Saturday Big East Review

  • South Florida 13, Notre Dame 10-(South Bend, IN)-South Florida reliever Yuri Higgins(3-1) came in relief of starting pitcher Matt Quevedo who started in place of USF ace David Thomas and went 5.2 inning, gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits, and struck out 10. The turning point in the game was in the top of the 6th when starting Notre Dame pitcher Wade Korpi along with Jess Stewart and Joey Williamson(1-2) gave up 5 runs, USF did add 6 runs the next inning. The Irish scored 4 running in the bottom of the 8th but it wasn’t enough. These two teams will square off in the rubber match tomorrow at Frank Eck Stadium Dan Kapala(0-1, 1.98) will go for the Irish and Chris Delaney(4-0, 3.86) will toe the rubber for the Bulls. Notre Dame Recap
  • Villanova 1, Louisville 0-Game 1-(Villanova, PA)-With the scored tied at zero in the bottom of the 9th Villanova first baseman Dan Terpak doubled off the left center field wall, the next batter was hit by a pitch then Cards pitcher Kyle Hollander threw a wild pick off throw over first base to allow the winning run to score. Louisville Recap.
  • Louisville 11, Villanova 3-Game 2-(Villanova, PA)-The second game wasn’t as close Louisville scored a run in each of the first four inning to cruise by the Wildcats. Colby Walk(2-1) came on in relief and picked up the W pitching 3.1innings perfect inning striking out 7.
  • Rutgers 4, Georgetown 3 (F/10)-Game 1-(Piscataway, NJ)-At the grand opening of Bainton Field on Rutgers Campus the Scarlet Knights open up with a win over the Hoyas of Georgetown. With the score tied up a 3 in the 10th to straight singles with two out by Rutgers gave them the win. Rutgers Recap
  • Rutgers 6, Georgetown 0-Game 2-(Piscataway, NJ)-Rutgers starting pitcher Steve Healing(3-2) went all the way shutting out the Bulldogs allowing 5 hits and striking out 1.
  • Cincinnati 19, Pittsburgh 5-(Pittsburgh, PA)-Cincinnati blew the game open in the first inning scoring 9 runs on 8 hits off of PITT starter Rob Brant(1-3) he did go 5.2 innings, giving up 11 runs, only 3 earned. Pitt Recap
  • West Virginia 4, Seton Hall 3(F/13)-Game 1-(Morgantown, WV)-Seton Hall had control of the game at 2-0 until the bottom of the 7th when center fielder Adam White hit an RBI single then later scored on a double Justin Jenkins to tie the game at 2 all. Then in the top of the 13th Seton Hall’s John Walsh hit a solo home run to take a 3-2 lead, but then in the bottom of the Austin Markel singled in Vince Belnome then two batters later Adam White knocked in the winning run, this all with 2 outs. West Virginia Recap
  • West Virginia 12, Seton Hall 5-Game 2-(Morgantown, WV)

Army splits a doubleheader with Cornell

The Army Black Knights split a doubleheader with Cornell on Saturday. In game 1, Jim Hyland was masterful as he allowed only four hits over the seven inning game to get the 2-0 victory over Army. Hyland picked up his second victory of the season to even his record at 2-2. Nick Hill also pitched a complete game for Army but gave up two runs on five hits to get his second loss of the season. In Game 2, Cornell pitcher Blake Hamilton threw over Steven Dannaway’s head in the bottom of the tenth to give the Black Knights an emotional 3-2 victory over Cornell. Milan Dinga pitched two perfect innings while striking out four to get the win.

Army Recap
Cornell Recap

ACC Recap for 3/24

Florida State 10 Boston College 3

The Florida State Seminoles scored six runs in the second inning to make a 2-0 deficit into a 6-2 lead. The Seminoles continued to shut down the BC Eagles bats in key situations. Michael Hyde started the game for the Seminoles and last seven innings while only giving up two runs and really scattered eight hits. His curveball seemed to be hanging in the zone but the Eagles were never able to take advantage. Hyde better get his breaking ball working real soon or some of the better hitting teams in the ACC are going to light him up. Tony Sanchez went 2-3 to lead the Eagles offense. The teams close the series out tomorrow when Ryan Strauss faces likely Eagle starter Terry Doyle.

