Louisville 8 Miami 7
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.
Miami 8 Kent State 7
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.
Kent State Recap
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.
It is a bad day when I have to post a story about a death but I have to. Jody Schrage, 45, wife of Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Schrage passed away on Tuesday from complications with cancer. The College Baseball Blog wants the readers to keep her and the Schrage family in your thoughts.
The full article is available here.
The Big East Conference released the Pre-Season poll in which St. John’s was given 7 out of the possible 11 first place votes. The University of Notre Dame received four votes with the Cardinals of Louisville getting the other vote. Notre Dame sophomore Kyle Wieland was picked as the Pre-Season Pitcher of the year and Rutgers junior Todd Frazier was the Pre-Season Player of the year. The full release is available here.
I think you should not sleep on USF and Duke transfer Danny Otero as they are my team to watch in the Big East.
SEBaseball checks in with some previews which I have missed in the recent weeks. They posted a very nice previews which are linked below.
I have been slacking off lately but with the recent holidays and great football games on TV (see Boise State vs Oklahoma), I have not had too much time to be blogging. You can expect me to be blogging more in the near future and especially with the season starting up at the end of the month.
Louisville has released the 2007 schedule. They will be appearing in my neck of the woods April 13th-15th at Uconn. The full schedule is available in PDF format.
St. Mary’s and Head Coach Jedd Soto have released the 2007 schedule. They play a very challenging schedule including visiting my favorite coach in Paul Mainieri at LSU. The full schedule is available here.
LSU also have released new artist renderings of the New alex Box Stadium which is due to open in 2008. The drawings are available here.
St. Louis and Head Coach Bob Hughes have announced the signing of five student athletes for the 2008 season. They are continuing to build a good program in the A-10. Full release here.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have released their 2007 schedule. They will start the season in Winston Salem to play Cleveland State for a three game set at Ernie Shore Field. They will then return to the Carolinas the next two weekends to take part in the Baseball at the Beach and the Coastal Carolina tournaments. They will then return to Morgantown to start the home schedule with a doubleheader against Niagara. They will continue their homestand for another 16 games before heading on the road to start the road portion of the Big East schedule. The full schedule is available here and The College Baseball Blog likely will see these guys when they visit the Huskies late in the season.
There have been some recent releases on some more recruits for the 2007-2008 school year.
New Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Schrage has released the 2007 baseball schedule. They will continue their tradition of opening the season in San Antonio with one game against Prairie View A & M and two games with Texas State. They were scheduled to play Northwestern in a 3 game set but Northwestern had to back out at the last minute. The Irish will also participate in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament at Coastal Carolina with UNC-Wilmington and TCU joining them. They also head down to Stetson to participate in that tournament with perennial power Nebraska joining Stetson and Iowa in the tourney. There is no major surprises in their schedule with no trip to Uconn this year the College Baseball Blog Staff will not see the Irish. I hope Head Coach Dave Schrage good luck on the season and hope they make it back to Omaha and continue the tradition of Paul Mainieri.
Full Schedule available in PDF format and HTML.
Notre Dame released the signings for the 2007-2008 season recently and that article can be found here.