Bridgewater State College of Massachusetts squeaked by Newbury College 57-1 on Monday. They set new NCAA records for runs and margin of victory in victory. They also set records with 54 RBIs and 42 hits. Junior left fielder Steve Smith had seven hits, seven runs scored, and drove in ten runs to lead the Bears to victory.
Bridgewater State Recap
The College Baseball Blog recently had a staff meeting and we spoke about ambidextrous pitchers about their abilities to compete at the highest level. I recently came across an article in the New York Times about the only one in collegiate baseball right now in Creighton’s Pat Venditte. The article can be read here.
The ACC has released their players of the week for the period ending on April 8th. Brandon Reichert has picked up the Player of the Week award for having multiple hits in every game this weekend as his Seminoles took two out of three games with NC State. Jacob Thompson has picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by pitching a complete game shutout while only allowing four hits in a 4-0 victory over Duke.
The Penn Quakers finished off a four game weekend by splitting a doubleheader on Monday afternoon with Brown. The Quakers took Game 1 by a score of 5-3 and lost Game 2 in a shootout by a score of 15-12.
The Quakers in Game 1 received a seven inning complete game from Todd Roth in which he only gave up three runs. His record now is 4-1 on the season. William Gordon led the Quakers offense by recording three RBIs in the victory. Brown starter Will Weidig picked up the loss in his 6.2 innings while giving up five runs. The loss drops his record to 2-2 on the season.
The Brown Bears used a 16 hit attack to handle the Quakers in a 15-12 game. The Brown Bears were led on offense by Bryan Tews who went 4-5 including a home run and three RBI in the win. Devin Thomas also chipped in with a 2-4 day with a homer and four RBIs. Brown starter Alex Silverman picked up his first win of the year by working the first five innings. Rob Hallberg picked up a rocky save by working the final 2.0 innings while giving up five runs. Doug Brown got the loss for the Quakers by giving up eight runs in 2.2 innings of work. The loss drops his overall record to a tough 2-4.
The UMass Minutemen picked up a comfortable 9-4 victory over Boston College on Monday. Dan Houston started for the Eagles and was roughed up in 5.1 innings while giving up 6 runs (5 earned) He also walked five batters. Jim Cassidy pitched six strong innings while only giving up three runs to up his record to 2-1. Bryan Adamski and Jim McDonald both went 2-4 to lead the Minutemen to the victory. Boston College committed five errors in the game which is unacceptable for a team which is trying to compete for a spot in the ACC Tourney. If Boston College is ever going to have a chance in the ACC they need to step up their defense and start making smart baseball plays.
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 a season-most 13 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 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 29-5 1
2 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 29-5 3
3 South Carolina SEC 26-7 4
4 Florida State ACC 31-4 2
5 Rice Conference USA 26-10 8
6 Texas Big 12 28-10 7
7 Pepperdine West Coast 26-8 9
8 Virginia ACC 29-7 5
9 Arkansas SEC 25-10 6
10 Oregon State Pacific-10 25-7 10
11 Arizona Pac-10 28-6 14
12 Arizona State Pac-10 26-10 15
13 Clemson ACC 23-9 16
14 Oklahoma State Big 12 23-8 11
15 Mississippi SEC 24-10 19
16 Wichita State Missouri Valley 26-8 13
17 Texas A&M Big 12 27-7 17
18 Cal State Fullerton Big West 19-12 12
19 Mississippi State SEC 21-8 26
20 Coastal Carolina Big South 28-5 18
21 NC State ACC 24-10 21
22 Kentucky SEC 25-6-1 20
23 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 26-7 27
24 Oklahoma Big 12 23-11 23
25 (tie) San Diego West Coast 26-12 28
25 (tie) Charlotte Atlantic 10 26-5 29
27 UC Irvine Big West 23-8-1 30
28 Tulane Conference USA 24-10 24
29 Ohio State Big Ten 18-5 25
30 Stetson Atlantic Sun 27-9 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Akron (14-8), Alabama (20-14),
College of Charleston (24-8), East Carolina (21-12), Florida (20-15), Georgia
Tech (21-13), Long Beach State (16-12), Memphis (19-12), Miami (Fla.) (20-14),
Missouri (24-9), Nebraska (19-12).
Dropped Out: East Carolina (22).
It was a good weekend to be on the road in Conference USA, as three of the four league series were claimed by the visiting team. The weekend included a series between the two highest-ranked schools in the league, the first conference win by one team and the first conference loss by another.
