The Vanderbilt Commodores came back from two deficits to pull out a 7-6 victory. Boston College jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 3 innings. Vanderbilt was held in check until the bottom of the eighth when they were trailing 5-3. Pedro Alvarez started the inning off by walking on four pitches. Ryan Flaherty then followed with a single up the middle. Shea Robin then followed with a sacrifice bunt to set up second and third with one out. BC made a pitching change to bring in closer Dan Houston who promptly made Dominic de la Osa make an excuse me swing to get the runner home from third and Flaherty advanced to third base while Osa was out at first. The next pitch thrown by Houston got by catcher Tony Sanchez to allow Flaherty to score from third and tie the game up. Houston was able to work around a walk and a single to get out of the inning. BC then picked up a key lead-off double by Joseph Ayers in the top of the ninth. BC decided to bunt with Johnny Ayers to move Joseph Ayers to third with one out. Vanderbilt then brought in closer Casey Weathers who was greeted by a ground ball from Ryan Hutchinson which got through the infield to drive Joseph Ayers to get a 6-5 victory. Weathers then got the final two outs of the inning. As we entered the bottom of the ninth, Vanderbilt was trailing by one run. Dan Houston got David Macias and Alex Feinberg to fly out . BC then pitched around Pedro Alvarez to bring the winning run to the plate in Ryan Flaherty. Ryan then took the fourth pitch and put it over the left field wall to win the exciting game away from Boston College.
BC is having some major problems in the closer role this season as this is Dan Houston’s second blown save of the weekend. I think a change is needed in the bullpen for the Eagles. They are continuing to hang around these more powerful teams but can’t finish the deal.
BC will return to action on Friday with an exbition game against the Boston Red Sox. Daisuke Matsuzaka will start against the Eagles in his first career appearance on American soil. Vanderbilt will be back in action on Tuesday with Austin Peay.
Vanderbilt Scout.com Recap
The NCBWA has released their National Players of the Week for the period ending on February 11th. Pedro Alvarez was named the Player of the Week with an outstanding weekend in Houston at the Minute Maid College Classic. He went 7-14 in a 3 game sweep over Rice, Baylor, and Arizona State. Charlotte left-handed pitcher Spencer Steedley was named the National Pitcher of the Week after pitching a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks in a 8-0 victory. He did not allow any runners past second base and scattered seven hits.
Press Release from NCBWA
Texas A&M got 4-2 victory over Number 1 ranked Rice to get to a 2-1 mark in the Houston Astros College Classic. Kyle Nicholson provided a lights out finish to the game by holding the Owls scoreless over the last 3.2 innings providing an opportunity for the Aggies to capitalize at the plate. Kelly Stinson provided a key walk and was driven in on a double by Luke Anders with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Stinson was able to make it around the bases from first to get the lead for the Aggies.
Texas A&M Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap
The Vanderbilt Commodores were able to complete the sweep of the Houston Astros College Classic this weekend by knocking off Baylor 7-4 on Sunday. Dominic de la Osa was able to break a tie in the fifth inning with a two run single to drive in David Macias and Pedro Alvarez. Mike Minor was able to complete the save by pitching 2.1 innings of shutout baseball.
Houston Chronicle Recap
The Houston Cougars were slammed by the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday by a score of 11-1. The Cougars got zero pitching in the game as Wes Musick lasted 2.0 innings while giving up five runs (4 earned) and walking four players. Josh Satow on the other hand for the Sun Devils was marvelous pitching a complete game and only allowing six hits and one run. Ike Davis led the Sun Devils offense by going 2-4 with 3 RBI.
Arizona State Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap
Rivals Notebook on Day 3
The All-Tournament team can be read here.
The Vanderbilt Commodores used a late inning surge to pull out a 7-6 victory over Arizona State in ten innings. Matt Meingasner hit a triple with one out in the bottom of the tenth. Johnathan White came on to pinch run for Meingasner and scored on a wild pitch on an intentional walk. David Macias (VU) went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two doubles. Pedro Alvarez (VU) also went 3 for 4 with a home run and a run scored. Casey Weathers (VU) also had a solid performance on the mound by pitching two shutout innings to pick up the victory.
Houston Chronicle Recap
The Houston Astros College Classic will begin today at noon with Vanderbilt facing off against the Number 1 ranked Owls of Rice. This will be a showcase event for David Price of Vandy and Joe Savery of Rice. Wayne Graham decided against pitching Joe Savery against Price which is disappointing because it would have been a showcase pitching match-up. The other teams involved in the tournament are Texas A&M, Arizona State, Houston, and Baylor. The entire tournament can be watched for $14.95 from MLB.
Edit: Vanderbilt is offering a free webcast of each of their games in this tourney and home games throughout the year at this link for free.
Vandy Game Notes
Rice Game Notes
Texas A&M Game Notes
Arizona State Game Notes
Houston Game Notes
Baylor Game Notes
The Vanderbilt Commodores will open the season on Friday in the Houston Astro College Classic facing off against Rice. The Media Relations office at Vandy has put out a few press releases previewing the upcoming season in which they are expected to compete for a CWS berth. They are led by fifth year head coach Tim Corbin who has built a very successful program in Nashville. They have two star players with pitcher David Price and Pedro Alvarez.
Rivals Season Preview on Vandy
The SEC has released its preseason poll in which they have put South Carolina on top of the east division behind the great hitting Justin Smoak. The Vanderbilt Commodores come in second in that division. Arkansas is the pick to win their division behind the pitching of Nick Schmidt.
The full release from the SEC is available here.
The Reflector (Student newspaper of Mississippi State) checks in with an article about Title IX which is asking for protection of the men’s sports. The Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk is quoted saying “What I really want to see is Title X, Where’s our protection? Where’s the protection against men’s sports being cut?” I find this type of comment right on the mark because many schools have decided to cut funding for many sports at smaller school to get in complaince with Title IX. When I do start to have issues with Mr. Polk is when he states the following: “It doesn’t bother me at all that women’s softball gets to give out 20 scholarships, I just want to be able to offer the same amount, especially since we’re one of the biggest sources of revenue for the athletic department.” This is a very offensive statement because for many years MSU gave out a very large percentage of scholarships to his team and other male programs while forgetting about women’s athletics. Remember Women’s sports before Title IX? Very few people remember them before Title IX.
The full article is available here.
Eric Sorenson has posted his thoughts about the first weekend of college baseball. He is impressed with the way Oregon State played out in Hawaii as I think most people are. He also believes that San Diego is the real deal and should be respected but face a tough weekend with the trip to Austin to play the Longhorns. He also discusses some other issues which can be read here.
Doug Kroll also has posted an article on CSTV about the top games in the month of February. He believes the Houston College Classic is a must see like all college baseball writers have been drooling over for a few months. David Price vs Joe Savery? Will it happen? We will have to wait and see. The full article is available here.