Austin Wood named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week!

Austin Wood

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Austin Wood, Texas, LHP, So., Kingwood, Texas, Kingwood
Wood went 2-0 on the week with a 0.75 ERA in two starts. He held Oklahoma State’s offense scoreless for six innings, scattered three hits with two walks while striking out three as Texas earned the first-ever three-game sweep of OSU at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys came into the three-game series with the conference’s highest batting average and most runs scored. Wood’s pitching contributed to handing the Cowboys thier its first shutout at Reynolds Stadium in nine years. In Texas’ game on Tuesday, Wood held UT-Pan American to one run on four hits while striking out five over six innings.

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Texas in firm control of Big 12.

Austin Wood

This wasn’t supposed to happen. No matter how things went at Oklahoma State, Texas wasn’t going to come away with a sweep.

After all, the Cowboys never had lost more than two consecutive games at Reynolds Stadium since it opened in 1981. They’d destroyed opponents, winning 693 of 831 home games.

Teams didn’t come to Oklahoma State and dominate.

But Texas did.

The fifth-ranked Longhorns took full control of the Big 12 Conference by finishing off a three-game sweep of the No. 13 Cowboys on Sunday, with a convincing 7-0 victory in front of 2,200 fans at Reynolds Stadium.

“That means a lot,” Texas’ Kyle Russell said. “That means we can be a very tough team against a good opponent in a tough environment. And this was a tough place to play.”

But not much of the expected happened this weekend.

Instead of a slugfest between the top two offenses in the best hitter’s park in the conference, the teams combined to score just 21 runs.

Instead of the home run hitters adding to their large totals, it was the little guys coming through. Sunday was the perfect example.

Texas’ Joseph Krebs was expected to start, but after he pitched in relief on Friday and Saturday, the Horns (37-12,17-4) started Austin Wood. Six shutout innings later, Wood (who picked up his sixth victory) gave way to Krebs and Randy Boone, who did the same thing they did in Games 1 and 2: shut the Cowboys (31-13, 10-8) down.

“Aside from scoring runs, our bullpen was the most important aspect of this series,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.

The bullpen threw 9 2/3 scoreless innings in the sweep. “They’re dealing with the process,” Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson said. “They’re staying within themselves and really keeping focused on going pitch by pitch.”

And Wood, who gave up just three hits and two walks, showed the Horns could count on him against a top-notch opponent.

“If we can start Wood whenever we need him and keep Krebs and Boone in the bullpen, now we’ve got a Division I pitching staff,” Garrido said. “We are a much better team with Wood as a consistent starter.”

The Cowboys were shut out for the first time at Reynolds Stadium since March 13, 1998, when Texas A&M did it in an 8-0 win.

As for the UT offense, the Horns won the series without their top four hitters taking control. Kyle Russell, Chance Wheeless, Jordan Danks and Bradley Suttle went a combined 6 for 45.

Texas, which will take on second-place Missouri (31-12, 12-6) next weekend at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, jumped on Oklahoma State in the third inning Sunday as Chais Fuller and Travis Tucker hit back-to-back singles. Nick Peoples reached on a throwing error to load the bases, and scored on a balk by starter Joe Kent.

Tucker scored on a sacrifice fly by Russell, and after Wheeless walked to load the bases, Suttle worked a walk, allowing Peoples to score for a 3-0 lead.

“This series proved that we’re a team one through nine,” Russell said. “When our big bats aren’t coming through in the clutch, we’ve got other guys who are able to step up and carry us to victories.”

Guys such as Fuller, who took advantage of his first starts at shortstop since the beginning of the season by going 5 for 9. Or Peoples, who was 5 for 10 in the series.

“Baseball is a game of infinite possibilities,” Garrido said.

One possibility continues to get greater and greater: Texas winning its second consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship.

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Conference USA recap for April 27-29

UCF completed its first-ever sweep of a Conference USA series with its 8-4 win over Tulane on Sunday. The Knights posted a season-high 15 hits in Sunday’s contest, which followed a pair of one-run victories (7-6 on Saturday and 4-3 on Friday) over the Green Wave earlier in the series.

Rice also completed a three-game sweep, taking all three against UAB in Birmingham. The Owls, who allowed a total of just six runs in the series, have now won 10 games in a row. At 16-2 in league play, Rice has a 4 ½ game lead over second place Houston with two conference series left to play.

For the first time since joining C-USA last season, Marshall has posted back-to-back series wins in league play. The Thundering Herd took two-of-three from Houston, notching double-digit runs in both wins (10-4 on Sunday and 12-4 on Friday).

Southern Miss took the first two games of its series at East Carolina, before the Pirates captured the finale on Sunday. The win on Sunday allowed ECU to stay in sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

Third place Memphis was idle this weekend.

Conference USA heads into the final three weeks of the regular season only Rice having clinched a berth in the conference tournament, May 23-27 in Greenville, N.C. A total of only six games separate the league’s ninth place team from the league’s second place squad.

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Southern Miss pitcher Barry Bowden has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week.
The junior right-hander threw he first nine-inning complete game of his career in a 5-1 win over East Carolina on. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven without a walk.
Bowden (5-3) retired 17 of the final 19 batters he faced. He is on a four-game C-USA winning streak.

