Here is your SEC Tourney Recap for Day 1 of action from Hoover, Alabama.
#30 LSU 10 #4 Florida 6
HOOVER, Ala. – LSU exploded for 19 hits, including three apiece by shortstop Austin Nola and left fielder Mason Katz, and junior right-hander Anthony Ranaudo hurled an outstanding 7.2 innings as the eighth-seeded Tigers defeated the No.1-seed Florida Gators, 10-6, Wednesday in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Regions Park.
The Tigers (37-20) will face the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup between the fifth-seeded Vanderbilt and fourth-seeded Arkansas on Thursday night at a time to be determined. Florida (40-14) will face the loser of the Vanderbilt-Arkansas game Thursday afternoon.
Here is your ACC Tournament Recap for Day 1.
#2 Virginia 6 Boston College 4
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning to break a four-all tie and lift the top-seeded Virginia baseball team to a 6-4 victory over No. 8 seed Boston College Wednesday in the opening game of the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. The Cavaliers trailed 4-3 entering the eighth inning before scoring three in the eighth for the victory.
Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) earned the win for Virginia and improved to 7-3 this season. He tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief and struck out three. Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) struck out the game’s final two batters to notch his NCAA-leading 16th save of the season. Taylor Lasko (4-2) took the loss for BC after giving up a pair of runs in the eighth inning.
The ACC Tournament starts up later today with Division A action with the Virginia Cavaliers playing against Boston College and Florida State facing off against archrival Miami. Division B starts up on Wednesday night as Clemson plays against NC State. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will open up on Thursday evening at 8pm. The winner of each division will face off on Sunday for the conference championship. Continue reading
The 2010 WAC Tournament is being held in Mesa, Ariz. at Hohokam Field, better known as the spring training facility of the Chicago Cubs. This marks the first season since the tournament was reinstated in 2006 that it is being held at a neutral site. After another competitive conference season, Fresno State emerged as the regular season champion. It’s their fourth regular season title in five years with a conference record of 16-8. New Mexico State finished in a tie for second place with Nevada at 14-9-1 but earned the 2-seed in the tournament by virtue of the Aggies’ head-to-head record of 2-1-1 against the Wolf Pack. Hawai’i earned the 4-seed with a strong finish as they won six of their final eight conference games to finish 12-12 in league play. Louisiana Tech is the 5-seed having lost three of their final four conference games to finish 11-13 and San Jose State is the 6-seed having lost three of their final four conference games to finish 9-15 after winning the regular season last year with a 15-7 record. Sacramento State finished in seventh place and ends their conference season with a record of 7-17 in league play and 18-35-1 overall.
The 2010 SEC Tournament will once again be played at Regions Park in Hoover, AL, Barring a 0-2 and barbecue from LSU, all the teams that made the SEC Tournament are likely to make the field of 64 in Omaha. Tennessee lost 5 of their last 6 conference games to fall out of contention, while Kentucky would need no upsets in other conference tournaments to have a shot. Mississippi State was expected to struggle to make the postseason as their season is over, and Georgia was supposed to have a down year compared to past years, but no one expected them to finish with only 16 wins overall this season.
One thing of note to look for in this tourney is the 20 second pitch count between pitches. If a pitcher takes longer than 20 seconds to deliver a pitch, he will be penalized with a "ball" call. None of the coaches that spoke to the media on Monday thought that this would be a problem, but it will be interesting to see if it comes into play at all. You can check out our Bracket 1 preview by clicking here.
Heading into this week’s ACC Tournament, University of Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor has his team focused, while recognizing what a season this “special team” has been able to put together.
“We have played good consistent baseball all season,” he told reporters at a Monday morning conference call. “We haven’t stubbed our toe all year.”
As the #2 nationally ranked Cavaliers look to defend their 2009 ACC Championship, O’Connor seeks to maintain that consistency to win out the weekend.
“To win the ACC regular season (which the Cavaliers did by winning their weekend series with Miami) is a tremendous accomplishment. It’s a big body of work in what I feel is the best college baseball conference in the whole country,” he boasted.
By: Jared Kowis, MGoBlog
The Big Ten Tournament begins Wednesday in a winner takes all double-elimination weekend. The winner goes to the NCAA Tournament, the other 5 teams go home.
This season has been by far the craziest Big Ten regular season in quite some time. Just two weeks ago, all 10 teams were within just 2 games of each other. Things shook out over the last week of the season, seeing preseason Omaha dark horse Ohio State dropping completely out of the Big Ten Tournament picture, and perennial bottom dwellers Iowa and Northwestern led some spectacular last week surges to secure their spots.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Regular season champion Texas will be the top seed at the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship scheduled for May 26-30 at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. It marks the 12th time the championship has been played at this venue.
FROM BIG SOUTH RELEASE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – For the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time in the last six years, Coastal Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the Royal Purple Big South Baseball Championship, which will be contested May 25-29 at The Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C. The Chanticleers, ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation in three polls this week, won the outright 2010 regular-season championship with a 25-0 Conference mark to become just the second team in Big South history to go undefeated in the Conference season, joining the 1988 Coastal Carolina club that finished 15-0. Coastal Carolina’s 25 Big South wins has set the League’s single-season record, and the Chanticleers have won their fifth regular-season Big South baseball crown in six years and sixth in nine seasons.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Complete pairings and starting times have been announced for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship, which will be held Wednesday through next Sunday (May 26-30) at Greensboro’s NewBridge Bank Park.
As the No. 1 overall seed, Virginia (23-7 ACC) will be placed atop Division A and will be joined by No. 4 Miami (20-10), No. 5 Florida State (18-12) and No. 8 Boston College (14-16).
Clemson (18-12) is the No. 2 seed and will be joined in Division B by No. 3 Georgia Tech (21-9), No. 6 Virginia Tech (16-14) and No. 7 NC State (15-15).