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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.

Conference USA recap for May 15

No. 2 RICE 13, BAYLOR 0
HOUSTON — Having sewn up the top seed for the upcoming Conference USA tournament, Rice coach Wayne Graham has begun mapping out his postseason roster.

The task of shrinking the bench and bullpen would be more challenging if the Owls weren’t tearing the cover off the ball, a trend that continued Tuesday at Reckling Park. No. 2 Rice blasted Baylor 13-0 to stretch its winning streak to 15 games.

Rice improved to 42-11 while Baylor fell to 28-24.

The Owls have just three more games to close out the regular season and all are at home starting Thursday through Saturday. Rice hosts Memphis in a three-game C-USA series at Reckling Park. Thursday’s first pitch is slated for 7 pm. Baylor concludes its regular season schedule with a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State at Baylor Ballpark.

Houston Chronicle story
Baylor recap
Rice recap

SOUTHERN MISS 9, NEW ORLEANS 4
NEW ORLEANS – UNO’s struggles continued Tuesday as Southern Mississippi capitalized on shaky pitching by the Privateers to win 9-4 at Maestri Field. With Tuesday night’s win, the Golden Eagles have won seven in a row, nine of 10 and finished with double-figure hits in six of the last seven games.

Southern Miss (34-19) scored five runs in the fourth inning, including a leadoff home run by catcher Trey Cuevas, to go ahead 6-2. The Privateers (32-21) couldn’t get it going offensively, stranding 10 batters.

Southern Miss wraps up its regular season schedule with a three-game C-USA series at Houston. The first game of the series, on Thursday, will be broadcast nationally on CSTV at 7 p.m. CDT. The Privateers will conclude their regular season schedule this weekend, when they host Louisiana in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday contest will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

Times-Picayune story
Hattiesburg American story
Southern Miss recap
UNO recap

HOUSTON 6, SAM HOUSTON STATE 4
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Senior first baseman Josh Stirneman went 2-for-5 with a double and solo home run to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-4 win over area-rival Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Don Sanders Stadium.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Cougars scored six unanswered runs and appeared to have the game well in hand heading into the final frame. But the Bearkats pushed three runs across in the ninth inning and continued to threaten with the bases loaded, but reliever Aaron Brown hurled a strikeout to end the threat and the game.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 28-23 overall while Sam Houston State fell to 33-20. The Cougars swept the regular-season series against the Bearkats after taking a 16-9 win on Feb. 13 at Cougar Field. UH, which won its 11th straight game against the Bearkats, also evened the all-time series against SHSU at 71-71. The Cougars had not been even with the Bearkats in the all-time series since standing at 10-10 in 1956.

The Cougars wrap up their 2007 regular season later this week as they play host to Conference USA rival Southern Miss in a three-game series from the friendly confines of Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m., games on both Thursday and Friday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Saturday. The Thursday game will be televised nationally on CSTV. Sam Houston wraps up the regular season schedule with a Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin.

Houston recap
Sam Houston recap

MEMPHIS 5, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 3
UNION CITY, Tenn. – Senior Kyle Norrid went 3-for-4 four and drove in four runs to lead Memphis to a 5-3 win over UT-Martin Tuesday night at Elam Stadium. The win was the 33rd of the year for the Tigers–the most regular season wins for a Memphis team since 1994. The win also eclipses the Tigers 2006 win total.

After waiting through a two hour, 23-minute rain delay, Memphis (33-20) got off to a fast start with a pair of scores in the opening frame. Michael Murray extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single to centerfield and moved to third when Skyhawks leftfielder Kevin Holt was unable to handle a single by Adam Amar. Amar advanced to second. Norrid then lined the first pitch he saw up the middle for a 2-0 Memphis lead.

Memphis will now prepare for its final Conference USA regular season series. The Tigers will travel to Houston to take on the second-ranked Rice Owls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. UT-Martin (19-33) completes the regular season with by hosting Samford in an OVC series. The teams will play a double-header on Friday and a single game on Saturday.

Memphis recap
UT-Martin recap

ELON 4, No. 29 EAST CAROLINA 2
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kyle Roller’s two home runs were not enough for No. 29 East Carolina as it fell to in-state foe Elon 4-2 Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium in the final regular season home game for the Pirates.

