Category Archives: Conference USA

2007 C-USA Baseball Tournament to be at ECU

IRVING, Texas – The 2007 Conference USA Baseball Championship, originally scheduled for May 23-27 at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, will be changing sites. Due to continuing renovations on the stadium since Hurricane Katrina, the facility will not be completed in time to host the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

“We were disappointed to learn that Turchin Stadium will not be ready to host the 2007 C-USA Baseball Championship, since we expect it will be one of the finest college baseball facilities in the country when it is completed,” said Commissioner Britton Banowsky.

With Tulane unable to hold this year’s event, East Carolina will now serve as the host of the 2007 championship at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. East Carolina was originally scheduled to host the 2008 championship and Tulane and ECU will now switch years, with next season’s event to be held at Turchin Stadium.

“We certainly appreciate East Carolina stepping up and hosting the 2007 championship,” said Banowsky. “ECU has an outstanding baseball facility and enjoys tremendous fan support. We know they will do a great job of hosting the championship and we are certain that the Pirate Nation will turn out in large numbers for this event.”

The 2007 championship will take place Wed., May 23-Sun., May 27. For more information on the tournament or the new site, click here.

Turchin Stadium Update

The Tulane Green Wave Athletic Department has announced that Turchin Stadium will not be completed by the end of the 2007 season. This forces the Green Wave to play all their remaining home games at Zephyr Field home of the New Orleans Zephyrs. The 2007 Conference USA Tournament was scheduled to be played at Turchin Stadium thus the conference needs to look for a new home. The CBB will keep you updated on any news on where the tournament will be moved to.

Tulane Release
The Times-Picayune Article

Bama wins a pitching duel over UAB 2-1

Alabama starter Casey Kebodeaux pitched eight innings while only letting up one run on five hits and was followed by Tommy Hunter who struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to get hsi fourth save of the year. Alabama grabbed the lead on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Paiml that brought home Ryan Rhoden with the eventual winning run. Alabama will return to action when they visit Vanderbilt while UAB heads to Houston.

Bama Recap
UAB Recap
SeBaseball visits Hoover

Conference USA Recap for 4/3


Tulane 16, LSU 9

All nine Green Wave hitters tallied at least two hits, including a 4-for-6 showing by sophomore right fielder Warren McFadden, as the Tulane University baseball team defeated arch-rival LSU, 16-9, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.

Tulane (23-8) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after three innings, and held a comfortable 13-3 advantage going into the top of the seventh. In that stanza, however, the Tigers (17-13-1) clawed their way back into the ballgame as left fielder Ryan Schimpf capped a six-run stanza with a three-run homer to right. Rookie right-hander Preston Claiborne came out of the pen to put the fire out and the Green Wave held on to complete the regular-season sweep of LSU for the third time since 2001.

Tulane Recap

Southern Miss 13, Nicholls State 5

Southern Miss’ Trey Cuevas and Michael Ewing each finished with three hits and four RBIs to lead the Golden Eagles to a 13-5 victory over Nicholls State, tonight, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 2,467 in attendance.

Cuevas finished with a single in the first inning, a grand slam in the second inning and a single in the fourth inning. Michael Ewing had a triple to center field in the second inning, a walk in the third inning, a sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning, a three-run homer to right field in the sixth inning and a single through the right side in the seventh inning.

Jared Cavenaugh (2-0) earned his second win of the season, pitching six innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out seven batters. JR Ballinger pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one, and Ben Wade pitched the ninth inning and had a strikeout.

Southern Miss Recap

Baylor 12, Houston 6

Baylor scored nine runs over the final four innings on the way to a 12-6 win against the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday during a non-conference game at Baylor Ballpark.

The Bears took advantage of a hit and error to score two runs in the sixth inning and grab the lead for good and then broke the game open with four runs off three hits and another Cougar miscue one inning later to split the regular-season series against the Cougars. UH enjoyed a 4-2 win over the Bears on Feb. 9 during the first day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

Baylor added three more run in the eighth inning during its final at bat for the final margin of victory.

Houston Recap

Rice 5, Prairie View A&M 4

Junior left fielder Jordan Dodson delivered the game-winning hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth-inning to cap a late two-run rally and propel the eighth-ranked Rice baseball team to a 5-4 victory over upset-minded Prairie View Tuesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.

