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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.

Tourney a boon for local economy


The ping of aluminum bats, the whack of a well-struck golf ball and the purring of cash registers — that’s a winning combination for Pitt County this week and through the Memorial Day weekend, said Debbie Vargas, executive director of the Greenville-Pitt County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Conference USA baseball tournament hosted by East Carolina University and the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour’s Touchstone Energy Open at Brook Valley Country Club are expected to generate about $600,000 for the local economy, Vargas said. That’s a significant jolt during the lull following ECU and Pitt Community College graduation and with locals traditionally leaving town for Memorial Day.

Tonyia Fulghum, general manager City Hotel & Bistro, hasn’t seen a slowdown this month. Four teams competing in the C-USA tournament at Clark-LeClair Stadium — Houston, Memphis, Rice and Southern Miss — are staying at City Hotel, occupying 100 of the facility’s 192 rooms. Tulane and Central Florida are booked at Holiday Inn Express. Alabama-Birmingham’s team is at the Hilton Greenville.

“May is my busiest month every year anyway, but this is huge for us,” Fulghum said. “I would say that it’s definitely going to be our best May that I’ve ever had since I’ve been here, and I’ve been here for seven years. … It’s great. We’re happy, that’s for sure.”

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Texas 19 KSU 10!

Texas scored 10 runs in the third inning and went on to post a 19-10 win
over Kansas State Wednesday afternoon in game two of the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12
Championship.

Trailing 4-1, Texas (43-14) 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Danks and Kyle
Russell led off the rally with back-to-back triples. Chance Wheeless plated Russell with a bunt
single down the third-base line, trimming the Wildcats lead to 4-3. Wheeless stole second base
and moved to third on a groundout by Russell Moldenhauer. Preston Clark plated the equalizer
on a single to rightfield driving in Wheeless.

The Longhorns went ahead when Travis Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk. Texas scored runs on
a two-run single by Danks, a balk, an RBI single by Wheeless and a two-run single by
Moldenhauer to take an 11-4 lead.

Kansas State (33-23) scored first in the top of the fourth inning. Rob Vaughn walked, Brett Scott
singled and Nate Tenbrink walked to load the bases. Eli Rumler singled to leftfield, to plate Scott
and Vaughn and the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead. After Joseph Krebs entered the game to replace
UT starter Kyle Walker, Adam Muenster hit an infield single to plate Tenbrink, and Rumler
scored as Tucker made an error on the play, inflating the cushion to 4-0.

Texas broke its scoring seal in the bottom of the second inning. Moldenhauer hit a lead-off
single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single to centerfield by Nick Peoples, to
cut the lead to 4-1.

Up 11-4, Texas tacked on two more in the seventh inning. Tucker walked and Danks singled to
put runners at the corners. Russell hit an infield single, plating Tucker. Danks eventually scored
on a sacrifice fly by Josh Prince, staking Texas to a 13-4 lead.

Kansas State drew within three runs with a six-run eighth inning. Jordan Cruz drew a pinch-hit
walk, Tenbrink singled through the right side of the infield and Tyler Ruch singled to rightfield
to load the bases. Derek Bunker singled to the gap in right centerfield, plating Cruz and
Tenbrink. The rally continued with an RBI single by Eddie Vasquez and Muenster capped it off
by crushing a three-run home run to leftfield, cutting the lead to 13-10.

Texas responded with six runs in the bottom half of the frame. The inning included a solo home
run by Peoples, a two-run single by Wheeless and a three-run home run by Bradley Suttle.

The 19 runs were the most ever scored by Texas in a Big 12 Championship game.

Texas returns to action Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. contest against Texas A&M. Kansas State
battles Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.

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C-USA Game 4: East Carolina 4, Tulane 2

After a day filled with high-scoring games, host East Carolina and Tulane ended the first day of the 2007 Conference USA Baseball Tournament with a pitcher’s duel.

