The Houston College Classic kicked off Friday with a pair of top ten teams in Texas A&M and UC Irvine squaring off at Minute Maid Park. On what was just an absolutely beautiful day at the ballpark, many fans slipped work and school to support their teams.
Daniel Bibona toed the rubber for UC Irvine and Brooks Raley countered for the Aggies. It was UC Irvine who scratched the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Second baseman Casey Stevenson lead off the inning with a walk, and center fielder Cory Olson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Stevenson to second base. With two outs, right fielder Sean Madigan ripped a double down the right field line to drive in the first run of the game. Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again. Some of the nation’s best teams flock to Minute Maid Park for the annual Houston College Classic. This year the loaded field consists of UC Irvine, UCLA, Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice, and Houston. With five of the six teams ranked in the top 10 of various polls, this has all the makings of a true “classic.” The College Baseball Blog will be attending some of the games this weekend and have reports on the daily happenings.
Weekend Winners: Middle Tennessee State was the big weekend winner, as they swept a three game home series with Missouri State. Also posting impressive weekends were UALR, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana-Monroe, New Orleans, Troy, and Western Kentucky. UALR took two of three games at home against Northern Iowa, and just missed a sweep with a one run loss on Saturday. Florida Atlantic finished the weekend with a 2-1 series record against Fordham. Florida International posted a 20 run Saturday in route to a two games to one series victory over Jacksonville. Louisiana-Monroe hosted the ULM and ended the weekend with a 2-1 record. New Orleans won the first three games of their home series against Towson before losing the Sunday finale to open the season 3-1. Troy lost a Friday contest against Kentucky in the Caravelle Resort Invitational before winning their next three games to end the tournament at a very solid 3-1. Western Kentucky took a single game from Toledo on Friday night, but the Saturday and Sunday meetings were canceled due to inclement weather. Continue reading →
The North Carolina Central Eagles have released their 2009 baseball schedule. Head Coach Henry White and the Eagles open the season at the HBCU Classic in Savannah, Georgia (Feb. 20-22). From there, the Eagles will play a two game mid-week set at Davidson (Feb. 24-25) before returning to Durham for the home opener against Saint Augustine’s (Mar. 1). Continue reading →
Eastern Kentucky head coach Jason Stein has released the 2009 baseball schedule for the Colonels. The Colonels will be trying to improve off a 2008 campaign that saw them finish the season with an overall record of 27-28-1, including a 12-15 record in Ohio Valley Conference play. Continue reading →
The UConn Huskies have released their 2009 baseball schedule. The season will kick off February 20-22 with the inaugural Big East/Big 10 Challenge where the Huskies will face off against Michigan State, Ohio State, and Northwestern. The Huskies will then travel to Jacksonville for the North Florida Tournament where they will see games against George Mason, North Florida, and Ohio State February 27-March 1. The RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Florida will be up next for UConn. The week long trip beginning March 7 and ending March 15 will have the Huskies square off against Sacred Heart, Miami (OH), Bowling Green, Toledo, Eastern Kentucky, and Bucknell. Continue reading →
The Rice Owls downed the Texas Longhorns 13-6 at Reckling Park on Sunday. The 14 inning exhibition game win brings Rice to 3-0 for the Fall campaign and drops Texas to 1-2.
The game pitted two freshman pitchers against each other, as Taylor Wall got the nod for the Rice Owls and Taylor Jungmann started the game for the Texas Longhorns. Wall pitched a scoreless first inning, striking out 2 Longhorn hitters. Continue reading →
Texas A&M University athletic director Bill Byrne writes a weekly newsletter to fans addressing the state of the athletic program, fan questions and concerns, and NCAA issues. In this week’s newsletter Byrne addressed a memo received from the NCAA regarding concerns of travel costs to various NCAA Championships. College baseball could be one of the main sports greatly impacted by any potential rule changes to address this concern. Byrne had the following to say on the subject: Continue reading →