No. 7 Texas rallies late to top Texas A&M, 6-4!!

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Nick Peoples had to stop himself from going.

After all, Texas already had made one out at home plate earlier in the game, and lost a game earlier in the year by making that mistake.

Texas’ Chais Fuller makes a play at second base during the first inning on Friday night.

Standing on third with the game tied and no outs in the ninth, Peoples almost went home on Chais Fuller’s ground ball to Texas A&M shortstop Brandon Hicks. Instead, Peoples waited.

It paid off when Aggies pitcher Kyle Thebeau threw a wild pitch to the next batter, allowing Peoples to score the winning run on Friday night as Texas won 6-4 at Olsen Field to claim a share of the Big 12 title for the second consecutive year.

Texas can clinch an outright title with a victory over the Aggies at 6 p.m. today at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. If Texas loses its final two games and Missouri wins its final two against Oklahoma State, the Tigers, who won 2 of 3 against the Longhorns, will claim the No. 1 seed at the Big 12 tournament. Missouri beat OSU 9-6 on Friday.

“I said we were going to win the title,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “Now, I’ve proven in the past that I can be wrong.”

Peoples, who went 3 for 4 and scored two runs on Friday, made sure Garrido wasn’t wrong this time.

“I was looking for (a wild pitch),” Peoples said. “I wanted to get a good enough lead, but I didn’t want to get picked off third base. I didn’t think I was going to be able to go when it went off the catcher’s glove. But I was able to get there.”

Texas (40-14 overall, 19-6 Big 12) added a run later in the ninth inning when Chance Wheeless hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Travis Tucker, completing the Longhorns’ first comeback victory of the season. Texas A&M (41-13, 13-11) took an early 4-1 lead but made three errors to help the Longhorns.

After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Aggies grabbed a 4-1 lead in the third when Luke Anders hit a two-run home run.

Texas added one run in the sixth but could have had more. With one out, Jordan Danks on third and Wheeless on first, Bradley Suttle doubled to the left-field wall. Danks scored and Wheeless tried to do the same but was gunned out at the plate.

Texas A&M left fielder Ben Feltner made a perfect throw to shortstop Brandon Hicks, who fired a strike to catcher Craig Stinson in time to get Wheeless.

It didn’t matter. The Horns tied it with a two-run seventh. Chais Fuller had a nine-pitch at-bat that ended with an RBI double, scoring Peoples.

“I was just trying to stay alive, mentally and physically,” Fuller said.

Danks, who has been in a slump lately, followed with a two-out single to center field, plating Fuller to tie the game at 4-4.

“We’re taught not to think at all at the plate, and today I was a little more confident up there,” Danks said. “This was a big win, to come in here, a tough place to play, and come back like that.”

Texas A&M left runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth inning when Texas reliever Randy Boone got Parker Dalton to strike out. That set the stage for Peoples, who led off the top of the ninth with an infield single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Josh Stinson.

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Florida State 10 GT 2

Florida State continued their strong hitting from the next before as they jumped on the Yellow Jackets for six runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 10-2 victory in Atlanta GA. Every Seminole starter got on base at least once with four different players getting at least two hits in the game. Matt Fairel pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief to pick up his first collegiate victory to put his record at 1-0 on the year. David Duncan was rocked for eight runs in 4.1 innings and got the loss to put his record at 6-4.

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North Carolina 6 Maryland 3

UNC scored three runs over the final two innings to break a 3-3 tie and pick up a 6-3 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. Rob Wooten and Andrew Carnignan held Maryland to one base runner over the final 3.2 innings. Wooten picked up the win to put his record at 3-0 while Carnignan picked up his 11th save of the season. Dustin Ackley, Garrett Gore, and Tim Federowicz all had three hits in the game for the Tar Heels. Maryland starter Casey Baron was a tough luck loser as he gave up four runs in 7.1 innings. He picks up the loss in his last appearance at Shipley Field put his record at 4-5.

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NC State 6 Clemson 5

The NC State Wolfpack got a walkoff homer from Dallas Poulk in the bottom of the ninth off of Clemson reliever Alan Farina to win 6-5. NC State reliever Sam Brown got the win as he got the final out of the ninth to put his record at 2-1 while Farina’s record drops to 4-3.

