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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.

Friday Big East Recap

  • Rutgers 14, Connecticut 5 (Piscataway, N.J.)-Rutgers all American Todd Frazier hit his second grand slam in as many days and seniors Mike Bionde and Tim Querns drove in 3 runs each. Scarlet Knight starting pitcher Steve Healing went 7 innings giving up 5 runs only 3 earned on 11 hits. Meanwhile Huskies Center fielder HaroldBrantly went 3-4 with an RBI and 1 run scored. Thursday score Rutgers won 9-4 Rutgers Recap
  • Cincinnati 4,Notre Dame 3 (Cincinnati, Ohio)-Bearcats starting pitcher Dan Osterbrock went the complete game in chilly Cincinnati giving up only 5 hits and 3 earned runs and striking out 5. Notre Dame pitcher David Phelps did go all the way also 4 runs (1 earned) and striking out 7. The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie but in the bottom of the 6th Earley doubled down t he line then scored on a Matt Weglaz error. Thursday Score Cincy over ND 4-3. Cincinnati Recap
  • Pittsburgh 6, Louisville 4 (Louisville, KY)-After Louisville tied the game at 3 in the 6th, Pitt picked up two in the 8th and held on to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday, snapping a seven-game win streak. Louisville Recap

Texas drops game two against Kansas

No. 6 Texas allowed seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, in a 14-6 loss to Kansas in Big 12 Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Adrian Alaniz (8-2), who entered the game tied for the national lead for wins with eight, was saddled with the loss as he allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings.

Russell Moldenhauer led the Longhorns’ offense, going 2-for-2 with a triple. Jordan Danks and Chance Wheeless each hit solo home runs.

Texas (27-10, 8-3) was doomed by a six-run fourth inning by Kansas and struggled to get back into the contest. The Jayhawks’ fourth inning featured a solo home run by Casey Larson, his second of the game and RBI singles by Ryne Price and Eric Snowden. The six-run inning gave Kansas a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth.

The Longhorns put up single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but those runs were negated by a two-run bottom of the sixth for Kansas, giving the Jayhawks a 12-6 margin heading into the last third of the game.

Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wheeless and scored on a double to the wall in left centerfield by Bradley Suttle.

Kansas (18-19, 4-7) gained the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the first. Kyle Murphy lead off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robby Price. A fielding error by Suttle on a ground ball to third base by John Allman put runners at the corners. Brock Simpson singled to left centerfield, driving in Murphy with a game-tying run and Erik Morrison followed with a go-ahead single to centerfield, plating Allman.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Larson delivered a home run over the wall in dead centerfield to inflate the Jayhawks’ lead to 3-1.

A pair of wild pitches by Alaniz led to a Kansas run in the third. With one out, Alaniz fanned Morrison, but a wild pitch on strike three put him on base. A groundout to first base by Ryne Prince moved Morrison to second. He stole third and scored on another wild pitch by Alaniz, staking Kansas to a 4-1 lead.

Nick Peoples hit an RBI triple and Josh Prince plated Peoples with a sacrifice squeeze bunt in the top of the fourth to cut the Kansas lead to 4-3 before the floodgates opened.

Texas and Kansas conclude the three-game series at Hoglund Park on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

Box Score

Texas Scout.com

Kansas Recap




ACC Weekend Preview for April 6th-8th

FSU at NC State

The Florida State Seminoles head to Raleigh NC to take on the Wolfpack. Florida State is coming off a 16-7 loss to Florida on Wednesday. The Seminoles have a 29-3 record and 8-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles starting pitchers have been fantastic this year with Bryan Henry leading the staff with a record of 7-0 and an ERA of 2.44. Ryan Strauss and Michael Hyde complete the staff. Strauss has a 7-0 record with an ERA of 2.08. Michael Hyde got the first loss for the staff last Saturday against Duke. He has an 8-1 record and an ERA of 2.79.

