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    • April 23, 2014 1:28 AM EDT
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      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – April 22, 2014

       

      LSU DEFEATS TULANE, 6-0, FOR 13th SHUTOUT OF THE YEAR

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. – Sixth-ranked LSU defeated Tulane, 6-0, Tuesday night for the Tigers’ 13th shutout of the year at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

       

      The Tigers improved to 31-10-1 overall while the loss dropped Tulane to 15-23 on the year.

       

      LSU plays host to Tennessee this weekend beginning Friday at 7 p.m. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in a game that will be televised by CST.  The Tigers and Volunteers square off in the Game 3 of the series at 12 p.m. on Sunday. All three games can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network.

       

      Seven LSU pitchers combined to record the shutout Tuesday night, as the Tigers limited the Green Wave to six hits. The Tigers added to their school record for single-season shutouts that was originally established on April 9 when LSU blanked Lamar for its 11th shutout.

       

      LSU pounded out 14 hits for the game and scored six runs on 12 hits against Tulane starting pitcher Tyler Mapes, normally a member of the Wave’s weekend rotation.

       

      “I feel confident in saying that this was our best offensive game of the season,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Mapes is an outstanding pitcher who could pitch in an SEC starting  rotation. I thought our hitters really dug in against him and delivered some tremendous at-bats.”

       

      LSU is now 11-2 in the month of April after ending March on a four-game losing streak.

       

      “I’ve said that teams usually start playing their best by April 1, and that’s what has happened with our team. We got off to a bit of a slow start in SEC play, but our guys have been resilient and we’re right where we need to be as we begin the sprint to the finish of the regular season.”

       

      LSU took a 1-0 lead in the second inning Tuesday night. With runners on the corners, leftfielder Jake Fraley hit an RBI single to left field to score DH Sean McMullen.

       

      In the third inning, Fraley hit a single through the right side of the field to score rightfielder Mark Laird and centerfielder Andrew Stevenson and give the Tigers the 3-0 lead.

       

      First baseman Tyler Moore led off the fifth inning with a single to centerfield. After stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch, Moore scored on a groundout by Stevenson to extend the LSU lead to 4-0.

       

      The Tigers added the final two runs in the sixth inning. Laird doubled to left-center field to plate third baseman Christian Ibarra. McMullen then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Stevenson.

       

      Junior left-hander Zac Person (2-1), the second of seven LSU pitchers, earned the win after only allowing one hit in an inning of work. Person replaced LSU starting pitcher Kyle Bouman, who worked  4.1 innings and allowed just three hits.

       

      Mapes (4-3) was charged the loss after allowing six runs on 12 hits in 5.1 innings of work with one walk and three strikeouts.

       

    • April 23, 2014 1:29 AM EDT
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      Baseball Tops McDaniel, Will Host CC Tournament
      Bullets Clinch No. 1 Seed in Playoffs

      WESTMINSTER, Md. – The road to the Centennial Conference (CC) baseball title will run through Gettysburg College.

       

      Senior Tommy LeNoir (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy) finished 4-for-5 with a double and a triple while junior Eric Hungerford (New Preston, Conn./Shepaug Valley) tossed eight innings to earn the victory as the 22nd-ranked Bullets won 8-3 at McDaniel College on Tuesday.

       

      With the win, Gettysburg (28-5, 13-2 CC) clinched first place in the Centennial Conference regular-season standings and for the first time in program history, the right to host the CC tournament.

       

      Junior Cory Karagjozi (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville), making his first career start at first base, went 3-for-4  and three runs for the Bullets, ranked 22nd by the American Baseball Coaches Association and No. 24 by D3baseball.com. Senior Al Posch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs while classmate Nate Simon (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Abington Friends) and junior Mike Kielbasa (Ludlow, Mass./Loomis Chaffee School) collected two hits apiece. Senior Austin Davis (New York, N.Y./Riverdale Country School) scored a pair of runs.

       

      Jack Dowd (2-2) also threw eight innings and gave up five runs on 13 hits for the Green Terror (14-16, 8-7 CC), which is in contention for a conference playoff spot and entered the day as one of three teams tied for second in the conference standings.

       

      The Bullets never trailed after Davis led off the game with a single and scored on a triple from Karagjozi. Simon added an RBI-single later in the inning to give the visitors a 2-0 lead after a half inning of play.

