The Stephen F. Austin Media Relations department has started a series of articles previewing the 2008 season. This week they have focused on the Starting Pitching staff. They lost two key starters in Jake Leonhardt and David Miller who left in the MLB draft but return a veteran staff. The full article is available here. We spoke with Stephen F. Austin head coach Donnie Watson a few weeks ago and it can be read by clicking here.
For years, baseball was Sam Houston State’s pride and joy.
The Bearkats won 1,127 games and lost only 579 from 1957 to 1994. With four ties thrown in, that’s a winning percentage of .659.
During that lengthy 38-season stretch, SHSU won an NAIA national championship (1963), two Lone Star Conference titles (1981 and ’82), three Gulf Star Conference championships (1985, ’86 and ’87) and one Southland Conference crown (’89).
The Bearkats took nine trips to the NAIA World Series and three visits to the NCAA Division II Regionals. After making the move up to Division I, they earned their way to three NCAA Regionals, winning a combined three games at Austin’s Disch-Falk Field in 1987 and ’96.
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The College Baseball Blog recently had the chance to talk with Donnie Watson of Stephen F. Austin to discuss his program. He is entering his third season with the Jacks after taking over in 2004 when the school decided to bring the program back after an eleven year absence.
1. Stephen F. Austin finished the 2007 season with a 31-28 overall record after having a tough first season in 2006 which saw the Jacks struggle to a 15-41 record. Who has improved the most over the summer and during fall workouts? Continue reading
UTSA head baseball coach Sherman Corbett announced Friday the Roadrunners’ 2008 schedule. Highlighted by six opponents that qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament (Baylor, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Texas and Texas A&M), the season-opening UTSA Baseball Classic and a full slate of Southland Conference action, the defending SLC Regular Season Champions will play a total of 56 contests next spring.
“Coach (Mike) Clement did an outstanding job of putting together the 2008 schedule with a good balance of teams,” Corbett said. “The non-conference schedule will be a good indicator on where we are as a team heading into conference play. The best thing about the schedule is the number of home contests. With the new NCAA rules not allowing us to start practice until Feb. 1 and play until Feb. 22, we were unsure how this would affect scheduling. The large number of home games should play to our advantage and, obviously, the home games with Texas and Texas A&M highlight this year’s non-conference schedule.”
UTSA’s 34-game home slate includes 12 contests at Wolff Stadium, the home of the San Diego Padres Double A affiliate San Antonio Missions. The Roadrunners’ first 10 games will be played at Wolff, which has been a fixture on the schedule for more than a decade, and 18 of the team’s first 21 contests will be played in the Alamo City.
UTSA opens the campaign with back-to-back games against 2007 NCAA Regional teams that won at least 40 games a year ago. The Roadrunners host Oral Roberts on Friday, Feb. 22, in the third game of the UTSA Baseball Classic and then play Louisiana-Lafayette the following afternoon before hosting Army in the final round-robin contest later in the day. The championship and consolation games are scheduled for Feb. 24.
After welcoming Sacred Heart for a four-game series (Feb. 29-March 2) and Kansas State for a two-game set (March 4-5), UTSA hits the road for the first time when it heads to South Carolina for a three-game series against The College of Charleston (March 7-9). The Roadrunners return home for their first contests of the year at Roadrunner Field when they host Northern Illinois in a doubleheader on March 11.
UTSA kicks off the 30-game Southland Conference slate with a three-game home series against McNeese State beginning on March 14. The Roadrunners also welcome Texas-Arlington (March 28-30), Stephen F. Austin (April 18-20), Sam Houston State (April 25-27), Nicholls State (May 9-11) and I-35 rival Texas State (May 15) to the Bird Bath for conference contests.
Following a March 17 tilt against Texas at Wolff and a doubleheader against Texas-Pan American the following afternoon at Roadrunner Field, UTSA plays its first league road series at Central Arkansas during Easter weekend (March 20-22). Other league road trips include Southeastern Louisiana (April 4-6), Northwestern State (April 11-13), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (May 2-4 in Robstown) and Texas State (May 16-17).
The Roadrunners play their final game of the year at Wolff when Texas A&M comes to town for a March 25 contest. UTSA then hosts Texas State in a non-conference tilt at Roadrunner Field the following night.
The Roadrunners begin a season-long nine-game road trip on April 2 when they make their annual trip to Waco to face Baylor. After a pair of SLC weekend series at Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State, UTSA concludes the road swing with a two-game non-conference set at Lamar (April 15-16).
