Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox were named Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues today. Braun was a standout player for the Miami Hurricanes from 2003-2005 while Pedroia starred for the Arizona State Sun Devils from 2002-2004.
Baseball America has released their annual top 30 prospects from the Cape Cod League. Aaron Crow of Missouri leads the rankings after having an impressive summer with a 0.67 ERA and picking up the Top prospect award from MLB scouts. The top position player is Yonder Alonso of Miami after hitting .338 with an on-base percentage of .468. The full list is available here.
Meanwhile, Paul Mainieri, a true class act and well respected SEC coach, has brought in his first full-year class at LSU. It includes 18 new players, of whom 7 were drafted this year. LSU only lost infielder Drew Cumberland to San Diego (46th overall pick).
LSU’s class will be welcomed with the opening of the beautiful new Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. A rendering of the new Stadium is pictured above, as LSU becomes the latest SEC program to upgrade its facilities in the recent facilities arms raise in the South.
The Cape Cod Baseball League has released their players of the week for June 25th-July 6th in Yonder Alonso (Miami FL) and Andy Oliver (Oklahoma State). Yonder Alonso hit .400 for the week in five games while slugging .750 to be named the Player of the Week. Andy Oliver only gave up two hits and one earned run in 15 innings last week to get the Pitcher of the Week award. The full release including news and notes around the Cape Cod League is available here. We will try to make it down to the Cape Cod League for a game this week but for full coverage of the CCBL you can check out Codball.com.
Lousiville sends Miami back Home with a 8-7 win!
U of L began the day with its win over Miami.
The Hurricanes (37-24) were eliminated before the super-regionals for the first time in 13 years, and some players from their own backyard helped send them packing.
Miami natives Dominguez and Jorge Castillo led the way for the Cards. Dominguez had a two-run homer, and Castillo had four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double.
Castillo, who also hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 13-7 win over Miami, grew up a Hurricanes fan but wasn’t heavily recruited by the school. He said that motivated him this weekend.
“It was real sweet,” Castillo said. “I wanted to show them what they could have had.”
Zack Pitts (9-3), the team’s ace who lasted only 1 2/3 innings on Friday, got the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief. Trystan Magnuson worked the final two innings for the save.
The Cards came into the regional having never won an NCAA Tournament game. Their only other appearance was in 2002. Now they’re one win away from the super-regionals.
“This just shows that our program is on the rise,” pitcher James Belanger said.
Cardinals stay alive with a 4-3 win over Missouri!
Chris Dominguez was the least popular guy on the University of Missouri campus last night.
Except in the University of Louisville dugout.
The third baseman’s bat and legs kept the Cardinals alive in the NCAA baseball regionals, even if his dance moves and mouth made him the town’s top villain.
Dominguez hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Cards to a 4-3 victory over host Missouri last night at the Columbia Regional. Earlier, U of L eliminated Miami 8-7.
Louisville (43-21) will face the Tigers (42-17) again today at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to a super-regional.
The Louisville Cardinals were able to end the Hurricanes streak of winning 13 straight regional tournaments with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinals were led on offense by Jorge Castillo who picked up four RBI while Chris Dominguez hit a two run homer in the fifth inning. Louisville advances to the Regional Championship game against Missouri while Miami ends the season with a 37-24 record.
Louisville 4 Missouri 3
Louisville forced a winner take all game on Monday with a 5-4 victory against Missouri. The Cardinals were led by a very strong pitching performance from four pitchers as they were able to survive the elimination game. Chris Dominguez led the Cardinals with a huge two run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the ninth with a lead off homer from Jacob Priday which was followed up by a walk to Trevor Coleman. Kris Hollander was able to keep the Tigers off the board and get the victory for the Cardinals.
The Kent State Golden Flashes season ended as they dropped a tough 8-7 decision to the Miami Hurricanes. The Canes started the game off with a home run from Blake Tekotte to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Hurricanes dominated the game until the eighth inning when the Golden Flashes scored six runs in the inning to bring the deficit to one run but were unable to put any runs across in the bottom of the ninth to end the season with a 33-26 record. Miami advances to take on Louisville in an elimination game on Sunday.
Missouri 7 Louisville 5
The Missouri Tigers advanced to the regional championship game by knocking off the Louisville Cardinals 7-5. Jacob Priday and Trevor Coleman hit back to back homers in the sixth inning. Priday also picked up another homer in the seventh inning. The Tigers advance to face the winner of the Miami/Louisville elimination game on Sunday.
The final game of the Miami-Mercer series was canceled due to rain in the area. Mercer took Game one 6-5 and Game two 8-5. Mercer is back in action next weekend at Bethune-Cookman while Miami tries to get win number 1 against UCLA.
The Mercer Bears took Game 2 of their three game set with Miami on Saturday by a score of 8-5. This was the Bears second consecutive win over the Canes since they won on Friday evening by a score of 6-5. Mike Armstrong and Billy Shaughnessy each hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the Mercer offense. Cory Gearrin finished off the game by pitching a perfect ninth inning to get his second save in as many nights. The Miami team needs to wake up since most of the early season games are to build up the Hurricanes record for a possible NCAA Tourney bid.
The Mercer Bears made a dramatic ninth inning comeback to knock off the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the three game set. Catcher, Josh Thompson lead the Bears with a 4-4 performance with 3 RBI’s and a home run. The Hurricanes were unable to hold a 5-1 advantage behind a solid start from Manny Miguelez who went five innings allowing only one run. Mercer starter Brantley New struggled through five innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the season on Saturday at 7 pm.