The Going Yard blog from CSTV is a very interesting read as two guys are traveling across the country covering college baseball from North Carolina to California. They are currently in the Los Angelos area and the full series of posts from the trip are available here.
The Florida State Seminoles head down to Miami in a big conference showdown this weekend. FSU enters the series with a 37-6 overall record and are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 15-3 conference record. Florida State is coming off a tough series with North Carolina last weekend in which the Noles took two out of the three games. Miami enters with a 26-17 record and only 11-10 in the ACC. The Miami program is in a rebuilding mood and they took a three game series up in Blacksburg VA last weekend. The CBB predicts that FSU takes two out of three games.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Scott Maine (3-5, 3.43 ERA) vs Bryan Henry (10-0, 2.24 ERA)
Saturday: Enrique Garcia (4-2, 2.67 ERA) vs Ryan Strauss (8-1, 2.98 ERA)
Sunday: Eric Erickson (5-3, 2.29 ERA) vs TBA
FSU Game Notes
Miami Game Notes
North Carolina at NC State
The North Carolina Tar Heels head to Raleigh to take on their arch rival NC State in a key ACC series. North Carolina enters with a 35-9 overall record and 14-7 in the ACC. UNC is led by All-American candidate Robert Woodard who leads the team with a 7-1 record and has a very solid ERA of 2.05. Dustin Ackley leads the offense with .451 batting average which is second in the ACC and fourth overall in the country. NC State enters with a 28-14 record and 11-10 in the ACC. NC State was swept last weekend by Georgia Tech but picked up a non-conference win over UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday. Mike Roskopf over his last 15 games has six homers to lead the Pack attack. The CBB predicts UNC to take 2 out of 3 games.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Robert Woodard (7-1, 2.05 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (3-2, 2.88 ERA)
Saturday: Alex White (4-3, 3.26 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (6-4, 3.90 ERA)
Sunday: Luke Putkonen (6-1, 3.78 ERA) vs Jimmy Gillheeney (3-2, 4.32 ERA)
Maryland at Virginia
The Virginia Cavaliers will welcome the Maryland Terrapins for an ACC series this weekend. The Cavaliers are in second place only a half game back of North Carolina while Maryland is in last place in the Atlantic Division where they are a whooping eleven games back in the loss column behind Florida State. The Cavaliers are currently on a two game losing streak by losing the final game of their series with Clemson last weekend and picking up a non-conference loss to James Madison on Wednesday in 14 innings. That loss dropped the Cavaliers overall record to 34-10 and they have a 13-7 record in the ACC. Maryland enters with a 23-21 record but 7-14 in the ACC. They lost to West Virginia on Tuesday 13-2 and lost two out of three to Duke last weekend. The CBB predicts UVA to sweep Maryland.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Jacob Thompson (9-0, 1.54 ERA) vs Casey Baron (4-3, 3.66 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-2, 3.38 ERA) vs Ryan Moorer (3-3, 4.97 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (6-3, 2.33 ERA) vs Kevin Biringer (3-8, 5.98 ERA)
Georgia Tech at Clemson
Georgia Tech (26-15, 13-7 ACC) heads to Clemson University (27-14, 11-7 ACC) as both teams are trying to increase their potential seeding in the end of season ACC Tournament. Georgia Tech is led by Danny Payne (.391 BA) and Matt Wieters (.359 BA, 7 HR). Clemson has moved All-American closer candidate Daniel Moskos into the number 1 starter role and he has just been average in that role. Doug Hogan leads the Clemson offense with a with a .319 average. The CBB predicts that GT takes 2 out of 3 games.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: David Duncan (5-2, 3.03) vs. Daniel Moskos (3-3, 2.29)
Saturday: Eddie Burns (3-0, 2.98) vs. David Kopp (4-2, 3.32)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.99) vs. Ryan Hinson (4-1, 2.03)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (24-22, 8-13 ACC) snapped a three game losing streak by picking up two non-conference road wins over Charlotte and Appalachian State. Duke (26-17, 6-15 ACC) took two out of three games last weekend against Maryland and also picked up a 12-0 victory over Campbell on Tuesday. The Blue Devils have been getting outstanding pitching from Tony Bajoczky who has a 8-2 record and a 2.70 ERA. The CBB predicts Duke to take two out of three games from the Deacons.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Alexander Hassan (2-3, 3.83 ERA) vs Brad Kledzik (3-3, 4.75 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Bajoczky (8-2, 2.70 ERA) vs Garrett Bullock (3-1. 4.91 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Charlie Mellies (1-2, 9.00 ERA)
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Peter Hughes leads his Virginia Tech Hokies into Chestnut Hill in a battle between old friends. Peter Hughes was the head coach of Boston College for eight seasons but left after the 2006 season for Virginia Tech to replace coaching legend Chuck Hartman. Hughes former assistant coach and former teammate at Davidson Mikio Aoki was named the new head coach and he has seen some success this season by putting the Eagles into the race for an ACC tourney spot. The Eagles enter with a 16-22-1 overall record but are in eighth place in the conference with a 9-12 mark. The CBB predicts that BC takes 2 out of 3 from the Hokies.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Kevin Boggan (3-4, 4.02 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-7, 7.63 ERA)
Saturday: Nate Jeanes (1-3, 4.70 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-4, 5.84 ERA)
Sunday: Terry Doyle (2-3, 5.40 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-4, 4.02 ERA)
Virginia Tech Game Notes
Boston College Stats
The Clemson Tigers Stan Widmann has been sidelined most of the year after discovering a benign tumor in his neck. The Charleston SC based Post and Courier recently wrote an article checking in on his recovery which can be read here.
