by Jarred Amato
Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 2,763 at Cardines Field, the USA National Team defeated Newport 8-3 Thursday night. There were also at least eight scouts in attendance, from San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Atlanta and Kansas City among others, who were beginning their evaluations for the 2009 (and 2010) MLB Drafts. Here’s a breakdown of the Americans’ performance against the Gulls of the NECBL. Continue reading Checking in on Team USA
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Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week
Cotuit starter Nick Hernandes (Tennessee) has something to prove in the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer. He’s coming off a disappointing spring in which he had a losing record (2-5) and a 5.16 ERA with the Volunteers as a sophomore but he turned in an overpowering performance Saturday against a Brewster squad that figures to be in the thick of the East Division race. Hernandes pitched seven strong innings, scattering seven singles and allowing just one run while striking out eight to beat Brewster, 4-1, before more than 3,000 delighted Opening Day fans at Lowell Park. The 6-4, 203-pound left-hander from Miami, Fla., did not walk a batter.
Coca-Cola Player of the Week
Harwich shortstop Tim Smalling (Arkansas) went 3-for-4, scored a run and drove in two to take Coca-Cola Player of the Week honors after the first weekend of Cape Cod Baseball League play. Smalling provided the spark as the Mariners opened the 2008 campaign with a resounding 9-4 win to spoil Bourne’s first-ever night game at Doran Park. The 6-3, 207-pound junior-to-be, one of five Razorbacks playing in the Cape League this summer, picked up where he left off in college with his award-winning effort against Bourne Saturday night. He had five two-RBI performances as well as two three-hit games among his 16 multi-hit games for the Hogs, while also compiling a 14-game hitting streak, Arkansas’ longest of the season.
KEENE, N.H. — Aaron Senne (Missouri; Rochester, Minn.), Ryan Ortiz (Oregon State; San Diego, Calif.) and Kentrail Davis (Tennessee; Theodore, Ala.) all homered in a five-run third inning as the 2008 USA Baseball National Trials Team defeated the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League 11-0 Thursday night at Alumni Field. This was the first competition during the trials.
With the U.S. team leading 4-0, Senne ripped a one-out solo home run to right. On the very next pitch, Ortiz laced a solo shot to right-center. An error and a walk set the stage for Davis’ homer, a three-run blast to right-center. It was the first of two home runs on the night for Davis, who followed a Christian Colon (Cal State Fullerton; Corona, Calif.) sixth-inning leadoff home run with a solo round-tripper to right-center.
Continue reading Minor, Davis lead Team USA past Keene Swamp Bats
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia junior shortstop Gordon Beckham was selected 2008 SEC Baseball Player of the Year, fellow senior closer Joshua Fields was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Auburn first basemen Hunter Morris was named SEC Freshman of the Year by a vote of the league’s 12 head baseball coaches. The coaches also tabbed Georgia skipper David Perno as SEC Coach of the Year. Beckham was also named SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Continue reading 2008 SEC Awards
Vandy Takes Game One from UGA
Despite a big 4 run inning from UGA in which they took a one run lead at 7-6, Georgia starter Trevor Holder and the UGA bullpen could not hold down Vanderbilt’s bats. Dominic de la Osa (pictured) and David Macias hit 2 run homeruns and every Vandy player rapped out a hit in a 13-7 shellacking.
Holder, who entered the game with a 2.84 ERA, gave up 10 ER in 6 innings and saw his ERA baloon one run to 3.84. The strike zone was tight, often frustrating Vanderbilt’s Mikie Minor, who allowed 3 runs on a surprising 9 hits in just 5.1 innings. There was question as to whether any pitcher would be able to get consistent outs in the game.
Vandy’s Russell Brewer (a swingman who shares closing duties with Brett Jacobsen) came in and answered that question, striking out 7 of the 10 batters he faced to pick up his 4th win.
On the day, Rich Poythress and Lyle Allen of UGA had 4 hits apiece. Joey Lewis had three RBI, including 2 on a fifth inning homerun. For Vanderbilt, the top three in the order (Macias, de la Osa and Alvarez, combined for 7 runs and 10 RBI on 6 hits, 2 walks and 2 HBP).
The teams square off again today at 3 p.m. Eastern. Vanderbilt is currently 2 games behind Georgia atop the SEC standings and can take over 1st place by percentage points with a clean sweep. Continue reading SEC Recap for 5/9
Here are the SEC Weekend Pitching Matchups which is the courtesy of the SEC Media Relations Department. Continue reading SEC Weekend Pitching Matchups
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(DURHAM, N.C.) – USA Baseball announced today its initial list of 12 collegiate players who have accepted invitations for the 2008 National Team Trials held June 11-23 throughout the northeast and southeast United States. The list is comprised of eight sophomores and four freshmen. In all, 32 players will be invited to the National Team Trials with 22 of those players being selected for the National Team roster. Continue reading USA Baseball Announces Initial 2008 National Team Trials Roster
Vanderbilt sweeps Tennessee:
Knoxville – Dominic de la Osa (pictured) became Vanderbilt’s all-time hits and doubles leader with a pair of doubles on Sunday. Vanderbilt swept the weekend despite a major home run surge by the Vols all weekend. VU had solid pitching outings by Mikie Minor and Caleb Cotham, while Kentrell Davis impressed for Tennessee with a triple and two homers on Sunday.
- Friday – VU 8, UT 5
- Saturday – VU 9, UT 2
- Sunday – VU 10, UT 8
Georgia takes 2 of 3 from Ole Miss:
Athens – Georgia gave up a late Saturday lead to drop game two to Ole Miss; however, they stormed back on Sunday with a convincing 11-4 win behind home runs from Gordon Beckham, Lyle Allen, Matt Cerione and Michael Demperio.
Vanderbilt 8, Tennessee 5:
Ryan Flaherty launched a mammoth three run home run over the scoreboard in right center in the first inning, lifting Vanderbilt over Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville. The College Baseball Blog took in the action and provides this quick recap of the action.
Tim Corbin extended his dominance over arch rival to the east to a 13-5 record. This was the first matchup between Corbin’s Dores against new Tennessee skipper Todd Raleigh. The new coaching staff in orange has many ties to the Dores, with Corbin and Raleigh both Jack Leggett disciples. Raleigh coached VU recruiting coordinator and first base coach Erik Bakich at East Carolina. And while Corbin was an assistant at Clemson, both UT assistant Brad LeCroy and VU Director of Baseball Operations Mike Calitri were players (credit to Brandon Barca at VU for the research). This has added a level of respect to a coaching staff rivalry where there was very quiet, but brutally clear animosity during the Rod Delmonico era. If there are two teams in the SEC who have truly hated each other more than VU and UT over the last three years, I’m surprised a riot didn’t break out. One can anticipate that the rivalry may turn more cordial in the future. Continue reading SEC Recap for 5/2
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Game 1: Mississippi State 6 Kentucky 5
Game 2: Kentucky 13 Mississippi State 4
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Mississippi State and Kentucky split a Southeastern Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium on the UK campus. The Bulldogs rallied from a four-run deficit to take a 6-5 victory in the opener. The Wildcats cruised to a 13-4 victory in the second game. The two teams play the rubber game of the weekend three games series at noon CT Sunday.
MSU saw a three-game win streak snapped in the second game. The Bulldogs are now 14-16 overall and 3-8 in conference play. Kentucky, who lost at home in for the first time this year Saturday, is now 24-5 and 6-5. The 10th-ranked Wildcats are now 19-1 at home this season. Continue reading SEC Recap for 4/6