The NC State Wolfpack picked up a come from behind victory over East Carolina on Wednesday by a 3-2 scoreline. They enter the series with Florida State sporting a 23-8 overall record and 8-4 record in the ACC. NC State completed a sweep over the Boston College Eagles last weekend and outscored the Eagles by a score of 40-7 over series. NC State top pitching prospect is Andrew Brackman who pitched seven innings last weekend while only allowing 1 run and four hits. He hit 97 on one of the radar guns that was around me. He has an overall record of 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA.

The College Baseball Blog predicts NC State takes two out of three games this weekend.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Bryan Henry (7-0, 2.44 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (3-1, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (8-1 2.79 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (5-2, 3.42 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (7-0, 2.08) vs Jimmy Gillheeney (3-1, 2.06 ERA)

FSU Game Notes
NC State Game Notes

Clemson at Virginia Tech

The Clemson Tigers will head to Virginia Tech for a three game set this weekend. They have an overall record of 20-9 but an average 5-4 mark in the ACC. The Tigers picked up two big OOC victories over SEC foe Georgia. The Tigers pitching has been suspect so they will have potential All-American closer Daniel Moskos making his first career start on Friday. The top hitter for the Tigers is Brad Chalk who is hitting .408. Andy D’Alessio is questionable for the weekend with a pulled groin he suffered last weekend against Miami.

Virginia Tech enters with 16-14 overall record and 4-8 in the ACC under first year head coach Peter Hughes. The Hokies knocked off VMI on Wednesday but were swept at home by the Virginia Cavaliers. They have had some pitching problems this season as the staff has the second highest ERA in the conference at 5.94 which is only behind the BC Eagles. Adam Redd is the top pitcher with a 2-2 record and ERA of 2.89. Sean O’Brien is the top hitter for the Hokies with a .345 average while driving in 18 runs. Nate Parks has become a pest on the base paths as he has 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that Clemson sweeps the Hokies.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Daniel Moskos (2-2, 2.49 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-4, 6.80 ERA)
Saturday: David Kopp (3-2, 3.32 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-2, 5.49 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Hinson (2-1, 2.04 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-2, 2.89 ERA)

Clemson Game Notes

Virginia Tech Game Notes

Duke at Virginia

The Duke Blue Devils head to Charlottesville for an ACC series with the Virginia Cavaliers. The Blue Devils started the season with a 15-1 record but have struggled since then by losing 11 out of the next 17 to have an overall record of 21-11 but 2-10 in the ACC. The Blue Devils knocked off previously number 1 ranked Florida State behind top pitcher Tony Bajoczky. The Blue Devils are young and talented so the Cavaliers better take them seriously. The Cavaliers lost on Wednesday night at VMI but enter with a solid 27-6 record and tied for first place in the coastal division with an 8-4 mark. Jacob Thompson has become the ace of the staff with a 7-0 record and an ERA of 1.75. He is the leading candidate for ACC Pitcher of the Year if he can continue these numbers. The top hitter is Brandon Guyer who is hitting an outstanding .443 on the season.

The Virginia Cavaliers will take two out of three games according to The College Baseball Blog.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Jacob Thompson (7-0, 1.75 ERA) vs Alexander Hassan (2-1, 2.86 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-1, 3.12 ERA) vs Tony Bajoczky (5-2, 2.63 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (5-2, 2.74 ERA) vs TBA

Virginia Game Notes
Duke Game Notes

Georgia Tech at Miami

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets enter Coral Gables with a very respectable 20-11 mark and tied for first place in the Coastal Division of the ACC at 8-4. The Yellow Jackets pitching is still suspect with David Duncan leading the staff with a 4-2 record and 3.54 ERA. The Yellow Jackets offense is still loaded with Danny Payne hitting .409 in the leadoff role and Matt Wieters continuing his great career with a .325 average and six homers on the season.

