We are heading into the last weekend of conference play for most teams across the country except for the West Coast schools who do not have postseason conference tournament. Here are ten series to watch this upcoming weekend.
Here is your SEC Recap for May 12th.
Powered by three home runs and outstanding relief pitching, No. 4 Florida (34-12) dealt Sun Belt Conference leader Florida Atlantic (31-19) a 7-3 setback on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium. Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied the Gators’ single-season record homers by a freshman with his 16th to even the game in the third, senior Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) put the hosts in front with a two-run shot in the fifth and freshman Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) provided insurance with a two-run blast in the seventh.
Senior Jeff Barfield (Perry, Ga.) (3-0) tossed four scoreless frames to collect the win and the trio of sophomore Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) and junior Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) each threw one scoreless inning as Florida improved to 24-3 at home this season.
Here is your SEC Recap for April 21st.
BATON ROUGE – Shortstop Austin Nola knocked in three runs, and No.5 LSU staged a two-out rally in the eighth inning, breaking a 6-6 tie to beat No.30 Northwestern State, 8-6, Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (32-6) are on a six-game winning streak and remain undefeated in mid-week contests this season. Northwestern State dropped to 25-12 with the loss.
Here is your SEC Recap for April 13th.
FAYETTEVILLE – With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, pinch hitter Tom Hauskey delivered his second-game winning hit of the season to send the No. 7 University of Arkansas baseball team to a 4-3 win over New Mexico Tuesday night at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks trailed by two runs in the 10th inning and completed their come-from-behind victory with Hauskey’s base hit to right field.
"(Hauskey) handles the situation," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "He doesn’t try to do too much. He just takes what the pitcher gives him and he’s done a great job for us."
According to a report by Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Bryce Brentz will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a fracture in his right ankle. He substained the injury during warmups last week for a game on Friday against South Alabama. He will not be traveling with the team this weekend to Florida Atlantic as he will stay in Murfreesboro to get treatment.
Florida 8 Illinois State 0
Freshman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) (4-for-5) drove in a career-high six runs, highlighted by his first grand slam, as No. 6 Florida (9-2) completed a two-game sweep of Illinois State (4-7) with an 8-0 victory on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium. Maddox was 5-for-9 (.556) in the series with three extra-base hits and tallied nine RBI.
Sophomore Anthony DeSclafani (Freehold, N.J.) (1-1) earned his first win of the campaign with 5.1 strong innings in which he registered a season-high six strikeouts and gave up one hit. The trio of freshman Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.), freshman Michael Heller (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore Justin Poovey (Granite Falls, N.C.) permitted one hit over the final 3.2 innings to nail down the Gators’ first shutout since 12-0 triumph over Eastern Michigan on Feb. 24, 2009.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
NEW ORLEANS – Middle Tennessee, the defending Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament champion, has been tabbed the preseason favorite to win the 2010 league title in a vote of the league’s head coaches. The Blue Raiders received eight of 11 first-place votes from the coaches.
MT is led by junior Bryce Brentz, the reigning SBC Player of the Year and the 2010 SBC Preseason Player of the Year, and Kenneth Roberts, the 2010 SBC Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Both Brentz and Roberts were first-team All-SBC selections a season ago as they led the Blue Raiders to a 44-18 and its 14th NCAA appearance.
We continue the list today with number 2 in our countdown with junior outfielder/RHP Bryce Brentz from Middle Tennessee State. He is from Knoxville, Tennessee and attended South Doyle High School. His high school career saw him bat .417 while hitting 11 home runs and driving in 67 runs. He was named a Preseason All-American by Baseball Factory and Team One in 2007. At the end of his senior season, he was named All-State and All-District. The Cleveland Indians selected him in the 30th round of the 2007 draft but could not come to terms with him.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com continues his series of articles previewing different conference today with the Sun Belt. He talks about how last year was a surprise as Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee broke through with NCAA tournament bids and hope to continue the success from last season in 2010.
Baseball America recently put out their Top 25 College Baseball and High School Prospects for the 2010 MLB Draft. The college rankings are led by Bryce Harper who has received national attention for skipping his final two years of high school to play college baseball with Community College of Southern Nevada. The rest of the top five is Anthony Ranaudo from LSU, Deck McGuire from Ga Tech, Levon Washington from Chipola JC, and Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The rest of the top 25 is available below.