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2015 MAC Baseball Preview

Despite only losing four conference games and finishing with an overall record of 38-16, the Ball State Cardinals were left out of the postseason last year because they fell to the eventual MAC Conference Champion Kent State in the second round of the tournament. Continue reading 2015 MAC Baseball Preview

CUSA Weekend Preview (May 15th-17th)

This is it, the final weekend of the regular season for CUSA baseball. The regular season title comes down to Rice and UAB. At 20-7, Rice sits one game ahead of UAB who is 19-8 in conference. Rice swept UAB earlier in the year so they would win any sort of tie-breaker. Southern Miss could tie Rice with three wins this weekend, but Rice holds the head-to-head tie breaker over them as well.
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Conference USA Weekend Preview (May 2nd-4th)

ConferenceUSALogoThe CUSA season is getting close the end and things are starting to shake up as you would expect with the Rice Owls atop the conference. However, the conference has been balanced and several teams remain in the mix for the regular season crown. With just three weeks left there will be some interesting matchups as some teams try to pad their postseason resume. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (May 2nd-4th)

Conference USA Weekend Preview (April 11th-13th)

Southern Miss (19-15, 8-4)-UAB (23-10, 9-3)

Southern Miss won their weekend series over MTSU last weekend, taking a big jump forward in the CUSA standings, but then they lost to SEC-foe Mississippi State 4-3 during the week. The offense is hitting a mediocre .243, while the pitching staff has a respectable 3.49 ERA. Conor Fisk has come on as of late for Southern Miss and now leads all starters with a 2.21 ERA, and he’s struck out 48 batters in 40.2 innings pitched. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (April 11th-13th)

Conference USA Weekend Preview

East Carolina (17-12, 6-3) @ #14 Rice (21-10, 9-3)
This matchup will feature one of the most anticipated matchups of the year as top pitching prospects Jeff Hoffman and Zech Lemond will square off on Friday night. ECU had won 7 games in a row before losing to N.C. State during the week. Rice is coming off a weekend series loss to MTSU and mid-week loss to Texas. These teams are 2nd (Rice) and 4th (ECU) in the conference in pitching so expect this to be a tight, low-scoring series. Rice is still dominating the conference despite its recent series loss, while ECU could prove a lot by picking up a couple of wins this weekend. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview

Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 28th-30th)

ConferenceUSALogo#29 FIU (21-4, 6-3)-UAB (17-8, 4-2)

The Matchup

FIU is riding high after a weekend sweep of Marshall followed by a mid-week win over South Florida. The offense leads CUSA in average at .322 and 7.7 runs per game. That offense is led by Aramis Garcia who is hitting .413 with 26 runs scored, 5 home runs and 25 RBIs. The pitching staff also leads CUSA with an ERA of 1.79. Mike Franco is 4-0 on the season with an ERA of 1.16 to go along with 45 punch outs in 38.2 innings. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 28th-30th)

Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 21st-March 23rd)

FAU (14-10, 3-6)-Rice (19-6, 8-1)
Game 1 – FAU: 0 Rice: 2. WP – Lemond LP – Gomber SV – Ditman. Rice’s Zech Lemond struck out a career-best 12 batters in 8.1 innings, while giving up 6 hits and 3 walks. Austin Gomber went 8 innings for FAU, only giving up the 2 ER. Skyler Ewing was 1-3 with an RBI for Rice.
Game 2 – FAU: 1 Rice: 14. WP – Fox LP – Strawn. Blake Fox only allowed 1 ER in 6.2 innings. Ewing was 2-4 with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Shane Hoelscher for Rice was a perfect 4-4 at the plate.
Game 3 – FAU: 2 Rice: 3 (12). WP – Ditman LP – Mizelle. Matt Ditman came on in relief for Rice in the 8th inning and would go on to pitch 5 total scoreless innings, while striking out eight. John Clay Reeves was 2-4 with a home run for Rice, and Ewing drove in a pair. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 21st-March 23rd)

Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 21st-March 23rd)

ConferenceUSALogoFAU (14-7, 3-3)-#16 Rice (16-6, 5-1)

Friday, 6:30 p.m. – (Austin Gomber vs. Zech Lemond)

Saturday, 1 p.m. – (Jeremy Strawn vs. Blake Fox)

Sunday, 1 p.m. – (Drew Jackson vs. Chase McDowell)

The Matchup

FAU is coming off a weekend series win over La Tech in which both teams combined to score 14 runs in three games. They did not play a mid-week game this week so their arms should be well-rested for Rice. On offense, they’re hitting .290 in 20 games, averaging just over 5 runs a game. The pitching staff has a combined 2.60 ERA in 180 innings with 171 strikeouts. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 21st-March 23rd)

MAC Weekend Preview (March 21st-23rd)

macWestern Michigan (9-8)-Miami (Ohio) (8-9)

Friday, 6 p.m. – (Steve Laudicina vs. Seth Varner)

Saturday, 3 p.m. – (Chad Mayle vs. Nathan Williams)

Sunday, 1 p.m. – (Keegan Akin vs. Ryan Powers)

The Matchup

Western Michigan has been sizzling hot lately winning seven of their last eight games, including a series win over Butler last weekend. On the season the team is hitting .275, while averaging 4.8 points per game. The pitching staff is coming along nicely with an ERA of 3.79 in 145 innings with 116 strikeouts. Continue reading MAC Weekend Preview (March 21st-23rd)