Many schools are finishing up their fall seasons with intra-squad scrimmages. We have linked to all the weekend recaps below.
Wake Forest (Game 2)
Wake Forest (Game 1)
Indiana Fall Recap
Southeast Missouri State (Game 2)
Southeast Missouri State (Game 1)
Marshall Fall Series Recap
Villanova Fall Series Recap
UNC Fall Series Recap
Illinois State Fall Series Recap
Michigan State Fall Series Recap
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.
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 North Carolina Tar Heels completed a sweep of the Miami Hurricanes with a 11-7 victory in the series finale. Benji Johnson and Tim Federowicz combined for seven RBI in the game to lead the Tar Heel offense. Johnson hit a grand slam in the second inning to erase an early four run deficit. Manny Miguelez had his worst outing of the season by letting up seven runs in his three innings of work. UNC starter Luke Putkonen was just as bad by going four innings and giving up six runs. UNC will be back in action on Tuesday with Elon and UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday. UNC will host Virginia next weekend in ACC action. Maine and Rutgers will play midweek games with Miami before the Canes host Maryland next weekend.
Wake Forest 7 Virginia 6
The Demon Deacons took the rubber game of their three game set with Virginia by a score of 7-6. Willy Fox drove home Brett Linnenkohl in the bottom of the ninth to give the Deacons their fifth walk-off victory of the season. Wake Forest will be back in action Tuesday with a brief two-game set with Ball State and Virginia will play Niagara on Tuesday. UVA will head to UNC next weekend while Wake Forest heads to FSU to open the ACC schedule for the Noles.
NC State 20 Maryland 3
The NC State baseball team was able to salvage a game on Sunday by picking up a 20-3 victory over Maryland. NC State scored 13 runs in the fifth inning to blow open a 3-1 game to a 16-1 rout. Caleb Mangum went 2-5 with four RBI to lead the Pack offense. NC State will be back in action on Tuesday with a two game set with Valparaiso and then will host Virginia Tech. Maryland will host James Madison and Coppin State before heading back on the road for a series with Miami.
Virginia Tech 5 Georgia Tech 4
The Virginia Tech Hokies scored 3 runs in the ninth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 victory. Matt Foley with one out hit a solo home run off of Matt Wieters to draw the Hokies within a run. Wieters then proceeded to hit the next two batters to set up first and second and one out. Bryan Thomas then grounded out to the shortstop to set up a first and third and two outs when Jose Cueto hit a single to drive in the tying run. Tim Ladd came on to pitch to Sean O’Brien but walked him so Wieters came back to the mound to pitch to Warren Schaffer who hit a single to drive in the eventual winning run.
Boston College 10 Duke 2
The Boston College Eagles completed the three game sweep in Durham over the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday. Eagles starter Nick Asselin picked up his first victory of the season by going seven innings while only allowing two runs. Terry Doyle picked up his second save of the season and weekend by working the last two innings. Johnny Ayers and Jared McGuire both picked up three hits to lead the Eagles charge. Boston College erupted for eight runs over the last two innings to blow the game wide open. Boston College will be back in action at Umass-Amherst on Wednesday before heading to Georgia Tech and Duke will host Fairleigh Dickinson for a brief two game set.
Clemson 7 Memphis 2
The Clemson Tigers used a ten hit attack to knock off Memphis 7-2. Clemson was led on offense by Addison Johnson who went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Clemson will be back in action on Wednesday when Georgia Southern visits and they host ACC rival Duke next weekend. Memphis, on the other hand, will host Illinois State for a brief two game set before having Akron come for a three game set over the weekend.
