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The Citadel upsets ECU


FROM THE CITADEL PRESS RELEASE

Greenville, N.C. – Senior Justin Smith posted a strong outing for his sixth win of the year as sophomore Sonny Meade knocked in three to help lead The Citadel past No. 30 East Carolina, 8-6, in non-conference baseball action at Clark-LeClair stadium Tuesday night. The Bulldogs earned their second win over a ranked opponent this season after upsetting No. 1 South Carolina, 7-6, on Feb. 18 at Riley Park.

The Bulldogs improve to 26-21 on the year while the Pirates fall to 32-16. Senior Chance Smith and freshman Richard Jones paced the Dogs at the plate as they registered three hits each. Jones was only a triple shy of the cycle as he smashed his ninth home run of the season to give The Citadel an early lead in the first. Senior right fielder Joe Hoerter registered his first career hit with an RBI-single in the seventh as he made his first career start in the contest.

Ryan Wood had his first two home run outing and drove in four of ECU’s six runs. Wood was 4-for-5 on the night. The Citadel enjoyed 15 hits to the Pirates’ nine.

Justin Smith (6-3) enjoyed his longest outing since going seven against Columbia on March 11. The right-hander tossed 6.0 innings, holding the Pirates to only two runs on six hits while fanning four and walking three. Josh Ruhlman (4-1) suffered his first loss of the year as he went 3.2 frames, giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out three.

The Citadel attacked first as Jones blasted his second home run in as many games to give the Dogs a 1-0 advantage in the second. The Bulldogs got two on in the third courtesy of consecutive, one-out singles by sophomore designated hitter Sonny Meade and senior first baseman Zach Brown. Pirate starter Mike Anderson was then lifted for left-hander Josh Ruhlman who forced a strikeout and a fly out to end the frame.

East Carolina went ahead with a two-out, two-run shot in the third as Wood enjoyed his fourth round-tripper of the season. Ryan Tousley followed that up with a bunt single and tried to score on a single to right off the bat of Stephen Batts but was gunned down at the plate by Hoerter to end the inning.

The Bulldogs evened it up in the fourth on an RBI-single off the bat of Chance Smith and then recaptured the lead with two runs in the fifth. A throwing error by Pirate first baseman Batts allowed junior left fielder Chris Swauger to race all the way to second to start things off. Swauger took third on a passed ball and came in to score on a groundout by Meade. Brown and Jones smacked back-to-back base hits, while Brown moved to second on another throwing error. Freshman second baseman Bryan Altman then knocked in Brown on a fielder’s choice.

Meade extended The Citadel advantage to four in the sixth as he punched one through the right side to plate two with two outs. Two RBI-singles by freshman shortstop Kyle Jordan and Hoerter gave the Dogs two more in the seventh to make it 8-2.

Wood notched his second home run of the contest in the seventh to add a run for the Pirates before ECU was able to pull within two with three runs in the eighth. The Bulldogs walked the bases loaded before a wild pitch allowed the first run to score. An RBI-groundout by Jamie Ray made it 8-5 before Wood drove in his fourth run of the evening with a base hit through the left side. The Dogs then called on freshman lefty Nick Sprowls to force the final out and get The Citadel out of the inning still up by two.

Altman extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the ninth with a one-out, ground-rule double that bounced over the left center field wall. He was the only runner aboard for the Dogs that inning as Jason Neitz took to the hill and caught two Bulldogs swinging.

Sprowls returned in the ninth to get two quick outs before surrendering a two-bagger that was just fair down the left field line. The freshman then forced pinch-hitter David Forbes to go down on strikes to earn his second save of the year and preserve the 8-6 victory.

The Bulldogs are now 2-4 versus ranked opponents in 2007 while the contest with the Pirates was the first time the Dogs faced a nationally ranked foe on the road. The Citadel will now go to Columbia, S.C. to take on No. 7 South Carolina on May 9 at Sarge Frye Field. First pitch is slated for 8 p.m.

