The Cape Cod Baseball League has released their players of the week for June 25th-July 6th in Yonder Alonso (Miami FL) and Andy Oliver (Oklahoma State). Yonder Alonso hit .400 for the week in five games while slugging .750 to be named the Player of the Week. Andy Oliver only gave up two hits and one earned run in 15 innings last week to get the Pitcher of the Week award. The full release including news and notes around the Cape Cod League is available here. We will try to make it down to the Cape Cod League for a game this week but for full coverage of the CCBL you can check out Codball.com.
USA Baseball Release
CARY, NC— Wei-Hua Lee (2-0) pitched a complete-game, seven hitter as Chinese Taipei (2-3) scored two runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Team USA (8-2) 3-2 on Monday morning. Lee struck out four and walked one. The five-game series continues in Kannapolis, NC on Tuesday at 7 p.m. after the U.S. won the first three games.
The American bullpen blew a one-run lead in the seventh when Josh Romanski (0-1, San Diego) put two runners on and Joe Kelly (UC Riverside) walked the bases full Kelly then gave up a two-run single to Ying-Chien Liao to give CTBA a 3-2 lead.
Reliever Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State) kept the game to within one, getting three consecutive outs after Kelly walked two straight to begin the inning.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Brett Wallace (Arizona State) and Petey Paramore (ASU) gave the Americans a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
The Taiwanese took a 1-0 lead in the first off of Ryan Berry (Rice) on an RBI double from Chien-Ming Su. Berry was making his first start for Team USA since pitching for Rice in the College World Series. Berry went the first six innings, giving up one run on four hits, using just 68 pitches.
Taiwanese starter Wei-Hua Lee was making his second start on the American tour. He gave up one run on five hits in CTBA’s first game on Thursday… the team’s start time of 10 a.m. is the second earliest start of the season. They play host Brazil on the third day of the Pan American Games at 9 a.m.
The Chinese Taipei series closes out in Kannapolis, NC (July 3) at 7 p.m. The 10-game North Carolina home stand continues with Japan on July 4, beginning a five-game series in Durham, NC (July 4, 6, 7, 8) and Kannapolis (July 5).
Baseball America published an interesting op-ed piece today, forecasting their predicted field for the 2008 College World Series. Obviously it’s too soon to tell who will be a legitimate contender, with almost 2 months remaining before the August 15 deadline for MLB organizations to sign would-be college prospects, and injuries, weather and dozens of other factors looming on the horizon. But all the same, it’s interesting to start thinking about it already as we watch the summer leagues take shape, and Aaron Fitt provides some interesting food for thought in the off-season. And no, as you near the end of the list, you’ll discover that I am not unbiased in my evaluation of this article…
The lucky 8:
Lousiville sends Miami back Home with a 8-7 win!
U of L began the day with its win over Miami.
The Hurricanes (37-24) were eliminated before the super-regionals for the first time in 13 years, and some players from their own backyard helped send them packing.
Miami natives Dominguez and Jorge Castillo led the way for the Cards. Dominguez had a two-run homer, and Castillo had four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double.
Castillo, who also hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 13-7 win over Miami, grew up a Hurricanes fan but wasn’t heavily recruited by the school. He said that motivated him this weekend.
“It was real sweet,” Castillo said. “I wanted to show them what they could have had.”
Zack Pitts (9-3), the team’s ace who lasted only 1 2/3 innings on Friday, got the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief. Trystan Magnuson worked the final two innings for the save.
The Cards came into the regional having never won an NCAA Tournament game. Their only other appearance was in 2002. Now they’re one win away from the super-regionals.
“This just shows that our program is on the rise,” pitcher James Belanger said.
Cardinals stay alive with a 4-3 win over Missouri!
Chris Dominguez was the least popular guy on the University of Missouri campus last night.
Except in the University of Louisville dugout.
The third baseman’s bat and legs kept the Cardinals alive in the NCAA baseball regionals, even if his dance moves and mouth made him the town’s top villain.
Dominguez hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Cards to a 4-3 victory over host Missouri last night at the Columbia Regional. Earlier, U of L eliminated Miami 8-7.
Louisville (43-21) will face the Tigers (42-17) again today at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to a super-regional.
The Huskers stayed alive with an 11-1 victory over UC-Riverside in an elimination game on Sunday. Johnny Dorn pitched a gem by letting up one run on five hits while striking out twelve batters. Nebraska advanced to face Arizona State in the Regional Final.
