Conference USA has also released their player and pitcher of the week respectively. The pitcher of the week was Ryan Berry of Rice who pitched six shutout innings against Baylor on Saturday while only allowing three hits and a walk. Jimmy Cesario of University of Houston was named the Player of the Week because he went 8-12 last week in four games.
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.
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.
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.
The Aggies took a 3-2 victory on Saturday from the Cougars of Houston in Day 2 of the Houston College Classic. They were led by strong pitching performances from Kyle Theabeau and Jordan Chambless. Theabeau started the game for the Aggies by pitching 5.1 innings of baseball and letting up only one earned run in the sixth inning. He was replaced by Micheal Heard who lasted 0.1 innings with runners on second and third and one out. He proceeded to get Josh Stimeman to ground out to third to get his only out. Chambless came in and struck out Luis Flores to end the threat. Chambless finished the rest of the game off for the Aggies by giving up a solo home run in the eighth inning for the only run allowed. He struck out six out of the eleven batters he faced today. On the season, Chambless has struck out eleven batters in five innings of work. Houston was led by a good start from Donnie Joseph who gave up an unearned run in five innings. Both teams will be in action on Sunday with Houston facing Arizona State and A&M facing Rice.
The Houston Astros College Classic will begin today at noon with Vanderbilt facing off against the Number 1 ranked Owls of Rice. This will be a showcase event for David Price of Vandy and Joe Savery of Rice. Wayne Graham decided against pitching Joe Savery against Price which is disappointing because it would have been a showcase pitching match-up. The other teams involved in the tournament are Texas A&M, Arizona State, Houston, and Baylor. The entire tournament can be watched for $14.95 from MLB.
Edit: Vanderbilt is offering a free webcast of each of their games in this tourney and home games throughout the year at this link for free.
Conference USA has also posted a preview of the Houston Cougars. They are coming off a 39-22 record and an NCAA tourney berth where they where knocked out by the Oklahoma Sooners. The full preview is available here.
I have been slacking off lately but with the recent holidays and great football games on TV (see Boise State vs Oklahoma), I have not had too much time to be blogging. You can expect me to be blogging more in the near future and especially with the season starting up at the end of the month.