ECU Recap

Conference USA baseball notebook

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 Citadel prepares for non-conference action

The Citadel Bulldogs will head to East Carolina on Tuesday and South Carolina on Wednesay in key out of conference game for the Bulldogs. The Citadel are comign off a weekend series in which they lost two out of three games against Southern Conference foe UNC-Greensboro. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs will send Senior starter Justin Smith (5-3, 6.75 ERA) to the mound to make his first start since April 1st to face East Carolina who has not annouced a starter yet. East Carolina picked up a weekend sweep over Houston in Conference USA action. On Wednesday, The Citadel will head to Columbia SC to take on the University of South Carolina. South Carolina is coming off a weekend in which they took two out of their three games with Kentucky. The starter for the Gamecocks is expected to be Mike Cisco (3-2, 4.63 ERA) against an undetermined starter for The Citadel.

The Citadel Game Notes

ECU Game Notes
South Carolina Game Notes

ACC Recap for April 24th

UNC 10 ECU 0

The North Carolina Tar Heels rolled over East Carolina 10-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Adam Warren who went seven shutout innings to up his record to 8-0. Tim Fedroff picked up four RBI to lead the UNC offense. UNC will be back in action on Wednesday when they host High Point before going to NC State for a key ACC showdown. East Carolina will be back in action this weekend when they host Southern Mississippi.

UNC Recap

East Carolina Recap

Elon 13 Clemson 12

The Phoenix were able to edge the Clemson Tigers 13-12 in a classic slugfest in Clemson SC. Pat Irvine went 2-2 with 3 RBI including a homer and teammate Mike Melillo picked up a homer to lead the Phoenix offense to the victory. Doug Hogan went 2-3 with 5 RBI including a homer to lead the Clemson offense in the loss. Elon will host UNC-Greensboro for a weekend series while Clemson plays South Carolina on Wednesday.

Elon Recap
Clemson Recap

Wake Forest 3 Charlotte 2 (11 innings)

Brett Linnenkohl hit a homer in the top of the 11th inning to give the Wake Forest Demon Deacons a 3-2 lead and Josh Ellis pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th to break a three game losing streak for the Deacons. Aaron Bray led the 49ers with three hits while Evan Ocheltree went 2-4. Wake Forest will head to Appalchin State on Wednesday while Charlotte will head to George Washington for a conference series on Friday.

Wake Forest Recap
Charlotte Recap

Duke 12 Campbell 0

Nate Freiman hit two homers and Jimmy Gallagher went 5-6 only a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Blue Devils to the 12-0 victory over Campbell. Jonathan Anderson got the victory on the mound by pitching five scoreless innings. Duke will be off until Friday when they head to Wake Forest while Campbell hosts Gardner-Webb in a conference series.

Duke Recap

Campbell Recap
Duke Chronicle

Georgia 10 Georgia Tech 7

The Bulldogs picked up a 10-7 victory over Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs were led by Matt Olson who went 4-5 with six RBI. The Bulldogs jumped on GA Tech starter John Goodman who only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up four runs on two hits and three walks to drop his record to 1-2 on the season. Jason Leaver picked up the victory by pitching going his scheduled three innings while giving up three runs. His record goes to 1-1 on the season. Josh Fields who has struggled throughout the season pitched a scoreless ninth to get his fourth save of the season. Georgia Tech will host Clemson for a weekend series while Georgia plays at Western Carolina on Wednesday.

UGA Recap
GT Recap

West Virginia 13 Maryland 2

The West Virginia Mountaineers blew out the Maryland Terrapins 13-2 in a battle between the Big East and ACC. West Virginia used a 16 hit attack led by Tyler Kuhn who went 3-6 with four RBI in the win. Maryland starter Mike Sufczynski picked up the loss to drop his record to 0-2 while Josh Whitlock got the win by pitching eight innings while allowing only two runs to up his record to 6-3. West Virginia is back in action on Friday when they host St. John’s while Maryland will head to Virginia on Friday.