FSU 9 Indiana 0
The FSU Seminoles continued their perfect start to the season with a 9-0 victory over the Hoosiers. Ryan Strauss pitched eight shutout innings, struck out eight batters, and only gave up three hits to pick up his fourth victory of the season. FSU will be back in action on Friday when they host Wake Forest while Indiana heads to North Florida for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The UNC Tar Heels picked up another win on Saturday by a score of 3-1 to bring their record to 14-1 on the season. Freshman Alex White pitched 7.2 innings while allowing only an unearned run to pick up his third victory of the season. Alex White also scattered six walks which he needs to tone down before teams start taking advantage of those base runners. Reid Fronk and Dustin Ackley both picked up two hits and an RBI in the game to lead the Tar Heels offense. Jemile Weeks of Miami also picked up two hits in the loss. The teams will be back in action on Sunday with a noon start.
Wake Forest 5
David Adams went 5-6 on the afternoon to lead the Cavaliers to a 13-5 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Jacob Thompson of UVA picked up the victory by lasting 5.1 innings and giving up 5 runs. Alex Smith and Jake Rule pitched 3.2 shutout innings to close out the victory. Patrick Wingfield and Brandon Guyer each picked up three hits in the victory. Wake Forest was led on offense by Austin Jones who hit a three run homer in the fifth inning. The teams will play the rubber match on Sunday at 1 pm.
NC State 2
The Maryland Terrapins continue their strong start to the season with a 4-2 victory over NC State on Saturday. The Terps were led on offense by Mike Murphy and Jon Greenwich each hit solo home runs to lead the Terps to the victory. Ryan Moorer pitched 5.2 innings while only giving up 1 run but picked up the no decision. Eric Surkamp was equally as good by pitching seven innings giving up two runs and getting the no-decision also. The Terps were able to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth on Greenwich’s homer and tacked on an insurance run before turning the ball over to Brett Cecil. He pitched a perfect inning to pick up his fifth of the season. The teams will be back in action on Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Georgia Tech 19
Virginia Tech 4
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets followed yesterday’s loss with a 19-4 drubbing of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Matt Wieters and Luke Murton hit home runs in the eight run sixth inning to lead the GT offense to victory. Jared Hyatt picked up his second win of the season by going 5.0 innings in relief.
Boston College 10
The Boston College Eagles picked up their second straight victory over the Duke Blue Devils to star the conference 2-0. Punter/Right Fielder Johnny Ayers went 4-4 with a walk in the lead off role with four runs scored to lead the Eagles to the victory. Dan Houston pitched 5.1 innings of solid relief to pick up his first victory of the season. Andrew Wolcott picked up his first loss of the season by lasting only 1.1 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits.
Florida State 8
The Florida State Seminoles picked up their 19th straight victory to open the season with a 8-2 decision over Indiana. Jason Stidham and Ruari O’Connor both picked up two hits to lead the Seminole offense. Micheal Hyde was struck in the head with a first inning comebacker but ended up going five innings to pick up the win.
Andy D’Alessio and Marquez Smith both hit two run homers to lead the Clemson Tigers to the 8-2 victory over Memphis. Stephen Clyne picked up the victory by going the last 3.1 innings while only giving up one hit and no runs.
The North Carolina Tar Heels picked up a victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Friday by a score of 7-5. They were led by a key home run by Seth Williams who provided some insurance in the two run victory over the Hurricanes. Robert Woodard provided a solid pitching performance until he was roughed up for 3 runs in the sixth inning. He went 5.0 innings while giving up those three runs while striking out five. Woodard now is 4-0 on the season and 27-3 in his career. The Tar Heels and Hurricanes will be back in action Saturday with a first pitch at 1 pm.
Virginia Tech 5 Georgia Tech 3
The Hokies of Virginia Tech picked up an upset victory over Georgia Tech on Friday with a 5-3 victory. The Hokies were led by a strong pitching performance from Greg Fryman who went 6.2 innings while surrendering 2 runs only one was earned to the Yellow Jackets. The Hokies were led on offense by Bryan Thomas who hit a huge three run homer in the fourth inning to put the Hokies in the lead for good. Warren Schaffer also had two hits on the afternoon for the Hokies. The battle of the Tech’s will continue on Saturday at 1 pm.
