Boston College and North Carolina were scheduled to start their three game set later this afternoon but they had to postpone the game due to poor field conditions. The Boston area was hit by a snow and ice storm on Wednesday evening. The teams will attempt to play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
The Tulane Green Wave Athletic Department has announced that Turchin Stadium will not be completed by the end of the 2007 season. This forces the Green Wave to play all their remaining home games at Zephyr Field home of the New Orleans Zephyrs. The 2007 Conference USA Tournament was scheduled to be played at Turchin Stadium thus the conference needs to look for a new home. The CBB will keep you updated on any news on where the tournament will be moved to.
The Times-Picayune Article
The Ole Miss Baseball Program has set plans in motion to expand Oxford-University Stadium to a seating capacity of 10,000. Head Coach Mike Bianco believes the upgraded facility will help with atmosphere and recruiting. The full article is available here.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will head to Boston College for an odd Thursday and Saturday series with the Eagles. The Tar Heels are coming off a 14-2 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday while the Eagles enter the games after beating local rival Northeastern also on Tuesday.
North Carolina is led by Robert Woodard who is an outstanding 29-3 in his career. This season he is a perfect 6-0 with an ERA of 2.17. He will be pitching against Boston College on Friday which is the only ACC team he has not defeated. He faced the Eagles in 2006 but only lasted four innings while giving up a run on three hits. Freshman Dustin Ackley leads a potent UNC offense as he currently holds a 23 game hitting streak entering Game 1 on Thursday. Ackley is hitting for the season at a .479 clip. He has also hit five homers and driven in 45 runs. He is not the only offensive threat for the 2006 CWS finalist as Tim Federowicz and Chad Flack are among many that return from last year’s team.
Boston College is currently on a six game ACC losing streak with consecutive sweeps at the hands of FSU and NC State. The Eagles pitching has been poor as they have a staff ERA in the ACC of 6.04. The Eagles have no pitching this year as they have moved Kevin Boggan from the closer role to the number 2 starter position. He gave up 10 runs in his last start against NC State in 4.2 innings. The Eagles will send Nate Jeanes to the mound this weekend as he went seven strong innings in relief last Saturday against NC State while giving up three earned runs. The third starter’s spot is still not announced but I expect Terry Doyle will take the ball and try to regain his composure he showed this past summer in the Cape Cod League. The Eagles leading hitter is punter/outfielder Johnny Ayers who is hitting .346 on the season. Tony Sanchez has been a pleasant surprise with a .333 average.
The College Baseball Blog might attend the doubleheader on Saturday if the weather cooperates and if I can handle the cold of Massachusetts that is hitting this weekend. I predict that the BC Eagles get swept by North Carolina.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday: Robert Woodard (6-0, 2.17 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (2-3, 4.96 ERA)
Saturday Game 1: Alex White (3-1, 2.27 ERA) vs Nate Jeanes (0-2, 5.40 ERA)
Saturday Game 2: Luke Putkonen (5-1, 3.23 ERA) vs TBA
UNC Game Notes
The James Madison pitching staff combined on allowing seven hits in a 3-1 victory over Radford. Allie Swanson got the victory by working the first three innings while allowing only a run. His record now is 1-3 on the season and Josh Hammonds picked up the loss for Radford to drop his record to 0-1. Joe Lake led James Madison’s offense by going 2-4 with two runs scored.
Jake Goldberg threw a complete game shutout for the College of Charleston as they knocked off The Citadel Bulldogs by a 7-0 score. Goldberg allowed five hits and two walks in the shutout victory. Stuart Haywood went 3-4 with two runs driven in and a run scored. This game was played with wood bats as it was the annual “Turn Back the Century” Game.
College of Charleston Recap
The Citadel Recap
Alabama starter Casey Kebodeaux pitched eight innings while only letting up one run on five hits and was followed by Tommy Hunter who struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to get hsi fourth save of the year. Alabama grabbed the lead on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Paiml that brought home Ryan Rhoden with the eventual winning run. Alabama will return to action when they visit Vanderbilt while UAB heads to Houston.
SeBaseball visits Hoover
The NC State Wolfpack scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pick up a 3-2 victory over the East Carolina Pirates. ECU received solo homers from Harrison Eldridge in the fourth and Brandon Harrison in the fifth to account for all the Pirates runs. NC State started the eighth inning with Joe Florio getting hit by a pitch. He proceeded to second pass on a pass ball and then Ramon Corona got his fourth walk of the game to set up a first and second situation. Marcus Jones then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to set up second and third with one out. Ryan Pond then got the runner home from third with a ground out to shortstop. Pat Ferguson then followed with a two out single through the infield to drive Ramon Corona home from second base to tie the game. Ferguson then took second base on a wild pitch. Caleb Mangum then provided a clutch single through the left side to give the Wolfpack the lead for good. The Wolfpack is back in action on Friday when they face FSU and East Carolina will host Rice in conference action.
NC State Recap
East Carolina Recap
The Clemson Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Georgia Bulldogs 11-10 in non-conference action. Addison Johnson hit a line drive with two outs to left field with the winning run on second in DJ Mitchell. Matt Cerione dove for the ball and flipped over. As he was getting up to show that he made the catch, the ball popped loose and the winning run scored. Joshua Fields picked up his fifth loss of the season as he continues to struggle with a 1-5 record and an ERA of 5.91. Stephen Clyne picked up the win by getting the final out in the top of the ninth. His record goes to 4-0. Georgia will head to Ole Miss on Thursday while Clemson stays home to host Virginia Tech.
The Towson Tigers picked up a 7-6 victory over the Maryland Terps on Wednesday. Junior rightfielder Brian Conley hit a one out single to left center to drive in the winning run in a two run bottom of the 13th. The Tigers were losing 6-5 entering the bottom of the 13th after Maryland shortstop hit his second home run in the top of the inning. The Tigers also made a three run comeback off of potential All-American closer Brett Cecil who blew his save chance. The Terps will be back in action when they host Wake Forest in a weekend series. Towson will return to action on April 11th when they head to Mount St. Mary’s.