WVU Recap
Maryland Recap
The Diamondback Recap

James Madison 8 Virginia Tech 6

The James Madison Dukes scored four runs on wild pitches as they took a non-conference game from Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Matt Browning went 3-4 with two runs scored to lead the Dukes offense. The Hokie offense was led by Nate Parks who also went 3-4 with one run scored. The Hokies will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Radford while JMU visits UVA on Wednesday.

VA Tech Recap
VT Student Paper Recap

Conference USA weekend recap

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.

Houston at No. 24 Tulane
Quality pitching was this weekend’s story for Houston, as well. Aaron Brown set the tone with seven shutout innings in Friday’s 7-0 win. The Cougars received a quality effort from Wes Musick (one run on five hits with eight strikeouts) on Saturday, but it was Bryan Pounds two-RBI single in the top of the ninth that gave UH a 2-1 win. Freshman John Touchton was solid in Sunday’s 6-4 win, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings.

UCF at No. 6 Rice
Rice’s three wins in a row over UCF marked the 36th consecutive home series that the Owls have won, including sweeps in 23 of those. Solid pitching was the key to this series victory, as Rice allowed just three runs in three games. Joe Savery finished off the sweep with his best pitching effort of the season in Sunday’s 8-0 win, allowing on hit over a season-long seven innings.

Marshall at Memphis
Memphis posted a 5-3 victory over Marshall on Friday night before that series took a dramatic turn. The Thundering Herd scored a season-high 21 runs in a 21-7 win on Saturday and then posted their first-ever shutout in C-USA play, defeating the Tigers, 11-0. Marshall scored 32 runs on 34 hits in the final two games of the series and were aided by seven Memphis errors. The wins snapped a 16-game losing streak for the Herd, which moved into eighth place in the league standings.

UAB at Southern Miss
UAB opened its series at Southern Miss with a 6-1 win, as Ben Styes earned the victory with 5.2 shutout innings. But, the Golden Eagles rebounded to take the final two games of the series, 6-4 and 8-4. David Clark tied a career high with eight strikeouts in Sunday’s win.

Savannah State at East Carolina
East Carolina stepped out of league play this weekend and posted three consecutive victories over Savannah State, outscoring them 34-7. The Pirates are now 28-12 on the season.

C-USA Players of the week
After setting the tone for a three-game sweep at No. 23 Tulane, Houston junior righthander Aaron Brown has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 16-22. Hitter of the Week honors went to Marshall junior C Tommy Johnson, whose career-best weekend helped the Thundering Herd to a series win at Memphis.

Conference USA Release

Conference USA Wednesday recap

East Carolina 9, Old Dominion 5

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking a five-all tie to extend the Pirates’ current winning streak of four games with a 9-5 victory over former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Harrison Eldridge and Stephen Batts put the Pirates (25-12) on top for good as each belted a pair of two-run shots in the seventh. Freshman shortstop Gerard Hall hit his first collegiate homer, a solo shot in the top of the fourth for Old Dominion (25-16).

ECU will be back in action this weekend when they play host to Savannah State in a non-conference series. The Monarchs return to action this weekend when they host Delaware in a three-game CAA series.

Old Dominion recap
East Carolina recap

Southern Miss 16, Louisiana-Monroe 4
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss’ Mike Cashion earned a victory in his second-straight start and the Golden Eagles scored 16 runs on 10 hits to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 16-4, tonight, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,115 in attendance.

Brian Dozier led the Golden Eagles with three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs. Jody Blount hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Drew Carson finished with two hits and Michael Ewing, Trey Sutton, James Ewing and Trey Cuevas each had one hit and two RBIs.

Matt Laird, Kyle Suire and Greg Manley led Louisiana-Monroe with two hits each. Laird, Suire, Bo Bowman and A.J. Siggers all finished with an RBI.

Southern Miss (23-15) scored 16 runs on 10 hits, while Louisiana-Monroe (23-16) scored four runs on 10 hits and committed five errors.

