BATON ROUGE — Led by a two-homer performance by designated hitter Matt Gaudet and a six-RBI evening by first baseman Blake Dean, second-ranked LSU exploded for 23 hits en route to 25-8 victory over Centenary, giving head coach Paul Mainieri his 1,000th career victory Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (2-0) scored the most runs of any LSU team since 1999 when they defeated Ohio 26-5. Centenary dropped to 0-2 with Saturday’s loss.
BATON ROUGE — A two-RBI performance by shortstop Austin Nola, including the game-winning sacrifice fly, coupled with three runs by left fielder Trey Watkins was enough to earn No. 2 LSU a 5-4 victory in front of a record-breaking crowd of 9,914 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (1-0) won their ninth consecutive season opener dating back to 2002. With the loss, Centenary dropped to 0-1 on the season.
Edison, N.J. – Manhattan College has been chosen as the favorite to take the 2010 MAAC Baseball title, according to a preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Manhattan finished with 79 points in the poll, while Marist College finished second (71). Canisius College placed third with 65 points. Rider University placed fourth (43), followed by Siena College (42), Fairfield University (40), Niagara University (29), Saint Peter’s College (20), and Iona College (16).
Here are some of the best college baseball articles from around the nation.
The first article comes from the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal which talks about Niagara University’s secret “hit juice” that some players made with some Kool-Aid and some fruit candies. The next three articles come from The Daily Cal which does an excellent job recapping the Oregon and Cal series. The next article comes from BleedCrimson.net which provides a recap of the New Mexico State and Nevada finale. Continue reading Links from Around the Country→
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE Player of the Week
Ian Choy, Canisius
Junior, OF, 5-9/171, Mississauga, Ontario/Rick Hansen Secondary
Choy continued to stay hot for the Golden Griffins as the junior outfielder was 8-for-12 with two doubles, three home runs and five RBIs. He reached base in 12 of his 16 plate appearances while slugging 1.583 in four Canisius games. Choy entered the week with four home runs in his career, hitting three in the weekend series at Rider. Since March 16, Choy is 22-for-42, raising his average more than 200 points. Continue reading MAAC Players of the Week→
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Edison, N.J. – Canisius College is the team to beat in the 2009 MAAC baseball season, according to a preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Canisius finished with 81 points in the poll, while Rider University finished second (66). Manhattan College placed third with 58 points. Marist College and Siena College tied for fourth place (53), followed by Fairfield University (30), Niagara University (29), Saint Peter’s College (19), and Iona College (12). Continue reading 2009 MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll and Teams→
The Niagara Purple Eagles have put out their 2009 schedule which includes games against teams from the Big 12, Atlantic 10, MAC among others. They will open the season on February 21st with a doubleheader at Richmond as they will finish the weekend set on the next day with a single game. They will then head down to Maryland for five games with three against Maryland-Eastern Shore and a doubleheader against Coppin State. The Purple Eagles continue their 14 game road trip the following weekend when they will travel to Manhattan Kansas for a four game set against the Big 12 power. They end the season opening roadtrip by taking part in the Villanova Baseball Classic where they will play Temple, St. Joseph’s, and the host Villanova. Continue reading Niagara 2009 Schedule→
The starters are James Avery (Niagara) for Canada, Brett Anderson for USA.
Canada leads 1-0 after one inning.Canada’s run came on an RBI double by Emerson Frostad (Lewis-Clark State).
8:15 PM PDT: Canada leads 3-0 after two innings. Emmanuel Garcia hit an RBI triple, then scored on a ground out by Michael Saunders.
8:35 PM: Canada leads 4-0 after three innings, and they are hitting Anderson at will. The fourth run came from an RBI single by Adam Stern (Nebraska). Great defensive play by Stubby Clapp (Texas Tech) at second base in the bottom of the third.
9 PM: Canada leads 4-2 after four innings. USA got on the board with a home run by Brian Barden (Oregon State), got the second run on an RBI single by John Gall (Stanford). Avery was replaced by R.J. Swindle (Charleston Southern). Continue reading Canada vs. USA live video, live stats→
Canada got a methodical 10-0 win in a game shortened to eight innings by the mercy rule.
Canada got all the runs they needed on a three-run home run by 1B Scott Thorman in the fourth inning. The required runs for the mercy rule came on a two-run home run in the eighth inning by RF Mike Saunders.
Chris Begg (Niagara), Tim Burton, and Rheal Cormier (CC of Rhode Island) combined for the shutout. The Chinese had a chance in the bottom of the eighth to break up the shutout and extend the game into the ninth inning; runners on second and third with no outs. However, Cormier, after giving up a double to the first batter he faced, got three straight strikeouts to end the game.
Canada’s next game is against Cuba, at 6 AM EDT on Thursday.
Update: Brooks McNiven (British Columbia) gets the start against Cuba. Mike Johnson will start against South Korea on Friday, and James Avery (Niagara) starts against the USA on Saturday.
Excerpt: “Meet Mr. Average hitter for Team Canada: Emerson Frostad (Lewis-Clark State), 25, of Calgary Alta. A Texas Rangers farmhand, Frostad has split this season between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma in the Texas Rangers system. He had played 486 games in five seasons. Continue reading Get to know Team Canada→