       

      Hungerford (6-0), in the meantime, faced little resistance through the early innings, when he retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and fanned the side in the third. Though McDaniel would touch him for seven hits, Hungerford allowed the Terror to reach second base just once through the first seven innings while keeping his perfect record intact.

       

      The Bullets opened up some breathing room with a three-run fifth. Karagjozi stroked a one-out single before scoring on a double from Posch. LeNoir followed up with an RBI-triple – his seventh three-bagger of the season – before scoring on a single from Kielbasa to make it 5-0.

       

      McDaniel got on the scoreboard in the eighth, when it opened the inning with a single, triple, and sacrifice fly to push across two runs and pull to within 5-2. But Hungerford went on to strand two runners later in the inning before giving way to senior Patrick O’Grady (Floral Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy), who worked the ninth while allowing only an unearned run.

       

      Prior to O’Grady’s appearance, Gettysburg had tacked on three insurance runs. Reliever Ben Van Put walked Davis and Kargjozi before Posch greeted David Pisauro with a two-run single. LeNoir would cap Gettysburg’s scoring for the day with an RBI-double to make it 8-2.

       

      The two teams conclude their season series on Friday, when they meet for a single nine-inning game at Gettysburg starting at 3:30 p.m.

       

      -Go Bullets-

       

    • April 24, 2014 1:11 AM EDT
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      Staten Island, NY - Wagner erased an early six-run deficit en route to posting a 10-7 victory over Rutgers and former coach Joe Litterio in non-conference action at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

       

      The Seahawks notched double-figures in runs for the third time this season while rapping out a season-best matching 20 hits while improving to 12-23 as the Scarlet Knights fall to 19-19.

       

      On the mound, junior RHP Steven Bloodworth (Annandale, NJ / North Hunterdon) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season while sophomore RHP Mike Adams (Egg Harbor Township, NJ / Holy Spirit) fired a scoreless ninth to notch his fourth save.

      Six different players recorded multi-hits for the Green & White led by freshman Nick Mascelli (Clifton, NJ / Seton Hall Prep), who was 5-for-6 with a run, while senior Chris Smith (Tampa, FL / Ellsworth CC (IA)) also reached five times, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk and four runs.

      Rutgers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and appeared to be in complete control before the Wagner bats came alive.

       

      Smith led the bottom of the second off with a double to left field while advancing to third on the play thanks to a fielding error. Sophomore John Lynn (Wallingford, PA / Salesianum (DE)) followed with an infield single to score Smith. After a pair of outs, junior Zack Yesko (Mukwonago, WI / Mukwonago) and Mascelli delivered two-out singles to load up the bases. Junior Jason Gordon (Baltimore, MD / Archbishop Curley) followed with a hard-hit single up the middle to score Lynn and Yesko while trimming the deficit in half at 6-3.

       

      After keeping the Scarlet Knights off the board for the first time, the Seahawks pounced for two more runs on a Tommy Mazurkiewicz (Jr., Neshanic Station, NJ / Somerville) double to left field while knocking starting pitcher Ryan Fleming out of the game.

      Wagner then battled all the back to tie the game up at 6-6 in the bottom of the fourth with its fourth two-out run of the game. Junior Nick Dini (Monroe Township, NJ / Monroe Township) drew a one out walk before moving to second one out later on another Smith hit before coming around to score on a Lynn single to left.

       

      Both teams threatened in the fifth but would the bases loaded before Rutgers reclaimed the lead on Joe D'Annunzio's RBI ground out. The Seahawks then answered in the bottom part of the frame when Smith scored his third run of the game on a wild pitch.

       

      Wagner then finally came all the way back to take its first lead of the game with three runs in the seventh. Mascelli led off with a single before Dini was plunked with one out. Senior Shaun Flynn (Tabernacle, NJ / Burlington CC) then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending double play only to have the ball booted and just one out recorded. Smith took advantage with a RBI single through the left side to score Mascelli while giving the Seahawks their first lead of the game at 8-7. Lynn then caught the Scarlet Knights by surprise with a bunt single to load up the bases. Mazurkiewicz followed with a two-run single to plate Flynn and Smith while extending the lead out to 10-7.

       

      The Scarlet Knights would threaten in the top of the ninth as the first batters reach via walks. Adams, however, bounced back with a pair of strikeouts before ending the game by inducing a routine grounder to first.

       

      Lynn and Gordon each added three hits and two RBI while Mazurkiewicz was 2-for-4 with a game-high four RBI to round out the top performers for the Green & White.

