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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)

Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 14th-March 16th)

#18 Rice (15-6, 5-1)-#29 FIU (16-4, 3-3)

Game 1 – Rice: 3 FIU: 2 (13). WP – Matt Ditman LP – Charles Cormier. Zech Lemond started the game for Rice and went 8 innings, only giving up 2 ER, while FIU starter Mike Franco lasted 7.1 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on only 3 hits, while striking out seven. John Clay Reeves had 3 hits in the game, including a leadoff single in the 13th as he eventually came around to score the game-winning run. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 14th-March 16th)

Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 14th-16th)

#18 Rice (12-6, 2-1) at #29 FIU (16-1, 3-0)

Friday at 5 p.m. CT (Zech Lemond vs. Mike Franco)

Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (Blake Fox vs. TBA)

Sunday at 10 a.m. CT (Kevin McCanna vs. Robby Kalaf)

The Matchup

Rice won its opening weekend series over Old Dominion, and then during the week they beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi and #27 TCU. The offense has really come on as of late and now owns a combined batting average of .272, scoring just over 5 runs a game. The pitching has been solid as usual with a team ERA of 2.49 in 170 innings. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 14th-16th)

Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 7th-9th)

UAB (13-3, 2-1)-MTSU (5-9, 1-2)

Game 1 – UAB: 3 MTSU: 4. WP – Cody Tollison LP – Cory Eller SV – Paul Mittura. MTSU starting pitcher Zac Curtis went 7.2 innings, only allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks, while matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts. UAB starter Chase Mallard gave up his first and second runs of the season, ending his consecutive innings scoreless streak at 26. In all, Mallard lasted 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 8. MTSU first baseman Trent Miller was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored in the game. With the game tied at two apiece going to the top of the 9th, the Blue Raiders plated one run on a sac fly and another on a wild pitch, which would end up proving to be the game-winning run as UAB got one back in the bottom of the 9th. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 7th-9th)

MAC Weekend Recap (March 7th-March 9th)

Western Michigan (7-7)-Maine (4-11), Northeastern (4-8) and Georgetown (3-7)

Game 1 – WMU: 2 Northeastern: 1 (10). WP – Derek Schneider LP – Burcroff. WMU starter Steve Laudicina pitched 8.1 innings, only giving up 1 ER on 6 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 6. Schneider pitched 1.2 innings of relief not allowing a hit or walk, while picking up the win. At the plate for WMU, Andrew Sohn was 1-3 with an RBI. Continue reading MAC Weekend Recap (March 7th-March 9th)

Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 7th-9th)

Florida Atlantic (10-3) at UTSA (9-4)
FAU is 7-1 in their last eight games and are coming off a mid-week two game sweep over Boston College. The Owls have even gained some votes in recent polls after their current hot streak. Meanwhile, UTSA has been on a bit of a hot streak of their own winning four of their past five games including two mid-week wins. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 7th-9th)