The game was still scoreless after five innings. A pair of singles opened the top of the sixth for the Green Wave, and the runners advanced thanks to a sacrifice bunt. Ty Wallace slapped a single into left field, pushing both runners across and giving Tulane a 2-0 lead. With the efforts of Tulane’s Shooter Hunt and ECU’s T.J. Hose on the mound, it appeared that the two-run lead could be enough to clinch the game for the Green Wave.

ECU’s bats awoke in the seventh. Held to just one hit up to that time, the Pirates collected and single and a walk to set the stage for leadoff hitter Harrison Eldridge. He cleared the fence in right field for a three-run shot, giving East Carolina the lead for good. A Jamie Ray single in the eighth scored Stephen Batts from second, giving the Pirates their final 4-2 advantage.

The Pirates will face Southern Miss at 7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday. Tulane will take on UAB at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in an elimination contest.

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C-USA Game 3: Southern Miss 9, UAB 5

Sometimes, it only takes one good inning. Southern Miss had that in the seventh, plating six runs to take a 9-5 victory over UAB in the third game of the Conference USA Baseball Tournament.

UAB appeared ready to cruise to a first-day victory. The Blazers chased Ryan Belanger – who had been named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week earlier in the day – with a four-run fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead over the third-seeded Golden Eagles. A passed ball and a double by Ryan Keedy highlighted the inning for UAB.

With two on in the seventh, a throwing error by UAB advanced the runners and scored Trey Sutton. A bases-loaded walk was followed by a double by James Ewing that scored three for Southern Miss, who later scored on another throwing error. The win extended Southern Miss’ win streak to 11 games. Reliever Tyler Conn earned his first win of the season.

The Golden Eagles advance to a 7:30 p.m. EDT game Thursday against the winner of the East Carolina-Tulane game. UAB will face the loser of that contest in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Jason Stidham, Ryan Belanger Earn Player of the Week Honors

Courtesy of the NCBWA

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)­ released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 23, today. Florida State freshman infielder Jason Stidham was named National Hitter of the Week, while Southern Miss senior RHP Ryan Belanger was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Stidham put together a spectacular three-game series as the freshman third baseman hit .571 (8-for-14) in leading Florida State to its first three-game series sweep of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The Palm Bay, Fla., native registered multiple hits in all three games as he posted his second four-hit game of his career in game one. He collected a home run and three doubles en route to posting a 1.000 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .588. Stidham led the team in hits (8), doubles (3), RBI’s (10), total bases (14) and batting average on the week. He opened the series, with four hits including a home run and a double as he registered his first four-RBI game of his collegiate career. He hit what would be the eventual game-winner in the top of the third as he hit a two-out, 2-RBI single. On Friday, he had two doubles and two RBI’s as well as a stolen base.

In the series finale, Stidham tied his career-high in RBI’s with four, matched just two days prior. In a nine-run third, Stidham made two plate appearances and was the only Seminole to collect two hits in the inning. He hit a two-run single in his first at-bat and then an RBI infield single in his second at-bat. He hit a sacrifice fly RBI in the ninth to cap off his 10 RBI performance.

Belanger pitched the first complete-game of his two-year Southern Miss career and limited Houston to four hits, one walk and struck out eight batters to lead Southern Miss to a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in game one of the series at Cougar Field on Thursday night.

Belanger finished with 120 pitches, gave up one walk in the first inning, two hits in the third inning, one in the fourth inning and one in the eighth inning. Only one runner advanced to second base in the game and he retired the side in six of the nine innings. His eight strikeouts matched his season high that he collected against Kent State on March 16.

Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA’s Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Website at: www.prolineathletic.com.

C-USA Game 2: Rice 16, UCF 6

Central Florida held a 3-2 lead in the middle of the fourth inning of its Conference USA Baseball Tournament game before top-seeded Rice came alive. The second-ranked Owls scored five in the bottom of the fourth and went on to claim a 16-6 decision in a game ended by the league’s 10-run rule. C-USA Freshman of the Year Ryan Berry improved to 10-2 on the mound with the win.

UCF appeared to be on its way out of the fourth without any damage; the Owls scored all five of their runs with two outs in the frame. Rice added four in the fifth and three in the sixth to claim its 19th straight victory.