       

      Eight different Rutgers players hit safely en route to notching an 18-hit attack. Ian Riddell (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs in an inning of work.

       

      Wagner will look to extend its season-best winning streak to four on Friday, April 25 at Central Connecticut with first pitch slated for 3:00 pm.

    • April 24, 2014 1:15 AM EDT
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      MONMOUTH BASEBALL UPENDS LAFAYETTE, 9-2

      Lamberton goes 5-for-5

       

      EASTON, Pa. – Freshman Grant Lamberton (Newark, Del./Salesianum) went 5-for-5, and Jeff Singer (Riverton, N.J./Gloucester C.C./Holy Cross) won his third straight start as Monmouth University baseball defeated Lafayette on Wednesday afternoon, 9-2. The Hawks improve to 12-19, while Lafayette falls to 11-23 on the year.

      Singer worked six innings, allowing a run on six hits, walking nobody and striking out four. Singer worked his scoreless innings streak to 17 before allowing a run in the third. Adam Yunginger (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) worked a scoreless seventh and struck out two, while Ricky Dennis (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) struck out three in the eighth. Harry Paytas (Sea Girt, N.J./Wall) allowed a run in the ninth. Seven Lafayette pitchers combined to allow nine runs on 14 hits.

      Lamberton went 5-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Connor White (Wall, N.J./Wall) and Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) drove in two runs apiece and Chris Gaetano (Madison Township, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) scored twice. Jackson Kramer had two hits for Lafayette.

      Monmouth got things started early, when Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Northampton C.C./Warren Hills Regional) beat out a single to shortstop and went to second on an errant pickoff throw. He moved to third on a ground out, and scored when Lafayette shortstop Andrew Landolfi booted Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area)’s ground ball. Andrew Santamauro doubled with one down in the fifth for Lafayette, and after Kramer singled him to third, Alex Woinski lined a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three.

      The rest of the afternoon proved to be all Monmouth, beginning with a three-run fourth. Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) struck out for what should have been the second out, but the ball skipped away from the catcher, Austen Maggin,  and Sweeney reached first. Lamberton singled to left, and Gaetano was hit by a pitch to fill the bases with two outs. White singled into the hole at shortstop, and Guida lined a two-run single to left to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead.

      Gronsky ripped a one-out double that one-hopped the right center field fence with one out in the fifth, and Sweeney wasted no time depositing the first pitch he saw into left center for a run-scoring single. After working a perfect fourth, Singer allowed a leadoff base runner in the bottom of the fifth, but White promptly picked off Maggin to erase any threat.

      The Hawks broke the game open in the seventh, scoring four in the inning. Sweeney and Danny Avella (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) walked to start things, and Lamberton put a run-scoring single into left. Gaetano followed by dropping a single into right to score a run, and White got another run across, reaching on an error. With Guida batting and one out, Gaetano sprinted home on a wild pitch to make it 9-1 Hawks.

      The Leopards added a ninth inning run against Paytas, when Nick Murray was hit by a pitch and worked his way around the bases to score.

      Monmouth returns to action at home on Friday, with a non-conference game at 3:00 p.m. at the MU Baseball Field against Temple.

       

    • April 24, 2014 1:25 AM EDT
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      #JCBB Baseball Explodes for 38 Runs, Earns Split With Penn St.-Altoona

       

      April 23, 2014                                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

       


      Baseball Explodes for 38 Runs, Earns Split With Penn St.-Altoona
      Eagles earn 2014 2-2 split with Lions

       


      By: Laura Chapman
      Assistant Sports Information Director
      chapmal@juniata.edu • juniatasports.net

       


      HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The Juniata College baseball team bounced back from a rough 13-6 loss to Penn St.-Altoona in game one of a doubleheader to dominate the Lions 25-3 in game two, earning a 2-2 split of the 2014 series. The Eagles managed seven hits in game one to score their six runs, stranding five runners on base, and then pounded out a season-high 24 hits to score a season-high 25 runs in game two, all while still stranding 14 runners.

       

      Senior Joe Sforza (Pittstown, N.J. / Immaculata) came up big for Juniata in game one, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. The third baseman launched a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth, scoring senior Brad Medellin (Lewisberry, Pa. / Red Land), to pull the Eagles with four at 9-5. Sophomore leftfielder David DeFreest (Duxburry, Vt. / Harwood Union) also notched two hits for Juniata in game one. DeFreest went 2-for-3 in the game scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning after lacing a leadoff double to right field and crossing the plate on a sacrifice fly by senior shortstop Derek Heath (Huntingdon, Pa. / Huntingdon).