Other non-league tilts include an April 23 game at Texas and a home-and-home series with Houston (April 30 at Houston/May 13 at Roadrunner Field).
The SLC Tournament is scheduled for May 21-24 on the campus of Sam Houston State in Huntsville. The conference’s top two divisional finishers and the next four teams with the best winning percentage in SLC regular-season play will qualify for the four-day tournament to decide who earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
UT-Arlington head coach Jeff Curtis has unexpectedly resigned on November 15th. Curtis took over the program in 2001 after former head coach Clay Gould passed away from cancer. Curtis led the Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2006. He spent six seasons with the program accumulating an overall record of 166-188 after a disappointing 2007 season in which the team went 13-40. Associate head coach Darin Thomas has been named the replacement effective immediately. The full release is available here. This seems to be a very weird time to resign from a head coaching position as many schools are wrapping up fall practice. This current week is the beginning of the signing period.
The task of shrinking the bench and bullpen would be more challenging if the Owls weren’t tearing the cover off the ball, a trend that continued Tuesday at Reckling Park. No. 2 Rice blasted Baylor 13-0 to stretch its winning streak to 15 games.
Rice improved to 42-11 while Baylor fell to 28-24.
The Owls have just three more games to close out the regular season and all are at home starting Thursday through Saturday. Rice hosts Memphis in a three-game C-USA series at Reckling Park. Thursday’s first pitch is slated for 7 pm. Baylor concludes its regular season schedule with a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State at Baylor Ballpark.
SOUTHERN MISS 9, NEW ORLEANS 4
NEW ORLEANS – UNO’s struggles continued Tuesday as Southern Mississippi capitalized on shaky pitching by the Privateers to win 9-4 at Maestri Field. With Tuesday night’s win, the Golden Eagles have won seven in a row, nine of 10 and finished with double-figure hits in six of the last seven games.
Southern Miss (34-19) scored five runs in the fourth inning, including a leadoff home run by catcher Trey Cuevas, to go ahead 6-2. The Privateers (32-21) couldn’t get it going offensively, stranding 10 batters.
Southern Miss wraps up its regular season schedule with a three-game C-USA series at Houston. The first game of the series, on Thursday, will be broadcast nationally on CSTV at 7 p.m. CDT. The Privateers will conclude their regular season schedule this weekend, when they host Louisiana in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday contest will be televised by Cox Sports Television.
HOUSTON 6, SAM HOUSTON STATE 4
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Senior first baseman Josh Stirneman went 2-for-5 with a double and solo home run to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-4 win over area-rival Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Don Sanders Stadium.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Cougars scored six unanswered runs and appeared to have the game well in hand heading into the final frame. But the Bearkats pushed three runs across in the ninth inning and continued to threaten with the bases loaded, but reliever Aaron Brown hurled a strikeout to end the threat and the game.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 28-23 overall while Sam Houston State fell to 33-20. The Cougars swept the regular-season series against the Bearkats after taking a 16-9 win on Feb. 13 at Cougar Field. UH, which won its 11th straight game against the Bearkats, also evened the all-time series against SHSU at 71-71. The Cougars had not been even with the Bearkats in the all-time series since standing at 10-10 in 1956.
The Cougars wrap up their 2007 regular season later this week as they play host to Conference USA rival Southern Miss in a three-game series from the friendly confines of Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m., games on both Thursday and Friday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Saturday. The Thursday game will be televised nationally on CSTV. Sam Houston wraps up the regular season schedule with a Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin.
MEMPHIS 5, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 3
UNION CITY, Tenn. – Senior Kyle Norrid went 3-for-4 four and drove in four runs to lead Memphis to a 5-3 win over UT-Martin Tuesday night at Elam Stadium. The win was the 33rd of the year for the Tigers–the most regular season wins for a Memphis team since 1994. The win also eclipses the Tigers 2006 win total.
After waiting through a two hour, 23-minute rain delay, Memphis (33-20) got off to a fast start with a pair of scores in the opening frame. Michael Murray extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single to centerfield and moved to third when Skyhawks leftfielder Kevin Holt was unable to handle a single by Adam Amar. Amar advanced to second. Norrid then lined the first pitch he saw up the middle for a 2-0 Memphis lead.