Miami is coming in with a 18-13 record and only 5-7 in the ACC. The Hurricanes have played some of the top teams in the ACC early in the season thus the reason for the slow start. They will start playing some easier games in the coming weeks to get themselves eligible for the conference tournament. Eric Erickson has been far the best pitcher on the staff with a solid 4-3 record and a minuscule ERA of 1.96. Yonder Alonso leads the team in batting average at a .383 clip.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that Miami wins two out of three games this weekend.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: David Duncan (4-2, 3.54 ERA) vs Erik Erickson (4-3, 1.96 ERA)
Saturday: John Goodman (1-1, 4.18 ERA) vs Scott Maine (2-5, 4.42 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.57 ERA) vs Enrique Garcia (2-2, 2.91 ERA)

Miami Game Notes

GT Game Notes

Wake Forest at Maryland

Wake Forest and Maryland both enter this must win series looking to knock each other farther back from the eighth spot in the ACC standings. Wake Forest enters with an overall record of 15-16 and 4-8 in the ACC. They have had some starting pitching struggles with a staff ERA of 5.26. They are led by All-American candidate Allan Dykstra who leads the team with 12 homers. Wake Forest will be without Willy Fox who is out with a leg injury.

Maryland enters with a record of 19-12 and 5-7 in the ACC. They have been receiving great play from Freshman AJ Casario who leads the team in hitting at .327. The top pitcher in the rotation for the Terps has been Ryan Moorer who is 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that Wake Forest sweeps the Terps with their powerful offense.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-2, 4.81 ERA) vs Casey Baron (3-1, 3.60 ERA)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (2-1, 5.31 ERA) vs Ryan Moorer (3-1 3.43 ERA)
Sunday: Charlie Mellies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Kevin Biringer (2-5, 4.75 ERA)

Maryland Game Notes
Wake Forest Game Notes

I previewed the UNC at Boston College yesterday and it can be read here.

Texas takes game one of series at Kansas, 11-6!

No. 7 Texas used a five-run eighth inning to break away from Kansas and post an 11-6 win in Big 12 Conference baseball action Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Ahead 6-4 entering the top of the eighth, Texas (27-9, 8-2) sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame. Nick Peoples hit a leadoff home run over the wall in left centerfield to start the rally. Russell Moldenhauer hit a pinch-hit double to the gap in left centerfield and Jordan Danks followed with a single to plate pinch runner Michael Demperio. After Chance Wheeless grounded into a fielder’s choice to swap places with Danks at first, Kyle Russell hit a triple down the rightfield line to add the third run of the inning. Bradley Suttle hit a sacrifice fly to plate Russell. Preston Clark and Travis Tucker walked setting up an RBI single through the left side of the infield by Josh Prince and Texas left its half of the inning with an 11-4 lead.

Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning. Wheeless grounded into a fielder’s choice to take Danks spot at first base, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Suttle through the left side of the infield.

Kansas (17-19, 3-7) claimed the lead in the bottom half of the second. After an infield single by Erik Morrison, Ryne Price was hit by a pitch and Buck Alenir hit a two-run double down the leftfield line, staking Kansas to a 2-1 lead.

Texas regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third. With one out, Wheeless doubled off the wall in right centerfield. Russell singled to rightfield, plating Wheeless and moved to third on an error by KU’s rightfielder Brock Simpson. Suttle drove in Russell with a groundout to third base, giving UT a 3-2 advantage.

The Longhorns tacked on two runs in the top of the fifth. Wheeless hit a leadoff double down the rightfield line. With one out, Suttle drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Clark plated Wheeless with a double to leftfield and Tucker pushed Suttle across with a groundout, inflating the cushion to 5-2.

Kansas shaved a pair of runs off the lead with a two-run home run by Brock Simpson over the wall in right centerfield, trimming the Texas lead to 5-4.

In the sixth inning, Peoples hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chais Fuller and scored on a single to rightfield by Danks, pushing the lead to 6-4.

Kansas made a late charge with two runs in the bottom of the eighth scoring on sacrifice flies by Ryne Price and Alenir.

Wheeless went 2-for-6 with four runs scored and two doubles. It marked the fourth time on the season and the second consecutive game that Wheeless logged two doubles in a game. Peoples went 3-for-5 with one home run and two runs scored. Suttle drove in three runs giving him seven RBI over the last two games. Russell and Danks each added two hits and two RBI.

