Eric Sorensen continues his season previews today for February 18th checking in on six conferences over the last two days. He checked in on the MEAC, MAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, and the Northeast conferences. Continue reading
The Stetson Hatters (42-20) picked up a victory in an elimination game over Bethune-Cookman 12-0. The Hatters got an excellent start from Corey Kluber who pitched seven shutout innings while scattering five hits. The Hatters offense was led by Justin Bass who went 2-6 with three RBI. Shane Jordan also had a solid game by going 3-6 with three runs scored from his leadoff spot. Angel Mercado and Drew Clark each picked up two hits in the game for the Wildcats. BCC ends the season with a 33-27 record while Stetson awaits FSU in the losers bracket.
Orlando Sentinel Recap
Mississippi State 3 FSU 0
Justin Pigott pitched 7.0 shutout innings and Aaron Weatherford pitched two shutout innings as the pair combined to shut down the Florida State offense limiting them to three hits in a 3-0 victory in the Tallahassee Regional. Russ Snead hit his second homer on the season in the game to lead the Bulldogs offense. MSU awaits the winner of the FSU-Stetson elimination game on Sunday.
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.
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.
The Florida State Seminoles was named the number 6 seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament and was named the host of the Tallahassee Regional. They will be joined by Mississippi State, Stetson, and Bethune-Cookman.
Florida State (47-11)
The Florida State Seminoles enter this weekend after losing two out of three games in the ACC Tournament to put their overall record at 47-11. They are led by All-American candidates Bryan Henry and Tony Thomas Jr. Henry was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year after going a perfect 14-0 in his first 16 starts but picked up a loss in the ACC Tournament as he lost a 5-1 decision to Clemson. Tony Thomas Jr. has been hitting the ball well throughout the season as he is one of the top hitters in the country with his .442 average. He also has 32 doubles and 30 stolen bases in only 58 games. The Seminoles open the tournament by playing Bethune-Cookman at 7 pm on Friday.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs enter the NCAA Tourney with an at-large berth after finishing the season with a 33-20 overall record and 15-13 in the SEC. They are led by Brandon Turner who leads the team with a .407 batting average. Edward Easley leads the team with twelve homers on the season and is hitting at an impressive .373 average. The Bulldog starting pitching is weak with Justin Pigott leading the team in starts but has a 5-6 record with an ERA of 4.63. The other starting pitcher is Josh Johnson who is 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 12 starts. Mississippi State opens the tournament on Friday at 1pm when they play Stetson.
The Stetson Hatters enter the weekend as the Regular Season Champion of the Atlantic Sun Conference and reached the semifinals of the Conference Tournament so they picked up an at-large berth with a 41-19 overall record. The Hatters are led by 27th year head coach Pete Dunn who has won over a thousand games in his illustrious career. They are led by a strong pitching staff which has a staff ERA of 3.65. The top starter is Corey Kluber who has an 11-2 record with a slim ERA of 2.19. Number 2 starter Chris Ingoglia has a 9-5 mark and 2.98 ERA with four complete games. Robbie Elsemiller is the closer on the team and has a record of 3-1 with 12 saves and an ERA of 2.32. Justin Bass leads the team in hitting with a batting average of .365 and Shane Jordan is right behind him at .355. Stetson opens the weekend at 1 pm against Mississippi State on Friday.
Bethune-Cookman won the MEAC Conference Tournament to receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They enter the weekend with an overall record of 33-25. The head coach is Mervyl Melendez who is in his eighth season with the school. He is led by Angel Mercado who is hitting .400 for the season in 52 games. Dustin Blackwell is the top pitcher for BCC with a 8-5 record and a 2.86 ERA. After looking over the BCC roster, the coaching staff is making a strong commitment to recruiting kids from Puerto Rico to give them the opportunity to play college baseball.
The CBB predicts that Florida State will win the regional but the sleeper team is Stetson with their strong pitching staff and could surprise some teams.
Bethune-Cookman has been named the top team in the nation in by BlackCollegeBaseball.com. They are the defending champions of the MEAC conference where they went 30-27. They tied Prairie View A&M in 2006 in the final poll. The top ranked team in the lower division poll is West Virginia State who went 45-9-1 in 2006.