chase Davis was 3-4 at the plate for the Blazers with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Trent Miller was 2-4 for MTSU.

 

UTSA (11-5, 2-1)-FAU (11-5, 1-2)

Game 1 – UTSA: 6 FAU: 4. WP – Wesley Cox LP – Cody Mizelle. Austin Gomber was solid for FAU only allowing 2 ER on 6 hits and zero walks through 6 innings, while striking out nine. Brendon Sanger had 3 hits for FAU, and Stephen Kerr was 2-5 at the dish with an RBI. For UTSA, both John Wellborn and Mike Warren had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

Game 2 – UTSA: 6 FAU: 0. WP – Nolan Trabanino LP – Jeremy Strawn SV – Matt Sims. Both starting pitchers were strong in this one with Strawn only allowing 3 runs (2 earned) over 7.1 innings on 4 hits, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts, while Trabanino kept FAU scoreless through 6.2 innings, only giving up 4 hits and 1 walk with 5 strikeouts. John Bormann was 1-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.

Game 3 – UTSA: 0 FAU: 3. WP – Drew Jackson LP – Logan Onda SV – Kevin Alexander. Jackson was solid striking out seven batters over 6 innings of scoreless work, only allowing 4 hits and 1 walk. Stephen Kerr was 2-4 at the plate with a walk, an RBI and a run scored, and Brendon Sanger was 2-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.

 

#18 Rice (10-6, 2-1)-Old Dominion (9-6, 1-2)

Game 1 – Rice: 4 ODU: 1. WP – Zech Lemond LP – Ryan Yarbrough SV – Matt Ditman. Lemond started the game for Rice and struck out 10 batters over 6.2 innings, while only allowing 1 unearned run on 2 hits and 3 walks. At the plate, Michael Aqunio was 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base, and Leon Byrd was 3-4 with a double and 3 RBIs for Rice.

Game 2 – Rice: 3 ODU: 2 (17). WP – Austin Orewiler LP – Victor Diaz. Skyler Ewing knocks in the game-winning run with a 1-out single in the bottom of the 17th inning. Keenan Cook and John Clay Reeves each had 3 hits for the Owls in this one. Ben Slaton was 3-7 with a run scored for ODU.

Game 3 – Rice: 1 ODU: 2. (10) WP – Brado Gero LP – Kevin McCanna. These two teams decided to play extra innings again, but this time with ODU stealing the victory in 10 innings. McCanna was the tough-luck loser as he was sent back out for the 10th after having already pitching the first 9 innings. In total he lasted 9.1 innings, giving up 2 ER on 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out five. P.J. Higgins was 2-4 at the plate for ODU, but Ben Slaton had the big hit with the home run.

 

Southern Miss (7-9)-Missouri (6-7)

Game 1 – So. Miss: 1 Missouri: 4. WP – Graves LP – Conor Fisk SV – Steele. Fisk struck out eight batters over 6.2 innings, but gave up 4 ERs on 5 hits and 2 walks. On offense for the Golden Eagles, Bradley Roney had a pair of hits, and Austin Roussel was 1-3 with an RBI.

Game 2 – So. Miss: 4 Missouri: 6. WP – W. Miles LP – A.J. Glasshof. Connor Barron was 2-4 for So. Miss in this one with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Game 3 – So. Miss: 2 Missouri: 1. WP – Cameron Giannini LP – Anderson SV – Bradley Roney. Giannini lasted 7.2 innings for So. Miss, only giving up 1 unearned run on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out four. Bradley Roney had the big hit in this game with a 2-run homer in the 4th that would hold up for the win.

 

La Tech (5-10, 1-2)-#25 Texas A&M (11-5)

Game 1 – La Tech: 3 Texas A&M: 5. WP – Daniel Mengden LP – Adam Derouen SV – Jason Jester. For La Tech, Tyler Ervine hit his third home run of the year, while catcher Tyler Qualls was 1-2 with 2 walks and a run scored.

