The Florida Atlantic University Owls picked up a 15-3 victory over the Boston College Eagles to split the two game set at a game a piece. The Owls jumped on Boston College starter Adam Crabtree in the fourth inning by scoring four runs in the inning to get a 5-1 lead. Trent Kavanaugh of Boston College ended up getting the game out of control in his 1.1 innings of work by allowing six runs (all earned) while giving up five hits and three walks. Robbie Widlansky went 3-4 for the Owls while Eric Campbell of BC went 2-4 with 2 RBI. FAU will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Maine while BC plays on Monday against Penn.
The University of Texas received solid performances by Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone out of the bullpen and strung together a pair of two-run rallies to post a 5-3 win over Oral Roberts University in collegiate baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas (11-6) has won nine of its last 11 games after a 2-4 start on the season.
Adrian Alaniz struggled through 3.1 innings in which he allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out five and was lifted after throwing 82 pitches. Krebs (2-0) responded with 4.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk while fanning four to earn the win. Boone retired three consecutive batters in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
With Oral Roberts leading 3-0, Texas started to chip away at the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Russell Moldenhauer led off the frame with a single to centerfield. With one out, fellow freshman Josh Prince singled to right field. A fielder’s choice grounder by Travis Tucker put runners at the corners and Chance Wheeless plated both runners with a double to the wall in right centerfield, trimming the lead to 3-2.
The Longhorns took their first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Bradley Suttle and Kyle Russell both singled to start off the inning to put runners at the corners. An unsuccessful sacrifice squeeze bunt by Nick Peoples retired Suttle at home, but a groundout by Moldenhauer put runners at second and third for Preston Clark who drove home a pair with a single through the left side of the infield staking UT to a 4-3 lead.
Texas added an insurance run in the eighth inning. With two outs, Josh Prince drew a walk stole second base and scored on a fielding error by Brendan Duffy on a fly ball by Tucker.
Oral Roberts (4-7) drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Duffy led off with a single and moved to second on an error on a failed pickoff attempt. After Chad Rothford was hit by a pitch, Brian Van Kirk delivered an RBI single to leftfield giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
ORU added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to inflate the cushion to 3-0. In the fourth, Warfle hit an RBI single up the middle to drive in Stephen Pearson. In the fifth, Kelly Minissale plated Jake Kahaulelio with a single to centerfield.
Texas offense was led by Wheeless, Moldenhauer and Suttle who racked up three hits apiece. Wheeless went 3-for-5 with one double and two RBI and extended his career long hitting streak to 13 games. Moldenhauer, who got his first career hit in his first at-bat, went 3-for-4 with one run scored.
Warfle went 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI to lead the Eagles offense.
Erik Crichton (0-3) was saddled with the loss for Oral Roberts. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk over 3.1 innings. Marcus Tackett pitched well in the start, but didn’t have the endurance, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk over 4.2 innings.
Texas and Oral Roberts return to action on Sunday with the series finale scheduled for 1 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The South Carolina Gamecocks pulled out a 12-0 victory over the Clemson Tigers on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Gamecocks did it behind great pitching from Harris Honeycutt who worked a magical seven innings while only allowing three hits. Phil Disher and James Darnell each hit three run homers to lead the Gamecocks offense. Clemson is still playing without shortstop Stan Widmann who is nursing a neck injury which might cost him the entire season or even his career. The teams will on Sunday in Columbia to finish the brief two game set this weekend.
South Carolina Recap
The Post and Courier Recap
Widmann injury article from The Post and Courier
The Citadel picked up a 13-9 victory over Kent State on Saturday night in Rock Hill, SC. Chris Swauger led The Citadel by going 4-6 at the plate while picking up 6 RBI’s in the game. Justin Smith of The Citadel provided excellent relief work by going 5.1 innings while only allowing 3 walks for the only base runners which gave the Bulldogs to rally for the victory. Jared Bartholomew led Kent with a 2-4 evening while driving in four runs and scoring two runs. Kent State will play Temple on Sunday at 11am while The Citadel will play Columbia this upcoming weekend.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons picked up a 11-2 victory over UNC-Wilmington in collegiate baseball action in Winston Salem, NC on Saturday. Brett Linnenkohl led the Deacons at the plate with a 4-4 game including a two run homer in the 3rd inning. Eric Nielsen continued his strong start to the season with 7.0 innings pitched and letting up three hits and two runs (only 1 earned) to pick up his second victory of the year. Both teams will face off again on Sunday.