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Miami 5 Duke 1

Eric Erickson pitched 7.2 innings while only allowing one run while Mark Sobolewski went 3-4 at the plate to lead the Canes to the 5-1 victory over Duke. Erickson’s record goes to 9-3 while Duke ace Tony Bajoczky picked up his third loss of the season as he let up all five runs.

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Virginia Tech 8 Wake Forest 2

The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up a key 8-2 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons which kept Boston College’s chances of making the ACC Tournament alive. Andrew Wells pitched 7.2 strong innings while only giving up both runs to up his record to 4-4. Wake starter Brad Kledzik was lit up for eight runs in six innings to drop his record to 4-4. Wake Forest is now 1/2 game up on Boston College in the standings heading into tomorrow. BC is scheduled to play UVA in a doubleheader but it might be canceled so Wake Forest might in for a do or die game on Sunday.

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Virginia and Boston College was postponed and a doubleheader will be played on Saturday weather permitting.

D-2 Northeast Regional Day 1 Recap

Franklin Pierce 4 Wilmington College 1

Kevin Renaud went 3-4 with two doubles and a homer while driving in three runs as he lead the Ravens to the 4-1 victory over Wilmington College in the opening game of the Northeast Regional in Rindge NH. Mike Adams pitched eight strong innings while only letting up one run on six hits to keep his record perfect at 6-0. Wilmington College starter Kenny McGrady pitched a complete game while only allowing two earned runs. His record drops to 4-5. FPC will play Umass Lowell on Friday at 2:30 pm while Wilmington College will take on Bryant at 11 am.

FPC Recap

Adelphi 5 Bryant 4

Adelphi scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and pick up a victory over the Bryant Bulldogs 5-4. Adelphi was led by Ralph Tropiano who went 2-4. Adelphi starter Bobby Lanignan picked up the win by pitching seven innings while giving up four runs (three earned) to put his record at 7-2 while Bryant reliever Eric Polvani got the loss by giving up one run in 1.1 innings to put his record at 4-3. Adelphi’s Mike McLasky pitched two scoreless innings while giving up only one hit. Bryant was led by Dyaln Stone who went 2-3 on the day. Adelphi will play Caldwell College at 6:00 pm.

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Caldwell College 9 UMass-Lowell 4

The Caldwell College Cougars jumped on UMass-Lowell early with two runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 9-4 victory. The Cougars were led by Omar Velazquez who had three hits while Robert Casal pitched 8.1 innings while letting four runs to put his record at 10-1. UMass-Lowell starter Joe Malzone got the loss by giving up four runs in three innings of work. Brendan Fullerton was the only Riverhawk hitter with more then one hit on the day as he recorded two hits and an RBI. Caldwell will be back in action at 6 pm on Friday when they face Adelphi while UMass-Lowell takes on host Franklin Pierce at 2:30 pm.

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Price dominates again as Vandy win SEC title


David Price continued his strong season as he pitched 8.2 innings of one run baseball while striking out 15 LSU hitters as he led the Vanderbilt Commodores to a 4-1 victory over LSU to clinch the SEC Regular Season Title which is the first in the school’s history. Price broke his own school record for strikeouts in a season in the third inning with his 155th of the season and ended the game with 164. His record goes to 10-0 on the season as he continues to prepare for the upcoming SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Charlie Furbush took the loss for the Tigers as he only gave up one earned run in seven innings his record drops to 3-9.

The College Baseball Blog had the chance to watch tonight’s game through a live webcast and was impressed with the control of David Price. He seemed to be in total control throughout the game and was basically unhittable. Charlie Furbush has really dropped off this season after dominating the Cape Cod League last summer. The Blog took in one of his starts last year against Cotuit and he had one of the better curveballs in the league and could really locate his fastball. The Blog doesn’t know what happened to him this season which is his first in Division 1.

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Furman hits a walkoff to defeat The Citadel

Furman received a walk-off two run homer from Chris Bailes as they got a 4-2 victory over The Citadel on Thursday evening. Bailes hit the homer off of Bulldogs reliever Justin Smith who struggled by giving up three runs in 2.2 innings of work to drop his record to 6-4. Furman starter Matt Klinker only let up 3 hits and 2 runs in a complete game effort to get the victory and up his record to 6-4.

