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2008 Arkansas Schedule

Hognation.net which is a fan site for Arkansas Razorbacks fans has posted the 2008 schedule. The Razorbacks open up on February 22nd when they host Wright State for a three game set. They will also take part in the Aggie Baseball Classic where they will play Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M, and Ohio State. The other highlights on the schedule is a two game sets at Arizona State and at Nebraska. These tough out of conference games should prepare the Razorbacks well for the tough SEC.

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Rice Super Regional!!

Rice dispenses of A&M in two Straight 5-2 on the way to Omaha. This will be Rice 6th appearance at Omaha since 1997.

Of all the things that could have crossed his mind as the final out of Rice’s 5-2 win in the Houston Super Regional drifted his way, first baseman Joe Savery focused on something peculiar.

Instead of recalling the abundant success the Owls have enjoyed over his three seasons in a Rice uniform or the fact that he was completing his last game at Reckling Park, Savery readied to deliver a heaping dose of comeuppance to one persistent female heckler.

“All I could think about was throwing it to that lady who would not leave me alone the last two days,” said Savery, who admitted to signing the ball. “I was like ‘Don’t drop it,’ one, and two, ‘Find her and throw it to her as a token.’ I’d had about enough of that.”

Savery delicately made the catch in foul territory before delivering an underhand toss to the woman who taunted him ceaselessly. And with that, Savery silenced his persecutor, closed out Texas A&M and sealed the Owls’ sixth trip to the College World Series.

Houston Chronicle.com


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Texas A&M let No. 1 slip away, 3-2

Rice's Diego Seastrunk (left) forces out Texas A&M's Kyle Colligan at third base on a sixth-inning sacrifice attempt.

Right-hander Kyle Nicholson is the heart and soul of Texas A&M’s pitching staff. He’s an Aggie through and through. Even grew up in College Station and went to high school at A&M Consolidated.

But at the biggest moment of the biggest game of A&M’s season, Nicholson found himself heading toward the dugout.

Pulling an All-American off the mound can’t be easy. A&M coach Rob Childress did that in the 10th inning on Friday with his team locked in a game against No. 1-ranked Rice tied 2-2.

Inserting reliever Gary Campfield made sense at the time. But Jordan Dodson hit Campfield’s first offering into left field, and Rice’s Danny Lehmann chugged home for the winning run in a 3-2 victory in the NCAA super regionals.

The fourth-largest crowd in Reckling Park history was seemingly split 50/50 among A&M fans and Rice supporters. The 5,074 fans were half elated, half dejected.

“First pitch, I was definitely looking for the fastball in,” Dodson said, “and he threw it exactly where I thought he would.”

Rice (53-12) is one victory away from going to the College World Series for the second straight year. Game 2 in the best-of-3 format is 5 p.m. today.

The Owls will start right-hander Matt Langwell (7-1, 1.73 ERA). The Aggies will go with Kirkland Rivers (2-3, 5.61) or Kyle Thebeau (3-5, 4.50).

Childress hasn’t been afraid to call on any of his pitchers in the postseason. They’ve rewarded him so far. Pulling Nicholson in the 10th made sense, Childress said, because Dodson led off the ninth with a sharp single through the left side.

“We needed a different look on him,” Childress said. “It was the right move, and I’d make it again tomorrow.”

The Aggies (48-18) may not have been in that predicament if their defense hadn’t failed them earlier.

At this point in the season, the statistics don’t lie. If the numbers say you’re a bad defensive team, then you’re a bad defensive team. And any team with 100 errors is a bad defensive team. The Aggies made three errors against the Owls and have 101 errors for the year.

In the fifth, Rice’s J.P. Padron hit an easy chopper to third, and Brian Ruggiano handled it with ease. But then Ruggiano threw wide of the bag, and Padron collided with Blake Stouffer for an error.

The next batter, Brian Friday, hit an easy grounder to short, and Brandon Hicks simply didn’t get his glove on the ground. The ball went through his legs for an error, and pinch-runner Derek Myers scored to cut A&M’s 2-0 lead in half.

“We got out of it only giving up one run,” Childress said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

That unearned run proved huge when Diego Seastrunk hit a RBI single off Nicholson in the bottom of the ninth. It looked as if A&M’s Kyle Colligan could have made a diving catch. But he let the ball bounce in front of him and the score was tied, 2-2.

A&M’s David Newmann and Rice’s Ryan Berry had solid outings. Newmann went six innings and allowed only three hits for the Aggies. Berry allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings for the Owls.

Both teams knew coming in this series was relatively evenly matched. Little mistakes would get magnified greatly. If the Aggies make more little mistakes today, their season will be over.

