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REGIONAL PREVIEW: COLUMBIA, MO!

A late season surge has given Missouri the opportunity to host at least one weekend of NCAA postseason play. The Tigers will be welcoming second-seeded Miami, on a roll themselves, as well as both Louisville and Kent State. That survivor will then take on the winner from Fayetteville next weekend. Arkansas, the top seed at home and the seventh overall national seed, will see Creighton, Oklahoma State, and Albany make their way to town this weekend. Are the Tigers and Hogs on a collision course, or will someone else break up the party?

COLUMBIA, MO REGIONAL
vs Fayetteville Regional

The Field

(1) Missouri (40-16)

It’s been a great season for the Tigers, who finished a surprising second in the Big 12 at 19-8. Despite a 1-2 showing in the Big 12 tournament, they were still chosen to host a regional for the first time since 1965.

(2) Miami (36-22)

Miami was penciled in as a potential title contender, but finished in the middle of the pack in the ACC. This is the second straight year the Hurricanes go to a Big 12 school for the postseason, having gone to Nebraska a year ago.

(3) Louisville (40-20)

The 2007 season has been a historic one for Louisville. The Cardinals, under first-year coach Dan McConnell, have won a school-record 40 games, and make only their second regional appearance in school history. The Cards finished third in the Big East with a 19-8 record, one game behind St. John‘s and Rutgers, and went 2-2 in the Big East tourney.

(4) Kent State (33-24)

The Golden Flashes captured the Mid-American‘s Eastern Division title with a 19-8 record, then won four in a row to win the automatic bid, knocking off #1 seed Eastern Michigan twice in the process. The Golden Flashes enter their first postseason appearance since 2004 on a hot streak, having won 16 of their last 17 games.

Missouri Tigers

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Columbia, Mo., Regional!


1. Missouri (40-16)

2. Miami (Fla.) (36-22)

3. Louisville (40-20)

4. Kent State (33-24)
The Favorite: Missouri
When looking at Missouri from a statistical standpoint, it’s easy to come away unimpressed. But a closer look at the Tigers reveals a team that always finds a way to win games. While sophomore right-hander Aaron Crow leads the charge on the mound, the Tigers are led at the plate by junior outfielder Evan Frey. He’s hitting a team-leading .346 with four home runs and 33 RBIs. Jacob Priday is a power producer for the Tigers, while Brock Bond has shown consistency with his .319 batting average. The Tigers have a tough field with Miami and Louisville. But as they’ve shown, they’re not a team that likes to be doubted.
Dark horse candidate: Miami, Fla.
If you want to see consistency, look no further than the Miami baseball program. With a bid to the Columbia Regional, the Hurricanes are attending their 35th straight NCAA Regional. Color me impressed. While hometown Missouri is the favorite over the Hurricanes, that won’t get this team down. The Hurricanes have an impressive offense with Yonder Alonso and freshman third baseman Mark Sobolewski leading the charge. Second baseman Jemile Weeks is another versatile player to watch, while Roger Tomas routinely makes opposing pitchers pay for their mistakes. The Canes can win this Regional.
Best hitter: Miami 1B Yonder Alonso
In his second season with the Hurricanes, Alonso has blossomed into one of the top hitters in college baseball. The sophomore enters the Columbia Regional hitting a team-leading .378 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs. He’s also slugging .724 and has a .519 on-base percentage. In addition, Alonso has stolen 13 bases and has 12 doubles in 196 at bats.
Best pitcher: Missouri RHP Aaron Crow
There are several talented pitchers in this Regional, but the guy that stands out to me the most is Missouri right-hander Aaron Crow. After losing Max Scherzer and Nathan Culp last season, many critics thought the Mizzou pitching staff would take a giant step back. That assumption was wrong. Crow enters the weekend with an 8-3 record and a 3.17 ERA in 108 innings. He has also struck out 81 batters.
Regional review
Missouri has a tough opening round matchup with four-seed Kent State, but if they can hold off the Golden Flashes, it will likely shake off any potential postseason jitters. The Tigers have a good one-two punch in the weekend rotation, while Evan Frey and Jacob Priday lead the way at the plate. As the host team, it’s important for the Tigers to keep the fans involved in the action … Miami might have a better chance of winning this Regional than some might think. The Hurricanes have the most talented team in the field of four and have the postseason experience necessary to make it to the College World Series. For Miami, the key to the weekend is consistency across the board … Louisville is another team that could surprise this weekend. Roger Williams has done a phenomenal job with the Cards pitching staff, while Logan Johnson, Isaiah Howes and Boomer Whiting provide the offensive fireworks … Kent State enters the tournament just 6-13 against teams in the top 100.Rivals.com

Day 2 Recap of Big East Tourney

Villanova 3 Notre Dame 2

Jim Gillin hit a solo homer in the fourth inning which proved to be the winning run as the Villanova Wildcats eliminated Notre Dame from the Big East Tournament. Villanova got a solid pitching performance from Jordan Ellis as he allowed both runs in his seven innings of work. Josh Eidell picked up the save by pitching two perfect innings including a save.

