The Rice Owls in the nightcap of the Houston College Classic beat the Baylor Bears 7-0. This was the Owls first win of the season. Freshman starter Ryan Berry had little work to do tonight by working six innings and not surrendering a run on three hits and a walk. Tyler Henley led the Owls offense with two hits. Both teams will be in action Sunday with Rice playing Texas A&M and Baylor taking on Vanderbilt. Joe Savery is expected to start on Sunday for Rice.
The Houston Astros College Classic will begin today at noon with Vanderbilt facing off against the Number 1 ranked Owls of Rice. This will be a showcase event for David Price of Vandy and Joe Savery of Rice. Wayne Graham decided against pitching Joe Savery against Price which is disappointing because it would have been a showcase pitching match-up. The other teams involved in the tournament are Texas A&M, Arizona State, Houston, and Baylor. The entire tournament can be watched for $14.95 from MLB.
Edit: Vanderbilt is offering a free webcast of each of their games in this tourney and home games throughout the year at this link for free.
The Baylor Bears are preparing for their season opener on February 9th against the Houston Cougars. The Bears have one of the top freshman classes in the country according to Baseball America. The team also returns 18 letter winners from last season including two key players on the National Semi-finalist team in 2005 in Chase Gerdes and Jeff Mandel. The full preview is available here.
The Baylor Bears recruiting class has been rated number 1 in the nation by Baseball America. The reason for this is that the 2005 CWS run gave the program some national exposure and positive press. The Baylor staff was fighting to get rid of the stigma from the basketball tragedy in 2003. It looks like they have overcame the challenge.
There are also some news and notes in tea article about UNC reloading and Oregon State shuffling up their rotation for next year.
Full article available here.
The Wareham Gatemen knocked off the Cotuit Kettleers 1-0 in a thrilling game. Wareham scored in the fourth inning off of Cotuit starter James Simmons. Simmons pitched a complete game and scattered seven hits in his nine innings of work. Wareham starter Jeremy Bleich gave up four hits in his seven shutout innings. Nick Cassavechia pitched 1.1 innings of hitless baseball to pick up the save for the Gatemen. The only RBI of the game was a double by Jason Ogata which drove in Dominic de la Osa from second base.