Jesse Lewter improved to 4-3 on the year after tossing his first career complete game with a career-high six strikeouts for Elon (28-24). On the night he allowed just six hits and walked one, making two pitching mistakes, both home runs to Roller.

The Pirates (35-18) will hit the road for the final three games of the regular season this weekend when they travel to UAB for a C-USA series. Junior T.J. Hose will take the mound for ECU on Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. (EDT). Elon returns to action on Wednesday, May 16 in a 7 p.m. game with High Point at Latham Park.

Elon recap
East Carolina recap

The Citadel knocks off Charleston Southern

The Citadel picked up an 8-2 victory over the Charleston Southern Bucs on Tuesday night. They received a strong pitching effort from Chris McGuinness (3-2) who pitched five innings while giving up only two unearned runs to grab the win. The Citadel offensive star was Chris Swauger who had three hits including a home run and drove in three runs. Ryan Rowland (3-7) took the loss for Charleston Southern as he gave up five runs in three innings. Chris Krogmeier and Wes Brundridge each picked up two hits in the losing effort. The Citadel will be back in action this weekend when they head to Furman for a Thursday-Saturday while Charleston Southern hosts Radford.

The Citadel Recap
Charleston Southern Recap

ACC Recap for May 15th

UNC 8 Winthrop 7

Tim Fedroff went 3-4 with four RBIs as the North Carolina Tar Heels held on for a 8-7 victory over Winthrop. Winthrop scored three runs in the top of the ninth but UNC was able to get the final out without letting the tying run score. Adam Warren pitched 4.2 innings while giving up three runs to up his record to 10-0. Winthrop reliever Ryan Mullins get the loss as he gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. His record drops to 4-5 on the season. North Carolina will be back in action on Friday when they head to Maryland to finish off the regular season while Winthrop hosts Coastal Carolina for a three game set also on Friday.

UNC Recap

Winthrop Recap

North Carolina AT 13 Duke 9

North Carolina AT picked up a 13-9 extra innings victory over the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday evening. NC AT picked up four hits and a walk in the top of the eleventh to put across four runs and get the win over the Blue Devils in Durham. NC AT reliever Ron Phelps picked up the win by pitching 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. The Aggie offense was led by Joe McIntyre who went 5-6 with four runs scored and drove in four runs. Duke reliever Ryan Perry got the loss to put his record at 0-1. Duke will be back in action this weekend when they head to Miami while NC AT will play in the MEAC Baseball Tourney.

NC AT Recap
Duke Recap

Coastal Carolina 11 Virginia 7

Coastal Carolina continued their strong season with a solid 11-7 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers. The Chanticleers got 20 hits in the game with every starter getting at least a hit while they knocked out UVA starter Jeff Lorick out of the game after only 2/3 of an inning while giving up five runs (four earned). Lorick’s record drops his first game of the year to put his record at 2-1. Coastal Carolina starter David Anderson only lasted five innings but only gave up three runs in the game. His record goes to 5-3. Anderson also had a strong game at the plate as he went 4-6. Sean Doolittle and David Adams each had three hits to lead the Cavaliers offense. Coastal Carolina will end the regular season this weekend when they visit Winthrop while Virginia heads to Boston College.

Coastal Carolina Recap

UVA Recap

Clemson 19 College of Charleston 7

The Clemson Tigers took care of College of Charleston by a score of 19-7 in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday. Taylor Harbin led the tigers by going 3-4 with 6 RBI while Clemson starter P. J. Zocchi gave up five runs in five innings but got the win to up his record to 4-2. COC starter Michael Bunton (4-1) was lit up for nine runs in 3.2 innings to get the loss. Clemson will head to NC State while College of Charleston will host Davidson.

Clemson Recap

College of Charleston Recap

Charlotte 9 Virginia Tech 3

The Charlotte 49ers got 13 hits and took advantage of three VT errors as they cruised over Virginia Tech 9-3. Charlotte was led on offense by Chris Taylor who went 2-5 with two RBI. Charlotte starting pitcher Luke Stahl (2-0) went five innings while giving up three unearned runs to get the victory. Rob Whitley (2-2) gave up six runs in four innings for the Hokies and picked up the loss. Charlotte will head to Richmond while Virginia Tech hosts Wake Forest.