FSU Recap
Section B Recap
BC Recap

Virginia Tech 6 UNC 3

In one of the big upsets today, Peter Hughes led Virginia Tech Hokies picked up a 6-3 victory over the UNC Tar Heels. Andrew Wells kept the Tar Heels off balance in his seven innings of work and only gave up one unearned run to get his second win of the season. Nate Parks led the Hokie offense by going 2-4. The teams will play the rubber game on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

UNC Recap
VA Tech Recap

Maryland 4 Clemson 1

The Maryland Terps got a seven inning two hit performance from Peabody MA native Ryan Moorer to lead the Terrapins to the 4-1 victory over Clemson. Mike Murphy hit a two run single in the fifth inning to give the Terps a 4-0 lead. Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings to get his seventh save of the year. The Tigers will try to get one game out of the weekend set on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 pm.

UMD Recap
Clemson Recap

Virginia 3 Miami 0

The Virginia Cavaliers were able to break Miami’s shutout streak at 168 games with a 3-0 victory behind the left arm of Matt Packer. He went 5.1 innings while scattering four hits and two walks to get his third victory on the season. Scott Maine was effective by going 5.2 innings while giving up all three runs on six hits and two walks. Brandon Guyer led the Cavs offense with a 2-3 game with an RBI.

UVA Recap
Miami Recap

Wake Forest 16 NC State 3

Wake Forest Demon Deacons scored 13 runs combined in the fifth and sixth inning to lead the Deacons to the 16-3 victory over NC State. Allan Dykstra led the offense with a 3-4 game with a homer and a career high 6 RBIs to get the victory. Andrew Brackman picked up the loss for the Wolfpack by only lasting four innings while giving up six runs. Garrett Bullock got his second victory on the season for the Deacons. The teams will face off in the final game of the series at 1:00 pm.

Wake Forest Recap
NC State Recap

Duke 3 Georgia Tech 0

Tony Bajoczky and Michael Seander combined on a six hit shutout of the Yellow Jackets by a score of 3-0. Brett Bartles led the Blue Devil offense by going 2-4 with 2 RBIs. The teams will play the rubber game on Sunday at 1:00 pm in Durham.

Duke Recap
GT Recap

Texas beats Kansas State, 14-3, for ninth straight win!

No. 10 Texas used 10 extra-base hits to post a 14-3 win over Kansas State in Big 12 baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The win was Texas’ ninth straight and moved the Longhorns to 22-7 overall and 5-0 in Big 12 action. Kansas State fell to 17-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Travis Tucker led UT’s offense going 4-for-4 with one triple, one double, one stolen base, three runs scored and two RBI. Preston Clark went 2-for-4 with one double and three RBI. Chance Wheeless, Bradley Suttle and Josh Prince chipped in with two hits apiece.

Kyle Russell’s torrid home run pace continued as he hit his 15th on the season. He has hit a home run in five consecutive Big 12 games and now holds the Longhorns’ record for most homers by a sophomore.

On the mound, Adrian Alaniz (7-1) scattered three hits and one walk over seven shutout innings while striking out six to earn the victory.

Texas scored two runs in a first inning in which the Longhorns batted out of order. Tucker hit a leadoff single. Wheeless, who was supposed to bat third, singled to put runners at the corners. Jordan Danks, who was slated to bat second, hit an RBI single to plate Tucker. Suttle drove in Wheeless with a single. The batting out of order infraction was not caught until the second inning so all the at-bats were official, staking Texas to a 2-0 lead.

The Longhorns added three runs each in the second and third inning. The second inning featured an RBI triple by Tucker and a two-run single by Clark. The third inning was highlighted by an RBI double by Nick Peoples and a two-run single by Wheeless, inflating the Texas cushion to 8-0.

Texas tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Russell and an RBI single by Tucker.

A triple by Suttle followed by a ground-rule double by Clark accounted for a run in the fifth inning and the Longhorns owned on an 11-0 lead.

Texas finished its scoring with three runs in the eighth inning thanks to a two-run triple by Jeff Boes and an RBI double by Clint Stubbs.

For the second consecutive night, Kansas State rallied for three runs in the ninth inning. Drew Biery hit a two-run single driving in Eddie Vasquez and Daniel Dellasega and J.J. Muse plated Biery with a sacrifice fly.

The Wildcats’ offense was paced by Derek Bunker who went 3-for-4. Biery went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI.

Chase Bayuk (2-1) was saddled with the loss for Kansas State. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three Longhorns over 2.1 innings.

In addition to the 10 extra-base hits, Texas drew 10 walks and was hit by two pitches in the contest.

Texas and Kansas State wrap up the three-game series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas VS. KSU Boxscore
Texas Recap
Texas Recap

Texas beats Kansas State 10-3!

The three hits off Preston Clark’s bat weren’t game-changing.

They were just needed on a personal level.