The Clemson Tigers bats came alive at Doug Kingsmore Stadium by grabbing 16 hits as the Tigers rolled to a 14-5 victory over South Carolina. Wilson Boyd led the Tigers with 4 RBI with Ben Paulsen and Taylor Harbin with three hits and three RBI. D. J. Mitchell picked up his second win of the season by pitching six solid innings while giving up only one run on four hits and three walks. His record goes to 2-0 on the season. South Carolina starter Blake Cooper went four innings while giving up 2 runs (one earned) but grabbed the loss to drop his record to 5-1. The Tigers did most of their damage against Alex Farutto who gave up four runs in 0.2 innings. Clemson will be back in action when they host Georgia Tech while South Carolina will head to Alabama.
North Carolina 3 High Point 1
The North Carolina Tar Heels got 6.2 innings of shutout relief from Rob Wooten, Matt Danford, and Andrew Carignan combined which carried the Tar Heels to the 3-1 victory over High Point. North Carolina was led on offense by Josh Horton who hit a homer to drive in a run while Seth Williams and Tim Federowicz each had an RBI to account for all the Tar Heels run. North Carolina will be back in action this weekend when they head to NC State while High Point heads to Longwood on Thursday.
James Madison 7 Virginia 6 (14 innings)
The James Madison Dukes scored five runs in the top of the 14th inning but ended up giving up four runs in the bottom of the 14th to hold onto a 7-6 victory over Virginia on Wednesday. The Dukes were led by Mitchell Moses who went 3-6 with four RBI including two homers while lead-off hitter Davis Stoneburner went 4-7. Virginia was led by David Adams who went 3-6. James Madison will head to Georgia State in a conference match-up while Virginia hosts Maryland.
NC State 6 UNC-Wilmington 1
Caleb Mangum drove in four runs to lead the Wolfpack to the 6-1 victory over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in non-conference action on Wednesday. Clayton Shunick (4-2) got the win by going 2.2 innings while giving up only one hit. Andrew Morgan got the loss to drop to 0-1 on the season. NC State will host UNC for a weekend series while Wilmington heads to William & Mary.
Miami 7 Stetson 3
Dennis Raben led the Hurricanes to a 7-3 victory by going 2-3 with a homer and 2 RBI. Yonder Alonso also hit a homer with his only hit in the game. Manny Miguelez went seven strong innings while only giving up only three runs to send his record to 1-2 on the season. Corey Kluber got his first loss of the season by giving up five runs in five innings to drop his record to 8-1. Miami will host FSU for a weekend showdown while Stetson heads to UCF next Wednesday for another mid-week match-up.
Virginia Tech 8 Radford 3
Rob Whitley pitched six shutout innings in his first start in over a month to lead the Hokies to a 8-3 victory over Radford. The win was Whitley’s first of his young career. He was led on offense by Jose Cueto who went 2-5 with an RBI. The Hokies will be back in action on Friday at Boston College. The CBB will be moving their offices on Saturday and MIGHT be at Sunday’s series finale. Radford will host Mars Hill for a weekend series.
Wake Forest 13 Appalachian State 5
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons won their second straight game in as many days with a 13-5 victory over Appalachian State in Boone NC. The Demon Deacons used a 17 hit attack but the biggest news of the game was the return of Willy Fox who missed the last 15 games with a laceration to his leg from a botched robbery at his residence in which he was stabbed by the intruder. Wake Forest will be back in action on Friday when they host Duke while ASU will play host to UNC-Asheville.