Furman Recap
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ACC Recap for May 17th

Florida State 17 GT 2

The Florida State Seminoles pounded out 15 hits and were able to put across 17 runs against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a 17-2 blowout victory over Georgia Tech. Bryan Henry started for the Seminoles and gave up only two runs on six hits in six innings to up his record to a perfect 14-0. Jason Stidham led the Seminoles attack by going 4-5 with four RBI while Tony Thomas Jr. went 2-6 with two runs scored and two driven in also. Georgia Tech starter Ryan Turner only lasted four innings and gave up seven runs to drop his record to 5-4. Wally Crancer picked up two hits including a homer as he was the only Yellow Jacket with multiple hits in the game.

FSU Recap

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UVA 5 BC 4

The CBB attended this game and it can be read here.

NC State 11 Clemson 4

The NC State Wolfpack welcomed Clemson to Raliegh NC for an ACC showdown. The Wolfpack were able to pick up the 11-4 victory. NC State starter Clayton Shunick made the spot start which was only his second of his career. He was able to deliver on the mound as he only gave up two hits in five innings to get the win. His record is now 5-2. Eryk McConnell pitched two perfect innings to close out the game and pick up his 11th save. Caleb Mangum went 2-4 with four RBIs to lead the offensive attack for the Wolfpack. Daniel Moskos started for the Tigers and gave up four runs in four innings. His record drops to 3-5 on the season. Addison Johnson got two hits in four at bats as he was the only Tiger with more then one hit on the day.

NC State Recap

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Miami 9 Duke 3

The Miami Hurricanes exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to blow a tight 4-3 game into a comfortable 9-3 victory for the Hurricanes over Duke. The Canes got six innings from Scott Maine while giving up only three runs to even his record at 5-5. Roger Tomas, Yonder Alonso, Dennis Raben, and Gus Menendez all had two hits to lead the Hurricanes offense. Duke starter Jonathan Anderson gave up four runs in 5.2 innings and got the loss to put his record at 3-4. Nate Freiman went 4-4 with 2 RBI in the losing effort.

Miami Recap

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Wake Forest 5 VT 2

Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 5-2 in the first game of their series with Virginia Tech on Thursday evening. Willy Fox went 3-4 with an RBI as his Wake Forest Demon Deacons moved into sole possession of eighth place in the ACC after a Boston College loss earlier in the day. Garrett Bullock gave the Deacons a strong start by giving up two runs in eight innings. His record is now 4-1. Josh Ellis picked up the save as he struck out all three batters in the bottom of the ninth. Virginia Tech starter Greg Fryman pitched a complete game while allowing all five runs earned and drops his record to 2-10 on the season. The Hokie offensive star was Warren Schaeffer as he picked up two hits.

Wake Forest Recap

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The CBB checks out BC-UVA Game 1

The College Baseball Blog took advantage of an opportunity to take a look at Jacob Thompson who entered the day with a 10-0 record. The Eagles countered with senior pitcher Kevin Boggan who was making his last appearance at Shea Field. The Cavaliers came out and took it to Boggan by getting three hits and bringing across two runs to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Eagles then came out in the bottom of the first and were able to scratch across two runs on one hit, one error, one walk, and a hit by batter to tie the score at 2. The game became a classic pitching duel between Boggan and Thompson until the sixth inning when Brandon Guyer lead off with a high fly ball to right field which was dropped by Johnny Ayers allowing Guyer to get on second base with no outs. David Adams followed the lead-off error with a single up the middle to drive Guyer in to make the score 3-2. BC was held in check by Thompson until the eighth inning when Ryan Hutchinson led off the inning with a single through the infield. He stayed on first after Johnny Ayers flew out to left field. Jared McGuire then hit a double down the left field line to put runners on second and first with only one out. The Cavaliers finally made a move to the bullpen as they brought in Jake Rule to face the hot-hitting Eric Campbell. He proceeded to hit a sacrifice fly to right field which brought home the tying run in Hutchinson. The teams stayed tied until the top of the tenth inning when the Cavaliers struck for two runs on a David Adams single to take a 5-3 lead. Boston College was able to work around the single and get out of the inning while only allowing those two runs. Virginia brought in closer Casey Lambert who got into some trouble as he allowed a run and needed a double play off the bat of Eric Campbell to get the final two outs and pick up his 11th save of the season.

Jacob Thompson was extraordinarily in his 7.1 innings on the mound. He was able to locate all his pitchers including a strong fastball and a solid curveball. Sean Doolittle went 3-4 on the day with an RBI as he has a good solid bat and should be a drafted this upcoming spring.