Georgia Tech Recap
Virginia Tech Recap
Wake Forest 8 Virginia 3
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons picked up a big 8-3 victory over the number 4 ranked Cavaliers of Virginia. Sean Doolittle had a rough outing giving up five runs in his 6.1 innings of work. Willy Fox of Wake Forest went 2-4 on the day with both hits being long balls. This included his two run blast off of Doolittle which was his first allowed round tripper of the season. Dustin Hood of Wake Forest also went 3-5 on the day to help out the Deacons offense. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, David Adams, and Brandon Guyer had multiple hit games for the Cavs. The Cavs and Demon Deacons will continue their series with a 1 pm start.
Maryland 6 NC State 3
Casey Baron gave the Terps a great outing of 6.2 innings while giving up 2 runs (none earned) to lead the Terps to a solid 6-3 victory over the NC State WolfPack. Andrew Brackman pitched a complete game for the Pack but it was not enough as he gave up six runs in those nine innings. The Terps used a balanced attack as five different players drove in runs as the Terps were limited to six hits in the game. Joe Florio went 2-2 in a pinch hitting role to lead the WolfPack offense. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with game 2 of the series with a 2 pm start.
NC State Recap
Boston College 3 Duke 1
The Boston College Eagles picked up a victory over the Blue Devils on Friday afternoon by a score of 3-1. The Eagles were led by a strong pitching performance from Kevin Boggan who pitched seven innings while only giving up one unearned run and three hits to pick up his second win of the season. Terry Doyle pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to pick up the save. Tony Sanchez had a run scoring single in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Eagles to the victory. Ryan Hutchinson and Joseph Ayers each picked up an RBI in the victory. Alexander Hassan picked up two hits in the game for the Blue Devils to be the only hitter to have a multiple hit game. Tony Bajoczky picked up the loss by going 7.1 innings while giving up two runs on two hits. Bajoczky record drops to 3-1 on the young season. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with a 2 pm start.
Florida State 6 Indiana 0
The Florida State Seminoles picked up a 6-0 victory over the Hoosiers on Friday night. They used an eight inning appearance from Bryan Henry who scattered six hits to pick up his fifth win of the season. D’Vontrey Richardson went 3-4 at the plate to lead the Seminoles offense in addition to a 2-3 performance from Mark Hallberg. Keith Haas and Reid Briglia picked up two hits a piece in the losing effort for the Hoosiers. The teams will play game 2 of the series at 6 pm on Saturday.
Memphis 6 Clemson 4
The Memphis Tigers picked up a 10 inning victory over the Clemson Tigers by a score of 6-4 on Friday evening. Josh Irvin picked up a two run single in the top of the tenth inning and Will Hudgens got the final three outs to pick up the victory over the Clemson Tigers. All-American pitcher Daniel Moskos was on the mound in the top of the tenth to pick up his first loss of the season. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with a first pitch at 2:00 pm.
The ACC will be opening their conference season this weekend with many interesting match-ups with Miami visiting Chapel Hill being the marquee event.
