The CBB will be providing you with predictions for the SEC during the 2008 season. This is the opening weekend of the deepest conference in the nation. Can Vanderbilt replace Price? Is South Carolina any good with a loss to Yale? There are many questions so stay tuned throughout the year. The marquee series of the weekend is South Carolina visiting the Vanderbilt Commodores. Continue reading SEC Weekend Preview for March 14th-March 16th
The CBB had very high expectations for the Vanderbilt Commodores as they enter the SEC season with a 10-3 overall record and a top 10 national ranking. The Commodores been able to get off to such a great start even though they have an injury to their top player Pedro Alvarez who is expected to be a Top 5 pick in the MLB draft. (He was listed in the CBB Top Players in our Preseason Preview available here.)The other amzing thing is that the other two top players in Ryan Flaherty and Dominic de la Osa who were expected to support Alvarez in the lineup have gotten off to slow starts. There is an excellent article on the official Vandy site about this topic which can be read here.
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Alabama 9 Samford 5
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama senior first baseman Matt Bentley slammed two home runs, including a solo blast in the fifth inning that gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good, in a 9-5 win over the Samford Bulldogs Wednesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Bentley went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in leading the Crimson Tide to its sixth straight win. Bentley gave the Tide the lead for good with a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning off losing pitcher Michael Jarry. Bentley slammed a two-run home run with two outs in the third inning to give Alabama a 4-3 lead. Continue reading Bama, Portland, USF, JMU, Louisville, TCU pick up wins
South Florida 7, Florida Atlantic 6
A sacrifice fly from Brandon Smith in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie as University of South Florida defeated Florida Atlantic University (7-5) 7-6 at Red McEwen Field in Tampa Tuesday night.
USF got to Florida Atlantic starter Brandon Kloess in the second inning scoring five runs on five hits. The first fout batters of the inning singled off of Kloess and a walk and hit batter. After manufacturing three runs, Freshman Ryan Lockwood stroked a single to center field with the bases loaded that plated two more runs making it a 5-0 advantage for the Bulls.
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San Diego 6 Fullerton 2
FULLERTON, Calif. – The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team scored four unanswered runs in picking up a 6-2 win over No. 16 Cal State Fullerton Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Goodwin Field.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 8-7 overall and improve to 6-1 against ranked opponents this season. With the loss, the Titans fall to 8-5, suffered their first home loss of the season and saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Continue reading USD, TCU, UMD, UNC-W, UK, NIU, and Nevada pick up wins
For the second time in a week, an Ivy League program defeated an SEC team this time the Yale Bulldogs went down to Columbia SC and defeated the number 4 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. The Bulldogs used four pitchers in the game while allowing South Carolina to only five hits. Yale starter Stefan Schropp pitched the first five innings of the game allowing only three hits and one run. He was followed by Chris Walsh who struggled through 1.1 innings while giving up two hits and two runs. Continue reading Yale shocks South Carolina
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 11, today. Arkansas senior infielder/outfielder Aaron Murphree was named National Hitter of the Week, while Arizona senior lefthander David Coulon was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. Continue reading NCBWA Names Pro-Line Athletic Players of the Week for March 11th
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Kentucky 6 Purdue 1
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman shortstop Chris Wade launched a grand slam over the left-center field fence in the sixth inning, breaking open a 2-1 game, to lead the No. 4 Kentucky baseball team to a 6-1 win over the Purdue Boilermakers in game one of a twinbill, on Monday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Wade launched his third homer of the season, busting open what had been a pitching duel through the first five frames. Wade, who extended his hit streak to a team-high 10 games, has hit homers in two consecutive games. Wade finished the day 1-for-2 with four RBI. Continue reading Kentucky sweeps Purdue
Baylor takes two from Mississippi State.
Missouri Takes Two from Indiana State
Kansas State Takes two from Lemoyne.
Kansas takes two from North Dakota State
Nebraska Takes two from Northern Colorado.
Texas Tech 8 Northern Illinois 5
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JMU 8 Georgia State 3
PANTHERSVILLE, Ga., March 9, 2008 – James Madison University took command with a six-run fourth inning and sophomore Kyle Hoffman (Reading, Pa./Twin Valley) pitched eight innings in an 8-3 victory to complete a Colonial Athletic Association sweep of Georgia State University on Sunday afternoon at The Field at Panthersville. Continue reading Kentucky, JMU, South Florida, and Zags pick up wins