Boston College’s starter Kevin Boggan started out rusty but was able to get in a groove as he went seven strong innings while only allowing two earned runs. He has become a tough luck loser or no-decision guy as he is still 5-5 on the season. Eric Campbell and Jared McGuire both have come alive recently at the plate. If the Eagles are able to get into the ACC Tourney, both players could cause some trouble for their opponents.

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USA Baseball Names 11 Players to National Team

USA Baseball has announced the first eleven players for the USA National team which will play in the Pan-American Games in Brazil, World Port Tourney in Holland, and a domestic tour of the USA. The team will be coached by Mike Weathers of Long Beach State University. He will be assisted by Rob Cooper of Wright State, Bill Kinneberg of Utah, and Mark Scalf of UNC-Wilmington.

2007 National Team Roster

Pedro Alvarez IF So. Vanderbilt
Brett Hunter RHP So. Pepperdine
Lance Lynn RHP So. Ole Miss
Brian Matusz LHP So. University of San Diego
Josh Romanski OF/LHP So. University of San Diego
Tyson Ross RHP So. California
Cody Satterwhite RHP So. Ole Miss
Justin Smoak IF So. South Carolina
Jacob Thompson RHP So. Virginia
Brett Wallace IF So. Arizona State
Jemile Weeks IF So. Miami FL

Full Press Release available here

D-2 Northeast Regional Preview

The Northeast Regional for Division 2 starts up on Thursday in a six team double elimination tournament at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge NH. The winner heads to the Division 2 College World Series in Montgomery, Alabama.

Number 1 seed: Franklin Pierce College

FPC enters this weekend with a 45-9 overall record after winning the Northeast-10 conference tournament after coming through the losers bracket. They are led by Keith Renaud who is hitting .374 on the season and has a 5-2 mark on the mound with a 3.38 ERA. Arric Mather is the team’s ace on the mound with a solid 6-1 record and an ERA of 1.56.

Number 2 seed: Adelphi University

Adelphi enters this weekend as the East Coast Conference Champion. They have an overall record of 33-15. They are led by Mike Myers who was named the Northeast Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday. He has a 9-0 record with a 3.28 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. The leading hitter for the Panthers is Ryan Boelsen who is hitting at a .412 clip.

Number 3 seed: UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell enters the weekend coming off a disappointing appearance in the Northeast 10 tournament last weekend at their home ballpark. They lost to Bryant in 14 innings and then got shutout by Pace University for an 0-2 record in the tournament. They are led by Peter Nickerson who is 6-2 with a 2.35 ERA. Steve Paddock is the leading hitter with a .367 average.

Number 4 seed: Caldwell College

Caldwell College lost the championship game in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference to Wilmington College 10-7 but were able to get an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. They are led by Robert Casal who is 9-1 and has a 3.66 ERA with two complete games on the season. The leading hitter is Raymond Keelan who is batting .389.

Number 5 seed: Bryant University

The Bryant University Bulldogs got an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament after making an impressive run in the Northeast-10 tournament. They ended up losing a doubleheader this past Sunday to Franklin Pierce. The Bulldogs are led by a strong pitching staff which is headlined by Eric Loh (7-3, 2.09 ERA). The hitting for the Bulldogs has been their weak spot this year as the leading hitter on the team is Pat McKenna who has a .329 average.

Bryant Game Notes

Number 6 seed: Wilmington College

Wilmington College comes in as the champions of the CACC after knocking off Caldwell 10-7 in the championship game. They have a record of 29-18 and went 10-6 in the CACC. Information is very scarce on the team but Joe Matterer was named the MVP of the CACC Tournament and has a 12-1 record with a 3.12 ERA. Jason Rust is the team’s top hitter as he is hitting .369 and has 21 homers on the year.

The whole tournament can be heard through the Internet by clicking here.

The College Baseball Blog will be in attendance at the Regional on Sunday but if things change with the BC-UVA series, then we might attend also on Saturday.

Special Thanks goes out to Doug Monson of Franklin Pierce and Brad Davis of Bryant University for helping the Blog out with information and press passes for the weekend.

