All posts by Brian Foley

Brian Foley is the founder and Lead Editor of College Baseball Daily since its inception in 2005. He has covered two CWS, multiple NCAA Baseball Regionals, and other special events across the country. In addition to his duties with College Baseball Daily, he has covered games for Inside Lacrosse and been featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal among other publications. He can be contacted by email at editor at collegebaseballdaily.com and followed on Twitter @BFoley82.

SoCon Players of the Week for April 16th

The Citadel’s Matt Crim picked up the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week award by giving The Citadel a complete game shutout over Applachin State on April 14th. He struck out nine batters while only giving up nine hits and a walk in the 17-0 shutout. Elon’s Chase Austin was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week by hitting .692 (9-13) in the weekend series with the Furman Paladins.

The Citadel Release
Elon Release
SoCon Pitcher of the Week Release
SoCon Player of the Week Release

ACC Players of the Week

The ACC has announced their players of the week for the period ending on April 16th in Buster Posey and Enrique Garcia. Posey led FSU to a 4-0 record by hitting .416 (5 for 12) in the weekend sweep over Virginia Tech. Posey also had a perfect week on defense as he didn’t commit an error in his 29 fielding attempts. Garcia pitched a complete game against NC State on Saturday as the Hurricanes went on to win the game 5-1. Garcia pitched eight shutout innings before tiring in the ninth as he allowed a run on two hits in the final inning.

ACC Release

FSU Release
Miami Release

NCBWA Apr. 16 Division I Poll

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 12 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 leagues 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 32-6 1
2 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 32-6 2
3 Florida State ACC 35-4 4
4 South Carolina SEC 28-8 3
5 Texas Big 12 31-10 6
6 Rice Conference USA 29-11 5
7 Arkansas SEC 29-10 9
8 Virginia ACC 31-8 8
9 Oregon State Pacific-10 28-8 10
10 Arizona Pac-10 30-7 11
11 Arizona State Pac-10 29-10 12
12 Pepperdine West Coast 28-11 7
13 Clemson ACC 25-10 13
14 Wichita State Missouri Valley 30-8 16
15 Oklahoma State Big 12 26-9 14
16 Texas A&M Big 12 30-8 17
17 Cal State Fullerton Big West 23-12 18
18 Mississippi State SEC 23-8 19
19 Mississippi SEC 25-13 15
20 NC State ACC 26-11 21
21 Coastal Carolina Big South 30-7 20
22 San Diego West Coast 29-13 t25
23 Charlotte Atlantic 10 29-6 t25
24 Tulane Conference USA 27-11 28
25 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 28-9 23
26 Oklahoma Big 12 25-13 24
t27 Kentucky SEC 26-9-1 22
t27 UC Irvine Big West 25-10-1 26
29 Long Beach State Big West 21-12 NR
30 Stetson Atlantic Sun 30-9 30

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (22-15), College of Charleston (27-9), East Carolina (24-12), Miami (Fla.) (22-16), Michigan (22-6), Missouri (25-11), Nebraska (22-14), New Orleans (24-12).

Dropped Out: Ohio State (29)
By conference: Southeastern 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Big 12 4, Big West 3, Pacific-10 3, Conference USA 2, West Coast 2, Atlantic 10 1, Atlantic Sun 1, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Sun Belt 1

Texas completes sweep of Texas Tech!

The Texas Longhorns won on Sunday.

They swept a series.

They did it in a come-from-behind fashion.

All those things haven’t happened very often this season.

With so many positives in Sunday’s 4-2 Big 12 win over Texas Tech, the biggest one for Texas (31-10, 12-3) might have been overlooked: Joseph Krebs.

Texas’ Sunday starter put his best outing of the season together with a two-run, five-hit performance over six innings. It was the first time Krebs pitched more than five innings this season. And he did it with a smile.

In the fifth inning, Texas Tech (22-15, 5-8) had taken a 2-1 lead on Krebs, and a runner on first was jumping around, bothering the left-handed starter.

