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David Murphy benefit scheduled

David MurphyDavid Murphy, a freshman infielder for the Houston Cougars has been diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia in September. He has been undergoing treatments since that day including chemotherapy at Texas Children’s Hospital. Murphy though participated in many of the Fall practices including hitting a home run in an intrasquad scrimmage.

The Houston Cougars and David Murphy will be hosting a benefit this weekend which includes a clinic, silent auction, and All Star/Participant Exhibition Game. The event will take place in Beaumont TX at the SETX Baseball Academy at the Ford Park Baseball Fields.

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UAB Fall Update

FROM PRESS RELEASE
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB baseball team, which finished tied for fourth in the Conference USA standings last season, wrapped up its 33-day fall camp this past weekend. The Blazers return 19 letterwinners from last season’s club and have added 14 newcomers. UAB head coach Brian Shoop said overall he was pleased with the camp and progression of the returning veterans.

“They are all better and more comfortable,” Shoop said. “Ryan Keedy is significantly better and has been a model for what we wanted this fall. (Jonathan) Merritt’s much better after playing about 35 games up in the Northwood League this past summer and I think (Brint) Hardy’s a lot better.”

In the team’s seven-game Green vs. Gold series this fall, Keedy, a senior first baseman, hit .429 with an RBI and three walks, while Hardy hit .417 with three runs scored, a double and one triple.

The Green club won the series 4-2-1.

Junior catcher/infielder Allen Aubin shined in the series, batting .500 with two RBI, two doubles and a home run, while fellow Green teammate Austin Taylor, a junior outfielder in his first season with the Blazers, hit .667 with an RBI and three walks.

Another newcomer that had a strong series was freshman infielder Nick Crawford, who hit .333 with a pair of walks and runs scored, in addition to playing superior defense.

“Nick Crawford has such energy and passion and he probably led us in fielding percentage this fall. A lot of schools backed off of recruiting Nick because he’s so small (5-7, 145 lbs), but we’ve been the fortunate beneficiaries of that because those schools missed, he’s a very good player,” Shoop said. “Austin Taylor had a very good offensive fall, but he’s going to need to defend better.”

The Blazers not only showed improvements at the plate this fall, but also on the mound. Shoop said he was pleased with the progress of the staff and believes he has some first-year arms that will be able to contribute in the upcoming 2008 season.

“Kyle Roberson had a very good fall and it’s important that he carries that over to the spring,” Shoop said. “Mitch (Kloskowski) was super in the fall as well. Our veterans were almost a man better than a year ago and that’s the natural progression you hope for.”

Roberson struck out three in three innings and allowed just one run in his fall series start, while his counterpart, Kloskowski, also struck out three and allowed one run in three innings in earning a tie.

Senior right-hander Brandon Flaherty allowed no runs and struck out five batters in his start, while fellow senior Brandon Wallace nearly mirrored that performance, striking out five in allowing just one run in his three innings.

Two new arms Shoop was impressed with during fall camp were those of junior transfers Beau Pender and Johnny Volk. Pender, who is coming back from injury, saw limited action in the Green vs. Gold series, while Volk pitched three innings, struck out two and issued no walks.

“Pender is a legitimate Conference USA weekend guy so we need him to come back healthy for us,” Shoop said. “Volk throws a lot of strikes and has an unorthodox delivery which makes him effective and he is a very competitive kid.”

The Blazers will begin winter training on Feb. 1, 2008.

Tourney a boon for local economy


The ping of aluminum bats, the whack of a well-struck golf ball and the purring of cash registers — that’s a winning combination for Pitt County this week and through the Memorial Day weekend, said Debbie Vargas, executive director of the Greenville-Pitt County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Conference USA baseball tournament hosted by East Carolina University and the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour’s Touchstone Energy Open at Brook Valley Country Club are expected to generate about $600,000 for the local economy, Vargas said. That’s a significant jolt during the lull following ECU and Pitt Community College graduation and with locals traditionally leaving town for Memorial Day.

Tonyia Fulghum, general manager City Hotel & Bistro, hasn’t seen a slowdown this month. Four teams competing in the C-USA tournament at Clark-LeClair Stadium — Houston, Memphis, Rice and Southern Miss — are staying at City Hotel, occupying 100 of the facility’s 192 rooms. Tulane and Central Florida are booked at Holiday Inn Express. Alabama-Birmingham’s team is at the Hilton Greenville.

