Andrew McNulty threw Franklin Pierce’s fifth no-hitter in the school’s history in a 7-0 victory over Bloomfield College of New Jersey. McNulty is a senior for the Ravens and a transfer from Seton Hall. He pitched all seven innings while walking five and striking out seven. This was the second game of the doubleheader as Franklin Pierce won game 1 by a score of 19-3.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks picked up a 5-3 loss to Georgia State on Friday. Drew Grant pitched 6.1 innings while only allowing 2 hits and three runs to get the victory. UNC-Wilmington starter Bradley Holt lasted 7.1 innings and gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits. The Panthers got a homer from Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas, Charlie Pelt, and Aeden McQueary in the game to lead them to the 5-3 victory. Full recaps linked below.
The Citadel Bulldogs were able to scrap out a 19-14 victory over Eastern Illinois in non-conference action on Friday evening. Chris Swauger and Matt Arnold of The Citadel each hit two homers in the game to lead the offensive attack. Sonny Meade picked up a career high four hits in the game also. The Citadel had eight of their starters record at least one hit in the game. Full recaps are linked below.
Jack Rye hit a two-out single in the 11th inning to drive in Ryan Strauss from third to give the Seminoles the 7-6 victory over Wake Forest. Jack Rye also led the Noles offense by going 2-5 with 3 RBI. Seminoles starting pitcher Bryan Henry six innings while giving up four runs (all earned) on five hits. This gives the Seminoles a 21-0 record to start the season. Wake Forest starter Brad Kledzik last only five innings while giving up five runs on seven hits. Willy Fox went 2-5 with 3 RBI and Allan Dykstra hit his eighth home run of the season. The teams will be back in action tomorrow at 6:00 pm with Eric Nielsen going for Wake and Michael Hyde for Florida State.
Clemson 6 Duke 4
The Clemson Tigers picked up their first ACC victory of the year with a 6-4 victory over Duke. P.J. Zocchi picked up the victory for the Tigers by pitching shutout baseball for his seven innings of work. Taylor Harbin led the Clemson attack by hitting a big three run homer in the fifth inning to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead. Duke starter Tony Bajoczky pitched six innings while giving up six hits and six runs. The teams are back in action on Saturday at 4:00 pm with Duke sending Michael Ness to the mound while Clemson send Ryan Hinson.
Miami 13 Maryland 3
The Miami Hurricanes used a 18 hit attack to blow out the Terps by a score of 13-3. The Hurricanes received another solid outing from Eric Erickson who went seven innings without letting up a run. Ryan Jackson led the Hurricanes with a 4-5 game with four runs scored. Maryland’s offensive star was Mike Murphy who went 2-4 with an RBI. The teams will be back in action tomorrow at 7 pm with Scott Maine facing Ryan Moorer.
Georgia Tech 10 Boston College 0
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of three Boston College errors to score five unearned runs in a 10-0 shutout victory over the Eagles. David Duncan pitched a complete game shutout to pick up his fourth victory of the season. Kevin Boggan of Boston College only lasted 4.0 innings while giving up six runs but only one was earned. Danny Payne led the Tech offense with a 3-4 game with two runs scored and two driven in. The Eagles and Yellow Jackets will face off on Saturday at 1 pm with Georgia Tech sending John Goodman to the mound against an Eagle pitcher yet to be announced. My prediction is that Terry Doyle will go in that spot.
Georgia Tech Recap
Virginia at North Carolina was postponed due to rain. They will play a single game on Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday.
Virginia Tech at North Carolina State was also postponed and will be made up as a doubleheader on Saturday that begins at 1 pm.
Four Longhorns’ pitchers combined to allow just four hits as No. 10 Texas posted a 3-2 victory over Baylor in Big 12 Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The triumph marked win No. 1,600 for UT head coach Augie Garrido as he became the first Division I coach to ever reach the mark. He is also only one of two collegiate coaches on any level to reach the milestone joining Gordie Gillespie who has won over 1,700 games at Lewis, Ripon and St. Francis (Ill.).
James Russell (4-2) yielded just two unearned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four Bears over 6.2 innings to earn the win. Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to pitch 2.1 innings of perfect relief with four strikeouts. McCrory retired the only batter he faced and Shinaberry and Boone had identical lines striking out two each over their hitless innings. Boone picked up his fifth save of the season.