       

      Despite the loss in game one, Juniata came roaring back in the final home game of the season. The Eagles gave up six runs in the top of the first of game one and exacted a little revenge when senior pitcher Nathan Strom (Ebensburg, Pa. / Central Cambria) struck out the side to open game two and then Juniata erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the frame. Strom earned his second win of the season, pitching six complete innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out three.

       

      Juniata sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning and loaded the bases four times. Sophomore left fielder Sheridan Doan (Timonium, Md. / Dulaney High School) and Medellin each scored twice in the inning. Sophomore catcher Anthony Lombardo (Altoona, Pa. / Altoona Area) drove in two runs with RBI singles and scored once before the third out was made. He finished 3-for-4 in the game with two RBI and two runs scored.

       

      Medellin finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and five runs batted in while Doan went 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot scoring three runs and driving in another four. He was just inches away from a grand slam in the sixth, but an unfortunate gust of wind made the ball bounce off the top of the fence and back onto the field. The Eagles continued to add to their lead as they scored at least one run in every inning. Sophomore catcher Jonathan Geyer (Newport, Pa. / Newport High School) drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth and came around to score the first run of the inning on a fielders’ choice.

       

      Doan dropped a single to center field to score freshman Brendan Hower (New Bloomfield, Pa. / West Perry HS) and load the bases for the third time in the frame. Sophomore Joe Klusman (Wilmington, Del. / St. Elizabeth High School) drove in the third run of the inning on a fielders’ choice scoring sophomore Chris Sinisi (Altoona, Pa. / Altoona Area). Sinisi went 4-for-5 in the game with one walk and scored all six times he reached base while also driving in three runs from the number eight hole.

       

      Sinisi singled up the middle with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth to score sophomore Alex Matoushek (Scranton, Pa. / West Scranton) from third. Freshman Ian Prescott (Newark, Del. / Sanford School) followed up with a walk to force home Hower from third bringing pinch hitter senior Mario DeYulis (Ebensburg, Pa. / Central Cambria) to the plate. DeYulis battled through a long at bat to draw the full-count walk and force home freshman first baseman Wayne Hydak (Northern Versailles, Pa. / Serra Catholic) for the 24th run of the game of the Eagles.

       

      Juniata improved to 8-27 on the year with the win and will travel to The University of Scranton for a single nine-inning game on Friday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. to finishes the series against the Royals before heading to Kings Point, New York, to take on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in the final Landmark Conference series of the season. The Eagles will close out the 2014 season on Monday, April 28, with against Pitt.-Greensburg.

    • April 27, 2014 7:42 PM EDT
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      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – April 27, 2014

       

      FIVE-RUN EIGHTH INNING GIVES LSU SERIES WIN OVER TENNESSEE

       

      BATON ROUGE, La.— After Tennessee tied the game in the top of the eighth inning, sixth-ranked LSU erupted for five runs to post a 9-4 win on Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

       

      LSU improved to 33-11-1 and 12-8-1 in the SEC with the win. The Tigers are now half-game out of first place in the SEC Western Division.

       

      With the loss, Tennessee dropped to 26-16 and 8-13 in the SEC.

       

      LSU returns to action on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Alcorn State. The game will not be televised, but fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).

       

      “This was an extremely hard-fought SEC series, and I’m very glad we played it at home,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our fans gave us a lot of energy, and I thought our player were really locked it all weekend. (LSU pitching coach) Alan Dunn and I agreed that Tennessee was the best offensive team we’ve seen all season; their hitters are very disciplined and put a lot of pressure on our pitchers. Fortunately, we managed to piece it together today with seven pitchers and excellent defense, and we earned a very important series victory.”

       

      LSU leftfielder Jake Fraley led off the eighth inning by reaching on a walk. With one out, second baseman Conner Hale notched his third RBI of the game, scoring Fraley from first. With runners on the corners, third baseman Christian Ibarra put down a squeeze bunt to plate Hale.

       

      Rightfielder Mark Laird hit an RBI fielder’s choice to score pinch hitter Chris Sciambra. Ibarra followed by scoring on a wild pitch by Tennessee reliever Trevor Bettencourt.  Shortstop Alex Bregman then hit a two-out single to left field to plate Laird for the final run of the game.

