BC and Northeastern to meet in Beanpot Final

The Boston College Eagles picked up a 5-2 victory over Harvard in Lynn Massachusetts in the opening round of the 2007 Baseball Beanpot. The Eagles received a complete game from Ted Ratliff who only allowed eight hits and two runs in his nine innings. Boston College was led on offense by Joseph Ayers who went 2-3 with an RBI for the only multiple hit game by a BC player. Harvard used a combination of nine pitchers as they used this game as preparation for their big series against Brown this weekend which will likely decided the Red Rolfe division title. Harvard offensive leader was Brendan Byrne who went 3-4 with a run scored.

BC Recap
Harvard Recap

In the other game in the Beanpot, Northeastern pounded UMass 17-6 at Friedman Diamond to put the Huskies in the Beanpot final next Wednesday at Fenway Park against Boston College. The Huskies used a four run first inning to jump on the Minutemen early and never gave them a chance to get comfortable in Brookline.

NU Recap
UMass Recap

Conference USA Wednesday recap

East Carolina 9, Old Dominion 5

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking a five-all tie to extend the Pirates’ current winning streak of four games with a 9-5 victory over former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Harrison Eldridge and Stephen Batts put the Pirates (25-12) on top for good as each belted a pair of two-run shots in the seventh. Freshman shortstop Gerard Hall hit his first collegiate homer, a solo shot in the top of the fourth for Old Dominion (25-16).

ECU will be back in action this weekend when they play host to Savannah State in a non-conference series. The Monarchs return to action this weekend when they host Delaware in a three-game CAA series.

Old Dominion recap
East Carolina recap

Southern Miss 16, Louisiana-Monroe 4
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss’ Mike Cashion earned a victory in his second-straight start and the Golden Eagles scored 16 runs on 10 hits to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 16-4, tonight, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,115 in attendance.

Brian Dozier led the Golden Eagles with three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs. Jody Blount hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Drew Carson finished with two hits and Michael Ewing, Trey Sutton, James Ewing and Trey Cuevas each had one hit and two RBIs.

Matt Laird, Kyle Suire and Greg Manley led Louisiana-Monroe with two hits each. Laird, Suire, Bo Bowman and A.J. Siggers all finished with an RBI.

Southern Miss (23-15) scored 16 runs on 10 hits, while Louisiana-Monroe (23-16) scored four runs on 10 hits and committed five errors.

The Golden Eagles host C-USA rival UAB for the final three games of the current eight-game homestand this weekend, April 20-22. ULM kicks off a four-game home stand on Friday with a weekend series against Sun Belt foe Western Kentucky at Warhawk Field at 6 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe recap
Southern Miss recap

Memphis 13, Austin Peay 7
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Michael Murray was perfect in four at-bats and freshman Dylan Cupples struck out a career-best five batter and allowed just three hits in six innings as Memphis earned a series sweep of the Governors with a 13-7 win on Wednesday evening. Memphis is now 24-14, marking the first time since 2001 that a Tiger squad has been 10 games over .500.

Austin Peay (20-16) got on the board first with a run in the opening frame, but Memphis set the tone for the contest by answering with a pair of tallies in the top half of the second. Kyle Norrid’s four-pitch got the rally going and Michael Murray followed with a double into the left centerfield gap. Designated hitter Ben Grisham got Memphis on the board when he lined a two-run single to left center for two of six two-out scores for the Tigers.

Memphis will host Marshall in a Conference USA series beginning on Friday. Austin Peay will host Southeast Missouri in an OVC series, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday.

Memphis recap
Austin Peay recap

UAB 15, Jacksonville State 5
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB Blazers bounced back from Tuesday’s disappointing loss and returned the favor Wednesday night, taking advantage of 13 walks to beat the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 15-5, at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers were led by junior outfielder Phil Bell who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two doubles. Junior right-hander Dustin Colburn earned the win on the mound.

UAB is now 17-22 on the year, just two wins shy of matching last season’s win total. JSU falls to 21-17 with the loss.

The Blazers will return to Conference USA action when they travel to Southern Miss for a weekend series. The Gamecocks, who are tied for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 9-3 mark in the Conference, return to action with a three-game Conference series at Eastern Kentucky this weekend.

UAB recap
Jacksonville State recap

UConn edges Brown

The UConn Huskies edged Brown on Wednesday 6-5 in a game which was moved from Providence to Storrs with tough weather in Providence over the last few days. Mark Burnett hit an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive home the winning run in Ted O’Reilly. Freshman pitcher Robert Van Woert picked up his fifth win of the season by going four innings while allowing two runs on two hits. Brown used six different pitchers as this was the first mid-week game in three weeks so some pitchers needed some work before their key weekend series against Harvard. Paul Costa ended up getting the loss for the Bears to drop his record to 1-2 on the season.

UConn Recap
Brown Recap

Penn cruises pass Rider

The Penn Quakers scored four runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 13-5 victory over Rider on Wednesday. Kyle Armeny hit his seventh homer of the season while William Gordon and Matt Toffaletti each had three hits as they led the Quakers attack. Reid Terry got the win in relief by giving the Quakers three strong innings while only allowing one hit. His record goes to 2-2. Brian Herman gets the loss for Rider to drop his record to 0-1. Penn will be back in action on Saturday when they host Princeton for their final Ivy League series while Rider will head to Siena for a three game set.

