The Liberty Flames took a 2-1 victory over The Citadel on Saturday afternoon. Dustin Umberger of Liberty picked up the win by pitching 7.0 innings while only letting up 2 hits and one run. Matt Crim pitched a career high eight innings in the losing effort for the Bulldogs.
The Citadel Recap
The University of South Carolina continued their strong start to the season with a 9-2 victory over the Richmond Spiders on Saturday. Jay Brown started the game and struck out nine batters in his six innings of work to pick up the victory. James Darnell also hit a homer for the second straight day to provide the offense.
South Carolina Recap
The Citadel took out the Richmond Spiders tonight in a very good game by a score of 7-6 in 10 innings to pick up number three for the win column against one loss. The Citadel was led by a clutch performance from Link Saunders who picked up the victory by pitching 2.2 innings of shutout baseball while striking out three against only one hit. Conrad Kellahan hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth to drive in the winning run for the Bulldogs. The Citadel will face off against Liberty tomorrow while the Spiders will face South Carolina.
The Citadel Recap
The University of South Carolina picked up the victory over the Liberty Flames on Friday by a score of 10-2. James Darnell and Phil Disher both hit homeruns to led the Gamecocks to the victory. Harris Honeycutt picked up the victory by going 5.1 innings while letting up two runs on four hits. He extends his streak of victories to start his career to 10.
South Carolina Recap
The Crab House Shootout presented by Trademark Properties will take place this weekend in Charleston SC. The teams participating will be South Carolina, Richmond, Liberty and the host school The Citadel. The match-ups on Friday are South Carolina facing Liberty and Richmond facing The Citadel. On Saturday, South Carolina will face Richmond and the Flames will face The Citadel. The final games of the weekend will have Richmond and Liberty facing off in the early game and The Citadel facing off with South Carolina.
South Carolina Game Notes
The Citadel Game Notes
Richmond Season Preview
Liberty Game Notes
Justin Smoak of University of South Carolina is still bitter about losing to Georgia in a Super Regional in 2006. After the season, Justin heading up to Cape Cod and was named the top pro prospect in the league. He does not want to be remembered as a great baseball player but as a great person. The article is available here.
Justin Smoak also did an interview with my buddies over at Codball which can be heard and read here.
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.
In the long standing tradition of the NCAA of trying to run the entire country, They are meeting this week to discuss the issue of banning post season play in states where the confederate flag still flies. They are thinking of extending the rule to hosting baseball regionals and super-regionals. The only two states which it flies in are Mississippi and South Carolina. The full article from WLTX is available here.
UPDATE: The NCAA has decided to make no changes to the current rules. The full NCAA release is available here.
Perfect Game CrossChecker are posting a series of previews about the top 100 teams in the nation. The top team has been released with University of South Carolina ranked Number 1 but from 2-49 have not been released but will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. The listing of teams from 51-100 are available here.
Rivals has released their top 25 for the upcoming season. The top team is Rice with UNC, University of South Carolina, Virginia, and Miami rounding out the top 5. I believe that Miami is a little overrated being in the top 5 but we will have to see how the season falls to find out the truth. It is nice to see 3 ACC teams in the Top 5.
The full poll is available here.
The 2007 Baseball schedule is out for the University of South Carolina. There are no major OOC games scheduled for this season with the basic home and home series with Clemson. They play in the UNC Wilmington and the Citadel Tournaments respectively this year. The Brown Bears make a weekend trip March 9th-11th to visit the Gamecocks. You can read the full schedule in PDF format here.
The University of South Carolina has the highest rated recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball. The Gamecocks brought in 14 players for the upcoming season with 8 high school recruits and 6 Junior College transfers. They picked up Jay Brown from Young Harris College who had an outstanding season for Cotuit on the Cape this summer. I had the opportunity to see this young man pitch and he is a solid pitcher with an incredible upside. Miami came in second in the ratings with many other top teams in the ratings.
The full ratings are available here.