Game 2 – La Tech: 5 Texas A&M: 6. WP – Parker Ray LP – Phil Maton SV – Jason Jester. Four errors plagued the Bulldogs in this one as they fell behind 5-1 early and couldn’t quite mount the comeback. Stephen Gandy was 1-3 at the plate for La Tech with a run, 2 RBIs and a home run.

Game 3 – La Tech: 5 Texas A&M: 1. WP –Richie Navari LP – Ryan Hendrix. Navari hung in there for the Bulldogs, pitching a complete game, only allowing 1 ER despite giving up 10 hits and walking two batters, while only recording 2 strikeouts. Leadoff man Bre’shon Kimbell was 2-5 at the plate with an RBI.

 

Tulane (9-5, 2-1)-California (10-5), Arkansas (8-5) and San Francisco (8-6)

Game 1 – Tulane: 10 Cal: 5. WP – Kyle McKenzie LP – Jefferies. McKenzie came on in relief and pitched 5 scoreless innings allowing 5 hits, while striking out seven. Garrett Deschamp was 3-5 with two doubles, 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Hunter Hope was 2-5 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs.

Game 2 – Tulane: 0 Arkansas: 4. WP – Zach Jackson LP – Randy LeBlanc. Both Richard Carton and Andrew Garner were 1-2 at the plate with a couple of walks.

Game 3 – Tulane: 0 San Francisco: 9. WP – Goodman LP – Emerson Gibbs. Richard Carthon had one of only two Green Wave hits.

 

Marshall (5-9, 2-1)-East Carolina (8-7, 1-2)

Game 1 – Marshall: 9 ECU: 8. WP – Josh King LP – Jeff Hoffman SV – Alex Thackston. Top prospect Hoffman had some control issues in this one walking seven batters in just 3.1 innings, giving up 3 ER on 2 hits, but he did manage to strikeout seven. At the plate for ECU, Drew Reynolds was 2-3 with a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. For Marshall, Matt Reed had 3 RBIs on 2 hits and he also scored a run, while Corey Bird was 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Game 2 – Marshall: 0 ECU: 1. WP – Reid Love LP – Michael Taylor. Reid and Ryan Williams were good in this one for ECU, as they combined for a complete game shutout, only allowing 4 hits and 4 walks, while striking out eight. Zach Houchins was 3-4 in this game for the Pirates with 2 doubles. Bent Fultz and Travis Watkins each had a pair of hits with Watkins knocking in the game’s only run.

Game 3 – Marshall: 5 ECU: 2. WP – Matt Margaritonda LP – Kirkpatrick. Margaritonda was big for the Green Heard pitching a complete game, only allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 11. Chase Vogelbach was the leader on offense for Marshall going 2-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. For ECU, Ben Fultz was 1-3 at the plate with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Zach Houchins had 2 hits for the Pirates and scored a run.

 

FIU (15-1, 3-0)-Charlotte (2-10-1, 0-3)

Game 1 – FIU: 7 Charlotte: 0. WP – Mike Franco LP – Butler. Franco tossed a complete game shutout, only allowing 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out six. Tyler Hibbert was 2-5 with a double and 3 RBIs.

Game 2 – FIU: 10 Charlotte: 4. WP – Cody Crouse LP – C. Roberts. Neither starting pitcher lasted past the third inning, but Crouse came in as relief during the second inning and pitched scoreless and hitless baseball over 6.1, striking out six along the way. Hibbert was 3-5 in this game with a walk, a home run, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, while Aramis Garcia knocked two balls out of the park, driving in a total of three runs.

Game 3 – FIU: 8 Charlotte: 0. WP – Robby Kalaf LP – Brock Hudgens. Kalaf went 7 scoreless innings, only giving up 2 hits and 4 walks, while striking out eight. Aramis Garcia added his third home run of the weekend, as well as 3 more RBIs. For Charlotte, Brett Lang was 2-4 with a double.