UCLA knocked off the Winthrop Eagles tonight by a score of 2-1. UCLA scored the second run of the game on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning to get to the deciding score. Tyson Brummett started for the Bruins and went a masterful eight innings while only giving up a run on six hits and six strikeouts. Brant Rustich pitched the ninth where he allowed the tying run to get to third base with 2 outs but finished off the game. Alex Wilson started for the Eagles and lasted 5.2 innings and only giving up one run which was unearned. Ryan Mullins pitched the rest of the game and ended up giving up the winning run on a dropped ball. There was not much hitting in the game for either team but UCLA was led by two hits by both Tim Stewart and Mickey Weissner. Phil Carey went 2-4 for the Eagles.
Brian Matusz delivered a clutch performance as he led his Toreros to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Texas Longhorns. He pitched 5.2 innings only allowing 1 run and striking out eight batters. Matt Couch got the last two outs in the ninth to record his first save of the season. Justin Snyder led the offensive charge with a 3-5 performance including a home run. Texas starter Randy Boone only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 earned) and surrendered eight hits. Travis Tucker went 3-4 for the Longhorns in the losing effort. Both teams will face off again on Saturday.
San Diego Recap
Dallas News checks in with Skip Johnson
The Florida State Seminoles took game one from the Volunteers of Tennessee on Friday. Bryan Henry gave a top of the line performance by giving up no runs in his six innings of work. Henry also struck out eleven batters. The Seminoles were led on offense by Jack Rye and Buster Posey. Rye went 2-4 including a homer and also scored two runs and drove in three. Craig Cobb of Tennessee did not give a great performance on the mound by giving up nine runs in 6.2 innings of work. Shawn Griffin and Cody Brown both went 2-4 in the loss. The teams face off tomorrow back at Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU Game Recap
Tennessee Game Recap
All Smiles at FSU after Game 1
Henry overpowers Vols
Posey solid behind plate
The NCBWA has released the 2007 Stopper of the Year Watch List. You have all the normal candidates for this post season award including Milan Dinga (Army) and Brett Cecil (UMD). The full press release is available here.
The AP has written an article about the San Diego State Aztecs and how Tony Gwynn has basically failed to turn around the program in his first four seasons. The pressure is starting to build on Gwynn to bring the Aztecs to their first NCAA Tournament in sixteen seasons. The College Baseball staff heard from a source that Gwynn is having problems teaching his student-athletes.
The Florida State baseball program gets a ton of press from the Tallahassee Democrat. The Democrat is the main reason behind the massive amount of coverage of the Seminole baseball team on this site.
Steve Ellis checks in today with an article about the friendship between Mike Martin Sr. and Rod Delmonico. They speak on the phone at least once a week and talk about their baseball teams but this weekend, the friendship is off as they play against each other. The full article is available here.
The Democrat also had some time to sit down with Coach Martin and discuss the upcoming season with him. The full article is available here.
Also, They check in with a interesting article about the FSU starters music choices for their batting walkup. The full article is available here.
The Georgia Southern Eagles won a crazy game against Hawai’i on Thursday night by a score of 13-11. Mike Economos led the Eagle offense by going 5-5 with 5 runs scored and drove in five. Justin Fresh led the Rainbow offense by going 3-4 with two RBI’s. There was way too much action in this game and I don’t want to miss any of it so click on the links below.
Georgia Southern Recap
Hawai’i Rainbows Recap
The Kansas Jayhwaks took Game 1 from Hawaii-Hilo by a score of 4-1. Lars Knepper started the game for the Vulcans and pitched 6.2 solid innings while only giving up 3 runs (all earned) on four hits. Mr. Knepper did not get much help again last night from the Vulcan offense since they only recorded two hits on the evening. In his first start, the Vulcans were no hit by Oregon State. Zach Ashwood started for Kansas and gave up one hit and one run in his six innings of work. He was followed by Ryotaro Hayakawa who pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings while giving up only one hit. Paul Smyth pitched the ninth to record his first save. The Jayhawk offense was led by Ry Price who went 2-3 with a home run. Leadoff hitter Brock Simpson also got two hits including a key triple in the seventh inning to break the 1-1 tie.
The USC Trojans and the Dirtbags of Long Beach State will meet in a weird 3 game set. USC will play at home on Friday and Sunday while LBSU will host the game on Saturday. USC is coming off an impressive victory over Cal Poly to get Chad Kreuter’s first career victory. The starter’s for this weekend series are as followed: Friday-Vance Worley (LBSU) vs Ryan Cook (USC), Saturday-Manny McElroy (LBSU) vs Brandon Buxbaum (USC), Sunday- Omar Arif (LBSU) vs Tommy Milone (USC). All these games should be interesting and fun. I will keep you readers informed about this series among others this weekend.
Cal State Fullerton will open the season on Friday against Stanford. Fullerton is expected to start All-American pitcher Wes Roemer on Friday to face off against Stanford ace Nolan Gallagher. The Saturday match up is Jeff Kaplan facing off against Jeffrey Inman. The Sunday match up will be Jimmy Bleich taking the mound for the Cardinal while Sean Urena will make his first appearance as a Titan. Fullerton lost a ton of talent from last year’s team but at Fullerton you reload instead of rebuilding. Stanford should be ready this season to contend for the Pac 10 crown like usual.