Charlotte Recap

VT Recap

NC State 7 UNC-Asheville 4

Caleb Mangum hit a three run homer in the seventh inning which brought home the game winning RBI in a 7-4 victory over UNC-Asheville. Mangum led the Wolfpack by going 2-3 with 3 RBI while Pack reliever Joey Cutler (3-0) got the win while giving up two runs in three innings of work. Dan Weller (1-1) gave up four runs in 1/3 of an inning to get the loss. Kevin Mattison led the offensive attack for UNCA by going 2-4 with a homer and three RBI. NC State will host Clemson while UNC-Asheville heads to UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday to close out the regular season.

NC State Recap

UNC-Asheville Recap

NCBWA NAMES PRO-LINE ATHLETIC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 15, today. Arizona State junior outfielder Matt Spencer was named National Hitter of the Week, while Central Connecticut State junior left-hand pitcher Matt Gianini 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.

Spencer helped lead Arizona State to a huge weekend sweep of conference-rival UCLA. The Morristown, Tenn., native was 9-12 (.750) on the weekend, with a double, a triple, two home runs, seven RBIs, six runs scored and two hit by pitches. He also made two pitching appearances and played stellar defense all weekend, making several highlight reel catches and throwing a runner out at home.

Spencer started the weekend going 4-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored as the Devils erased a 14-7 deficit to claim a 16-14 victory on Friday night. He came up huge on Saturday, homering twice and recording the game-winning hit, a bases loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth that completed another ASU comeback. Sunday his two hits helped ASU once again rally from behind, as he knocked in the tying run in the seventh inning, completing a seven run comeback that ended with an 11-10 Sun Devil victory and the three-game sweep.

Gianini had a dominant effort in CCSU's 13-0 win over Wagner in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. In tossing his second consecutive shutout, the West Haven, Conn., native allowed just three hits and struck out 11 to pick up his third victory of the season. He fanned eight straight Seahawk batters at one point, all swinging, including striking out the side in the fifth and sixth innings. Gianini permitted just one runner to reach second base in the contest. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 innings and has struck out 20 while walking just four in his last two starts. In the two shutouts, no opposing runner has reached third base and only two have occupied second base.

With this week's honor, Gianini automatically is named to the watch list for the 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 Website 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 Website, www.ncbwa.com.

Conference USA baseball notebook

There is still much to be determined as the regular season enters its final week and the Conference USA Baseball Championship in Greenville, N.C. is right around the corner. Regular season champion Rice will be the No. 1 seed in the championship. Tulane is locked into the No. 7 seed. Southern Miss, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Southern Miss and UAB have all clinched berths in the championship and will be seeded 2-6, based on results during the upcoming final weekend of league play. UCF and Marshall will enter the final week of conference play battling for the final spot in the tournament with the winner of that series earning a trip to the tournament.

Read entire notebook here.

Lafayette wins Patriot League Title

The Lafayette Leopards picked up the Patriot League title over the weekend when they took their first two games of the Patriot League Championship series over Army by scores of 8-3 on Saturday and 7-3 on Sunday. In Game 1, Mike Raible led the Leopards with four RBI on a homer and a triple. Lafayette starting pitcher Matt Kamine (7-3) got the victory by giving up three runs in 6.0 innings of work. In Game 2, Tom Hayes went 4-5 while Leopards starter Kevin Reese (7-1) went 8.1 strong innings as he held the Cadets to three runs on nine hits.

Lafayette Game 2 Recap
Lafayette Game 1 Recap
Army Game 2 Recap
Army Game 1 Recap
Patriot League Series Recap

NCBWA May 14 Division I Poll

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
conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I
ranks, and 17 circuits 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 43-10 1
2 Rice Conference USA 41-11 3
3 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 41-11 4
4 Florida State ACC 43-9 2
5 Texas Big 12 39-14 6
6 Arizona State Pacific-10 37-12 8
7 South Carolina SEC 38-15 7
8 Virginia ACC 39-12 5
9 Texas A&M Big 12 40-12 10
10 Oklahoma State Big 12 37-13 15
11 Arkansas SEC 37-16 9
12 San Diego West Coast 41-15 14
13 Arizona Pac-10 36-12 13
14 Wichita State Missouri Valley 43-16 11
15 Clemson ACC 34-18 16
16 Coastal Carolina Big South 41-10 17
17 Long Beach State Big West 34-14 20
18 Oregon State Pac-10 36-13 12
19 UC Irvine Big West 34-14-1 22
20 Missouri Big 12 35-14 24
21 Mississippi SEC 33-20 19
22 Charlotte Atlantic 10 40-10 23
23 Cal State Fullerton Big West 31-19 25
24 Mississippi State SEC 32-16 18
25 TCU Mountain West 40-11 29
26 Pepperdine West Coast 32-19 21
27 Creighton MVC 37-12 NR
28 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 38-13 NR
29 East Carolina C-USA 35-17 30
30 NC State ACC 33-18 28

