NASHVILLE — Jason Esposito’s solo home run off the roof of adjacent Memorial Gym in the bottom of the 17th inning lifted Vanderbilt to an 11-10 win over Louisville Tuesday night at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores won their third straight game to improve to 36-13 overall while the Cardinals fell to 40-9 on the year.
U of L reliever Andy Flett recorded the first two outs of the 17th before Esposito crushed a 0-1 changeup over the "Green Monster" fence in left field and onto Memorial Gym to win the game. It was his team leading ninth homer of the year, ending a game that went five hours and 33 minutes.
Week five of play in the Western Athletic Conference sees the battle between rivals New Mexico State and Fresno State with first place on the line. The two teams faced each other for the conference championship in last year’s conference tournament as Fresno State staved off two elimination games to win the tournament title for the fourth consecutive season. Sacramento State visits Louisiana Tech while San Jose State head to Reno to face Nevada.
STANDINGS 1. New Mexico State (34-12-1, 13-2-1) 2. Fresno State (26-20, 7-5) 3. Nevada (24-17-1, 5-6-1) T4. San Jose State (17-26, 5-7) T4. Sacramento State (16-25-1, 5-7) T6. Hawai’i (23-22, 6-10) T6. Louisiana Tech (21-22, 6-10)
At the midway point of WAC play, New Mexico State leads the way with Fresno State in second place. The Bulldogs are out of conference this weekend while the rest of the WAC faces off. New Mexico State hosts Louisiana Tech, Hawai’i hosts Nevada and San Jose State hosts Sacramento State. Fresno State hosts Dallas Baptist for a three game series.
1. New Mexico State (31-12-1, 9-2-1)
2. Fresno State (24-18, 7-5)
3. Louisiana Tech (21-18, 6-6)
4. Nevada (22-15-1, 3-4-1)
T5. San Jose State (15-23, 3-5)
T5. Sacramento State (14-22-1, 3-5)
7. Hawai’i (21-20, 4-8)
Week three in the WAC sees the top two teams, New Mexico State and Sacramento State, squaring off in Sacramento. Fresno State travels to Nevada and Hawai’i visits Louisiana Tech. The San Jose State Spartans take their weekend away from the WAC and travel to Wichita, KS to take on the Shockers of Wichita State.
STANDINGS 1. New Mexico State (28-12-1, 6-2-1) 2. Fresno State (22-16, 5-3) 3. Sacramento State (14-19-1, 3-2) 4. Louisiana Tech (19-17, 4-5) 5. San Jose State (14-21, 3-5) 6. Nevada (20-13-1, 1-2-1) 7. Hawai’i (20-18, 3-6)
After the first weekend of play two familiar names are atop the standings. All three conference series will take place in the state of California as the three WAC outposts, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and Hawai’i all converge on the Golden State. New Mexico State faces San Jose State, Fresno State hosts Louisiana Tech and Sacramento State hosts Hawai’i. Nevada is the odd team out this week and travels to Seattle for a three game set with Seattle University.
#1 Lewis-Clark State swept three games against Division III Willamette. The Warriors’ last loss was April 15. They have won 13 straight, and are having their best start in school history. Upcoming: at #4 British Columbia April 16-18, at Corban April 19-20. The British Columbia series will be webcast by both KOZE and CITR.
After a 5-4 loss to #21 Campbellsville, #2 Cumberland swept three games against Trevecca Nazarene, defeated Lindsey Wilson 6-3, and Bryan 15-5. One of the Trevecca wins was 15-0, and Robert Post pitched the mercy-rule-shortened five-inning shutout. He was named TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Week. The Bulldogs lead the TranSouth Conference with a 7-2 record, but they lead Freed-Hardeman and #12 Union U. (TN) by only one game. Upcoming: Freed-Hardeman April 16-17, at Lindsey Wilson April 19. Continue reading NAIA Top 25 and recap for April 13th→
As is customary with a seven team league the first weekend of WAC play sees six of the seven teams in action including New Mexico State who holds the nation’s longest active winning at 11 games. Five of the seven teams in the league have a .500 or better record coming into league play and holds a 107-88-1 record against non-conference opponents.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Jason Mitchell struck out a school and Southland Conference record 18 batters and held a no-hitter through 8.2 innings, but it took UT Arlington 14 innings to capture its first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Missouri State on Friday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark. Continue reading Southland Conference recap for 02-26-2010→
DENVER, CO – Nevada designated hitter Brock Stassi and New Mexico State pitcher Dan Reid have been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for February 15-21.
Stassi, a junior from Yuba City, Calif. (Yuba City HS), helped the Wolf Pack to a 2-1 record last week at Santa Clara. Stassi hit .818 (9-for-11) with six runs scored, a double, two home runs and five RBI in three games. In one stretch, Stassi had hits in six consecutive plate appearances. He finished with multiple hits all three games. On the weekend, he had a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .875 on base percentage. Continue reading WAC Players Of The Week→
DENVER – Fresno State has been selected as the favorite to win the 2010 Western Athletic Conference regular season baseball crown in a vote by the league’s seven head coaches. The coaches also voted on a preseason all-WAC team with Fresno State and Nevada leading the way as each placed four players on the team. Fresno State junior second baseman Danny Muno was named the preseason player of the year, while Fresno State sophomore Derek Benny was picked the preseason pitcher of the year.