Nashville Regional Day 2 Preview

FROM GUEST CONTRIBUTOR NewYorkDore of VandySports.com

After a thrilling day one at sold out Hawkins Field, Michigan and Vandy find themselves in the winner’s bracket. Michigan outlasted Memphis in a 10-7 slugfest, behind the bats of Nate Recknagel (2-4, 3 R, 3 RBI) and catcher Doug Pickens (2-5, 3 RBI). On the hill, ace Zach Putnam struggled (9 H, 7 ER), but gave the Wolverines 8 innings, allowing Coach Maloney to only use one inning out of Michael Powers.

In the nightcap, Vandy was stifled for 10 innings by Austin Peay’s Shawn Kelley; however, the first team all-American combo of David Price and Casey Weathers struck out a mind-boggling 22 batters in 11 innings of near perfect work. Ryan Flaherty came around to score on a Shea Robin grounder to the box, granting Coach Corbin and the Dores an exhilarating 2-1 victory before a largely partisan crowd of approximately 3,600.

Both teams’ aces (Putnam and Price) are done pitching for the tournament. Beyond that, each other pitcher should be available for today’s matchup, though Weathers did throw a number of pitches in striking out five of the six batters he faced. Coach Maloney was believed to be ready to turn to seasoned Senior Andrew Hess, who has missed a pair of starts down the stretch due to arm fatigue; however, his arm troubles appear to have continued and the Wolverines will toss Sophomore southpaw Mike Wilson. The West End Word identified Wilson as one of four starting pitchers to watch (with Price, Mikie Minor and Kelley) in the Nashville Regional. Wilson went 7-0 over the year and earned First Team Big Ten honors.

Wilson has excellent numbers and very good stuff, as evidenced by a .223 BAA. The one consolation for Vandy fans is that the lefty-heavy big bats in the Commodore lineup (notably Pedro Alvarez, Ryan Flaherty and Ryan Davis) all hit lefties well. With this late change, look for Corbin to insert UCLA-transfer Parker Hanks into the lineup at either Leftfield (for Matt Meingasner) or DH (for Davis).

Toeing the rubber for Vandy will be National Freshman of the Year Candidate Mikie Minor. Minor’s plus-plus changeup presents a potential problem for the righty-heavy Michigan lineup… as one is willing to bet that the Wolverines have not yet seen such sophisticated arm action on a fastball-changeup combo.

Tonight’s loser will play an elimination game against the Memphis-Austin Peay winner on Sunday. The VU-UM winner will earn the right to sit back and then play the team that emerges from the loser’s bracket later on Sunday night and again, if necessary, on Monday.

In the Memphis-APSU game, we’ll see the quintessential batters box vs. pitchers mound affair. The Tigers are a slugging team and they showed that Friday with three home runs off of Putnam.

APSU, meanwhile, used stellar mound work from OVC Pitcher of the Year Kelley. The Govs will roll out their second ace, southpaw Matt Reynolds (10-3, 3.09 ERA, .251 BAA) against Ben “don’t mention that my uncle is John” Grisham (4-3, 5.68, .327). The prevailing question will be whether or APSU’s gloves or the Tiger bats end up on top. Furthermore, both squads played mentally draining games. Memphis‘ longer layoff and APSU’s heart-wrenching loss seem to indicate the guys from out west could have the upper hand.

Round Rock Regional!!

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Longhorns rally to beat Brown in regional opener

After slow start, Texas wins 8-2 and advances to face UC Irvine!

Nick Peoples’ arm. Chais Fuller’s strength.

Say hello to both of them.


It’s OK if you haven’t noticed them before. They haven’t really been used.

The two seniors used two assets that haven’t been displayed much this season to propel Texas to an 8-2 victory over Brown on Friday in the opening round of the Round Rock Regional at Dell Diamond.

With the fourth-seeded Bears leading 2-1 in the sixth inning Fuller, one of four shortstops used by the Longhorns this season, showed some pop, sending an 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall for a two-run home run.

It was Fuller’s second home run of the season. The first came Feb. 16 against Stanford. Both homers came at Dell Diamond.

“I didn’t think it was out, so I was running full speed around the bases,” Fuller said. “I saw the left fielder run into the wall, so I thought the ball was off the wall.”

Fuller’s blast loosened up top-seeded Texas (45-15), the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

“Chais Fuller changed the momentum in the game,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.

The Longhorns will take on UC Irvine at 6 p.m. today with a spot in the regional championship game on the line. The Anteaters routed Wake Forest 13-0.

Texas needed to scratch and claw Friday in front of 9,230 fans.

“So much for being the (regional’s) top seed and getting an easy game to begin with,” Garrido said.

The Longhorns, who took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Kyle Russell’s home run, found themselves trailing 2-1 after the Bears put together five consecutive two-out hits in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead.

It could have been worse.

Brown had Robert Papenhouse on second and Dan Shapiro on first with two outs when Brian Kelaher singled to center field. Papenhouse tried to score on the hit.

That’s when Peoples, who doubled off a runner at first base in the second inning and almost threw out a second batter at home, showed his arm strength, throwing the ball on the fly to catcher Brett Lewis in time to get a sliding Papenhouse.

