The Blazers’ outstanding right-handed pitcher is a true example of how going to college can help a pitcher grow and mature as a player. Alex Luna posted ERAs of 9.15 and 5.19 in his freshman and sophomore campaigns respectively before breaking onto the scene as a junior. In his third season he posted an ERA of 1.76 and went 7-1 in 15 starts. He struck out 58 batters in 87 innings pitched and had a WHIP of 1.06.
His senior year hasn’t gone quite as expected as he was dealing with an illness earlier in the year, but he’s still one of the Blazers’ top starting pitchers with an ERA of 3.70 in 11 starts with 40 strikeouts over 59.1 innings. Now that UAB has clinched a spot in the Conference USA Tournament, he’ll look to improve on his career numbers and lead UAB to a championship. Continue reading CBD Interview with UAB’s Alex Luna
Middle Tennessee (16-10, 8-1) vs. Old Dominion (13-11, 3-6)
The Blue Raiders continued their hot streak to begin conference play by sweeping ODU over the weekend. They won the first game 7-2 with Jared Allen going 2-4 at the plate with a run and 2 RBI. They took the second game 8-2 as Jake Ingold was 2-4 with a run and 3 RBI. Then MTSU squeaked by 5-4 on Sunday for the sweep. Allen was 1-2 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Continue reading CUSA Baseball Weekend Recap March 27-29
Charlotte (7-11, 1-8) vs. FIU (11-13, 3-3)
The 49ers started out the weekend with a 5-4 win over FIU thanks to an 8 inning effort by Sean Geoghegan who only gave up 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks with 8 strikeouts. Nick Daddio drove in 2 runs and Luke Gibbs was 1-2 with a run and an RBI. FIU bounced back to win the next two games and take the series. In game two the bats broke out for a punishing 23-1 win. Brian Portelli was 4-5 with a home run, 4 runs and 4 RBI. Edwin Rios was 4-4 with 3 home runs, 4 runs scored and 6 RBI. The Panthers won the deciding game 7-5 with Rios hitting another home run and Zach Soria going 4-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI. On the mound Christopher Mourelle gave up 3 earned runs over 7 innings on 6 hits and a walk. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 20th-22nd)
UAB (10-7, 0-3) vs. MTSU (11-6, 3-0)
Game 1 – MTSU 8-0: MTSU got out to a good start and shutout UAB 8-0. Johnathan Frebis tossed 7 scoreless innings only allowing 4 hits and 2 walks with 8 strikeouts. Ronnie Jebavy was 3-3 with 2 runs, 2 RBI and 2 walks.
Game 2 – MTSU 3-0: In the second game Nate Hoffman helped shutout the Blazers in a 3-0 win for MTSU. Hoffman went 5 innings, allowing just 1 hit and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Jebavy was 2-3 at the plate with a run scored.
Game 3 – MTSU 3-2: MTSU completed the sweep with a 3-2 win. Brad Jarreau was 2-2 at the plate with a run scored. Jarred Allen had a run and an RBI, while Jake Ingold brought in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Continue reading CUSA Weekend Recap March 13-15
Ryan Church, the first baseman for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers has had quite the collegiate journey playing at two different schools and in three different conferences, but one thing has remained consistent throughout, and that’s his ability to hit a baseball. Continue reading CBD Interview with WKU’s Ryan Church
Rice (11-6, 3-0) vs. Charlotte (4-5, 0-3)
The Owls and Niners kicked off the conference slate this past weekend. Rice swept the series as they begin the road to defending their conference crown. Continue reading CUSA Weekend Recap for March 6th-8th
Charlotte picked up two big wins over the weekend with the first coming over N.C. State 1-0. Sean Geoghegan gave up 3 hits and issue 3 walks over 6 scoreless innings, while striking out six. Their second win came over UNC-Greensboro 2-1. J.D. Prochaska struck out ten over 6.1 innings allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk. Derek Gallello was 1-4 with an RBI. They were scheduled to play N.C. State again but the game was cancelled due to rain. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Recap (Feb. 27th-March 1st)
Charlotte lost two-of-three to Akron over the weekend. In their 1-0 win J.D. Prochaska went 6 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out five. In a 2-1 loss Sean Geoghegan tossed 6 innings, allowing just 6 hits and 1 walk, while striking out five. In a 5-4 loss Derek Gallello was 2-5 with a run scored. Continue reading CUSA Weekend Recap Feb. 20-22
Charlotte – No games
Florida International (2-1):
The Panthers took on Tennessee during college baseball’s opening weekend and they stood up to the tall task winning two-of-three. On Friday they beat the Volunteers 4-3 thanks to a 2 RBI game by Josh Anderson. Jack Schaaf helped out as well scoring two runs. Their lone loss came on Saturday, 9-2. Anderson was 2-4 with a solo home run in this one, while Mitchell Robinson was 3-4 with a run scored. FIU blanked Tennessee 3-0 in the rubber match. Starting pitcher Christopher Mourelle went 5 innings allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks. Brian Portelli was 2-3 with a run scored. Continue reading CUSA Baseball Weekend Recap Feb. 13-15
Hey, it was finally opening day in College Baseball. As always, opening day is full of upsets from mid-major over teams with very high expectations. Here are some of the highlights of the first day of action. Continue reading CBD Around the Horn for Feb. 13th