The Rice Owls were able to hold off Texas-San Antonio 4-3 in dramatic fashion on Tuesday evening. The Owls were led on the mound by a strong pitching performance from Ryne Tacker who pitched 5.1 innings in relief but only gave up one run. Tyler Henley drove in two runs to lead the Owl offense.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets picked up a victory on Tuesday with a 11-8 victory over Kennesaw State. Matt Wieters hit a three run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning for the walk-off victory for the Jackets. He also picked up the victory on the mound by pitching the ninth and tenth innings. He actually blew the save in the top of the ninth but made up for it in the tenth. The Jackets were swept this past weekend by Georgia Southern. The Yellow Jackets continue their homestand on Friday with a three game set with Illinois-Chicago. Kennesaw State will regroup and face off with a three game set at home with Western Carolina.
Texas set a single-game school record for doubles and four Longhorns combined for an eight-hit shutout in 19-0 win over UT Pan American in collegiate baseball action at The Dell Diamond on Tuesday afternoon.
The Longhorns hit 11 doubles, breaking the 44-year-old record of nine set in 1946 and equaled in 1963. Nick Peoples, Jordan Danks and Bradley Suttle logged two doubles apiece while Jeff Boes, Todd Gilfillan, Brett Lewis, Kyle Russell and Chance Wheeless.
Austin Wood (1-0) earned the victory in his longest career outing. Making his first start of the season, Wood scattered four hits and three walks while striking out five in five scoreless innings. Juston Street and Alex Posey both made their first appearances of the season and they each weaved one shutout inning. Hunter Harris closed out the game with two innings of work, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
Suttle paced Texas’ offense going 5-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI. It marked his sixth multi-hit game of the season and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Danks went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and one RBI. Peoples went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI. Russell went 2-for-3 with one double, two runs scored and three RBI.
The Longhorns did most of their damage in the eighth innings with 11 runs on eight hits, including five doubles. Suttle and Russell each had two hits in the rally.
Josh Wymer (0-1) was saddled with the loss for UT Pan American. He pitched three innings, allowing three runs, none earned on three hits and two walks, while striking out one.
Texas returns to action on Feb. 16 with the first of a three-game series against Stanford University at The Dell Diamond with first pitch slated for 2:30 p.m. UT-Pan American will be back in action on Friday with a trio of games with Texas A&M.
Corky Palmer did his media day yesterday in preparation for the upcoming season. He discusses many different parts of his program from the pitching staff to injuries with his squad. The full transcript and a video are available here.
The NCBWA has released their National Players of the Week for the period ending on February 11th. Pedro Alvarez was named the Player of the Week with an outstanding weekend in Houston at the Minute Maid College Classic. He went 7-14 in a 3 game sweep over Rice, Baylor, and Arizona State. Charlotte left-handed pitcher Spencer Steedley was named the National Pitcher of the Week after pitching a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks in a 8-0 victory. He did not allow any runners past second base and scattered seven hits.
Conference USA has also released their player and pitcher of the week respectively. The pitcher of the week was Ryan Berry of Rice who pitched six shutout innings against Baylor on Saturday while only allowing three hits and a walk. Jimmy Cesario of University of Houston was named the Player of the Week because he went 8-12 last week in four games.
Tony Thomas Jr. and Kevin Biringer were recently named ACC Player of the week and Pitcher of the Week. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Seminoles in a three game sweep over UNC-Asheville by going 8-11 on the weekend and having a slugging percentage of 1.00 and he also stole three bases. Kevin Biringer faced 15 batters on the weekend and struck out five in those five innings of work. Both UMD and FSU will be in action this weekend with the Terps heading to UCF and FSU will be hosting Hofstra.
The College Baseball Blog is continuing the series of interviews this week talking with Penn Head Coach John Cole. He is entering his second season with the Quakers. He comes from Division 3 power Rowan where he was the head coach for seven season including making the tournament in five seasons. His record was an outstanding 229-73. We would like to thank Coach Cole for doing this interview and hope that his Quakers have a great season in the Ivy League.
1) The Penn program is coming off a rough 12-27 overall record and a 7-13 record in the Gehrig Division of the Ivy League. The good part is that you guys return seven starters from the team including Joey Boaen (.349 average in 2006) and Josh Corn (.346 average in 2006). Do you expect any of the newcomers to make a major impact in 2007?