The Golden Eagles host C-USA rival UAB for the final three games of the current eight-game homestand this weekend, April 20-22. ULM kicks off a four-game home stand on Friday with a weekend series against Sun Belt foe Western Kentucky at Warhawk Field at 6 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe recap
Southern Miss recap

Memphis 13, Austin Peay 7
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Michael Murray was perfect in four at-bats and freshman Dylan Cupples struck out a career-best five batter and allowed just three hits in six innings as Memphis earned a series sweep of the Governors with a 13-7 win on Wednesday evening. Memphis is now 24-14, marking the first time since 2001 that a Tiger squad has been 10 games over .500.

Austin Peay (20-16) got on the board first with a run in the opening frame, but Memphis set the tone for the contest by answering with a pair of tallies in the top half of the second. Kyle Norrid’s four-pitch got the rally going and Michael Murray followed with a double into the left centerfield gap. Designated hitter Ben Grisham got Memphis on the board when he lined a two-run single to left center for two of six two-out scores for the Tigers.

Memphis will host Marshall in a Conference USA series beginning on Friday. Austin Peay will host Southeast Missouri in an OVC series, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday.

Memphis recap
Austin Peay recap

UAB 15, Jacksonville State 5
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB Blazers bounced back from Tuesday’s disappointing loss and returned the favor Wednesday night, taking advantage of 13 walks to beat the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 15-5, at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers were led by junior outfielder Phil Bell who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two doubles. Junior right-hander Dustin Colburn earned the win on the mound.

UAB is now 17-22 on the year, just two wins shy of matching last season’s win total. JSU falls to 21-17 with the loss.

The Blazers will return to Conference USA action when they travel to Southern Miss for a weekend series. The Gamecocks, who are tied for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 9-3 mark in the Conference, return to action with a three-game Conference series at Eastern Kentucky this weekend.

UAB recap
Jacksonville State recap

Conference USA recap for April 13-15

Rain was the big winner this past weekend, as several series had to work its way around the wet stuff. Highlighting the on-the-field action was Rice’s victory in the Silver Glove series.

No. 5 Rice at Houston
Houston posted three runs in the sixth inning against NCBWA Pitcher of the Week Ryan Berry on its way to a 5-2 victory in the Silver Glove series-opener Friday. Joe Savery went 4-for-4 from the plate on Saturday to highlight Rice’s 15-hit performance and Ryne Tracker scattered three hits from the mound as the Owls evened the series with a 12-0 shellacking. Jess Buenger went 4-for-5 to lead the Owls to an 11-6 decision on Sunday.

With consecutive wins over UH on Saturday and Sunday, Rice (29-11, 10-2) claimed the weekend series two-games-to-one and retained possession of the Silver Glove Trophy as the city’s collegiate champion for a seventh-straight year. The Owls have won the annual trophy in nine of the 10 years it has been awarded dating back to 1998. Houston fell to 19-6 overall, 6-3 in C-USA play.

Rice recaps
Houston recaps

No. 28 Tulane at Southern Miss
Southern Miss scored in the bottom of the first, then saw Tulane plate five unanswered runs as the Green Wave claimed a 7-5 decision in the Friday contest. Torrential rains and tornado warnings cancelled all of Saturday’s EagleFest activities, leading to a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday.

Barry Bowden tossed a complete game as Southern Miss took a 5-2 win in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader. The Green Wave scored seven runs in the top of the first and cruised to a 7-1 series-clinching win in the second game. Tulane moved to 27-11 overall, 8-4 in C-USA; Southern Miss is now 22-15, 4-8 in C-USA.

Tulane recaps
Southern Miss recaps

Memphis at UAB
Visiting Memphis held off a late UAB rally to take a 7-6 win on Friday. Blazer officials set Saturday’s first pitch for 10:30 a.m. in an effort to beat the incoming storms. It didn’t work; the game was suspended after five innings with Memphis holding an 8-4 lead, thanks to an eight-run fourth inning by the Tigers.

The Blazers scored three runs on Sunday in the resumption of Saturday’s game, but Memphis’ eight-run fourth inning on the previous day held up, as the Tigers claimed an 8-7 decision. A 9-4 final in the third game gave the Tigers a sweep of the weekend series. Memphis has won eight of its last nine conference games and stands at 22-14 overall, 8-4 in C-USA. UAB fell to 16-21 overall, 4-5 in league play.

