This is it, the final weekend of the regular season for CUSA baseball. The regular season title comes down to Rice and UAB. At 20-7, Rice sits one game ahead of UAB who is 19-8 in conference. Rice swept UAB earlier in the year so they would win any sort of tie-breaker. Southern Miss could tie Rice with three wins this weekend, but Rice holds the head-to-head tie breaker over them as well.
Continue reading CUSA Weekend Preview (May 15th-17th)
The CUSA season is getting close the end and things are starting to shake up as you would expect with the Rice Owls atop the conference. However, the conference has been balanced and several teams remain in the mix for the regular season crown. With just three weeks left there will be some interesting matchups as some teams try to pad their postseason resume. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (May 2nd-4th)
Old Dominion picked up a huge 8-1 victory last night over Virginia. ODUSports.com writer Rich Radord wrote a great feature on the win and how important it is which can be viewed by clicking here.
Southern Miss (19-15, 8-4)-UAB (23-10, 9-3)
Southern Miss won their weekend series over MTSU last weekend, taking a big jump forward in the CUSA standings, but then they lost to SEC-foe Mississippi State 4-3 during the week. The offense is hitting a mediocre .243, while the pitching staff has a respectable 3.49 ERA. Conor Fisk has come on as of late for Southern Miss and now leads all starters with a 2.21 ERA, and he’s struck out 48 batters in 40.2 innings pitched. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (April 11th-13th)
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
NEW ORLEANS – Due to an illness that has sidelined him for the last 10 games, Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones will miss the remainder of the 2014 season under doctor’s orders, announced Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson on Monday.
Jones’ illness is not considered life-threatening, and his situation will be reevaluated at the end of the year.
“Due to Coach Jones’ continued health concerns, we believe it is in his best interest to take a break from baseball and continue his treatments at this time,” Dr. Greg Stewart said. Continue reading Tulane’s Rick Jones to miss rest of 2014 Season
#29 FIU (21-4, 6-3)-UAB (17-8, 4-2)
FIU is riding high after a weekend sweep of Marshall followed by a mid-week win over South Florida. The offense leads CUSA in average at .322 and 7.7 runs per game. That offense is led by Aramis Garcia who is hitting .413 with 26 runs scored, 5 home runs and 25 RBIs. The pitching staff also leads CUSA with an ERA of 1.79. Mike Franco is 4-0 on the season with an ERA of 1.16 to go along with 45 punch outs in 38.2 innings. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 28th-30th)
FAU (14-10, 3-6)-Rice (19-6, 8-1)
Game 1 – FAU: 0 Rice: 2. WP – Lemond LP – Gomber SV – Ditman. Rice’s Zech Lemond struck out a career-best 12 batters in 8.1 innings, while giving up 6 hits and 3 walks. Austin Gomber went 8 innings for FAU, only giving up the 2 ER. Skyler Ewing was 1-3 with an RBI for Rice.
Game 2 – FAU: 1 Rice: 14. WP – Fox LP – Strawn. Blake Fox only allowed 1 ER in 6.2 innings. Ewing was 2-4 with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Shane Hoelscher for Rice was a perfect 4-4 at the plate.
Game 3 – FAU: 2 Rice: 3 (12). WP – Ditman LP – Mizelle. Matt Ditman came on in relief for Rice in the 8th inning and would go on to pitch 5 total scoreless innings, while striking out eight. John Clay Reeves was 2-4 with a home run for Rice, and Ewing drove in a pair. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 21st-March 23rd)
FAU (14-7, 3-3)-#16 Rice (16-6, 5-1)
Friday, 6:30 p.m. – (Austin Gomber vs. Zech Lemond)
Saturday, 1 p.m. – (Jeremy Strawn vs. Blake Fox)
Sunday, 1 p.m. – (Drew Jackson vs. Chase McDowell)
FAU is coming off a weekend series win over La Tech in which both teams combined to score 14 runs in three games. They did not play a mid-week game this week so their arms should be well-rested for Rice. On offense, they’re hitting .290 in 20 games, averaging just over 5 runs a game. The pitching staff has a combined 2.60 ERA in 180 innings with 171 strikeouts. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 21st-March 23rd)
#18 Rice (15-6, 5-1)-#29 FIU (16-4, 3-3)
Game 1 – Rice: 3 FIU: 2 (13). WP – Matt Ditman LP – Charles Cormier. Zech Lemond started the game for Rice and went 8 innings, only giving up 2 ER, while FIU starter Mike Franco lasted 7.1 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on only 3 hits, while striking out seven. John Clay Reeves had 3 hits in the game, including a leadoff single in the 13th as he eventually came around to score the game-winning run. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Recap (March 14th-March 16th)
#18 Rice (12-6, 2-1) at #29 FIU (16-1, 3-0)
Friday at 5 p.m. CT (Zech Lemond vs. Mike Franco)
Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (Blake Fox vs. TBA)
Sunday at 10 a.m. CT (Kevin McCanna vs. Robby Kalaf)
Rice won its opening weekend series over Old Dominion, and then during the week they beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi and #27 TCU. The offense has really come on as of late and now owns a combined batting average of .272, scoring just over 5 runs a game. The pitching has been solid as usual with a team ERA of 2.49 in 170 innings. Continue reading Conference USA Weekend Preview (March 14th-16th)