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Team USA to take on Cuba for Gold Medal


Press Release

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL— Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) saved both ends of Team USA’s (15-5, 4-0 Pan Am Games) doubleheader at the Pan American Games, defeating Brazil 7-5 in the play-in game and then moving onto the Gold Medal Game following a 2-1 victory over Mexico. The Americans, who have won one gold medal (1967) and eight silver medals since 1951 at these Games, will face Cuba, who won their pool following a 4-0 victory over Nicaragua.

“Our goal for the summer was to play for a goal medal, and that’s where we are at,” said Manager Mike Weathers. “To win a double header in international play, is very difficult, and I’m proud of our guys today and the obstacles they had to face. We will be ready to go tomorrow.”

Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) had two multi-hit games today, giving him four for the Games, as he went 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI against Mexico, after going 2-for-3 with a key two-run single against Brazil.

“I felt good today. Playing for a gold medal means a lot,” said Satterwhite. “Good hitting got us into the finals, and we continue to play well.”

Brian Matusz (1-0, San Diego) threw six and one third innings in the semifinal win, giving it over to the bullpen with a 2-1 lead after giving just three hits and five strikeouts. Francisco Campos countered with two runs on seven hits, pitching into the seventh, taking the loss for Mexico.

“It was exciting to pitch in a semifinal game, maybe outside the gold medal, our most important game,” said Matusz. “I didn’t know a lot about Mexico, but I knew they had some power by the way they swung the bat. My off speed pitch was not great, but I was spotting my fastball and my changeup was getting grounders and popups.”

USA reliever Brett Hunter retired six in a row and two and one-third overall, before Benjamin Gil hit a two-out double in the ninth. Satterwhite, after walking a batter, got a lineout of Ivan Terrazas to pick up his third save of the summer.

Team USA took a 2-1 lead on Mexico in the fifth with an RBI double by Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) and an RBI single from Forsythe.

The Americans guaranteed the No. 1 seed in Pool A earlier in the day, holding on for a 7-5 win over host Brazil, thanks to a five-run seventh inning.

Joe Kelly (1-0, UC Riverside) got the win in relief, as Satterwhite came on with the bases loaded and no outs with a three-run lead in the ninth and got the save.

Claudio Yamada, the third of four pitchers in the seventh, threw eight-straight balls to walk the go-ahead run in for the Americans to ignite the inning. A Forsythe two-run single followed, before a Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) double made it 7-2.

Ryan Berry (Rice) gave up four hits and two runs over five and one third innings, but walked five, as the Americans tied the game in the sixth and second innings.

U.S. PAN AMERICAN NOTES
The Americans have won a medal in 14 out of the previous 16 games since the games started in 1951. They won their only gold medal in 1967 in Canada, and finished a runner-up another eight times. In their last series in 2003, when Manager Mike Weathers and assistant Mark Scalf were assistants, Team USA finished with a silver medal to Cuba… Team USA’s pitching staff was called for 12 walks on Wednesday, after averaging just under three per game over the first 18 games.

TOURNAMENT NOTES
With Mexico winning the continued game over Venezuela 3-2 in 10 innings, Cuba earned the No. 1 seed in Pool B and Mexico was the No. 2 seed…. Nicaragua defeated the Dominican Republic 2-0 in the other play-in game, giving Nicaragua and the Dominican 1-2 records in Pool B, and guaranteeing the Americans a medal game about 90 minutes prior to USA’s final pitch against Brazil.

Team USA knocks off DR


Team USA picked up a 5-1 victory over the Dominican Republic to open up pool play. Tyson Ross (Cal) started on the mound and kept the Dominican offense off balance with solid off-speed stuff and a good fastball. He lasted 6.2 innings while giving up four hits and one run while striking out seven batters. Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) went 3-4 with an RBI while Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) went 2-5 with an RBI to lead Team USA offense. The Dominican team consisted of former major league players in Jose Offerman, Raul Mondesi, Delvi Cruz, Enrique Wilson, and Luis Polonia.

Team USA will be back in action on Monday when they play Nicaragua and will play Brazil on Tuesday in the final game of group play.

Team USA Recap
Ryan Flaherty Diary Entry

Fayetteville Regional Day 3 Recap


Arkansas 6 Creighton 0

Arkansas received a seven strong innings from Nick Schmidt who only allowed two hits and no runs as the Hogs survived an elimination game against Creighton with a 6-0 win. Brian Walker led the offense by going 4-4 while hitting two home runs, driving in two runs, and scoring four times. Arkansas advances to the Championship round against Oklahoma State.

Arkansas Recap

Creighton Recap

Oklahoma State 7 Arkansas 6

Oklahoma State clinched a spot in Super Regionals after defeating Arkansas 7-6. Oklahoma State survived a late rally but held on for the victory. The Cowboys were led by Tyler Mach and Corey Brown who each hit a homer and drove in three runs. Cowboys reliever Josh Fritsche got his second win of the year while Jordy Mercer got his third save of the season. Arkansas reliever Stephen Richards got the loss for the Razorbacks. They end the season with a 43-21 record while Oklahoma State will play the winner of the Louisville/Missouri elimination game on Monday in the Super Regionals next weekend.

OK State Recap
Arkansas Recap

Fayetteville Regional Day 2 Recap


Creighton 21 Albany 11

The Creighton Blue Jays picked up a 21-11 victory over the Albany Great Danes to keep their season alive. Creighton was led on offense by Steve Winkelman who went 3-4 with six RBI in the victory. Creighton will face the Oklahoma State/Arkansas in an elimination game on Sunday.

