Jason Ogata is planning on transferring from LSU to Oregon State. Ogata is going to be a sophomore next spring and is expected to compete for the second baseman job at Oregon State replacing Chris Kunda who had a wonderful career. Ogata was rated as the Best College Prospect from Oregon in 2005 and this move means he is going back to his home state.
There is some rumors on Southeast Baseball that Cal-State Fullerton Titans and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have scheduled a home and home series in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Southern Miss will go to Fullerton in March of 2008 and Fullerton will be visiting Hattiesburg in March of 2009. This is a good series for the Eagles as it will give them three more games against top of the line competition in the respective years.
Interesting press release on the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Site which follows Vinnie Pestano first week after his Tommy-John Surgery. The slideshow can be seen here.
YD knocked off the Brewster Whitecaps tonight to advance to the Cape Cod League Championship series. A full report will be posted on Friday morning about Game 3 which was a thrilling 6-5 victory.
The USA National Team swept a doubleheader from Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic. The United States won the morning game against Puerto Rico by a score of 15-0. Nick Schmidt pitched 5 shutout innings giving up only two hits. Sean Doolittle pitched two perfect innings to end the mercy ruled game. J.P. Arencibia led the offense by driving in five runs and getting three hits.
The late afternoon game was against the Czech Republic. The Czechs were overmatched from the great pitching of Jake Arrieta in the 16-0 victory. Jake gave up the only hit of the game in the fifth inning which was his last inning of work. Tim Federowicz finished the game which was ended early because of the mercy rule again. Brandon Crawford led the USA offense with a 3-3 performance with 4 RBI and four runs scored.
The USA team will play Mexico on Thursday night at 8:45 pm.
Peter was seen at the Cotuit-Wareham game on Tuesday night looking pretty good with his recent health problems. Here to Peter for a healthy and safe recovery.
The Wareham Gatemen knocked off the Cotuit Kettleers 1-0 in a thrilling game. Wareham scored in the fourth inning off of Cotuit starter James Simmons. Simmons pitched a complete game and scattered seven hits in his nine innings of work. Wareham starter Jeremy Bleich gave up four hits in his seven shutout innings. Nick Cassavechia pitched 1.1 innings of hitless baseball to pick up the save for the Gatemen. The only RBI of the game was a double by Jason Ogata which drove in Dominic de la Osa from second base.
Brewster Whitecaps pulled out a thrilling 4-2 victory over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. YD held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the ninth inning when YD closer Joshua Fields came in the game to close it out. He proceeded to walk the first two hitters of the inning. The Whitecaps brought the runners along the basepaths to tie the game up with two groundouts. YD did not score in the bottom of the ninth. Brewster came through in the top of the tenth with a sacrifice fly from Barry Enright to take a 2-1 lead. YD came through with Alden Carrithers getting a single with one out and Brad Emaus hit a double to drive in the tying run. With 2 outs in the 13th inning, Daniel Turpin started to get wild. He proceeded to walk Trent Kline and Tavo Hall followed that with a single. YD made a pitching change to Nolan Gallagher. He then proceeded to hit Colt Sedbrook to load the bases. He then walked Andrew Romine to give the WhiteCaps a 3-2 lead. Danny Lehmann of YD had a passed ball a few pitches later to make it the final margin. Colt Hynes came into the game in the bottom of the 13th and got the Red Sox in order.
Justin Smoak had a killer year in the Cape Cod League receiving a ton of attention this season on the Cape including leading the league with 11 HR’s and finishing tenth in average with a .286 average. He also finished tied for third in RBI’s with 27. Good article this past week about Justin in the Cape Cod Times. Click here for the article.
The USA National Team knocked of the Virgin Islands today by a score of 4-0. David Price (Vanderbilt) threw 4 shutout innings while only giving up two hits. He also walked none. Cole St. Clair (Rice) pitched two innings and only let up one hit while striking out four. The next pitcher was Casey Weathers (Vandy) who gave up three hits while striking out five in his two innings of work. Daniel Moskos closed the door in the ninth inning by giving up a hit and had a strikeout. The USA offense struggled mightily as they had not played in a week. They only had two hits in the game but scored four runs (three earned) while taking advantage of the six walks they received from Virgin Islands starter Deshaun Brooks. The USA team will play a Doubleheader on August 9th with Puerto Rico at 10 AM and Czech Republic at 4 PM. Hopefully they can win these two games to head to 3-0 in the tournament.