AUSTIN, Texas – The #28 St. Edward’s baseball team dropped two games to #12 Ouachita Baptist Saturday afternoon at Lucian-Hamilton Field. The Tigers took the first game, 8-4, and won the second contest, 11-4.
In game one, St. Edward’s (0-2) never got it going against Ouachita Baptist (2-0). The Tigers starting pitcher, Steve Smith (1-0), went 6.2 innings, giving up five hits, four runs, and striking out eight Hilltopper batters. St. Edward’s only collected six hits in the game. The highlight of the game for the Hilltoppers came in the fifth inning when right fielder Mike Hancock blasted a home run over the right-center field fence.
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AUSTIN, Texas – The 28th-ranked St. Edward’s baseball team will open its 2008 season Saturday afternoon when they host #12 Ouachita Baptist for a three-game series this weekend.
St. Edward’s, who is coming off of a 43-15 record and Heartland Conference Championship season in 2007, will play the Tigers on the first weekend for the second-straight season. Ouachita Baptist took two of three games from the Hilltoppers last season. That was just before the Hilltoppers won a school-record 18-straight games on their way to most wins in a single season.
The Hilltoppers return six position starters from last year’s squad and starting pitcher Patrick Colgan who finished last year with a spotless 12-0 record and 1.97 earned-run average. He was named first-team all-America for his efforts. Senior Bradley Goldsmith, who pounded out a .368 batting average with 60 runs scored and 45 runs batted in, to go along with his team-leading 29 stolen bases, returns to lead a potent offensive attack that averaged seven runs a contest. Goldsmith was named Heartland Conference Player of the Year last season.
St. Edward’s will challenge the Tigers on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. The final game of the series will take place Sunday at 12 p.m. All three games will take place at Lucian-Hamilton Field and can be heard live on the St. Edward’s Athletic Website with Cameron Kushwara there to call of the action.
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with head coaches checking in with St. Edward’s coach Rob Penders. He is entering his second season in charge of the Hilltoppers program after coming over from the University of Texas where he severed as the first base coach for Augie Garrido. Coach Penders come from a long line of family members who are coaches themselves. Rob’s brother Jim is the head baseball coach at Connecticut and his uncle is the head basketball coach at the University of Houston.
1) The St Edawrds Hilltoppers had a 43-15 overall record and went 31-9 in the Heartland Conference. Patrick Colgan (12-0, 1.97 ERA) is the only returning starting pitcher as you lost Niel Smith (7-3, 3.95 ERA) and Casey Plant(8-4, 4.31 ERA) but return closer David Wagner to the squad. Who do you expect to fill Smith’s and Plant’s spots in the rotation? Continue reading CBB talks with Rob Penders (St. Edwards)
The Bryant University Media Relations department has put out a great season preview for the 2008 season. Bryant is entering their final season as members of Division 2 as next season they will start the transition to moving to Division 1. Bryant made the Northeast Regional final in 2007 where they lost to Northeast 10 conference rival Franklin Pierce in an intense Regional Final. (A full CBB article about the game is available here) Bryant returns the Northeast Region top pitcher in Eric Loh. He will have two strong starters with Kevin Cobb and Dan Lozeau. The Bulldogs also have the Bryant career leader and two time conference selection Adam Vuolo returning for his senior season. The problem with the Bulldogs in 2007 was the lack of offense as many of their hitters should considerable weaknesses at the plate. Bryant will bring back sophomore catcher Jeff Vigurs and junior second baseman Dave Muscatello who showed some excellent skills in the field during a our visit. The full preview from Bryant is available here.
Hat Tip to Summer Ball for finding this article before us.
The College Baseball News has put out their 2008 Preseason Poll for Division 2. They have put the two time defending national champion Tampa in the top spot. They went 53-10 in 2007 and return a strong squad in their hunt for their third straight national championship. Columbus State, Florida Southern, Mesa State, and Abilene Christian round out the top 5. The full poll is available here.
The College Baseball News has also put out their 2008 Preseason Poll for Division 3. The publication puts Wooster (OH) in the top spot with Cortland State coming up in the second spot. The top five is filled out by Kean (NJ), Chapman (CA), and Emory (GA). The full poll is available here.
