The Georgia Southern Eagles knocked off the Yellow Jackets today 11-4 in the season opener for Georgia Tech. Chris Hollis, Jeremy Beckham, and Matt Miller led the offensive charge for the Eagles. Hollis had a 2-4 day with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Jeremy Beckham went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. The big day was had by Matt Miller who pumped in five RBI’s in his two hits. The Eagles pitching on the day was led by a very good pitching performance from reliever A.J. Battisto who pitched 3 innings of shutout relief to give the Eagles the victory. Georgia Tech leading offensive force Matt Wieters was held hitless on the day in four at-bats. Danny Payne had two hits in three at bats today. David Duncan pitched five innings but gave up six runs (all earned) to pick up the loss in his first start of the year. Duncan looked shaky to the CBB staff last season when we had a chance to see him.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will open the season on Saturday with a visit to Georgia Southern. The Jackets are coming off a 50-18 season in 2006 and a CWS appearance. The Jackets are led by All-American catcher Matt Weiters who also closes games. He was named the number 2 pro prospect this summer in the CCBL behind Justin Smoak. David Duncan will be the lead returning pitcher. Georgia Southern is heading into the series with a 1-2 record from their series in Hawai’i.
The final game of the Miami-Mercer series was canceled due to rain in the area. Mercer took Game one 6-5 and Game two 8-5. Mercer is back in action next weekend at Bethune-Cookman while Miami tries to get win number 1 against UCLA.
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.