Arizona State 19 Nebraska 7
ASU took care of the Huskers 19-7 after the Nebraska pitching staff fell apart from having to come through the loser’s bracket. Arizona State advances to the Super Regionals to face Ole Miss.
The Louisville Cardinals were able to end the Hurricanes streak of winning 13 straight regional tournaments with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinals were led on offense by Jorge Castillo who picked up four RBI while Chris Dominguez hit a two run homer in the fifth inning. Louisville advances to the Regional Championship game against Missouri while Miami ends the season with a 37-24 record.
Louisville 4 Missouri 3
Louisville forced a winner take all game on Monday with a 5-4 victory against Missouri. The Cardinals were led by a very strong pitching performance from four pitchers as they were able to survive the elimination game. Chris Dominguez led the Cardinals with a huge two run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the ninth with a lead off homer from Jacob Priday which was followed up by a walk to Trevor Coleman. Kris Hollander was able to keep the Tigers off the board and get the victory for the Cardinals.
The Kent State Golden Flashes season ended as they dropped a tough 8-7 decision to the Miami Hurricanes. The Canes started the game off with a home run from Blake Tekotte to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Hurricanes dominated the game until the eighth inning when the Golden Flashes scored six runs in the inning to bring the deficit to one run but were unable to put any runs across in the bottom of the ninth to end the season with a 33-26 record. Miami advances to take on Louisville in an elimination game on Sunday.
Missouri 7 Louisville 5
The Missouri Tigers advanced to the regional championship game by knocking off the Louisville Cardinals 7-5. Jacob Priday and Trevor Coleman hit back to back homers in the sixth inning. Priday also picked up another homer in the seventh inning. The Tigers advance to face the winner of the Miami/Louisville elimination game on Sunday.
Nebraska survived a late rally from Monmouth to win the elimination game from Monmouth on Saturday evening. Nebraska scored five runs in the seventh inning which was highlighted by a big two run double from Jake Opitz. Monmouth ends the season with a 36-24-1 record while Nebraska advances to play UC-Riverside on Sunday.
ASU 9 UC-Riverside 2
Mike Leach pitched a complete game while giving up two runs as the Sun Devils picked up a 9-2 victory over UC-Riverside. Petey Paramore led the Sun Devils offense by going 3-4 with 2 RBI as the Sun Devils advance in the winner’s bracket to take on the winner of the UC-Riverside vs Nebraska elimination game tomorrow.
The Highlanders picked up a solid 10-5 victory over Nebraska. They were led by Jaime Pedroza who went 2-4 with four RBI including a home run. UC-Riverside will take on Arizona State on Saturday while Nebraska battles Monmouth.
Arizona State 5 Monmouth 3
Kiel Roling went 2-3 with three runs scored as the Sun Devils defeated Monmouth 5-3. ASU will take on UC-Riverside and Monmouth will play Nebraska.
The Sun Devils (43-13) have one of the best offenses in the country with a team batting average of .349. They have 11 players who are batting over .300 on the year. Brett Wallace leads the team in average at .426 including 15 homers and 73 RBI. Josh Satow has become the ace of the staff as he has an 11-3 record with a 2.23 ERA. They open the tournament at 7 pm PDT against Monmouth.
Arizona State Tourney Notes
The UC-Riverside (37-19) Baseball squad is led by one of the top pitchers in the country in James Simmons. He leads the team with a 10-3 record and a 2.32 ERA. He recently was named the Big West pitcher of the year. The offense is led by Joey Gonzales who is hitting .360 on the season. They will open up against Nebraska at 2 pm PDT.
The Cornhuskers (30-25) are in the midst of a rebuilding year. They are led by Jeff Tedak who leads the team with a .331 average. The Huskers will be without starting catcher Mitch Abeita who is out for the Regionals with a broken leg. The Husker pitching staff is headlined by Tony Watson who is 6-4 with a 3.94 ERA. Nebraska opens up against UC-Riverside at 2pm PDT.
Monmouth (36-22-1) enters this weekend as the automatic bid out of the Northeast Conference after defeating Central Connecticut State in the championship game 7-1 in which the CBB attended. The full article is available by clicking here. They are led by Kyle Messineo who is hitting .346 on the season and leads the team in stolen bases with an outstanding 41 on the season. Ryan Buch and Brad Brach both went 9-2 on the year to lead the pitching staff. Monmouth opens against Arizona State at 7 pm PDT.
The CBB predicts that Arizona State will win the Regional fairly easily.