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.
The Texas Longhorns gave up three home runs Tuesday but they were able to hit two themselves.
They gave up a grand slam. And they hit one.
They gave up 14 hits. They got 15.
For every large number the University of Texas-San Antonio offense put up Tuesday, the Longhorns matched them.
It was enough. Barely.
The Longhorns came away with a 14-9 victory in front of 4,560 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
“There was a lot of adversity in this game. It’s not always going to be smooth, and it’s never going to be the same game twice,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.
Texas fell behind early as starter Kyle Walker struggled, giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
The Longhorns came back quickly thanks to Bradley Suttle, whose season would be receiving more attention if it weren’t for Kyle Russell’s home-run barrage.
Suttle turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead when he lifted an 0-1 pitch over the right-field fence for a grand slam in the third inning.
“I think that’s the first one of my career,” said Suttle, who sparked a seven-run third to give the Horns a 7-4 lead. “I know it’s the first one in college. And I can’t remember if I had one in high school.”
He can’t remember?
“Nope,” Suttle said. “That probably means I didn’t have one.”
But Suttle is having a season to remember, leading the Longhorns (26-9) in batting average (.424) and RBIs (43).
Not to be outdone, Russell belted his 18th home run of the season in the fourth inning, a fly that cleared the left-field fence, putting him two away from tying Jeff Ontiveros’ single-season record of 20.
“Suttle’s the guy who should be getting all the attention,” said Russell, whose homer put the Horns up 9-4. “He’s been doing this all season.”
Suttle’s home run helped Walker, who retired the first five batters he faced, a development Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson called a “step in the right direction.”
It also helped Hunter Harris (2-0), who pitched for the first time since March 6, going three innings and giving up three runs on six hits.
UTSA (17-12) made it a one-run game in the sixth inning, when Michael Rockett cleared the bases with a grand slam off Austin Wood. The ball landed just right of the scoreboard
“Whoever is teaching the hitting over there is doing one heck of a job,” said Garrido, whose Horns have given up 23 runs to the Roadrunners over the past two meetings.
Johnson was positive his staff moved in the right direction Tuesday, including a good inning from right-hander Drew Bishop, who pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance as a Longhorn.
All nine Green Wave hitters tallied at least two hits, including a 4-for-6 showing by sophomore right fielder Warren McFadden, as the Tulane University baseball team defeated arch-rival LSU, 16-9, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
Tulane (23-8) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after three innings, and held a comfortable 13-3 advantage going into the top of the seventh. In that stanza, however, the Tigers (17-13-1) clawed their way back into the ballgame as left fielder Ryan Schimpf capped a six-run stanza with a three-run homer to right. Rookie right-hander Preston Claiborne came out of the pen to put the fire out and the Green Wave held on to complete the regular-season sweep of LSU for the third time since 2001.
Southern Miss 13, Nicholls State 5
Southern Miss’ Trey Cuevas and Michael Ewing each finished with three hits and four RBIs to lead the Golden Eagles to a 13-5 victory over Nicholls State, tonight, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 2,467 in attendance.
Cuevas finished with a single in the first inning, a grand slam in the second inning and a single in the fourth inning. Michael Ewing had a triple to center field in the second inning, a walk in the third inning, a sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning, a three-run homer to right field in the sixth inning and a single through the right side in the seventh inning.
Jared Cavenaugh (2-0) earned his second win of the season, pitching six innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out seven batters. JR Ballinger pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one, and Ben Wade pitched the ninth inning and had a strikeout.
Baylor 12, Houston 6
Baylor scored nine runs over the final four innings on the way to a 12-6 win against the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday during a non-conference game at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears took advantage of a hit and error to score two runs in the sixth inning and grab the lead for good and then broke the game open with four runs off three hits and another Cougar miscue one inning later to split the regular-season series against the Cougars. UH enjoyed a 4-2 win over the Bears on Feb. 9 during the first day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Baylor added three more run in the eighth inning during its final at bat for the final margin of victory.
Rice 5, Prairie View A&M 4
Junior left fielder Jordan Dodson delivered the game-winning hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth-inning to cap a late two-run rally and propel the eighth-ranked Rice baseball team to a 5-4 victory over upset-minded Prairie View Tuesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.
