The city of Houston broke out the brooms this weekend, as Rice and Houston both swept Conference USA series. The two schools are now 1-2 in the C-USA standings. Marshall also broke into the league win column in convincing fashion over the weekend.
The city of Houston broke out the brooms this weekend, as Rice and Houston both swept Conference USA series. The two schools are now 1-2 in the C-USA standings. Marshall also broke into the league win column in convincing fashion over the weekend.
GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking a five-all tie to extend the Pirates’ current winning streak of four games with a 9-5 victory over former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Harrison Eldridge and Stephen Batts put the Pirates (25-12) on top for good as each belted a pair of two-run shots in the seventh. Freshman shortstop Gerard Hall hit his first collegiate homer, a solo shot in the top of the fourth for Old Dominion (25-16).
ECU will be back in action this weekend when they play host to Savannah State in a non-conference series. The Monarchs return to action this weekend when they host Delaware in a three-game CAA series.
Southern Miss 16, Louisiana-Monroe 4
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss’ Mike Cashion earned a victory in his second-straight start and the Golden Eagles scored 16 runs on 10 hits to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 16-4, tonight, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,115 in attendance.
Brian Dozier led the Golden Eagles with three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs. Jody Blount hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Drew Carson finished with two hits and Michael Ewing, Trey Sutton, James Ewing and Trey Cuevas each had one hit and two RBIs.
Matt Laird, Kyle Suire and Greg Manley led Louisiana-Monroe with two hits each. Laird, Suire, Bo Bowman and A.J. Siggers all finished with an RBI.
Southern Miss (23-15) scored 16 runs on 10 hits, while Louisiana-Monroe (23-16) scored four runs on 10 hits and committed five errors.
The Golden Eagles host C-USA rival UAB for the final three games of the current eight-game homestand this weekend, April 20-22. ULM kicks off a four-game home stand on Friday with a weekend series against Sun Belt foe Western Kentucky at Warhawk Field at 6 p.m.
Memphis 13, Austin Peay 7
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Michael Murray was perfect in four at-bats and freshman Dylan Cupples struck out a career-best five batter and allowed just three hits in six innings as Memphis earned a series sweep of the Governors with a 13-7 win on Wednesday evening. Memphis is now 24-14, marking the first time since 2001 that a Tiger squad has been 10 games over .500.
Austin Peay (20-16) got on the board first with a run in the opening frame, but Memphis set the tone for the contest by answering with a pair of tallies in the top half of the second. Kyle Norrid’s four-pitch got the rally going and Michael Murray followed with a double into the left centerfield gap. Designated hitter Ben Grisham got Memphis on the board when he lined a two-run single to left center for two of six two-out scores for the Tigers.
Memphis will host Marshall in a Conference USA series beginning on Friday. Austin Peay will host Southeast Missouri in an OVC series, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday.
UAB 15, Jacksonville State 5
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB Blazers bounced back from Tuesday’s disappointing loss and returned the favor Wednesday night, taking advantage of 13 walks to beat the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 15-5, at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers were led by junior outfielder Phil Bell who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two doubles. Junior right-hander Dustin Colburn earned the win on the mound.
UAB is now 17-22 on the year, just two wins shy of matching last season’s win total. JSU falls to 21-17 with the loss.
The Blazers will return to Conference USA action when they travel to Southern Miss for a weekend series. The Gamecocks, who are tied for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 9-3 mark in the Conference, return to action with a three-game Conference series at Eastern Kentucky this weekend.
No. 5 Rice at Houston
Houston posted three runs in the sixth inning against NCBWA Pitcher of the Week Ryan Berry on its way to a 5-2 victory in the Silver Glove series-opener Friday. Joe Savery went 4-for-4 from the plate on Saturday to highlight Rice’s 15-hit performance and Ryne Tracker scattered three hits from the mound as the Owls evened the series with a 12-0 shellacking. Jess Buenger went 4-for-5 to lead the Owls to an 11-6 decision on Sunday.
