The North Carolina Tar Heels invaded Brooks Field on Wednesday night for a meeting with UNC-Wilmington. The Tar Heels were able to sneak out a 6-5 victory. The Tar Heels were led by a strong pitching performance from Junior pitcher Mike Facchinei who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He only let up one hit and one walk while giving up two runs in his six innings of work. The Tar Heel offense was led by Seth Williams who hit a key two run homer in the fourth inning. The game was 6-2 heading into the ninth inning but veteran closer Andrew Carnigan got roughed up by giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting. UNC-Wilmington will be back in action this weekend in Myrtle Beach for the Baseball at the Beach Tourney. The Tar Heels will welcome the Seawolves of Stony Brook to Boshamer Stadium for a 3 game set.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have continued their strong start to the season with another victory on Wednesday over New Orleans by a score of 4-1. The Eagles had a strong pitching performance from Jared Cavenaugh who lasted 6.1 innings while only giving up one run on six hits. Trey Sutton led the Eagles with three hits. Southern Miss now heads to the Wiregrass Classic for the weekend. They will face Georgia Southern on Friday, Indiana on Saturday, and Troy on Sunday.
Southern Miss also picked up a victory over University of South Alabama on Tuesday by a score of 6-1. Sorry for posting this late. I have been extremely busy with my real job lately which should get back to normal after next weekend.
The Duke Blue Devils have continued their hot start to the season with a 7-1 victory over America East member Albany. Jimmy Gallagher and Nate Freiman hit back to back homers in the sixth inning to provide all the offense needed for the Blue Devils. Alexander Hassan got his first career start tonight and lasted five scoreless innings while only giving up one hit.
The Florida State Seminoles invaded Gainesville on Tuesday night and picked up a 14-6 victory. FSU starter Bo O’Dell only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up 4 runs (all earned). He was followed by Travis Burge and Brian Chambers. Burge lasted three innings giving up a single hit and one run. Mr. Chambers followed him by pitching 3.2 innings while only giving up one run. Danny Rosen pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the pitching line for the Noles. FSU was led on offense by Tony Thomas Jr. who went 3-5 in the lead off role while scoring three runs. D’Vontrey Richardson and Jason Stidham each had a home run in the game.
The University of Texas scored a combined seven runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 7-1 victory over Texas State University in its UFCU Disch-Falk Field opener Tuesday afternoon.
Texas (7-5) pounced on the Bobcats for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Tucker was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Jordan Danks followed with a single through the right side of the infield and Chance Wheeless used a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third. Bradley Suttle plated Tucker with a single to leftfield and Kyle Russell drew a walk to load the bases. Preston Clark hit a sacrifice fly to rightfield, scoring Danks and Nick Peoples finished off the rally with an RBI single up the middle, driving in Suttle.
The Longhorns increased the lead to 7-0 with four runs in the second inning. With one out, Danks drew a walk and stole second base. With two outs, Suttle walked and scored on a double to leftfield by Russell. Clark pushed Russell across with a single to leftfield and Peoples finished another rally with a double to leftfield, plating Clark.
Texas State (8-3) scored its lone run in the top of the eighth inning. Gerry Cervantez and Casey Guest drew walks off Josh Prince who was making his first career pitching appearance. Joseph Krebs replaced Prince and induced a 6-4-3 double play, allowing Cervantez to move to third. Adam Witek single to centerfield, driving in Cervantez to cut the margin to 7-1.
Danks and Peoples each logged two hits to lead the Texas offense. Danks went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Peoples was 2-for-3 with one double and two RBI. Tucker logged a single to push UT’s season-best hit streak to nine games.
David Wood and Aaron Garza had two hits apiece for Texas State.
Six Texas pitchers combined to allow seven hits and three walks in the win. Hunter Harris (1-0) earned the victory, scattering two hits over two scoreless innings. Alex Posey and Keith Shinaberry each added two scoreless innings of relief. Krebs and James Russell finished off the contest with one shutout inning apiece.
B.J. Boening (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Bobcats. He allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks in 1.2 innings.
Texas returns to action at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday with the Longhorns hosting Washington State University in the first of a three-game series.
