South Carolina will head to the College of Charleston for mid-week game against the Cougars. The Gamecocks are coming off a weekend series with Vanderbilt which saw them lose two out of three games to the Commodores to drop their record to 11-5 on the year. South Carolina is led by Reese Havens and Justin Smoak. Havens leads the team in with a .382 average while Smoak has a .355 with four homers on the season. Smoak is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2008 MLB Draft this June. Continue reading South Carolina heads to College of Charleston
The Alabama Crimson Tide will welcome New Orleans for a brief two game set on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Crimson Tide have a 9-7 overall record and 0-3 in the SEC after being swept by Kentucky over the weekend. Brandon May leads the team in hitting with a .431 average and has accumulated 14 walks in the first 16 games of the season. The Tide will send two juniors to the mound with right-hander Casey Kebodeaux (2-1, 4.44 ERA) taking the ball on Tuesday and left-hander Miers Quigley (2-1, 4.44 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday. Continue reading Bama hosts New Orleans for two-game set
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Senior second baseman Ryan Wilkes belted his third home run in as many games, as the No. 4 Kentucky baseball team notched a 5-1 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide, securing the sweep in the first Southeastern Conference series of the season.
The sweep marks UK’s first SEC-opening sweep since the 1996 season, when UK swept a series with Ole Miss. The win completes the Wildcats first sweep over Alabama since the 1992 season.
Wilkes and Carroll led the way for the Wildcats, with Carroll finishing the day a perfect 2-for-2, with two runs scored, two RBI and two walks. For the year, Carroll is batting .532 (33-for-62), with eight doubles, a triple, seven homers, and 32 RBI, drawing a team-best 17 walks to just seven strikeouts. Wilkes finished the game 1-for-3, with a walk. Continue reading UK completes sweep of Alabama
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Eight of nine position starters contributed an RBI and Collin Cowgill and Ryan Wilkes each added home runs for the second consecutive game, as the No. 4 Kentucky baseball team rolled over the Alabama Crimson Tide, 15-2, securing the three-game series, on Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK goes for the sweep on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. ET. Continue reading Kentucky hammers Bama 15-2
In a game that was filled with drama that seemingly wouldn’t end, Vanderbilt outlasted South Carolina 4-3 in 13 innings and 4 hours and 14 minutes. Leading the way was All-American Shortstop Ryan “Flash” Flaherty (5-6, 2R, 2RBI, BB). Flaherty singled in his first three at bats and launched a game tying home run to center with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. In the bottom of the 13th, with the bases loaded and one out, Flaherty bounced a single through the right side for the win. Continue reading VU-USC: Vandy takes game one in a Flash
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.
Continue reading Bulls Run by Owls and Ole Miss Crushes the ‘Toppers of Western Kentucky