Memphis recaps
UAB recaps

East Carolina at Marshall
In an effort to beat the incoming weather, the ECU-MU schedule was altered; the two teams played a Friday doubleheader. Freshman Kyle Roller hit his first career home run in the eighth inning of the opener to lift ECU past Marshall 7-4. The Pirates scored seven runs in the third of the nightcap to cruise to a 13-3 sweep of the doubleheader.

The doubleheader sweep turned into a series sweep, as the rains came in and forced the cancellation of the third game. East Carolina moved to 24-12 overall, 6-5 in C-USA. Marshall fell to 14-19 overall, 0-8 in league play.

East Carolina recaps
Marshall recaps

C-USA roundup for April 11

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss starting pitcher Mike Cashion pitched five innings, giving up one run on six hits, Michael Ewing hit a two-run single in the second inning and Trey Cuevas hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Golden Eagles to a 4-2 win over No. 13 Ole Miss at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 5,132.

Cashion (1-0) earned his first win since defeating Memphis on April 1, 2005, before sustaining a season-ending elbow injury the next week at East Carolina. He threw 86 pitches, walked three batters and struck out one. Jared Cavenaugh pitched two innings of relief, giving up one hit, two walks and struck out three batters. Tyler Conn (4) earned his fourth save of the season, giving up one unearned run on two hits and struck out one batter.

Ole Miss starter Brett Buckvich (4-2) was credited with the loss, pitching three innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits, walking four and striking out three batters. Four Rebel pitchers walked eight batters and struck out five.

Southern Miss (21-13) scored four runs on five hits and committed one error, while Ole Miss (24-11) scored two runs on nine hits. The Rebels left 12 runners stranded and the Golden Eagles left 10 runners on base.

Southern Miss hosts Conference USA foe Tulane as part of EagleFest Weekend on April 13-15 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Ole Miss will travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU in Southeastern Conference action.

Ole Miss recap
Southern Miss recap

Tulane 5, Louisiana 4

METAIRIE, La. – Junior second baseman Brad Emaus and sophomore right fielder Warren McFadden had three hits apiece and the pair combined to provide the game’s winning run as the Tulane University baseball team used the come-back attack to defeat Louisiana, 5-4, Wednesday evening at Zephyr Field.

The Ragin’ Cajuns jumped on Tulane starter Matt Goebel for four runs in the top of the second, but the senior right-hander settled down to pitch four shutout innings the rest of his outing. The Green Wave offense, meanwhile, plated single runs in the second and fourth innings, two in the fifth and another in the sixth to pull out the victory.

With the win, Tulane improves to 25-10 on the year and is now 7-4 against teams from the state of Louisiana in 2007. Louisiana, meanwhile, falls to 26-8. The Green Wave travel to Southern Miss for a C-USA series this weekend, while the Ragin’ Cajuns hit the road to face defending league champion Troy in a Sun Belt series.

Louisiana recap
Tulane recap

Rice 13, Lamar 4

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Every Rice starter collected a base hit by the fourth inning on the way to a season-high 20 hits, including a grand slam home run by junior first baseman Joe Savery, on the way to a convincing 13-4 road victory over Lamar Wednesday evening at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont.

Rice jumped on the scoreboard for eight early runs. In the first inning junior Tyler Henley knocked a two-out single into left field and was able to score easily on a triple to right-center by Savery. Savery then scored on Jordan Dodson’s double to left-center and the Owls had two runs in the first inning of game for the first time since late February.

The Owls improved to 27-10 on the season with the team’s eighth win in a row. Lamar fell to 22-15 overall.

The road swing continues for Rice. The Owls next face crosstown rival Houston in a three-game Conference USA weekend series April 13-15 at UH’s Cougar Field. Lamar travels to Sam Houston State for a Southland Conference series this weekend.

Rice recap
Lamar recap

Murray State 7, Memphis 6

Memphis reliever Will Hudgens struck out a career-high eight batters and held Murray State hitless in five innings of work, but the Tigers were unable to overcome an early 6-2 deficit as they suffered a 7-6 loss to Murray State Wednesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. The loss was just the second of the year for Memphis when playing at home.

