The Kansas Jayhwaks took Game 1 from Hawaii-Hilo by a score of 4-1. Lars Knepper started the game for the Vulcans and pitched 6.2 solid innings while only giving up 3 runs (all earned) on four hits. Mr. Knepper did not get much help again last night from the Vulcan offense since they only recorded two hits on the evening. In his first start, the Vulcans were no hit by Oregon State. Zach Ashwood started for Kansas and gave up one hit and one run in his six innings of work. He was followed by Ryotaro Hayakawa who pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings while giving up only one hit. Paul Smyth pitched the ninth to record his first save. The Jayhawk offense was led by Ry Price who went 2-3 with a home run. Leadoff hitter Brock Simpson also got two hits including a key triple in the seventh inning to break the 1-1 tie.
The USC Trojans and the Dirtbags of Long Beach State will meet in a weird 3 game set. USC will play at home on Friday and Sunday while LBSU will host the game on Saturday. USC is coming off an impressive victory over Cal Poly to get Chad Kreuter’s first career victory. The starter’s for this weekend series are as followed: Friday-Vance Worley (LBSU) vs Ryan Cook (USC), Saturday-Manny McElroy (LBSU) vs Brandon Buxbaum (USC), Sunday- Omar Arif (LBSU) vs Tommy Milone (USC). All these games should be interesting and fun. I will keep you readers informed about this series among others this weekend.
Cal State Fullerton will open the season on Friday against Stanford. Fullerton is expected to start All-American pitcher Wes Roemer on Friday to face off against Stanford ace Nolan Gallagher. The Saturday match up is Jeff Kaplan facing off against Jeffrey Inman. The Sunday match up will be Jimmy Bleich taking the mound for the Cardinal while Sean Urena will make his first appearance as a Titan. Fullerton lost a ton of talent from last year’s team but at Fullerton you reload instead of rebuilding. Stanford should be ready this season to contend for the Pac 10 crown like usual.
Both Florida State and Tennessee have posted game notes for the big series in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles enter the series with many question marks with a pitching staff which is very low in experience. After Bryan Henry, The Noles are planning on starting Micheal Hyde who really was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last season and they are still TBA on a Sunday starter. They will also be without Luke Tucker who is still sitting on the sidelines with a sore pitching arm. The Vols are not without injuries either. They will be missing Julio Borbon who was expected to start in center field this season but will be out another 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle. He was one of the best players on the USA National team this summer.
Cal-Riverside started the season on Thursday night with a solid 8-4 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack. Aaron Wible led the Highlanders by getting two hits in his four at bats with 2 RBI’s. Carl Uhl also provided a 3-4 night in the lead-off role including a double. Marc Rzepczynski started the game and went 5 innings while only giving up two runs both earned. He was followed by Pat Cassa who finished off the game by going four innings and giving up two runs in the ninth inning. The Wolf Pack offensive stars were Konrad Schmidt and Matt Suleski who both had two hits in the game. Nevada starter Ryan Rodriguez went five innings giving up three runs but only one was earned. Patrick Mason followed him to the mound and was hammered for two runs in only 1/3 of an inning of work. Jordan Salazar finished the game off for the Pack where he went 2.2 innings while giving up three runs but none were earned. Both teams will be in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series.
Conference USA has finally posted the last of their season previews by talking about the Southern Miss Golden Eagles today. The Eagles are led by Corky Palmer who is entering his 10th season with the program and has been to the NCAA tournament four straight years. The preview is available here.
I would like to thank Raymond Reeves for helping me out.
The Texas Longhorns will begin the season tomorrow in Round Rock TX against the San Diego Toreros. San Diego swept a series from Cal Poly to jump out to a 3-0 record in the early season. Guest Contributor Donald J. Boyles was nice enough to write a nine page preview on the Longhorns season which is linked below. I have also linked both schools game notes.
Scott Maine of the Miami Hurricanes has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy. He will not be playing against Mercer this weekend and could be out longer since it is still unclear how long he will be out. Miami Herald article available here.
Miami has released a press release stating the starting pitching rotation for this weekend’s series against Mercer. On Friday night, Jim Morris will send Manny Miguelez to the mound. He went 8-4 with a 4.31 ERA. Miguelez will face off against Mercer pitcher Brantley New (9-3 3.60 ERA). On Saturday, the Canes will send Danny Gil to the mound who went 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 2006 and will face off against Blake Quarles (4-2, 5.33 ERA). The canes will send freshman stud pitcher Erick Erickson to the mound on Sunday to face either Justin Boyette or Boone Webster who both are JC transfers.
Junior second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. of Florida State stopped by to talk to Tallahassee Democrat writer Ben Jacobs. Tony discusses how important this upcoming season is to himself and to the Seminole nation. He is expected to be the starting second baseman this season and had a tough summer hitting .224 in the CCBL which might hurt his draft status in 2007. The full article is available here.
The Georgia Southern Eagles are in Hawaii this weekend to play 3 games against the Warriors of Hawaii. The Eagles will be opening the season with this three game series while Hawaii took two out of three games from Santa Clara. The entire series can be heard for free here.