The Wake Forest Demon Deacons knocked off the FSU Seminoles 4-2 to take Game 1 on Friday. The Deacons were led by a very strong pitching performance from Freshman Brad Kledzik. He pitched 6 strong innings with 8 strikeouts and 1 hit. He did give up 5 walks which he worked around. FSU started scoring in the 8th off of Wake Forest closer Ben Hunter with 2 runs. In the ninth, FSU had runners on second and third and 1 out but could not get any runners across to keep the final score at 4-2.
Florida State at Wake Forest
Wake takes 2 out of 3.
Maryland at Boston College
BC takes 2 out of 3
Wright State at Miami
South Florida at GT
Gt takes 2 out of 3
Clemson at Duke
Weird Sunday through Tuesday series with Clemson sweeping the Blue Devils
Longwood vs NC State on Saturday and Sunday
NC State takes both games.
Long time Virginia Tech head coach Chuck Hartman has decided to retire after 47 years as a head coach effective at the end of the season. He served at Virginia Tech for 28 seasons and currently has a record of 1,441-810-8. This puts him fourth all time in wins. He has coached in four different conferences with VA Tech: Metro Conference, Atlantic Ten, Big East, and currently in the ACC. He also spent 19 years at High Point University as their head coach. This is a loss for college baseball as he is one of the class guys in this industry and raise a glass to him next time.
Andrew Miller of UNC has been the best pitcher this year in the ACC. He is 6-6 and throws in the mid-90’s and what makes him even better is the fact he is left-handed. Andrew enters this key weekend for the Tar Heels with a 10-0 record and a microscopic 1.91 ERA with 79 K’s in 75.1 innings. The MLB scouts are drooling over this raw talent and would love to see him in their future plans. This kid is the real deal and will likely be up in the majors within 2 years. He is listed on the Dick Howser Trophy Watch List with teammate Jay Cox.
My biggest question is How is this kid at UNC instead of Florida? He is from the backyard of the Gators in Gainesville.
This is an interesting year coming up. We have many changes in the College Baseball world with the Boston College Eagles joining the ACC and Tulane having to deal with the affects of Hurricane Katrina. I will be posting season previews every 2 or three days for different conferences. I am still looking for some more writers so feel free to write to me.
The matchups for the College World Series is set with a bunch of inexperienced schools joining the mix with some old favorites. The inexperienced schools are Oregon State, Baylor, and U of Tenn who have been to a grand total of one World Series the last few years. Yes, Tulane has been very good the last few seasons but they are in the next tier with Nebraska, Texas, Florida, and Arizona State group. These are perennial powers in college baseball.
The matchups for Friday are:
U. of Tenn vs Florida
Arizona State vs Nebraska
Tulane vs Oregon State
Texas vs Baylor
PS If anyone is going to the CWS and would like to write for the site in a running journal online please e-mail me at [email protected]
The SEC had a good day with The Florida Gators beating the Seminoles of Florida State 8-1 and Tennessee used a 2 run homer in the top of the ninth to knock off Georgia Tech 3-2. Florida got a complete game from Tommy Boss as he gave up 7 hits and only 1 run in his nine innings of work. The Florida offense was led by 3 consecutive solo homeruns by Jerolman, McArthur, and Leclerc to make the score 7-1 after five innings. This looked to me like the knockout punch by Florida tonight as FSU’s ace looked weak and the rest of the staff is suppose to be weaker. I think Florida will pull this off after this performance tonight. The Vols needed the Rob Fitzgerald homer in the top of the ninth off of Georgia Tech closer Matt Wieters to win the game. This was a must win game for the Vols as their ace Luke Hochevar pitched seven great innings allowing 5 hits and only 1 earned run. He struck out 11. The rest of this series should be interesting.
The Huskers came out with a solid 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes today to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The game was delayed over 2 hours before it started but Joba Chamberlain was ready as he was the story for the Huskers as he scattered 7 hits in 8.0 plus innings pitched. He struck out 13 of the 29 batters he faced. Cesar Carrillo was very good also letting up 2 ER over 8.0 innings but his defense gave up an unearned run in the fourth inning which was key.
Here are some links to some articles around the country about the Super Regionals.
The Times-Picayune checks in with a few articles about the Regional. The first one is about Nathan Southard, one about Wayne Graham , and the final one is about the threat of a tropical storm interrupting the series.
The Houston Chronicle has three articles today about College Baseball. One about the Rice pitching staff, one about Baylor’s recent turnaround this season, and the final one is about TCU’s Lance Broadway who is up for the Roger Clemens award.
The Lincoln Journal Star has a ton of articles about the Huskers and Canes. The first one focuses on Mike Anderson. Another one focuses on Husker assistant Andy Sawyers. We also have articles on Ryan Braun and also an article about the Huskers two aces. Wow, There is only one more from the Lincoln Star and that is on Zach Kroenke. There is also an editorial about the game from Steven M. Sipple.
The Sun-Sentinel checks in with an article from Jim Sarni about the Huskers series. There is also an article on the Figueroa brothers. The Miami Herald has an article about Miami pitcher Andrew Lane and also an article on Seminole pitcher Bryan Henry.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times has an article about the interest in OSU baseball with this dream season of theirs.
I have to go watch some games…Take it easy and Enjoy the games.
Just thought I would throw up a post about some articles about the games this weekend.
Miami vs Nebraska
This is a good article from the Nebraska side of the table from the Lincoln Journal Star Online. I think there is still bad blood between Miami and Nebraska fans from the mid 90’s and earlier football battles. The South Florida Sun Sentinel has an article about the hostile crowd that the UM team will face in Lincoln this weekend.
Florida State vs. Florida
The South Florida Sun Sentinel delivers again with an article about the series. The Tallahassee Democrat delivers with an article about Alan Horne and also there is an article from a couple of days ago about the Army Baseball team and the experiences they had in the regional. The Gainesville Sun delivers with an article about the series.
Vols at Georgia Tech
The Atlanta Journal Constitution delivers an article about the series which calls GT a heavy favorite. The Knoxville News Sentinel delivers with an article about Chase Headley patience at the plate.
Clemson at Baylor
The Waco Tribune-Herald delivers with an article about Baylor and Clemson. The Greenville News delivers with two articles about pitching: one about the Clemson staff and one about Baylor’s.
Arizona State at Cal State Fullerton
The East Valley Tribune comes up with an article about the duo of ASU pitchers who might help them beat CSF. The Daily Titan has two articles, one about the previous series and the other about Ricky Romero.
Texas at Ole Miss
The Austin-American Statesman checks in with three articles about the series. The first one focuses on previewing the series. The second focuses on how Texas plays better with its backs against the wall and the final one is about Ole Miss player Stephen Head.
Tulane hosts Rice
USC visits Oregon State
The Corvallis Gazette Times has an article about Tyler Graham and his fight back from a torn labrum. The LA Times has no coverage of USC baseball but that is typical of large papers.
I hope to have up some links tomorrow before the games start up.