Before we get to today’s mailbag, let’s acknowlegde a few upsets from Tuesday’s action. The most surprising score of the day was Rhode Island’s 3-0 upset at Miami behind eight scoreless, three-hit innings from junior righthander Eric Smith. A URI press release hailed the victory as "arguably the biggest victory in the program’s history."
"This is so wild right now," Smith said afterward, according to the release. "It’s like I can’t even speak. The guys are all so pumped; it’s awesome. I’m still catching my breath."
Miami was shut out for the first time since 2004. The Hurricanes had one baserunner reach third base, in the first inning, and that was it.
"That pitcher just stuffed us," Miami coach Jim Morris said of Smith this afternoon. "It wasn’t like he was a thumber–I think he’s going to pitch in the big leagues. He was 6-foot-3, throwing 88-92 with good sink, and a good hard breaking ball. He threw strikes, pitched inside, had a 1.1(-second) release time, and ate our lunch. We didn’t hit the ball hard off him, at all. What a crazy game. We faced pretty good pitching at Florida this weekend and hit the ball pretty hard, and this guy just ate our lunch for eight innings. He ate everybody’s lunch from one through nine."
Another perennial Atlantic Coast Conference power also fell last night, as Florida State suffered a 9-4 defeat at Jacksonville. Two Seminole errors paved the way for the Dolphins’ five-run sixth inning.
Loyola Marymount toppled No. 5 UC Irvine 11-3 behind four hits from junior outfielder Angelo Songco. The Lions improved to 8-2 under first-year coach Jason Gill.
And No. 9 Rice followed its sweep of the Houston College Classic with a midweek loss to Sam Houston State. Owls starter Jared Rogers managed to record just one out in the first inning and allowed four earned runs. As good as Rice looked this weekend, questions about its pitching depth linger.
On to the first mailbag question of the 2009 season, courtesy of a mailbag regular:
Has ESPN posted their broadcast schedule for the upcoming season?
Fountain Valley, Calif.
Funny you should ask, Doug. The Worldwide Leader has indeed finalized its 2009 college baseball schedule. It includes no regular-season games on ESPN or ESPN2 (though those channels will once again carry postseason action), but it does feature some quality games on ESPNU. Here’s the schedule in its entirety:
April 3: UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton (10 p.m. ET)
April 5: Louisville at Cincinnati (2 p.m. ET)
April 5: San Diego at Santa Clara (6:30 p.m. ET)
May 1: Liberty at Coastal Carolina (6 p.m. ET)
May 2: Delaware State at Bethune-Cookman (3 p.m. ET)
May 22: Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton (10 p.m. ET)
May 23: Big East Championship (1 p.m. ET)
Comments will be monitored prior to being added to the site. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be rejected. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed.
We have chosen to open up commenting to everyone, so comment away! We want to hear from each and every one of you! Leave a comment.
About This Blog
Syndicate This Blog
Search This Blog