No Longhorn was in search of a big day like Clark, the starting catcher, and he found one Friday in Texas’ 10-3 victory over Kansas State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Clark went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, including a home run in the fifth inning that gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

“This feels great. I really needed this,” said Clark, who entered the game hitting .273 after a slump ate away at his formerly .400-plus average. “The past month has been difficult. I really didn’t feel comfortable with my swing, and I was thinking a lot at the plate.”

Goodbye struggles. Goodbye slump.

Hello confidence.

“I knew he was ready to break out,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “It was just a matter of time.”

Clark and Bradley Suttle, whose three-run homer in the fifth inning gave the Horns a 6-0 lead, provided plenty of offense for starter James Russell (5-2), who gave up five hits and three runs, all scored in the ninth inning.

Russell had faced just 26 batters heading into the ninth inning, getting five strikeouts in the process. “If you hit your spots in the early innings, it’s easier to get them to chase pitches later on in the game,” he said.

He had help when the Wildcats (17-5, 0-1 Big 12) did make contact.

Right fielder Kyle Russell made a couple of great plays, including a diving catch in the sixth inning, and every time the Wildcats hit a ball hard, a Longhorn was there to catch it.

“They go get the ball,” Kansas State coach Brad Hill said of the Texas outfielders. “It’s not easy to get a hit. If the ball’s in the air, they’re going to get to it. We’re going to have to hit the ball a little lower and a little farther.”

It’s been that way all season.

“I think you are going to see that all year,” said Garrido, whose team will go for its ninth straight victory today at 2 p.m. against Kansas State. “There aren’t going to be many teams who are more athletic than us.”

Texas, on the other hand, didn’t struggle to get hits.

The Longhorns (21-7, 4-0) pounded out 12 hits and have reached double-digit totals in hits 18 times this season. It was ninth time the team scored 10 or more runs.

Kyle Russell hit his 14th home run — a two-run blast in the seventh — to tie the school record for home runs hit in a season by a sophomore.

Suttle had two hits.

But Clark’s hits show everybody in the lineup is swinging the bat well.

“I think I’m finally out of my slump,” he said. “Getting out of a slump is not easy. But me and (Nick) Peoples have been taking extra swings and spending more time in the batting cages trying to work on things.”

Texas Recap
Box Score
KSU Recap

ACC Recap for 3/23

Florida State 5 Boston College 1

The Florida State Seminoles took Game 1 in their series with the Boston College Eagles. Seminole starter Bryan Henry pitched eight strong innings while only giving up the only run the Eagles would get in the fourth.

FSU Recap

NC State 6 Wake Forest 4 (10 innings)

Joe Florio hit the go-ahead triple in the top of the tenth to lead the Wolfpack to the 6-4 victory over the host Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

NC State Recap
Wake Forest Recap

Maryland 4 Clemson 3

Chad Durakis hit a game winning double to drive home Dan Melvin with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to start the ACC season off right at Shipley Field with a 4-3 victory over the Clemson Tigers.

UMD Recap
Clemson Recap

UNC 15 Virginia Tech 4

The North Carolina Tar Heels used a 19 hit attack and homers in the first and second innings by Dustin Ackley to clobber the Hokies 15-4.

UNC Recap
Virginia Tech Recap

Virginia 4 Miami 1

Jacob Thompson was masterful on the mound by going eight innings while only allowing one run on four hits.

UVA Recap
Miami Recap

Georgia Tech 3 Duke 2

Danny Payne hit a lead-off homer in the top of the ninth to tie the game at two before Michael Fisher and Matt Wieters hit back to back doubles to take the lead and eventually pick up the victory 3-2. This win was Danny Hall’s 800th on his career.

Georgia Tech Recap
Duke Recap

BIG EAST Friday Recap

  • Notre Dame 1, South Florida 0 ; (South Bend, IN)-Notre Dame Sophomore pitch David Phelps(4-1) went all the game and shut the Bulls out, he also fanned 10. Notre Dame’s lone run came on a home run from senior caption Mike Dury. For South Florida Danny Otero(4-4) went 7.2 innings, giving up 1ER and striking out 4.
  • Connecticut 4, St. Johns 3; (Queens, NY)-UConn starting pitcher Mike Tarsi (2-1) went 7 inning giving up 3 runs (2 earned), striking out 4 Red Storm Batters. St. John’s starting pitcher Scott Barnes(1-2) took the loss giving up 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings. Matt Unteit led the Huskies going 3-4 and an RBI.
  • Seton Hall @ West Virginia-PPD, double header tomorrow.
  • Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh-PPD, double header tomorrow.
  • Georgetown @ Rutgers-PPD, double header tomorrow.
  • Louisville @ Villanova-PPD, double header tomorrow.

