The Citadel Bulldogs have picked up their second straight victory over the previously hot Georgia Southern Eagles by a score on Saturday of 8-3 and 9-1 on Friday. On Saturday, The Citadel got four long balls to pace the team to the victory. Wes Wrenn pitched a complete game on Friday while only allowing only the one run to up his record to 4-5.
The Clemson Tigers got to Luke Tucker for three runs in the top of the ninth to erase a two run deficit and turn it into a 7-6 victory over the second ranked Seminoles. The Tigers took advantage of two walks by Tucker sandwiched around a single from Marquez Smith to load the bases for Taylor Harbin. He proceeded to hit a two run double down the left field line to tie the game at 6. Mark Martin then brought in Michael Hyde who intentionally walked the first batter he faced in Ben Paulsen. (I hate seeing relief pitchers coming into games to throw intentional walks). Doug Hogan then hit a sharp groundball to third baseman Jason Stidham who threw to second base but the relay throw to first was not in time to let the runner on third score the winning run. The Tigers got the final three outs from Alan Farina who ended up pitching 4.1 shutout innings of relief to pick up the win and up his record to 4-2. Luke Tucker picks up his first decision of the season who puts his record at 0-1.
Virginia 4 NC State 2 (completion of yesterday’s game)
Tyler Cannon was left on third base in a game tied at 2 when the rains came on Friday. When the game resumed on Saturday, Cannon promptly came home on a wild pitch from Jeff Stallings to take a 3-2. One batter later, Jeremy Farrell hit a homer to left to set up the final scoreline of 4-2.
NC State 10 Virginia 7
The NC State Wolfpack scored eight runs in the first four innings to grab control of the second game of their weekend series with Virginia. The Wolfpack were led on offense by Marcus Jones who went 3-4 with two RBI. Sean Doolittle led the Cavs at the plate by going 2-4 with four RBI. Matt Packer got the loss for the Cavs as he was rocked for three runs in 1.2 innings with his record evening up at 3-3 while Jimmy Gillheeney got the win in relief to up his record to 4-2.
Miami 9 Wake Forest 8 (14 innings, completion of yesterday’s game)
Jemile Weeks with one out in the 14th inning hit a single up the middle. After a strikeout to Dave DiNatale, Dennis Raben walked to force Weeks to second base. Gus Menendez then hit a line drive that landed in left field that drove in the speedy Weeks with the winning run. Eric Erickson picks up the victory by pitching three scoreless innings to put his record at 8-3. Eric Nielsen picks up the loss by going the final 4.1 innings to drop his record to 5-5.
Wake Forest 12 Miami 10
Austin Jones hit a walk-off two run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Deacons a huge victory over the Miami Hurricanes in ACC action on Saturday. The Deacons came back from three two run deficits on the day and were able to get the win as they are battling for the final spot in the ACC Tournament with Boston College. Josh Ellis picked up the win to put his record at 5-2 while Michael Rudman got his first decision of the season to put his record at 0-1.
Boston College 10 Maryland-Eastern Shore 2
The Boston College Eagles came back from the finals break and were able to pick up a 10-2 victory over the lowly Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. Kevin Boggan only allowed 2 hits as he only pitched four innings to get some work in before an important series with Virginia this upcoming week. Ted Ratliff also pitched four innings and allowed both runs on three hits. Boston College blew open the game by scoring seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to let the BC Eagles cruise to the victory.
GT 6 UNC 1 Bottom of the fifth
Virginia Tech 1 Duke 0 Top of the fifth
One of our loyal readers sent me the above link of the Louisiana Ragin‘ Cajuns winning the Sun Belt regular season title by crushing Arkansas-Little Rock by a score of 28-3 on Saturday. The championship is the Cajuns second title in the last three years. They missed the title in 2006 by a measly one game.
Louisiana Ragin‘ Cajuns Recap
Arkansas-Little Rock Recap
The Northeast-10 Conference Tournament takes place today in Lowell MA at the home of the Lowell Spinners. The teams participating are the Bryant University Bulldogs, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Franklin Pierce Ravens, and Pace Settlers. Bryant knocked off Southern Connecticut State on Wednesday by a score of 4-2 while Pace University beat Bentley 5-2 in the opening round of the tourney. Franklin Pierce and UMass-Lowell each got byes in the tournament. Franklin Pierce (41-8) enters the weekend as the Number 1 ranked team in the Northeast region by the NCBWA. UMass-Lowell enters as the second seed with a record of 33-16 while Bryant is 29-20 and Pace is 28-24.
The College Baseball Blog will be attending the Northeast-10 Tourney this weekend likely on Sunday. The Blog will be taking the teaching exam on Saturday and might head up after the all-day exam but likely will spend Mother’s Day in Lowell taking in the final games of the Northeast-10 Tourney.