No. 8 Rice at No. 22 East Carolina
The most-anticipated matchup of the weekend in C-USA, as the defending champion Owls got an early look at the new location of the site of the upcoming conference tournament. Rice headed back to the Lone Star State with a surprising road sweep of the Pirates. Freshman righthander Ryan Berry set the tone early, racking up 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 victory Friday. Berry’s performance earned him C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors. Rice then battled for a pair of wins – 9-6 on Saturday and 8-6 on Sunday – to complete the sweep.
Memphis at No. 24 Tulane
The Tigers had only won once on the road – at then-No. 6 Clemson – before heading to New Orleans to take on the Green Wave. That lack of success did not show, as Memphis opened the series in strong fashion, taking a 14-5 win Friday at Zephyr Field, Tulane’s temporary home. The Tigers clinched the series with a 5-3 victory on Saturday behind the six-hit, seven-inning performance of starter Scott McGregor. Tulane avoided the sweep with a 9-5 decision on Sunday, aided by 11 walks from Tiger pitchers. Michael Murray of Memphis went 9-for-11 on the weekend to earn C-USA Hitter of the Week honors.
Southern Miss at UCF
Central Florida picked up its first conference victory of the season on Friday, when a three-run throwing error by the visiting Golden Eagles in the ninth inning allowed the Knights to tie things up and earn a 5-4 decision after 10 innings. Southern Miss ended its seven-game losing streak with an 8-3 Saturday win and claimed the series on Sunday, thanks to David Clark’s seven-inning complete game effort, in a 10-0 game called by the league’s Sunday 10-run rule.
UAB at Houston
The Blazers arrived in Houston as the only undefeated team in league play, and continued that streak with a 10-5 Friday win. The Cougars bounced back to become the only home team to claim a league series over the weekend with a 10-4 Saturday victory and a 10-3 Sunday win.
Marshall at Liberty
The Thundering Herd was the only school in non-conference action over the weekend. It was not a good weekend to be a Marshall baseball fan, as the homestanding Flames won 8-6 on Friday and took a Saturday doubleheader 10-4, 11-7 to sweep the series and extend the Herd’s losing streak to 11 games.
IRVING, Texas – The 2007 Conference USA Baseball Championship, originally scheduled for May 23-27 at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, will be changing sites. Due to continuing renovations on the stadium since Hurricane Katrina, the facility will not be completed in time to host the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.
“We were disappointed to learn that Turchin Stadium will not be ready to host the 2007 C-USA Baseball Championship, since we expect it will be one of the finest college baseball facilities in the country when it is completed,” said Commissioner Britton Banowsky.
With Tulane unable to hold this year’s event, East Carolina will now serve as the host of the 2007 championship at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. East Carolina was originally scheduled to host the 2008 championship and Tulane and ECU will now switch years, with next season’s event to be held at Turchin Stadium.
“We certainly appreciate East Carolina stepping up and hosting the 2007 championship,” said Banowsky. “ECU has an outstanding baseball facility and enjoys tremendous fan support. We know they will do a great job of hosting the championship and we are certain that the Pirate Nation will turn out in large numbers for this event.”
The 2007 championship will take place Wed., May 23-Sun., May 27. For more information on the tournament or the new site, click here.
UNC 7 Boston College 2 (completion of suspended game from 4/7)
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Boston College Eagles finished the ninth inning of the second game of their series on Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels picked up the 7-2 victory. Dustin Ackley led the Tar Heels by going 4-5 in the win. Alex White picked up the victory to up his record to 4-1 while Nate Jeanes drops to 0-4.
UNC 16 Boston College 5
The North Carolina Tar Heels got 19 hits to throttle the Boston College Eagles by a score of 16-5 in Game 3 of their weekend set. Tim Federowicz led all hitters with three hits and four RBIs. Rob Wooten picked up the win in relief by working 1.2 innings while allowing one run. Wooten’s record goes to 1-0 on the season. Terry Doyle started for the Eagles and was lit up by the high powered offense of North Carolina. He allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings. Doyle’s record drops to 2-2 on the season.
Boston College Recap
Florida State 6 NC State 5
The Florida State Seminoles rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit to win their fourth consecutive ACC series. The Seminoles and Wolfpack traded runs in the eighth inning to make the final scoreline 6-5. In the five run sixth inning, Brandon Reichert hit a bases loaded double after a two run homer from Dennis Guinn. Ryan Strauss started for the Seminoles but only lasted 3.2 innings while giving up four runs. Casey Whitmer followed Strauss and got the win to get his first win of the season. Danny Rosen pitched a perfect 1.2 innings to get his fourth save of the season. Jimmy Gillheeney pitched well but came up with a no-decision after giving up three runs over 5.1 innings. Nate Karns picked up the loss by giving up two runs without retiring a batter. His record goes to 2-2 on the season.