The Bears pounced on the Longhorns with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Ben Booker reached base on a throwing error by UT shortstop Josh Prince to start out the inning. A single by Beamer Weems, who advanced to second base on the throw, put runners at second and third. Aaron Miller plated Booker with a groundout to second base and Tim Jackson drove in Weems with a sacrifice fly, staking the Bears to a 2-0 lead.
Russell hit his 10th home run of the season over the rightfield fence in the fourth inning to shave the Baylor lead to 2-1.
Texas took the lead in the fifth inning. With one out, Travis Tucker reached on an infield single and moved to third on a mishandled pickoff attempt. Chance Wheeless hit a sacrifice fly to score Tucker with the tying run. Jordan Danks followed with a solo home run down the rightfield line to put the Longhorns ahead 3-2.
Baylor was threatening to score in the seventh inning as Jeff Russell was cruising on the mound before issuing a two-out walk to Chase Gerdes and a double to Matt Sodolak, but McCrory entered the game and retired Raynor Campbell with a groundout to get out of the jam.
Jeff Mandell (2-4) was saddled with the loss for Baylor. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three Longhorns over 6.1 innings.
Wheeless and Russell Moldenhauer had two hits apiece for Texas.
The series moves to Waco for game two on Saturday. First pitch at Baylor Ballpark is slated for 6:30 p.m.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will welcome the Kent State Golden Flashes for a three game set starting on Friday. The Golden Eagles enter the series with a 12-6 record and on a two game losing streak. They lost to Southeastern Louisiana and South Alabama in mid-week games and hope to get back on the right track this weekend. The Golden Flashes enter the series with a 5-8 record. They recorded two wins at the Louisville Invitational last weekend over Indiana State and hosts Louisville. The Golden Flashes have been kept off the scoreboard in three games already this season and hope to get their bats hot this weekend. Scott Stricklin took some time earlier this year to talk to the College Baseball Blog which can be read here.
Friday: Ryan Belanger (3-1, 1.59 ERA) vs John Pacella (1-2, 5.03 ERA)
Saturday: Barry Bowden (1-2, 6.41 ERA) vs Evan Smith (1-0, 0.64 ERA)
Sunday: David Clark (2-1, 3.33 ERA) vs Kyle Smith (2-1, 3.63 ERA)
FROM THE CITADEL PRESS RELEASE
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel baseball will play host Eastern Illinois this Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, at Riley Park. Game one is slated for 6 p.m. while Saturday will begin at 2 p.m. and game three is set for a 1 p.m. tilt. The Bulldogs are coming off an 8-7 victory over Savannah State, while the Panthers defeated College of Charleston, 7-5, at Patriot’s Point on Wednesday.
Last Time Out: The Bulldogs clinched their seventh straight series last weekend, taking two of three from visiting Columbia. The Dogs rallied for their seventh come-from-behind victory on Tuesday after trailing 6-0 to Savannah State. Sophomore Sonny Meade and senior first baseman Zach Brown led the comeback as they registered back-to-back home runs to tie it up in the fifth. Freshman southpaw Chris McGuiness earned his first collegiate victory as he shutdown the Tiger offense in relief, allowing the Dogs to post the 8-7 win.
The Citadel versus Eastern Illinois: Eastern Illinois will mark the fourth team that The Citadel will face for their first-ever meeting this season. The Dogs also played Minnesota, UNC Asheville and Columbia for the first time, as the series with the Panthers marks the second straight weekend the Bulldogs will host a newcomer to Riley Park.
The Citadel has only faced two other members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Bulldogs hold a 2-2 all-time record against the Ohio Valley, splitting games with Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. The last time the Dogs squared-off against an OVC opponent was when they defeated Tennessee Tech, 13-3, in 1997, The Citadel’s first season at Riley Park.
Scouting the Panthers: The Panthers are currently 4-7 and are coming up a 7-5 upset over #30 College of Charleston. The Cougars were the second top-30 team that Eastern Illinois defeated this season as they beat Evansville when they held the #25 spot, 8-6. The Panthers have a 3-4 record on the road so far this season.
Leading the Panther offense is led by freshman Richie Derbak as he boasts a .350 batting average and is second in hits (14) and RBI (8). Senior Erik Huber paces the squad in home runs with a two on the season, and has the most RBI (10) and runs scored (10). Collectively, the Panthers are batting .266, while opponents are batting .309 against them.