ACC Weekend Preview for May 17th-May 19th

Florida State at Georgia Tech

The Florida State Seminoles head to Atlanta GA for a weekend series with the Yellow Jackets. Florida State has already wrapped up the Atlantic Division title and at worst will be the number 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The Seminoles offense is still led by All-American candidate Tony Thomas Jr who is hitting .449 in the first 52 games of the season. Bryan Henry has continued his role of being the number 1 starter as he leads the team in wins with 13 and has the lowest ERA among the Seminoles starting pitchers at 2.47. Florida State has been having troubles with their third weekend starter role which has become unsettled recently. The Seminoles have the spot listed as TBA right now and they could go with anyone from Danny Rosen to Ryan Strauss.

Georgia Tech enters the weekend as the fourth seed for the upcoming ACC Tournament but could miss the tourney if some crazy scenarios come true. Georgia Tech is led by Matt Wieters (.376 BA, 10 home runs) and Danny Payne (.393 BA) who have been thorns in the side of every team that faces the Jackets. David Duncan has become the ace of the squad as he has a 6-3 record and a respectable ERA of 3.34.

The CBB predicts that GT takes two out of three games.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Thursday: David Duncan (6-3, 3.34 ERA) vs Bryan Henry (13-0, 2.47 ERA)
Friday: Eddie Burns (3-2, 2.89 ERA) vs Michael Hyde (9-2, 3.37 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Turner (5-3, 4.65 ERA) vs TBA

FSU Game Notes

GT Game Notes

Virginia at Boston College

The Virginia Cavaliers enter the weekend series in Chestnut Hill looking to break a short three game losing streak as they lost the final two games of last weekend’s series with NC State and lost a mid-week game to Coastal Carolina. UVA also is only a half-game back of North Carolina for the Atlantic Division title. The Cavaliers are dealing with the loss of their top hitter Greg Miclat who leads the team in hitting at .376. He will be visiting Dr. James Andrews this weekend and will likely miss the rest of the season with arm surgery. The Cavs are led by Jacob Thompson who has a perfect 10-0 record and a microscopic 1.48 ERA. Sean Doolittle is also a player that should be watched as he is hitting at .311 and is 7-3 on the mound.

Boston College enters this weekend in a tie with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for the final spot in the ACC Tournament. BC holds the tiebreaker over the Deacons by way of the three game sweep by the Eagles earlier in the year. BC is led by Eric Campbell who has come around recently to get his average up to .356 as he leads the team in hitting. Johnny Ayers has also recently returned to the lineup after some shoulder issues and he is hitting .345 on the year. Kevin Boggan has been the Eagles top starter throughout the year as he made the transition to the starting rotation where he has a 5-5 record and a 3.84 ERA.

The CBB predicts that UVA takes all three games from the Eagles. The College Baseball Blog will be in attendance on Thursday and potentially Saturday if the game has any impact on the ACC race.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Thursday: Kevin Boggan (5-5, 3.84 ERA) vs Jacob Thompson (10-0, 1.48 ERA)
Friday: Terry Doyle (4-4, 5.24 ERA) vs Matt Packer (3-3, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday: Nate Jeanes (2-4, 4.61 ERA) vs Sean Doolittle (7-3, 2.67 ERA)

UVA Game Notes
Richmond Times-Dispatch Article on Brian O’Connor
Charlottesville Daily Progress Preview of BC series
BC Season Stats

Clemson at NC State

Clemson enters the weekend series with an overall record of 35-18 and 17-10 in the ACC. The Tigers are entering the series coming off a 19-7 victory over the College of Charleston on Tuesday. The Tigers have been led on offense recently by Doug Hogan who leads the starters with a .328 average. He also has ten homers on the season. The Tiger pitching staff has been up and down throughout the year as they have moved All-American closer Daniel Moskos to the starting rotation. He currently has a record of 3-4 with an ERA of 2.63. D.J. Mitchell has taken over the final spot in the rotation he picked up a big 11-6 victory on Sunday over FSU.

NC State still has not clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament but is likely going to get into the tournament barring a disastrous weekend. NC State took two out of three games over last weekend from Virginia and picked up a 7-4 victory over UNC-Asheville this week in non-conference action. The Wolfpack have been led by Eric Surkamp who has been having tough luck picking up wins as he is only 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA. Andrew Brackman is a potential first round pick but is very raw in his pitching as he only has a 6-4 record with a 3.81 ERA. He is not listed to pitch this weekend though as two out of the three games NC State has listed as TBA.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that NC State takes two out of the three games.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Thursday: Daniel Moskos (3-4, 2.63 ERA) vs TBA
Friday: David Kopp (5-2, 3.69 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (4-3, 2.71 ERA)
Saturday: D.J. Mitchell (4-0, 3.16 ERA) vs TBA

Clemson Game Notes

Clemson Series Preview from Scout.com
NC State Game Notes
Brackman talks about the Draft

Duke at Miami

The Duke Blue Devils are heading down to Coral Gables to end their season as they no chance of making the ACC Tournament or get an NCAA berth this season. They have a respectable 29-22 overall record but have struggled in the ACC all year as they are only 8-19. The leading hitter for the Blue Devils has been Jimmy Gallagher who is hitting .369 on the year. Tony Bajoczky is the leading pitcher for the Devils as he has an impressive 9-2 record with a 2.92 ERA.

