MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 16 today. Georgia State senior first baseman Nic Wilson was named National Hitter of the Week, while VCU’s junior left-handed pitcher Heath Dwyer 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
#18 Rice (15-6, 5-1)-#29 FIU (16-4, 3-3)
Game 1 – Rice: 3 FIU: 2 (13). WP – Matt Ditman LP – Charles Cormier. Zech Lemond started the game for Rice and went 8 innings, only giving up 2 ER, while FIU starter Mike Franco lasted 7.1 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on only 3 hits, while striking out seven. John Clay Reeves had 3 hits in the game, including a leadoff single in the 13th as he eventually came around to score the game-winning run. Continue reading
In a Saturday filled with doubleheaders due to impending weather, we saw some great comebacks and several pivotal extra inning contests. After knocking off NC State for the second straight game to win the series, Florida State had to go to extra innings to complete the sweep of the 7th ranked Wolfpack. After NC State took an 8-7 lead in the 13th, the Noles rallied back for two runs to win it 9-8 and come up with a massive sweep in a crucial conference matchup in Tallahassee. It’s very early in the season, but Florida State along with Virginia look to be the front-runners is a very tough ACC in 2014.
As the #1 ranked team in the country South Carolina trailed by three runs with two outs in the bottom of the 9th things looked bleak, but you can never count out the Gamecocks. After Connor Bright delivered a base hit to cut the lead to 4-2, Max Schrock came up with the game-tying two-run home run to force extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th Brison Celek knocked an RBI single into right field to give South Carolina the 5-4 win and even the series. The rubber match of the series saw freshman Wil Crowe improve to 4-0 on the season, allowing just one run in 5 1/3 innings of work as the Gamecocks came back to win the series by a final score of 3-1.
Also around the SEC, after dropping Game 1 on Friday night Vanderbilt fought back for a series win against LSU with wins of 5-3 and 9-3 on Saturday to keep pace with the #1 Gamecocks in the East.
Mississippi State pitcher Ross Mitchell threw a complete game in his second career start to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-1 win in Game 2 of their series at Georgia. Mitchell allowed just one run on four hits and struck out five to help MSU regain some momentum after a tough 7-1 loss on Friday night. In Game 3 the Bulldogs pulled off a 4-1 victory to clinch the series and carry some positive momentum into their big series against Vanderbilt in Starkville next weekend.
South Carolina took a flawless 16-0 record into their SEC opener with Ole Miss on Friday, and thanks to timely hitting the Rebels came away with a dramatic win on the road. Austin Bousfield led the charge and came up with the go-ahead grand slam in the 6th inning to put Ole Miss up 6-4 and they never looked back as the bullpen held on for the series-opening win. The Rebels have played very good baseball to this point, winning a lot of close games and in the SEC, especially on a Friday night it often comes down to one swing and Bousfield’s was the difference.
Elsewhere around the SEC, Vanderbilt and LSU squared off in the top pitching battle of the night with aces Tyler Beede and Aaron Nola taking center-stage. Beede and Nola both look to be high-end 1st round picks in the MLB draft in June, and they didn’t disappoint. Nola tossed 6 2/3 innings and struck out 12, tying a career high. Beede went 7 1/3 while striking out seven, with both runs he allowed being of the unearned variety. In the end it was LSU who came away with a 4-2 win, scoring all four runs in the 8th inning after trailing 1-0 in what is sure to be one of the most memorable games of the 2014 season.
Other highlights around the league saw Alabama shut out Kentucky 3-0 as Spencer Turnbull outdueled AJ Reed to run his ERA to an unfathomable 0.31 in five starts, including 14 1/3 straight innings of scoreless baseball. Georgia defeated a struggling Mississippi State squad 7-1, Florida squeaked out a 2-1 victory over Arkansas, Auburn blanked Texas A&M 4-0, and Mizzou pulled off a surprising upset over a red-hot Tennessee team 5-2.
Luke Weaver outdueled Carlos Rodon Friday night as Florida State knocked off NC State 6-1 in a top ten showdown in Tallahassee. Weaver surrendered just one run in 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven. Offensively the Noles spread the wealth around, as four different players knocked in a total of seven runs with Justin Gonzalez and DJ Stewart recording two each.
Hello Baseball fans,
We opened our Spring trip this year down in Charleston, SC. Personally, this weekend brought back some great memories, as I got my first college start at the College of Charleston. My freshman year we played in a tournament at the College of Charleston and unfortunately our starting short stop and my mentor, Mike Le Bel tore his rotator cuff, which opened up the opportunity for me to play. Ironically, coming back to “C of C” this year, I had to sit this series out due to an injury and freshman infielder, RJ Warnock filled the hole with an excellent display of defense throughout the weekend. Continue reading
Here is your NCAA Baseball Television Schedule for this weekend from NCAASports.com. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily has learned that LIU-Brooklyn head coach Don Maines has resigned as the head coach of the Baseball program. Athletic Director Jon Suarez has taken over the program as the interim head coach.
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