Tony Thomas Jr. of Florida State and Eric Niesen of Wake Forest were recognized as Players of the Week in the ACC for the week ending on April 1st.
Thomas led the Seminoles to a series victory over Duke and a victory over North Florida on Wednesday in which he had a week average of .579 (11-19) with five homers, five singles, and a double. He also scored nine runs, drove in eight runs, and stole four bases. Thomas was also named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Eric Niesen made three appearances this week and had an ERA of 0.00 over 10 innings. He pitched 8.1 shutout innings on Sunday against North Carolina, pitched 0.2 innings on Friday against North Carolina, and a scoreless inning on Wednesday against Winthrop.
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Release
Wake Forest Release
The UConn Huskies won their second straight game with a 4-2 victory on Monday over the Boston College Eagles. Brandon McGinn started for the Huskies and went seven strong innings while only giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits. Eric Campbell and Johnny Ayers were the only Eagles to have RBIs as each had one on the game. Matt Karl and Harold Brantley led the Husky offense with two hits a piece. BC will return to action with a game on Tuesday with Northeastern and UConn will head to Hartford also on Tuesday.
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 12 different
conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 16 leagues have had teams in the polls in '07. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt Southeastern 26-4 3
2 Florida State Atlantic Coast 29-2 1
3 North Carolina ACC 25-5 5
4 South Carolina SEC 23-6 2
5 Virginia ACC 27-5 6
6 Arkansas SEC 22-8 7
7 Texas Big 12 25-9 8
8 Rice Conference USA 22-10 9
9 Pepperdine West Coast 23-8 10
10 Oregon State Pacific-10 23-6 4
11 Oklahoma State Big 12 22-6 16
12 Cal State Fullerton Big West 18-10 14
13 Wichita State Missouri Valley 24-6 15
14 Arizona Pac-10 25-6 20
15 Arizona State Pac-10 23-10 12
16 Clemson ACC 18-9 11
17 Texas A&M Big 12 25-6 17
18 Coastal Carolina Big South 27-3 19
19 Mississippi SEC 21-9 18
20 Kentucky SEC 24-4-1 13
21 NC State ACC 22-8 27
22 East Carolina C-USA 21-8 21
23 Oklahoma Big 12 21-9 23
24 Tulane C-USA 22-8 NR
25 Ohio State Big Ten 17-4 29
26 Mississippi State SEC 18-7 NR
27 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 23-6 NR
28 San Diego West Coast 23-12 24
29 Charlotte Atlantic 10 22-5 NR
30 UC Irvine Big West 21-7-1 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (18-12), Creighton
(18-8), Florida (18-13), Georgia Tech (19-11), Kansas State (20-8), Long Beach
State (14-11), Miami (Fla.) (17-13), Missouri (22-8), Navy (22-9), Nebraska
(16-11), Southern California (18-12), Stetson (23-9), VMI (21-8).
Dropped Out: Long Beach State (22), Alabama (25), Nebraska (26), Missouri (28),
Southern Miss (30)
By conference: Southeastern 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, West Coast 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1,
Missouri Valley 1, Sun Belt 1.
Conference USA has released their Players of the Week for the period ending on April 1st. Bill Moss of Memphis picked up the Player of the Week award by going 6 for 9 with six RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, and a homer in a weekend sweep over Southern Mississippi. Ben Grisham also of Memphis picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by going eight shutout innings in a 8-1 victory over Southern Miss on Friday.
Conference USA has also released their notebook from the past weekend which details all the action of the Conference USA teams and can be read here.
The James Madison Dukes were able to salvage the final game of their three game set with the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks by a 3-2 score on Sunday. All-American candidate Kellen Kulbacki hit his 10th home run on the season which broke the school’s all-time record for homers in a career with 42. Justin Wood got the victory for the Dukes by pitching a strong 7.1 innings while giving up two runs (one earned) on nine hits to get his record up to 2-4 on the season. UNC-Wilmington starter Daniel Cropper drops to 3-3 after pitching 6.1 innings while giving up three runs. JMU will head to Radford on Wednesday while UNC-Wilmington will visit UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday. I have also linked to the recaps of Friday’s and Saturday’s game below.
JMU Sunday Recap
UNC-Wilmington Sunday Recap
Saturday’s JMU Recap
Saturday’s UNC-Wilmington Recap
Friday’s JMU Recap
Friday’s UNC-Wilmington Recap
The Navy Midshipmen picked up four wins over Holy Cross this weekend. On Saturday, The Midshipmen picked up wins of 7-6 and 12-8. The Sunday games were 8-1 and 11-7 victories for the Midshipmen. Mitch Harris picked up the victory in Game 1 on Saturday by going 6.1 innings and giving up five runs (three earned) to get his sixth victory of the season. Harris had a huge weekend for the Midshipmen at the plate also by going 8-18 with eight runs scored, 12 RBI, and three homers. Navy increases their record to 22-9 and 4-0 in the Patriot League after thew weekend sweep. The Holy Cross Crusaders continue to struggle as the four losses drop their record to 2-13 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League.
The CBB might attend the Holy Cross and Lehigh doubleheader next Sunday.
