The University of Virginia will be hosting for the second consecutive year in Charlottesville Virginia. They will be joined by Rutgers, Oregon State, and Lafayette.
The Virginia Cavaliers (43-14) enter this weekend after winning two out of three games in the ACC Tournament. They did not qualify for the ACC Championship as they lost the head to head tiebreaker with North Carolina. They are led by a very strong pitching staff in Jacob Thompson and Sean Doolittle. Thompson has an overall record of 11-0 with an ERA of 1.35. (The CBB had the chance to see him pitch and a full report on him is available here.) Sean Doolittle is one of the top two-way players in the country as he has a record of 7-3 with a 2.57 ERA while batting .318 with 52 RBI. The Virginia offense is led by Brandon Guyer (.369) and David Adams (.368). They receive some bad news about two weeks ago when leadoff hitter and batting average leader Greg Miclat had surgery on a torn labrum and is out for the season. Virginia opens the tournament against Lafayette at 4 pm Friday.
Virginia Tourney Notes
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights made an impressive run through the Big East Tournament by coming through the loser’s bracket before taking out UConn in the conference championship game by a 7-6 scoreline. Rutgers is led by All-American candidate Todd Frazier who is hitting .379 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI. He has also stolen 25 bases in 29 attempts. Dave Williams is the leading hitter on the team with a .408 batting average in 57 games. Steve Healing leads the pitching staff with a 10-3 overall record and an ERA of 3.56. Rutgers opens the tournament against defending champion Oregon State at 8 pm on Friday.
Rutgers Tourney Notes
The Oregon State Beavers are the defending champions and will head to Charlottesville after finishing in sixth place in the PAC-10. They have an overall record of 38-17 but were under .500 in the PAC 10 at a 10-14 mark. Mitch Canham is one of the top catchers in the country who will likely be drafted in the top five rounds in the upcoming draft. He leads the team in hitting with a .346 average and in homers with nine. The Oregon State pitching staff is led by Mike Stutes who has a 9-4 record and has struck out 101 hitters in 102.2 innings. Oregon State opens against Rutgers at 8 pm on Friday.
Oregon State Tourney Notes
The Lafayette Leopards (33-18) enter the weekend with the automatic bid from the Patriot League after sweeping the Army in the Championship series. Lafayette split with Ivy League Champion Brown last week in preparation for the NCAA Regionals. Lafayette is led by pitchers Kevin Reese and Matt Kamine. Reese is 7-1 with a 2.70 ERA in nine starts including four complete games. Kamine is 7-4 with a 2.72 ERA. The Leopards offense is led by James Conrad who has a .351 average with 48 stolen bases in 52 attempts. Jeff Butler has a .350 average also so he is also a player to watch.
Lafayette Tourney Notes
The CBB predicts Virginia to advance through the regional and the sleeper team in the regional is Rutgers with a potent lineup.
Casey Grogan of The Daily Barometer wrote a very nice article about the upcoming 2007 season for the Oregon State Beavers. The article discusses some of the expectations of the program and how that will affect the upcoming season in which they have started with four straight victories including a no-hitter in game 1. The full article is available here.
Casey was nice enough to shoot me an e-mail to check out his article so anyone with a good article feel free to e-mail me here.
The Associated Press has released an article about Oregon State Baseball going for their second straight national championship. The article has a good interview with Pat Casey and he speaks about how so many coaches around the country have contacted him since winning the national championship. The full article can be read here.
The Oregon State Beavers completed the sweep on Saturday of the Vulcans of Hawai’i-Hilo. They were led by a solid pitching performance by Anton Maxwell who pitched 5 innings while surrendering 4 hits and one run in the 10-2 victory. The offense was led by Darwin Barney again with a 2-3 performance while scoring 2 runs and driving 2 in. Oregon State will be off next weekend before heading to Georgia to take on the Dawgs.
Oregon State Recap
Salem News article
The Oregon State Beavers swept a doubleheader from Hawai’i-Hilo Friday afternoon by taking the first game 17-4 and the second one by 9-3. In game 1, the Beavers were led by Joe Peterson who pitched 5 innings giving up only 1 unearned run. The offensive side was led by lead-off hitter and shortstop Darwin Barney who went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s. In game 2, Daniel Turpen led the pitching by going 4 innings and giving up 5 hits while only surrendering one run. Darwin Barney again led the offense by going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s. Jordan Lennerton also chipped in with a 3-4 performance while scoring 2 runs. They will conclude the series on Saturday at 1:00 PM Hawaii time.
Full story from OSU
Oregon State opened the season last night in Hawai’i and they got off to a fantastic start with four pitchers combining for a no-hitter which was the first in 40 years for the Beavers. Oregon State won the game 5-0 over Hawai’i-Hilo. Mitch Canham was the star on offense going 4-5 at the plate with one run scored and one batted in. He also caught the no hitter which was thrown by Mike Stutes (5 IP, 7 K’s, and 2 BB), Josh Keller (2 IP and 2 K’s), Mark Grbavac (1 IP and 2 K’s), and Jorge Reyes (1 IP and 1BB) who pitched the ninth. Lars Knepper started the game for the Vulcans and pitched 4.2 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out ten batters. He was followed up by Jeffrey Germain (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, and zero earned runs) and Emil DeAndreis (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 Earned run, and 3 BB).
Press Release from Oregon State available here.
Press Release from Hawai’i-Hilo available here.
I know that I have been posting about the Oregon State Beavers often but they are getting a ton of press for being the defending national champion. The Register-Guard in Eugene, OR checks in with an article about the losses that Oregon State has had to graduation and the MLB draft. It can be read here.
The Statesman Journal in Salem Oregon has posted an article about the Oregon State Beavers. Gary Horowitz talks with the players and coaches about how they are going to put the 2006 season behind them and focus on winning back to back titles in 2007. The full article is available here.
The Oregon State Beavers have decided to change the surface of their infield from natural grass to FieldTurf at Goss Stadium. This type of field is the same type that the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Devil Rays play on. The surface change is expected to be ready for the home opener for the Beavers on March 8th against Evansville. They are also adding a new scoreboard and a new seating area to the ballpark in the near future. The full article from The Daily Barometer writer Casey Grogan is available here.
Can you believe it that the season starts on Thursday in Hawai’i with Oregon State taking on Hawai’i-Hilo in the first official game of the season. They ended the season in Omaha by winning the national championship and they begin their title defense in the first game. They will be playing a 5 game set in Hawai’i before returning to the mainland of USA. They will not be the only team in action as many other west coast schools start the season this weekend including San Diego which will be hosting Cal Poly for a 3 game set.
Game Notes for Oregon State
Game Notes for San Diego