The College Baseball Blog made the annual trek out to Amherst MA to check out the UMass Minutemen. This trip was even more important as I got a chance to see the Rhode Island Rams who started to make some national noise this season with victories over Oklahoma State, NC State, Miami (FL), and Ohio State. The game featured a pair of lefthanders facing off with UMass giving the ball to Nick Serino while Rhode Island countered with Nick Greenwood. Continue reading
Here is your ACC Recap for April 16th.
UNC 20 Winthrop 4
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Ben Bunting went 3-for-5 with three RBI and tied a school record with two triples, and No. 4 North Carolina got eight strong innings from its bullpen in a 20-4 win over Winthrop Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Garrett Gore and Ryan Graepel also added three hits, as the Tar Heels (28-10) snapped a two-game losing skid with their biggest offensive outburst of the season. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog made the trip to Fenway Park to take in the Beanpot Tournament on Monday afternoon. The Championship game featured Northeastern University against the University of Massachusetts. Northeastern entered the weekend on a two game winning streak as they took the final two games in their series against Dallas Baptist while UMass entered the game after taking two out of three games against St. Louis. Continue reading
Here is your ACC Recap for April 7th.
North Carolina 3 East Carolina 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina right-hander Patrick Johnson carried a no-hitter into the seventh against hard-hitting East Carolina, and the No. 2 Tar Heels held off a late rally for a 3-1 win over the No. 14 Pirates Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. With the victory, Carolina (25-7) extended its current winning streak to nine over ECU (25-6).
Johnson (2-0) was masterful against the Pirates, who entered the night eighth nationally with a .361 team average. Over a career-best 6 1/3 innings, the Conover, N.C., native struck out a career-high 11, walked three and allowed just the one base hit in the seventh. He retired six of the final seven batters he faced via the strikeout and fanned two or more in four separate frames. Continue reading
The first round of the Baseball Beanpot took place today with Northeastern taking on Harvard and Umass playing Boston College. Northeastern in the first game hammered Harvard behind a 18 hit husky attack which saw them walk away with a 16-5 victory. UMass scored three runs over the final two innings to break a 2-2 tie and advance to the Beanpot Championship game with the 5-2 victory. The championship game on Monday will see Boston College face off against Harvard in the Consolation game while Northeastern will play UMass in the Championship game at Fenway Park. The full recaps of the game are available below. Continue reading
I have confirmed through various sources that UMass-Amherst will likely cut the baseball program at the end of the year. The other UMass schools in Lowell, Dartmouth, and Boston are currently safe though but that could change.
UMass will join Northern Iowa and Vermont to recently announce that they are dropping the sport. The only New England public universities that will sponsor the sport are Maine, UConn, and Rhode Island after this year. New Hampshire dropped baseball back in 1997 while Vermont is dropping the sport after this season.
What do you think of the future of College Baseball especially in the Northeast?
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn’s Jeremy Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) perfected his swing in Florida and went on an absolutely torrid pace to lead the Quakers during the Spring trip, hitting .516 for the week – ending the trip with a .524 for average on the season. This week, the sophomore had multi-hit games in all but one contest, with three hits in three of the seven games played. He has at least one hit in all ten of the team’s games this season. Six of his 16 hits were doubles, and nine total went for extra bases. In Sunday’s game against Georgetown, Maas hit a three-run home run in the second inning to blow open a 2-0 game and pace Penn to a 5-0 lead that turned into a 9-5 win. For the season, Maas has a slugging pct. of .881 and an on-base pct. of .523 for an OPS of 1.404.
This weekend we saw two bench clearing brawls take place with the Florida-Duquesne match-up having an incident on Friday night and UMass-Arizona got into it on Sunday afternoon. Both of these incidents were out of conference matchups and don’t have any history behind them. Since their isn’t any history between these squads, it makes it more disturbing. Continue reading
There was three substantial size upsets today with the UMass, Utah, and Evansville all picking up wins. The UMass Minutemen fought off a late Arizona rally in the final two innings to pick up a 9-8 victory over the Wildcats. The Evansville Aces grabbed a 2-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader with number 19th ranked Pepperdine Waves. The biggest upset of the day was the Utah Utes picking up a 2-0 shutout victory over the number seven ranked Texas A&M Aggies. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Coming off consecutive 40-win seasons and conference titles, Charlotte has been picked to win the 2009 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship in voting conducted by the league’s head coaches as the A-10’s preseason poll was released today. Continue reading