Northeastern 2 Boston College 0
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The University of Memphis record books were rewritten on Wednesday afternoon as the Tigers (27-16) exploded for a school-record 12 runs in the fifth inning to take command of the ballgame en route to a 19-8 thrashing of Southeast Missouri (25-17) in the series finale at Capaha Field. Adam Amar went 3-for-4 on the day to claim Memphis’ all-time hits mark, surpassing former Tiger standout Steve Moss’ 240 career hits.
The Tiger offense reset a total of four single-inning marks with the 12-run outburst. Among those new records are the 15 plate appearances, 14 at-bats and the 18 total bases. The former mark for runs scored in a single frame was 11, set by the 1978 Tigers in a 39-run route of Delta State.
Tulane 11, Nicholls State 5
METAIRIE, La. – The top six hitters in the Green Wave lineup combined to go 11-for-23 at the plate and the Green Wave used a nine-run fifth inning to erase a 5-0 deficit as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Nicholls State, 11-5, Wednesday evening at Zephyr Field.
Trailing 5-0 after four and a half innings, the team held a players-only meeting in the dugout and came out with a purpose as the Green Wave pounded out seven of their 13 hits in the stanza to snap a three-game losing streak. With the victory, Tulane improves to 29-14 on the year. Nicholls State, meanwhile, falls to 5-27.
No. 19 Mississippi State 7, Southern Miss 4
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Edward Easley finished with a walk, a double, two home runs and four RBIs to lead Mississippi State to a 7-4 win over Southern Miss, tonight, in the second midweek game, completing the two-game sweep.
The home team has swept the series for the past two years. Southern Miss won both games in 2006 in Hattiesburg, winning 13-6 and 6-3.
Mississippi State (27-10) scored seven runs on 11 hits and committed one error, while Southern Miss (25-18) scored four runs on eight hits and committed one error. Each team turned two double plays. The Golden Eagles left seven runners on base, while the Bulldogs stranded only four runners.
Ohio 7, Marshall 6
ATHENS, Ohio – For the second time this season Ohio used a come-from-behind effort at Bob Wren Stadium to upend the Marshall baseball team, this instance thanks to a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth followed by the winning run in the 11th for a 7-6 Bobcat victory on Wednesday.
Marshall led 6-4 heading into Ohio’s final at bat when freshman first baseman Marc Krauss hit a Nick Wolle (Coatesville, Pa.) offering over the left centerfield wall, his second home run of the game, to tie the contest and send it into extra innings. In the 11th inning, right fielder Matt Stiffler doubled and scored on a single by Jared Willis that was aided by a Herd error in left field.
Marshall (17-22) out-hit the Bobcats (15-23) 13-11 and stole two bases to Ohio’s zero.
The Northeastern Huskies won the Baseball Beanpot 2-0 over the Boston College Eagles on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park. Dan Milano hit an RBI single to drive in Mike Lyon with the first run of the game and took second base on the throw to the plate. The Huskies used some small ball tactics to get Milano home as he advanced to third on a fly out to the outfield and came home on a sacrifice fly by James Donaldson to stake Northeastern to the 2-0 lead. The Eagles only got five hits in the game with Jett Ruiz and Michael Belfiore each getting two hits in the game. Husky pitchers Sheldon McDonald, Bobby Carrington, Dan Zehr, and Ryan Quigley all combined to give Northeastern the shutout victory over BC. Bobby Carrington (1-0) got the victory by working two innings while Ryan Quigley picked up his fifth save. Ted Ratliff picks up the loss to drop to 4-2 on the season.
The question is would you rather hit for the cycle or hit a two-run home run in the first inning for three consecutive games?
Some baseball players don’t have to choose. Texas right fielder Kyle Russell accomplished both feats Tuesday night.
Russell’s first-inning two-run homer against UT-Pan American was the beginning of his hitting for the cycle in the Longhorns’ 11-1 victory, which was called in the seventh inning at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The game ended early because UT-Pan American wanted to try to avoid the severe weather sweeping across the state.
Russell, who leads the nation with 24 home runs, tripled in the fifth, doubled in the sixth and singled in Jordan Danks in the seventh to end the game.
“It’s the first cycle I’ve ever hit,” said Russell, who was 4 for 5 with a career-high five RBIs. “To do it at home in front of the burnt orange nation is really special.”
And the first-inning home runs are becoming routine. It’s the same runner on base, in the same inning, ending with the same result.
First Chance Wheeless, the Longhorns’ No. 2 hitter, gets on base, as he did Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Then Russell hits a home run.