Houston Chronicle.com

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Rice takes Game 1

The Rice Owls slipped by Texas AM 3-2 in ten innings to grab the first game of their Super Regional match-up. The Rice Owls trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth when they scored one run on two hits. Jordan Dodson led off the bottom of the ninth with a single into left field. He was sacrificed to second by Tyler Henley. The next batter was Diego Seastrunk who hit a single back up the middle to bring home the tying run. Texas AM was able to get out of the inning without allowing anymore runs. Rice held the Aggies scoreless in the top of the tenth setting up a chance for the Owls to walk-off with a victory. Danny Lehmann laid down a bunt with two outs to get on first base. The Aggies then worked around Joe Savery who got a walk to set up 1st and 2nd with two outs. Jordan Dodson hit a single through the left side to drive home Lehmann with the winning run.

The teams will be back in action on Saturday at 5 pm on ESPNU.

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Super Regional Preview: Texas AM at Rice

SCS.com Texas A&M is making its first super regional appearance since the 1999 campaign after the Aggies hosted and won the College Station Regional, coming through the loser‘s bracket after falling to Louisiana-Lafayette. A&M won the regional with 4-1 and 5-2 wins over the Ragin‘ Cajuns. Rice, the national #2 seed, is the highest national seed remaining in the field. The Owls swept through their home Houston Regional with a win over Prairie View and two over TCU to book their third super in a row.

Starting Pitching

Texas A&M’s two guaranteed starting pitchers this weekend should be David Newmann and Kyle Nicholson. Rice has a quartet to choose from, with Ryan Berry, Ryne Tacker, Matt Langwell, and Joe Savery. Newmann and Nicholson are two outstanding arms, but Rice has the advantage with their four All-American quality arms.

It’s going to be a tall task for Texas A&M to go into Reckling Park and take two off of the Owls. The last time Rice lost two in a row at home was last March against Cal State-Fullerton and Texas. But the Aggies won’t be a pushover, and they’ll give the Owls their best shot and then some.

With a clear advantage overall and the home field in their favor, there’s no reason why Rice shouldn’t advance to their third CWS appearance in the last five seasons. They and Arizona State are the two best teams left in the field. But as Vanderbilt and four other national seeds proved, talent and home field advantage don’t always mean a win. Rob Childress is going to have his team ready to play, and they’ll go in with an attitude that they can win the series, and send A&M back to Omaha for the first time since ’99. While the team hasn’t been there, Childress was a part of several successful Nebraska teams, and his experience no doubt rubs off on his players, which is a big reason why Texas A&M is where they are now. It won’t be a surprise if they do pull off the upset, but it’s going to take a lot to overcome the Owls, who are one of the hottest teams in the land.


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College Station Regional Day 4 Recap

Texas A&M 5 Louisiana 2

Texas A&M picked up a 5-2 victory over the Ragin‘ Cajuns in an elimination game for both teams. The Aggies used a complete game from Kyle Thebeau who struck out 13 batters including the last five he faced as he led the Aggies to the victory. Kyle Colligan went 3-4 with an RBI to lead the Aggies offense. The Aggies will head to Houston to take on Rice in a Super Regional while Louisiana will end the season with a 45-17 record.

Texas A&M Recap
Louisiana Recap

College Station Regional!

Texas A&M 10, Ohio State 4: Blake Stouffer doubled in the eighth inning, completing the cycle and leading Texas A&M to a 10-4 victory in an elimination game Sunday afternoon.

Stouffer’s double was his seventh straight hit in the tournament, and it drove in his sixth run of the game.

It was the junior first baseman’s second cycle of the season. Only Derek Nicholson of Florida and Spencer Oborn of BYU in 1998 had previously hit for the cycle twice in the same season. Stouffer posted his first cycle in a win over Jacksonville State.

“It was exciting. You’ve got to live for the moment, soak it up,” Stouffer said. “It is a great feeling, but we still have some more to do.”

He hit a three-run homer, his 11th, in the third to put A&M up 4-0, tripled in Brandon Hicks in the fifth and got it all started with an RBI single in the first.

“He’s just an outstanding hitter, a quality baseball player,” Ohio State coach Bob Todd said. “On two of the at-bats we were trying to pitch around him.”

Kirkland Rivers started for the Aggies, going four innings and giving up three runs.

Gary Campfield came in with two runners on and no outs in the fifth. The Buckeyes got a sacrifice fly out of cleanup hitter Justin Miller, but Campfield struck out Ohio State’s leading home run hitter, Jason Zoeller, to end the inning.

Campfield finished the game and earned the win, getting a key double play on a liner back to the mound in the eighth.

“Gary Campfield came in and did what we needed him to do, and that was for us not to go back into the bullpen,” Childress said.”

Texas A&M 4 Louisiana-Lafayette 1!

It’s necessary!

Texas A&M came back from the losers’ bracket to win two games on Sunday and force a deciding game against Louisiana-Lafayette, the same team the Aggies defeated 4-1 in the second game Sunday night.

