Crosstown rivals Houston and Rice met with first place on the line and the series did not disappoint with Rice winning two of three in a series that was decided by a total of six runs. Houston took the series opener on Friday night, 7-4 as Jared Ray earned his fourth straight win. On Saturday, Michael Fuda hit a two-out RBI single to break a 5-5 tie and give Rice a 7-5 victory. That win earned the Owls the Silver Glove Trophy, which goes to the winner of the annual five-game series between the teams. Rice made it a 2-1 weekend win and a 4-1 Silver Glove series triumph by holding off a late UH rally to win on Sunday, 6-5. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Roundup
Following an incredibly productive week that included tying an NCAA record, UCF junior 2B Shane Brown has been named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week. The Pitcher of the Week went to East Carolina freshman Kevin Brandt, whose shutout performance on the mound led the Pirates to a 4-0 win over No. 1 North Carolina. Continue reading C-USA Players of the Week
Houston continued its success on the road in conference play, sweeping three games at Marshall for its third straight C-USA series win on the road. The Cougars are now 10-5 in league play. Jared Ray started the series in fine fashion, pitching his first complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win on Friday night. Houston broke out the bats on Saturday in a 12-4 win, registering 14 hits. On Sunday, the Cougars jumped out to a 7-0 lead before allowing Marshall to tie the game in the eighth inning. Houston pushed across two runs in the top of the tenth inning and allowed one run in the bottom half of the frame before Zak Presley threw out a runner trying to advance to third base and the Cougars had a 9-8 victory. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Roundup
The following is a sports column by Rick Cleveland from The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.
Tickets for the Governor’s Cup Game at Trustmark Park Tuesday night were scaled from $10 to $28. This was for college baseball.
Don’t think those prices, in this bleak economy, scared anyone off. All were sold by Monday. The announced crowd was 7,458, standing room only. For a midweek game. That doesn’t count in the standings.
People ask me what have been the biggest changes in the 40-plus years I’ve covered sports in Mississippi: Continue reading Mississippi a baseball state
One month into the conference season it is shaping up to be a very interesting race. Second-ranked Rice and No. 17 East Carolina are now tied for first place. Southern Miss and Houston follow behind in third and fourth, respectively. But, just two game separate the fourth and eight place teams, so much movement will likely occur over the next five weeks as teams jockey for seeding in the C-USA Championship in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, May 20-24. Continue reading C-USA Weekly Notebook
It was a breakout week for Tulane senior OF Drew Allain and he rewarded for his strong efforts at the plate by being named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week. The Pitcher of the Week award went to East Carolina sophomore RHP Seth Maness who earned a win over No. 3 Rice with a career-best performance. Continue reading C-USA Players of the Week
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The showdown series of the weekend occurred in Greenville, where No. 3 Rice visited No. 15 East Carolina. After Rice won a wild offensive show on Friday night, 15-11, Seth Maness pitched a gem for ECU on Saturday, firing a complete-game, three-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 4-1 win. That set the stage for Sunday’s showdown for the series victory and first place in the conference standings. Mike Ojala returned to the mound after missing his previous two starts and led the Owls to a 5-4 victory with 10 strikeouts in five innings pitched. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Roundup
After making a quick return from injury, Houston’s Chris Wallace was outstanding at the plate in leading Houston to a 4-0 week, garnering him Conference USA Hitter of the Week honors. The Pitcher of the Week award went to Southern Miss’ Seth Hester who threw a rare midweek complete game victory for the Golden Eagles. Continue reading C-USA Players of the Week
It was a weekend of big innings and high scoring games around Conference USA. East Carolina and Rice both swept their series, keeping the Pirates one game up in the conference standings as the two teams prepare to meet next weekend in Greenville. Southern Miss took two-of-three from Marshall in a close series where four total runs separated the teams. UCF earned its first series victory of the season by winning the final two games at Memphis and Houston extended its winning streak to six games by sweeping a non-conference series against Texas-Pan American. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Roundup
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East Carolina’s Brad Mincey is the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after he picked up two victories for the first place Pirates during last week’s action. The Hitter of the Week honor is being shared by Southern Miss SS Brian Dozier and UAB 1B Luke Stewart after both players registered big weekends at the plate in leading their teams to series sweeps. Continue reading C-USA Players of the Week