Probable Starters: The Bulldogs will send sophomore right-hander Wes Wrenn (2-1, 4.48 ERA) to the hill on Friday. Wrenn is coming off a rocky outing as he suffered his first loss of the season. The sophomore was relieved after 3.2 innings as he allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits while striking out and walking one. The Panthers will counter with junior right-hander Alex Guttosch (0-1, 3.18 ERA) as he tossed 7.0 innings in his last start against Belmont on March 11. Guttosch did not factor into the 3-2 loss as he only allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four.
The Citadel will throw sophomore left-hander Matt Crim on Saturday (1-2, 4.40 ERA) who picked up his first win of the year in a 2-1 victory over Columbia last week. Crim went 7.0 innings, holding the Lions to one run on seven hits while fanning three. Eastern Illinois will look to freshman lefty Tyler Kehrer (2-0, 2.62 ERA) who lead the club in earned run average and has yet to suffer a loss this year. Kehrer earned a 4-3 victory over Belmont last week as he threw 5.1 frames and only gave up one unearned run on two hits while striking out eight and walking three.
Sunday’s starters are still to be determined for each team.
Freshman McGuiness Registers First Collegiate Win: Freshman lefty Chris McGuiness earned his first collegiate victory on March 13, only two days after smashing his first collegiate home run. McGuiness took to the mound against Savannah State in the fifth inning and shutdown the Tiger offense, allowing The Citadel to post an 8-7 come-from-behind win. The Charleston, S.C. native tossed 3.2 scoreless frames, allowing only two hits while striking out two. McGuiness also belted a solo shot, which proved to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Columbia on March 11.
Bulldogs go Back-to-Back: Trailing 6-1 in the fourth inning on March 13 against Savannah State, sophomore Sonny Meade and senior Zach Brown belted back-to-back home runs to even it up at six in the fifth. Meade blasted a three-run shot over the fence in left center before Brown stepped in and stroked a solo round-tripper to right. The last time the Bulldogs enjoyed back-to-back jacks was against Furman on May 14, 2005 by Matt Matulia and Josh Stackley.
Saunders Notches Fourth Save: Senior closer Link Saunders registered his fourth save of the year against Savannah State on Tuesday. The righty tossed 1.1 frames, allowing one unearned run on one hit. Saunders is 2-1 with four saves and a 1.35 ERA on the season in 13.1 innings of work, while striking out 14. The Irmo, S.C. native is currently tied for second in the Southern Conference in saves and hold the fourth spot all-time in career stops at The Citadel.
Jones Enjoys Career-Long Hitting Streak: After batting .200 over his first nine appearances, freshman Richard Jones has enjoyed a .357 batting average in the last four games and is currently in the midst of a five-game hitting streak.
The Citadel’s ERA Tops in the League: The Citadel currently leads the Southern Conference with a team earned run average of 3.52. Wofford is second with a team ERA of 3.81.
Thanks to Melanie Long of The Citadel for keeping us informed about the Bulldogs all season long.
The Virginia Cavaliers head to Chapel Hill to face off against the Number 1 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The Cavaliers have a 17-3 record overall and a 1-2 record in the ACC. They are led by two-way player Sean Doolittle who has a .338 average at the plate and a 4-1 record with a 2.45 ERA. David Adams is leading the Cavaliers offense in average at .493. The Tar Heels enter with a perfect 3-0 record in the ACC and overall record of 17-1. Robert Woodard leads the staff with a 4-0 record and an ERA of 2.19. Dustin Ackley and Josh Horton are leading the Carolina offense by hitting over .400 through the first 18 games. The College Baseball Blog predicts UNC to take two out of three games.
Friday: Robert Woodard (4-0, 2.19 ERA) vs. Jacob Thompson (5-0, 2.15 ERA)
Saturday: Alex White (3-0, 0.68 ERA) vs. Matt Packer (2-0, 2.67 ERA)
Sunday: Luke Putkonen (3-0, 3.48 ERA) vs. Sean Doolittle (4-1, 2.45 ERA)
Wake Forest at Florida State
The Demon Deacons head to Florida State after losing two midweek games to Ball State. Wake Forest enters the series with a 11-7 record overall but a 2-1 record in the ACC after taking two out of three from UVA last weekend. They are lead on offense by Willy Fox who is batting .357 with three homers on the season. Allan Dykstra is also a strong hitter with his .343 average and seven homers on the season. Brad Kledzik is the number one starter for the Deacons on the mound and he has a 2-1 record with a 4.57 ERA. The Seminoles have started the season 20-0 and open the ACC season this weekend. They are coming off a three game sweep of Indiana last weekend. The Seminoles are led by Friday starter Bryan Henry who has a 5-0 record with a minuscule ERA of 2.04. The Noles offense has been very good in this season as they are collectively hitting .401. The top hitter for the Noles is Tony Thomas Jr. who has an outstanding average of .537 (44-82). The College Baseball Blog predicts Wake Forest to take one of the games of the series to break up the undefeated season for the Seminoles.
