What is going on at Cal-State Fullerton? They have a 2-4 overall record which is shocking as nearly everybody had them going to the CWS in their preseason picks. Fullerton finished last season with a .329 team batting average while they are struggling this year at .228. Most of the blame has to go to the offense right now as they have a team ERA of 4.50 this year when compared to 3.53 in 2009. The Titans lost a few of the clubhouse leaders from last year’s squad in Josh Fellhauer, Jared Clark, and catcher Dustin Garneau. Fullerton also lost two out of three to TCU last season but ran off 18 victories in their next 20 games. Both victories came under assistant coach Sergio Brown as Serrano was suspended for bumping an umpire last weekend. Mark Rafferty will have a full report on Fullerton this week when he is planning on seeing them against San Diego on Tuesday night.
#2 Florida State 14 Hofstra 4
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (6-0) registered its second series sweep in as many weeks with a 14-4 victory over Hofstra (0-6) in game three Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The win kept the Seminoles undefeated all-time against the Pride as the Garnet and Gold have now won all 10 games in the series.
Freshman Justin Gonzalez paced the Seminole offense in the series finale going 3-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and four RBI. As a team, Florida State tied a season-high with 14 runs while pounding out a season-high 17 hits. Stephen Cardullo and Rafael Lopez also contributed with three hits a piece in the win.
Game 1: #2 Florida State 13 Hofstra 0
Game 2: #2 Florida State 13 Hofstra 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (5-0) completed the sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader blanking Hofstra (0-5) 13-0 in game two Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles scored 13 runs for the second straight game and have now reached double-digit runs and hits in all five games this year.
Three Seminole pitchers combined for the two-hit shutout as the Garnet and Gold kept an opponent off the scoreboard for the first time since blanking NC State 1-0 back on May 16, 2008.
#3 Virginia 13 Rhode Island 0
Hultzen (2-0) was dominating on the mound, allowing just two hits over seven innings. Of the 22 batters Hultzen faced, he struck out 12 and did not issue a walk. It marked his third career double-digit strikeout game, as he surrendered just two singles and only one left the infield. Hultzen and reliever Chad O’Connor (So., Chesapeake, Va.) combined to strike out 16 batters.
Here is your ACC Weekend Preview for February 26th-28th. I will have much more in-depth previews once we enter the conference portion of the schedule. The ACC teams have a fairly easy slate this week with Boston College and NC State facing the most difficult opponents. The Eagles head down to Auburn to play the host Tigers, Missouri and Florida Atlantic while NC State takes part in the “Baseball at the Beach” tourney which features James Madison and nationally ranked squads in Coastal Carolina and UC-Irvine. Besides those two ACC teams, the rest of the conference has fairly easy matchups with Florida State hosting Hofstra, Rhode Island heading to Virginia, Xavier going to Georgia Tech, Manhattan taking on the Hurricanes, Maine and North Carolina facing off, Wright State at Clemson, Delaware at Maryland, Fordham at Duke, Kent State at Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech heading to Charleston Southern.
Here is your SEC Recap for February 21st
#2 LSU 4 Centenary 0
BATON ROUGE – Home runs by first baseman Blake Dean and catcher Micah Gibbs, along with a brilliant LSU debut by starting pitcher Joey Bourgeois led the second-ranked Tigers to a 4-0 shutout of Centenary Sunday afternoon in Alex Box Stadium.
With the series sweep, the Tigers (3-0) captured their 11th-straight season-opening series victory dating back to 2000. Centenary dropped to 0-3 with the loss.
The Tigers will be back in action Wednesday when they face in-state foe McNeese State at 4 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium.
Here is your SEC Recap for February 20th.
#2 LSU 25 Centenary 8
BATON ROUGE — Led by a two-homer performance by designated hitter Matt Gaudet and a six-RBI evening by first baseman Blake Dean, second-ranked LSU exploded for 23 hits en route to 25-8 victory over Centenary, giving head coach Paul Mainieri his 1,000th career victory Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (2-0) scored the most runs of any LSU team since 1999 when they defeated Ohio 26-5. Centenary dropped to 0-2 with Saturday’s loss.
Here is your SEC recap for February 19th.
LSU 5 Centenary 4
BATON ROUGE — A two-RBI performance by shortstop Austin Nola, including the game-winning sacrifice fly, coupled with three runs by left fielder Trey Watkins was enough to earn No. 2 LSU a 5-4 victory in front of a record-breaking crowd of 9,914 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (1-0) won their ninth consecutive season opener dating back to 2002. With the loss, Centenary dropped to 0-1 on the season.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - After winning a program-record 38 games and capturing its first-ever regular season crown a year ago, Dayton has been selected to win the 2010 Atlantic 10 baseball title in voting conducted by the league’s head coaches.
Four-time champion Charlotte has been picked second, while defending league champ Xavier is third.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
CINCINNATI – Xavier University baseball head coach Scott Googins has announced the 2010 schedule, a slate that includes early season trips to Tennessee (Feb. 19-21), Georgia Tech (Feb. 26-28), Duke (Mar. 3) and Wake Forest (Mar. 5-7). The Musketeers will face six teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, including Super Regional participant Louisville on March 16.
"We are really excited about the non-conference schedule that includes several teams with well known tradition," commented Googins. "The guys are looking forward to playing at several great venues this season and those non-conference teams will prepare us for our conference play. We’re excited about the atmosphere of where we’ll be playing, against teams in the ACC, SEC and Big XII, all good baseball conferences and good teams in those conferences."