Wrapping up the weekend action Baylor fought back to get a massive 5-4 win over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. After working around an error that led to two runs in the opening frame, starter Austin Stone settled in to throw six strong innings and lead the Bears to the win. Josh Michalec came on and shut the door in the 9th to earn his 6th save of the season to preserve the Bears victory. Previously dropping Friday’s game 11-0, Baylor showed impressive resolve earning back-to-back one-run wins over one of the top teams in the country. The win comes at a pivotal time for the Bears, who have played a difficult schedule thus far and begin Big 12 play next weekend against Texas Tech. Continue reading
In a doubleheader that was moved due to the threat of bad weather in Stillwater on Saturday, Oklahoma State and San Diego got together for a back and forth series of games. Both teams are among the favorites to win their respective conferences so there was added interest in the series and the two games didn’t disappoint. After quickly falling behind 5-0 in the 1st inning in Game 1, Oklahoma State rallied back to get the win 6-5. The Cowboy bullpen came up huge after starter Tyler Nurdin was roughed up early. Game 2 also saw San Diego jump out to a big early lead, but this time they held on for the 10-6 win. Starter Troy Conyers turned in a very solid outing going six innings and allowing two earned runs on just one hit for the Toreros. Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday. Continue reading
Maryland senior Jake Stinnett was a cut above the rest on Saturday as the senior tossed the first no-hitter for the Terrapins since 2008 in a 4-0 win over UMass. Stinnett faced just two over the minimum while striking out nine batters. Coming off a week in which he was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week, he retired the final 11 batters of the game in dominating fashion. Maryland also won game two of the doubleheader 10-1. Continue reading
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Sunday’s action saw Cal Poly get a pivotal series-clinching win in the rubber game over UCLA 9-1. The victory was huge for the Mustangs, who dropped the first game on Friday only to show a lot of character and bounce back with two straight wins on the road to take the series. Offensively Nick Torres and Brian Mundell continued to be the story as the duo combined for five hits and five RBI on the day. Mundell homered in all three games of the series and raised his average to a red-hot .455 on the season. Continue reading
The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have made loud noises during the current baseball offseason with left-and-right acquisitions of big names to improve their chances of reaching the World Series, and ultimately win it. But what about the teams like the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins, who started and finished their campaigns last season languishing in the cellar? Is there hope in these teams’ immediate future?
The upcoming MLB Draft offers a source of needed prospects for teams looking to turn around their fates. The possibility that one of the talents in the draft grows into a pivotal piece for a team like the Marlins, who are +10,000 in the MLB futures odds, is a salivating thought for any team’s front office and fans. Continue reading
Saturday’s roundup takes us to the PAC 12/Big 10 Challenge in Surprise, AZ where Michigan State pulled off a comeback win late against #1 Oregon State. Down 7-6 entering the top of the 9th, the Spartans pushed across two runs to take the 8-7 lead and held on for the win. Michigan State has been very impressive thus far in 2014, taking the first two games against the PAC 12 this weekend to improve to 4-1 overall and a chance to go 3-0 in the challenge if they can beat Washington on Sunday. Next weekend they will have another opportunity to pick up some quality wins as they face Mississippi State twice in the Diamond Classic in Starkville. Continue reading
The second weekend of college baseball saw plenty of interesting results across the board. Most notably top ranked Oregon State had a tough day all around, losing 9-2 to Nebraska in the PAC 12/Big 10 Challenge, followed by the disappointing news they received on pitcher Ben Wetzler being suspended for 20 percent of the season by the NCAA for illegal contact with an agent.
North Carolina’s early season struggles continued in their home opener against Xavier on Friday. The Tar Heels dropped the contest 2-1, falling to 1-3 on the season. Xavier starter Adam Hall put together a great outing allowing just one run on four hits over six frames. The Muskateer bullpen slammed the door over the final three innings allowing just two baserunners to seal the victory and stay undefeated on the season.
Arguably the most intriguing series of the weekend pits Miami (FL) against rivals Florida in top 25 clash. The Hurricanes got the better of the Gators on Friday night, thanks in part to three home runs by Willie Abreu, Dale Carey and Garrett Kennedy. After a tough start giving up three runs in the 1st, starter Chris Diaz battled back and went seven innings to get the win and give Miami (FL) some early momentum in a huge series.
Reed Garrett of VMI tossed the first no-hitter of the collegiate baseball season against Lafayette, totaling 13 strikeouts. Garrett allowed just one baserunner walking first baseman Campbell Lipe in the 5th, and went to only three three-ball counts all night. He threw 117 pitches in the 3-0 VMI win.
Defending national champion UCLA shut down previously undefeated Cal Poly 5-2 behind a strong performance from starter James Kaprielian. Kaprielian scattered just three hits and one run across seven dominant innings as he struck out nine Mustangs.
Sacramento State handed Texas A&M their first loss on the road in College Station Friday night. Junior righty Ty Nichols picked up his second win of the season tossing seven shutout innings, and Sutter McLoughlin finished the job pitching the final two frames. David Del Grande’s RBI in the 4th inning proved to hold up as the only run of the ballgame as the Hornets held on 1-0.