The USA National Team swept a doubleheader from Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic. The United States won the morning game against Puerto Rico by a score of 15-0. Nick Schmidt pitched 5 shutout innings giving up only two hits. Sean Doolittle pitched two perfect innings to end the mercy ruled game. J.P. Arencibia led the offense by driving in five runs and getting three hits.
The late afternoon game was against the Czech Republic. The Czechs were overmatched from the great pitching of Jake Arrieta in the 16-0 victory. Jake gave up the only hit of the game in the fifth inning which was his last inning of work. Tim Federowicz finished the game which was ended early because of the mercy rule again. Brandon Crawford led the USA offense with a 3-3 performance with 4 RBI and four runs scored.
The USA team will play Mexico on Thursday night at 8:45 pm.
Puerto Rico Press Release
Czech Republic Press Release
The USA National Team knocked of the Virgin Islands today by a score of 4-0. David Price (Vanderbilt) threw 4 shutout innings while only giving up two hits. He also walked none. Cole St. Clair (Rice) pitched two innings and only let up one hit while striking out four. The next pitcher was Casey Weathers (Vandy) who gave up three hits while striking out five in his two innings of work. Daniel Moskos closed the door in the ninth inning by giving up a hit and had a strikeout. The USA offense struggled mightily as they had not played in a week. They only had two hits in the game but scored four runs (three earned) while taking advantage of the six walks they received from Virgin Islands starter Deshaun Brooks. The USA team will play a Doubleheader on August 9th with Puerto Rico at 10 AM and Czech Republic at 4 PM. Hopefully they can win these two games to head to 3-0 in the tournament.
The Oregon State Beavers knocked off the UNC Tar Heels in Game 3 of the Championship game tonight. This is the first victory for a true northern school since Ohio State won the title in 1966. The Beavers were led by a solid pitching staff and survived six elimination games to arrive with the title. This is Oregon State’s first baseball championship and only the second in the school’s history in any sport.
UNC heads to Alabama for a SEC-ACC matchup. UNC is a better team then Alabama with solid hitting and 2 first round picks in there pitching staff with Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard. UNC should sweep them in the series
South Carolina visits Georgia for the Super Regional. Georgia has a ton of good arms and a good pitchign staff as they should take this series.
Stanford at Oregon State should be a win for the beavers
Missouri at Cal St Fullerton is a very easy pick if you look at it on paper but Cal State will be taken to 3 games but win the series though.
Oklahoma at Rice will have the Owls come out on top.
Miami at Ole Miss is a win for the Hurricanes.
College of Charleston visits the Yellow Jackets of Ga Tech in a Great Super Regional matchup this weekend. College of Charleston face a stiff Challenge from the hitting Jackets. Ga Tech is led by Super-Sophomore Matt Wieters who is from the Charleston SC area. Wieters has been hitting better since he got his contacts redone recently as evidenced in this article. Since May 1st, He is hitting .431 with 7 homeruns and 22 RBI’s.
Charleston will send Nick Chigges to the mound in the opener on Friday on ESPN at Noon. Nick is 11-1 in 15 starts with a 1.32 ERA. He has struck out 94 guys in that time period. The biggest stat for him is that opponents are hitting .204 off of him. Josh McLaughlin is the closer for the Cougars and he has a 1.27 ERA with 15 saves. He has 71 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.
Georgia Tech also is led by Blake Wood who is their ace pitcher. He has a 5.01 ERA and is 10-4. David Duncan is a lanky left-handed pitcher with mediocre stuff but has a 7-2 record by a 5.50 ERA. The GA Tech rotation for the weekend is not complete as of this article so I can’t tell you when they are going to pitch. Ga Tech needs to win this series with their bats and that is led besides Wieters by Jeff Kindel and Wes Hodges. Kindel is a solid outfielder with a good bat with some pop which I witnessed when GA Tech took on the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill this season. Hodges is battling a stress fracture in his leg but still is hitting .337 with 11 HR’s.
I predict an upset in this series with College of Charleston in 3 games. I just don’t think Tech’s batting will be able to beat this staff.
Clemson is hosting upstart Oral Roberts in the Super Regionals this weekend. Clemson came through the regionals with an undefeated weekend with victories over UNC-Asheville, Elon, and Mississippi State. Oral Roberts also went undefeated by going to Fayetteville Arkansas and knocking off Oklahoma twice and Arkansas once.
The Clemson Tigers are led by 10 MLB draft picks which include Tyler Colvin and Andy D’Alessio. There is a good article in The Post and Courier on Tyler Colvin this week which can be found here. Each of Clemson’s weekend starters were drafted on Day 1 with Jason Berken going the highest in the sixth round. Clemson according to coach Jack Leggett says this team has a thick skin in this article from WLTX in South Carolina.