Dodson’s ninth inning game-winner was on the heals of an emotional boost in the top of the eighth inning when junior reliever Cole St.Clair made his long-awaited debut for the 2007 season. The left-hander fired a solid shutout inning that halted the first Prairie View rally after the Panthers cut the Rice lead to a single run, 3-2. St.Clair entered the game with one run already in, a man in scoring position and nobody out. The consensus preseason all-America selection got a fly out, which was enough to advance the runner to third, and he hit the next batter. With men on the corners, St.Clair quickly made up for the hit batsman by picking the runner off first base. He then batted down a line-shot back to the mound, which he managed to corral and flip to first to end the inning.

Rice Recap

Louisville 17, Marshall 1

The Marshall University baseball team suffered a 17-1 setback to Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday on the strength of eight Cardinal home runs, three of which came in a 10-run third inning. The game was called in the top of the sixth inning due to thunderstorms.

Louisville fell behind 1-0 on a Brendan Murphy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) RBI groundout in the first inning that scored Thundering Herd leadoff man Mason Chapman (Barboursville, W.Va.). The Cardinals then wasted no time getting their offense going, hitting two home runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. Justin McClanahan hit a two-run shot off starter Ryan Kiel (Los Gatos, Calif.), then two batters later Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer.

Marshall Recap

Thanks to Raymond Reeves for forwarding me all this information. He is much help with Conference USA coverage.

C-USA Players of the Week and Notebook

Conference USA has released their Players of the Week for the period ending on April 1st. Bill Moss of Memphis picked up the Player of the Week award by going 6 for 9 with six RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, and a homer in a weekend sweep over Southern Mississippi. Ben Grisham also of Memphis picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by going eight shutout innings in a 8-1 victory over Southern Miss on Friday.

C-USA Release
Memphis Release

Conference USA has also released their notebook from the past weekend which details all the action of the Conference USA teams and can be read here.

Conference USA Recap for 3/20


Southern Miss 9 Louisiana-Monroe 5

The Eagles got their fourth straight victory with a 9-5 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening. Michael Ewing got three hits to lead the offense while Todd McInnis got the victory by going 3.0 innings on a staff night.

Southern Miss Recap
Louisiana-Monroe Recap
Hattiesburg American Recap

New Orleans 14 Tulane 2

The Privateers used a thirteen hit attack to hammer the Tulane Green Wave 14-2 in non-conference action on Tuesday. T.J. Baxter went 3-4 with four runs scored and four driven to lead the offensive charge.

UNO Recap
Tulane Recap

Texas A&M 10 Rice 9 (11 innings)

The Aggies picked up a very tough 10-9 victory over the Rice Owls on Tuesday. The Owls will be back in action on Friday when they visit Southern Miss for a weekend series.

Rice Recap
Texas A&M Recap

Memphis 17 Middle Tennessee State 3

The Memphis Tigers blew out Middle Tennessee State 17-3 on Tuesday. Bill Moss went 3-3 with four RBI and three runs scored to lead the Tigers to the victory.

Memphis Recap
Middle Tennessee State Recap

James Madison 12 Marshall 4

Matt Townsend hit two homers and drove in five runs to lead the Dukes to the 12-4 victory. The teams will face off on Wednesday.

JMU Recap
Marshall Recap

UAB 7 Troy 6

The UAB Blazers used a great relief appearance from James Oliver who entered with the tying run on second and the winning run on first with one out in the eighth but was able to get out of the jam and pick up his first save of the season.

UAB Recap
Troy Recap

C-USA Players of the Week and Notebook

Conference USA has named their players of the week with Tyson Auer and Sean Morgan honored. Tyson Auer hit .500 (8-16) for the week to lead the Golden Knights to a 3-1 record for the week. Sean Morgan was named the Pitcher of the Week with a career high 14 strikeouts in his 8.0 innings of work against Siena on Friday evening.

C-USA Release
UCF Release
Tulane Release

Conference USA also released their recap of the weekend in which six teams went undefeated. The release is available here.

Conference USA Wrapup

Conference USA has released their recap of the weekend where the conference teams went 11-2 in one run games. Memphis continues their strong start to the season with a three game sweep at the Autozone Classic in Memphis this past weekend. Marshall also picked up a four game sweep over University at Buffalo. Southern Miss also took 2 out of three games from the Ragin Cajuns in one of the better series of the weekend. The full release from C-USA is available here.

C-USA Players of the Week and Notebook

Aaron Luna of Rice was named the Player of the Week and Ryan Belanger of Southern Miss was named the Pitcher of the Week for Conference USA. Aaron Luna led Rice by batting .467 (7 for 15) with four RBI’s and six runs scored. Ryan Belanger went eight innings striking out seven and only walking run to pick up a 7-1 Southern Miss victory over a hot hitting Georgia Southern team.

Conference USA Release
Rice Release
Southern Miss Release

Conference USA has also released their notebook for week ending on February 25th which can be read here.