With consecutive wins over UH on Saturday and Sunday, Rice (29-11, 10-2) claimed the weekend series two-games-to-one and retained possession of the Silver Glove Trophy as the city’s collegiate champion for a seventh-straight year. The Owls have won the annual trophy in nine of the 10 years it has been awarded dating back to 1998. Houston fell to 19-6 overall, 6-3 in C-USA play.
No. 28 Tulane at Southern Miss
Southern Miss scored in the bottom of the first, then saw Tulane plate five unanswered runs as the Green Wave claimed a 7-5 decision in the Friday contest. Torrential rains and tornado warnings cancelled all of Saturday’s EagleFest activities, leading to a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday.
Barry Bowden tossed a complete game as Southern Miss took a 5-2 win in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader. The Green Wave scored seven runs in the top of the first and cruised to a 7-1 series-clinching win in the second game. Tulane moved to 27-11 overall, 8-4 in C-USA; Southern Miss is now 22-15, 4-8 in C-USA.
Memphis at UAB
Visiting Memphis held off a late UAB rally to take a 7-6 win on Friday. Blazer officials set Saturday’s first pitch for 10:30 a.m. in an effort to beat the incoming storms. It didn’t work; the game was suspended after five innings with Memphis holding an 8-4 lead, thanks to an eight-run fourth inning by the Tigers.
The Blazers scored three runs on Sunday in the resumption of Saturday’s game, but Memphis’ eight-run fourth inning on the previous day held up, as the Tigers claimed an 8-7 decision. A 9-4 final in the third game gave the Tigers a sweep of the weekend series. Memphis has won eight of its last nine conference games and stands at 22-14 overall, 8-4 in C-USA. UAB fell to 16-21 overall, 4-5 in league play.
East Carolina at Marshall
In an effort to beat the incoming weather, the ECU-MU schedule was altered; the two teams played a Friday doubleheader. Freshman Kyle Roller hit his first career home run in the eighth inning of the opener to lift ECU past Marshall 7-4. The Pirates scored seven runs in the third of the nightcap to cruise to a 13-3 sweep of the doubleheader.
The doubleheader sweep turned into a series sweep, as the rains came in and forced the cancellation of the third game. East Carolina moved to 24-12 overall, 6-5 in C-USA. Marshall fell to 14-19 overall, 0-8 in league play.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss starting pitcher Mike Cashion pitched five innings, giving up one run on six hits, Michael Ewing hit a two-run single in the second inning and Trey Cuevas hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Golden Eagles to a 4-2 win over No. 13 Ole Miss at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 5,132.
Cashion (1-0) earned his first win since defeating Memphis on April 1, 2005, before sustaining a season-ending elbow injury the next week at East Carolina. He threw 86 pitches, walked three batters and struck out one. Jared Cavenaugh pitched two innings of relief, giving up one hit, two walks and struck out three batters. Tyler Conn (4) earned his fourth save of the season, giving up one unearned run on two hits and struck out one batter.
Ole Miss starter Brett Buckvich (4-2) was credited with the loss, pitching three innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits, walking four and striking out three batters. Four Rebel pitchers walked eight batters and struck out five.
Southern Miss (21-13) scored four runs on five hits and committed one error, while Ole Miss (24-11) scored two runs on nine hits. The Rebels left 12 runners stranded and the Golden Eagles left 10 runners on base.
Southern Miss hosts Conference USA foe Tulane as part of EagleFest Weekend on April 13-15 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Ole Miss will travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU in Southeastern Conference action.
Tulane 5, Louisiana 4
METAIRIE, La. – Junior second baseman Brad Emaus and sophomore right fielder Warren McFadden had three hits apiece and the pair combined to provide the game’s winning run as the Tulane University baseball team used the come-back attack to defeat Louisiana, 5-4, Wednesday evening at Zephyr Field.