Miami at UNC
The UNC Tar Heels will enter the ACC portion of their schedule with a 12-1 record. The only loss was to Penn State last weekend in extra innings when they lost 3-2. They have also been getting tremendous pitching on the season in which they have only given up more than 4 runs once. UNC starting pitchers of Robert Woodard and Alex White both have an ERA of less than 1.00 while third starter Luke Putkonen has a 1.08 ERA. Josh Horton is leading the Tar Heels at the plate with a .421 average. Miami enters with a slightly poor record of 10-6 this season. They had some tough series losses to Mercer and Florida. They also lost a single game to St. Bonaventure this week by a score of 5-2. Miami is led at the plate by Yonder Alonso who is hitting .453. Miami’s pitching staff has been weak this season after Eric Erickson who has a 2-1 record with 2.14 ERA. Scott Maine is suppose to be the ace of the staff but has a 2-2 record with a 5.00 ERA. Manny Miguelez is 0-0 with a 5.48 ERA in his five starts. The Hurricanes need to improve these numbers this weekend or the Tar Heels will roll easily. The College Baseball Blog predicts UNC to sweep the Hurricanes.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Scott Maine (2-2, 5.00 ERA) faces Robert Woodard (3-0, 0.92 ERA)
Saturday: Eric Erickson (2-1, 2.14 ERA) faces Alex White (2-0, 0.95 ERA)
Sunday: Manny Miguelez (0-0, 5.48 ERA) faces Luke Putkonen (3-0, 1.08 ERA)
Virginia at Wake Forest
The Virginia Cavaliers visit Winston-Salem this weekend to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to open up the ACC slate for both schools. The Cavs enter with a 15-1 record with the only loss to Coastal Carolina which is not that bad of a loss now. Brandon Marsh has been clutch over the last two games with game winning hits against Delaware and James Madison. David Adams, Greg Miclat, Jeremy Farrell, and Brandon Guyer are all batting over .400 this season. All-American pitcher/first baseman Sean Doolittle is the seventh best hitter on the team with a hefty .333 batting average. Doolittle also leads the team on the mound with his minuscule ERA of 1.17 with a 4-0 record. Jacob Thompson is the number 2 starter also has a 4-0 record with a 0.75 ERA and third starter Matt Packer has a 2-0 record with a 2.57 ERA. Wake Forest is coming into the weekend series with a 9-4 record. They knocked off High Point and Gardner-Webb this week after taking two out of three over last weekend against UNC-Wilmington. Wake Forest is led on offense by Allan Dykstra who leads the team with a .347 batting average. The Deacons use an effective but not potent pitching staff with Brad Kledzik as the Friday starter. He has a 1-1 record with a 4.32 ERA. Eric Nielsen has landed in the number 2 hole with his 2-0 record and a 3.10 ERA. The third starter is Garrett Bullock who enters the weekend with a 1-0 record and a 5.74 ERA. The College Baseball Blog predicts that the Cavs take two out of the three games of the series.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Sean Doolittle (4-0, 1.17 ERA) against Brad Kledzik (1-1, 4.32 ERA)
Saturday: Jacob Thompson (4-0, 0.75 ERA) against Eric Nielsen (2-0, 3.10 ERA)
Sunday: Matt Packer (2-0, 2.57 ERA) against Garrett Bullock (1-0, 5.74 ERA)
Maryland visits NC State
The North Carolina State Wolf Pack welcome the Maryland Terrapins to Raleigh to open the conference schedule for each school. The Wolf Pack has an 11-4 record and are coming off a victory over North Carolina A & T on Wednesday by a score of 6-2. They also lost to UNC-Greensboro 10-8 on Tuesday. NC State is led on offense by Ryan Pond who is hitting .333 on the season with 3 homers and 16 RBI. Andrew Brackman who decided to focus on baseball this year over joining the basketball team is the number 1 starter and he has a 3-0 record with a 2.01 ERA. The second starter’s spot is filled by Eric Surkamp who has a 2-1 record with 2.45 ERA and to fill out the weekend rotation is Jeff Stallings who has a 2-0 record with a 3.44 ERA. The closer role for the Wolf Pack is filled by Eryk McConnell who is 1-0 with four saves and an ERA of 0.00 in his seven appearances. Maryland has jumped out to a surprising mark of 9-3 to begin the season. The Terps are coming off a series with the Lafayette Leopards in which the Terps won two out of the three games. They are led on offense by catcher Chad Durakis who is batting .341 on the season and AJ Cesario who is batting .340. The Terps pitching staff has been very average this season which is led by staff ace Casey Baron who only is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA on the season. Ryan Moorer who started against Boston College last year when the College Baseball Blog saw him last is expected to be the number two starter for the Terps. He seemed to have a decent fastball last year but had to develop another pitch to become more successful in the ACC. He enters with a 2-0 record and a 3.15 ERA. Kevin Biringer finishes out the Terps pitching staff with his 1-2 record and a 5.52 ERA. The Terps also have Stopper of the Year candidate Brett Cecil in the bullpen. He has a 2-1 record with 3 saves and an ERA of 3.09. The College Baseball Blog believes the Wolf Pack will sweep the Terps this weekend.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Casey Baron (2-0, 4.50 ERA) against Andrew Brackman (3-0, 2.01 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Moorer (2-0, 3.15 ERA) against Eric Surkamp (2-1, 2.45 ERA)