Memphis scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but left the tying run stranded on third.

Both teams return to action this weekend with conference series. Memphis (19-14) will travel to Birmingham to face UAB in C-USA action. Murray State (9-21) will host Eastern Kentucky in an OVC series.

Murray State recap
Memphis recap

East Carolina 3, UNC Wilmington 2

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Ryan Wood’s RBI single in the top of the ninth scored Brandon Henderson and gave East Carolina a 3-2 win over in-state rival UNC Wilmington Wednesday night at Brooks Field.

Henderson singled down the left field line with one out and then moved into scoring position on his fourth stolen base of the year, setting up the game-winning hit for the Pirates (22-12).

Shane Mathews picked up his league-leading ninth save after working the ninth inning where he allowed one hit. Josh Ruhlman notched his second win and improved to 2-0 after working 1 2/3 innings where he retired all five batters he faced. Freshman right-hander Mike Anderson tossed a career-best 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits with two punch-outs and one walk before giving way to Mike Flye, who faced one batter, then was replaced by Ruhlman in the seventh.

UNCW (16-20) reliever Allen Flood suffered the loss after working just two-third’s of an inning where he allowed the game-winning run on two hits. Starter Andrew Morgan worked a career-best 5 1/3 innings, struck out a career-high five batters, surrendered one run (unearned) on four hits while walking one before giving way to Jessee Haney. Haney came in with runners on the corner in the sixth and got Henderson to ground into an inning ending 1-6-3 double-play. Haney finished the game allowing one run (earned) on one hit in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. Flood replaced Haney in the ninth before being replaced himself by Larry Salefsky ( 1/3 IP).

The Pirates will stay on the road this weekend when they travel Charleston, WVa. to take on Marshall in a three-game Conference USA series at Appalachian Power Park. UNCW travels to Delaware for a CAA series.

East Carolina recap
UNCW recap

UAB-Kennesaw State postponed to April 23.

2007 C-USA Baseball Tournament to be at ECU

IRVING, Texas – The 2007 Conference USA Baseball Championship, originally scheduled for May 23-27 at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, will be changing sites. Due to continuing renovations on the stadium since Hurricane Katrina, the facility will not be completed in time to host the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

“We were disappointed to learn that Turchin Stadium will not be ready to host the 2007 C-USA Baseball Championship, since we expect it will be one of the finest college baseball facilities in the country when it is completed,” said Commissioner Britton Banowsky.

With Tulane unable to hold this year’s event, East Carolina will now serve as the host of the 2007 championship at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. East Carolina was originally scheduled to host the 2008 championship and Tulane and ECU will now switch years, with next season’s event to be held at Turchin Stadium.

“We certainly appreciate East Carolina stepping up and hosting the 2007 championship,” said Banowsky. “ECU has an outstanding baseball facility and enjoys tremendous fan support. We know they will do a great job of hosting the championship and we are certain that the Pirate Nation will turn out in large numbers for this event.”

The 2007 championship will take place Wed., May 23-Sun., May 27. For more information on the tournament or the new site, click here.

NC State slides by East Carolina

The NC State Wolfpack scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pick up a 3-2 victory over the East Carolina Pirates. ECU received solo homers from Harrison Eldridge in the fourth and Brandon Harrison in the fifth to account for all the Pirates runs. NC State started the eighth inning with Joe Florio getting hit by a pitch. He proceeded to second pass on a pass ball and then Ramon Corona got his fourth walk of the game to set up a first and second situation. Marcus Jones then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to set up second and third with one out. Ryan Pond then got the runner home from third with a ground out to shortstop. Pat Ferguson then followed with a two out single through the infield to drive Ramon Corona home from second base to tie the game. Ferguson then took second base on a wild pitch. Caleb Mangum then provided a clutch single through the left side to give the Wolfpack the lead for good. The Wolfpack is back in action on Friday when they face FSU and East Carolina will host Rice in conference action.

NC State Recap

East Carolina Recap