Robby Price led Kansas’ offense going 2-for-5 with one run scored. Alenir was 1-for-3 with three RBI.

James Russell (7-2) earned the win as he pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Nick Czyz (2-5) was saddled with the loss for Kansas. He allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings.

Texas and Kansas return Hoglund Park for game two of the series Friday at 3 p.m.

Texas Boxscore!

Texas Scout.Com

Kansas Recap

Turchin Stadium Update

The Tulane Green Wave Athletic Department has announced that Turchin Stadium will not be completed by the end of the 2007 season. This forces the Green Wave to play all their remaining home games at Zephyr Field home of the New Orleans Zephyrs. The 2007 Conference USA Tournament was scheduled to be played at Turchin Stadium thus the conference needs to look for a new home. The CBB will keep you updated on any news on where the tournament will be moved to.

Tulane Release
The Times-Picayune Article

UNC heads to Boston College

The North Carolina Tar Heels will head to Boston College for an odd Thursday and Saturday series with the Eagles. The Tar Heels are coming off a 14-2 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday while the Eagles enter the games after beating local rival Northeastern also on Tuesday.

North Carolina is led by Robert Woodard who is an outstanding 29-3 in his career. This season he is a perfect 6-0 with an ERA of 2.17. He will be pitching against Boston College on Friday which is the only ACC team he has not defeated. He faced the Eagles in 2006 but only lasted four innings while giving up a run on three hits. Freshman Dustin Ackley leads a potent UNC offense as he currently holds a 23 game hitting streak entering Game 1 on Thursday. Ackley is hitting for the season at a .479 clip. He has also hit five homers and driven in 45 runs. He is not the only offensive threat for the 2006 CWS finalist as Tim Federowicz and Chad Flack are among many that return from last year’s team.

Boston College is currently on a six game ACC losing streak with consecutive sweeps at the hands of FSU and NC State. The Eagles pitching has been poor as they have a staff ERA in the ACC of 6.04. The Eagles have no pitching this year as they have moved Kevin Boggan from the closer role to the number 2 starter position. He gave up 10 runs in his last start against NC State in 4.2 innings. The Eagles will send Nate Jeanes to the mound this weekend as he went seven strong innings in relief last Saturday against NC State while giving up three earned runs. The third starter’s spot is still not announced but I expect Terry Doyle will take the ball and try to regain his composure he showed this past summer in the Cape Cod League. The Eagles leading hitter is punter/outfielder Johnny Ayers who is hitting .346 on the season. Tony Sanchez has been a pleasant surprise with a .333 average.

The College Baseball Blog might attend the doubleheader on Saturday if the weather cooperates and if I can handle the cold of Massachusetts that is hitting this weekend. I predict that the BC Eagles get swept by North Carolina.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday: Robert Woodard (6-0, 2.17 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (2-3, 4.96 ERA)
Saturday Game 1: Alex White (3-1, 2.27 ERA) vs Nate Jeanes (0-2, 5.40 ERA)
Saturday Game 2: Luke Putkonen (5-1, 3.23 ERA) vs TBA

UNC Game Notes

BC Stats

JMU shuts down Radford

The James Madison pitching staff combined on allowing seven hits in a 3-1 victory over Radford. Allie Swanson got the victory by working the first three innings while allowing only a run. His record now is 1-3 on the season and Josh Hammonds picked up the loss for Radford to drop his record to 0-1. Joe Lake led James Madison’s offense by going 2-4 with two runs scored.

JMU Recap
Radford Recap

College of Charleston shuts down The Citadel

Jake Goldberg threw a complete game shutout for the College of Charleston as they knocked off The Citadel Bulldogs by a 7-0 score. Goldberg allowed five hits and two walks in the shutout victory. Stuart Haywood went 3-4 with two runs driven in and a run scored. This game was played with wood bats as it was the annual “Turn Back the Century” Game.

College of Charleston Recap

The Citadel Recap