FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Vanderbilt 2 Alabama 1
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sophomore southpaw Mike Minor struck out a career-high batters in a complete game 2-1 win over Alabama Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Vanderbilt improved to 14-4 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, while Alabama dropped to 9-11 and 0-4 in league play.
Minor (3-1) struck out a career best 12 batters while allowing just an unearned run on eight hits in his second complete game of the season. Continue reading
Tennessee 7 Louisville 6
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A rally by the University of Louisville baseball team fell short Wednesday, as the No. 30 Tennessee Volunteers edged the Cardinals 7-6 on a chilly evening at Jim Patterson Stadium.
For the first time this season, Louisville (9-6) has lost consecutive games.
A two-run home run by Vols (13-5) centerfielder Kentrail Davis hit a two-run home run in the top of the first to give UT a 2-0 lead. Continue reading
The CBB will be providing you with predictions for the SEC during the 2008 season. This is the opening weekend of the deepest conference in the nation. Can Vanderbilt replace Price? Is South Carolina any good with a loss to Yale? There are many questions so stay tuned throughout the year. The marquee series of the weekend is South Carolina visiting the Vanderbilt Commodores. Continue reading
Northeastern 5 Bowling Green 0
Sophomore Sheldon McDonald threw eight shutout innings of five-hit, nine-strikeout ball and did not walk a batter, as he led the Huskies to a 5-0 win over the Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday afternoon at IMG Academies in BRadenton, Fla. Western Michigan entered the game having scored at least 15 runs in three of its last five games, but McDonald kept the Bronco bats silent all afternoon. Continue reading
I will be providing recaps of each game as the weekend goes along. Up first today was the Rice Owls and the Oklahoma Sooners.
Rice freshman Chad Mozingo went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI and sophomore pitcher Ryan Berry was sharp on the mound to lead the ninth-ranked Rice baseball team to a 7-2 victory over Oklahoma in the opening game of the Houston College Classic Tournament Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston.
The Owls collected 12 hits and scored in five of the nine innings on the way to the team’s fourth-straight win of the season. While the Blue & Gray chipped away for single runs in four of the frames, Berry scattered five hits and three walks in 6.2 innings of work. The right-hander from nearby Humble, Tex., matched his season-high with eight strikeouts to move to 1-0 on the young season.
Rice Owls recap
Oklahoma Sooners Recap
To keep track of the Texas Tech and the University of Houston game just click on the live link for game updates.
Lance Lynn of Ole Miss picked upwhere David Price left off in 2007, representing the SEC as one of the nation’s most starters. Lynn struckout the first 8 batters en route to a 5IP, 2H, 12K performance in Ole Miss’ 8-1 win over Minnesota.
Meanwhile UGA won a slugfest over Arizona (raked #1 by some publications) after beating up preseason All-American Preston Guilmet. Josh Fields impressed with a HR and the big save. Fields is this correspondent’s 1st Team Preseason AA closer.
FROM CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE
The Vanderbilt Commodores are predicted to repeat as the 2008 Southeastern Conference baseball champions, as voted by the league’s 12 baseball coaches in the 17th annual preseason SEC poll.
The Commodores, ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in the preseason polls, seek to capture their fifth SEC Championship, having also won titles in 1973, 1974, 1980 and 2007. Vanderbilt returns eight position starters and four pitchers from their 2007 squad which also won the SEC Tournament and earned the National No. 1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading
Our good friends over at Sons of Sam Malone wrote up a great article previewing the 2008 Tennessee Volunteers. They will be lead by a new coach in Todd Raliegh who will only have the services of three seniors. The full post is available by clicking here.
A very nice article from The FSView and Florida Flambeau (Student paper of FSU) about Tony and Rod Delmonico coming over to the Florida State program this year after leaving Tennessee after his Rod was fired as the head coach. Tony is expected to start for the Seminoles at shortstop or second base. Rod will serve this season under Mark Martin Sr. as a volunteer assistant coach after being with the Seminoles as the top assistant/recruiting coordinator in the late 80’s. The full article is available here.
CSTV editor Doug Kroll checks in with an article previewing the top freshmen in the country. He ranks Matt Harvey of North Carolina as the best freshmen entering the season. Harvey was rated as a first round pick before the 2007 MLB Draft but his stock slipped when his ties with Scott Boras came up. He ended up getting drafted in the third round by the Angels but decided to head to Chapel Hill to play with Mike Fox. Continue reading