An exciting weekend of Missouri Valley conference play is in the books as each series saw it’s teams square off in closely contested match-ups. Perhaps the most exciting was Missouri State and Illinois State’s Friday night opener, in which starters Nick Petree and Chris Razo exchanged strike-outs down the stretch before Petree was ultimately handed his first loss of the season. Perhaps the most controversial was Creighton’s opening game win over Bradley which saw a critical play at the plate, and a not completely unexpected ejection thereafter. Southern Illinois and Evansville saw their own pitchers’ duel on Friday night as starters Kyle Freeland and Cody Forsythe both went nine innings in a finish that would need extras to decide it. Meanwhile, Indiana State rescued a sweep at the hands of Wichita State after Sean Manaea, who was scratched from his Friday start, was able to pick up the win on Sunday. Continue reading
The start of Missouri Valley Conference play was marked as it always seems to be: with a winter snow storm. All the teams in the Valley rushed to finish their series before Sunday (with the notable exception of Wichita State who had the fortune of playing in Hawaii—and ironically had Sunday’s game rained out). In the first weekend of conference play, Creighton took two of three on the road at Evansville, while Indiana State proved they will be a tough team to beat this season by taking all three from visiting Southern Illinois. Out of conference, Illinois State dropped their series to Eastern Illinois, Bradley lost their two games against Dartmouth in Florida, and although their basketball team is on a tear this March, the Wichita State baseball team struggled through their road series at Hawaii, picking up just one win in their four game series. Missouri State had the weekend off. Continue reading
Creighton – 2B Jake Peter, 9-13, 2B, 4 RBI, SB
Indiana State – LHP Sean Manaea W(2-1); CG, 6 H, R, BB, 9 K
Illinois State – RHP Brad Sorkin W(4-1); 8.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 8 K
Creighton Takes Series over Pacific
Creighton (10-4) took two of three from visiting Pacific (6-12) in Omaha this weekend. In Friday’s 7-2 win, freshman starter Tommy Strunc shut down the Tigers going seven and a third, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out eight. Second baseman Jake Peter had the start of a tremendous weekend, going four for five and knocking in three runs. Pacific rebounded in the second game however, besting the Jays 5-2. Despite another four for five day from Peter, the Jays left twelve on base and struggled to get the timely hit against the duo of Cory Popham and Kyle Crawford. In the rubber match, five CU pitchers held the Tigers to just one earned run as the Jays were able to take the series with a 5-2 win. Continue reading
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jeff McNeil woke up the comatose Long Beach State offense with a four-hit performance, including driving in the tying and winning runs. The Dirtbags (7-11) snapped a six-game losing streak, beating Wichita State 4-1 Friday night at Blair Field.
During the losing streak, Long Beach had averaged less than five hits per game and had scored only eight runs in six games. On Friday, the Dirtbags were able to get runners on, but couldn’t get the big hit early, stranding seven runners in the first three innings.
McNeil singled up the middle to score Jonathan Serven in the sixth inning tying the game 1-1 and then provided the go-ahead RBI two innings later when he rolled one through the right side allowing Zack Rivera to score. Michael Hill followed McNeil with a two-run triple down the right field line to give the Dirtbags a pair of insurance runs.
Those insurance runs provided a measure of comfort even when Wichita State was able to load the bases with one out in the ninth inning. Newly appointed closer Jon Maciel got out of the jam with a strikeout and a slow roller to second base to end the game and pick up his second save.
Long Beach starting pitcher Shane Carle had his best outing of the season. He threw seven innings, allowing only three hits and an unearned run while striking out seven, but he did not factor into the decision. Josh Frye (1-1) picked up the win after a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Wichita State reliever Albert Minnis (1-1) took the loss.
Check out the 21-shot photo gallery from Friday night’s tight ball game:
With just under two weeks until conference play begins, the teams of the Missouri Valley have seemingly begun to hit their stride after a collective slow start to the season. This week, the Valley went 17-7 against their non-conference opponents, an improvement over their 10-11 showing from a week ago. Thus far into the season, Missouri State has appeared the sharpest, notching quality wins over Texas State, Sam Houston State, and #23 Southern Miss and taking #27 Oklahoma State into extra innings. After Missouri State it’s…well… after that it gets kind of fuzzy. Continue reading
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ST. LOUIS – Missouri State, which returns a dominating young pitching staff and a wealth of depth from last year’s squad, has been tabbed as the league favorite in the annual coaches’ preseason poll, receiving six of eight first-place votes. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
Number 73 on our Top 100 Countdown is Missouri State’s Nick Petree. The 6’1 right-handed pitcher from Clinton, Missouri has gone from redshirting his freshman season due to Tommy John surgery, to becoming one of the most decorated players currently in college baseball. Continue reading
Henderson is entering his third season as the head coach of the Salukis after guiding SIU to the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament last spring. The 2012 squad finished with a 31-28 record and remained in the race for the conference’s regular season championship until the final two weeks of the season. In addition, two players were taken in the MLB draft following the season. First-Team All-American Chris Serritella was drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round and left-handed pitcher Nathan Dorris went to the Cubs in the 17th round. Continue reading
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NORMAL, Ill. – Seven 2012 NCAA Division I Tournament participants and nine teams that won 30 or more games highlight the 56-game 2013 Illinois State baseball schedule released by head coach Mark Kingston Friday. The schedule features an Illinois State-record 29 home games at Duffy Bass Field, where admission will remain free. Continue reading
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WICHITA, Kan. – The 2013 Wichita State baseball schedule features 12 games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams along with 40 home games, head coach Gene Stephenson announced Nov. 2.
“We will have our work cut out for us starting with our very first series against Pittsburgh,” Stephenson said. “Our early season schedule features many home games and we hope to get off to a good start, but the weather will be a factor. We have non-conference opponents that will test us and in our conference we have four home series this season and if we play well, we can compete for the league championship.”