LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Behind a career day from catcher Garrett Kennedy and another strong start from southpaw Chris Diaz, the second-seeded Miami Hurricanes captured their NCAA Championship opener over third-seeded Oklahoma State by a final score of 7-0. Continue reading
Louisville’s season didn’t end as well as they would have liked. Just two games into the 2013 Big East tournament, and the Cardinals found themselves ousted by UConn. Though losing their opportunity at a national seed in the NCAA tournament, the Cardinals were selected to host the regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The theme in this four-team field? Pitching. Each team comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, each squad boasts some talented arms, making this the regional tournament with arguably the deepest pitching pool. Continue reading
For this week’s projections, instead of being solely compiled based on RPI like they have been done in past weeks, every aspect was taken into consideration. College Baseball Daily’s Ginger Poulson (@gingerpoulson) compiled this list after analyzing RPI, overall records, conference standings, overall talent and several other factors. If you have any questions about the projections feel free to leave a comment below or send her a tweet.
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SAN DIEGO — In a battle of teams with high expectations that are off to slow starts, San Diego and Kent State split a doubleheader Saturday at Fowler Park. The Toreros (2-4) took the first game in a battle of the bats, winning 18-11 behind a five-RBI performance by Dillon Haupt and a five-run game from Kris Bryant.
Kent State (1-6) chased Max MacNabb early in the second game and rode the arm of Taylor Williams to a 9-5 victory for its first win of the season after making it to the College World Series last season.
Derek Toadvine hit a grand slam for the Golden Flashes in the first game while Zarley Zalewski and Justin Wagler both hit bombs in the second game. San Diego still has yet to hit a home run the first six games at Fowler Park, though Kris Bryant came just a foot or two short with a long double that bounced off the top of the wall.
SAN DIEGO — Following up a trip to Omaha isn’t easy, but Kent State didn’t expect it to take this long to get its first win. Finally in their seventh game of the season the Golden Flashes (1-6) got into the win column.
Kent State took the second game of a doubleheader at San Diego’s Fowler Park 9-5 after dropping the first game 18-11. Justin Wagler and Zarley Zalewski both homered as the Golden Flashes jumped out to a 6-1 lead against San Diego (2-4) starter Max MacNabb.
From there, Kent State just answered every San Diego threat with runs of its own. When the Toreros scored a run in the fifth inning, the Golden Flashes scored one the next half inning. They did it again the next inning. San Diego trimmed the lead to 7-5, but Kent State answered with two runs.
Taylor Williams got the win. He allowed eight hits and five runs (three earned) in seven innings, but he dominated San Diego’s top offensive threats Louis Lechich, Kris Bryant and Dillon Haupt. Six of Williams eight strikeouts were due to the trio, including giving Bryant the hat trick.
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SAN DIEGO — After having only eight runs and 24 hits in its first four games, San Diego exploded for 18 runs on 17 hits in an 18-11 hit fest in the first game of a doubleheader against Kent State Saturday afternoon at Fowler Park.
The Toreros (2-3) scored five runs in the first two innings against starter Casey Wilson. They busted the game wide open with eight runs in the fifth inning as reliever Spencer Bryant allowed six runs without recording an out.
San Diego continued to put runs on the board against Kent State (0-6), scoring in six of its eight at bats, enroute to the most runs since San Diego beat Minnesota 22-1 in the 2010 regionals.
Dylan Covey was solid allowing only three hits and three walks in five innings, but four San Diego errors in the game pushed his pitch count up. Kent State was able to hit around the Toreros relievers, but never really threatened.
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The No. 6 ranked Bruins will travel to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears this weekend. It will be UCLA’s first visit to Baylor in program history. UCLA (2-1) is coming off a series victory against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Bruins dropped the opener 6-2 in 10 innings Friday night, but rallied on Saturday by defeating the Gophers 14-0. On Sunday, sophomore starter Grant Watson kept the Gophers quiet by throwing six scoreless innings and tallying a career high eight strikeouts. Baylor (1-3) is coming off a win at home Tuesday against Texas State. The Bears were swept on the road at UC Irvine last weekend. Continue reading