       

      Tennessee grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. First baseman Nathaniel Maggio led off the inning with a base hit to center field against LSU starter Alden Cartwright. After Maggio reached third on a sacrifice bunt and passed ball, second baseman Will Maddox plated Maggio on a sacrifice fly to center field.

       

      LSU tied the game in the bottom of the second. DH Sean McMullen led off the inning with a double to left field. After McMullen moved to third on a ground out, Hale hit a sacrifice fly to score him.

       

      The Volunteers regained the lead in the fourth inning on a two-out bloop single by rightfielder Derek Lance. The runner, third baseman Taylor Smart, was moving on the pitch and scored to give Tennessee a 2-1 advantage.

       

      The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners on second and third, Fraley hit a ground out to the right side of the field to score Bregman. Hale then collected an RBI on an infield single to plate McMullen.

       

      In the fifth inning, LSU extended the lead to 4-2 when Laird scored on a wild pitch by Tennessee starting pitcher Nick Williams.

       

      The Volunteers tied the game 4-4 in the eighth inning. Designated hitter Nick Senzel led off the inning with a double to left field. Senzel moved to third on an error by Fraley and ultimately scored on an infield single by centerfielder Vincent Jackson. Then with runners on the corners, catcher Tyler Schultz hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jackson.

                                                             

      LSU right-hander Kurt McCune (2-1) earned the win after pitching the eighth inning. McCune allowed two runs – one earned - on two hits with one strikeout.

       

      Tennessee reliever Drake Owenby (2-2) was charged the loss after allowing two runs on one hit in the eighth inning.

       

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      2 local Delaware Athletes shine in Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader

       
      By David A. Willauer-Contributing Editor-Kannerstein Field-Haverford College-Haverford, PA-4-26-14-In a Centennial Conference Baseball contest between Gettysburg and Haverford, 2 local Delaware athletes shined one on the mound for Haverford in John Miraglia and the other who was named All Centennial and started all 4 years in Tommy Lenoir.
       
      In the first game of the doubleheader up at Haverford College where the Fords won by a 9-1 score for his first win where he is currently recorded his first win of the season as his record improves in 2014 to a 1-3 start, the former Friends School star pitched a good seven innings gave up seven hits and recorded four strikeouts in the game.  Last year, the Quaker product made three starts on the mound along with 2 relief appearances on the mound and on 16 recorded his first win as he defeated Rockford College of Illinois by a 6-2 score and suffered a shoulder injury and was out for the season.
       
      Johnny Miraglia former Quaker product pitching in his second year at Haverford College" It was a great day for baseball as I came out today vs. Gettysburg in the first game my fastball had a lot of spunk along with my change up which helped me as my other pitches along with contributing with groundballs for our squad that helped me out in the win."  "A lot of my teammates contributed well with the bats that got the hits for me in the game today and have good players that get singles we're not a home run hitting ballclub."  "Our head baseball coach Dave Beccharia a former Salesianum baseball product has passed the baton on for us to get on base along with being a players coach and is very amiable with the ballclub and doesn't keep any secrets along with being an open person."  "Mark Lemon, the son of former St. Marks baseball coach Tom Lemon was my high school coach at Wilmington Friends  and is similar to coach B."  "He (Mark Lemon) played around with us where coach B is more hands off."  "We didn't make any state tournaments during my career at Friends  it was a lot of rebuilding years." "One game last year was when we played Immaculata  which was close during in my freshman year before I was injured by hurting my elbow but this season I've improved this game for the first 3 games where my record is 1-3 I was more wild but I had to change my pitching mechanics which were hard but I have improved myself pitching and will continue to get better as the season goes along today was my best outing."  
       
      After a successful freshman season in both football and baseball to an injury in his sophomore year in 2012, Tommy Lenoir, the football and baseball star and All Centennial is currently in his last year with the Bullets of Gettysburg.  In both games, where Haverford won the first game 9-1 and Gettysburg won the second game by a 6-2 score, the former product of Red Lion Christian (a family tradition of relatives who excelled in sports).  In the first game of the doubleheader the former Lion star went 1 for 4 with a single and scored a the only run for the Bullets.  In the second game of the Centennial Conference doubleheader, it was the Bullets turn as they won 6-2  where the Lion went 2 for 3 with 2 singles and scored 2 runs as they improve their record as of Monday, 28, 2014 to 30 wins and 6 losses.
       
