Conference USA has released their Pitcher and Player of the Week for the week ending on February 18th. Brendan Murphy of Marshall was named the Player of the Week after reaching base three times in each of Marshall’s three games this weekend and picking up a slugging percentage of 1.100. Sean Morgan picked up the Pitcher of the week award by allowing one unearned run on Friday against North Florida. He also struck out eleven batters while walking none.
Zach Brown was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending February 19th. He hit .400 during The Crab House Shootout presented by Trademark Properties. He led The Citadel to victories over Richmond and South Carolina.
In the final day of action at the Coca-Cola Southern Miss Baseball Classic both Southern Mississippi and Southern Illinois were able to pick up victories. Southern Miss took care of business against Northwestern State by a score of 10-7. They were led by a solid hitting attack from Brian Dozier who went 3-4 at the plate. Southern Illinois won the game in the 13th behind RBI hits by Tyler Choate and Micheal Finigan. Louisville tried to make a comeback in the bottom of the 13th but were unable to produce the two runs needed.
The Citadel on Sunday pulled out a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Number 1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. The Citadel came back from a 6-1 deficit to pick up the victory. Bryan Altman led the offense with a huge three-run homer in the seventh inning to get the bulldogs within a run. Richard Jones provided a sacrifice fly to drive in the the eventual winning run in the eighth inning. Raymond Copenhaver pitched three innings while only letting up a single hit to pick up his first career victory. Link Saunders pitched a perfect ninth inning to get his first save on the season. Justin Smoak for South Carolina went 2 for 3 with a homer in the losing effort. Wayne Pelser picked up the loss for the Gamecocks.
Tim Nanry hit three home runs on Sunday to led the Liberty Flames to a 28-7 victory over the Richmond Spiders. Liberty collected 28 hits in the game which broke the school record in addition to tying the record for runs scored in a game also with 28.
A late rally came up short for The University of Texas and the Longhorns dropped a 10-8 decision to Stanford University in collegiate baseball action at The Dell Diamond on Sunday afternoon.
Texas (6-5) trailed 10-6 entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Brett Lewis led off the frame with a double off third base and Chance Wheeless followed with a two-run home run to right field. With the lead cut to 10-8, Jeff Boes reached on a fielding error and a single by Nick Peoples put runners at the corners. Jordan Danks hit what appeared to be a game-tying extra-base hit down the rightfield line, but first baseman Brent Milleville made a diving snare of the line drive and touched first base for the unassisted double play. Max Fearnow, who entered the game following Wheeless’ homer, completed his first save of the season, fanning Preston Clark to end the game.
The score was tied 6-6 when Stanford posted four runs in the top of the ninth. Jason Castro drew a walk and moved to third on a double by Cord Phelps. Randy Molina was intentinally walked to load the bases. Brendan Domarcki hit a two-run double to leftfield. Ryan Seawell and Milleville each added RBI singles to inflate the cushion to 10-6.
Texas drew first blood in the first inning when Danks drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a single by Clark and scored on a single to rightfield by Travis Tucker.
Stanford (3-5) took its first lead of the game in the top of the third thanks to four consecutive singles by Seawell, Sean Ratliff, Michael Taylor and Milleville. Milleville’s single drove in two, staking the Cardinal to a
Stanford tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth with RBI singles by Ratliff and Taylor and a sacrifice fly by Milleville, increasing the margin to 5-1.
Texas tied the score with two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Danks doubled and Clark followed with a two-run home run to leftfield. In the sixth, Peoples reached on a bunt single and scored on a Danks’ home run to rightfield, tying the score at 5-5.
Stanford took a 6-5 lead in the eighth inning with a solo home run from Ratliff, but Texas knotted the game at 6-6 with back-to-back doubles by Danks and Clark.
Danks went 3-for-5 with four runs, two doubles, one home run and two RBI.
Clark went 3-for-6 with one double, one home run and three RBI. Lewis went
3-for-5 with one run and one double
For Stanford, Milleville went 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBI. Ratliff and Taylor each had three hits.
Blake Hancock (1-0) earned the win in relief for Stanford and Fearnow earned the save.
Randy Boone (0-3) was saddled with the loss for Texas. He allowed five runs on four hits and one walk in two innings.
