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Will Kimmey -

A week after Florida's pitching staff looked strong against Miami, it gets destroyed by Missouri during a 1-2 weekend at home in the Pepsi Baseball Classic. The Tigers rang up 14 runs on 22 hits and five Gators errors Friday night in a 14-5 win, while junior righthander Max Scherzer shredded the lineup, striking out eight batters while allowing a run over seven innings and showing off a plus changeup to go with his mid-90s fastball and slider.

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College Weekend Preview: Feb. 24-26

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After his team's spirited ninth-inning comeback attempt against Nebraska fell short, North Carolina State coach Elliott Avent wanted to speak to one player immediately. Getting up from his stance in the third-base coaching box, Avent looked over the Nebraska players coming out of their dugout and walked right up to Joba Chamberlain.

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Three Strikes

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Arkansas sophomore lefthander Nick Schmidt held Texas Christian hitless for six innings Friday night in 1 5-2 win. Schmidt struck out seven batters and walked one before leaving the game after 91 pitches. He threw six hitless innings in his first start as well, notching six strikeouts and three walks against Oklahoma State.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

The Houston Astros College Classic drew a record 27,134 fans Saturday, the fourth-largest crowd ever to watch a college baseball game. Most came for the marquee matchup between Texas and Rice that night. The fans were treated to the best game of the young season.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

Texas fans should put down that rope or step back from the ledge. Despite a strong pitching staff, one that used experienced starters Randy Boone and Kenn Kasparek in relief and got just 10 outs from Kyle McCulloch before he left after getting hit by a batted ball, Texas still sends a young lineup out there. It's talented, and there's no question Augie Garrido will get plenty of runs from it as the season progresses. Sure, this is the second 0-3 start for Texas since 1938 (the Longhorns started 0-4 in 2001), but remember this club won the title during a 2005 season in which it dropped a series at Kansas and finished third in the Big 12.

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Team USA Expands Invitee List To 25

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Southern California sophomore righthander Ian Kennedy, who led Team USA with 40 strikeouts in 2004, headlines the second group of players invited to the national team trials. The latest group of 12 players brings the total number of invitees to 25, and USA Baseball will extend offers to 11 more players before picking the 20-man roster from a pool of 36 following the June 27-30 trials at North Carolina State's Doak Field in Raleigh.

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