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ACC Opening Weekend Preview

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)

UNC Game Notes
Rivals article on the Tar Heels
Miami Game Notes

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)

Virginia Game Notes
Wake Forest Game Notes

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)

Virginia Tech Game Notes
Georgia Tech Game Notes

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

FSU Game Notes
Tallahassee Democrat Article on Tony Thomas Jr.

IU Game Notes (Not available yet)
IU Student Paper Preview

Terps sweep GW



FROM MARYLAND MEDIA RELATIONS

The Maryland baseball team earned its first series sweep of the season Saturday as it defeated George Washington, 11-4 and 6-4, in a non-conference doubleheader at Shipley Field.

Maryland improved to 7-2 with the win, its best start in five seasons. The Colonials fell to 0-6 as they could not withstand two late scoring surges by the Terrapins in each game. Juniors Ryan Moorer (2-0) and Brett Cecil (2-1) earned wins for Maryland, while Brian Frazier (0-2) and Scott Swinson (0-2) took the losses for GW.

In the early game, Maryland broke open a 5-3 contest with a six-run eighth inning, highlighted by sophomore Joe Palumbo’s first career grand slam. Palumbo had two of the Terps’ 13 hits in the game and also scored a pair of runs in the game.

Sophomore Gerry Spessard and junior Chad Durakis helped the Terps jump out to an early 4-1 lead. Spessard hit an RBI single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third, while Durakis, who was 3-for-3, notched an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double two innings later.

The score stayed the same until the seventh inning, as Moorer held the Colonials at bay through six innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out three batters. In the seventh, GW closed the gap to 5-3 as Michael Parker drove in two with a single through the middle.

Maryland responded with a run in the seventh, as Palumbo scored from third on a wild pitch. The Bowie, Md., native crossed the plate again in the eighth inning, but not before clearing the bases with his grand slam to right field, which gave the Terps an 9-3 lead. Maryland added two more in the inning on Durakis’ third and fourth RBIs of the game.

Frazier, one of six Colonial pitchers used in the opener, surrendered two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out three.

In the second game of the doubleheader, a contest originally scheduled for Sunday but moved up due to weather, Maryland fought back from an early four-run deficit. The Terps were held hitless through four innings by Colonials starter Derek Haese, but rebounded with six unanswered runs to take the series sweep.

Down 4-0 in the fifth inning, Palumbo and sophomore Wink Nolan each hit RBI singles. Junior Kevin Biringer, who relieved starter Nick Pearce in the fourth, pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six, a career high.

Cecil entered the contest in the seventh inning and nearly matched Biringer’s feat, as he allowed two hits in three innings of work to earn his second win in as many days. Maryland posted four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 6-4 lead. Mike Murphy drove in the first run with an RBI single, while senior Dan Melvin’s had a two-RBI double. Spessard’s second sacrifice fly of the day to put final run on the board.

The Terps hit the road for their first mid-week contest of the season Tuesday as they face James Madison. First pitch from Harrisonburg, Va., is set for 3 p.m.

Terps knock off GW

FROM MARYLAND PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Gerry Spessard’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored the winning run as the Maryland baseball team defeated George Washington, 6-5, on Friday in the Terrapins’ 2007 home opener.
Maryland
improved to 5-2, while the Colonials dropped to 0-4. Reliever Brett Cecil (1-1) earned the victory after pitching a scoreless ninth, while Scott Swinson (0-1) picked up the loss for GW.

On a cold and blustery afternoon at Shipley Field, both teams overcame early pitching struggles as a see-saw battle ensued. Spessard, who finished the day 2-for-5 with two RBIs, sealed the victory for the Terps in the ninth inning after the Colonials scored in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 5-5. The game-winning run was set up by senior shortstop Dan Melvin who reached base on a throwing error, and then moved all the way to third on a passed ball.

The Colonials opened the game’s scoring with a three-run first inning, as Maryland starter Casey Baron struggled early before settling in for a five-inning no-decision. Maryland cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning when Spessard singled up the middle to score freshman AJ Casario, who doubled in his first plate appearance.

Maryland took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, as Casario notched his first career triple to score Mike Murphy. Melvin singled in the next at-bat, scoring Casario. Catcher Chad Durakis’ sacrifice fly scored Melvin to give the Terps a 4-3 lead.

In the fourth, designated hitter Will Greenberg doubled and scored to expand the lead to 5-3. However, the Colonials fought back with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Cecil entered in the ninth inning in relief of junior Mike Sufczynski, who pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits. Cecil, a preseason All-American, recorded two strikeouts in the ninth to earn the sixth win in his career.

Maryland will play host to the Colonials on Saturday for a doubleheader, as Sunday’s game was moved up a day due to the threat of inclement weather. The first game will start at 11:30 a.m. from Shipley Field, with the final game of the series to start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the day’s first game.

George Washington Game Recap

Maryland heads to UCF

The Maryland Terrapins will be heading down to Orlando, FL for a 3-game set with the University of Central Florida. The Terps are coming into the game with a 2-1 record after a loss to Winthrop and victories over Gardner-Webb and Creighton. The Golden Knights are entering the series with a 2-3 record on the young season. TCU took two out of three games last weekend. Friday and Saturday’s games will start at 4pm while Sunday’s will be start at 1pm.