It was one of the few times all season Peoples has had a chance to make a play at the plate.

“It’s kind of weird, throughout the year I haven’t had a play throwing-wise from center field,” Peoples said. “Jordan (Danks) and Kyle (Russell) have had so many chances, and I can’t remember any.”

Peoples showed off his arm a few times Friday, skipping the cutoff man and hitting his targets on the fly.

“That’s not always a good thing,” Peoples said, “but today I really wanted to get those guys. Every run you get now is a big run. Luckily I was able to put a couple of them out tonight.”

Brown (27-20) didn’t have many scoring opportunities after the fourth inning because relievers Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone came in and shut the Bears down. They combined to pitch five scoreless innings, and they struck out seven consecutive batters at one point. The final nine outs by the Bears, who were playing in their first regional game, were strikeouts.

The Longhorns added to their lead with a run in the seventh inning, when Brown starter Jeff Dietz, who threw 131 pitches, started to wear down.

“He’s a great pitcher,” said Longhorn Travis Tucker, who was 4 for 4. “He hit his spots.”

Texas broke it open in the eighth when the Bears went to the bullpen.

Tucker singled, and Jordan Danks and Russell followed with walks. Chance Wheeless ripped a two-run double to right center before Russell scored on a wild pitch. Wheeless then scored on Russell Moldenhauer’s grounder to first base.

Some were surprised that four seniors — Peoples, Fuller, Krebs and Boone — pulled the Longhorns through their postseason opener. They shouldn’t have been.

“Experience matters,” Peoples said. “Guys who have been in situations like this before tend to be a little more comfortable than the other guys. You can see that. This team is pretty deep and everybody has experience.

“Hopefully this team can draw from the winning teams of the past.”

Texas Recap

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Brown Bears Recap!

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Senior Cody Cipriano and freshman Jeff Cusick drove in three runs apiece and starter Wes Etheridge pitched eight shutout innings to lead second-seeded UC Irvine to a 13-0 win over third seed Wake Forest Friday at The Dell Diamond to open NCAA regional action. The win gave UCI its first regional victory in the program’s Division I history as the Anteaters climbed to 41-15-1 and will face the winner of the Texas-Brown match-up Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (PT).

UC-Irvine Recap

WakeForest Recap

Wichita Regional!

Arizona Opens Postseason with 4-3 Win over Oral Roberts!

In what amounted offensively to “a tale of two games” for Arizona, the Wildcats took advantage of a season-high 16 strikeouts by the pitching staff and a prolonged weather delay to hold off Oral Roberts, 4-3, in the opening game of the NCAA Wichita Regional on Friday.

With the Wildcats mounting just three total hits and the contest deadlocked 3-3 after six and half innings, Mother Nature halted the proceedings with a one-hour and 17-minute severe weather delay in the bottom of the seventh.

The lightning-induced respite provided a much-needed break for the Wildcats’ offense, which strung together three straight two-out singles right after play resumed to scrape across the go-ahead and turn the contest over the UA bullpen.

After ORU reliever Erik Crichton retired the first two UA batters in the seventh, Colt Sedbrook ignited a rally with a bloop hit that fell into right for a single. C.J. Ziegler followed with a base hit up the middle to place runners on first and second for Bill Rhinehart.

With his 12-game hitting streak on the line, the senior outfielder deilivered with a soft single to center that provided just enough time to plate Sedbrook with the go-ahead score.

Arizona Recap

Oral Roberts Recap

College Station Regional!

Xavier Alexander’s double into the left-center gap in the bottom of the ninth knocked in the winning run and propelled Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns to a dramatic 5-4 win over Ohio State in first round action at the NCAA College Station Regional on the Texas A&M campus.

Devon Bourque’s two out single off reliever Rory Meister (4-7) set the table for Alexander, who entered the game in the eighth as a pinch hitter. Alexander lined the first pitch into the gap and Bourque raced home all the way from first, easily beating the throw to the plate.

It looked as though the second-seeded Cajuns might squander another chance in the ninth inning after Nolan Gisclair singled with one out, but was thrown out trying to steal second. Bourque then lined his single, and Alexander delivered his game winner for Louisiana (44-15).

Ragin Cajun Recap

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College Station Regional!

photosA train passing just beyond Olsen Field’s outfield fence tooted the first few strains of the “Aggie War Hymn” in the middle of a Le Moyne defensive play early on Friday night.

While the crowd roared its approval, the Dolphins finished off the play, undaunted by Texas A&M’s apparent home-track advantage in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Dealing with hard-throwing Aggies left-hander David Newmann was another matter, however. Top-seeded A&M defeated fourth-seeded Le Moyne 7-2 before 5,267 fans in Olsen Field, after Newmann allowed a lone run over seven innings while striking out nine.

“He doesn’t fool around out there,” said Le Moyne shortstop Andy Parrino, who’s hitting .412. “He comes right at you and makes you put the ball in play.”

The Aggies and ace Kyle Nicholson will face Louisiana-Lafayette, which defeated Ohio State 5-4 earlier Friday, at 7 tonight in the winners bracket. Le Moyne will play the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. today in an elimination game.

