The Mercer Bears took Game 2 of their three game set with Miami on Saturday by a score of 8-5. This was the Bears second consecutive win over the Canes since they won on Friday evening by a score of 6-5. Mike Armstrong and Billy Shaughnessy each hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the Mercer offense. Cory Gearrin finished off the game by pitching a perfect ninth inning to get his second save in as many nights. The Miami team needs to wake up since most of the early season games are to build up the Hurricanes record for a possible NCAA Tourney bid.
The Mercer Bears made a dramatic ninth inning comeback to knock off the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the three game set. Catcher, Josh Thompson lead the Bears with a 4-4 performance with 3 RBI’s and a home run. The Hurricanes were unable to hold a 5-1 advantage behind a solid start from Manny Miguelez who went five innings allowing only one run. Mercer starter Brantley New struggled through five innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the season on Saturday at 7 pm.
Scott Maine of the Miami Hurricanes has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy. He will not be playing against Mercer this weekend and could be out longer since it is still unclear how long he will be out. Miami Herald article available here.
Miami has released a press release stating the starting pitching rotation for this weekend’s series against Mercer. On Friday night, Jim Morris will send Manny Miguelez to the mound. He went 8-4 with a 4.31 ERA. Miguelez will face off against Mercer pitcher Brantley New (9-3 3.60 ERA). On Saturday, the Canes will send Danny Gil to the mound who went 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 2006 and will face off against Blake Quarles (4-2, 5.33 ERA). The canes will send freshman stud pitcher Erick Erickson to the mound on Sunday to face either Justin Boyette or Boone Webster who both are JC transfers.
SouthernCollegeSports.com has posted a series of previews on different conferences recently which are very knowledgeable for a quick synopsis of each conference. Each preview that has been released is listed below.
GoJackets.com has continued previewing the programs in the ACC by releasing a preview on the Miami Hurricanes. As usual, it is an excellent read if you do not see the Hurricanes every week. I will not see the Hurricanes until at least next season when they hopefully make an appearance at Boston College. The full article is available here.
SeBaseball.com has posted a previews for the ACC and the SEC conferences. They pick North Carolina to win the conference over Clemson which they have winning the Atlantic division. In the SEC, they pick South Carolina to win the East and Arkansas in the West. The SEC is by far the deepest conference as any team can logically win if they get their players rolling.
The ACC has released their preseason coaches poll. The UNC Tar Heels and the Clemson Tigers are both picked to win their respective division. The Tigers are expected to win the whole conference according to the coaches. The full release from the ACC is available here.
Cstv.com has started posting a series of articles previewing the 2007 NCAA Baseball season. The first article posted was a vote taken by CSTV on the Pre-season player of the year. The projected player of the year is Wes Roemer of Cal-State Fullerton. The full list is available here.
The second article is about players who are solid in the pitching and hitting departments like Virginia’s Sean Doolittle and GT’s Matt Wieters. The article is written by CSTV writer Glenn Tanner and can be read here.
Rivals has released their top 25 for the upcoming season. The top team is Rice with UNC, University of South Carolina, Virginia, and Miami rounding out the top 5. I believe that Miami is a little overrated being in the top 5 but we will have to see how the season falls to find out the truth. It is nice to see 3 ACC teams in the Top 5.
The full poll is available here.
Mike Martin was officially enshrined into the ABCA Hall Of Fame today. This was a very high honor for Coach Martin who enters the season with a career record of 1435-493-4 (.744). The full press release on Coach Martin is available here.
Also, The Florida State Baseball team has officially started practicing this week for the upcoming season. They open the season on Feb. 2nd against Tennessee. There is a nice little photo gallery on the official Seminole site here.