The University of North Carolina is hosting the NCAA Regional this weekend at Boshamer Stadium. The three other schools who will be playing in the regional are Western Carolina, East Carolina, and Jacksonville.
The North Carolina Tar Heels (48-12) went undefeated at the ACC Tournament on their way to the ACC Tournament Championship. They are led by Freshman All-American Dustin Ackley who has a .437 average. Josh Horton also provides strong defense and a potent bat in the lineup as he has a .329 average in 60 games. Robert Woodard with a 9-2 record and a 3.29 average. The CBB did check out the Tar Heels this season which can be read by clicking here. They open the tournament on Friday when they play Jacksonville at 6:00 pm.
UNC Tourney Notes
The East Carolina Pirates (39-21) head up the road to Chapel Hill to open up their NCAA Tournament against Western Carolina on Friday at 2 pm. ECU went to the Conference USA championship game but lost to Rice 16-8. They are led by Dale Mollenhauer who leads the team with a .329 average. Josh Dowdy is the top starting pitcher with a 5-1 record in twelve starts.
East Carolina Tourney Notes
The Western Carolina Catamounts (40-18) enter this weekend coming off the Southern Conference Tournament in which they were eliminated after two games after losing to Georgia Southern and The Citadel. Western Carolina’s top hitter is Kenny Smith who is hitting .396 on the season in 58 games. Drew Saberhagen leads the team with an 8-1 record and a 3.10 ERA. He is the son of former MLB pitcher Brett Saberhagen. They open the tournament against East Carolina on Friday at 2 pm.
Western Carolina Tourney Notes
The Jacksonville Dolphins enter this weekend with a 34-26 overall record after winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament to get into the NCAA Regional. The Dolphins are led by Pete Clifford who leads the team with a .359 average and in homers with 14. Justin Young has the lowest ERA of the starters at 3.33 but only has a record of 5-5. They will open up against North Carolina at 6 pm on Friday.
Jacksonville Tourney Notes
The CBB predicts UNC to win the regional with East Carolina being the sleeper team from Conference USA.
The Florida State Seminoles finally lost a game after starting the season with a 23 game winning streak. Jacksonville University took advantage of two errors in the third inning to score four unearned runs to lead the Dolphins to the 5-3 victory. Former FSU player Ryan McArdle hit a two run double in that third inning to give the Dolphins the lead for good. The attendance for tonight’s game was 3,109 which is a record crowd at Alexander Brest Field. The Seminoles will host Boston College for a weekend series while Jacksonville hosts Kennesaw State in conference action.
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Tallahassee Democrat Recap
The Jacksonville Dolphins continued their strong start to the season tonight by picking up a 9-6 victory over the Rattlers of FAMU. Mike McCallister had a two run single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Dolphins the lead for good. McCallister also picked up three hits on the evening. Justin Young picked up the victory with two shutout innings of relief. Chad Smith picked up the loss for the Rattlers by letting up five runs in 2.2 innings of work. Daryll Evans went 3-5 for the Rattlers with two runs scored in the losing effort. Jacksonville will be back in action next Tuesday with Georgia Southern. FAMU will be hosting Navy this weekend for three games.
The Jacksonville Dolphins opened the season tonight with a 6-3 victory of the Florida A&M Rattlers. The dolphins pitching staff used a team effort to get through the game by using five pitchers. The only pitcher to stand out was Justin Young who pitched the ninth where he struck out two out of the three batters his faced. Jacksonville had two hit performances from Pete Clifford and Mike McCallister who really did minimal damage. On the other hand, Ryan McArdle did the most damage on the day by going 2-4 with three RBI’s. Anthony Mazzeo led the Rattlers with two hits and drove in one run to be the only bright spot in the lineup.
Tallahassee Democrat Article
The Jacksonville University Dolphins and head coach Terry Alexander have released the 2007 Baseball Schedule. They have many highlights for the upcoming season including a visit from Florida State. They will also face perennial SEC powers Florida and Auburn. The Atlantic Sun Tournament will be hosted by Stetson in Deland FL for the sixth straight season.
Press Release and Schedule available.