Sunday: Kevin Biringer (1-2, 5.52 ERA) against Jeff Stallings (2-0, 3.44 ERA)
NC State Game Notes
Maryland Game Notes
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Danny Hall welcomes Peter Hughes and his Hokies to Atlanta to open each schools ACC slate of games. The Yellow Jackets had some major issues with the Peter Hughes system of baseball when they visited Hughes last season at Boston College. BC actually took the final two games of the series to wake up the Yellow Jackets before their big run to the College World Series in 2006. The Yellow Jackets enter this weekend series with an 8-5 record. They have won last weekend’s series with Rutgers by taking two out of the three games. The Rambling Wreck have some major issues with their pitching staff which is led by David Duncan. The tall lefty enters the series with a 3-1 record and a 4.91 ERA. He had a shaky start last season at Boston College when The College Baseball Blog saw him. He gave up five runs in his five innings of work. The Yellow Jackets other starting pitchers are John Goodman who has a 0-0 record with a 4.50 ERA and Ryan Turner who is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA. All three starters need to step up for the Yellow Jackets to have a successful season that ends in Omaha. The Yellow Jackets still are loaded on the offensive side of things with Matt Wieters and Danny Payne. Wieters is hitting .350 with 3 homers on the young season and is one of the top prospects for the 2007 MLB Draft. Danny Payne is batting .404 in the lead off role for the Yellow Jackets. The Hokies of Virginia Tech enter the series with an 8-5 record overall also. The Hokies are in a transition year with Peter Hughes taking over the program this season. They will play more small ball under Hughes who brought his style over from Boston College. The Hokies offensive leader is Joe Cueto who is hitting .325 for the season. Greg Fryman is the ace of the staff with his 1-1 record and a 5.79 ERA. Andrew Wells will be taking the number 2 starter’s role with his 1-0 record and 4.76 ERA. David Cross finishes out the weekend conference rotation with a 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Georgia Tech will sweep the Hokies.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Greg Fryman (1-1, 5.79 ERA) against David Duncan (3-1, 4.79 ERA)
Saturday: Andrew Wells (1-0, 4.76 ERA) against John Goodman (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Sunday: David Cross (1-2, 3.00 ERA) against Ryan Turner (1-2, 4.76 ERA)
Boston College at Duke
The Duke Blue Devils will welcome the Boston College Eagles to Durham this weekend for the conference openers for each team. The Duke Blue Devils have been the surprise of the ACC this season by starting the season 15-1. The Blue Devils have been led on offense by Jonathan Anderson who has a .417 batting average while stealing seven bases. Tony Bajoczky leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and a 1.16 ERA in his four starts. The other two weekend starters in Andrew Walcott and Jeremy Gould have been atrocious this season. Walcott has a 2-0 record but has a very high ERA of 5.50. Jeremy Gould has a 0-1 record with an 8.74 ERA. The Boston College Eagles enter after knocking off Villanova in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday with a 2-6 record. They are led on offense by freshman Michael Belfiore who is hitting .440 in the first eight games of this career. Tony Sanchez, Johnny Ayers and Ryan Hutchinson are all hitting above .300 this season. The problem with the weak start from the Eagles has been their terrible closing of games. BC closer Dan Houston has pitched in five games this season and has a 0-3 record with one save and an ERA of 16.62 in his 4.1 innings of work. The Boston College starting pitching has been average with Kevin Boggan taking over the Friday starter role in the absence of Terry Doyle. Boggan has a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA in his two starts. Adam Crabtree has taken over the number 2 role in the rotation and has been terrible with a 0-2 record with an ERA of 9.72. The third weekend starter role has been going to Nick Asselin in the early part of the season. He has a 0-0 record with a 7.36 ERA. He did pitch extremely well against Vanderbilt in his first start of the season. The College Baseball Blog expects the Eagles to compete hard this weekend but they will get swept by the Blue Devils.