Memphis will now prepare for its final Conference USA regular season series. The Tigers will travel to Houston to take on the second-ranked Rice Owls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. UT-Martin (19-33) completes the regular season with by hosting Samford in an OVC series. The teams will play a double-header on Friday and a single game on Saturday.
ELON 4, No. 29 EAST CAROLINA 2
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kyle Roller’s two home runs were not enough for No. 29 East Carolina as it fell to in-state foe Elon 4-2 Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium in the final regular season home game for the Pirates.
Jesse Lewter improved to 4-3 on the year after tossing his first career complete game with a career-high six strikeouts for Elon (28-24). On the night he allowed just six hits and walked one, making two pitching mistakes, both home runs to Roller.
The Pirates (35-18) will hit the road for the final three games of the regular season this weekend when they travel to UAB for a C-USA series. Junior T.J. Hose will take the mound for ECU on Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. (EDT). Elon returns to action on Wednesday, May 16 in a 7 p.m. game with High Point at Latham Park.
Memphis 8, Arkansas State 7
MEMPHIS – With the Tigers trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth and down to its last strike, freshman Tyler Huelsing lifted a game-tying RBI-single to center and then scored from first on an error by the Arkansas State outfield to push Memphis past ASU 8-7 in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. The Tigers improve to 31-18 with its 11th last at-bat win. Arkansas State falls to 19-30.
No. 3 Rice 6, Texas State 4
HOUSTON — The Rice trio of Brian Friday, Joe Savery and Aaron Luna all collected three hits, and the Owls combined a big five-run third inning and a stellar relief outing by Matt Langwell to claim a 6-4 win over visiting Texas State Wednesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston. The victory was the Owls’ 11th in a row and the 19th win in the last 20 games.
Rice improved to 38-11 on the season. Texas State fell to 32-18 overall.
The Owls’ eight-game homestand continues with a three-game Conference USA weekend series May 11-13 at Reckling Park. Rice hosts Tulane in the second-to-last league series of the season. CSTV Networks has announced that the Friday baseball contest will be available as part of a special pay-per-view event. The special presentation of this match-up will be available live and on-demand via Internet video streaming. The Bobcats return to Southland Conference action Friday when they open a three-game series with McNeese State in San Marcos.
No. 4 North Carolina 5, No. 30 East Carolina 1
GREENVILLE, N.C. - No. 4 North Carolina used seven pitchers to record 17 strikeouts as the Tarheels defeated No. 30 East Carolina 5-1 in front of the second largest crowd in school history (5,076 fans) Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The win allowed UNC to sweep the two-game series between the two schools.
North Carolina improved to 39-10 while East Carolina fell to 32-17.
The Pirates will be back in action this Friday night when they host UCF in a three-game Conference USA series. The Tar Heels are back in action at home this weekend for a three-game ACC set against Georgia Tech beginning Friday.
The Privateers, who won the series 2-1, scored four runs in the second inning when they chased Green Wave starter Matt Goebel. UNO was then silenced by Tulane’s Aaron Loup for four innings, but pushed its lead to 7-4 with two doubles in the seventh.
The series victory by UNO (29-16) is its first over Tulane (29-18) since 2004 and only its second since 1997. The Green Wave return to action on Friday, May 4, when they open a three-game series against Conference USA foe UAB at noon at Zephyr Field. The Privateers will kick off a Sun Belt Conference series against Western Kentucky beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Maestri Field.
Houston 5, McNeese State 4
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Dustin Kingsbury’s two-run double in the top of the ninth inning broke a tie and helped lift the University of Houston baseball team to a 5-4 win over McNeese State on Tuesday at Cowboy Diamond.
Bryan Tully and Jimmy Cesario drew back-to-back, one-out walks to start the Cougar rally in the top of the ninth inning. Following a MSU pitching change, Kingsbury smashed a 1-0 offering from reliever Chris Denton to the wall in right center to plate both runners.
The Cougars needed both runs as McNeese State rallied in the final frame, pulling to within a run on Thomas Zabasky’s RBI-single to right field.
With the loss, the Cougars improved to 25-19 overall, while McNeese State fell to 16-28. The Cougars also swept the regular-season series against the Cowboys after taking a 12-4 win on Feb. 20 at Cougar Field.
The Cougars return to Cougar Field this weekend to play host to Conference USA rival East Carolina in a three-game series. In addition, Friday’s game will be televised live on CSTV with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action and Buck Martinez providing color analysis. McNeese will return to action on Friday when it begins a three game home Southland Conference series with Central Arkansas.