“It was an extremely long day, but fun day,” Texas A&M coach Rob Childress said. “The first game it was hot and took a lot out of us.

“But like [Louisiana-Lafayette coach] Tony Robichaux said last night, ‘we haven’t won anything yet.’ “

Scott Migl (7-3) gave the Aggies an opportunity to win the regional by pitching his best game of the season, scattering nine hits while not walking a batter over 7-plus innings. The only inning he allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base was the eighth.

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Ohio-State Recap

College Station Regional!

Matt Angle Single in 10th keeps Ohio State alive in NCAA tournament, Buckeyes down Le Moyne 6-5!

Junior captain Matt Angle delivered a clutch two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as Ohio State stayed alive in the NCAA College Station Regional with a 6-5 win Saturday over Le Moyne at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Angle (Jr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) slapped a hit between the third baseman and the shortstop, bringing home J.B. Shuck (So., Galion, Ohio/Galion) with the winning run and eliminating the Dolphins (34-19).

Cory Luebke, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, pitched a career-high 10 innings for his ninth win and third complete game of the year. Luebke (Jr., Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) improved to 9-1 despite not being as sharp as he has been for most of the year. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits, striking out seven and walking none.

The No. 3 seed Buckeyes (38-23) advance to face the loser of the winner’s bracket final between No. 1 seed Texas A&M and No. 2 seed Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. The winner of that game will advance to play the undefeated team in the championship at 8 p.m. Sunday. If the undefeated team loses, the second championship game will be played Monday at 7:30 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette sent OSU to the loser’s bracket with a 5-4 win Friday.

The winner of the regional advances to a best-of-three super regional and will play the winner of the Rice Regional that includes Rice, Prairie View, Baylor and Texas Christian.

The Buckeyes jumped out on top early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Angle was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to third on an Eric Fryer (Jr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) single and a Justin Miller (So., Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) deep fly ball before scoring on a Jason Zoeller (Sr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) single.

Le Moyne tied it at 1-all in the top of the second before OSU regained the lead, 3-1, with two runs in the bottom of the second. Cory Rupert (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) and Cory Kovanda (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) reached on back to back walks with one out, and after a fielder’s choice, Angle delivered with a two-RBI single.

The Ohio State lead didn’t last long as the Dolphins scored one run in the third and three more in the fourth for a 5-3 advantage.

The Buckeyes would equalize at 5-all with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Jacob Howell (Sr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) uncorked a shot over the right field wall to tie the game. It was his fourth home run of the season.

Luebke held Le Moyne scoreless for the next six innings, while the Buckeyes were held without a run for five innings until Angle’s game-winning hit in the 10th.

Eric Beaulac started for Le Moyne and only lasted five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out none. Ryan Woods relieved Beaulac in the sixth and went 4.2 innings before Angle’s hit. Woods gave up just one earned run on seven hits, walking one.

The Buckeyes had 14 hits in the game, Le Moyne nine. Howell, Angle, Zoeller, Shuck, Rupert and Kovanda all had two hits in the game. Angle had three RBI and Howell two.

Ohio State Recap
Lemoyne Recap

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jefferies Tatford wasn’t getting any help from his fellow outfielder, so it wasn’t until he felt the ball hit his palm that he knew he’d thwarted a ninth-inning Texas A&M rally.

With the NCAA College Station Regional’s top-seeded Aggies trailing by two runs, Tatford pulled in a potential game-tying home run by Craig Stinson for the second out of the ninth. Luke Anders doubled to drive in Blake Stouffer and cut the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lead to one, but that’s where it stayed as Louisiana-Lafayette won the winners’ bracket final 5-4 on Saturday at Olsen Field.

Tatford’s catch in left field was the biggest defensive play in a game that included four ULL errors.

“I couldn’t hear anything,” Tatford said. “Usually outfield communications are pretty easy, so I really put it in my mind not to worry about running into the wall, and luckily it fell into my glove.”

Tatford said the Olsen Field crowd of 5,810 almost kept him from making the catch.

“The crowd … every time [A&M] hit a popup, they make that loud noise to mess with the outfielders,” Tatford said. “They were hostile all night, and communication was going to be they key, but I really couldn’t hear anything.”

Tatford said he didn’t know he was going to catch the towering shot until “after I felt it hit my palm, because I really didn’t see it. My forearm was definitely over the wall.”

ULL took a 5-3 lead after Jonathan Lecroy’s eighth-inning solo homer, his 18th of the season.

Stouffer got his third hit of the game with a double to the wall in the ninth. He stood near second watching Stinson’s fly ball.

“I’ve seen Craig take a 1,000 swings, so I knew he hadn’t hit it on the screws but well enough to get over the wall,” said Stouffer, who tagged up and moved to third on the play. “I actually thought it had gone out.”