Expected Pitching Match-ups are unavailable at press time.
Duke Game Notes
BC Game Notes (I wonder if I will get some)
Non-Conference ACC Action
Clemson hosts Memphis
The Clemson Tigers will host Memphis this weekend for a three game set. The Clemson Tigers enter the series with an 8-3 record. They were swept by South Carolina last weekend in the two game set but picked up a win over Coastal Carolina in a mid-week contest. Memphis has a 7-3 record and has a record of 0-3 on the road. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Clemson sweeps the Memphis Tigers.
Expected Pitching Match-ups
Friday: Scott McGregor (0-1, 27.00 ERA) against David Kopp (1-1, 4.11 ERA)
Saturday: Marc Ashley (0-0, 2.61 ERA) against Ryan Hinson (0-0, 1.20 ERA)
Sunday: Lance Scoggins (0-0, 1.42 ERA) against TBA
Clemson Game Notes
Memphis Game Notes
Indiana at Florida State
The Florida State Seminoles host the Indiana Hoosiers for a three game set that starts on Friday. The Seminoles will try to increase their record start of 17-0. They are led by hot hitting Tony Thomas Jr. who leads the team with a .527 batting average. He was named the ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season this week. Bryan Henry leads the Seminole pitching staff with a 4-0 record and a 2.63 ERA. Micheal Hyde has been holding down the Saturday spot in the rotation with a solid 5-0 record and a 2.17 ERA. The Seminoles have been having some problems filling the third spot in the rotation but it looks like Ryan Strauss might be there for good as he has a 3-0 record and a 2.62 ERA. Indiana enters with a 4-4 record on the season. They have the typical late start for a Northern school thus the reason for such a low total of games. The Hoosiers are coming off a 6-0 victory over Butler in Bloomington. Evan Crawford leads the Hoosiers in hitting with a .500 average in the first eight games. The Hoosiers pitching staff has been up and down through the first eight games of the season with a Team ERA of 3.36. The College Baseball Blog predicts FSU to go to 20-0 on the season.
Friday: Bryan Henry (4-0, 2.63 ERA) against TBA
Saturday: Micheal Hyde (5-0, 2.17 ERA) against TBA
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (3-0, 2.62 ERA) against TBA
The Troy Trojans will be hosting The Wiregrass Classic this weekend with Southern Miss, Indiana and Georgia Southern participating. This tourney is a good test for the Troy Trojans to see if they are going to be able to compete with some of the stronger teams in the South with the Golden Eagles and Georgia Southern. Indiana will be opening their season so they might be the weakest competition in the tourney. I have put the probable starters below in the games I could find.
Georgia Southern (TBA) vs Southern Mississippi (Ryan Belanger 1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Troy (Joe Hallahan 1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs Indiana (Doug Fleenor, NR)
Indiana (Danny Rosenbaum, NR) vs Southern Mississippi (Barry Bowden 0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Troy vs Georgia Southern
Indiana (Tyler Tufts NR) vs Georgia Southern (John Ducey 2-0, 1.50 ERA)
Troy (Jeff Green 0-0, 2.57 ERA) vs Southern Mississippi (David Clark 16.20 ERA)
The IU Media Relations department is continuing the series of articles about the new players on the Indiana Baseball team for the 2007 season. The article about Mr. Arnett is available here.