Friday: Wes Wrenn (3-6, 5.87 ERA) vs Aaron Eubanks (3-2, 3.23 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Crim (4-3, 5.76 ERA) vs Brian Wilkerson (4-7, 6.12 ERA)
Sunday: Matt Reifsnider (3-2, 4.58 ERA) vs Josh Lairsey (2-1, 6.75 ERA)
The Citadel Game Notes
GA Southern Game Notes
The Clemson Tigers head down to Tallahassee, FL to take on the FSU Seminoles in a key ACC matchup for the upcoming ACC Championship in two weeks. Clemson enters the series with an overall record of 32-17 and an ACC record of 15-9. The Tigers are coming off a split of their mid-week out of conference games picking up a victory over Wofford 12-3 and lost to Furman 6-3. The Tigers survived a scare from Boston College last weekend as they took two out of three games. Doug Hogan is the active hitting leader for the Tigers with his .326 average while Brad Chaulk leads the team with a .407 average and might be back for the weekend series. Florida State enters with a 42-7 overall record and an outstanding 20-4 in the ACC. Florida State is coming off a three game sweep last weekend over Maryland in College Park. Florida State is led by number 1 starter Bryan Henry who enters the weekend with a perfect 12-0 with a 2.59 ERA. Tony Thomas Jr. leads the team in hitting with a .439 average. The CBB predicts that FSU sweeps the Tigers.
Friday: Bryan Henry (12-0, 2.59 ERA) vs Daniel Moskos (3-3, 2.20 ERA)
Saturday: Danny Rosen (2-1, 3.50 ERA) vs David Kopp (5-2, 3.30 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (8-1, 3.03 ERA) vs TBA
Georgia Tech at North Carolina
The Yellow Jackets head to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Georgia Tech is coming off a loss to Georgia on Wednesday to drop their overall record to 30-18 (14-9 ACC). GT is led by All-American candidates Matt Wieters (.370 BA, 9 HR) and Danny Payne (.379 BA). North Carolina enters the weekend on a hot streak as they have won seven out of their last eight games overall. North Carolina’s overall record is 39-10 and 16-8 in the ACC. They are led by senior pitcher Robert Woodard who is an impressive 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA. Dustin Ackley leads the team in average at .444. The CBB predicts UNC to win two out of three games.
Friday: David Duncan (6-2, 2.77) vs. Robert Woodard (7-2, 2.82)
Saturday: Eddie Burns (3-2, 3.09) vs. Alex White (4-3, 3.29)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (5-3, 4.24) vs. Luke Putkonen (6-1, 4.10)
The NC State Wolfpack head to Virginia this weekend in a key series for the Wolfpack in terms of getting into the ACC and NCAA tourneys. The Cavs are looking to secure hosting a regional in the NCAA Tournament. NC State has recently been led by Ryan Pond who is hitting .429 over the last eight games. Virginia has continued to receive outstanding pitching from Jacob Thompson who is a perfect 10-0 record and an 1.38 ERA. The CBB predicts that UVA sweeps the Wolfpack behind strong pitching.
Friday: Eric Surkamp (4-2, 2.72) vs Jacob Thompson (10-0, 1.38)
Saturday: Andrew Brackman (6-4, 3.65) vs Matt Packer (3-2, 3.39)
Sunday: TBA vs Sean Doolittle (7-3, 2.11)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Miami Hurricanes meet in Winston-Salem as both schools are trying to secure spots in the ACC Tournament. The Boston College Eagles are right on the heel of the Deacons as they are only 1/2 game back while Miami could miss the ACC Tournament also if they fall off the map these next two weekends. Miami is led by Yonder Alonso (.371 BA, 16 HR, 60 RBI) and Mark Sobolewski (.357 BA) give the Hurricanes two potent bats. Wake Forest is led Brett Linenkohl who is hitting .418 over the last 17 games. The CBB predicts Miami to sweep the Deacons.
Friday: Garrett Bullock (3-1, 4.44) vs Scott Maine (4-5, 3.19)
Saturday: Brad Kledzik (4-3, 4.79) vs Eric Erickson (7-3, 2.03)
Sunday: Ben Hunter (5-5, 4.97) vs Enrique Garcia (5-3, 3.12)
Virginia Tech at Duke
The Virginia Tech Hokies head down to Duke in a series with very little impact on any postseason baseball. The CBB predicts VT takes two out of three games.
Friday: Greg Fryman (2-8, 7.83 ERA) vs TBA
Saturday: Andrew Wells (3-4, 5.10 ERA) vs TBA
Sunday: Adam Redd (2-5, 3.91 ERA) vs TBA
Memphis 8, Arkansas State 7
MEMPHIS – With the Tigers trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth and down to its last strike, freshman Tyler Huelsing lifted a game-tying RBI-single to center and then scored from first on an error by the Arkansas State outfield to push Memphis past ASU 8-7 in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. The Tigers improve to 31-18 with its 11th last at-bat win. Arkansas State falls to 19-30.