Villanova Recap
Notre Dame Recap

UConn 5 Pittsburgh 2

The UConn Huskies got eight strong innings from Matt Tarsi as they knocked the Pittsburgh Panthers out of the Big East Tournament. The Huskies were led on offense by Dennis Donavan who hit a two run homer in the third inning. The Panthers top offensive threat on the day was Dan Lopez who went 3-4.

UConn Recap
Pittsburgh Recap

USF 2 St. John’s 0

Chris Delaney held the Red Storm to only two hits in 6.1 innings as his USF Bulls picked up a 2-0 victory over St. John’s in the Big East Tournament. Dexter Butler and Addison Maruszak each got an RBI to account for all the runs in the game. Brendan Monaghan got two hits for St. John’s as he was the only player in the game to have multiple hits.

USF Recap
St. John’s Recap

Louisville 8 Rutgers 1

Louisville starter Justin Marks gave up only 1 run in six innings to lead his Cardinals to an 8-1 victory over Rutgers. Kyle Hollander and Trystan Magnuson combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief. Louisville was led on offense by Chris Dominguez who went 3-5 with 2 RBI.

Louisville Recap

Rutgers Recap

The Big East is continuing their free webcast of the championships which can be viewed by clicking here.

2007 Big East Tournament


The Big East Conference Tournament starts on Tuesday in Brooklyn NY. The top 8 teams are invited to the tournament and split into two different double elimination brackets. The two winners will meet on Saturday for a winner take all championship game. The full brackets are available here. The Big East Tournament starts at 10 am on Tuesday with Louisville taking on Villanova. At 1 pm, Rutgers will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The last two games on the opening day will take place at 5 pm with Pittsburgh playing University of South Florida and the number 1 seeded St. John’s Red Storm playing UConn at 8 pm in the nightcap. CSTV has provided a full preview of the tournament which is available at this link.

The entire tournament can be watched for free by clicking here. Thanks to the Big East for providing free video of the tournament.

Conference USA Recap for 4/3


Tulane 16, LSU 9

All nine Green Wave hitters tallied at least two hits, including a 4-for-6 showing by sophomore right fielder Warren McFadden, as the Tulane University baseball team defeated arch-rival LSU, 16-9, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.

Tulane (23-8) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after three innings, and held a comfortable 13-3 advantage going into the top of the seventh. In that stanza, however, the Tigers (17-13-1) clawed their way back into the ballgame as left fielder Ryan Schimpf capped a six-run stanza with a three-run homer to right. Rookie right-hander Preston Claiborne came out of the pen to put the fire out and the Green Wave held on to complete the regular-season sweep of LSU for the third time since 2001.

Tulane Recap

Southern Miss 13, Nicholls State 5

Southern Miss’ Trey Cuevas and Michael Ewing each finished with three hits and four RBIs to lead the Golden Eagles to a 13-5 victory over Nicholls State, tonight, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 2,467 in attendance.

Cuevas finished with a single in the first inning, a grand slam in the second inning and a single in the fourth inning. Michael Ewing had a triple to center field in the second inning, a walk in the third inning, a sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning, a three-run homer to right field in the sixth inning and a single through the right side in the seventh inning.

Jared Cavenaugh (2-0) earned his second win of the season, pitching six innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out seven batters. JR Ballinger pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one, and Ben Wade pitched the ninth inning and had a strikeout.

Southern Miss Recap

Baylor 12, Houston 6

Baylor scored nine runs over the final four innings on the way to a 12-6 win against the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday during a non-conference game at Baylor Ballpark.

The Bears took advantage of a hit and error to score two runs in the sixth inning and grab the lead for good and then broke the game open with four runs off three hits and another Cougar miscue one inning later to split the regular-season series against the Cougars. UH enjoyed a 4-2 win over the Bears on Feb. 9 during the first day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

Baylor added three more run in the eighth inning during its final at bat for the final margin of victory.

Houston Recap

Rice 5, Prairie View A&M 4

Junior left fielder Jordan Dodson delivered the game-winning hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth-inning to cap a late two-run rally and propel the eighth-ranked Rice baseball team to a 5-4 victory over upset-minded Prairie View Tuesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.

