Here is your SEC Recap for May 18th.
#5 Florida 9 North Florida 3
Freshman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs to lead No. 4 Florida (38-12) to a 9-3 victory over UNF (29-23) on Tuesday night in front of 3,314 fans at McKethan Stadium. In addition, the rookie belted his team-leading 17th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, to establish a Gator freshman single-season record. UF extended its winning streak to five games and has captured 12 of its last 13 outings.
“We got a really good start from Tommy Toledo and North Florida has always played us tough,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. “They’re scrappy and they’re well coached by Dusty Rhodes. It was good to get on the board early and get a 5-0 lead. I thought it gave us a little cushion and it was great to get a lot of players in there tonight. Overall, it was a great team effort and a positive way to end the regular season here at home.”
Another Tuesday is in the books and as always, it was interesting to see some of the big conference programs drop games to some of the weaker teams.
The UNC baseball program continued to struggle on Tuesday losing a 4-2 decision to Elon. CBB contributor Michael Lemaire wrote an excellent article about how the North Carolina baseball program has been struggling during the first two months of the season. You can check out Michael’s full column by clicking here.
Here is your ACC Recap for April 6th.
#2 Georgia Tech 8 Kennesaw State 2
ATLANTA – Mark Pope scattered four hits over eight innings, while Matt Skole and Chase Burnette hit home runs to lead the second-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (26-3, 11-1 ACC) over Kennesaw State (13-18, 4-5 A-Sun), 8-2, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The eight innings were a career high for Pope, who improved to 4-0 on the season with the win. The sophomore right-hander struck out six batters, allowing just two runs to cross the plate.
Here is your ACC Recap for March 10th.
#2 Florida State 6 North Florida 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (12-0) continued its winning ways Wednesday night with a 6-2 victory over North Florida (6-7) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles won for the third straight time over the Ospreys, while running their record to 7-1 all-time against UNF.
Freshman Robert Benincasa (1-0) pitched a career-high six innings allowing just one run on five hits in earning his first collegiate victory. The right hander from Tampa, Fla., retired the Ospreys in order three times on Wednesday, while facing no more than four batters in five of the six innings that he pitched. Benincasa was also the beneficiary of two beautifully turned groundball double plays that began at first base with Jayce Boyd to end the fourth and sixth innings.
Here is your ACC Recap for Feb. 24th
#3 Virginia 5 George Washington 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia baseball team opened its 2010 home schedule with a 5-2 victory over George Washington Wednesday afternoon at Davenport Field. UVa, in its first game ever as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, built a 5-0 lead through four innings, then cruised to the victory from there.
Will Roberts (So., Richmond, Va.) made a strong opening start for the Cavaliers (3-1), going 5.2 innings and allowing two earned runs, five hits and two walks while striking out one as he earned his first victory of 2010. He shut out the Colonials for five innings before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth. Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) pitched the final 1.1 innings to nab his second save. It also was his 13th career save, as he moved into a fourth-place tie on the all-time UVa saves ledger with Todd Ruyak (1989-92).
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun conference announced its baseball preseason coaches’ poll and all-conference honors Wednesday with FGCU earning the nod as the conference favorite.
The Eagles also cleaned up in the superlative awards with first baseman Zach Maxfield earned the preseason Player of the Year honors and Chris Sale picked up the Pitcher of the Year nod by a unanimous decision.
Here are your Early Signing Day releases for December 9th.
UNCG signs 12 for 2010-2011 Season
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro baseball team secured the commitment of 12 student-athletes during the early signing period, coach Mike Gaski announced on Wednesday. The group includes seven players from North Carolina, three from Florida, and one from Maryland and South Carolina.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of North Florida baseball team announced its 2010 schedule. The 56-game schedule features 30 home games, including seven home games against teams that competed in the 2009 NCAA Regionals.
The Ospreys boast a solid nonconference schedule to compliment its Atlantic Sun Conference slate. Outside of conference, North Florida plays schools from perennial powers, such as the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big East and Conference USA. Four schools on the schedule finished the 2009 season ranked or receiving votes in one of the final baseball polls.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – University of North Florida Director of Athletics Lee Moon announced today that Raymond “Smoke” Laval will take over as the new head baseball coach for the Ospreys. Laval will replace current head baseball coach Dusty Rhodes, who announced his retirement today, effective at the end of the 2010 season.
“We’re excited to have Raymond joining the UNF family,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “He brings a wealth of experience to the plate and we look forward to him picking up where Dusty left off, continuing to build upon a strong baseball program here at the University.”
North Florida head coach Dusty Rhodes is set to retire after the 2010 season. He has overseen the program’s transition from NAIA to Division 1 while compiling a record of 879-420 heading into the upcoming season. He is set to make the announcement on Monday where UNF athletic director Lee Moon will name the successor.