No. 3 Rice 6, Texas State 4
HOUSTON — The Rice trio of Brian Friday, Joe Savery and Aaron Luna all collected three hits, and the Owls combined a big five-run third inning and a stellar relief outing by Matt Langwell to claim a 6-4 win over visiting Texas State Wednesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston. The victory was the Owls’ 11th in a row and the 19th win in the last 20 games.
Rice improved to 38-11 on the season. Texas State fell to 32-18 overall.
The Owls’ eight-game homestand continues with a three-game Conference USA weekend series May 11-13 at Reckling Park. Rice hosts Tulane in the second-to-last league series of the season. CSTV Networks has announced that the Friday baseball contest will be available as part of a special pay-per-view event. The special presentation of this match-up will be available live and on-demand via Internet video streaming. The Bobcats return to Southland Conference action Friday when they open a three-game series with McNeese State in San Marcos.
No. 4 North Carolina 5, No. 30 East Carolina 1
GREENVILLE, N.C. - No. 4 North Carolina used seven pitchers to record 17 strikeouts as the Tarheels defeated No. 30 East Carolina 5-1 in front of the second largest crowd in school history (5,076 fans) Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The win allowed UNC to sweep the two-game series between the two schools.
North Carolina improved to 39-10 while East Carolina fell to 32-17.
The Pirates will be back in action this Friday night when they host UCF in a three-game Conference USA series. The Tar Heels are back in action at home this weekend for a three-game ACC set against Georgia Tech beginning Friday.
The North Carolina Tar Heels received homers from Tim Federowicz, Chad Flack, and Reid Fronk all hit homers to led the Tar Heels to a 5-1 victory at East Carolina. The Tar Heels used the game to get seven different pitchers some work and they were impressive as they combined to strike out 17 hitters while only allowing one run. Matt Danford picked up the win to put his record at 4-0 while Jeff Ostrander got the loss for East Carolina to drop his record to 2-1.
Furman 6 Clemson 3
The Furman Paladins picked up a surprising 6-3 victory over regional rival Clemson. The Paladins got a two run triple from Bobby Hubbard in the eighth inning to break open a close game. Furman reliever Spencer Hale pitched 3.1 strong innings while giving up only one run to pick up his first victory of the year for an overall record of 1-2. Clemson reliever P.J. Zocchi gave up two runs in four innings and grabbed the loss to drop his record to 3-2.
UNC-Wilmington 8 NC State 4
Mark Carver led the Seahawks with three hits and drove in three runs to lead UNC-Wilmington to a 8-4 victory over NC State on Wednesday. Cody Dickens pitched four shutout innings to pick up the victory to put his record at 2-2 on the season while Wolfpack starter Sam Brown gets the loss as he up three runs in 2.1 innings to even his record at 1-1.
NC State Recap
Duke 5 UNC-Greensboro 4
The Duke Blue Devils picked up a come from behind 5-4 victory over UNC-Greensboro in non-conference action. The Blue Devils scored three runs in the top of the ninth to grab the lead and were able to get the final three outs in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory. The three run ninth was highlighted by a Brett Bartles two run homer to tie the game. After the Bartles home run, Alexander Hassan picked up a walk and was driven in by a Gabriel Saade triple. Duke reliever Michael Ness picked up the win to put his record at 4-3 while UNC-Greensboro reliever Kory Judd got the loss to even his record at 4-4.
Georgia 9 Georgia Tech 4
The Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed their season series with Georgia picking up a 9-4 victory to clinch the season series victory over the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs got great games from Matt Olson and Travis Parrott who each drove in three runs to lead the Bulldog offense. Ryan Wooley picked up the win in relief by pitching a perfect 0.2 innings to put his record at 1-1 on the season. Brad Rulon was credited with the loss to even his record at 2-2.
Virginia Tech 9 VMI 0
The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up a 9-0 shutout victory at VMI on Wednesday. They were led by Rob Whitey, Andrew Wells, Scott Stoehr, and Rhett Ballard who combined on a three hit shutout of VMI. Whitey ups his record to 2-0 while VMI starter Chris Henderson gets the loss to put his record at 5-3.
The South Carolina Gamecocks picked up their third win in their last four games with a 12-3 victory over intrastate rival The Citadel. Justin Smoak led the Gamecocks by picking up his 16th homer of the year while Phil Disher went 3-3 with an RBI. South Carolina starter Mike Cisco pitched seven strong innings while striking out ten Bulldog batters to up his record to 4-2. Chris McGuinness started for the Bulldogs but labored through two innings while giving up three runs on five hits. His record evens at 2-2 on the season.
South Carolina Recap
The Citadel Recap