“May is my busiest month every year anyway, but this is huge for us,” Fulghum said. “I would say that it’s definitely going to be our best May that I’ve ever had since I’ve been here, and I’ve been here for seven years. … It’s great. We’re happy, that’s for sure.”

Complete story here.

Jason Stidham, Ryan Belanger Earn Player of the Week Honors

Courtesy of the NCBWA

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)­ released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 23, today. Florida State freshman infielder Jason Stidham was named National Hitter of the Week, while Southern Miss senior RHP Ryan Belanger was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.

Stidham put together a spectacular three-game series as the freshman third baseman hit .571 (8-for-14) in leading Florida State to its first three-game series sweep of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The Palm Bay, Fla., native registered multiple hits in all three games as he posted his second four-hit game of his career in game one. He collected a home run and three doubles en route to posting a 1.000 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .588. Stidham led the team in hits (8), doubles (3), RBI’s (10), total bases (14) and batting average on the week. He opened the series, with four hits including a home run and a double as he registered his first four-RBI game of his collegiate career. He hit what would be the eventual game-winner in the top of the third as he hit a two-out, 2-RBI single. On Friday, he had two doubles and two RBI’s as well as a stolen base.

In the series finale, Stidham tied his career-high in RBI’s with four, matched just two days prior. In a nine-run third, Stidham made two plate appearances and was the only Seminole to collect two hits in the inning. He hit a two-run single in his first at-bat and then an RBI infield single in his second at-bat. He hit a sacrifice fly RBI in the ninth to cap off his 10 RBI performance.

Belanger pitched the first complete-game of his two-year Southern Miss career and limited Houston to four hits, one walk and struck out eight batters to lead Southern Miss to a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in game one of the series at Cougar Field on Thursday night.

Belanger finished with 120 pitches, gave up one walk in the first inning, two hits in the third inning, one in the fourth inning and one in the eighth inning. Only one runner advanced to second base in the game and he retired the side in six of the nine innings. His eight strikeouts matched his season high that he collected against Kent State on March 16.

Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA’s Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Website at: www.prolineathletic.com.

Conference USA players of the week

After setting the tone for a three game sweep at Houston with a brilliant performance on Thursday night, Southern Miss senior righthander Ryan Belanger has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 14-19. Hitter of the Week honors went to Rice sophomore outfielder/designated hitter Aaron Luna, who had an outstanding weekend at the plate as the Owls increased their winning streak to 18 games with a three-game sweep of Memphis and a non-conference win over Baylor.

Belanger pitched the first complete-game of his two-year Southern Miss career and limited Houston to four hits, one walk and struck out eight batters to lead Southern Miss to a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in game one of the series at Cougar Field on Thursday night. Belanger finished with 120 pitches, gave up one walk in the first inning, two hits in the third inning, one in the fourth inning and one in the eighth inning. Only one runner advanced to second base in the game and he retired the side in six of the nine innings. His eight strikeouts matched his season high that he collected against Kent State on March 16. This is the second time this season that Belanger has been named C-USA Pitcher of the Week.

Luna batted .500 (7-of-14) with three multiple hit games, drove in a team-high six runs and shared the team lead with five runs scored to help the Owls go 4-0 on the week. Luna slugged a double and a home run for a .786 slugging percentage. He also drew two walks for a .563 on-base average. In addition to a team-leading seven base hits, he also contributed a sacrifice bunt and was error-free in eight total defensive chances in the field. This is Luna’s second C-USA Hitter of the Week honor this year.

No. 7 Rice pushes past No. 6 Texas 7-4!

Kyle Russell

He raised his arm and took his time starting around the bases, two things he never does.

“And I’ll never do it again,” Kyle Russell said.

But this home run meant something.

Russell, the Longhorns’ right fielder, drilled a ball far over the left-field fence and pumped his fist because he knew.

Russell had just set Texas’ single-season record for home runs with his 21st, a long rainbow that fell well outside of Reckling Park.

Russell was the lone bright spot Tuesday, when Texas’ 10-game winning streak over Rice came to an end in a 7-4 loss in front of 5,003 fans.

“It’s a great honor and a great relief for this to happen,” said Russell, who typically just puts his head down and trots around the bases. “This is the second-best place for this to happen. The best being Austin.”

Russell, who began his career as a Longhorn by hitting a homer against Rice, grew up in Magnolia, a suburb of Houston.

Behind 1-2 in the count in the sixth inning, he went with an outside pitch from Rice starter Chris Kelley.

“He just tried to put it in play, and that’s what he has been doing,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “He’s been playing for the team, not the record. That’s probably why he was able to get it.”