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 18, today. Louisiana Tech sophomore outfielder Jericho Jones was named National Hitter of the Week, while UC Riverside junior right-hander James Simmons was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Jones, a sophomore from Corinth, Texas, hit .650 (13-20) in five games as Louisiana Tech extended its winning streak to eight in a row. He had a total of 16 RBIs, three home runs, three doubles, one triple, was walked twice and scored 11 runs during the week. Jones began the week with a 4-for-5 performance, driving in three and scoring three runs against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In Saturday's second game against McNeese State, Tech trailed 10-1 in the seventh inning when Jones hit a three-run homer, his second of the game. In the eighth, he hit a two-run double as the Bulldogs went on to win 15-13. For the game, he was 3-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs. On Sunday, he went 2-for-3 with four more RBIs to help seal the sweep for the Bulldogs.
In his first Friday-night start of the season, Simmons tossed a four-hit complete game and tied the UC Riverside Division I record with 15 strikeouts in the 3-0 win over San Francisco. His 15 strikeouts top his previous career high of 10, achieved three times last season, and ties Chris Smith's five-year old school record. In his first complete game, the 6-4 right-hander faced just four batters over the minimum and threw 128 pitches, 95 for strikes. The Norco, Calif., native, who allowed just one runner to reach second, improved to 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.45.
With this week's honor, Simmons automatically is named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
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 Web site at: www.prolineathletic.com.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.
For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro (601-266-5947, [email protected]).
The Duke Blue Devils host Albany on Tuesday looking to pick up their seventh win on the young season. The Blue Devils have opened the season strong with back to back sweeps of Mount St. Mary’s and St. Bonaventure. The Chronicle checks in with Sean McNally’s team after the weekend sweep here.
The Florida State Seminoles will be playing their first road game of the season with a visit to Gainesville to take on the Gators. FSU is entering the game with a number 2 ranking and a 9-0 record. The Gators are entering the game after taking 2 out of 3 from Miami and they have a 4-3 overall record.
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 11 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-Preseason Rank
1 Vanderbilt SEC 6-0 4
2 South Carolina SEC 5-1 1
3 North Carolina ACC 3-0 3
4 Clemson 2-1 ACC 2
5 Cal State Fullerton Big West 7-2 5
6 Florida State ACC 9-0 10
7 Oregon State Pacific-10 9-1 9
8 Rice Conference USA 5-4 6
9 Virginia ACC 4-1 8
10 Arkansas SEC 6-2 11
11 Mississippi SEC 4-1 13
12 Nebraska Big 12 3-1 14
13 Arizona State Pac-10 7-3 12
14 Miami (Fla.) ACC 4-4 7
15 Pepperdine West Coast 7-3 18
16 Oklahoma State Big 12 5-1 16
17 Texas Big 12 6-4 15
18 TCU MWC 6-1 21
19 Alabama SEC 6-1 20
20 Tulane C-USA 4-2 22
21 Georgia Tech ACC 3-3 19
22 Winthrop Big South 7-2 24
23 Arizona Pac-10 9-2 23
24 Wichita State MVC 1-2 17
25 Kentucky SEC 3-0 26
26 Long Beach State Big West 5-4 25
27 UCLA Pac-10 6-4 27
28 Florida Atlantic Atlantic Sun 9-0 NR
29 NC State ACC 5-0 NR
30 Coastal Carolina Big South 7-0 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn (6-1), Baylor (4-3), Charlotte (5-1), College of Charleston (4-0), Evansville (3-3), Georgia Southern (8-2), Hawaii (9-3), Kansas (7-1), UL Lafayette (4-0), Louisiana State(4-2), Mississippi State (0-0), Ohio State (0-0), Rhode Island (0-0), San Diego (9-4), South Florida (6-0), Southeastern Louisiana (7-5), Southern California (7-5), Southern Miss (3-0), Stanford (3-5), Stetson (5-2), Texas A&M (7-1), Texas Tech (7-3), UC Irvine (6-2-1)
Dropped Out: Stanford (28), Louisiana State (29), Tennessee (30)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 7, Southeastern 6, Pacific-10 4, Big 12 3, Big South 2, Big West 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1, West Coast 1
Thanks to Russ Anderson for forwarding me this release and the NCBWA for doing this poll every week.
Robert Woodard of UNC and Greg Miclat were named Pitcher and Player of the Week for the ACC for the week ending on February 19th. Robert Woodard had a brilliant performance in his first start of the season lasting 7.2 innings while only giving up one hit. He retired the first 20 batters in the game and also struck out seven hitters. He picked up the victory in the 11-0 victory over Seton Hall on Friday evening. He also picked up a national award when he was named to Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week.
Greg Miclat of UVA had a solid weekend in which he hit .900 over two victories over George Washington. He also picked up four stolen bases in those games.