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-1, 4.57 ERA) vs. Bryan Henry (5-0, 2.04 ERA)
Saturday: Eric Nielsen (2-1, 5.84 ERA) vs. Michael Hyde (6-0, 1.85 ERA)
Sunday: Garrett Bullock (1-0, 5.23 ERA) vs. Ryan Strauss (4-0, 1.97 ERA)
Duke at Clemson
The Clemson Tigers will welcome the Duke Blue Devils to Doug Kingsmore Stadium for the ACC opener for the Tigers. Clemson is coming into the series with an overall record of 11-4. They knocked off Georgia Southern on Wednesday to head into the series on a winning streak. The Clemson Tigers have been hitting the ball well with Brad Chaulk and Doug Hogan hitting over .400 on the season. The Blue Devils enter the series with a 17-4 record overall but a 0-3 mark in the ACC. The Devils are coming off a brief two game sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson in mid-week games. The Devils offense is led by Jimmy Gallagher who leads the team in average at .397. Tony Bajoczky is the top pitcher on the staff with a 3-1 record and a 1.47 ERA. The College Baseball Blog believes Clemson sweeps the Blue Devils.
Friday: Tony Bajoczky (3-1, 1.47 ERA) vs. P.J. Zocchi (2-0, 2.70 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Ness (3-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Ryan Hinson (0-0, 1.74 ERA)
Sunday: Alexander Hassan (2-0, 2.18 ERA) vs. Alan Farina (0-0, 3.48 ERA)
Maryland at Miami (FL)
The Miami Hurricanes will be hoping to have a better weekend in Week 2 of ACC action. They were swept by the North Carolina Tar Heels last weekend but picked up wins this week on Tuesday over Maine and Wednesday over Rutgers. They enter with an overall record of 12-9 and 0-3 in the ACC. They are led by true freshman Mark Sobolewski who is hitting .379 on the year with 27 RBI. The Hurricane pitching has been atrocious on the weekends after Eric Erickson (2-2, 1.93 ERA) with Danny Gil with an ERA of 5.95 and Manny Miguelez at 0-1 with a 7.40 ERA in six starts. The Maryland Terps are coming in after splitting a pair of mid-week games with a loss to James Madison by a score of 13-6 and a blowout win over Coppin State 27-0. The Terps are led on the mound by All-American closer Brett Cecil who leads the team with five saves and has the second lowest ERA of 2.76. The top hitter for the Terps is AJ Casario who has an average of .344 on the season. The College Baseball Blog predicts Miami to win the series 2 games to 1.
Friday: Eric Erickson (2-2, 1.93 ERA) vs. Casey Baron (3-0, 3.52 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Scott Maine (2-3, 5.57 ERA) vs. Ryan Moorer (2-0, 2.81 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Enrique Garcia (1-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Kevin Biringer (1-3, 5.30 ERA)
Boston College at Georgia Tech
The Boston College Eagles visit Russ Chandler Stadium on Friday for the first time in school history. They are coming off a three game sweep of the Duke Blue Devils last weekend where they outscored them 23-8 over the three games. The Eagles enter the series with a 5-6-1 record. They are led on offense by Johnny Ayers who is hitting .444 in the first twelve games of the season. Ayers is also the punter on the Eagle football team. Kevin Boggan is continuing his dominance on the mound with a 2-0 record and a 2.12 ERA. The Eagles are still trying to get back Terry Doyle who was named the CCBL Co-Pitcher of the Year this past summer. He ended up closing out two games in the Duke series and might start a game in the Georgia Tech series if possible. The Yellow Jackets enter with a 9-9 record after losing two out of three games last weekend to Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets also picked up a mid-week loss to Kennesaw State by a score of 6-4. The Yellow Jacket pitching has been a major concern as they have a staff ERA of 5.68. They still have on of the best pro prospects in Matt Wieters who has a batting average of .364 and five homers on the season. Danny Payne is the catalyst for the Jackets offense with his .574 on base percentage. The College Baseball Blog believes that the Eagles will get swept this week by the Yellow Jackets.