Dodson’s ninth inning game-winner was on the heals of an emotional boost in the top of the eighth inning when junior reliever Cole St.Clair made his long-awaited debut for the 2007 season. The left-hander fired a solid shutout inning that halted the first Prairie View rally after the Panthers cut the Rice lead to a single run, 3-2. St.Clair entered the game with one run already in, a man in scoring position and nobody out. The consensus preseason all-America selection got a fly out, which was enough to advance the runner to third, and he hit the next batter. With men on the corners, St.Clair quickly made up for the hit batsman by picking the runner off first base. He then batted down a line-shot back to the mound, which he managed to corral and flip to first to end the inning.
Louisville 17, Marshall 1
The Marshall University baseball team suffered a 17-1 setback toat Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday on the strength of eight Cardinal home runs, three of which came in a 10-run third inning. The game was called in the top of the sixth inning due to thunderstorms.
Brendan Murphy ( , Tenn.) RBI groundout in the first inning that scored Thundering Herd leadoff man Mason Chapman (Barboursville, W.Va.). The Cardinals then wasted no time getting their offense going, hitting two home runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. Justin McClanahan hit a two-run shot off starter Ryan Kiel (Los Gatos, Calif.), then two batters later Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer.fell behind 1-0 on a
Thanks to Raymond Reeves for forwarding me all this information. He is much help with Conference USA coverage.
The Clemson Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half of a home and home series tonight. The Tigers picked up a 4-2 victory on Tuesday in Athens GA behind strong pitching from Alan Farina and Stephen Clyne. (Recap available here.) Georgia will start Jason Leaver while Clemson will counter with Matt Zoltak. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The VMI Keydets pulled off an upset on Tuesday night over the Virginia Cavaliers in front of the largest crowd in VMI Baseball history. Chris Henderson started for VMI and pitched 7.2 strong innings while only giving up two runs to the high powered Cavalier offense. Henderson’s record goes to 3-1 on the season. Robert Crumpler went 2-4 as he was the only Keydet to record multiple hits in the game. He was followed by Corey Bachman who got the final four outs by giving up two hits and no runs to get his second save of the season. Virginia reliever Jake Rule got tagged with the loss by giving up four runs in the sixth inning while only getting one out. His record drops to 2-2 on the season. Brandon Marsh, Sean Doolittle, and Brandon Guyer all went 2-4 in the losing effort. UVA will be back in action on Friday when they host Duke while VMI is back in action on Wednesday when they head across the state to visit Virginia Tech.
Matt LaPorta hit two three run homers and Austin Pride hit a grand slam to lead the Gators to a 16-7 victory over the Florida State Seminoles in a non-conference tilt in Jacksonville. The game drew a crowd of 12,280 which was only 663 people short of the stadium record. The Seminoles pitching staff was knocked around early on as they allowed ten runs over the first two innings. Seminoles starter Caleb Graham only lasted 1.2 innings while giving up six runs. He was followed by Travis Burge who only lasted 0.1 of an inning while giving up four runs on three hits. FSU returns to action on Friday when they visit NC State while Florida heads home to host South Carolina.
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The Citadel will host the College of Charleston in the “Turn Back the Century” Game on Wednesday at Riley Park (Game was moved to The Citadel due to construction on COC home field). The Citadel enters with a 17-11 record but 1-5 in the Southern Conference. The College of Charleston enters with a very respectable 20-8 mark overall and 5-1 in the Southern Conference. The Citadel will send Matt Reifsnider to the mound while the Cougars will send Jake Goldberg to the hill.
Conference USA has put out a press release about the amount of Conference USA alumni that are on MLB opening day rosters. They include many great players including Lance Berkman of Rice and Dan Uggla of Memphis. The full article is available here.
The University of Connecticut had Robert Van Woert and Will Musson combined on a two hitter as the Huskies picked up a 3-1 victory over the Hartford Hawks. Van Woert upped his record to 4-1 while Hartford reliever Zach Stefka picked up his first decision of the year to drop to 0-1. UConn will be back in action on Thursday when they visit Rutgers in a Big East match-up. The Hartford Hawks will head to UMBC for an America East series that starts on Friday.