“(Pitching coach Skip) Johnson just came out there and slowed me down,” Krebs said. “I would throw over to first, and Chance (Wheeless) would throw it back. Right as Chance would throw it back, the guy would jump off first. Coach Johnson told Chance to fake the throw and tag the guy.

“It calmed me down a lot. I started thinking about that. I had a little smile on my face the rest of the outing.”

Krebs struck out the next two guys and breezed through the sixth inning.

“Joe turned it around for two more innings,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “He broke through and took it to another level.”

Then the Horns broke through.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Travis Tucker walked and stole second and third base. After shortstop Michael Demperio grounded out, leadoff hitter Jordan Danks, who went 3 for 4, came up with his second RBI of the game, shortening up his swing with two strikes and hitting a single to center field.

“Tucker gets on base, steals second and steals third, and that pumps the rest of us up,” Danks said. “You get the adrenaline flowing. You get the crowd behind you, and you just get going.”

Kyle Russell, who did not hit a home run this series and remains tied for the Longhorns’ single-season home run total with Jeff Ontiveros at 20, followed up with an RBI double, giving Texas a 3-2 lead. Russell advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in on a sacrifice fly by Wheeless, whose 17-game hitting streak came to an end.

That was plenty of runs as Randy Boone earned the win with three perfect innings.

He did get a little help from Russell, who made a great catch on what appeared to be a double down the right-field line.

“They swung at a lot of pitches early in the count. It was kind of surprising,” Boone said. “I got a lot of ground balls and Kyle made a great play in right.”

The sweep helped Texas keep a firm hold on first place in the Big 12, and it comes at the perfect time. The Longhorns now enter the toughest part of their schedule, traveling to Rice on Tuesday before heading to Nebraska and Oklahoma State the next two weekends.

Texas Recap

Texas Tech Recap

Texas.Scout.com



Conference USA recap for April 13-15

Rain was the big winner this past weekend, as several series had to work its way around the wet stuff. Highlighting the on-the-field action was Rice’s victory in the Silver Glove series.

No. 5 Rice at Houston
Houston posted three runs in the sixth inning against NCBWA Pitcher of the Week Ryan Berry on its way to a 5-2 victory in the Silver Glove series-opener Friday. Joe Savery went 4-for-4 from the plate on Saturday to highlight Rice’s 15-hit performance and Ryne Tracker scattered three hits from the mound as the Owls evened the series with a 12-0 shellacking. Jess Buenger went 4-for-5 to lead the Owls to an 11-6 decision on Sunday.

With consecutive wins over UH on Saturday and Sunday, Rice (29-11, 10-2) claimed the weekend series two-games-to-one and retained possession of the Silver Glove Trophy as the city’s collegiate champion for a seventh-straight year. The Owls have won the annual trophy in nine of the 10 years it has been awarded dating back to 1998. Houston fell to 19-6 overall, 6-3 in C-USA play.

Rice recaps
Houston recaps

No. 28 Tulane at Southern Miss
Southern Miss scored in the bottom of the first, then saw Tulane plate five unanswered runs as the Green Wave claimed a 7-5 decision in the Friday contest. Torrential rains and tornado warnings cancelled all of Saturday’s EagleFest activities, leading to a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday.

Barry Bowden tossed a complete game as Southern Miss took a 5-2 win in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader. The Green Wave scored seven runs in the top of the first and cruised to a 7-1 series-clinching win in the second game. Tulane moved to 27-11 overall, 8-4 in C-USA; Southern Miss is now 22-15, 4-8 in C-USA.

Tulane recaps
Southern Miss recaps

Memphis at UAB
Visiting Memphis held off a late UAB rally to take a 7-6 win on Friday. Blazer officials set Saturday’s first pitch for 10:30 a.m. in an effort to beat the incoming storms. It didn’t work; the game was suspended after five innings with Memphis holding an 8-4 lead, thanks to an eight-run fourth inning by the Tigers.