Texas welcomes Texas State University to UFCU Disch-Falk Field for the home opener Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
The George Mason Patriots took out the number 1 ranked Clemson Tigers on Saturday by a score of 5-1. They received a magical pitching performance from Mike Modica who gave up only one hit in six innings of work to pick up the victory. George Mason Head Coach Bill Brown was quoted after the game saying it was the greatest victory in school history. Chris Romanow picked up two hits for the Patriots while driving in a run. Jason Bour hit a three run homer in the sixth to provide all the runs the Patriots would need on the day. David Kopp pitched very well letting up four hits in 5.0 scoreless innings.
Southern Mississippi and Louisville played an absolute classic on Saturday which ended up with both benches clearing and punches thrown by some players. Southern Mississippi rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the ballgame on a 2 out and two strike single by Micheal Ewing. After the runs scored, A Brawl broke out on the field according to reports but I would like to know if any action will be taken against any players.
The Southern Illinois Salukis took out the Northwestern State Demons on Saturday by a score of 3-2. Cody Adams pitched 7.2 innings while only letting up the two runs to pick up the victory.
Southern Illinois Recap
Northwestern State Recap
Louisville will be back in action on Sunday facing Southern Illinois and Southern Miss will face Northwestern State in the final day of the tourney.
The Liberty Flames took a 2-1 victory over The Citadel on Saturday afternoon. Dustin Umberger of Liberty picked up the win by pitching 7.0 innings while only letting up 2 hits and one run. Matt Crim pitched a career high eight innings in the losing effort for the Bulldogs.
The University of South Carolina continued their strong start to the season with a 9-2 victory over the Richmond Spiders on Saturday. Jay Brown started the game and struck out nine batters in his six innings of work to pick up the victory. James Darnell also hit a homer for the second straight day to provide the offense.
The University of Texas won its fourth consecutive game with Adrian Alaniz posting the best pitching start by a Longhorn on the year in a 5-2 win over Stanford University in collegiate baseball action Saturday afternoon at The Dell Diamond.
Alaniz (2-0) fanned eight batters and allowed just one run on four hits, two of the infield variety, and three walks in seven innings.
Texas (6-4) broke the scoring seal with a pair of wind-aided runs in the second inning. Bradley Suttle led off the frame with a single up the middle. Kyle Russell followed with a fly ball that the fierce winds blew between two infielders for a single and Stanford’s shortstop followed with a throwing error trying to retire Suttle at second but whizzed the ball into right field allowing Suttle to score and Russell to reach third. Chance Wheeless followed with a fly ball that appeared to be headed towards the Cardinal centerfielder, but the wind killed the ball and a diving catch attempt was unsuccessful, giving Wheeless a double and plating Russell for a 2-0 lead.
The Longhorns inflated the cushion to 4-0 with two more runs in the third inning. Jordan Danks doubled to rightfield. A sacrifice bunt by Preston Clark pushed Danks to third and he scored on a triple to the rightfield wall by Suttle. Russell plated Danks with a sacrifice fly to give UT a four-run lead.
Texas added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Travis Tucker led off the inning with a single to centerfield, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Lewis and scored on a single to leftfield by Chais Fuller.
Stanford (2-5) added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, Adam Gaylord singled to leftfield and Sean Ratliff walked pushed runners to second and third. Randy Boone came in to relieve Alaniz and hit Toby Gerhart with a pitch to load the bases. Michael Taylor plated Gaylord with a groundout. In the ninth, Randy Molina led off with a pinch-hit single through the left side, moved to third on a pair of groundouts and scored on a single to rightfield by Gaylord.
Nick Peoples, Danks, Suttle and Wheeless had two hits apiece for the Longhorns. Wheeless logged two doubles for the second time on the season.
Jeffrey Inman was saddled with the loss for Stanford, yielding four runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.0 innings. He struck out four Longhorns.
Texas and Stanford wrap up their three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Duke University has continued their impressive start under second year head coach Sean McNally with a 13-4 victory over St. Bonaventure. The Devils were able to collect 15 hits and scored those 13 runs to continue their hot hitting. Matt Williams led Duke with a 3-3 performance with two RBI’s and a run scored. Tony Bajoczky picked up the victory to get his second win in as many starts.