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Lemoyne Recap

Texas A&M Recap

Rice Regional!

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By the midpoint of the regular season, Rice sophomore righthander Matt Langwell had done little to distinguish himself from any of the Owls’ low-profile pitchers.

Langwell had started and relieved, producing results that were neither exceptional nor egregious. He was middling personified until he began displaying a mastery of the strike zone, at which point Rice coach Wayne Graham granted him additional responsibility.

Friday, Langwell showed how he earned Graham’s trust. With Prairie View A&M again aiming to play the role of postseason spoiler, Langwell worked seven shutout innings in a 5-0 victory at the Houston Regional at Reckling Park.

Rice Recap

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TCU 3 Baylor 2

TCU closer Sam Demel admitted he had little or nothing left.

The junior right-hander and the Horned Frogs were clinging to a one-run lead over Baylor in the opening game of the NCAA baseball regional at Rice’s Reckling Park, with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth.


But Demel, pitching his third inning, struck out Baylor’s Ben Booker on a 3-and-2 changeup to preserve a 3-2 victory and send the Bears into the losers bracket.

“Going into the at-bat I was pretty much of out of gas,” said Demel, who had walked the previous batter on four pitches. “When I’m out of gas, my best pitch is the changeup. We went at him with all changeups.”

TCU (47-12) will face Rice, the regional’s No. 1 seed, at 6 p.m. today. Baylor (34-26) will play Prairie View A&M at 2 p.m..

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle called on Demel (7-1) after starter Jake Arrieta, who pitched marvelously, walked Beamer Weems to open the seventh with TCU holding on to a 1-0 lead.

“We didn’t want to have to use Sam so much,” Schlossnagle said of Demel, who threw 54 pitches. “I fired my bullet early when we had the lead. Demel showed what kind of guts he’s had all year.”

Baylor tied the game in the seventh, when Weems scored on a groundout by Dustin Dickerson.

TCU, the No. 2 seed, grabbed the lead back when catcher Andrew Walker opened the bottom of the seventh with a homer off Baylor starter Jeff Mandel (7-8).

One out later Grapevine’s Bryan Kervin homered to right to give TCU a 3-1 lead.

Weems led off the ninth inning with a homer to slice TCU’s lead to one run. Czimskey walked and, after a fly out, pinch-hitter Matt Sodolak singled. Demel got Shaver Hansen to fly out, then walked Paul Miles to load the bases.

“I tried not to be nervous,” Kervin said. “But it was pretty intense.”

Baylor coach Steve Smith said Booker swung at ball four.

“That was a good at-bat,” Smith said. Demel “was going to win or lose it with his best pitch.”

TCU Recap

Baylor Recap


San Diego Regional Day 1 Recap


Fresno State 6 San Diego 2

Fresno State shocked the host Toreros by knocking them off 6-2 in the NCAA Regional. Fresno will face Fullerton on Saturday while San Diego will face Minnesota.

Fresno State Recap
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Fullerton 7 Minnesota 1

The Cal-State Fullerton Titans picked up a 7-1 victory over Minnesota in the opening game of the San Diego Regional. Fullerton will face Fresno State in the Winners bracket while Minnesota will face San Diego.

Fullerton Recap
Minnesota Recap

Wichita Regional Day 1 Recap


Arizona 4 Oral Roberts 3

Preston Guilmet pitched seven strong innings while giving up three runs on seven hits as the Wildcats picked up a 4-3 victory over Oral Roberts. Arizona will take on New Orleans who upset Wichita State while Oral Roberts will play Wichita State.

Arizona Recap
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New Orleans 7 Wichita State 6

The New Orleans Privateers shocked Wichita State by knocking them off 7-6 on Friday. UNO put a three run rally together in the top of the ninth to win the game. UNO will take on Arizona on Saturday while WSU will play Oral Roberts in an elimination game.

UNO Recap

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Tempe Regional Day 1 Recap


UC-Riverside 10 Nebraska 5

The Highlanders picked up a solid 10-5 victory over Nebraska. They were led by Jaime Pedroza who went 2-4 with four RBI including a home run. UC-Riverside will take on Arizona State on Saturday while Nebraska battles Monmouth.

UC-Riverside Recap

Nebraska Recap

Arizona State 5 Monmouth 3

Kiel Roling went 2-3 with three runs scored as the Sun Devils defeated Monmouth 5-3. ASU will take on UC-Riverside and Monmouth will play Nebraska.

ASU Recap
Monmouth Recap

Tallahassee Regional Day 1 Recap


Mississippi State 6 Stetson 3

The Bulldogs scored all six runs in the fourth inning through the seventh as they were able to handle the Stetson Hatters 6-3. Joseph McCaskill went 3-4 with an RBI to lead the offense for MSU. They will take on FSU on Saturday while Stetson will face Bethune-Cookman.

MSU Recap

Stetson Recap

FSU 6 Bethune-Cookman 2

FSU scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take control of their opening round game against Bethune-Cookman. FSU was led by Buster Posey who went 3-4 with 2 RBI. The Seminoles will take on Mississippi State on Saturday while Bethune-Cookman will play Stetson.

FSU Recap
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