The Cal-State Fullerton Titans are set to visit the TCU Horned Frogs for a three game set starting on Friday. The Titans are under the direction of former UC-Irvine head coach Dave Serrano. The Titans went 39-25 in 2007 while sweeping through the San Diego Regional and the Super Regionals over UCLA to qualify for the College World Series for the 15th time in the school’s history. TCU is Continue reading
The Uniform Start Date is Febraury 22nd but Hawaii and Hawaii-Hilo will open the season on Febraury 15th to kick off the year. The Vulcans and Rainbows will play a three game set from Friday-Sunday. The Rainbows are coming off a 38-25 season with a conference record of 11-13. They return Matt Daly who threw a no-hitter in the Cape Cod League this past season. Hawaii-Hilo is coming off a 12-35-1 campaign while losing top pitcher Lars Knepper who threw three complete games for the Vulcans.
AUSTIN, Texas – The 28th-ranked St. Edward’s baseball team will open its 2008 season Saturday afternoon when they host #12 Ouachita Baptist for a three-game series this weekend.
St. Edward’s, who is coming off of a 43-15 record and Heartland Conference Championship season in 2007, will play the Tigers on the first weekend for the second-straight season. Ouachita Baptist took two of three games from the Hilltoppers last season. That was just before the Hilltoppers won a school-record 18-straight games on their way to most wins in a single season.
The Hilltoppers return six position starters from last year’s squad and starting pitcher Patrick Colgan who finished last year with a spotless 12-0 record and 1.97 earned-run average. He was named first-team all-America for his efforts. Senior Bradley Goldsmith, who pounded out a .368 batting average with 60 runs scored and 45 runs batted in, to go along with his team-leading 29 stolen bases, returns to lead a potent offensive attack that averaged seven runs a contest. Goldsmith was named Heartland Conference Player of the Year last season.
St. Edward’s will challenge the Tigers on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. The final game of the series will take place Sunday at 12 p.m. All three games will take place at Lucian-Hamilton Field and can be heard live on the St. Edward’s Athletic Website with Cameron Kushwara there to call of the action.
The UNC-Wilmington Baseball team heads to Wake Forest for a three game weekend series. The Seahawks enter the series coming off a loss to NC State on Tuesday evening while Wake Forest is coming off an exciting walk-off victory also on Tuesday with Charlotte. The pitching match-ups are Wake Forest pitcher Brad Kledzik (0-1, 5.40 ERA) facing Ryan Doolittle (0-0, 3.68) on Friday. The Demon Deacons will send Eric Nielsen (1-0, 4.05 ERA) to the mound on Saturday to face Bradley Holt (1-1, 7.43 ERA). The series finale will have Wake Forest sending Garrett Bullock (1-0, 1.50 ERA) facing UNC-Wilmington’s Daniel Cropper (1-1, 5.51 ERA).
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The George Mason Patriots will take on the top ranked Clemson Tigers this weekend in a three game set. The pitching match up this weekend will be J.J. Pannell of George Mason facing P.J. Zocchi of Clemson on Friday evening. Saturday’s match up will be Matt Modica (GM) facing David Kopp (Clemson) and the final game of the series will be Ryan Brecko (GM) facing Ryan Hinson (Clemson). This should be an interesting series since George Mason always has a strong team and both teams are opening the season this weekend.
Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin is nearing a milestone of taking over the number 4 spot in collegiate baseball wins. If Mike Martin Sr. is able to sweep Hofstra and pick up the victory over Florida in their mid-week game, he will move into sole possession of fourth place. This has been a very good year for Mr. Martin because he was named to the ABCA on January 5th. The Tallahassee Democrat wrote a real good article about Martin reaching this milestone. It can be read here.
The FSU Seminoles will welcome Hofstra to Tallahassee this weekend for a three game set. Hofstra has played in one series this year and were swept by Auburn last weekend. The Seminoles enter the series at 6-0 with consecutive sweeps over Tennessee and UNC-Asheville.
The Maryland Terrapins will be heading down to Orlando, FL for a 3-game set with the University of Central Florida. The Terps are coming into the game with a 2-1 record after a loss to Winthrop and victories over Gardner-Webb and Creighton. The Golden Knights are entering the series with a 2-3 record on the young season. TCU took two out of three games last weekend. Friday and Saturday’s games will start at 4pm while Sunday’s will be start at 1pm.
The USC Trojans and the Dirtbags of Long Beach State will meet in a weird 3 game set. USC will play at home on Friday and Sunday while LBSU will host the game on Saturday. USC is coming off an impressive victory over Cal Poly to get Chad Kreuter’s first career victory. The starter’s for this weekend series are as followed: Friday-Vance Worley (LBSU) vs Ryan Cook (USC), Saturday-Manny McElroy (LBSU) vs Brandon Buxbaum (USC), Sunday- Omar Arif (LBSU) vs Tommy Milone (USC). All these games should be interesting and fun. I will keep you readers informed about this series among others this weekend.
Cal State Fullerton will open the season on Friday against Stanford. Fullerton is expected to start All-American pitcher Wes Roemer on Friday to face off against Stanford ace Nolan Gallagher. The Saturday match up is Jeff Kaplan facing off against Jeffrey Inman. The Sunday match up will be Jimmy Bleich taking the mound for the Cardinal while Sean Urena will make his first appearance as a Titan. Fullerton lost a ton of talent from last year’s team but at Fullerton you reload instead of rebuilding. Stanford should be ready this season to contend for the Pac 10 crown like usual.
Both Florida State and Tennessee have posted game notes for the big series in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles enter the series with many question marks with a pitching staff which is very low in experience. After Bryan Henry, The Noles are planning on starting Micheal Hyde who really was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last season and they are still TBA on a Sunday starter. They will also be without Luke Tucker who is still sitting on the sidelines with a sore pitching arm. The Vols are not without injuries either. They will be missing Julio Borbon who was expected to start in center field this season but will be out another 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle. He was one of the best players on the USA National team this summer.