FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the second consecutive season and the third time in the last four years, Coastal Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the Royal Purple Big South Baseball Championship, which will be contested May 20-24 at Dan Daniel Memorial Park in Danville, Va. The Chanticleers won the outright 2008 regular-season championship with a 17-3 Conference mark to win their third regular-season Big South baseball crown in four years and fourth in seven seasons. Continue reading Seedings for Big South Baseball Championship Announced
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VMI 6 Liberty 5 (16 innings)
LYNCHBURG, Va.– A.J. Yoder’s single up the middle plated Brian Sandridge with the winning run in the 16th inning as VMI defeated Liberty 6-5 on Saturday evening in Big South Conference action at Worthington Stadium.
With the game knotted at four from the ninth inning on, the Keydets (20-18, 10-4 Big South) grabbed a 5-4 advantage in the 15th, when Sam Roberts scored on Mike Roberts’ single through the right-side of the infield. Continue reading VMI, Temple, Louisville, South Florida, and UNCW pick up wins
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Oklahoma 5 TCU 4 (12 innings)
FORT WORTH, Texas – For the second straight contest, the TCU Horned Frogs found themselves trailing heading into the ninth inning only to rally to tie the game. This time the Frogs needed three runs to tie the game at four, but Oklahoma broke the tie in the 12th inning to take a 5-4 victory Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The loss snaps the Horned Frogs’ nine-game winning streak and is just their first loss in the month of April. Continue reading OU, South Florida, Liberty, Wilmington, and VMI pick up wins
Hofstra 12 Coppin State 3
Hempstead, NY- Hofstra scored three or more runs in the first three innings during which Matt Kougasian had four RBI and Nick Panzarella had three RBI as the Pride defeated Coppin State, 12-3, Wednesday afternoon. With the victory the Pride improve to 8-16 while the Eagles fall to 3-23.
Hofstra jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning. After the first three runners reached base for the Pride, Kougasian drove a run home with a sacrifice fly for the first run. One batter later Panzarella delivered Hofstra’s only hit of the inning to bring home two and increase the lead to 3-0. Continue reading Hofstra, Louisville, Ohio State, Monmouth, NIU, James Madison, and North Florida pick up wins
FROM CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Coastal Carolina University’s baseball team has been unanimously voted the Big South Conference’s preseason favorite, as voted by the League’s Head Baseball Coaches and Sports Information Directors, it was announced today by the Conference office. In addition, Chanticleers’ junior outfielder David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C.) has been voted the Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year, while junior teammate Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J.) was voted Preseason Pitcher of the Year by the panel. Continue reading Coastal Carolina slated to win Big South
UNC 5 East Carolina 1
The North Carolina Tar Heels received homers from Tim Federowicz, Chad Flack, and Reid Fronk all hit homers to led the Tar Heels to a 5-1 victory at East Carolina. The Tar Heels used the game to get seven different pitchers some work and they were impressive as they combined to strike out 17 hitters while only allowing one run. Matt Danford picked up the win to put his record at 4-0 while Jeff Ostrander got the loss for East Carolina to drop his record to 2-1.
East Carolina Recap
Furman 6 Clemson 3
The Furman Paladins picked up a surprising 6-3 victory over regional rival Clemson. The Paladins got a two run triple from Bobby Hubbard in the eighth inning to break open a close game. Furman reliever Spencer Hale pitched 3.1 strong innings while giving up only one run to pick up his first victory of the year for an overall record of 1-2. Clemson reliever P.J. Zocchi gave up two runs in four innings and grabbed the loss to drop his record to 3-2.
UNC-Wilmington 8 NC State 4
Mark Carver led the Seahawks with three hits and drove in three runs to lead UNC-Wilmington to a 8-4 victory over NC State on Wednesday. Cody Dickens pitched four shutout innings to pick up the victory to put his record at 2-2 on the season while Wolfpack starter Sam Brown gets the loss as he up three runs in 2.1 innings to even his record at 1-1.