Friday: David Duncan (3-2, 4.97) vs. Kevin Boggan (2-0, 2.12)
Saturday: John Goodman (0-0, 7.50) vs. TBA
Sunday: Ryan Turner (1-2, 4.55) vs. Nick Asselin (1-0, 5.50)
Virginia Tech at NC State
The Virginia Tech Hokies head down to Raleigh to play each school’s second weekend of ACC action. Virginia Tech is coming off two mid-week victories over Marist and Liberty. They also took two out of three last weekend at Georgia Tech. The Hokies are led by pitcher David Cross (1-2, 2.89 ERA) who picked up a no decision his last time out against Georgia Tech. He pitched well over the 6.1 innings of work while only giving up two runs. The Hokie offense is led by Sean O’Brien who is hitting .343 on the season. The NC State Wolf Pack looks to bounce back with a strong weekend after dropping two games over the weekend to Maryland. They are led on offense by Ryan Pond who is hitting .350 on the season. Ramon Carona is struggling early in the season with a very poor average of .227. Andrew Brackman is the Friday starter for the Wolf Pack but has a 3-1 record and a 2.87 ERA. He gave up six runs in his last outing against Maryland in which he lasted all nine innings to get the complete game. The College Baseball Blog predicts the NC State Wolf Pack to bounce back with three victories this weekend.
Friday: Andrew Brackman (3-1, 2.87 ERA) vs. Greg Fryman (2-1, 4.62 ERA)
Saturday: Eric Surkamp (2-1, 2.49 ERA) vs. Andrew Wells (1-1, 5.73 ERA)
Sunday: Jeff Stallings (2-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. David Cross (1-2, 2.89 ERA)
Hello pitching. Hello defense.
You’re exactly what Texas wanted to see in its final tuneup before Big 12 play opens Friday against Baylor.
Like Kyle Walker coming back after a month-plus layoff to pitch three innings of one-run baseball. Or Pat McCrory needing just 10 pitches to get through two innings. Or left-handed reliever Keith Shinaberry completing another successful outing from the bullpen.
Texas pitchers showed during Wednesday night’s 7-1 win over Winthrop that Augie Garrido has options in the bullpen.
“Our pitching is really starting to find its way into a pitching staff,” Garrido said after watching five pitchers combine on the three-hitter.
It helps that McCrory and Shinaberry have each had two straight successful outings.
“They’re certainly going to be used on the weekends,” Garrido said after each pitched two scoreless innings.
But seeing Walker on the mound was Wednesday’s biggest bonus.
Walker, who experienced control problems early in the season and hadn’t pitched since Feb. 10, switched to pitching from the stretch and slowed down his motion.
He gave up one run, two hits and two walks in 42 pitches.
“I’m feeling good about it,” Walker said. “I’m just trying to do what I can for the team. I’m going to pitch my butt off if I’m out there. If I’m not out there I’m going to cheer my butt off.”
Garrido said Walker (1-0) is going to get a couple more weekday starts before putting him back in the weekend rotation.
No matter who was on the mound for the Longhorns (16-7), they had good defense behind them.
Nick Peoples made a key play in the third inning when Winthrop had the bases loaded and one out. Peoples slipped and fell while Bryn Henderson’s deep fly ball was in the air. He then got up and made the catch, preventing what could have turned into a three-run double.
“I wanted to get behind the ball, because I didn’t want the guy to get from second base to third,” Peoples said. “I guess I just took a drop step and slipped because it was wet. But I knew where the ball was going, so I knew if I got up in time I’d have a chance to catch it.”
The Horns also got nice defensive plays from right fielder Kyle Russell, who made an over-the-head catch at the wall, and shortstop Josh Prince, who scooped up a ball over second base and made a nice throw.
“We’ve played pretty good defense from the beginning,” Garrido said. “From day one we’ve been able to walk on the field and pick the ball up and throw it. (Josh) Prince makes us even better when he’s at shortstop.”
UT took control with three runs in the first inning — two on Russell Moldenhauer’s bases-loaded single — and three in the fifth, with two coming on Bradley Suttle’s home run.
The Penn Quakers picked up a 5-1 victory over Temple in non conference action on Wednesday afternoon. Josh Corn led the Quaker offense with a 3-4 day with two RBI. The Quakers used nine different pitchers in the game all lasting one inning except for Bret Wallace who went 0.2 innings and Todd Roth who went 1.1 innings. Reid Terry ended up with the win credited to him while Rob Chamra got the loss for Temple. Penn heads to Georgetown for a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Temple will be back in action Friday with a visit from Binghamton for a single game.