Virginia 8 Duke 1
The Virginia Cavaliers took the rubber game of their weekend set with Duke by a score of 8-1. The Cavaliers received 6.0 innings from Sean Doolittle where he only allowed 1 run on four hits. Sean Doolittle’s record goes to 6-2 on the season. Duke starter Jonathan Anderson pitched five shutout innings while only allowing three hits. He was followed by Michael Ness who pitched one inning while giving up three runs to grab the loss which drops his record to 3-2. The Cavaliers were led on offense by Brandon Guyer who went 2-4 with two runs scored, three RBI’s, and a homer. Beau Seabury and Tyler Cannon were the only other Cavaliers with two hits in the game. Duke had only one player with multiple hits in Jimmy Gallagher.
Clemson 5 Virginia Tech 2 (10 innings)
Doug Hogan of Clemson hit a three run homer in the top of the tenth inning to complete the sweep over the Virginia Tech Hokies by a scoreline of 5-2. Alan Farina picked up the win by pitching 4.1 innings of shutout baseball to get his second victory on the season. Stephen Clyne got his second save of the season by pitching the bottom of the tenth. Scott Stoehr picks up the loss for the Hokies to drop his record to 1-2.
Miami 8 Georgia Tech 7
Gus Menendez hit a game tying homer in the seventh inning then provided the game winning single in the bottom of the ninth to let his Hurricanes walk off with an 8-7 victory over Georgia Tech. Danny Gil of Miami picked up the win to up his record to 3-0 and Matt Wieters got his second loss of the season to drop his record to 1-2.
Georgia Tech Recap
Wake Forest 7 Maryland 5
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons completed a sweep of the Maryland Terrapins by knocking them off on Sunday by a 7-5 score. Charlie Mellies got his first start in almost a year allowed only one hit in his scheduled two innings start. He picks up his first victory of the season. Kevin Biringer pitched 2.1 innings while giving up seven runs (six earned) to drop his record to 2-5 on the season.
Wake Forest Recap
Garrett Bullock pitched 7.2 innings while allowing 12 hits but kept the Terps off the board until the eighth inning to give the Demon Deacons an 8-6 victory. Allan Dykstra and Evan Ochetree each went 2-4 with 3 RBIs. Maryland will try to steal a game tomorrow when they face off against Wake Forest in the series finale at 1 pm.
Miami 5 Georgia Tech 2
Mark Sobolewski hit a three run homer in the bottom of the eleventh inning to walk-off with the victory over Georgia Tech 5-2. Blake Tekotte led the Canes offense by getting three hits on the afternoon. Matt Wieters and Michael Fisher were the only Jackets with two hits in the game. Dennis Raben picked up his first victory for the Hurricanes while Danny Payne picked up the loss.
Clemson 6 Virginia Tech 3 (resumption of 4/6 game)
The Clemson Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies completed their suspended game with Clemson coming out victorious with a 6-3 victory. Matt Vaughn got the victory by going the last five innings in relief of Daniel Moskos. Vaughn picks up his third victory without a loss on the season. Greg Fryman gets the loss to drop his record to 2-5. He let up five runs in five innings.
Virginia Tech Recap
Clemson 8 Virginia Tech 5
David Kopp led the Tigers to an 8-5 victory over Virginia Tech by going seven innings while allowing five hits and two runs to up his record to 4-2. Andrew Wells got the loss for Virginia Tech by giving up five runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings. Taylor Harbin picked up two hits and two RBIs to lead the Tigers offense. The teams will play Game 3 on Sunday and Virginia Tech will try to get at least a game from the weekend set.
Virginia Tech Recap
Duke 13 Virginia 9
The Duke Blue Devils used a 17 hit attack to knock off the third ranked Virginia Cavaliers 13-9. The Blue Devils were led on offense by Brett Bartles who went 3-6 with five RBIs. Nate Freiman went 3-5 with 2 RBIs in support of Bartles. Sean Doolittle, Greg Miclat, and Brandon Guyer all had two hits in the loss. Duke starter Tony Bajoczky goes to 6-2 with the win while Matt Packer goes to 3-2.
NC State 8 Florida State 6
NC State used a six run third inning to take control of Game 2 of their weekend set with the Florida State Seminoles. Andrew Brackman started for the Wolfpack (only 2 earned) continued his recent struggles in which he pitched seven innings while giving up five runs. Eryk McConnell picked up his eighth save by going the final two innings while allowing a run. Michael Hyde started for Florida State but only lasted 2.2 innings giving up six runs (only one earned) to drop his record to 8-2 which is his second consecutive loss.
NC State Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
UNC 7 Boston College 2 (Game 1)
Full Report is available from The College Baseball Blog here.
UNC leads Boston College 6-1 heading into the top of the ninth in Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday. The teams will finish the game before Game 3 on Sunday.