NC State Recap
Duke 5 UNC-Greensboro 4
The Duke Blue Devils picked up a come from behind 5-4 victory over UNC-Greensboro in non-conference action. The Blue Devils scored three runs in the top of the ninth to grab the lead and were able to get the final three outs in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory. The three run ninth was highlighted by a Brett Bartles two run homer to tie the game. After the Bartles home run, Alexander Hassan picked up a walk and was driven in by a Gabriel Saade triple. Duke reliever Michael Ness picked up the win to put his record at 4-3 while UNC-Greensboro reliever Kory Judd got the loss to even his record at 4-4.
Georgia 9 Georgia Tech 4
The Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed their season series with Georgia picking up a 9-4 victory to clinch the season series victory over the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs got great games from Matt Olson and Travis Parrott who each drove in three runs to lead the Bulldog offense. Ryan Wooley picked up the win in relief by pitching a perfect 0.2 innings to put his record at 1-1 on the season. Brad Rulon was credited with the loss to even his record at 2-2.
Virginia Tech 9 VMI 0
The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up a 9-0 shutout victory at VMI on Wednesday. They were led by Rob Whitey, Andrew Wells, Scott Stoehr, and Rhett Ballard who combined on a three hit shutout of VMI. Whitey ups his record to 2-0 while VMI starter Chris Henderson gets the loss to put his record at 5-3.
The VMI Keydets pulled off an upset on Tuesday night over the Virginia Cavaliers in front of the largest crowd in VMI Baseball history. Chris Henderson started for VMI and pitched 7.2 strong innings while only giving up two runs to the high powered Cavalier offense. Henderson’s record goes to 3-1 on the season. Robert Crumpler went 2-4 as he was the only Keydet to record multiple hits in the game. He was followed by Corey Bachman who got the final four outs by giving up two hits and no runs to get his second save of the season. Virginia reliever Jake Rule got tagged with the loss by giving up four runs in the sixth inning while only getting one out. His record drops to 2-2 on the season. Brandon Marsh, Sean Doolittle, and Brandon Guyer all went 2-4 in the losing effort. UVA will be back in action on Friday when they host Duke while VMI is back in action on Wednesday when they head across the state to visit Virginia Tech.
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 2, today. Florida State junior second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr., was named National Hitter of the Week, while VMI junior left-handed pitcher Trey Barham was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Thomas Jr. had a career week as he hit .579 in four games, going 11-for-19 with five home runs, five singles and a double. The Valrico, Fla., native scored nine times and registered eight RBI’s, while going a perfect 4-for-4 in the stolen base category. Thomas tallied 27 total bases and slugged 1.421 for the week to lead the Seminoles to three wins including a series victory on the road at Duke. Against the Blue Devils, he hit .643 (9-for-14) with five home runs, eight runs scored and eight RBI’s. He posted career-highs with two home runs and nine total bases in game one as Thomas slugged 2.250 on Friday. In that first game, Thomas hit back-to-back home runs in his first two at-bats as he saw a total of three pitches. In game two, Thomas led off the game with a double and then hit a solo shot for his third home run of the series. In the series finale, Thomas once again led off the game with a hit, an infield single to second. He hit a two-run homer in the second and followed that with another single in the fourth. His last at-bat was a mirror image of how he began the series with another home run, his fifth of the series and second two-run homer of the game. In the series finale, he set a career-high with 10 total bases and tied career-highs in runs scored (4) and home runs (2). He was 3-for-3 in leading off the game vs. Duke with a home run, a double and a single.
Barham allowed only one hit in 10 innings of work, including two perfect innings of relief against VCU in a 5-3 win before allowing only two base runners in eight innings against Savannah State. He retired all six batters VCU batters he faced, and mowed down the first 12 hitters against the Tigers. The Portsmouth, Va., native allowed a leadoff walk in the fifth and a two-out single in the seventh against SSU. He finished with eight strikeouts in collecting his sixth win of the season. Barham’s line last week was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, .031 opponents batting average (1-32).