The Ragin’ Cajuns jumped on Tulane starter Matt Goebel for four runs in the top of the second, but the senior right-hander settled down to pitch four shutout innings the rest of his outing. The Green Wave offense, meanwhile, plated single runs in the second and fourth innings, two in the fifth and another in the sixth to pull out the victory.
With the win, Tulane improves to 25-10 on the year and is now 7-4 against teams from the state of Louisiana in 2007. Louisiana, meanwhile, falls to 26-8. The Green Wave travel to Southern Miss for a C-USA series this weekend, while the Ragin’ Cajuns hit the road to face defending league champion Troy in a Sun Belt series.
Rice 13, Lamar 4
BEAUMONT, Tex. — Every Rice starter collected a base hit by the fourth inning on the way to a season-high 20 hits, including a grand slam home run by junior first baseman Joe Savery, on the way to a convincing 13-4 road victory over Lamar Wednesday evening at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont.
Rice jumped on the scoreboard for eight early runs. In the first inning junior Tyler Henley knocked a two-out single into left field and was able to score easily on a triple to right-center by Savery. Savery then scored on Jordan Dodson’s double to left-center and the Owls had two runs in the first inning of game for the first time since late February.
The Owls improved to 27-10 on the season with the team’s eighth win in a row. Lamar fell to 22-15 overall.
The road swing continues for Rice. The Owls next face crosstown rival Houston in a three-game Conference USA weekend series April 13-15 at UH’s Cougar Field. Lamar travels to Sam Houston State for a Southland Conference series this weekend.
Murray State 7, Memphis 6
Memphis reliever Will Hudgens struck out a career-high eight batters and held Murray State hitless in five innings of work, but the Tigers were unable to overcome an early 6-2 deficit as they suffered a 7-6 loss to Murray State Wednesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. The loss was just the second of the year for Memphis when playing at home.
Memphis scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but left the tying run stranded on third.
Both teams return to action this weekend with conference series. Memphis (19-14) will travel to Birmingham to face UAB in C-USA action. Murray State (9-21) will host Eastern Kentucky in an OVC series.
East Carolina 3, UNC Wilmington 2
Henderson singled down the left field line with one out and then moved into scoring position on his fourth stolen base of the year, setting up the game-winning hit for the Pirates (22-12).
Shane Mathews picked up his league-leading ninth save after working the ninth inning where he allowed one hit. Josh Ruhlman notched his second win and improved to 2-0 after working 1 2/3 innings where he retired all five batters he faced. Freshman right-hander Mike Anderson tossed a career-best 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits with two punch-outs and one walk before giving way to Mike Flye, who faced one batter, then was replaced by Ruhlman in the seventh.
UNCW (16-20) reliever Allen Flood suffered the loss after working just two-third’s of an inning where he allowed the game-winning run on two hits. Starter Andrew Morgan worked a career-best 5 1/3 innings, struck out a career-high five batters, surrendered one run (unearned) on four hits while walking one before giving way to Jessee Haney. Haney came in with runners on the corner in the sixth and got Henderson to ground into an inning ending 1-6-3 double-play. Haney finished the game allowing one run (earned) on one hit in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. Flood replaced Haney in the ninth before being replaced himself by Larry Salefsky ( 1/3 IP).
The Pirates will stay on the road this weekend when they travel Charleston, WVa. to take on Marshall in a three-game Conference USA series at Appalachian Power Park. UNCW travels to Delaware for a CAA series.
UAB-Kennesaw State postponed to April 23.
MURRAY, Ky. – Memphis scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning, but Murray State stormed back to score six in the third and five more in the seventh to complete a 14-12 come-from-behind win over the Tigers Tuesday afternoon at Reagan Field.
Murray State then put together a big inning of its own in the third. Jason Payton hit a one-out solo home run, followed by a walk to senior center fielder Tyler Pittman. Sophomore third baseman Tyler Owen then doubled Pittman to third, and senior right fielder Jamie Leidolf doubled in Pittman and Owen to cut the deficit to 10-5. Sophomore shortstop Justin Yount hit a two-out single, scoring Leidolf, then stole second base. Senior left fielder Austin Swain then singled to score Yount, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Hudson singled him in to cap a six-run inning and pull the Thoroughbreds to within two runs.
