Oral Roberts head coach Rob Walton was named the field manager for the 2008 USA National Team. He will be joined by Old Dominion head coach Jerry Meyers who will act as the pitching coach. The other two assistant coaches are San Francisco head coach Nino Giarratano and Ritch Price of Kansas. The team will hold training camp in conjunction with their tour of the New England Collegiate Baseball League starting on June 10th. They will then head down to the Coastal Plain League to present the National Team Trials on June 20th. The team will be named on June 24th before starting up a seven game series with Chinese Taipei from June 25th-July 1. On the next day the team will fly over to Europe to play in the 2008 Dutch Honkbal Tournament and play a two-game set against the Czech Republic. The team will stay in Europe until July 18th when they begin competition in the IV FISU World Collegiate Championship in Brno, Czech Republic. The full release is available here.
Arizona Opens Postseason with 4-3 Win over Oral Roberts!
In what amounted offensively to “a tale of two games” for Arizona, the Wildcats took advantage of a season-high 16 strikeouts by the pitching staff and a prolonged weather delay to hold off Oral Roberts, 4-3, in the opening game of the NCAA Wichita Regional on Friday.
With the Wildcats mounting just three total hits and the contest deadlocked 3-3 after six and half innings, Mother Nature halted the proceedings with a one-hour and 17-minute severe weather delay in the bottom of the seventh.
The lightning-induced respite provided a much-needed break for the Wildcats’ offense, which strung together three straight two-out singles right after play resumed to scrape across the go-ahead and turn the contest over the UA bullpen.
After ORU reliever Erik Crichton retired the first two UA batters in the seventh, Colt Sedbrook ignited a rally with a bloop hit that fell into right for a single. C.J. Ziegler followed with a base hit up the middle to place runners on first and second for Bill Rhinehart.
With his 12-game hitting streak on the line, the senior outfielder deilivered with a soft single to center that provided just enough time to plate Sedbrook with the go-ahead score.
Preston Guilmet pitched seven strong innings while giving up three runs on seven hits as the Wildcats picked up a 4-3 victory over Oral Roberts. Arizona will take on New Orleans who upset Wichita State while Oral Roberts will play Wichita State.
Oral Roberts Recap
New Orleans 7 Wichita State 6
The New Orleans Privateers shocked Wichita State by knocking them off 7-6 on Friday. UNO put a three run rally together in the top of the ninth to win the game. UNO will take on Arizona on Saturday while WSU will play Oral Roberts in an elimination game.
The Wichita State Shockers are led by Damon Sublett who is hitting .360 on the season. He also has 14 stolen bases. Tyler Webb leads the Shockers with ten homers on the season. Aaron Shafer went 7-2 during the season with 2.39 ERA. They open the weekend at 8 pm EDT on Friday with University of New Orleans.
Wichita State Tourney Notes
The Arizona Wildcats got an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament this season after going 40-15 overall and 15-9 in the Pac-10 as they finished in second place in the conference. They are led by All-American pitcher Preston Guilemt who is 11-2 on the season with a 1.79 ERA. He has struck out 133 batters in 126 innings. The Wildcats offense is Bill Rhinehart who is hitting .362 on the year with 11 homers. They open the tournament with Oral Roberts at 2 pm EDT.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (40-15) turned some heads last year by making the Super Regionals in 2006. ORU is led by a strong pitching staff in Chance Chapman who is 8-1 with a 1.23 ERA. They also have two other starters with 2.53 ERA or less in Jeremy Hefner (9-1, 2.53 ERA) and Jerry Sullivan (5-0, 1.75 ERA). The offense is led by Brendan Duffy who is hitting .362 on the year. ORU opens the tournament at 2pm EDT on Friday.
The New Orleans Privateers won the Sun Belt title by knocking off Louisiana Ragin Cajuns 8-2 last weekend. They are led Johnny Giavotella (.373 BA, 15 HR) and T.J. Baxter (.372 BA, 11 HR) on offense. The pitching staff is led by Bryan Cryer who is 8-4 on the season with a high 5.28 ERA. They open against Wichita State at 8 pm EDT.
The CBB predicts that Oral Roberts will win the Regional behind their strong pitching.
The University of Texas received a strong effort by starting pitcher Austin Wood and scratched out five runs to complete a three-game series sweep of Oral Roberts University with a 5-1 win in collegiate baseball action Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
With the win, Texas (12-6) recorded its first series sweep of the season. The Longhorns have won 10 of their last 12 games after starting the season 2-4.
Austin Wood (2-0) posted the longest pitching performance of his career going seven innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to pitch two scoreless innings to finish off a solid weekend for Texas’ bullpen. The relief corps allowed just one run in 8.2 innings in the series against Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts (4-8) drew first blood in the top of the third inning. David Genao hit a double to leftfield to lead off the frame. With one out, he was advanced to third on a groundout by Brendan Duffy and scored on a single up the middle by Marcus Tackett staking the Golden Eagles to a 1-0 lead.
The Longhorns tied the contest in the bottom half of the third. Jordan Danks and Bradley Suttle led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Kyle Russell pushed runners to second and third with a groundout. Nick Peoples walked to load the bases and Preston Clark hit a groundout to shortstop, plating Danks and tying the score at 1-1.
Texas (12-6) took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Suttle hit a leadoff double down the leftfield line. Russell drew a walk and Peoples hit a fly ball to rightfield, advancing Suttle to third. Russell stole second base and Brett Lewis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Josh Prince singled up the middle driving in Russell and Suttle to give Texas a 3-1 cushion.
