Louisiana Tech Campus Hit by Tornado

JC Love FIeld.JPGA tornado wreaked havoc on the city of Ruston and the Louisiana Tech campus early Thursday morning. The city of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama campus can certainly relate. This Saturday, April 27 will mark the eighth anniversary of one of the deadliest and most destructive storms to ever cross our paths here in Tuscaloosa.

Several athletic facilities took a major hit on the Tech campus, including baseball, softball, soccer and tennis. The college baseball community has rallied around the Tech program today. Continue reading “Louisiana Tech Campus Hit by Tornado”

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College Baseball Notebook (April 24)

Tyler SmithNAIA power Lewis and Clark State picked up a Division I win with a 5-2 victory at Seattle … Northwestern State right fielder Tyler Smith (Photo courtesy NSU Athletcs) hit three home runs and knocked in seven runs as the Demons upset No. 6 Arkansas 10-7 in Fayetteville … Purdue Fort Wayne has lost 33 straight games to Division I teams with an 11-2 loss at Purdue … Southern Miss first baseman Hunter Slater tied school records with three home runs and eight RBIs in the Golden Eagles 15-2 win at New Orleans … Youngstown State third baseman Blaze Glenn drove in six runs in the Penguins 10-0 win over St. Bonaventure.

Here is Wednesday’s college baseball notebook: Continue reading “College Baseball Notebook (April 24)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 23)

Mississippi State took down arch-rival Ole Miss in front a record crowd at the annual Governor’s Cup in Pearl … Georgia fell to rival Georgia Tech in the annual game at Sun Trust Park … Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky and South Carolina posted lopsided wins … FAU scored four times in the ninth inning for a 13-11 win over the Florida Gators in Gainesville.

Updated SEC Baseball Standings

Here is Tuesday’s SEC baseball recap. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 23)”

College Baseball Notebook (April 22)

NCAA BaseballThere was limited schedule on Monday night in the college baseball world, but there were several high-scoring and thrilling games.

Here is Monday’s college baseball notebook: Continue reading “College Baseball Notebook (April 22)”

College Baseball Notebook (April 21)

NCAA LogoAustin Peay scored a season-high 22 runs and three players had at least six RBIs in a 22-11 win at UT Martin. DH Matt Joslin RF Parker Phillips and 1B Andrew Flaherty combined for four home runs and 19 RBIs in the win … Clemson is riding a 7-game losing streak after suffering back-to-back sweeps at home to Florida State and Duke … Columbia first baseman Chandler Bengston hit three home runs in a double header sweep of Brown … Duke completed its first three-game sweep at sweep at Clemson since 1948 … Michigan State earned its first Big Ten win of the season with a 5-3 win over Rutgers in game one of Sunday’s double header … Purdue Fort Wayne is the only winless Division I team in conference play following a pair of losses to Omaha … UMBC second baseman AJ Wright finished a single shy of the cycle in the 8-2 win over Hartford.

 Here is Sunday’s college baseball notebook: Continue reading “College Baseball Notebook (April 21)”

College Baseball Notes (April 20)

UTSAI took in a baseball triple-header on Saturday … My first two games was a Conference USA double header between Texas San Antonio and UAB at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham … UTSA was my 237th different college baseball team to see in person … The Roadrunners were my 184th different NCAA Division I baseball team … I have now seen 11 of the 12 C-USA teams, missing only Charlotte (the 49ers play at UAB on May 10-12) … Following the C-USA double header, I headed back to Tuscaloosa to watch Vanderbilt and Alabama … Some highlights of the day in college baseball … British Columbia College (NAIA) Niall Windeler tossed the first 9-inning no-hitter in school history in the 6-0 win over Oregon Tech … Kansas State scored 10 runs in its final three at-bats to overtake TCU 11-10 and take the Big 12 series in Manhattan … Navy senior right hander Noah Song tossed a complete-game one-hitter in the 3-0 win over Army in the Patriot League series opener … Rio Grande (NAIA) senior right-hander Zach Harvey became the school’s career shutouts leader following a 1-0 win over Indiana-Kokomo in River States Conference action … Saint Peter’s had the dubious distinction of losing three games on Saturday to Canisius … West Virginia junior RHP Alex Manoah was dominant again in the Mountaineers 1-0 win over Kansas. Manoah hurled a complete-game three hit shutout and struck out 15 batters … West Texas A&M senior first baseman Kyle Kaufman set the single-game school record with 10 RBIs in the Buffs 25-7 win over UT Permian Basin.

Here is Saturday’s college baseball notebook: Continue reading “College Baseball Notes (April 20)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 21)

sec-baseball-logoIn the only SEC game on Easter Sunday, Vanderbilt blanked Alabama 2-0 to complete the three-game sweep at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. It marked the Commodores first sweep in Tuscaloosa since 1906.

With the win the Commodores remained one game back of Georgia for the overall SEC lead in the standings.

Georgia (33-8, 13-5) is the overall leader and SEC Eastern Division leader with 12 games remaining. Vanderbilt (31-9, 12-6) is one game back of the first-place Bulldogs. Tennessee (30-11, 9-9 SEC) is the only other Eastern Division team with a .500 record. Missouri, Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky all have losing SEC records.

The SEC Western Division is a lot more congested as six teams are within two games of the division lead. Arkansas (30-10, 12-6 SEC) lead the West and is one-game behind Georgia for the overall league lead. Texas A&M (29-12-1, 11-6-1 SEC) is one-half game behind the Razorbacks. LSU is one-game back, while Ole Miss, Miss. State and Auburn are two games off the division lead.

Updated SEC Baseball Standings

Here is Sunday’s SEC baseball recap.

VANDERBILT 2, ALABAMA 0
Vanderbilt won series, 3-0
Vanderbilt (31-9, 12-6 SEC); Alabama 24-17, 4-14 SEC)
Vandy completes first sweep in Tuscaloosa since 1906
Patrick Raby, Hugh Fisher and Tyler Brown combine in 3-hitter
Raby six scoreless innings (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) for the win
Brown records second save of the weekend; ninth overall
JJ Bleday solo home run in second inning
Bleday (UA Series): .357 (5-14), 4 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB
Bleday and Tulane’s Kody Hoese share NCAA lead with 20 home runs
Alabama 7-game SEC losing streak; swept in last two series (MSU, VU)
Alabama shutout for third time in SEC play

SEC Baseball Schedule (April 25-28)
Texas A&M at Ole Miss (Thursday-Saturday)
Auburn at Vanderbilt (Thursday-Saturday)
Kentucky at Florida
LSU at Alabama
Tennessee at Arkansas
Georgia at Miss. State
South Carolina at Missouri