Murray State (8-21) travels to Nat Buring Stadium in Memphis on Wednesday to complete the two-game series against the Tigers (19-13).
The Eagles got their fourth straight victory with a 9-5 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening. Michael Ewing got three hits to lead the offense while Todd McInnis got the victory by going 3.0 innings on a staff night.
New Orleans 14 Tulane 2
The Privateers used a thirteen hit attack to hammer the Tulane Green Wave 14-2 in non-conference action on Tuesday. T.J. Baxter went 3-4 with four runs scored and four driven to lead the offensive charge.
Texas A&M 10 Rice 9 (11 innings)
The Aggies picked up a very tough 10-9 victory over the Rice Owls on Tuesday. The Owls will be back in action on Friday when they visit Southern Miss for a weekend series.
Memphis 17 Middle Tennessee State 3
The Memphis Tigers blew out Middle Tennessee State 17-3 on Tuesday. Bill Moss went 3-3 with four RBI and three runs scored to lead the Tigers to the victory.
James Madison 12 Marshall 4
Matt Townsend hit two homers and drove in five runs to lead the Dukes to the 12-4 victory. The teams will face off on Wednesday.
UAB 7 Troy 6
The UAB Blazers used a great relief appearance from James Oliver who entered with the tying run on second and the winning run on first with one out in the eighth but was able to get out of the jam and pick up his first save of the season.
The North Carolina Tar Heels completed a sweep of the Miami Hurricanes with a 11-7 victory in the series finale. Benji Johnson and Tim Federowicz combined for seven RBI in the game to lead the Tar Heel offense. Johnson hit a grand slam in the second inning to erase an early four run deficit. Manny Miguelez had his worst outing of the season by letting up seven runs in his three innings of work. UNC starter Luke Putkonen was just as bad by going four innings and giving up six runs. UNC will be back in action on Tuesday with Elon and UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday. UNC will host Virginia next weekend in ACC action. Maine and Rutgers will play midweek games with Miami before the Canes host Maryland next weekend.
Wake Forest 7 Virginia 6
The Demon Deacons took the rubber game of their three game set with Virginia by a score of 7-6. Willy Fox drove home Brett Linnenkohl in the bottom of the ninth to give the Deacons their fifth walk-off victory of the season. Wake Forest will be back in action Tuesday with a brief two-game set with Ball State and Virginia will play Niagara on Tuesday. UVA will head to UNC next weekend while Wake Forest heads to FSU to open the ACC schedule for the Noles.
NC State 20 Maryland 3
The NC State baseball team was able to salvage a game on Sunday by picking up a 20-3 victory over Maryland. NC State scored 13 runs in the fifth inning to blow open a 3-1 game to a 16-1 rout. Caleb Mangum went 2-5 with four RBI to lead the Pack offense. NC State will be back in action on Tuesday with a two game set with Valparaiso and then will host Virginia Tech. Maryland will host James Madison and Coppin State before heading back on the road for a series with Miami.
Virginia Tech 5 Georgia Tech 4
The Virginia Tech Hokies scored 3 runs in the ninth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 victory. Matt Foley with one out hit a solo home run off of Matt Wieters to draw the Hokies within a run. Wieters then proceeded to hit the next two batters to set up first and second and one out. Bryan Thomas then grounded out to the shortstop to set up a first and third and two outs when Jose Cueto hit a single to drive in the tying run. Tim Ladd came on to pitch to Sean O’Brien but walked him so Wieters came back to the mound to pitch to Warren Schaffer who hit a single to drive in the eventual winning run.
