The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Hofstra Pride have canceled the 3 game set for this weekend due to inclement weather. OSU will open the season next weekend at the Citrus Tournament against Lamar on Friday. Hofstra heads to Auburn also on Friday to try to open the season.
The Rainbows took Game 2 of the series with Georgia Southern on Friday by a score of 5-3. Mark Rodrigues pitched 5 innings while only allowing one earned run to pick up the victory. Georgia Southern starter Drew Murray pitched the first four innings of the game and gave up all five runs (2 earned) while walking five. The Eagles defense gave him no help by committing four errors in the first three innings. Kris Sanchez of Hawai’i has continued his great start to the season by going 4-4 on Friday to bring his average up to .650. The teams are both back to action on Saturday at 1:05 pm local time.
The USC Trojans took game one from Long Beach State by a score of 2-1 in a pitching duel. The teams will face off Saturday at Long Beach State. Vance Worley and Ryan Cook both had good nights on the mound with each pitching 6 innings of baseball but only allowing the opposition one run. Robert Perry was the only Dirtbag to have a multiple hit game with two hits. Nick Buss and Grant Green both had two hits to lead the Trojans offense. The teams will be back in action on Saturday at LBSU for Game 2 of their series.
Hawaii-Hilo has continued their horrible start by heading to 0-7 on the season after getting swept in a doubleheader by the Kansas Jayhawks by scores of 12-0 and 7-2. Freshman pitcher Wally Marciel made his collegiate debut in the nightcap for the Jayhawks and pitched five innings giving up two runs. Marciel is from Kailua, Hawaii so this was a homecoming for him. Casey Larson was the star on offense by picking up 3 hits and driving in two.
In Game 1, Senior Kyle Murphy led the Jayhawk offense by going 2-3 with 4 RBI. Nick Czyz pitched 4.1 innings to earn the victory in the mercy ruled shortened game.
The Mercer Bears made a dramatic ninth inning comeback to knock off the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the three game set. Catcher, Josh Thompson lead the Bears with a 4-4 performance with 3 RBI’s and a home run. The Hurricanes were unable to hold a 5-1 advantage behind a solid start from Manny Miguelez who went five innings allowing only one run. Mercer starter Brantley New struggled through five innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the season on Saturday at 7 pm.
Brian Matusz delivered a clutch performance as he led his Toreros to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Texas Longhorns. He pitched 5.2 innings only allowing 1 run and striking out eight batters. Matt Couch got the last two outs in the ninth to record his first save of the season. Justin Snyder led the offensive charge with a 3-5 performance including a home run. Texas starter Randy Boone only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 earned) and surrendered eight hits. Travis Tucker went 3-4 for the Longhorns in the losing effort. Both teams will face off again on Saturday.
San Diego Recap
Dallas News checks in with Skip Johnson
UCLA knocked off the Winthrop Eagles tonight by a score of 2-1. UCLA scored the second run of the game on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning to get to the deciding score. Tyson Brummett started for the Bruins and went a masterful eight innings while only giving up a run on six hits and six strikeouts. Brant Rustich pitched the ninth where he allowed the tying run to get to third base with 2 outs but finished off the game. Alex Wilson started for the Eagles and lasted 5.2 innings and only giving up one run which was unearned. Ryan Mullins pitched the rest of the game and ended up giving up the winning run on a dropped ball. There was not much hitting in the game for either team but UCLA was led by two hits by both Tim Stewart and Mickey Weissner. Phil Carey went 2-4 for the Eagles.
The Florida State Seminoles took game one from the Volunteers of Tennessee on Friday. Bryan Henry gave a top of the line performance by giving up no runs in his six innings of work. Henry also struck out eleven batters. The Seminoles were led on offense by Jack Rye and Buster Posey. Rye went 2-4 including a homer and also scored two runs and drove in three. Craig Cobb of Tennessee did not give a great performance on the mound by giving up nine runs in 6.2 innings of work. Shawn Griffin and Cody Brown both went 2-4 in the loss. The teams face off tomorrow back at Dick Howser Stadium.
FSU Game Recap
Tennessee Game Recap
All Smiles at FSU after Game 1
Henry overpowers Vols
Posey solid behind plate
The NCBWA has released the 2007 Stopper of the Year Watch List. You have all the normal candidates for this post season award including Milan Dinga (Army) and Brett Cecil (UMD). The full press release is available here.
The AP has written an article about the San Diego State Aztecs and how Tony Gwynn has basically failed to turn around the program in his first four seasons. The pressure is starting to build on Gwynn to bring the Aztecs to their first NCAA Tournament in sixteen seasons. The College Baseball staff heard from a source that Gwynn is having problems teaching his student-athletes.