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2011 Conference USA Tournament Preview

By: John Lockwood

#17 Rice and #20 Southern Miss have finished the 2011 regular season as CUSA co-champions—the first time in Conference USA’s 16 year history that two teams will share the regular season title. With their series victory of the Golden Eagles this past weekend, the Rice Owls lengthened their streak of consecutive titles to 16 years, and earned the No.1 seed in this week’s CUSA Championship Tournament to be played in Pearl, MS. While the odds of Rice and Southern Miss (the No. 2 seed) receiving at-large bids to the NCAA tournament are high, for the other six teams in the field, a tournament championship is the only guarantee they’ll have for extending their season. Continue reading

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Conference USA Weekend Recap (May 19th-21st)

By: John Lockwood

The Rice Owls and Southern Miss Golden Eagles are Conference USA Regular Season co-Champions for 2011. #17 Rice stormed into Hattiesburg, MS this weekend and took two of three from #20 Southern Miss to take a share of the league title in advance of the upcoming CUSA Championship Tournament to start Tuesday in Pearl, MS. It was the first time in Conference USA’s 16-year history that regular season co-champions have been crowned, and while it was the second consecutive regular season title for the Owls, it was the first for the Golden Eagles since 2003. Elsewhere in conference play, #30 ECU swept Tulane to secure the #3 spot in the CUSA tournament, Memphis took two of three from visiting Houston and UCF took two of three from Marshall. UAB split two games on the road against Utah to finish their regular season schedule. The Conference Tournament starts Wednesday morning at Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS. (See the College Baseball Daily CUSA Conference Tournament Preview for more information in the coming day.) Continue reading

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Conference USA Weekend Preview (May 19th-21st)

By: John Lockwood

Although the field is set for the 2011 Conference USA tournament to be held in Pearl, MS in two weeks, the battle for the CUSA regular season championship will be decided 80 miles down US-49 in Hattiesburg as the second-place Rice Owls take on first-place Southern Miss. Rice comes into this weekend one game behind the Golden Eagles in the standings, but both teams are guaranteed the top two seeds come May 25th. Spots three through seven are wide open however, as East Carolina and Houston both share 11-10 records while Tulane, UCF and Memphis all come in to the weekend at 10-11. UAB, who finished up their conference schedule last weekend by being swept by UCF, has the unfortunate distinction of playing the #1 seed in the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship presented by Trustmark. Marshall, after losing their series to Tulane, is the odd-man out. Nationally, although they are in second-place in CUSA, Rice climbs two spots this week to #17, while their first-place opponent this weekend drops to #20 after dropping their series on the road at Houston. Back in the top 30 as well is East Carolina, at #30, after going a perfect 4-0 last weekend. Continue reading

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Conference USA Weekend Recap (May 6th-8th)

By: John Lockwood
Another exciting weekend of Conference USA play is in the books as some teams looked make a statement this weekend to with the CUSA tournament on the horizon. One of those teams was Tulane, whom despite all the disadvantages they’ve faced this season have just refused to give up, this time picking up a big series victory over hard-hitting Memphis at home. #19 Southern Miss also sent a message, one further underpinning their CUSA dominance as they swept a visiting UAB team this weekend in Hattiesburg. #21 Rice finished up its Silver Glove Trophy series against inter-city rival Houston, sweeping the Cougars to win the trophy for the 11th straight year. Elsewhere in conference play, UCF picked up a win against a formidable FSU opponent, on the road in Tallahassee nonetheless, while ECU escaped West Virginia this weekend with two wins against a Marshall team trying to make a run for the conference tournament at the end of the month.

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ACC Recap for May 8th

Here is your ACC Recap for May 8th.

#7 Florida State 6 UCF 1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State donned its customary home gold uniforms for Sunday’s critical series-finale against UCF, but it sure did feel like a “Throwback” day at Dick Howser Stadium. Continue reading

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ACC Recap for May 7th

Here is your ACC Recap for May 7th.

UCF 14 #7 Florida State 10

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) – Senior Jonathan Griffin’s mammoth grand slam capped off a seven-run seventh in UCF’s wild 14-10 victory at No. 6 Florida State (35-12) Saturday. It was the Knights’ (29-18) third victory against a top-10 team this season (defeated top-five Florida twice), and they now have seven victories over ranked opponents on the year, which are the most since the 2004 roster also produced seven wins. Continue reading

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ACC Recap for May 6th

Here is your ACC Recap for May 6th.

#13 UNC 5 Maryland 0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior right-hander Patrick Johnson struck out a career-high 12 batters during seven shutout innings as No. 12 North Carolina (35-10, 14-8 ACC) downed Maryland (20-30, 5-20 ACC), 5-0, Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels have won four straight games and stretched its streak of not allowing an earned run to 30 innings in the win.

After waiting an hour due to a rain delay, Patrick Johnson came out dealing Friday night as he allowed just four hits and struck out a dozen en route to earning his eighth win of the year.

Colin Moran had a hand in all five runs for the Tar Heels as he scored a pair of runs and drove in three more with a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning to blow the game open.

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Conference USA Weekend Preview (May 6th-8th)

By: John Lockwood

With three weeks left in the season, Southern Miss sits atop the Conference USA standings with a two game lead over the rest of the pack. Houston has rebounded from a sub-par start to the season to amass a 9-6 conference record, tying them for second with cross-town rival Rice—whom they play this weekend. Memphis and UAB are tied for third at 9-9. Nationally, Southern Miss cracks the top 20 for the first time this season at #19, while Rice moves up one spot to #21. East Carolina drops out of the top 30 following their series loss in Hattiesburg last weekend. Continue reading

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Conference USA Weekend Recap (April 29th-May 1st)

By: John Lockwood

This weekend in CUSA play was full of surprises, each one more unsuspecting than the next. The biggest—by far—came from Memphis, TN, where the best-hitting team in the conference (with the nation’s leading hitter) was outscored 20-4 in game two of their series against last-place Marshall, a series which the Herd took two of three from on the road. In Greenville, NC, as expected there were some terrific pitching performances in a series which involved the country’s top pitching staff—however they did not come from the nation’s top pitching team. In New Orleans—in the only series on the weekend which the home-team won—a team which has been plagued by injuries to its pitching staff outdueled one of the best pitching teams in the conference. And lastly, in Orlando, Conference USA’s worst-pitching team rallied behind the best pitching performance on the weekend to take it’s series from a team with the reigning CUSA/Louisville Slugger/ NCBWA National Hitter of the Week. Continue reading

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Conference USA Weekend Preview (April 29th-May 1st)

By: John Lockwood

With conference-play half way done, the teams of Conference USA hope to finish the month of April strong and prepare themselves for the long home-stretch leading up to the CUSA Tournament in Pearl, MS at the end of May. As it stands, the Golden Eagles currently sit alone atop the standings with a 9-3 record, while Rice sits right behind at 9-6. Meanwhile, Memphis and Houston are tied for third with 7-5 records with UAB and ECU tied at 8-7. Nationally, the Pirates crack the Top 30 this week coming in at #29, while Rice—following their series loss to UAB—drops from #19 to #22, and USM jumps to #20. Continue reading