Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 14th-March 16th)

#18 Rice (15-6, 5-1)-#29 FIU (16-4, 3-3)

Game 1 – Rice: 3 FIU: 2 (13). WP – Matt Ditman LP – Charles Cormier. Zech Lemond started the game for Rice and went 8 innings, only giving up 2 ER, while FIU starter Mike Franco lasted 7.1 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on only 3 hits, while striking out seven. John Clay Reeves had 3 hits in the game, including a leadoff single in the 13th as he eventually came around to score the game-winning run.

Game 2 – Rice: 10 FIU: 2. WP – Blake Fox LP – Mike Ellis. Reeves was 5-5 at the plate with a double, a run scored and 2 RBIs. Aramis Garcia was 3-4 with a double and a run scored for FIU.

Game 3 – Rice: 11 FIU: 7. WP – Chase McDowell LP – Charles Cormier. Josh Anderson had 2 hits and 2 RBIs for FIU. Reeves had another three hit day with a run and an RBI. Keenan Cook was 2-5 with a double, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs.

Southern Miss (9-11, 2-1)-Marshall (6-12, 3-3)

Game 1 – Southern Miss: 3 Marshall: 1. WP – Ryan Milton LP – Josh King SV – Bradley Roney. King took the loss for Marshall despite only giving up 3 ER on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out seven over 8 innings. Sothern Miss starter Christian Talley struck out nine over 5 innings. The big hit in the game came from Breck Kline who had a 2-RBI pinch-hit double to give Southern Miss the lead.

Game 2 – Southern Miss: 9 Marshall: 5. WP – Cameron Giannini LP – Michael Taylor SV – Ryan Milton. Matt Durst was 3-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI for Southern Miss, while Chase Vogelbach was 2-4 with a run scored for Marshall.

Game 3 – Southern Miss: 3 Marshall: 5. WP – Matt Margaritonda LP – A.J. Glasshof SV – Ryan Hopkins. Leadoff man for Marshall, Andrew Dundon, was 3-4 at the plate with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Austin Roussel hit a solo home run for Southern Miss.

Tulane (10-8, 3-3)-East Carolina (10-10, 3-3)

Game 1 – Tulane: 7 ECU: 2. WP – Tyler Mapes LP – Jeff Hoffman SV – Kyle McKenzie. Stephen Alemais was 2-4 with a double and 2 runs scored for Tulane, while Garrett Deschamp had 2 hits, scored a run and drove one in.

Game 2 – Tulane: 2 ECU: 5. WP – Ryan Williams LP – Emerson Gibbs. ECU starter Reid Love was solid in this one only giving up 2 ER on 4 hits over 7.2 innings before turning things over to Williams. Tulane starter Randy LeBlanc was good as well, only giving up 2 ER over 7 innings, while striking out 5. Led by Ian Townsend, who was 3-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs, ECU put 3 runs on the board in the bottom of the 8th to win the game.

Game 3 – Tulane: 3 ECU: 13 (8). WP – Ryan Williams LP – J.P. France. Williams came on in relief again and shutout Tulane over 7 innings. Townsend had another big day at the plate going 4-5 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs.

Charlotte (3-13, 0-6)-Middle Tennessee State (8-10, 4-2)

Game 1 – Charlotte: 6 MTSU: 7. WP – Heath Slatton LP – Ryan Mas. MTSU starter Zac Curtis struck out nine over 7 scoreless innings. Austin Bryant stayed hot going 2-2 at the plate for MTSU scoring 2 runs and driving two in. Both Logan Sherer and Derek Gallello had 4 hits for Charlotte, while T.J. Nitchting hit a grand slam.

Game 2 – Charlotte: 2 MTSU: 6. WP – Paul Mittura LP – Ryan Butler. Mittura only surrendered 2 ER on 3 hits and a walk over 7 innings. Trent Miller was 2-3 at the plate with 2 RBIs for MTSU.

Game 3 – Charlotte: 1 MTSU: 9. WP – Johnathan Frebis LP – Brock Hudgens. Bryant was 2-5 with 2 runs scored, while Miller was 4-5 with a run scored, a home run and 4 RBIs.

UAB (16-5, 4-2)-Old Dominion (12-8, 2-4)

Game 1 – UAB: 4 ODU: 2. WP – Chase Mallard LP – Ryan Yarbrough SV – Cory Eller. Mallard improved to 4-0 on the season tossing 7.1 innings, giving up 2 ER on 3 hits and 2 walks. Griffin Gum was 3-5 at the plate for UAB with an RBI.

Game 2 – UAB: 8 ODU: 6. WP – Thomas Lowery LP – Brad Gero SV – Adam Lau. Jeff Schalk and Evan Peterson each had 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs, while Peterson had 2 doubles and Schalk belted a home run.

Game 3 – UAB: 1 ODU: 4. WP – Andy Roberts LP – Cameron Rose. Roberts went the distance for ODU, only giving up 1 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks. The first four batters in the ODU lineup (Nick Walker, Josh Eldridge, Taylor Ostrich and Ben Slaton) each had 2 hits.

Louisiana Tech (7-12, 2-4)-Florida Atlantic (14-7, 3-3)

Game 1 – La Tech: 1 FAU: 3. WP – Austin Gomber LP – Adam Derouen. Gomber tossed a complete game, striking out 10 while only giving up 1 ER on 4 hits and 2 walks. Ricky Santiago was the leader on offense for FAU going 3-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.

Game 2 – La Tech: 3 FAU: 2. WP – Phil Maton LP – Jeremy Strawn. This time it was the La Tech starter who went the distance, as Maton struck out seven over 9 innings, only giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks. Tyler Qualls was 2-4 at the plate for La Tech with a run scored and an RBI.

Game 3 – La Tech: 2 FAU: 3. WP – Kevin Alexander LP – Laetten Galbraith. Drew Jackson started the game for FAU and only allowed 2 ER over 7 innings, while La Tech starter Richie Navari only gave up 1 ER over 6.2 innings. Levi Meyer had the big hit for FAU driving in the game-winning run in the 8th.

UTSA (15-6, 2-1)-Columbia (5-7)

Game 1 – UTSA: 5 Columbia: 4. WP – Matt Sims LP – Zach Tax. Horacio Correa III was 2-4 at the plate for UTSA with a double, a run scored and 2 RBIs. Mike Warren hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th to win the game for UTSA.

Game 2 – UTSA: 5 Columbia: 1. WP – Nolan Trabanino LP – Joey Donino SV – Logan Onda. Correa III had 2 more hits in this one with a run scored, while John Bormann hit a home run for UTSA.

Game 3 – UTSA: 9 Columbia: 8. WP – Wesley Cox LP – Adam Cline SV – Matt Sims. P.J. Perucki was 3-5 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs, while Correa III hit a 2-run homer.

Game 4 – UTSA: 2 Columbia: 4. WP – Kevin Roy LP – Andre Shewcraft SV – Mike Weisman. Mike Warren was 3-4 with a run scored for UTSA.