The Penn State Baseball program is coming off a 1-2 weekend when they were able to grab a game from the University of North Carolina. Scott Gaffney has been a pleasant surprise for the program by giving them two solid outings in the early part of the year. These starts were the first for him since he pitched in Little League so this has come as a surprise to everyone that he is succeeding as a pitcher. He is also the starting shortstop when he is not on the mound.
The Daily Collegian (PSU Student Paper)
The Duke Blue Devils will host Temple on Tuesday and Xavier on Wednesday before opening the ACC season against the Boston College Eagles. Duke enters Tuesday’s game with a 13-1 record while Temple enters with a record of 2-7. The Owls pitching has been atrocious in the early part of the season with a 9.95 Team ERA. Jeremy Gould (0-1, 6.52 ERA) will get the start for the Blue Devils while Rob Chamra (0-0, 27.00 ERA) gets the ball for the Owls. Xavier will enter with a 1-10 record coming off a three game sweep from Vanderbilt. They beat Oakland University to pick up their only win on the season. Both Duke and Xavier have not announced starting pitchers.
The Chronicle Preview (Duke Student Newspaper)
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
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 10 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt SEC 14-0 1
2 South Carolina SEC 10-1 2
3 North Carolina ACC 11-1 3
4 Florida State ACC 17-0 5
5 Virginia ACC 14-1 8
6 Cal State Fullerton Big West 12-5 9
7 Clemson ACC 7-3 4
8 Oregon State Pacific-10 13-3 7
9 Rice Conference USA 11-6 6
10 Pepperdine West Coast 13-4 12
11 Texas Big 12 12-6 14
12 Arizona State Pac-10 12-5 10
13 Alabama SEC 12-2 16 (tie)
14 Miami (Fla.) ACC 9-5 15
15 Arkansas SEC 10-5 11
16 Mississippi SEC 9-4 18
17 Kentucky SEC 12-0 21
18 Auburn SEC 13-2 23
19 Long Beach State Big West 8-4 19
20 Oklahoma State Big 12 10-3 24
21 Texas A&M Big 12 15-1 30
22 Nebraska Big 12 5-4 13
23 Wichita State MVC 10-4 16 (tie)
24 Coastal Carolina Big South 12-2 26
25 Arizona Pac-10 13-5 20
26 Southern Miss C-USA 10-2 NR
27 NC State ACC 10-3 25
28 Tulane C-USA 9-4 27
29 Georgia Tech ACC 8-6 22
30 College of Charleston Southern 11-1 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Charlotte (10-3), Duke (13-1), Florida Atlantic (12-3), Kansas State (9-2), Lipscomb (11-5), Louisiana-Lafayette (11-2), Michigan (5-2), Mississippi State (6-1), San Diego (12-8), South Alabama (10-4), Southern California (13-7), Stetson (10-3), TCU (10-4), Texas Tech (12-5), UC Irvine (12-4-1), UCLA (7-7), Winthrop (10-7)
Dropped Out: Florida Atlantic (28), Louisiana-Lafayette (29)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 7, Southeastern 7, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Southern 1, West Coast 1.
The Citadel’s Justin Smith picked up the Pitcher of the Week Award from the Southern Conference for the week ending March 5th. Smith earned two wins out of the teams three games last week. He pitched 9.1 innings while only allowing the opponents to hit .118. Appalachian State hitter David Rubinstein picked up the Player of the Week Award by going 13-16 over the four games last week for a batting average of .812.
The Citadel Release
Appalachian State Release
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the week ending March 4th. Conference USA named two players of the week in Memphis second baseman Bill Moss and Tulane outfielder Nate Simon. Moss led the Tigers to a 4-0 record while batting .500 and hitting three homers on the week. Nate Simon led the Green Wave to a 4-0 record also and hit .500 with two homers to pick up the award. Southern Miss pitcher David Clark was named Pitcher of the Week for a complete game four hitter on Sunday.
Southern Miss Release
Clarion Ledger Article
Conference USA has also posted the conference notebook which checks in with every team after the weekend can be read here.
Tony Thomas Jr of Florida State was named Player of the Week in the ACC for the week ending on March 5th while Duke’s Micheal Ness was named Pitcher of the Week. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Seminoles to a 4-0 record by hitting .611 (11-18) for the week. Ness picked up two victories this week with a start against North Carolina A & T and a relief appearance win against Holy Cross on Saturday.
The Boston College Eagles have continued to struggle early in the season with another one run loss this time to the Penn Quakers. Kyle Armeny hit the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth over the right field wall to give the Quakers the 7-6 victory. Johnny Ayers went 3-5 to lead the Eagles on offense while the Quakers were led by Alex Nwaka who went 3-4 in the victory. The Quakers will be off on Tuesday and will play St. Bonaventure on Wednesday while BC heads to FIU for a Tuesday night game.
This was Dan Houston’s third loss of the young season and hopefully the end of the experiment of him closing out game. I believe that Houston needs to head back into the rotation and switch with Adam Crabtree in the starter’s role. It makes sense since neither player is getting their current jobs done on the field.
Boston College Recap
Conference USA has released their recap of the weekend where the conference teams went 11-2 in one run games. Memphis continues their strong start to the season with a three game sweep at the Autozone Classic in Memphis this past weekend. Marshall also picked up a four game sweep over University at Buffalo. Southern Miss also took 2 out of three games from the Ragin Cajuns in one of the better series of the weekend. The full release from C-USA is available here.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles won the series finale 1-0 on Sunday to knock off the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in two out of three games this weekend. On Sunday, Southern Miss used a complete game shutout by David Clark to pick up the victory. The Southern Miss offense was held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth though when Drew Carson drove home Bailey Hartel with two outs in the ninth to bring in the winning run. On Saturday, Louisiana-Lafayette picked up a 4-0 victory and on Friday night Southern Miss pulled out a 7-4 win.
Sunday Southern Miss Recap
Sunday Louisiana-Lafayette Recap
Saturday Southern Miss Recap
Saturday Louisiana-Lafayette Recap
Friday Southern Miss Recap
The UNC-Wilmington baseball team was able to pull out a 16-11 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in 12 innings. This victory broke a four-game losing streak for the Seahawks. Wake Forest made a brilliant comeback when they were only two outs away from defeat. They scored 3 runs to force extra innings where it stayed scoreless until the top of the 12th. With a tie score in the 12th, Matt Holt led the inning off by striking out but reached on a wild pitch. Daniel Hargrave then followed with a sacrifice bunt to send Holt to second. Steve Halford then doubled down the left field line to drive Holt in for the lead run. Mark Carver then walked to set up a first and second situation. Nate Hall then hit a single through the infield to drive in Steve Halford. Grayson Evans then hit into a fielders choice to send Jonathan Batts to the plate with first and third. He then hit a three run homer to give us the final score. Wake Forest pitcher Ben Hunter picked up the loss after going 3.0 innings and allowing all five runs. His record is 1-2 this season. UNC-Wilmington pitcher Allen Floyd picked up his third win of the season against no losses by going 4.1 innings while blowing the three run lead in the ninth. Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday with Gardner Webb while UNC-Wilmington will visit the Phoenix of Elon.
Wake Forest Recap