Saturday’s Recap from Navy
Saturday’s Recap from Holy Cross
Sunday’s Recap from Navy
Sunday’s Recap from Holy Cross
The Western Carolina Catamounts completed a sweep over The Citadel with a 18-3 victory on Sunday. Corey Martin only let up one hit in his six innings of work to get his second win of the year in his first start. The Catamounts jumped on Bulldogs starter Justin Smith for seven runs in the first inning knocking Smith out of the game after recording only a single out. They continued to extend the lead throughout the game as the Bulldogs were not able to recover from the first inning. Western Carolina will return to action when they visit Kentucky on Tuesday before heading to Davidson in the next Southern Conference match-up. The Citadel will play College of Charleston at Riley Park in the annual “Turn Back the Century” game on Wednesday before hosting Wofford.
Western Carolina Recap
The Citadel Recap
Florida State 8 Duke 5
The Florida State Seminoles scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back as they took the rubber game with the Blue Devils 8-5. Tony Thomas Jr. went 4 for 5 with two homers and four RBI’s. Ryan Strauss continued his perfect start to his collegiate career as he picked up his seventh win of the season with six innings of work. FSU will be back in action on Tuesday when they head to Jacksonville for a single game with the Florida Gators before heading back into ACC play next weekend with a visit to NC State. Duke will head to Davidson on Tuesday before heading to Virginia for a weekend set.
Wake Forest 6 North Carolina 0
Eric Nielsen of Wake Forest shut down the North Carolina Tar Heel offense by allowing only six hits in his 8.1 innings of work. Willy Fox of Wake Forest led the offense by going 4-5 with an RBI and a two runs scored. Dustin Ackley got a single in the first inning to extend his hit streak to 22 straight games. Luke Putkonen got his first career loss today to drop his overall record to 5-1 while Nielsen goes to 3-3. UNC will host UNC Wilmington on Tuesday before heading to Boston College for a Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday series while Wake Forest will head to Elon on Tuesday before going to Maryland over the weekend.
Wake Forest Recap
North Carolina Recap
Virginia 8 Virginia Tech 5
Sean Doolittle pitched 6.2 innings while allowing two unearned runs as the Virginia Cavaliers completed a sweep over the Virginia Tech Hokies 8-5. Tim Henry led the offensive attack by going 2-4 with 2 RBI in the win. Bryan Thomas went 2-5 with 2 RBIs in the losing effort for the Hokies. Virginia will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to VMI before hosting Duke while Virginia Tech will play VMI on Wednesday before hosting Clemson.
Miami 7 Clemson 6
The Miami Hurricanes grabbed the rubber game of their series with the Clemson Tigers by a score of 7-6. The Hurricanes received 3.2 innings of one run relief from Danny Gil and grabbed a run off of Daniel Moskos in the eighth inning which proved to be the winning run. The Hurricanes will be back in action on Wednesday when they play FIU while Clemson travels to Georgia on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech 4 Maryland 2
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed the sweep over the Maryland Terps with a 4-2 victory. This series sweep was a devastating loss for the Terrapins as this was their chance to prove their mettle against a solid ACC team but could not come through in the clutch. On Sunday, Matt Wieters and Michael Fisher each hit homers to lead the Yellow Jacket offense. GT will host Wofford on Tuesday before heading to Miami for a weekend set. Maryland will host UMBC on Tuesday and head to Towson on Wednesday before hosting Wake Forest next weekend.
NC State 6 Boston College 2
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack completed a series sweep over Boston College with a 6-2 victory on Sunday. Jimmy Gillheeney pitched 5.2 innings for the Pack while giving up two runs to up his record to 3-1. Terry Doyle picked up his first loss of the season by giving up six runs (four earned) over eight innings. Matt Roskopf led the offensive attack for NC State with a 3-4 game including a homer and 2 RBIs. Joseph Ayers was the only BC hitter with multiple hits as he was perfect in his two at bats.
I was more impressed today with the level Boston College played and seemed to be compete with NC State. The Boston College program is still far away from being a factor in the ACC race and they need to start bringing in impact players as they really have no reliable hitters. We will see how Boston College plays next weekend when National Finalist North Carolina comes in.
NC State Recap
Boston College Recap
Aaron Reza went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Joseph Hughes gave up two runs on six hits as Oklahoma defeated Texas 5-2 on Sunday.
Oklahoma (21-9, 3-3 Big 12) took a 1-0 lead in the third on Joe Dunigan’s RBI single to left field. Texas (25-9, 7-2) came back and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Kyle Russell hit a sacrifice fly to score Jordan Danks and Preston Clark got his fourth homer of the season.
But the Sooners rallied with three runs in the fifth. Aaron Baker had a single to left field to score Aaron Ivey. Reza hit a two-run single up the middle. The inning ended when Reza was called out while trying to steal second.
Jackson Williams added a run in the eighth with his second home run of the season.
Hughes (5-1) struck out three and walked one in five innings. Nich Conaway picked up his second save of the season for the Sooners as he struck out four and allowed one hit in four innings of relief.
Reliever Keith Shinaberry (0-2) took the loss for Texas. He gave up one run on one hit in 2-3 inning.
Danks went 3-for-3 for the Longhorns.