The Bryant Bulldogs were recently accepted into the NEC conference. This is a great move for the Smithfield (RI) school as they have become a Division 2 powerhouse in many different sports. The College Baseball Blog will be making more appearances in Smithfield to take in some NEC baseball. The full release from the NEC is available here and Bryant University here.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats knocked off the Yale Bulldogs over the weekend by a score of 5-2. The Bobcats took advantage of a key Bulldog error in the bottom of the third which gave the Bobcats an early 2-0 lead. The Bobcats would extend the lead to get the 5-2 victory. In the consolation game, Southern Connecticut State knocked off New Haven 8-2. A full recap is available here.
The New Haven Register is reporting that the University of New Haven has set up an exploratory committee to discuss the feasibility of moving up to Division 1. New Haven is currently a member of the ECC but they want to move over to the Northeast-10 conference which has turned them down more then once over the last few years. New Haven has stated that they will not make the move to Division 1 if they were given the invitation to the Northeast-10. It is possible that New Haven will get that invite as Bryant University is also exploring about moving up to Division 1 which would be a great move for the Smithfield, RI school.
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The College Baseball Blog headed up to Franklin Pierce on Sunday to take in the championship round of the Division 2 Northeast Regional Final between Franklin Pierce and Bryant University. The Ravens of Franklin Pierce entered the game with a 48-9 record while Bryant had a record of 34-23. Franklin Pierce was also undefeated in the tournament so Bryant had to sweep a doubleheader to advance to Alabama for the World Series while FPC only had to beat the Bulldogs once.
Franklin Pierce jumped on Bryant starter Luke Cowan in the top of the first inning with back to back solo homers from Kevin Renaud and Scott Savastano to get the 2-0 lead. Kevin Renaud also tacked on another solo homer in the eighth inning to extend the lead to 5-0. Bryant would pick up two runs in the bottom of the eighth but could not come closer then the 5-2 final score. Keith Renaud got the start for Franklin Pierce and continued to dominate the Division 2 ranks as he only allowed two hits in seven strong innings. He was followed up by Clay Jenkins who faced only two batters but both of them reached base. Jayson King then made the move to closer Tyler Bishop who got the final six outs of the game while allowing only one hit to send the Ravens to the College World Series starting this upcoming weekend.
Franklin Pierce 4 Wilmington College 1
Kevin Renaud went 3-4 with two doubles and a homer while driving in three runs as he lead the Ravens to the 4-1 victory over Wilmington College in the opening game of the Northeast Regional in Rindge NH. Mike Adams pitched eight strong innings while only letting up one run on six hits to keep his record perfect at 6-0. Wilmington College starter Kenny McGrady pitched a complete game while only allowing two earned runs. His record drops to 4-5. FPC will play Umass Lowell on Friday at 2:30 pm while Wilmington College will take on Bryant at 11 am.
Adelphi 5 Bryant 4
Adelphi scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and pick up a victory over the Bryant Bulldogs 5-4. Adelphi was led by Ralph Tropiano who went 2-4. Adelphi starter Bobby Lanignan picked up the win by pitching seven innings while giving up four runs (three earned) to put his record at 7-2 while Bryant reliever Eric Polvani got the loss by giving up one run in 1.1 innings to put his record at 4-3. Adelphi’s Mike McLasky pitched two scoreless innings while giving up only one hit. Bryant was led by Dyaln Stone who went 2-3 on the day. Adelphi will play Caldwell College at 6:00 pm.
Caldwell College 9 UMass-Lowell 4
The Caldwell College Cougars jumped on UMass-Lowell early with two runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 9-4 victory. The Cougars were led by Omar Velazquez who had three hits while Robert Casal pitched 8.1 innings while letting four runs to put his record at 10-1. UMass-Lowell starter Joe Malzone got the loss by giving up four runs in three innings of work. Brendan Fullerton was the only Riverhawk hitter with more then one hit on the day as he recorded two hits and an RBI. Caldwell will be back in action at 6 pm on Friday when they face Adelphi while UMass-Lowell takes on host Franklin Pierce at 2:30 pm.
Caldwell College Recap
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