Penn Recap
Rider Recap

Maryland beats UMES 16-2

The Maryland Terrapins got their second win in as many days as they knocked off Maryland-Eastern Shore 16-2 in action on Wednesday evening. Dan Benick had a great game as he led the Terps in hitting by goign 5-5 in the game. Kevin Biringer got his third win by workign the first two innings while only allowing one hit on a pre-determined staff day. Tyler Winch gets the loss to send his record to 0-5. Maryland will visit Duke this weekend while UMES will host FAMU on Saturday.

Maryland Recap

UMES Recap

No. 7 Rice pushes past No. 6 Texas 7-4!

Kyle Russell

He raised his arm and took his time starting around the bases, two things he never does.

“And I’ll never do it again,” Kyle Russell said.

But this home run meant something.

Russell, the Longhorns’ right fielder, drilled a ball far over the left-field fence and pumped his fist because he knew.

Russell had just set Texas’ single-season record for home runs with his 21st, a long rainbow that fell well outside of Reckling Park.

Russell was the lone bright spot Tuesday, when Texas’ 10-game winning streak over Rice came to an end in a 7-4 loss in front of 5,003 fans.

“It’s a great honor and a great relief for this to happen,” said Russell, who typically just puts his head down and trots around the bases. “This is the second-best place for this to happen. The best being Austin.”

Russell, who began his career as a Longhorn by hitting a homer against Rice, grew up in Magnolia, a suburb of Houston.

Behind 1-2 in the count in the sixth inning, he went with an outside pitch from Rice starter Chris Kelley.

“He just tried to put it in play, and that’s what he has been doing,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “He’s been playing for the team, not the record. That’s probably why he was able to get it.”

His team-first attitude explained why Russell was upset that he raised his arm after his home run, which came with his team trailing 4-2.

“I guess my emotions got the better of me,” said Russell, who was on the team bus after the loss, not even realizing the media would want to talk to him about his record-setting homer.

It took Russell just 42 games to accomplish the feat.

Rice, meanwhile, beat Texas for the first time since 2003, when the Owls topped the Longhorns 5-4 in Omaha, Neb., en route to the national championship.

Every time the Longhorns scored Tuesday, the Owls (30-11) responded.

“That’s why they won the game, they did a better job of responding,” Garrido said. “And they kept our offensive game in check with good defense and excellent pitching.”

Texas (31-11) managed to push across the tying run in the fourth inning, when Russell walked, Bradley Suttle singled and Russell Moldenhauer sacrificed them to second and third. Russell scored on Preston Clark’s grounder to short.

The Owls pushed a run across in the bottom of the inning to go up 2-1.

Russell homered in the sixth to make it 4-2, but Rice responded again, as Chad Lembeck hit a two-run double to give the Owls a four-run lead.

And after Texas came up with two runs in the seventh, cutting the lead to 6-4, Rice’s Joe Savery hit his third home run of the season.

Jordan Danks and Chance Wheeless, who hit first and second for Texas, were a combined 0 for 9 with six strikeouts, but that wasn’t the Longhorns’ only problem.

Texas used six pitchers, who combined to walk seven and hit another batter.

“What happened on the mound between the two teams was the difference in the game,” Garrido said. “It’s baseball. Things like that happen.”

So do home runs.

Especially off of Kyle Russell’s bat.

Texas Recap

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Conference USA roundup – Tuesday, April 17

HOUSTON — Junior starting pitcher Chris Kelley scattered four hits and struck out a career-high seven batters and reliever Cole St.Clair closed it out with three hitless innings to lead the sixth-ranked Rice baseball team to a 7-4 victory over the visiting fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns Tuesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston. Longhorn outfielder Kyle Russell hit his 21st home run of the season to set a new single-season record at Texas in the sixth inning.

The Owls jumped on the scoreboard for a run in the bottom of the first inning and chipped away for scores in five of their eight offensive frames. Junior Tyler Henley led off the first by blasting a triple to the wall in center field and he scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Chad Lembeck.

Rice won its third game in a row to improve to 31-10 on the season. Texas fell to 31-11 on the year.

The current five-game homestand continues for Rice with a C-USA weekend series against Central Florida starting on Friday. Texas will continue its road trip, heading to Nebraska for a Big 12 series, also starting on Friday.

Texas recap
Rice recap

No. 24 Tulane 4, Northwestern State 3

METAIRIE, La. – Senior right-hander Matt Goebel gave the Green Wave a solid 6.0 innings of work and the defense made several highlight-reel plays behind him as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Northwestern State, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at Zephyr Field.

Tulane’s defense was flawless on the day, and made big plays with the leather late in the ballgame to thwart some Demon rallies. Northwestern State erased a 3-0 deficit with a three-run third, but Goebel came back to keep the Demons off the board the rest of his outing, and senior closer Daniel Latham went the final two frames to pick up his 10th save of the season.