UCF Game Notes
Maryland Game Notes

Thomas Jr. and Biringer named POW in the ACC

Tony Thomas Jr. and Kevin Biringer were recently named ACC Player of the week and Pitcher of the Week. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Seminoles in a three game sweep over UNC-Asheville by going 8-11 on the weekend and having a slugging percentage of 1.00 and he also stole three bases. Kevin Biringer faced 15 batters on the weekend and struck out five in those five innings of work. Both UMD and FSU will be in action this weekend with the Terps heading to UCF and FSU will be hosting Hofstra.

ACC Release
Terps Release
FSU Release

Ok State, UMD, and Texas Tech get ready


The Daily O’Collegian checks in with an article about the Oklahoma State baseball program. They are ranked 22nd by Baseball America and return a ton of offensive talent including NC State transfer Matt Mangini who impressed The College Baseball Blog staff and scouts in the Cape Cod League this summer. Mangini has to work on his defensive skills to become a better player all around but is an excellent hitter. The full article is available here.

Maryland Media Relations has posted a new season preview about the Terps season. They believe that the team is going to be able to compete for the ACC Championship this year. I believe this is unlikely as they really don’t have too much talent in their pitching staff. The full season preview is available here.

The Daily Toreador also has written an article previewing the Red Raiders season. The article written by Wes Skipwith can be read here.

UMD Releases 2007 Schedule


The University of Maryland has released their 2007 Baseball Schedule. The highlights on the schedule are a visits from Florida State, CWS Finalist North Carolina, and perennial power Clemson. They will also make their first trip to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes. It is expected for Maryland to be in the lower tier of the ACC but things are starting to look up for Coach Rupp and the Terrapins. The schedule is available in HTML and PDF formats.

Maryland Sign Seven for 2008 Season


I was forwarded this article from Maryland Sports Information staff member Dan Reisig. He is always a big help with getting information on the Terps.

Maryland baseball head coach Terry Rupp announced today seven future Terrapins who joined the team by signing National Letters of Intent this fall. The seven players, four of whom have chosen to play collegiate ball in their home state, are valuable assets who will have the opportunity to contribute when they join the Terps for the 2007-08 school year.

The seven signees are: Kyle Blackwell ( Rockville , Md. /Sherwood HS), Reid Chenworth ( Baltimore , Md. /Calvert Hall HS), Brett Harman ( Baltimore , Md. / Westminster HS), Adam Kolarek ( Catonsville , Md /Catonsville HS), Curtis Lazar ( Stafford , Va. / Mountain View HS), Matthew Quinn (North Penn, Penn./Landsdale HS), and Bill Rice (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township HS),

“With our 2007 recruiting class, we have addressed a lot of our needs to help us down the road as we try to get better in this league,” Rupp said. “With the addition of these seven recruits, we have definitely helped our club immensely. We have addressed two key areas – left handed hitting and front-line pitching and added some size and some athleticism to our program. Overall, we are very excited to get these guys on campus.”

Blackwell is a slender 6-2, 165 pound right-hander whose live arm gives him tremendous upside as well. According to assistant coach Jim Farr: “We hope to develop his secondary pitches so that he can come into the mix as a freshman.”

Chenworth is a big 6-5, 210 pound athletic left-handed hitter who will see time in the outfield. A member of his high school volleyball team, he has good speed and power and projects to play left field, according to Farr.

Harman is a 6-5, 200 pound pitcher who can contribute in various ways. Said Farr: “He is an outstanding, in-state right-handed pitcher. He has exceptional movement to his fastball, and projects to be able to pitch up front in our rotation.”

Kolarek is a player who will contribute both from the mound and in the field. The 6-3, 190 pound left-hander will compete for playing time in the outfield as well as out of the bullpen. His fastball is in the upper 80s and the Terps coaching staff will be working on developing his secondary pitches as well.

Lazar is a big, 6-4, 190 pound left-handed first baseman/outfielder who, according to Farr, “is an athletic kid who can run. He can hit with power and is good around the bag.”

Quinn is a 6-5, 205 pound right-handed pitcher who, according to coach Farr, has a large upside. “Matt is just starting to come into his own,” he said. He throws in the 86-88 mph range with three pitches. He has the ability to pitch at either the front end or the back end of a game.”

Rice, a 6-0, 180 pound left-handed hitter will see time at all three positions in the outfield. Said Farr: “He’s a good enough runner to play center, and he has the arm strength to play right field. He projects to hit some doubles for us with occasional power.”

Among the seven recruits, four hail from the Free State , adding to the 18 Maryland natives on this season’s roster. Overall, the Terrapin coaching staff feels that it has assembled a group of recruits who will be valuable members of both the baseball team as well as the campus community.

“We have some quality kids, both athletically and academically,” Rupp said. “We feel that all seven players are men of great character.”

2007 Maryland Baseball Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Kyle Blackwell RHP 6-2 165 Rockville , Md./Sherwood HS
Reid Chenworth OF 6-5 210 Baltimore , Md. /Calvert Hall HS
Brett Harman RHP 6-5 200 Baltimore , Md./Westminster HS
Adam Kolarek LHP/OF 6-3 190 Catonsville , Md./Catonsville HS
Curtis Lazar 1B 6-4 190 Stafford, Va. / Mountain View HS
Matthew Quinn RHP 6-5 205 North Penn, Penn. /Landsdale HS
Bill Rice OF 6-0 180 Sewell, N.J./Washington Township HS