Central Florida designated hitter Matt Horwath was named Hitter of the Week.
The senior was 11-for-16 (.688) in four games. He hit a home run, four doubles, the first two triples of his career and three RBIs. Horwath also scored eight runs.

Playoffs in sight for UMass with sweep

The University of Massachusetts headed to Dayton Ohio this weekend to take on the Dayton Flyers in a key Atlantic 10 showdown. The Minutemen were able to get a key sweep to get them back into the hunt for a spot in the Atlantic 10 tournament. The CBB will be heading to the final game of the UMass-Richmond series this upcoming weekend and will have a full report.

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College of Charleston completes sweep

The College of Charleston completed the sweep of cross-town rival The Citadel on Sunday by a 10-4 scoreline. The Cougars were led by Oliver Marmol, Ben Lasater, and Graham Maiden each homered and Michael Bunton pitched five strong innings while giving up four runs to head to 4-0 on the season. The Citadel starter Chris McGuiness gave up seven runs 4.1 innings to drop his record to 2-1 on the season.

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Miami 7 FSU 1

The Miami Hurricanes were able to salvage the final game of their series with Florida State by knocking them off 7-1. Eric Erickson pitched six strong innings while only giving up one run on six hits to up his record to 6-3. Florida State starter Danny Rosen took over the number 3 starter role this weekend and only provided four innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks. Rosen’s record drops to 1-1 on the season. Dennis Raben led the Hurricanes offense by going 3-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Blake Tekotte and Jemile Weeks also picked up two hits for the Canes. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Noles with two hits in his three at bats to continue his strong hitting. FSU returns to action May 4th when they play at Maryland while Miami heads out of conference when they host Wright State.

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UNC 7 NC State 5

Reid Fronk hit two huge home runs in the game with a game typing homer in the seventh inning and a two run homer in the eighth which took the lead for the Tar Heels. He lead the Tar Heels to the 7-5 victory over intrastate rivals NC State in ACC action Sunday. UNC reliever Matt Danford pitched two innings of shutout baseball to pick up the win and go to 3-0 on the season. Andrew Carignan pitched a perfect 1.1 innings to get his tenth save on the season. NC State Andrew Taylor pitched 0.2 innings in relief while letting up one run to drop his record to 2-2. UNC will be off for finals and will be back in action on May 8th when they head to Elon. NC State will play Campbell for two games Friday and Saturday.

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Virginia 4 Maryland 0

The Virginia Cavaliers shutout the Maryland Terrapins for the second time this weekend 4-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Sean Doolittle who pitched six shutout innings while only allowing four hits. Andrew Carraway pitched two perfect innings in relief with Casey Lambert pitching a one-hit ninth inning to close the game. Ryan Moorer of Maryland was equally impressive as he gave up two unearned runs in 6.1 innings on seven hits. Virginia will play host to VCU on May 1st while Maryland is hosting Towson the same day.

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Georgia Tech 6 Clemson 3

The Yellow Jackets got two hits from Wally Crancer including an RBI and Ryan Turner was able to pitch 5.2 innings while giving up two runs to salvage the final game of the series with Clemson by a score of 6-3. Turner’s record is now 4-3 while Brad Rulon got the save which is his second of the season. Ryan Hinson picked up the loss by pitching 3.2 innings while giving up four runs (one earned) to put his record at 4-2. Doug Hogan went 3-3 in the loss with two walks. GT will be back on the field on Saturday when they head out of conference to visit South Florida while Clemson will be back in action also on Saturday when Boston College visits.

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Wake Forest 8 Duke 2

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons completed the sweep of the Duke Blue Devils 8-2. The win puts Wake Forest in a virtual tie with Boston College for the final spot in the ACC tournament and both schools are now one game behind Miami. Wake Forest received 6.1 innings of strong pitching from Ben Hunter who was an emergency starter due to elbow pain from normal weekend starter Charlie Mellies. The Wake offense was led by Willy Fox and Dustin Hood who each went 2-4. Duke starter Jonathan Anderson suffered the loss by giving up four runs in six innings to put his record at 3-3. Wake Forest will be back in action on Wednesday when they visit UNC-Greensboro while Duke will be off until May 9th when they also take on UNC-Greensboro.

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BC 3 Virginia Tech 2

The CBB visited this game and the full post is available here.

The CBB checks in on BC-VT

The College Baseball Blog after moving all day Saturday made a trip into Chestnut Hill to check out the rubber game of the Boston College and Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech scored in the first inning on a double steal with two outs to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Boston College responded right away by getting a bases scoring single from Tony Sanchez to tie the game at 1. Virginia Tech then responded with a solo home run in the third inning from Matt Hacker. Boston College got to Hokie starter Adam Redd for two runs in the fourth inning by getting back to back doubles by Johnny Ayers and Eric Campbell to start the inning. Sanchez then sacrificed Campbell to third and was driven in by Mike Augustine on a single up the middle. Both pitchers would settle down with Terry Doyle in command the rest of the game to finish with a complete game while only allowing two runs on eleven hits and eight strikeouts. Eric Campbell made two spectacular plays in the game. The first play occurred with two outs in the fifth inning and Sean O’Brien on second. Bryan Thomas hit a shot to third baseman Campbell who dove to his right to make the stop and made a fake throw to first base and O’Brien overran third base giving Campbell a chance to run over to the base and block O’Brien from getting back. The second play happened with two outs in the top of the ninth with the tying run in Luke Padgett on second base. Matt Foley (no relation) hit a shot to Campbell’s left in which he dove and threw him out at first by a step.

