Here are some of the best mid-week matchups to watch for tonight.
#14 Arkansas at #15 Oklahoma
The Arkansas Razorbacks make the trek to Norman Oklahoma tonight to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Arkansas enters the game with a 38-14 overall record but are on a three game losing streak thanks to the South Carolina Gamecocks who swept them in Fayetteville over the weekend. Arkansas will send freshman LHP Randall Fant to the hill as he has a 3-1 record with a 4.05 ERA in 33.1 innings. The Sooners enter the game with a 37-14 record after taking the last two games of a three game weekend series with Memphis. The Sooners will send junior RHP Michael Rocha to the mound as he is 6-1 with a 3.70 ERA in 15 appearances including two starts.
We are now down to 23 days until Selection Monday. Here are some of my thoughts from the action on Saturday.
We will see on Sunday the first bid to the NCAA Tournament punched as Dartmouth and Columbia will face off in the third game of the three game Ivy League Championship series in New York. Columbia won Game 1 on Saturday by a score of 13-2 before Dartmouth won Game 2 15-12. I predict that Dartmouth will take it since they won the conference last year.
When asked about his Pittsburgh Panthers’ 12-3 run so far this season, junior third baseman Joe Leonard gave a clear reason for their success. “Hitting is contagious.”
If Leonard’s statement is correct, than he’s the one setting the lead. Leonard is having an outstanding year for the Panthers, with a .455 batting percentage, along with a team leading 56 RBIs. His Panthers sit at second in the Big East, a spot not many within the conference expected them to be in the pre-season.
“All year, we have been hitting the ball well,” explained Leonard about the team’s performance. “If one guy has a bad at bat, we can pick it up and make it up for the team.”
Here are some of the best links from Around the Nation.
The first story today is Villanova’s Matt Szczur will be missing this weekend’s series against Georgetown as he is starting to take medication for a bone marrow donation he will be giving in the next couple of weeks. The New Mexico Lobos have started the season off well but San Diego State is standing between them and a bid to the NCAA Tourney. There is a major showdown between Pitt and UConn this weekend which could go far in deciding who will be the top seed in the Big East Tourney. The Merced-Sun Star has a good article on former high school teammates Brett Mooneyham and Dylan Floro. All four of the ACC schools located in North Carolina are currently in trouble of missing the 2010 ACC Tournament after they have struggled throughout the year. The final article talks about the great baseball atmosphere at Ole Miss and Mississippi State which could be the best in the nation. Feel free to check out the articles below.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After throwing a complete-game shutout for the Huskies, junior lefthander Greg Nappo was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week. Pittsburgh senior catcher Cory Brownsten was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after a dominant week at and behind the plate.
Men’s Head Basketball Coach Fred Hill is reportedly being let go by Rutgers University on Thursday, according to Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com The incident that is reportedly leading to the firing happened at the conclusion of the Pitt-Rutgers baseball game last Thursday at Bainton Field. Fred Hill’s father, Fred, is the longtime coach of the Rutgers Baseball team. It happened on April Fool’s Day, but this was no joke. Below is a recap of what happened, as told by Jerry Carino of MyCentralJersey.com on his Hoops Haven Blog:
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 Big East Recap for February 21st.
Florida 7 South Florida 6 (10 innings)
Freshman Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) delivered a walk-off single down the right-field line in the 10th inning as No. 7 Florida (3-0) completed a sweep of USF (0-3), 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The Gators had rallied to force extra innings with three runs in the ninth, including the tying run on a two-out fielding error by sophomore shortstop Sam Mende.
Here is your Big East Recap for February 20th.
#10 Florida 9 South Florida 1
No. 7 Florida (2-0) clinched its season-opening weekend series with a 9-1 victory over USF (0-2) on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 3,723 fans at McKethan Stadium. Freshman left-hander Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) tossed 5.2 scoreless innings in his collegiate debut to pick up the win, while sophomore Tyler Thompson (Tequesta, Fla.) (2-for-5) had a career-high four RBI, highlighted by a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning. Freshmen Kamm Washington (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) belted solo homers in the triumph for the Orange and Blue.
Here is your Big East Recap for February 19th.
Florida 6 South Florida 2
Gainesville, FL- Junior Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) powered No. 7 Florida to a 6-2 victory over USF in front of 3,309 fans at McKethan Stadium in the season opener for both teams on Friday. The two-time All-SEC second baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI, a pair of home runs and a double. In his collegiate debut, freshman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 2-for-4 and blasted a two-run homer on the first swing of his Gator career. Making his return to the lineup after missing the 2009 campaign, redshirt sophomore right-hander Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) scattered three hits, registered four strikeouts and allowed an unearned run in 3.1 innings.