Wake Forest Recap
The Virginia Cavaliers picked up a 10-4 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens on Saturday. Jacob Thompson lasted 6.0 innings while giving up one run and striking out eight for his fourth straight victory. Patrick Wingfield hit a grand slam in the third inning to provide the offense for the Cavs as this victory give the Cavaliers a 13-1 record. Delaware drops to 0-5 on the young season. Both teams will face off tomorrow in the series finale.
The Duke Blue Devils continued the strong start with a doubleheader sweep over Holy Cross on Saturday. Game 1 was a rout from the beginning as Duke scored five runs in the bottom of the first to cruise to a 13-1 victory. In Game 2, Holy Cross jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings. The Blue Devils fought all the way back including scoring seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to get the lead for good at 10-5 after seven innings. Holy Cross tried to make a comeback with two runs in the top of the eighth but would not get any closer as the final was 10-7. Duke and Holy Cross finish the series on Sunday with a 1pm game.
The Boston College Eagles picked up a solid 6-5 victory over the FAU Owls on Saturday evening. Boston College was led by home runs from Jett Ruiz and Jared McGuire. Ryan Hutchinson also chipped in with a 4-5 game with three doubles. Kevin Boggan gave the Eagles 5.0 innings while only allowing 2 runs which both came in on a Robbie Widlansky home run. Dan Houston gave up one hit in the ninth inning before picking up his first career save. The teams close out their quick 2 game set on Sunday at 1pm.
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The University of Texas received a solid starting performance from James Russell and pounded out 15 hits in a 13-0 win over Oral Roberts University in collegiate baseball action Friday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Russell (3-1) scattered four hits and four walks while striking out seven over eight scoreless innings in UT’s strongest start of the season. Juston Street finished off the shutout pitching one scoreless inning with one hit and one walk while striking out one.
Bradley Suttle and Kyle Russell paced offense for Texas (10-6), including hitting back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning. Suttle went 3-for-4 with one home run, two runs and four RBI. Russell went 2-for-2 with two walks, one hit by pitch, one home run, three runs and one RBI. Travis Tucker added to the arsenal going 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Chance Wheeless and Josh Prince each added two hits for the Texas.
The Longhorns did much of their damage in the third inning tallying six runs. With one out and Texas nursing a 1-0 lead, Wheeless singled through the right side and Jordan Danks drew a walk to ignite the rally. Suttle followed with an RBI single to centerfield and Kyle Russell drew a walk to load the bases. Preston Clark plated Danks with a groundout to shortstop inflating the cushion to 3-0. Nick Peoples and Chais Fuller followed with back-to-back doubles with Peoples driving in a pair and Fuller plating one. Tucker capped off the rally with a single through the left side to drive in Fuller and stake UT to a 7-0 lead.
Texas also scored multiple runs in the fifth inning, when an RBI single by Wheeless and a two-run single by Suttle accounted for three runs, and the seventh inning, when Suttle and Russell hit their back-to-back home runs.
Chris Ashman (1-2) was saddled with the loss for Oral Roberts (4-6). He allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out two over three innings.
Brendan Duffy led the Eagles offense going 2-for-4 with a double.
Texas and Oral Roberts return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The UNC-Wilmington Baseball team heads to Wake Forest for a three game weekend series. The Seahawks enter the series coming off a loss to NC State on Tuesday evening while Wake Forest is coming off an exciting walk-off victory also on Tuesday with Charlotte. The pitching match-ups are Wake Forest pitcher Brad Kledzik (0-1, 5.40 ERA) facing Ryan Doolittle (0-0, 3.68) on Friday. The Demon Deacons will send Eric Nielsen (1-0, 4.05 ERA) to the mound on Saturday to face Bradley Holt (1-1, 7.43 ERA). The series finale will have Wake Forest sending Garrett Bullock (1-0, 1.50 ERA) facing UNC-Wilmington’s Daniel Cropper (1-1, 5.51 ERA).
Wake Forest Series Notes
UNC-Wilmington Series Notes