Boston College 10 Duke 2
The Boston College Eagles completed the three game sweep in Durham over the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday. Eagles starter Nick Asselin picked up his first victory of the season by going seven innings while only allowing two runs. Terry Doyle picked up his second save of the season and weekend by working the last two innings. Johnny Ayers and Jared McGuire both picked up three hits to lead the Eagles charge. Boston College erupted for eight runs over the last two innings to blow the game wide open. Boston College will be back in action at Umass-Amherst on Wednesday before heading to Georgia Tech and Duke will host Fairleigh Dickinson for a brief two game set.
Clemson 7 Memphis 2
The Clemson Tigers used a ten hit attack to knock off Memphis 7-2. Clemson was led on offense by Addison Johnson who went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Clemson will be back in action on Wednesday when Georgia Southern visits and they host ACC rival Duke next weekend. Memphis, on the other hand, will host Illinois State for a brief two game set before having Akron come for a three game set over the weekend.
FSU 9 Indiana 0
The FSU Seminoles continued their perfect start to the season with a 9-0 victory over the Hoosiers. Ryan Strauss pitched eight shutout innings, struck out eight batters, and only gave up three hits to pick up his fourth victory of the season. FSU will be back in action on Friday when they host Wake Forest while Indiana heads to North Florida for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The UNC Tar Heels picked up another win on Saturday by a score of 3-1 to bring their record to 14-1 on the season. Freshman Alex White pitched 7.2 innings while allowing only an unearned run to pick up his third victory of the season. Alex White also scattered six walks which he needs to tone down before teams start taking advantage of those base runners. Reid Fronk and Dustin Ackley both picked up two hits and an RBI in the game to lead the Tar Heels offense. Jemile Weeks of Miami also picked up two hits in the loss. The teams will be back in action on Sunday with a noon start.
Wake Forest 5
David Adams went 5-6 on the afternoon to lead the Cavaliers to a 13-5 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Jacob Thompson of UVA picked up the victory by lasting 5.1 innings and giving up 5 runs. Alex Smith and Jake Rule pitched 3.2 shutout innings to close out the victory. Patrick Wingfield and Brandon Guyer each picked up three hits in the victory. Wake Forest was led on offense by Austin Jones who hit a three run homer in the fifth inning. The teams will play the rubber match on Sunday at 1 pm.
NC State 2
The Maryland Terrapins continue their strong start to the season with a 4-2 victory over NC State on Saturday. The Terps were led on offense by Mike Murphy and Jon Greenwich each hit solo home runs to lead the Terps to the victory. Ryan Moorer pitched 5.2 innings while only giving up 1 run but picked up the no decision. Eric Surkamp was equally as good by pitching seven innings giving up two runs and getting the no-decision also. The Terps were able to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth on Greenwich’s homer and tacked on an insurance run before turning the ball over to Brett Cecil. He pitched a perfect inning to pick up his fifth of the season. The teams will be back in action on Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Georgia Tech 19
Virginia Tech 4
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets followed yesterday’s loss with a 19-4 drubbing of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Matt Wieters and Luke Murton hit home runs in the eight run sixth inning to lead the GT offense to victory. Jared Hyatt picked up his second win of the season by going 5.0 innings in relief.
Boston College 10
The Boston College Eagles picked up their second straight victory over the Duke Blue Devils to star the conference 2-0. Punter/Right Fielder Johnny Ayers went 4-4 with a walk in the lead off role with four runs scored to lead the Eagles to the victory. Dan Houston pitched 5.1 innings of solid relief to pick up his first victory of the season. Andrew Wolcott picked up his first loss of the season by lasting only 1.1 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits.
Florida State 8
The Florida State Seminoles picked up their 19th straight victory to open the season with a 8-2 decision over Indiana. Jason Stidham and Ruari O’Connor both picked up two hits to lead the Seminole offense. Micheal Hyde was struck in the head with a first inning comebacker but ended up going five innings to pick up the win.
Andy D’Alessio and Marquez Smith both hit two run homers to lead the Clemson Tigers to the 8-2 victory over Memphis. Stephen Clyne picked up the victory by going the last 3.1 innings while only giving up one hit and no runs.
