The Troy Trojans will be hosting The Wiregrass Classic this weekend with Southern Miss, Indiana and Georgia Southern participating. This tourney is a good test for the Troy Trojans to see if they are going to be able to compete with some of the stronger teams in the South with the Golden Eagles and Georgia Southern. Indiana will be opening their season so they might be the weakest competition in the tourney. I have put the probable starters below in the games I could find.
Georgia Southern (TBA) vs Southern Mississippi (Ryan Belanger 1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Troy (Joe Hallahan 1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs Indiana (Doug Fleenor, NR)
Indiana (Danny Rosenbaum, NR) vs Southern Mississippi (Barry Bowden 0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Troy vs Georgia Southern
Indiana (Tyler Tufts NR) vs Georgia Southern (John Ducey 2-0, 1.50 ERA)
Troy (Jeff Green 0-0, 2.57 ERA) vs Southern Mississippi (David Clark 16.20 ERA)
Southern Miss Tourney Notes
Indiana Tourney Notes
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will visit the Toreros of San Diego for a weekend set. Wake Forest is coming into the games with a 3-1 record after weekend sweep over Kent State and a mid-week loss to Appalachian State 10-9. San Diego enters with one of the best pitchers in the nation Brian Matusz who will start Friday night. The Toreros enter with a 9-4 record taking three out of four games against Virginia Commonwealth. The pitching match ups for the weekend will be Wake Forest’s Brad Kledzik (0-0, 9.00 ERA) facing off against San Diego’s Brian Matusz (2-0, 2.19 ERA). Saturday match-up will be Eric Nielsen (1-0, 5.68 ERA) for Wake and San Diego counters with Matt Couch (2-0, 4.12 ERA). The series finale is tentatively scheduled to have Wake send Garrett Bullock (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to face Josh Romanski (1-1, 6.38 ERA).
San Diego Series Notes
Wake Forest Series Notes
The Delaware Blue Hens will open the season this weekend with a visit to Richmond VA to face off against the Spiders. Delaware is coming off a 30-24 record in 2006 and return 10 position players who started at least 24 games last season.
The full release from Delaware is available here.
The North Carolina Tar Heels invaded Brooks Field on Wednesday night for a meeting with UNC-Wilmington. The Tar Heels were able to sneak out a 6-5 victory. The Tar Heels were led by a strong pitching performance from Junior pitcher Mike Facchinei who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He only let up one hit and one walk while giving up two runs in his six innings of work. The Tar Heel offense was led by Seth Williams who hit a key two run homer in the fourth inning. The game was 6-2 heading into the ninth inning but veteran closer Andrew Carnigan got roughed up by giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting. UNC-Wilmington will be back in action this weekend in Myrtle Beach for the Baseball at the Beach Tourney. The Tar Heels will welcome the Seawolves of Stony Brook to Boshamer Stadium for a 3 game set.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have continued their strong start to the season with another victory on Wednesday over New Orleans by a score of 4-1. The Eagles had a strong pitching performance from Jared Cavenaugh who lasted 6.1 innings while only giving up one run on six hits. Trey Sutton led the Eagles with three hits. Southern Miss now heads to the Wiregrass Classic for the weekend. They will face Georgia Southern on Friday, Indiana on Saturday, and Troy on Sunday.
Southern Miss Recap
Southern Miss also picked up a victory over University of South Alabama on Tuesday by a score of 6-1. Sorry for posting this late. I have been extremely busy with my real job lately which should get back to normal after next weekend.
Southern Miss Recap
Hattiesburg American Recap
The Duke Blue Devils have continued their hot start to the season with a 7-1 victory over America East member Albany. Jimmy Gallagher and Nate Freiman hit back to back homers in the sixth inning to provide all the offense needed for the Blue Devils. Alexander Hassan got his first career start tonight and lasted five scoreless innings while only giving up one hit.