The Blazers scored three runs on Sunday in the resumption of Saturday’s game, but Memphis’ eight-run fourth inning on the previous day held up, as the Tigers claimed an 8-7 decision. A 9-4 final in the third game gave the Tigers a sweep of the weekend series. Memphis has won eight of its last nine conference games and stands at 22-14 overall, 8-4 in C-USA. UAB fell to 16-21 overall, 4-5 in league play.

Memphis recaps
UAB recaps

East Carolina at Marshall
In an effort to beat the incoming weather, the ECU-MU schedule was altered; the two teams played a Friday doubleheader. Freshman Kyle Roller hit his first career home run in the eighth inning of the opener to lift ECU past Marshall 7-4. The Pirates scored seven runs in the third of the nightcap to cruise to a 13-3 sweep of the doubleheader.

The doubleheader sweep turned into a series sweep, as the rains came in and forced the cancellation of the third game. East Carolina moved to 24-12 overall, 6-5 in C-USA. Marshall fell to 14-19 overall, 0-8 in league play.

East Carolina recaps
Marshall recaps

ACC Recap for April 15th

Florida State 8 Virginia Tech 5

Ryan Strauss pitched seven strong innings to pick up his eighth straight victory to start the season as his Seminoles knocked off the Hokies 8-5. The Seminoles bullpen gave up four runs over the final two innings but the Noles held off the late charge. Mark Gildea led the offense by going 3-5 with 2 RBI. FSU will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Florida while VT hosts William & Mary also on Wednesday.

FSU Recap
VT Recap

Clemson 5 Wake Forest 4

Wake Forest put the typing run on second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth when the rain came down in buckets thus calling the game after 8.1 innings. Ryan Hinson gets the win for the Tigers by giving a solid start for the Tigers. He went seven innings while only giving up two runs. The Tigers offense was led by Andy D’Alessio went 3-4 with three RBIs. The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday when they go to South Carolina while Wake heads to High Point.

Clemson Recap

Wake Forest Recap

NC State 19 Miami 9

Jones in honor of Jackie Robinson wore the number 42 in remembrance of Jackie Robinson and had one of the best days of his career. Marcus Jones went 4 for 6 with 3 RBIs to lead the Wolfpack to the blow out victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Jimmy Gillheeney started for the Wolfpack but was roughed up for five runs in his first two innings. Andrew Taylor ended up getting the win in relief by going 3.1 innings without allowing a run. John Housey started for Miami but let up three runs in his only inning of work. NC State will be back in action on Wednesday when they play Davidson while Miami hosts North Florida.

NC State Recap

Miami Recap

GT at Virginia (CCD)

Virginia and Georgia Tech canceled the final game of their series do to the large rain event in the northeast. I am still wondering why the teams didn’t play a doubleheader on Friday or Saturday. Virginia will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Richmond while GT will play Wednesday against Georgia.

GT Release

UVA Release

Texas gets two wins over Red Raiders!

It was the quickest two wins Texas will ever get.

First Randy Boone struck out Texas Tech’s Geoff Byrns, recording the only out the Longhorns needed Saturday to complete a 7-2 victory, in a game that was suspended in the ninth inning Friday due to inclement weather.

Then, in Game 2 of their three-game series with the Red Raiders at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the Longhorns scored five runs in the first inning.

That contest was all but over, as the Horns (30-10 overall, 11-3 Big 12) cruised to a 10-1 victory.

“Early in the year we jumped out a couple of times and lost the momentum, but we learned from that,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “We are not forgetting the lessons we learned from some of the adversity we faced.”

Texas’ early lead was plenty for Adrian Alaniz, who returned to form after a rough outing in Kansas, giving up one run on three hits in seven innings.

“We didn’t have a chance today,” Texas Tech coach Larry Hays said. “They got a big home run in the first inning, we misplayed a couple balls in the outfield and their guy pitched extremely well.”

Alaniz fought gusting winds and chilly temperatures to improve his record to 9-2.

“Last week really helped me a lot,” Alaniz said of his struggles. “I just kind of put that behind me today and just went out and pitched. I really wasn’t affected by the weather.”

