Boston College starts season 0-2

The Boston College Eagles continued their quick three game set in the Music City Classic. They lost to Lipscomb by a score of 4-3. The Eagles had another average start on Saturday by Adam Crabtree who gave the Eagles five innings but gave up four runs on eight hits. This was Crabtree’s first career appearance for the Eagles as he missed the 2006 season with Tommy John surgery and did not see action in 2005. The Eagles were led on offense by Freshman Tony Sanchez who went 2-2 in his second career game. The Eagles will be back in action Sunday when they visit Number 1 ranked Vanderbilt.

Boston College Recap
Lipscomb Recap

Texas takes Game 2 from Washington State

The University of Texas scored a combined seven runs in the first two innings and coasted to an 11-2 win over Washington State University in collegiate baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas (9-5) pounced on the Cougars early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Tucker and Jordan Danks were each hit by pitches to lead off the inning. Chance Wheeless laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third. Bradley Suttle hit a single to leftfield to drive in a Tucker and Danks. Kyle Russell was issued a walk and Preston Clark plated Suttle and put runners at the corners with a single to left centerfield. Nick Peoples pushed across the final run of the inning with a sacrifice squeeze bunt staking the Longhorns to a 4-0 lead.

Texas added three more runs in the bottom of the second. Chais Fuller led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a single to rightfield by Jordan Danks. Wheeless singled up the middle to put runners at first and second and Suttle drove in two more runs with a single to the right centerfield gap increasing the margin to 7-0.

The Longhorns added two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Tucker singled, stole second base, advanced to third on single by Danks and scored on a single to centerfield by Suttle. A fielding error by WSU’s centerfielder put runners at second and third and Russell hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield to plate Danks and inflate the cushion to 9-0. In the fifth inning, Peoples hit a leadoff single, Jeff Boes was hit by a pitch and a fielder’s choice grounder by Fuller put runners at the corners. Tucker hit a single, scoring Peoples and a sacrifice fly by Danks drove Fuller home giving Texas an 11-0 advantage.

Adrian Alaniz cruised through the first six innings, allowing just three hits, but was touched for two runs in the seventh. Jim Murphy hit a leadoff single to centerfield. Matt Fanelli pinch ran for Murphy, and scored on a double down the leftfield line by Jeff Miller. Simi Reynolds followed with a single through the right side of the infield to score Miller and trim the lead to 11-2.

Suttle led the Texas offense going 3-for-5 with one double, one runs scored and a career-high five RBI. Danks went 2-for-2 with one walk, one hit by pitch, three runs scored and two RBI. Tucker went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Alaniz (4-1) picked up the win for Texas allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings. Alex Posey and Hunter Harris combined for two innings of scoreless relief.

Nick Ison (1-1) was saddled with the loss for Washington State. He allowed nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits, two walks and two hit batters over four innings.

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

Texas Recap

Washington State Recap

Duke stays undefeated with a win over St. John’s

The Duke Blue Devils are continuing to win baseball games as they knocked off St. John’s 4-2 at the East Carolina Invitational. The Blue Devils were led by a very good pitching performance from Andrew Walcott who threw six innings and only gave up one run. Jonathan Nicolla and Gabriel Saade each had two hits to led the Blue Devils offense. Duke will be back in action on Sunday when they will try to head to 10-0 with a game against East Carolina.

St. John’s Recap
Duke Recap

UNC-Wilmington knocks off TCU

UNC-Wilmington picked up a victory on Saturday over 12th ranked TCU by a score of 10-6 in Day 2 of The Baseball at the Beach tourney. Steve Halford had his third four hit game of the young season to lead the offense. Bradley Holt was able to pick up the victory by going five innings but giving up four runs on six hits. Steven Trout led the Horned Frogs offense by going 2-2 with a home run, two runs scored, and two runs driven in. Chance Corgan picked up the loss by going 4.2 innings while giving up five runs (4 earned). This was the Horned Frogs second straight loss of the weekend. The Horned Frogs will return to action on Saturday facing off against Notre Dame at 3 pm. They will also face NC State on Sunday. UNC-Wilmington will face off against West Virginia on Sunday.

UNC-Wilmington Game Recap
TCU Game Recap

Matusz continues to dominate

The San Diego Toreros got a one hit seven inning performance from Brian Matusz in a 2-0 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Matusz struck out 10 batters in the game to continue to show that he is one of the top pitchers in college baseball this season. Matusz was followed by AJ Griffin who pitched two scoreless and hitless innings to pick up the save. San Diego scored runs on singles by Jordan Abruzzo in the first inning and Daniel Magness in the fourth. The teams will be back in action on Saturday at 1 pm Pacific.

San Diego Recap
Wake Forest Recap

Terps knock off GW

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Gerry Spessard’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored the winning run as the Maryland baseball team defeated George Washington, 6-5, on Friday in the Terrapins’ 2007 home opener.
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improved to 5-2, while the Colonials dropped to 0-4. Reliever Brett Cecil (1-1) earned the victory after pitching a scoreless ninth, while Scott Swinson (0-1) picked up the loss for GW.

On a cold and blustery afternoon at Shipley Field, both teams overcame early pitching struggles as a see-saw battle ensued. Spessard, who finished the day 2-for-5 with two RBIs, sealed the victory for the Terps in the ninth inning after the Colonials scored in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 5-5. The game-winning run was set up by senior shortstop Dan Melvin who reached base on a throwing error, and then moved all the way to third on a passed ball.