      Former Red Lion product Tommy Lenoir on his performance for Gettysburg:  "While at Red Lion Christian was one of my best experiences that I ever had from Kindergarden to 12th grade I call my school home and moved next door in the neighborhood near the school and they've prepared me for Gettysburg College where I excelled in both football and baseball."  While at Red Lion Christian, I excelled in all 3 sportsfootball, basketball and baseball." "In my senior year in football we made our first appearance in the Division II state football tournament where we lost to Pencader Charter.  In basketball in my junior and senior years but in my last year we played a quarter final round game at the Bob Carpenter Center where Dover beat us and didn't crack the final four but we had good basketball players."  "In baseball, Ray Pusey was my head coach at Red Lion he is always hands on along with teaching the fundamentals of the game with some repetition and to make sure we did the little responsibilities correct."  "I'm currently majoring in biology  after I graduate I plan to be on the pre med track."  " I decided to take a year or two off so I can study for my EMT certification along with taking a break from school but I plan to stay in the medical field."  "John Campo my college coach is the same way as what Coach Pusey has been making sure we do the fundamentals correctly along with every situation that gets covered."  My best games were while in my freshman year 4 of us of us have started but in my sophomore year I couldn't play because I was involved in a car accident along with going through medical issues but I have a lot of memories here last year as we had a big game at Johns Hopkins where I hit a homer along with lot of comeback rallies and walk off wins."  "Our Florida trips have helped us prepare us for the season as I have always been with a great group of guys."  
      "In today's doubleheader we were sleep walking a little and came out flat after we locked up the no 1 seed in the Centennial Conference we had a long drive in our vans in the morning to Haverford we solved our issues and in the second game we realized we to get our thoughts together and we won." "John Miranda Wilmington Friends pitcher has mixed things up along with pitching his fastball is outstanding I didn't realize that he is from Delaware it is good to see our First State Athletes do well.
       
       
       
      Congratulations to Gettysburg Head Baseball Coach John Campo, a former product of the University of Delaware Fighting Blue Hens coached his 1000th career game.  
    • April 29, 2014 6:07 PM EDT
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      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – April 29, 2014

                                              

      FRALEY NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU outfielder Jake Fraley was named Tuesday as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week by the league office.

       

      Fraley, a product of Middletown, Del., hit .533 (8-for-15) in the Tigers’ four games last week with two doubles, six RBI, three runs, one stolen base and a .529 on base-percentage. In LSU’s SEC series victory over Tennessee, Fraley batted .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, three RBI, three runs, one steal and a .462 on-base percentage.

       

      Fraley, who is riding a five-game hitting streak, tied a career-high with three hits on Friday night against the Vols, scoring two runs and driving in one. On Sunday, Fraley led off the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4 and drew a walk, later scoring the eventual winning run all the way from first base on second baseman Conner Hale’s double.

       

      Fraley is hitting .338 on the year with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 21 RBI. In SEC games, he is batting .333 with three doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored.

       

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      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – April 29, 2014

       

      HALE’S THREE-RUN HOME RUN LIFTS LSU TO 9-7 WIN OVER ALCORN STATE

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. – A two-out, three-run home run by junior Conner Hale in the bottom of the eighth inning elevated sixth-ranked LSU (34-11-1) to a 9-7 win over Alcorn State  (8-37) Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

       

      The Tigers travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. All three games of the series will be televised. Game 1 will be on CBS Sports Network, Game 2 will be on ESPN2 at 12 p.m., and Game 3 will be on ESPNU at 1 p.m. Fans can also listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge).

       

      LSU, which faced deficits of 5-0 and 6-1 during Tuesday’s game versus Alcorn State, recorded its biggest comeback victory since April 7, 2012, when the Tigers also erased a five-run deficit at Florida.

       

      “Let me say first of all that Alcorn State played a tremendous game; we couldn’t get their hitters out and they made some unbelievable defensive plays,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. (Alcorn State) Coach (Barret) Rey and his players deserve a lot of credit because they played their hearts out, and the played extremely well. I’m proud of our guys for fighting back and coming up with several clutch hits.

       

      “The three homers were all huge – Jake Fraley got us close with his three-homer, Tyler Moore hit it deep, and I didn’t know Conner Hale could hit a ball as far as he did. Sometimes when you hit the ball hard, it can still be an out, but when you hit it over the fence, nothing bad can happen. I was glad to see those balls leave the park tonight.”