Chance Wheeless continued his impressive season by recording a hit for the 17th straight game, the eighth-best streak in Texas history. The Longhorns first baseman did it in style, too, stepping up to the plate in the first inning and ripping a two-run home run over the right-field fence to give Texas a 3-0 lead.

“I didn’t think anybody would hit home runs today with the wind, but I knew that one was gone right off the bat,” said Wheeless, who went 2 for 3.

After Wheeless’ blast, third baseman Bradley Suttle hit a single and catcher Preston Clark, who was 3 for 5 with an RBI, reached on an error. Two batters later, Russell Moldenhauer’s two-run single gave Texas a 5-0 lead with just one out in the first, knocking Texas Tech left-hander Josh Scofield out of the game.

Garrido wasn’t surprised at his team’s success.

“Teams don’t recognize — and I don’t care if they know it — but everybody sees our lineup and starts left-handed pitchers against us,” Garrido said. “We’re hitting 50 points higher against left-handed pitchers than we are against right-handed pitchers.”

Maybe the Horns have their work cut out for themselves today, as Texas Tech (22-15, 5-8) sends righty Travis Young to the mound to face Texas’ Joseph Krebs.

Texas Recap

Texas.Scout.com

Texas Tech Recap

The CBB checks in on Harvard/Yale

The College Baseball Blog had the chance to visit Cambridge MA on Saturday to take in some Ivy League Baseball action between the Harvard Crimson and Yale Bulldogs. The Crimson took both games of the doubleheader.

In Game 1, They received a very solid pitching performance from freshman Max Perlman who pitched a complete game allowing only three hits and a home run to Justin Ankney who crushed the first pitch of the sixth inning over the right field fence. The Crimson took advantage of five errors by the Bulldog defense including one by Dan Soltman and Ryan Lavarnway.

In Game 2, Shawn Haviland started for the Crimson and gave them eight shutout innings while only giving up seven hits. Jake Bruton pitched a perfect ninth to close out the doubleheader sweep. The Crimson offense was led by Matt Vance who went 2-4 with 3 RBIs. Yale starter Chris Wietlispach only lasted four innings while giving up all six runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks. The Yale defense did not back him up at all as Dan Soltman and Ryan Lavarnway each committed two errors in the nightcap.

The CBB was impressed with the level of pitching from the Harvard Crimson. They were able to throw a freshman in game 1 of the doubleheader and he was unhittable. The Bulldogs were off balance throughout the game. Steffan Wilson who plays third base for Harvard is a definite MLB prospect as he has all the tools scouts are looking for in an athlete. He made an excellent play on defense in which he charged a ball and threw out the runner by about three steps. The Harvard coaching staff also took advantage of many situations which arose in the game. They used a double steal (1st and 2nd) with two outs and an 0-2 count on the hitter which ended up getting the Crimson an extra run.

The College Baseball Blog might head down to Brown next weekend to see the battle for the Red Rolfe Division lead.

Harvard Recap
Yale Recap

Army sweeps Holy Cross

The Army Cadets swept a doubleheader from Holy Cross on Saturday in West Point NY. Nick Hill pitched 6.0 shutout innings while only allowing three hits and Milan Dinga pitched a perfect seventh inning to give the Cadets the 3-0 victory. In Game 2, Army scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth with a key two-out two-run triple from Chris Simmons to tie the game up. Simmons then came through in the bottom of the tenth with a single to drive home the winning run.

Holy Cross Recap
Army Recap

The Citadel knocks off ASU

The Citadel Bulldogs picked up an 8-5 victory over Appalachian State to get a series victory. The Bulldogs were led by Matt Arnold who went 3-3 with two RBI’s. David Rubinstein of ASU had a perfect day at the plate with a hit in each of his four at-bats. Matt Reifsnider pitched three innings in relief to get his second win of the season. Link Saunders got his fifth save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth while striking out two batters. Zach Quate got the loss by giving up two runs in 1/3 of an inning.

The Citadel Recap

ASU Recap