The Florida State Seminoles invaded Gainesville on Tuesday night and picked up a 14-6 victory. FSU starter Bo O’Dell only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up 4 runs (all earned). He was followed by Travis Burge and Brian Chambers. Burge lasted three innings giving up a single hit and one run. Mr. Chambers followed him by pitching 3.2 innings while only giving up one run. Danny Rosen pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the pitching line for the Noles. FSU was led on offense by Tony Thomas Jr. who went 3-5 in the lead off role while scoring three runs. D’Vontrey Richardson and Jason Stidham each had a home run in the game.
FSU Game Recap
Florida Game Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
The University of Texas scored a combined seven runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 7-1 victory over Texas State University in its UFCU Disch-Falk Field opener Tuesday afternoon.
Texas (7-5) pounced on the Bobcats for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Tucker was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Jordan Danks followed with a single through the right side of the infield and Chance Wheeless used a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third. Bradley Suttle plated Tucker with a single to leftfield and Kyle Russell drew a walk to load the bases. Preston Clark hit a sacrifice fly to rightfield, scoring Danks and Nick Peoples finished off the rally with an RBI single up the middle, driving in Suttle.
The Longhorns increased the lead to 7-0 with four runs in the second inning. With one out, Danks drew a walk and stole second base. With two outs, Suttle walked and scored on a double to leftfield by Russell. Clark pushed Russell across with a single to leftfield and Peoples finished another rally with a double to leftfield, plating Clark.
Texas State (8-3) scored its lone run in the top of the eighth inning. Gerry Cervantez and Casey Guest drew walks off Josh Prince who was making his first career pitching appearance. Joseph Krebs replaced Prince and induced a 6-4-3 double play, allowing Cervantez to move to third. Adam Witek single to centerfield, driving in Cervantez to cut the margin to 7-1.
Danks and Peoples each logged two hits to lead the Texas offense. Danks went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Peoples was 2-for-3 with one double and two RBI. Tucker logged a single to push UT’s season-best hit streak to nine games.
David Wood and Aaron Garza had two hits apiece for Texas State.
Six Texas pitchers combined to allow seven hits and three walks in the win. Hunter Harris (1-0) earned the victory, scattering two hits over two scoreless innings. Alex Posey and Keith Shinaberry each added two scoreless innings of relief. Krebs and James Russell finished off the contest with one shutout inning apiece.
B.J. Boening (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Bobcats. He allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks in 1.2 innings.
Texas returns to action at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday with the Longhorns hosting Washington State University in the first of a three-game series.
Texas State Recap
From the NCBWA PRESS RELEASE
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending Feb. 18, today. Louisiana Tech sophomore outfielder Jericho Jones was named National Hitter of the Week, while UC Riverside junior right-hander James Simmons was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Jones, a sophomore from Corinth, Texas, hit .650 (13-20) in five games as Louisiana Tech extended its winning streak to eight in a row. He had a total of 16 RBIs, three home runs, three doubles, one triple, was walked twice and scored 11 runs during the week. Jones began the week with a 4-for-5 performance, driving in three and scoring three runs against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In Saturday's second game against McNeese State, Tech trailed 10-1 in the seventh inning when Jones hit a three-run homer, his second of the game. In the eighth, he hit a two-run double as the Bulldogs went on to win 15-13. For the game, he was 3-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs. On Sunday, he went 2-for-3 with four more RBIs to help seal the sweep for the Bulldogs.
In his first Friday-night start of the season, Simmons tossed a four-hit complete game and tied the UC Riverside Division I record with 15 strikeouts in the 3-0 win over San Francisco. His 15 strikeouts top his previous career high of 10, achieved three times last season, and ties Chris Smith's five-year old school record. In his first complete game, the 6-4 right-hander faced just four batters over the minimum and threw 128 pitches, 95 for strikes. The Norco, Calif., native, who allowed just one runner to reach second, improved to 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.45.
With this week's honor, Simmons automatically is named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Web site at: www.prolineathletic.com.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.
For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro (601-266-5947, [email protected]).
The Duke Blue Devils host Albany on Tuesday looking to pick up their seventh win on the young season. The Blue Devils have opened the season strong with back to back sweeps of Mount St. Mary’s and St. Bonaventure. The Chronicle checks in with Sean McNally’s team after the weekend sweep here.
Duke Game Notes for Tuesday’s game