The Miami Hurricanes come into the series in a tie with NC State for the sixth spot in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The Canes picked up a series victory over Wake Forest last weekend by taking two out of three games. The biggest issue that came out of that series was the lack of a bullpen the Hurricanes have. They blew two leads of over five runs in two separate games but were able to win the series. Yonder Alonso (.360 BA, 17 home runs) and Mark Sobolewski (.344 BA, 6 home runs) are the main catalysts of the offensive attack. Eric Erickson is the ace of the pitching staff with a 8-3 record and a 1.93 ERA.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that Miami takes two out of three. Tony Bajoczky will win the only game for the Devils with a strong pitching performance.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Friday: Jonathan Anderson (3-3, 2.49 ERA) vs. Scott Maine (4-5, 2.95 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Bajoczky (9-2, 2.92 ERA) vs. Eric Erickson (8-3, 1.93 ERA)
Sunday: Alexander Hassan (2-5, 5.19 ERA) vs Enrique Garcia (6-3, 2.87 ERA)

Duke Game Notes
Miami Game Notes

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons head to Blacksburg VA to take on the Virgina Tech Hokies. The Deacons are in a battle with Boston College for the final spot in the ACC Tournament. Both teams are tied with a conference record of 12-15 but BC holds the tiebreaker with a sweep of the Deacons earlier this season. Wake Forest is led by Allan Dykstra who is hitting .333 with 16 home runs. Willy Fox has also returned to the lineup after a leg injury which was caused by an intruder in his apartment. He is hitting .348 on the season in 38 games. Wake Forest top starting pitcher is Garrett Bullock who is 3-1 with a 4.62 ERA.

The Virginia Tech Hokies will close out the season under first-year head coach Peter Hughes as they try to spoil the Deacons ACC Tournament hopes. The Hokies have struggled throughout the year as they have a 22-29 overall record and 6-21 in the ACC. The Hokies top offensive player throughout the season has been Sean O’Brien who has a batting average of .327 BA. The Hokie pitching staff has been horrible all year with former closer Adam Redd leading the team with a 3-5 record and 3.84 ERA.

The College Baseball Blog believes that the Hokies will take two out of three games from the Deacons as the Hokies will play hard under Peter Hughes.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Thursday: Garrett Bullock (3-1, 4.62 ERA) vs. Greg Fryman (2-9, 8.05 ERA)
Friday: Brad Kledzik (4-3, 5.09 ERA) vs. Andrew Wells (3-4, 4.82 ERA)
Saturday: Ben Hunter (5-6, 4.76 ERA) vs. Adam Redd (3-5, 3.84 ERA)

Wake Forest Game Notes
Virginia Tech Game Notes

North Carolina at Maryland

The North Carolina Tar Heels enter their final series of the year at Maryland with slight half game lead over the Virginia Cavaliers. North Carolina has been led all year by strong pitching from Robert Woodard who has an 8-2 record and a 2.91 ERA. The offensive star throughout the year has been freshman sensation Dustin Ackley who is hitting an outstanding batting average of .441.

Maryland enters their final series of the year with no hopes of making the ACC or NCAA Tournaments. The best they can do is to ruin North Carolina’s chances of winning the Atlantic Division. The Terps have been led by All-American closer Brett Cecil (5-5, 2.88 ERA) who made a start last weekend against Florida State. The leading hitter is Mike Murphy who is hitting .317 on the season.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that UNC sweeps the Terps.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Friday: Robert Woodard (8-2, 2.91 ERA) vs TBA
Saturday Game 1: Alex White (4-4, 3.63 ERA) vs TBA
Saturday Game 2: Luke Putkonen (6-1, 4.80 ERA) vs TBA

North Carolina Game Notes
Maryland Game Notes