Not only that, but Russell has hit each of the home runs to the same spot in left-center field.
“We were talking about it in the dugout. It’s been amazing. Kyle told me before we went up there that if I got on base, he would knock me in,” Wheeless said.
“I didn’t want to break my promise,” Russell responded.
He didn’t. In fact, Russell drove Wheeless in three times Tuesday, and both players scored in the first, fifth and sixth innings.
“I think he got tired of running today,” Russell joked.
Both the cycle and the home runs have impressed Texas coach Augie Garrido.
“It’s the many miracles of baseball,” Garrido said. “They pop up all the time, like Boston hitting four home runs in a row (against the Yankees on Sunday).”
Russell and Wheeless got Texas (34-12) going, and Austin Wood and reliever Josh Prince shut down UT-Pan American (15-34). Wood gave up a run on four hits in six innings.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels rolled over East Carolina 10-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Adam Warren who went seven shutout innings to up his record to 8-0. Tim Fedroff picked up four RBI to lead the UNC offense. UNC will be back in action on Wednesday when they host High Point before going to NC State for a key ACC showdown. East Carolina will be back in action this weekend when they host Southern Mississippi.
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Elon 13 Clemson 12
The Phoenix were able to edge the Clemson Tigers 13-12 in a classic slugfest in Clemson SC. Pat Irvine went 2-2 with 3 RBI including a homer and teammate Mike Melillo picked up a homer to lead the Phoenix offense to the victory. Doug Hogan went 2-3 with 5 RBI including a homer to lead the Clemson offense in the loss. Elon will host UNC-Greensboro for a weekend series while Clemson plays South Carolina on Wednesday.
Wake Forest 3 Charlotte 2 (11 innings)
Brett Linnenkohl hit a homer in the top of the 11th inning to give the Wake Forest Demon Deacons a 3-2 lead and Josh Ellis pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th to break a three game losing streak for the Deacons. Aaron Bray led the 49ers with three hits while Evan Ocheltree went 2-4. Wake Forest will head to Appalchin State on Wednesday while Charlotte will head to George Washington for a conference series on Friday.
Duke 12 Campbell 0
Nate Freiman hit two homers and Jimmy Gallagher went 5-6 only a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Blue Devils to the 12-0 victory over Campbell. Jonathan Anderson got the victory on the mound by pitching five scoreless innings. Duke will be off until Friday when they head to Wake Forest while Campbell hosts Gardner-Webb in a conference series.
Georgia 10 Georgia Tech 7
The Bulldogs picked up a 10-7 victory over Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs were led by Matt Olson who went 4-5 with six RBI. The Bulldogs jumped on GA Tech starter John Goodman who only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up four runs on two hits and three walks to drop his record to 1-2 on the season. Jason Leaver picked up the victory by pitching going his scheduled three innings while giving up three runs. His record goes to 1-1 on the season. Josh Fields who has struggled throughout the season pitched a scoreless ninth to get his fourth save of the season. Georgia Tech will host Clemson for a weekend series while Georgia plays at Western Carolina on Wednesday.
West Virginia 13 Maryland 2
The West Virginia Mountaineers blew out the Maryland Terrapins 13-2 in a battle between the Big East and ACC. West Virginia used a 16 hit attack led by Tyler Kuhn who went 3-6 with four RBI in the win. Maryland starter Mike Sufczynski picked up the loss to drop his record to 0-2 while Josh Whitlock got the win by pitching eight innings while allowing only two runs to up his record to 6-3. West Virginia is back in action on Friday when they host St. John’s while Maryland will head to Virginia on Friday.
The James Madison Dukes scored four runs on wild pitches as they took a non-conference game from Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Matt Browning went 3-4 with two runs scored to lead the Dukes offense. The Hokie offense was led by Nate Parks who also went 3-4 with one run scored. The Hokies will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Radford while JMU visits UVA on Wednesday.
Coastal Carolina headed to Riley Park on Tuesday to take on The Citadel Bulldogs and came away with a 5-1 victory. Matt Rademacher led the offense with 3 RBI and freshman starting pitching Nick McCully pitched 5.0 innings while only allowing one run on four hits and a walk. His record goes to 3-2 on the season. The Citadel starter Matt Reifsnider gave up three runs (two earned) over his five innings to drop his record to 2-2. The offensive star for the Bulldogs were Chris Swauger and Matt Arnold who each had two hits in the game. Both teams will head back to conference action with The Citadel hosting the College of Charleston while Coastal Carolina will host Liberty. Both series start Friday.