ACC Weekend Preview for March 23-25

Boston College at Florida State

The Boston College Eagles head to Tallahassee for the first time ever to take on the number 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles. FSU is coming off their first loss of the season to Jacksonville on Wednesday while Boston College picked up a victory on Sunday over Georgia Tech before heading back to Boston where they had a game postponed because of the snow on the ground. The CBB predicts that BC will win one game of the series this weekend if Terry Doyle is able to pitch. If Doyle does not go then the Eagles will get swept.

Probable Starters
Friday: Bryan Henry (5-0, 2.61 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (2-1, 2.14 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (7-0, 1.59 ERA) vs Nate Jeannes (0-1, 3.57 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (5-0, 1.85 ERA) vs Terry Doyle (2-0, 2.40 ERA)

BC has not officially named any starting pitchers for this weekend yet so I have based this on past weekend rotation.

Florida State Game Notes

North Carolina at Virginia Tech

Peter Hughes welcomes the North Carolina Tar Heels to Blacksburg for a coastal division showdown. Virginia Tech enters the series with an overall record of 14-8 and 3-3 in the ACC while UNC is 20-3 and 4-2 in the conference. The CBB predicts that UNC sweeps the road series.

Probable Starters
Friday: Robert Woodard (4-0, 2.30 ERA) vs. Greg Fryman (2-2, 6.37 ERA)
Saturday: Alex White (3-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Andrew Wells (1-1, 5.27 ERA)
Sunday: Luke Putkonen (4-0, 4.10 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-0, 0.96 ERA)

UNC Game Notes
VA Tech Game Notes

Clemson at Maryland

Clemson will head to College Park this weekend with a 14-5 overall record and a conference record of 3-0. Clemson dropped a mid-week game to Western Carolina on Tuesday but should be able to bounce back strong this weekend. Maryland is 14-7 and 3-3 in the conference. Maryland picked up a 17-2 victory over VCU this week on Wednesday. The CBB predicts that Clemson will sweep the series.

Probable Starters
Friday: Casey Baron (3-1, 4.41 ERA) vs P.J. Zocchi (3-0, 2.00 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Moorer (2-0, 2.78 ERA) vs Ryan Hinson (1-0, 2.00 ERA)
Sunday: Kevin Biringer (2-3, 4.68 ERA) vs David Kopp (2-2, 4.40 ERA)

Maryland Game Notes
Clemson Game Notes

Miami at Virginia

The Miami Hurricanes head to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers for a big ACC series. Both teams are expected to compete for the Coastal division crown so this could make or break the division for both of these teams. The CBB predicts that UVA takes 2 out of 3 games this weekend.

Probable Starters
Friday: Jacob Thompson (5-0, 1.98 ERA) vs Eric Erickson (3-2, 1.52 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (2-1, 3.48 ERA) vs Scott Maine (2-3, 5.00 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (4-1, 3.28 ERA) vs Enrique Garcia (1-2, 2.55 ERA)

NC State at Wake Forest

The NC State Wolfpack will head to Winston-Salem for a three game set with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Wolfpack enter with an impressive 16-7 record but a 3-3 record in the ACC. The Deacons have a 12-10 mark and a 2-4 record with two tough series already under their belt with FSU and Virginia. The CBB predicts that Wake Forest sweeps the weekend series.

Probable Starters
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-1, 5.20) vs Eric Surkamp (2-1, 2.53)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (1-1, 5.54) vs Andrew Brackman (4-1, 2.97)
Sunday: Eric Niesen (2-2, 5.12) vs Jimmy Gilheeney (1-1, 1.90)

NC State Game Notes
Wake Forest Game Notes

Georgia Tech at Duke
The Yellow Jackets head to Durham NC for a three game set with the Duke Blue Devils. Georgia Tech is coming off a mid-week victory over Georgia State 3-0 and took two out of three from Boston College last weekend for an overall record of 12-10 and 3-3 in the ACC. Duke enters the series with a pair of victories over Fairleigh Dickinson and were swept in their last ACC series by Clemson. They have a record of 17-7 but 0-6 in the ACC. The CBB has Georgia Tech winnign all three games.

Probable Starters
Friday: Alexander Hassan (2-0, 2.18 ERA) vs David Duncan (4-2, 3.79 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Bajoczky (3-2, 2.70 ERA) vs John Goodman (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Ryan Turner (1-3, 4.32 ERA)

Georgia Tech Game Notes

Duke Game Notes

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