With the win, Tulane improves to 28-11 on the year and 8-3 against teams from the state of Louisiana. Northwestern State, meanwhile, falls to 16-22 overall.

Northwestern State recap
Tulane recap

No. 16 Texas A&M 8, Houston 3

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M jumped out to a 6-2 lead after three innings and never looked back in taking an 8-3 win over the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday in a non-conference game at Olsen Field.

The Cougars scored single runs in the second and third innings, but the Aggies had an answer in the next half inning. The Aggies scored a pair of runs in the first inning, one in the second and broke the game open with three more in the third inning before a rain and lightning delay halted the game for more than an hour.

With the win, the Cougars fell to 19-17 overall, while Texas A&M improved to 31-8. Houston returns to action this weekend, traveling to New Orleans for a C-USA series against No. 24 Tulane. The Friday game will be televised by CSTV. Texas A&M will host No. 15 Oklahoma State in a Big 12 series. The Saturday game will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

Houston recap
Texas A&M recap

Memphis 4, Austin Peay 3
Senior Michael Murray shot a single through the right side to score Kyle Norrid for the go-ahead run and Matt Yokley (4-2) sat Austin Peay down in order in the ninth to seal a 4-3 win for Memphis, Tuesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. Memphis snaps a five-game losing streak to the Governors and improves to 23-14 with its fourth straight win.

The two squads will square off again Wednesday in Clarksville, Tenn. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

Austin Peay recap
Memphis recap

South Florida 10, Central Florida 5

Tampa, Fla. – A three-run first inning was not enough to enable the UCF baseball team to knock off USF Tuesday in a 10-5 loss in Tampa. Both teams combined for 15 walks as the loss dropped the Knights to 18-20 on the season.

Tyson Auer wasted little time in stretching his hitting streak to 13 games by picking up a single in the first inning. Meanwhile, Eric Kallstrom finished his evening by tying a career-high with three hits and drove in two. The loss for the Knights was the second this season against the Bulls (April 3, 11-4 in Tampa).

USF (27-12) starter James Rowe faced just four batters before hitting the dugout in the top of the first. Matt Horwath and Shane Brown both were issued walks to get the game started and Auer followed with a single to center to load them up. Rowe then walked Kiko Vazquez to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, and left in favor of Yuri Higgins even though Rowe had gotten to two strikes on all four hitters he went up against. Higgins did pick up the first out, but gave up a two-run single to Kallstrom as the shortstop banged a 2-2 pitch through the left side.

The Knights will travel to No. 6 Rice in a C-USA series this weekend. The Bulls will host Rutgers in a Big East series.

UCF recap
USF recap

Eastern Kentucky 14, Marshall 3
RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two innings and never looked back en route to a 14-3 win over the Marshall University baseball team on Tuesday at Turkey Hughes Field.

The Colonels (15-16-1) recorded 19 hits in the game, a Marshall opponent-high this season, sending the Thundering Herd (14-20) to its 15th straight loss while snapping its own four-game skid. The win also stopped a three-game Herd win streak in the all-time series with EKU.

Marshall will travel to Memphis for a C-USA series this weekend. Eastern Kentucky will host Xavier on Wednesday.

Marshall recap
EKU recap

Jacksonville State 14, UAB 5
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - UAB gave up at least one run in the final six Jacksonville State innings to give the Gamecocks a 14-5 victory over the Blazers at Rudy Abbott Field Tuesday night. Blazer catcher Danny Sawyer had two runs scored on a 1-for-3 night at the plate.

Jacksonville State improves to 21-16 with the triumph, while UAB is now 16-22 having lost its sixth straight. The teams complete the two-game series on Wednesday.

UAB recap
Jacksonville State recap

Maryland takes out UMBC

The Maryland Terrapins picked up a 11-6 victory over UMBC on Tuesday evening. Maryland used a six run third inning to cruise to the victory. Casey Baron got the win by working two innings and striking out five out of the six outs he recorded. Sean Rae got the loss for UMBC by giving up six runs in his two innings of work. Maryland will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Maryland Eastern-Shore while UMBC will host America East rival Binghamton on Friday for the start of a four game set.

Maryland Recap
UMBC Recap

Penn edges Lehigh

The Penn Quakers slipped by Lehigh on Tuesday by a score of 6-5 in ten innings. Freshman Matt Toffaletti hit a line drive through the infield with the bases loaded to drive home Kyle Armeny with the winning run. Armeny also led the offense by going 4-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the victory. Penn relief pitcher William Gordon gets the victory to up his record up to 2-0 while Rob Russell gets the loss to even his record at 1-1. Penn will be back in action on Wednesday when they head to Rider while Lehigh is off until this weekend when they head to Lafayette.

Penn Recap
Lehigh Recap

Charleston Southern-The Citadel preview

Charleston Southern will welcome The Citadel to Buccaneer Field on Wednesday for a non-conference match up between cross town rivals. Charleston Southern enters with a 15-27 record while The Citadel enter with a 22-13 record. The Citadel are expected to start Nick Sprowls will make his first collegiate start. He has pitched 7.0 innings this season with a 2.57 ERA. The Bucs will counter with T.J. Green who is 0-2 with a 3.62 ERA.

The Citadel Game Notes