Creighton Recap
Albany Recap

Oklahoma State 14 Arkansas 3

The Arkansas Razorbacks played a sloppy game on Saturday evening and the Oklahoma State Cowboys took advantage of multiple errors in a 14-3 victory. Arkansas starter Jess Todd was ineffective as he let up five runs in over three innings of work. Tyler Mach hit a key grand slam in the fourth inning for the Cowboys to take control of the game. Arkansas will play Creighton in an elimination game while Oklahoma State will play the winner of Arkansas against Creighton later on Sunday.

OK State Recap
Arkansas Recap

Fayetteville Regional Day 1 Recap


Oklahoma State 6 Creighton 4

The Cowboys scored four runs in the first inning to grab an early lead and were able to hold onto a 6-4 victory over Creighton. Oklahoma State was led by Rebel Ridling who went 2-4 with 3 RBI in the win. Oklahoma State will take on Arkansas on Saturday while Creighton will take on Albany.

Oklahoma State Recap

Creighton Recap

Arkansas 9 Albany 0

The Arkansas Razorbacks continued their recent hot streak with a 9-0 victory in the NCAA Regional in Fayetteville. Duke Welker threw six shutout innings on the mound to keep the Great Danes offense silent. The Razorbacks will be back in action on Saturday against Oklahoma State while Albany will play Creighton.

Arkansas Recap
Albany Recap

Fayetteville Regional

The Arkansas Razorbacks were announced as the Regional host at Baum Stadium this weekend. They will be joined by the Creighton Blue Jays, Oklahoma State, and Albany Great Danes. All games will be broadcasted on CSTV.

Arkansas

The Razorbacks enter with an overall record of 41-19 after making the SEC Championship game over the weekend and losing to the Vanderbilt Commodores. They are led by a strong pitching staff of Jess Todd (9-2, 2.49 ERA, 124 K’s), Nick Schmidt (10-3, 2.85 ERA), and Duke Welker (6-5, 3.83 ERA). The offensive leader for the Razorbacks is Logan Forsythe who hit .352 for the season. Danny Hamblin leads the team with 22 homers on the year. They open the tournament with the Albany Great Danes at 7:30 pm.

Arkansas Tourney Notes

Creighton

The Blue Jays (44-14) enter as the champions of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament after knocking off Wichita State in 12 innings 10-9. Ben Mancuso leads the starters with an ERA of 2.28 and a record of 10-2 in twelve starts. Andy Masten is a finalist for Stopper of the Year with his 16 saves in 33 appearances. His ERA is 1.74 for the season. Darin Ruf leads the hitters with a .377 average. They will take on Oklahoma State at 3:30 pm on Friday to open up their run to Omaha for the CWS.

Creighton Tourney Notes

Oklahoma State

The Cowboys (38-19) are entering the NCAA Tournament on a six game losing streak after getting swept by Missouri in the final series of the year and going 0-3 in the Big 12 tournament.
They are led by a very shaky pitching staff which has a staff ERA of 4.09 but make up for it with a very good hitting team as opponents have an ERA of 7.52. The top starting pitcher for the Cowboys is Joe Kent who is 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in ten starts. Justin Friend has seven saves on the season with an ERA of 2.54. They will open the tournament against Creighton at 3:30 pm on Friday.

Oklahoma State Tourney Notes


Albany

The Great Danes (29-27) enter the NCAA Tournament as the America East Champion after sweeping through the conference tournament. They are led by Steve Wyland who is hitting .379 for the season in 54 games. The Great Danes pitching staff is weak for a northern squad with John Naples leading the rotation with an 8-2 record and an ERA of 3.29. They will open the tournament at 7:30 against Arkansas.

Albany Tourney Notes

The CBB predicts Arkansas to win the regional but watch out for the Blue Jays to be the sleeper squad in the Regional. I would be shocked if Albany won a game before heading home.

Vandy wins SEC Title

The Vanderbilt Commodores fought through the loser’s bracket to win the SEC title after knocking off Arkansas 7-4 in the Championship game on Sunday. The Commodores jumped on Razorback starter Dallas Keuchel (6-3) in the first inning when he allowed four runs (one earned) on five hits as he got the loss. The Razorbacks lifted him after the first inning when they brought on Chris Rhoads who pitched an effective five innings while letting up two runs. Tyler Rhoden (4-0) started for Vanderbilt and went 6.2 innings while letting up four runs on seven hits to get the victory. Brett Jacobsen pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season. Ryan Flaherty led the offense for Vandy as he went 2-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. In a losing effort, Jeff Nutt went 3-4 for Arkansas.

News and Notes from Tournament

1) Ryan Flaherty continued his 30 game hitting streak for the Commodores.
2) Jess Todd from Arkansas struck out 17 batters including the first nine batters of the game against South Carolina on Thursday in only eight innings.
3) Vanderbilt is the first team since 1996 when the SEC went to this format to lose their first game of the Tournament and win the Conference Tournament.
4) Vanderbilt is also the first team since Alabama in the 1996 season to win the Regular Season and Conference Tournament titles.

All-SEC Tourney Team

2007 All-Tournament Team

P Jess Todd, Arkansas
P Nick Schmidt, Arkansas
C Shea Robin, Vanderbilt
1B Danny Hamblin, Arkansas
2B Tony Delmonico, Tennessee
3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt
SS Ryan Flaherty, Vanderbilt
OF Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt
OF Casey Coon, Arkansas
OF Justin Henry, Ole Miss
DH Jeff Lockwood, Tennessee

Most Valuable Player
Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt

Vandy Recap
Arkansas Recap
SEC Recap

Arkansas Preview


The Arkansas Razorbacks are expected to compete for the SEC title this year behind Preseason All-American pitcher Nick Schmidt. They are coming off a 39-21 record overall and a respectable 18-12 record in the conference. There is some heat on Head Coach Dave Van Horn to produce since his teams have been talented but have failed in the eyes of the Razorbacks supporters. The full article from Scout.com is available here.