       

      Alcorn State scored five runs in the top of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Rightfielder Scotty Peavey hit a single to right field to score Edgardo Salas. With the bases loaded, first baseman Ashton Lewis cleared the bases with a two-out double. Designated hitter Brandon Ollet followed with a single to right field to plate Lewis.

       

      LSU came back to make it a 5-1 game in the bottom of the third inning. Leftfielder Cade Stone blasted a one-out triple to right field. Right fielder Chris Sciambra then hit a sacrifice fly to score Stone.

       

      The Braves added another run in the sixth inning on a single by Salas to plate Moses Charles.

       

      Fraley, the SEC Freshman of the Week, ignited the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three-run home run to right field to make it a 6-4 game.

       

      Charles led off the Alcorn State eighth inning with a double to left field. After advancing to third on a ground out, Charles scored on a wild pitch by LSU reliever Nate Fury.

       

      With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Moore blasted a two-run home run to right field to make it a 7-6 game. Hale’s three-run home run was the game clincher for the Tigers.

       

      Fury (2-1) earned the win after only allowing one run on two hits in two innings. Junior Brady Domangue collected his first save of the year after entering in the ninth inning. Domangue walked one and struck out one to preserve the win.

       

      Alcorn State reliever Daniel Belmont (0-6) was charged the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.

       

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      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – April 29, 2014

                                              

      FRALEY NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU outfielder Jake Fraley was named Tuesday as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week by the league office.

       

      Fraley, a product of Middletown, Del., hit .533 (8-for-15) in the Tigers’ four games last week with two doubles, six RBI, three runs, one stolen base and a .529 on base-percentage. In LSU’s SEC series victory over Tennessee, Fraley batted .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, three RBI, three runs, one steal and a .462 on-base percentage.

       

      Fraley, who is riding a five-game hitting streak, tied a career-high with three hits on Friday night against the Vols, scoring two runs and driving in one. On Sunday, Fraley led off the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4 and drew a walk, later scoring the eventual winning run all the way from first base on second baseman Conner Hale’s double.

       

      Fraley is hitting .338 on the year with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 21 RBI. In SEC games, he is batting .333 with three doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored.

       

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      Two Knights Named All-Conference

       

      ASTON, Pa. – Buddy Elgin (jr. Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) and Matt Sheneman (jr. Flemington, N.J. / Hunterdon Regional), of the Neumann University baseball team, were named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) All-Conference first team, announced on Wednesday.

       

      Both juniors, Sheneman and Elgin lead the Knights at the plate. The duo shares a team-high 52 hits.

       

      Starting in a 36 contests, Elgin has 40 runs scored, 36 RBI, nine doubles, seven homeruns and two triples while batting .366. Elgin is 11-for-12 in stolen base attempts and has a fielding percentage of .920.

       

      In 33 games, Sheneman has scored 33 runs, knocked in 32 RBI and 10 doubles and a batting average of .397. He has 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts and has a fielding percentage of .982.

       

      Trevor Wilkins (sr. Georgetown, Del. / Sussex Central) was named to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship team. In 22 games, Wilkins has 21 hits including four doubles, and 18 RBI. After a strong start, an injury sidelined Wilkins for the remainder of the season.

       

      Neumann (17-19, 10-8 CSAC) is the No. 4 seed in the CSAC postseason and will open play this afternoon at No. 1 seeded Keystone. First pitch is slated for 3:00 PM

       

       

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      Homers Fuel RedHawks in 6-2 Win

      Petit, Santana and Singleton homer; Oberholtzer pitches seven shutout innings

       

      Oklahoma City – A season-high three home runs – including back-to-back solo shots in the seventh inning – propelled the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 6-2 win Monday against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in front of a crowd of 3,936 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

       

      Gregorio Petit, Domingo Santana and Jon Singleton all hit solo home runs for the RedHawks (21-18), who ended a two-game losing skid.

       

      RedHawks starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (1-0) threw seven shutout innings, holding the Sky Sox to five hits and striking out nine in his first game with Oklahoma City since being optioned by the Houston Astros. He struck out the final four batters he faced in the win against the Sky Sox (18-19).

       

      RedHawks shortstop Petit homered on a line drive into the left field bleachers in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. The home run was his third of the season.

       

      Oklahoma City then scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

       

      Catcher Max Stassi tripled on a fly ball to the fence in front of the visiting bullpen in right field. He then scored on a Petit double for a 2-0 edge.

