FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
PINE BLUFF, Ark.- The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Carlos James to the position of head baseball coach.
James arrives to UAPB after spending the previous two seasons at the University of Arkansas-Monticello where he served in the same capacity. The Pine Bluff native took over the struggling UAM Baseball team and turned them into a legitimate conference contender during his two years at the helm of program.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
At Estadio Jose Pepito Bonano in Guaynabo, the Ripken League Stars played to a 4-4 tie after ten innings with the Juncos, a team of college, junior college, and Puerto Rican Double-A ballplayers, when the Juncos ran out of pitchers for the game.
Down 1-0, Alex Frederick (University of North Carolina-Greensboro/Baltimore Redbirds) doubled home Stuart MacInnes (University of Texas-Pan American/Rockville Express), who tripled with two outs in the second inning, to tie the game.
Arkansas 19 Grambling State 7
FAYETTEVILLE – Aided by a school-record nine home runs, the No. 15 University of Arkansas downed Grambling, 19-7, Friday in game one of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.Brett Eibner became the ninth player in program history to hit three home runs in one game, while Collin Kuhn, James McCann and Andy Wilkins each posted two home runs. Arkansas’ 19 runs are the second most scored by the program in an NCAA postseason game (20 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1985).
"We came out aggressive offensively," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We put up six in the first and jumped ahead of them. We basically got to work quickly on doing all the things we had been practicing during the week. We laid off a lot of borderline pitches and got into good hitting counts."
#1 Arkansas (40-18, 18-12 SEC)
Golden Spikes award semifinalist Zack Cox is one of the most heralded players in the country, leading Arkansas to the College World Series in 2009 as well as winning the Cape Cod League MVP while playing for the Cotuit Keetlers. Cox was held out of the SEC Tournament due to a lingering back injury, but has deemed himself ready for NCAA Tournament play. The same cannot be said for Brett Eibner’s hand injury, which before the tournament Head Coach Dave Van Horne said was “getting worse.” Both Cox (.432, 8 HR, 47 RBI) and Eibner (.332, 18 HR, 61 RBI) are projected to be first round picks in the 2010 MLB Draft. Also leading the high powered Razorback offense are Sophomore OF Colin Kuhn (.343, 12 HR, 45 RBI) and Junior IF Andy Wilkins (.274, 13 HR, 62 RBI)
Here is your SEC Recap for May 4th.
#17 LSU 9 Southeastern Louisiana 5
BATON ROUGE, La. - Homers by right fielder Mikie Mahtook and first baseman Blake Dean erased a 5-4 deficit in the sixth inning and powered No. 15 LSU to a 9-5 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
With the win, the Tigers (33-13) snapped a seven-game losing skid and improved to 10-1 this season in mid-week contests. Southeastern dropped to 33-14 with the loss.
LSU will be back in action this weekend when it hosts SEC foe Vanderbilt in a three-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m., in Alex Box Stadium.
Here is your SEC Recap for April 28th.
#7 Arkansas 5 Missouri State 4
FAYETTEVILLE – Brett Eibner totaled four RBI and Jordan Pratt came out of the bullpen to pick up the win as the No. 7 University of Arkansas baseball team beat Missouri State, 5-4, Wednesday night at Baum Stadium. Eibner hit his 14th home run of the season to power the Razorback offense, while Pratt struck out four in 2.1 innings of relief work against the Bears.
"(Pratt) did a great job," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "He came in and settled the game down. If it weren’t for the weekend and having to save some pitchers, we would have left Jordan in there but we have to get him ready for the weekend."
Here is your SEC Recap for April 27th.
#4 Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 4
ATLANTA – Matt Skole and Evan Martin delivered big two-RBI hits in Georgia Tech’s six-run, eighth-inning outburst Tuesday night, carrying the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 6-4 victory in the ninth Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Spring Baseball Classic at Turner Field.
Tech (35-7) won for just the second time in nine meetings between the two teams at Turner Field, before a crowd of 16,194 that braved a chilly and windy night and the threat of rain, and earned their first regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1994. The Yellow Jackets took a 6-5 decision at Russ Chandler Stadium and a 25-6 win in Athens earlier in the season.
Here is your SEC Recap for April 20th.
#5 LSU 14 Northwestern State 3
SHREVEPORT, La. — Shortstop Austin Nola was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, and the fifth-ranked Tigers pounded 15 hits to top No. 30 Northwestern State, 14-3, Tuesday night at Fair Grounds Field.
The Tigers (31-6) will be back in action Wednesday when they play host to Northwestern State (25-11) in Alex Box Stadium at 6:30 p.m., as the two teams will meet for the second time in two days.
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 18, today. Morehead State senior shortstop Drew Lee was named National Hitter of the Week, while Texas junior right-handed pitcher Cole Green 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.
Another Tuesday is in the books and as always, it was interesting to see some of the big conference programs drop games to some of the weaker teams.
The UNC baseball program continued to struggle on Tuesday losing a 4-2 decision to Elon. CBB contributor Michael Lemaire wrote an excellent article about how the North Carolina baseball program has been struggling during the first two months of the season. You can check out Michael’s full column by clicking here.