According to a press release from Fresno State, the field for the 2008 Pepsi Johnny Quik Tournament has been set. The Fresno State Bulldogs will act as host of the tournament with Utah, New Mexico State, Portland, Gonzaga, and Indiana all taking part in the week long tournament from March 10th-15th. The full press release from Fresno State is available here.
– A rundown of the issues for SEC teams in 2008
– The same rundown for Big 12 squads
– A pre-Fall listing of the top 25 teams heading into the next season (not really a top 25, but rather a 25 teams to watch, listed in alphabetical order).
In his latest Mailbag, Kendall also discusses Irvine, Wake Forest, Oregon and Oregon State, and the differences between Fresno State and San Diego.
The Indiana Hoosiers have released their 2008 schedule which is highlighted with the opening series at LSU, taking part in the Austin Peay tournament, and heading to Fresno State over spring break to play six games. They will play a full Big Ten schedule this year missing out on a series with Ohio State which should bode well since Ohio State made the NCAA tournament in 2007. The full schedule is available here.
The University of Texas Baseball squad had two transfers from the West Coast enroll in classes for the fall semester. The pair, both infielders, includes David Hernandez from Fresno State University and Michael Torres from the University of Southern California.
Hernandez will be a sophomore in 2008. He played in 35 games for Fresno State as a freshman, including 21 starts. Hernandez hit .251 (18-of-72) with two doubles and six RBI. The smooth fielder committed just two errors in a 107 chances at shortstop for a .981 fielding percentage.
Torres will be a junior in 2008. He played in 46 games over two seasons at USC, including 27 starts. In 2007, Torres, a left-handed batter, hit .253 (20-of-79) with four doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI as a second baseman and third baseman. He batted .231 (6-of-26) with three runs scored and four RBI in 15 games in 2005.
Both players are California natives. Hailing from Danville, Calif., Hernandez was a three-year letterwinner at Monte Vista HS, playing shortstop and third base. A product of Santa Ana, Calif., Torres was named the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register Player of the Year as a senior at Mater Dei High School, batting .459 with 23 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
These two kids are a great addition to the roster for the ’08 season. They will come in and immediately compete for starting time. Look for Hernandez to be the Starting short Stop and Torres the 2nd baseman on opening day. This will allow Travis Tucker to slide over to 3rd base. This will shore up the infield. This will also allow Texas to really put the pressure on opposing team defense as these two guys will put the ball down and Run.
The Bulldogs picked up an 11-6 victory over the Gophers to advance to the Regional Final against Cal-State Fullerton which took place later on Sunday. The Gophers end the season with a 41-18 record.
Fresno State Recap
Cal-State Fullerton 13 Fresno State 2
Cal-State Fullerton advances to the Super Regionals after defeating Fresno State 13-2 in the NCAA Regional that took place in San Diego. The Bulldogs committed six errors in the game which did not help their cause against such a powerhouse in the Titans. Fresno ends to the season with a 38-29 record. Fullerton will play in the Super Regionals against UCLA at a Site to be announced on Monday.
Fresno State Recap
Minnesota knocked off San Diego 6-5 in an elimination game on Saturday. The Toreros scored five runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings but lost in the tenth inning on a single by Minnesota’s Derek McCallum. Minnesota will play Fullerton/Fresno State on Sunday while San Diego ends the season with a 43-18 record.
Cal-State Fullerton 6 Fresno State 4
The Titans advanced to the Final games of the San Diego Regional after knocking off Fresno State 6-4 in the nightcap on Saturday night. Evan McCarthur and Josh Fellhauer combined for five hits to lead the offense. Fullerton will wait to play the winner of Fresno State/Minnesota in the second game on Sunday.
Fresno State Recap
Fresno State shocked the host Toreros by knocking them off 6-2 in the NCAA Regional. Fresno will face Fullerton on Saturday while San Diego will face Minnesota.
Fullerton 7 Minnesota 1
The Cal-State Fullerton Titans picked up a 7-1 victory over Minnesota in the opening game of the San Diego Regional. Fullerton will face Fresno State in the Winners bracket while Minnesota will face San Diego.
The Toreros are led by All-American candidate Brian Matusz who leads the team with a 10-3 record and a 2.73 ERA. He has also struck out 156 batters in 115 innings this season. The offense is led by Shane Buschini who has a .356 average and 14 homers on the season. They will open up against Fresno State at 8pm PDT.
San Diego Tourney Notes
The Titans enter the weekend with a 33-23 record. Wes Roemer came into the season as the expected ace of the pitching staff but has been up and down through the year. He has a 9-6 record with a 3.51 ERA. Clark Hardman is the leading hitter on the team with a .378 average. They open the tournament against Minnesota at 4 pm PDT.
The Gophers (40-16) received an at-large berth after advancing to the Big Ten Championship game but lost to Ohio State 4-2. They are led on offense by Mike Mee who is hitting .397. The top pitcher for Minnesota is Dustin Brabender who has a 5-1 record. They open against Fullerton at 4 pm PDT.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend as the champions of the WAC after knocking off Nevada 17-4. They have five hitters who are batting over .304 on the season which is led by Erik Wetzel (.348 BA). The top pitcher for Fresno State is Justin Wilson who is 8-5 with a 3.19 ERA. They open the tournament at 8 pm PDT on Friday.
The CBB predicts San Diego to come through the Regional with their strong pitchers but watch out for Fullerton to make a run with their strong coaching staff.
The Dons of San Francisco will be visiting Fresno State this weekend to open the season for both schools. San Francisco made the NCAA tournament where they lost to Miami, then knocked off the hosts Nebraska, then bowed out to Manhattan.
Fresno State also made the NCAA tournament last season but made the Regional Championship game at Cal State Fullerton. They were not able to get by the Titans but won 45 games which was the highest total since the 1988 season.
The pitching match ups this weekend will be very interesting. Friday night San Francisco will be starting Aaron Poreda while the Bulldogs will counter with Brandon Miller. Saturday’s starters will be Jason Dufloth for the Dons and Fresno is planning to start Brandon Burke. The Dons in the final game have lined up Matt Baugh to face an unannounced pitcher.
San Francisco notes
Fresno State notes