The North Carolina Tar Heels picked up a victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Friday by a score of 7-5. They were led by a key home run by Seth Williams who provided some insurance in the two run victory over the Hurricanes. Robert Woodard provided a solid pitching performance until he was roughed up for 3 runs in the sixth inning. He went 5.0 innings while giving up those three runs while striking out five. Woodard now is 4-0 on the season and 27-3 in his career. The Tar Heels and Hurricanes will be back in action Saturday with a first pitch at 1 pm.
Virginia Tech 5 Georgia Tech 3
The Hokies of Virginia Tech picked up an upset victory over Georgia Tech on Friday with a 5-3 victory. The Hokies were led by a strong pitching performance from Greg Fryman who went 6.2 innings while surrendering 2 runs only one was earned to the Yellow Jackets. The Hokies were led on offense by Bryan Thomas who hit a huge three run homer in the fourth inning to put the Hokies in the lead for good. Warren Schaffer also had two hits on the afternoon for the Hokies. The battle of the Tech’s will continue on Saturday at 1 pm.
Georgia Tech Recap
Virginia Tech Recap
Wake Forest 8 Virginia 3
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons picked up a big 8-3 victory over the number 4 ranked Cavaliers of Virginia. Sean Doolittle had a rough outing giving up five runs in his 6.1 innings of work. Willy Fox of Wake Forest went 2-4 on the day with both hits being long balls. This included his two run blast off of Doolittle which was his first allowed round tripper of the season. Dustin Hood of Wake Forest also went 3-5 on the day to help out the Deacons offense. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, David Adams, and Brandon Guyer had multiple hit games for the Cavs. The Cavs and Demon Deacons will continue their series with a 1 pm start.
Maryland 6 NC State 3
Casey Baron gave the Terps a great outing of 6.2 innings while giving up 2 runs (none earned) to lead the Terps to a solid 6-3 victory over the NC State WolfPack. Andrew Brackman pitched a complete game for the Pack but it was not enough as he gave up six runs in those nine innings. The Terps used a balanced attack as five different players drove in runs as the Terps were limited to six hits in the game. Joe Florio went 2-2 in a pinch hitting role to lead the WolfPack offense. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with game 2 of the series with a 2 pm start.
NC State Recap
Boston College 3 Duke 1
The Boston College Eagles picked up a victory over the Blue Devils on Friday afternoon by a score of 3-1. The Eagles were led by a strong pitching performance from Kevin Boggan who pitched seven innings while only giving up one unearned run and three hits to pick up his second win of the season. Terry Doyle pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to pick up the save. Tony Sanchez had a run scoring single in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Eagles to the victory. Ryan Hutchinson and Joseph Ayers each picked up an RBI in the victory. Alexander Hassan picked up two hits in the game for the Blue Devils to be the only hitter to have a multiple hit game. Tony Bajoczky picked up the loss by going 7.1 innings while giving up two runs on two hits. Bajoczky record drops to 3-1 on the young season. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with a 2 pm start.
Florida State 6 Indiana 0
The Florida State Seminoles picked up a 6-0 victory over the Hoosiers on Friday night. They used an eight inning appearance from Bryan Henry who scattered six hits to pick up his fifth win of the season. D’Vontrey Richardson went 3-4 at the plate to lead the Seminoles offense in addition to a 2-3 performance from Mark Hallberg. Keith Haas and Reid Briglia picked up two hits a piece in the losing effort for the Hoosiers. The teams will play game 2 of the series at 6 pm on Saturday.
Memphis 6 Clemson 4
The Memphis Tigers picked up a 10 inning victory over the Clemson Tigers by a score of 6-4 on Friday evening. Josh Irvin picked up a two run single in the top of the tenth inning and Will Hudgens got the final three outs to pick up the victory over the Clemson Tigers. All-American pitcher Daniel Moskos was on the mound in the top of the tenth to pick up his first loss of the season. The teams will be back in action on Saturday with a first pitch at 2:00 pm.
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)
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)
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)
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