Oral Roberts is one of the hottest teams in the country heading into this series. They have won 31 out of their last 34 games to reach the Super-Regionals for the first time ever. They are led by junior catcher Andy Bouchie who batted .377 with 12 HR’s and 53 RBI’s. The Tulsa-based squad’s pitching has become healthy which has also led to the great 31-3 record in the last 34 games. Chris Ashman heads to this Super-Regional 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 93.1 innings pitched.
I predict a 2 game sweep by the number 1 seeded Tigers.
The Regionals are over and now we can focus on the 16 teams fighting for the 8 spots in Omaha.
Friday through Sunday Super-Regionals
Oral Roberts at Clemson
College of Charleston at Georgia Tech
Missouri at Cal St. Fullerton
North Carolina at Alabama
Saturday through Monday Super-Regionals
Oklahoma at Rice
South Carolina at Georgia
Miami of Florida at Ole Miss
Stanford at Oregon State
A Full preview will be coming for each series in the coming days. So please come back.
The Florida State Seminoles knocked the UNC Tar Heels out of the ACC Baseball Tournament today 7-6 in a wild come from behind win. Dennis Guinn hit a grand slam in the bottom sixth inning to take a 6-5 lead during the five run inning. UNC scored a run in the seventh to tie the game. The game continued tied until the bottom of the ninth inning when UNC closer Andrew Carignan came into the game. He immediately hit the lead off hitter in Tommy Oravetz, then walked Tony Thomas Jr., Danny Diaz then laid down a bunt to move the runners along by Carignan threw the ball to third base to try to get the lead runner but was too late as all runners were safe. Shane Robinson then came up and hit a single to right field with the infield and outfield in to win the game for the Seminoles.
Day 1 of the ACC Baseball Tournament got off to a flying start today.
FSU vs UVA
The Cavs and Noles opened the tournament up with a battle between each teams ace. Virginia sent Sean Doolittle to the mound to face the Seminoles ace in Bryan Henry. Doolittle pitched 6 innings giving up only 4 hits and striking out 9 Seminole batters while only letting up 1 run. Henry pitched 7 innings giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits while only striking out 1 batter. The UVA offense was very proficient at moving runners along the bases. The Seminoles struck out 15 times on the day and this needs to change if the Seminoles want to get deep in the NCAA Tournament.
NC State vs UNC
The Wolfpack were led by Gib Hobson’s complete game in a 9-3 victory over the number 2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. Hobson gave up a three-run homer in the first inning to Chad Flack but settled down after that. He pitched the complete game scattered 10 hits with 1 walk and had only 3 strikeouts. Andrew Miller took the loss for the Tar Heels which is only his second on the season. He gave up 7 runs (5 earned) with 5 walks in 6 innings.
Miami vs Georgia Tech
This game was a pitching duel between Scott Maine (UM) and Blake Wood (GT) with the Jackets coming out with a 2-1 win. The Miami run came on a Eddy Rodriguez home run in the second inning. The Georgia Tech runs came in the bottom of the fourth when Jeff Kindel got a one out double. He moved to third base on a Whit Robbins single in which Robbins was thrown out when he was trying to stretch it into a double. Wes Hodges came up and lined a 2 out double down the left field line to drive the tying run in. The score stayed tied until the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs Mike Trapani hit a solo homerun to give you the final scoreline. Scott Maine pitched 7.2 innings giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Blake Wood pitched 8.1 innings and gave up only 5 hits before turning it over to the bullpen. Brad Rulon picked up the save by getting the last two outs by way of the K.
Wake Forest vs Clemson
Clemson used a 13 hit attack to beat the Demon Deacons 13-1 in a 7 inning game which was shortened on the ten run rule which is in effect for the tournament. Clemson was led by Freshman D.J. Mitchell who got three RBI’s in the game for the Jack Leggett Tigers. Taylor Harbin was a homer shy of the cycle in a 3 for 3 performance with an RBI. P.J. Zocchi allowed one run on four hits in six innings of work for the Tigers. Steve Richard pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the Tigers giving up two hits and striking out two. Wake Forest starter Eric Nielsen had a rough night pitching only 3.2 innings giving up 6 runs (5 Earned) on five hits and three walks. Wake reliever Kyle Young did not have an easier time either by pitching 2.1 innings and gave up 7 runs (4 earned) on eight hits and two bases on balls.
The ACC Baseball Tournament is being webcast on the internet. The games can be seen by clicking here. You will have to complete a brief registration before seeing the video.