A&M (45-17) will face Ohio State at 1 p.m. Sunday with the winner advancing to face ULL (45-15) at 7 p.m. in the championship. Kirkland Rivers, who started A&M’s Big 12 Tournament victory over Texas, will start against Ohio State. OSU did not name a starter.

If ULL loses Sunday night, the teams would play again at 6:30 p.m. Monday for a berth in next week’s Super Regionals against the winner of the Houston Regional.

ULL followed up Kyle Nicholson’s first two walks with three singles for three runs in the seventh inning to take a 4-3 lead.

Nicholson (11-2), who lost for the first time since Feb. 9 against Arizona State, had faced only two over the minimum until the Cajuns came within one hitter of batting around in the seventh.

“I thought Nicholson had an incredible start. He competed his tail off,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “He’s our guy and if I’m going to lose a game I’m going to lose it with Kyle Nicholson on the mound.”

After leaving the bases loaded in the third, the Aggies got on the board in the fourth when Colligan hit the first pitch over the left-field fence for his ninth homer of the season.

Brodie Greene then walked on four pitches, and after Parker Dalton sacrificed Greene to second, Brian Ruggiano chopped a double over the drawn-in third baseman Matt Hicks to drive in Greene. Hicks was playing in because the Aggies already had reached base four times on bunts, including one by Ruggiano.

ULL starter Hunter Moody lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts.

Moody beat the Aggies in San Antonio last season on a three-hitter. Three players from the present Aggie team faced Moody that day, going a combined 1 for 10 with Dalton getting the one hit.

On Saturday, Stouffer, Stinson and Dalton went 2 for 8, with Stouffer sending Moody to the showers with a homer in the sixth. It was Stouffer’s 10th homer of the season, and it gave A&M a 3-1 lead.

But the Aggies stranded 13 baserunners, including seven in scoring position. And when A&M had chances for big innings against Moody, the Cajun starter found ways to escape innings.

“Speed is such a weapon night in night out, and [A&M] did a great job using it, but one thing [Moody] did was he bent but didn’t break,” ULL coach Tony Robichaux said. “They could have set up huge innings right there with the crowd creating havoc, and they did a good job but Hunter did a better job of settling down.”

Andrew Laughter (3-1) pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up the victory.

Aggie shortstop Brandon Hicks had 10 assists with no errors. As a team, A&M played errorless baseball, while ULL committed four errors.

The Eagle Press.com

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College Station Regional!

photosA train passing just beyond Olsen Field’s outfield fence tooted the first few strains of the “Aggie War Hymn” in the middle of a Le Moyne defensive play early on Friday night.

While the crowd roared its approval, the Dolphins finished off the play, undaunted by Texas A&M’s apparent home-track advantage in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Dealing with hard-throwing Aggies left-hander David Newmann was another matter, however. Top-seeded A&M defeated fourth-seeded Le Moyne 7-2 before 5,267 fans in Olsen Field, after Newmann allowed a lone run over seven innings while striking out nine.

“He doesn’t fool around out there,” said Le Moyne shortstop Andy Parrino, who’s hitting .412. “He comes right at you and makes you put the ball in play.”

The Aggies and ace Kyle Nicholson will face Louisiana-Lafayette, which defeated Ohio State 5-4 earlier Friday, at 7 tonight in the winners bracket. Le Moyne will play the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. today in an elimination game.

Houston Chronicle.com

Lemoyne Recap

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Regional Preview- College Station

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The Field

(1) Texas A&M (44-16)

The Aggies were probably the nation�s best turnaround story this season. In Rob Childress� first season last year, A&M went 25-30-1. This season, they had 25 wins on April 1st. They were in the running for a national seed for most of the season, but a .500 finish in conference hurt. But the Aggies rebounded from a season-ending sweep vs. Texas by winning the Big 12 tourney, including knocking off the ‘Horns in pool play, and a 14-6 win over Baylor in the title game. They�re hosting for the first time since 2003.

(2) Louisiana-Lafayette (43-15)

The Ragin� Cajuns were in the running for a #1 seed until the end, but the Sun Belt�s regular-season champions fell short in the tournament title game, and that may have cost them their shot at a #1 and a regional at home. If there�s any consolation, they�re the highest #2 seed in the field.

(3) Ohio State (37-22)

The Buckeyes were SCS.com�s preseason pick to win the Big Ten title. Turns out they did end up doing it, but not in the fashion they were expected to. They finished .500 in the Big Ten, and got into the conference tournament on the final day, but ended up sweeping through it, knocking off the top three seeds to win the title.

(4) Le Moyne (34-17)

Manhattan looked set to run away with the Metro Atlantic, starting conference play 19-0. But the Dolphins stole their thunder, sweeping the Jaspers on the road late in the season and swiping the regular-season title, then did it again in the MAAC tournament to book their spot in the field of 64.