The Boston College Athletic Department needs to get information out to the general community better because of the face that my staff was under the impression that the game was going to start at 1 pm but began at noon thus making us miss the first two innings. I also have read the recap and it states that Doyle pitched his second complete game in his last two outings which is not true since Doyle only pitched nine innings in an extra inning game.

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Moldenhauer’s grand slam lifts Texas to win, 7-2!

Russell Moldenhauer

Russell Moldenhauer hit a grand slam during a five-run fifth-inning outburst as Texas beat Oklahoma State 7-2 on Saturday, the Longhorns’ second win in as many games in a key Big 12 Conference baseball series.

First-place Texas (36-12, 16-4 Big 12) entered the three-game series at Oklahoma State (31-12, 10-7) with a one-game lead over the Cowboys in the loss column. The loss dropped Oklahoma State one game behind Missouri in the league standings.

Corey Brown’s team-leading 17th home run of the season, which followed a single by Ty Wright, gave Oklahoma State a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Cowboys managed only five hits after that.

Texas’ Preston Clark tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-run home run off Oliver Odle (4-4).

In the fifth, Moldenhauer hit his grand slam off reliever Tyler Lyons, and Nick Peoples followed with a solo homer, putting the Longhorns ahead 7-2.

Texas starter Adrian Alaniz (11-2) allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings.

Oklahoma State loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Joseph Krebs relieved Alaniz and struck out Brown and Tyler Mach to end the threat.

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No. 5 Texas takes series opener against Oklahoma State, 3-2

They couldn’t bunt or sacrifice runners over.

They walked too many batters (six) early in the game.

They didn’t run the bases well.

The Texas Longhorns did everything in their power early on to help Oklahoma State pull closer in the Big 12 baseball standings.

They overcame it, though.

The Longhorns strengthened their grip on first place in the conference thanks to great relief performances by pitchers Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone, who recorded the final out with the tying run on third base as Texas pulled out a 3-2 victory over Oklahoma State on Friday at Reynolds Stadium.

“This was one of the most competitive games we’ve had this season,” said Texas coach Augie Garrido, whose team has a 3 1/2-game lead in the Big 12. “Both teams made mistakes, us with bunting and sacrificing, them with baserunning.”

The Cowboys’ most costly baserunning blunder came in the ninth, after Boone, who picked up his 11th save, walked the leadoff hitter.

After Texas forced out the lead runner at second on an attempted sacrifice, Cowboys leadoff hitter Keanon Simon singled on a ball under first baseman Chance Wheeless’ glove. OSU’s Martin Beno moved to third on the play.

But Simon, looking to head to second on Kyle Russell’s throw to third base, became caught in a rundown, and the Longhorns executed it perfectly, with Travis Tucker finally tagging out Simon.

“That was something we’ve practiced for maybe 10 minutes this season, and it paid off because everybody executed it perfectly,” Wheeless said.

Boone retired Ty Wright on a groundout to short to end the game.

Texas (35-12, 15-4 Big 12) took the lead in the seventh inning thanks to Nick Peoples, who led off with a triple.

After Clark walked, Cowboys relief pitcher Justin Friend was called for a balk, giving Texas the lead as Peoples scored and Clark advanced to second.

It was a lucky break for the Longhorns, who struggled to score. Tucker was picked off first base in the sixth, and twice Longhorn runners were doubled up.

“It was a championship-type game,” Garrido said, “and we were able to overcome those things.”

Texas fell behind in the fifth inning, when starter James Russell walked two batters and plunked another, which led to two OSU runs. The Longhorns fought back as Russell Moldenhauer put them on the board in the fifth inning, slamming a 1-1 pitch over the right-field fence.

He crossed home plate screaming, “Let’s go! Let’s go.”

Texas added another run in the sixth inning, as Wheeless drilled a ball to the same spot, tying the game at 2.

The Cowboys (31-11, 10-6) threatened in the sixth inning, when reliever Pat McCrory came in and walked two batters, who were sacrificed to second and third on a bunt.

After McCrory came up with a big strikeout of pinch hitter Steve Ptak, Krebs entered the game and struck out Keanon Simon to end the inning. Krebs (6-0) struck out two more in the seventh and another in the eighth, pitching a perfect 1 2/3 innings.

“That’s not going to happen too often,” Krebs said of the strikeouts. “They were just swinging at a lot of pitches.”

When Krebs left, Boone took over, striking out the final two batters in the eighth and finishing it off in the ninth

“Any close game is going to be good for relievers,” Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson said. “Our bullpen did a great job coming into a tough atmosphere. That’s really going to help down the road.”

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