The Longhorns added insurance runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Peoples hit an RBI single scoring Danks in the sixth and Prince scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
For the third consecutive game, Suttle recorded three hits. He went 3-for-5 with one double and one run scored. Prince went 3-for-3 with one double, one run score and two RBI. Danks went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Michael Jarman (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Golden Eagles. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over four innings.
Texas returns to action on Tuesday with the Longhorns traveling to Corpus Christi for a 4 p.m. contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Whataburger Field.
The University of Texas received solid performances by Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone out of the bullpen and strung together a pair of two-run rallies to post a 5-3 win over Oral Roberts University in collegiate baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas (11-6) has won nine of its last 11 games after a 2-4 start on the season.
Adrian Alaniz struggled through 3.1 innings in which he allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out five and was lifted after throwing 82 pitches. Krebs (2-0) responded with 4.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk while fanning four to earn the win. Boone retired three consecutive batters in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
With Oral Roberts leading 3-0, Texas started to chip away at the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Russell Moldenhauer led off the frame with a single to centerfield. With one out, fellow freshman Josh Prince singled to right field. A fielder’s choice grounder by Travis Tucker put runners at the corners and Chance Wheeless plated both runners with a double to the wall in right centerfield, trimming the lead to 3-2.
The Longhorns took their first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Bradley Suttle and Kyle Russell both singled to start off the inning to put runners at the corners. An unsuccessful sacrifice squeeze bunt by Nick Peoples retired Suttle at home, but a groundout by Moldenhauer put runners at second and third for Preston Clark who drove home a pair with a single through the left side of the infield staking UT to a 4-3 lead.
Texas added an insurance run in the eighth inning. With two outs, Josh Prince drew a walk stole second base and scored on a fielding error by Brendan Duffy on a fly ball by Tucker.
Oral Roberts (4-7) drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Duffy led off with a single and moved to second on an error on a failed pickoff attempt. After Chad Rothford was hit by a pitch, Brian Van Kirk delivered an RBI single to leftfield giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
ORU added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to inflate the cushion to 3-0. In the fourth, Warfle hit an RBI single up the middle to drive in Stephen Pearson. In the fifth, Kelly Minissale plated Jake Kahaulelio with a single to centerfield.
Texas offense was led by Wheeless, Moldenhauer and Suttle who racked up three hits apiece. Wheeless went 3-for-5 with one double and two RBI and extended his career long hitting streak to 13 games. Moldenhauer, who got his first career hit in his first at-bat, went 3-for-4 with one run scored.
Warfle went 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI to lead the Eagles offense.
Erik Crichton (0-3) was saddled with the loss for Oral Roberts. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk over 3.1 innings. Marcus Tackett pitched well in the start, but didn’t have the endurance, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk over 4.2 innings.
Texas and Oral Roberts return to action on Sunday with the series finale scheduled for 1 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The University of Texas received a solid starting performance from James Russell and pounded out 15 hits in a 13-0 win over Oral Roberts University in collegiate baseball action Friday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Russell (3-1) scattered four hits and four walks while striking out seven over eight scoreless innings in UT’s strongest start of the season. Juston Street finished off the shutout pitching one scoreless inning with one hit and one walk while striking out one.
Bradley Suttle and Kyle Russell paced offense for Texas (10-6), including hitting back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning. Suttle went 3-for-4 with one home run, two runs and four RBI. Russell went 2-for-2 with two walks, one hit by pitch, one home run, three runs and one RBI. Travis Tucker added to the arsenal going 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Chance Wheeless and Josh Prince each added two hits for the Texas.
The Longhorns did much of their damage in the third inning tallying six runs. With one out and Texas nursing a 1-0 lead, Wheeless singled through the right side and Jordan Danks drew a walk to ignite the rally. Suttle followed with an RBI single to centerfield and Kyle Russell drew a walk to load the bases. Preston Clark plated Danks with a groundout to shortstop inflating the cushion to 3-0. Nick Peoples and Chais Fuller followed with back-to-back doubles with Peoples driving in a pair and Fuller plating one. Tucker capped off the rally with a single through the left side to drive in Fuller and stake UT to a 7-0 lead.
Texas also scored multiple runs in the fifth inning, when an RBI single by Wheeless and a two-run single by Suttle accounted for three runs, and the seventh inning, when Suttle and Russell hit their back-to-back home runs.
Chris Ashman (1-2) was saddled with the loss for Oral Roberts (4-6). He allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out two over three innings.
Brendan Duffy led the Eagles offense going 2-for-4 with a double.
Texas and Oral Roberts return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Clemson is hosting upstart Oral Roberts in the Super Regionals this weekend. Clemson came through the regionals with an undefeated weekend with victories over UNC-Asheville, Elon, and Mississippi State. Oral Roberts also went undefeated by going to Fayetteville Arkansas and knocking off Oklahoma twice and Arkansas once.
The Clemson Tigers are led by 10 MLB draft picks which include Tyler Colvin and Andy D’Alessio. There is a good article in The Post and Courier on Tyler Colvin this week which can be found here. Each of Clemson’s weekend starters were drafted on Day 1 with Jason Berken going the highest in the sixth round. Clemson according to coach Jack Leggett says this team has a thick skin in this article from WLTX in South Carolina.
Oral Roberts is one of the hottest teams in the country heading into this series. They have won 31 out of their last 34 games to reach the Super-Regionals for the first time ever. They are led by junior catcher Andy Bouchie who batted .377 with 12 HR’s and 53 RBI’s. The Tulsa-based squad’s pitching has become healthy which has also led to the great 31-3 record in the last 34 games. Chris Ashman heads to this Super-Regional 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 93.1 innings pitched.
I predict a 2 game sweep by the number 1 seeded Tigers.