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): College of Charleston (37-15), Georgia Tech (31-20), Kentucky (33-17-1), Miami (Fla.) (32-20), Michigan (36-13), Minnesota (35-12), Oral Roberts (33-15), Southern Miss (33-19), St. John's (36-14), Stetson (38-14), UC Riverside (33-17), UCLA (28-22), Western Carolina (37-15).

Dropped Out: Michigan (26), College of Charleston (27)

By conference: Atlantic Coast 5, Southeastern 5, Big 12 4, Big West 3, Pacific-10 3, Conference USA 2, Missouri Valley 2, West Coast 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big South 1, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 1.
-www.NCBWA.com-

Conference USA recap for May 11-13

Rice has captured the regular season Conference USA Championship and will be the No. 1 seed at the C-USA Tournament in Greenville, N.C., May 23-27. The Owls are the first team to repeat as regular season Conference USA Champions since Tulane won back-to-back titles in 1997-98.

Rice swept all three games from Tulane over the weekend, increasing its winning streak to 14 games. The 14-game win string is tied for the third-longest in league history. Twice last season the Owls won 14 in a row.

The three losses gave Tulane a final conference record of 9-15, its first-ever losing record in Conference USA games. The Green Wave, who finish the regular with a series vs. Chicago State next weekend, are locked into the No. 7 seed at the conference tournament.

In addition to Rice, three other teams completed weekend sweeps, including two in league play. East Carolina moved into second place in the league standings after winning three in a row against UCF. UAB posted a series sweep at Marshall and the Blazers can finish no lower than sixth place in the regular season standings. In non-conference play, Southern Miss won three straight over Dallas Baptist, including a doubleheader sweep on Saturday that saw both games go to extra innings.

Houston and Memphis hooked up in a wild offensive explosion. The Cougars grabbed game one, 13-7 before the Tigers used a 10-run seventh inning to take game two, 16-10. UH won the series on Sunday with a 10-5 victory. Those two teams are now tied for third place entering the final week of conference play.

C-USA Standings

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Conference USA Players of the Week

A pair of batters that helped their teams win conference series on the road share this week’s Hitter of the Wweek honors, as Houston’s Ryan Lormand and UAB’s Ryan Keedy share the award. Pitcher of the Week honors went to Rice freshman Ryan Berry, who wins the award for the third time this season after shutting down Tulane in Friday night’s series opener.

Keedy helped lead the Blazers to a 3-1 record this past week with all four games being on the road. He hit an impressive .611 (11-for-18) for the week with a .944 slugging percentage. Errorless at first base for the week with 28 putouts, Keedy hit home runs in back-to-back innings at Troy on Tuesday. He laid down two sacrifice bunts for the week and walked three times. Keedy helped the Blazers clinch a C-USA Tournament berth with the club’s sweep at Marshall, going 8-for-18 (.444) with four runs scored. The sweep also assured the team that it will finish no lower than sixth in the standings, the highest for the program since a fourth place finish in 1998.

Lormand, the Cougars leadoff hitter, scored at least two runs, hit safely in and knocked in at least one run in all three games at Memphis. He hit .556 (5-for-9) and topped all Cougars in runs (9), home runs (2), RBI (5), slugging percentage (1.222), walks (4), hit by pitches (2) and stolen bases (2). Lormand set the tone for the series in each game, reaching base safely to lead off and eventually scoring in the first inning. He led all players with four walks and tied career best with three RBI in the series opener on Friday. Lormand had a home run and scored four times on Saturday and closed out the series by starting a five-run first inning in a 10-5 win.

Berry, a true freshman, earned a win in his only appearance last week. The right-hander from Humble, Tex., worked a total of 8.0 innings in a nationally-televised start against C-USA foe Tulane on May 11. He did not allow any runs and gave up just two singles and one double. Berry registered six strikeouts with no walks and held 26 Green Wave batters to a composite .115 batting average before leaving the game with a comfortable 8-0 lead.