The Colonials opened the game’s scoring with a three-run first inning, as Maryland starter Casey Baron struggled early before settling in for a five-inning no-decision. Maryland cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning when Spessard singled up the middle to score freshman AJ Casario, who doubled in his first plate appearance.

Maryland took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, as Casario notched his first career triple to score Mike Murphy. Melvin singled in the next at-bat, scoring Casario. Catcher Chad Durakis’ sacrifice fly scored Melvin to give the Terps a 4-3 lead.

In the fourth, designated hitter Will Greenberg doubled and scored to expand the lead to 5-3. However, the Colonials fought back with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Cecil entered in the ninth inning in relief of junior Mike Sufczynski, who pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits. Cecil, a preseason All-American, recorded two strikeouts in the ninth to earn the sixth win in his career.

Maryland will play host to the Colonials on Saturday for a doubleheader, as Sunday’s game was moved up a day due to the threat of inclement weather. The first game will start at 11:30 a.m. from Shipley Field, with the final game of the series to start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the day’s first game.

George Washington Game Recap

BC drops opener

The Boston College Eagles opened the season on Friday with a visit to Belmont University for their first game of the season. The Eagles got an average outing from Kevin Boggan, who gave the Eagles five innings while giving up four runs (only 2 earned). This was Boggan’s first career start as he is making the transition from a closer to a starting pitcher. Boston College right fielder/punter Johnny Ayers led the offense with a 1-3 day with two walks. Jett Ruiz also had a solid day at the plate 2-3 with a homer and two RBI. The Eagles led 6-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when new Head Coach Mikio Aoki decided to bring in closer Dan Houston. He is making the transition from Weekend starter to Closer. Houston struggled mightily by giving up 3 runs on two hits and three walks to give up the led and put the Eagles down by 2 runs. Freshman Mike Belfiore hit a double to led off the ninth and Johnny Ayers ended up driving him in to make it a one run game but the Eagles were not able to get closer.

BC is back in action on Saturday with a visit to Lipscomb and Belmont hosts Ball State.

Boston College Recap
Belmont Recap

Day 1 of The Homewood Suites Shootout

The Citadel Bulldogs suffered a tough 5-4 setback to Virginia Tech in 11 innings on Friday. The Citadel left the bases loaded in five innings and stranded 21 runners on base in the loss. It seems that The Citadel dominated the game but were not able to pull out the victory.

The Citadel Recap
Va Tech Recap

The University of Minnesota pulled out a 7-5 victory over UNC-Asheville. They came from a 4-0 deficit to come out victorious.

Minnesota Recap
UNC-Asheville Recap

Texas tops Washington State, 4-2

Chais Fuller drove in a pair of runs and Randy Boone escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth as No. 13 Texas defeated Washington State, 4-2, in the first of a three-game series Friday at Disch-Falk Field.

With the loss the Cougars see their season record move to 2-2 while the Longhorns improve to 8-5.

The Cougars trailed 4-2 entering the ninth but had runners at first and second with no outs following back-to-back singles by Travis Coulter and Jared Prince. Jim Murphy then lined into a double play as Kyle Russell’s throw from right field retired Coulter, who was trying to advance on the play. Boone then retired Jeff Miller on an infield popup to end the game.

Texas never trailed as it scored two runs in the second and another in the third to take a 3-0 lead before the Cougars found the scoreboard. The Longhorns played small ball to get their first run across, using two sacrifice bunts in the second to push across the first run. Russell followed with a two-out, ground-rule double to left-center, driving home Nick Poeples to extend the lead to 2-0 off Cougar starter Matt Way.

In the third Longhorn catcher Preston Clark connected for a two-out home run over the center field wall, his second home run of the season.

In the fourth the Cougars broke through with a pair of solo home runs by Jeff Miller and Greg Lagreid. Miller led off the frame with the first home run by a Cougar this season over the left field wall. One out later, Lagreid followed with a deep blast to left, the second of his WSU career.

Chances were few by both teams from then on as Jayson Miller came on in the fifth in relief of Way and held the Texas bats in check. In the sixth the Longhorns added an insurance run as Peoples led off with a single to right. Peoples looked to be picked off first but advanced with a stolen base when Murphy’s relay throw from first was dropped at second base. One out later, Peoples came home on another sacrifice bunt, this one off the bat of Fuller.

Way suffered the loss as he went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Jayson Miller also worked four innings, surrendering just three hits, all singles, while striking out five. At the plate Coulter had a pair of hits as the Cougars collected seven on the day.

Texas started James Russell picked up the victory as he allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. Joseph Krebs and Boone each worked two innings with Boone picking up his third save of the season.

Washington recap

Texas recap

Austin-American Statesman

Boston College opens the season

The Boston College Eagles will visit Nashville TN for the Music City Classic. They will play Belmont, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt. BC is still looking to build into a regional power in the Northeast and make the ACC Tournament. The BC Heights (student paper) wrote a very good article yesterday previewing the upcoming season which can be read here.

Boston College is currently in a battle with the residents of Allston and Brighton over building the new baseball facility. The article from the Allston-Brighton Tab is available here.