Dodson’s ninth inning game-winner was on the heals of an emotional boost in the top of the eighth inning when junior reliever Cole St.Clair made his long-awaited debut for the 2007 season. The left-hander fired a solid shutout inning that halted the first Prairie View rally after the Panthers cut the Rice lead to a single run, 3-2. St.Clair entered the game with one run already in, a man in scoring position and nobody out. The consensus preseason all-America selection got a fly out, which was enough to advance the runner to third, and he hit the next batter. With men on the corners, St.Clair quickly made up for the hit batsman by picking the runner off first base. He then batted down a line-shot back to the mound, which he managed to corral and flip to first to end the inning.

Rice Recap

Louisville 17, Marshall 1

The Marshall University baseball team suffered a 17-1 setback to Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday on the strength of eight Cardinal home runs, three of which came in a 10-run third inning. The game was called in the top of the sixth inning due to thunderstorms.

Louisville fell behind 1-0 on a Brendan Murphy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) RBI groundout in the first inning that scored Thundering Herd leadoff man Mason Chapman (Barboursville, W.Va.). The Cardinals then wasted no time getting their offense going, hitting two home runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. Justin McClanahan hit a two-run shot off starter Ryan Kiel (Los Gatos, Calif.), then two batters later Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer.

Marshall Recap

Thanks to Raymond Reeves for forwarding me all this information. He is much help with Conference USA coverage.

Coca-Cola Southern Miss Baseball Classic Day 3

In the final day of action at the Coca-Cola Southern Miss Baseball Classic both Southern Mississippi and Southern Illinois were able to pick up victories. Southern Miss took care of business against Northwestern State by a score of 10-7. They were led by a solid hitting attack from Brian Dozier who went 3-4 at the plate. Southern Illinois won the game in the 13th behind RBI hits by Tyler Choate and Micheal Finigan. Louisville tried to make a comeback in the bottom of the 13th but were unable to produce the two runs needed.

Louisville Recap
Southern Illinois Recap

Southern Miss Recap
Northwestern State Recap
Hattiesburg American Recap of the Tourney
Hattiesburg American Recap of the Brawl Suspensions

Coca-Cola Southern Miss Baseball Classic Day 2

Southern Mississippi and Louisville played an absolute classic on Saturday which ended up with both benches clearing and punches thrown by some players. Southern Mississippi rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the ballgame on a 2 out and two strike single by Micheal Ewing. After the runs scored, A Brawl broke out on the field according to reports but I would like to know if any action will be taken against any players.

Southern Miss Recap
Louisville Recap
Hattiesburg American Recap

The Southern Illinois Salukis took out the Northwestern State Demons on Saturday by a score of 3-2. Cody Adams pitched 7.2 innings while only letting up the two runs to pick up the victory.

Southern Illinois Recap

Northwestern State Recap

Louisville will be back in action on Sunday facing Southern Illinois and Southern Miss will face Northwestern State in the final day of the tourney.

Coca Cola Southern Miss Classic

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles won their opener on Friday night over the Southern Illinois Salukis by a score of 9-0. Ryan Belanger pitched a solid seven innings letting up only four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts to pick up the victory. Southern Miss was led on offense by Trey Sutton who had two hits and three RBI’s in the victory.

Southern Miss Recap
Southern Illinois Recap

Louisville also picked up a victory on Friday with a 4-0 victory over Northwestern State. Zack Pitts was wonderful on the mound for the Cardinals by pitching five shutout innings. Freshman Chris Dominguez hit a two run homer in the ninth inning to extend the lead to 3-0 and the Cardinals would tack on another run in the inning to set up the final scoreline.

Louisville Recap
Northwestern State Recap

The Golden Eagles will play Northwestern State on Saturday while Southern Illinois faces Louisville.

2007 Coca-Cola Classic Tourney

The University of Southern Mississippi will be hosting the Coca-Cola Classic Tournament this weekend with Louisville, Northwestern State, and Southern Illinois. Friday’s games are Louisville under new head coach Dan McDonnell facing off against Northwestern State at noon. Southern Illinois will face Southern Miss at 4pm on the opening day. Saturday’s match-ups will be Southern Illinois facing Louisville and Southern Miss facing Northwestern State. The final day of the tourney will be Northwestern State and Southern Illinois doing battle then the Cardinals and Eagles will end the tournament.

Louisville Release

Southern Miss Release
Article about Ryan Belanger (USM)
Northwestern State Release
Southern Illinois Series Notes

2007 Big East Pre-season Poll and Teams

The Big East Conference released the Pre-Season poll in which St. John’s was given 7 out of the possible 11 first place votes. The University of Notre Dame received four votes with the Cardinals of Louisville getting the other vote. Notre Dame sophomore Kyle Wieland was picked as the Pre-Season Pitcher of the year and Rutgers junior Todd Frazier was the Pre-Season Player of the year. The full release is available here.

I think you should not sleep on USF and Duke transfer Danny Otero as they are my team to watch in the Big East.