Week two of Conference play is upon us and Southern Miss will visit Rice this weekend, attempting to hand the Owls their first conference loss. Memphis will put its unblemished league mark on the line at Marshall. Elsewhere, East Carolina will visit UCF and Tulane will travel to UAB. Continue reading Conference USA notebook
The majority of this week’s games in Conference USA are scheduled for the friendly confines of C-USA parks. League teams are 46-16 at home this season. The marquee mid-week matchup is No. 10 Texas at No. 13 Rice on Tuesday. East Carolina will look to increase its seven-game winning streak when it opens a four-game homestand against Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday. At 11-1, UCF has matched its best 12 game start and will look for win No. 12 against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Continue reading C-USA notebook
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HITTER OF THE WEEK
DWAYNE BAILEY, UCF
Senior, SS, Tampa, Fla.
Bailey was 10-for-15 (.667) as UCF swept Florida A&M over the weekend. He scored seven runs in the series, had two doubles, a triple, two walks and two RBI, while stealing three bases. Bailey began his season by setting career highs with five hits and four runs scored in a 5-for-5 performance in Friday’s 17-1 victory.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MATT LANGWELL, RICE
Junior, RHP, College Station, Texas
Langwell helped the Owls snap a four-game losing streak that dated back to last year’s College World Series with a strong performance at No. 13 Long Beach State on Sunday. He fired 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball, striking out eight and walking two to give Rice a game three win in a series dominated by pitching.
As Conference USA enters the final two weeks of the regular season, there is still a lot to be decided. While Rice has a stranglehold on first place, the race for second contains many contenders, as does the quest for NCAA Tournament at-large selections. And, elsewhere in the standings, the jockeying for tournament seeding continues.
HITTER OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL EWING, SOUTHERN MISS Sophomore, OF, Beaumont, Texas Ewing batted .600 (6-for-10) to help lead the Golden Eagles to a 3-0 series sweep over Marshall this past weekend. He had three doubles, one home run and seven RBI in the series, while also drawing three walks and scoring three runs. In Friday night’s opener, Ewing had a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer to account for four RBI. He finished with a .643 on-base percentage and collected 12 bases for a 1.200 slugging percentage for the week.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
T.J. HOSE, EAST CAROLINA Junior, RHP, Hagerstown, Md. Hose improved to 6-4 on the season after picking up the win in Friday night’s 3-1 victory at Houston on CSTV. He went 7.2 innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. After giving up a hit in the first inning, Hose retired 16 of the next 18 batters, including 14 in a row at one point, and did not allow a runner past second base. The 7.2 innings worked tied a season-high and his four hits allowed was the second-fewest he has given up this season.
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The city of Houston broke out the brooms this weekend, as Rice and Houston both swept Conference USA series. The two schools are now 1-2 in the C-USA standings. Marshall also broke into the league win column in convincing fashion over the weekend.
Conference USA has released their Players of the Week for the period ending on April 1st. Bill Moss of Memphis picked up the Player of the Week award by going 6 for 9 with six RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, and a homer in a weekend sweep over Southern Mississippi. Ben Grisham also of Memphis picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by going eight shutout innings in a 8-1 victory over Southern Miss on Friday.
Conference USA has also released their notebook from the past weekend which details all the action of the Conference USA teams and can be read here.
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the period ending on March 25th. Harrison Eldridge was named the player of the week after hitting .533 (8 for 15) in leading the East Carolina Pirates to a 4-0 record for the week. The Pitcher of the Week award went to Wes Musick of Houston pitched eight strong innings Saturday against UCF while striking out ten batters.
C-USA Players of the Week
East Carolina Release
Conference USA Weekend Recap
Conference USA has named their players of the week with Tyson Auer and Sean Morgan honored. Tyson Auer hit .500 (8-16) for the week to lead the Golden Knights to a 3-1 record for the week. Sean Morgan was named the Pitcher of the Week with a career high 14 strikeouts in his 8.0 innings of work against Siena on Friday evening.
Conference USA also released their recap of the weekend in which six teams went undefeated. The release is available here.
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the period ending on March 11th. T.J. Hose of East Carolina and Todd McInnis are co-pitchers of the week. Hose set the stage for East Carolina to get a three game sweep over Cal-State Fullerton with a victory on Friday night. He went seven innings while only allowing three hits and only one run. Todd McInnis pitched into the eighth inning with a no-hitter against Alabama on March 6th. Kiki Vazquez of UCF was named the hitter of the week. He led the Golden Knights to a 5-0 record for the week. He hit .500 (7 for 14) with nine RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.000 for the week.
Conference USA has also released a recap of all the games this weekend from the conference which can be read here. I have also linked to some of the recaps from local papers on their respective teams below.
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the week ending March 4th. Conference USA named two players of the week in Memphis second baseman Bill Moss and Tulane outfielder Nate Simon. Moss led the Tigers to a 4-0 record while batting .500 and hitting three homers on the week. Nate Simon led the Green Wave to a 4-0 record also and hit .500 with two homers to pick up the award. Southern Miss pitcher David Clark was named Pitcher of the Week for a complete game four hitter on Sunday.
Conference USA has also posted the conference notebook which checks in with every team after the weekend can be read here.