The Golden Knights will face Houston in a 9 a.m. elimination contest that will begin Thursday’s action in the tournament. Rice will take on Memphis at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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C-USA Game 1: Memphis 12, Houston 4

Brennon Martin threw his first career complete game to lead Memphis to a 12-4 victory in the opening game of the 2007 Conference USA Baseball Tournament.

In addition to Martin’s efforts on the mound, the long ball played a major factor in the game. Memphis hit four home runs in the game and Houston had two – and would have had three had K.K. Chalmers not snagged a ball in center field that was headed over the fence. The four homers set a new single-game record for Memphis. Michael Murray also extended his hitting streak for the Tigers to 16 games.

The Tigers advance to face the winner of the Rice-UCF game, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT. The next Memphis game is slated for 4 p.m. on Thursday. The Cougars fall to the losers bracket and will face the loser of the upcoming game in an elimination contest Thursday at 9 a.m.

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2007 Big 12 Baseball Postseason Awards Announced!

Kyle Russell (Texas) has been named Big 12 Player of the Year, while the Pitcher of the Year accolade went to teammate, Adrian Alaniz (Texas), highlighting the 2007 All-Big 12 Baseball Postseason Awards. Trevor Coleman (Missouri) earned Freshman of the Year, and teammates David Newman and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) share the honor for Newcomer of the year. Tim Jamieson (Missouri) and Augie Garrido (Texas) were named Co-Coach of the Year.

The All-Big 12 honors are selected by the league’s head coaches. No. 5 Texas placed a conference-leading seven players on the all-conference squads, while No. 18 Oklahoma State placed six — UT has five on the first team and two on the second team while Oklahoma State has three on the first and three on the second.

Russell becomes the second Longhorn to earn the Player of the Year award. The Tomball, Texas native leads the nation and Big 12 in home runs this year with 27 entering the Big 12 Championship. His 33 RBI places him first in conference play and he is hitting .358. Russell is tied for third in conference play with runs scored (26), has 69 hits and 19 runs scored during the `07 league season. The sophomore was selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy Award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Alaniz holds a 2.75 ERA in Big 12 games and is a two-time honoree of Big 12 Pitcher of the Week this season. He has thrown 49 strikeouts during conference play and has pitched three complete games this season. The junior was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award, honoring the top pitcher in college baseball by the Greater Houston Baseball Association.

Coleman has tallied eight home runs this year, 39 RBI and has started 41 our of 42 games for the Tigers. Current teammates and juniors, David Newmann and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) joined the Aggies from San Jacinto JC. Newmann holds a 3.75 ERA and has recorded 45 strikeouts during conference play this season. Hicks is hitting .344 with 83 hits and 54 RBI as he enters tournament play.

This marks Jamieson’s first Coach of the Year honor and Garrido’s third (2002, 04,06). Jamieson led the Tigers to a 39- 14 season finish and a 19-8 conference finish. Garrido’s Longhorns ended their season 42-14 and 21-6 to claim Big 12 regular season title. This marks the second consecutive year UT has won the regular season title under Garrido.

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Chance Wheeless, Texas 1B Jr. Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
Tyler Mach, Oklahoma State 2B Sr. Kent, Wash./Edmonds CC
Beamer Weems, Baylor SS So. Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Bradley Suttle, Texas 3B So. Boerne, Texas/Boerne
Preston Clark, Texas C So. Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall
Corey Brown, Oklahoma State OF Jr. Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant
Ty Wright, Oklahoma State OF Sr. Tyler, Texas/Willis Point
Kyle Russell, Texas OF So. Tomball, Texas/Tomball
Jacob Priday, Missouri DH Jr. Sikeston, Mo./Sikeston
Luke Anders, Texas A&M DH So. College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M UTL Jr. San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights
Aaron Crow, Missouri RHP So. Wakarusa, Kan./Washburn Rural
Adrian Alaniz, Texas RHP Jr. Sinton, Texas/Sinton
Kyle Nicholson, Texas A&M RHP Sr. College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Daniel Edwards, Kansas State RP Jr. Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood

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