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Follow It Up

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Mercer coach Craig Gibson was excited Monday to talk about his team's surprising series sweep at Miami. The Bears won two games against the Hurricanes, who had entered the series ranked second, and the third game was rained out (perhaps you saw Sunday during a certain football game that it rained a lot in Miami).But Gibson doesn't want his team to get too excited; it's got another tough road series coming up this weekend against Bethune-Cookman, which has won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference every year but once since 1999. The fact that Mercer's best players are both fifth-year seniors--righthander Brantley New and catcher Josh Thompson--should help keep the team from getting too excited over its big opening weekend.

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OU’s Reza Out 4-6 Weeks

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Oklahoma junior Aaron Reza will miss up to four-to-six weeks after breaking his left hand in practice this week, according to a press release by the school. Reza, the Sooners’ starting shortstop and a team captain, made 56 starts and hit .318/.420/.406 in his first season after transferring from Modesto (Calif.) Junior College.

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Bogany, Jarvis To Arizona State

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Arizona State added two more significant semester transfers, as a Sun Devils official confirmed freshman righthander Jason Jarvis had joined the program, as had former Louisiana State outfielder Jared Bogany.

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What A Way To Start

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Oregon State began the college baseball season--and the defense of its national championship--in style Thursday night, as four pitchers combined to no-hit Hawaii-Hilo in a 5-0 victory.Junior righthander Mike Stutes started the game and threw five innings, striking out seven. Relievers John Keller (two innings), Mark Grbavac (one inning) and Jorge Reyes (one) finished up as the Beavers allowed just two walks and struck out 11 en route to the no-hitter. It was the third no-no in Beavers history and first in 40 years (April 11, 1967 to be precise).

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