We have an excellent freshman class highlighted by lefthander Jim Birmingham (24th round Washington Nationals). They are an athletic group made up mostly of pitchers and middle infielders. These freshmen will have to mature quickly, as many will see time in the field and a large quantity of our innings on the mound will come from this group.
2) Penn Baseball finished in 2nd place in the Gehrig Division in 2006 behind Princeton. What is a logical expectation for your team and the Ancient eight conference?
Our expectations this year are high; however we know several teams are much more experienced at key positions. The advantage this year is going through the league once gives you a realistic view of what to expect from your team and the other teams in the league.
3) The uniform start date goes into effect next season, How will that affect your team in the future? Also, What are your thoughts on the rule change?
The uniform date will have no effect on our team or on our league. Our league rules prevent us from practicing before February 1st and playing before March 1st. We will hopefully have a little more equality with the good weather teams as far as the number of games played before our spring trip.
4) John, You were named the head coach of Penn on March 30th 2005. What is the biggest challenge you have faced with the move from Division 3 Rowan University to Division 1 Penn?
The biggest challenge in the Ivy League is to accommodate so many different schedules. The time requirements for classes and exams can really compress the day. You really have to be able to adjust and try to accommodate as many variables as possible. The four game weekends also put pressure on a pitching staff. You must be really deep on the mound or you can be in trouble by the end of the weekend.
5) What player or coach have you enjoyed working with the most during your career?
I have enjoyed working with many players and all the coaches that I have come into contact during my career. The passion for the game, a strong work ethic and great people skills seems to be the kind of people I really enjoy working with. I am really looking forward to the beginning of the 2007 season!
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 preseason predictions and 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 10 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the 2007 NCAA Division I ranks. For more information or to join te NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Preseason Rank
1 South Carolina Southeastern Conference 3-0 3
2 Clemson Atlantic Coast 0-0 2
3 North Carolina ACC 0-0 4
4 Vanderbilt SEC 3-0 11
5 Cal State Fullerton Big West 5-1 9
6 Rice Conference USA 2-3 1
7 Miami (Fla.) ACC 3-2 6
8 Virginia ACC 2-1 7
9 Oregon State Pacific-10 7-0 17
10 Florida State ACC 6-0 15
11 Arkansas SEC 4-2 8
12 Arizona State Pacific-10 5-1 14
13 Mississippi SEC 2-0 13
14 Nebraska Big 12 Conference 0-0 12
15 Texas Big 12 3-4 6
16 Oklahoma State Big 12 3-0 21
17 Wichita State Missouri Valley Conference 0-0 18
18 Pepperdine West Coast Conference 4-2 20
19 Georgia Tech ACC 0-2 10
20 Alabama SEC 3-0 28
21 TCU Mountain West Conference 2-1 22
22 Tulane Conference USA 1-2 16
23 Arizona Pacific-10 8-0 NR
24 Winthrop Big South Conference 4-2 31
25 Long Beach State Big West Conference 4-2 NR
26 Kentucky Southeastern Conference 0-0 27
27 UCLA Pacific-10 2-4 23
28 Stanford Pacific-10 2-3 24
29 LSU SEC 3-0 34
30 Tennessee SEC 2-4 25
(Note: NCBWA Rated 35 teams in pre-2007 poll)
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn (3-0), Baylor (0-3), California (4-1), Charlotte (3-1), Coastal Carolina (3-0), Evansville (2-1), Florida Atlantic (6-0), Georgia (0-3), Georgia Southern (3-2), Hawai'i (7-2), Kansas (7-1), Kent State (0-0), UL Lafayette (0-0), Mississippi State (0-0), Missouri (3-0), NC State (3-0), Ohio State (0-0), Oklahoma (2-4), Oral Roberts (2-0), Rhode Island (0-0), San Diego (6-3), Southeastern Louisiana (2-1), Southern California (5-3), Southern Miss (0-0), UC Irvine (3-2-1), UC Riverside (5-1)
Dropped Out: Georgia (19), Baylor (26), Evansville (29), Oklahoma (30)
From NCBWA Release
The Duke Blue Devils completed a sweep this weekend over Mount St. Mary’s in each team’s opening weekend. The Blue Devils behind strong hitting in the entire weekend and very strong pitching in the final two games they were able to pull out some victories. Coach McNally seemed to be building a competitive team in Durham when I had a chance to see them last year against Boston College.