His team-first attitude explained why Russell was upset that he raised his arm after his home run, which came with his team trailing 4-2.

“I guess my emotions got the better of me,” said Russell, who was on the team bus after the loss, not even realizing the media would want to talk to him about his record-setting homer.

It took Russell just 42 games to accomplish the feat.

Rice, meanwhile, beat Texas for the first time since 2003, when the Owls topped the Longhorns 5-4 in Omaha, Neb., en route to the national championship.

Every time the Longhorns scored Tuesday, the Owls (30-11) responded.

“That’s why they won the game, they did a better job of responding,” Garrido said. “And they kept our offensive game in check with good defense and excellent pitching.”

Texas (31-11) managed to push across the tying run in the fourth inning, when Russell walked, Bradley Suttle singled and Russell Moldenhauer sacrificed them to second and third. Russell scored on Preston Clark’s grounder to short.

The Owls pushed a run across in the bottom of the inning to go up 2-1.

Russell homered in the sixth to make it 4-2, but Rice responded again, as Chad Lembeck hit a two-run double to give the Owls a four-run lead.

And after Texas came up with two runs in the seventh, cutting the lead to 6-4, Rice’s Joe Savery hit his third home run of the season.

Jordan Danks and Chance Wheeless, who hit first and second for Texas, were a combined 0 for 9 with six strikeouts, but that wasn’t the Longhorns’ only problem.

Texas used six pitchers, who combined to walk seven and hit another batter.

“What happened on the mound between the two teams was the difference in the game,” Garrido said. “It’s baseball. Things like that happen.”

So do home runs.

Especially off of Kyle Russell’s bat.

Texas Recap

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Murray State rebounds from 10-run deficit vs. UM

MURRAY, Ky. – Memphis scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning, but Murray State stormed back to score six in the third and five more in the seventh to complete a 14-12 come-from-behind win over the Tigers Tuesday afternoon at Reagan Field.

Murray State then put together a big inning of its own in the third. Jason Payton hit a one-out solo home run, followed by a walk to senior center fielder Tyler Pittman. Sophomore third baseman Tyler Owen then doubled Pittman to third, and senior right fielder Jamie Leidolf doubled in Pittman and Owen to cut the deficit to 10-5. Sophomore shortstop Justin Yount hit a two-out single, scoring Leidolf, then stole second base. Senior left fielder Austin Swain then singled to score Yount, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Hudson singled him in to cap a six-run inning and pull the Thoroughbreds to within two runs.

Murray State (8-21) travels to Nat Buring Stadium in Memphis on Wednesday to complete the two-game series against the Tigers (19-13).

Memphis recap
Murray State recap

Bama wins a pitching duel over UAB 2-1

Alabama starter Casey Kebodeaux pitched eight innings while only letting up one run on five hits and was followed by Tommy Hunter who struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to get hsi fourth save of the year. Alabama grabbed the lead on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Paiml that brought home Ryan Rhoden with the eventual winning run. Alabama will return to action when they visit Vanderbilt while UAB heads to Houston.

Bama Recap
UAB Recap
SeBaseball visits Hoover

Houston Astro College Classic Day 3 Results

Texas A&M got 4-2 victory over Number 1 ranked Rice to get to a 2-1 mark in the Houston Astros College Classic. Kyle Nicholson provided a lights out finish to the game by holding the Owls scoreless over the last 3.2 innings providing an opportunity for the Aggies to capitalize at the plate. Kelly Stinson provided a key walk and was driven in on a double by Luke Anders with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Stinson was able to make it around the bases from first to get the lead for the Aggies.

Rice Recap
Texas A&M Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap

The Vanderbilt Commodores were able to complete the sweep of the Houston Astros College Classic this weekend by knocking off Baylor 7-4 on Sunday. Dominic de la Osa was able to break a tie in the fifth inning with a two run single to drive in David Macias and Pedro Alvarez. Mike Minor was able to complete the save by pitching 2.1 innings of shutout baseball.

Vandy Recap
Baylor Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap

The Houston Cougars were slammed by the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday by a score of 11-1. The Cougars got zero pitching in the game as Wes Musick lasted 2.0 innings while giving up five runs (4 earned) and walking four players. Josh Satow on the other hand for the Sun Devils was marvelous pitching a complete game and only allowing six hits and one run. Ike Davis led the Sun Devils offense by going 2-4 with 3 RBI.

Arizona State Recap
Houston Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap

Rivals Notebook on Day 3
The All-Tournament team can be read here.