       

      A RBI single by designated hitter Kike Hernandez – Oklahoma City’s third straight hit of the inning – scored Petit for a 3-0 RedHawks lead with one out.

       

      Infielder Ronald Torreyes later reached on a missed catch error and Hernandez scored for a 4-0 lead.

       

      Oklahoma City’s final two runs came on home runs in the seventh inning.

       

      RedHawks outfielder Santana homered on a fly ball to the top of the tall wall in right field for a 5-0 RedHawks lead. The homer was his fourth of the season.

       

      Singleton followed with his 12th home run of the season on a shot past the visiting bullpen and onto the lawn in right field for a 6-0 RedHawks lead.

       

      RedHawks reliever Rhiner Cruz pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on two hits in the top of the ninth inning.

       

      Colorado Springs broke the shutout with a RBI single by Jackson Williams. Drew Garcia then grounded into a force out and Ben Paulsen scored.

       

      The RedHawks outhit the Sky Sox, 11-7.

       

      The RedHawks conclude their four-game series against the Sky Sox, at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday in a field trip day game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

       

      Tickets are available through the box office on S. Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or ordering through okcredhawks.com. Live coverage begins at 10:35 a.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free IHeartRadio mobile app.

       

      Video highlights of today’s game are available at the PCL FTP site, pacificcoastleague.exavault.com, in the Oklahoma City folder. The proper files will reflect today’s date, and are accompanied by a text file containing a brief description of the content available.

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      Oklahoma City RedHawks (21-18) 6, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (18-19) 2
      May 12, 2014

       

      1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      6

      7

      8

      9

      R

      H

      E

      Col. Springs      

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      2

      2

      7

      3

      1.  City      

      0

      0

      0

      1

      0

      3

      2

      0

      x

      6

      11

      0

       

       



      Col. Springs

      AB

      R

      H

      RBI

      BB

      SO

      LOB

      AVG

       

      Wheeler, T, RF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      1

      .254

       

      Pridie, CF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      1

      2

      .310

       

      Wheeler, R, 3B

      3

      0

      1

      0

      1

      1

      1

      .256

       

      Parker, K, 1B

      4

      1

      1

      0

      0

      2

      2

      .309

       

      Paulsen, DH

      3

      1

      1

      0

      1

      1

      0

      .321

       

      Williams, C

      4

      0

      2

      1

      0

      2

      0

      .303

       

      Garcia, A, SS

      4

      0

      0

      1

      0

      2

      2

      .215

       

      Nina, 2B

      3

      0

      0

      0

      1

      0

      2

      .254

       

      Frey, LF

      3

      0

      0

      0

      0

      1

      1

      .233

       

        Flande, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

        Lopez, W, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

      Totals

      32

      2

      7

      2

      3

      10

      11

      .267

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      BATTING
      2B: Williams (4, Oberholtzer).
      TB: Paulsen; Williams 3; Pridie; Wheeler, T; Wheeler, R; Parker, K.
      RBI: Williams (10), Garcia, A (13).
      Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nina.
      Team RISP: 1-for-4.
      Team LOB: 6.

      BASERUNNING
      CS: Paulsen (4, 2nd base by Oberholtzer/Stassi), Pridie (2, 2nd base by Oberholtzer/Stassi).
      PO: Pridie (1st base by Oberholtzer).

      FIELDING
      E: Wheeler, R (6, fielding), Wheeler, T (3, throw), Parker, K (6, missed catch).
      PB: Williams (3).
      DP: 2 (Parker, K-Garcia, A-Parker, K, Garcia, A-Nina-Parker, K).

       

      1.  City

      AB

      R

      H

      RBI

      BB

      SO

      LOB

      AVG

       

      Grossman, CF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      2

      .290

       

      Chambers, RF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      1

      .400

       

      Santana, D, LF

      4

      1

      2

      1

      0

      0

      1

      .286

       

      Singleton, 1B

      4

      1

      2

      1

      0

      0

      1

      .299

       

      Stassi, C

      4

      1

      1

      0

      0

      0

      1

      .259

       

      Petit, G, SS

      4

      2

      2

      2

      0

      0

      1

      .286

       

      Hernandez, E, DH

      4

      1

      1

      1

      0

      0

      2

      .291

       

      Meyer, J, 3B

      3

      0

      0

      0

      1

      1

      1

      .198

       

      Torreyes, 2B

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      3

      .295

       

        Oberholtzer, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

        Cruz, R, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

      Totals

      35

      6

      11

      5

      1

      1

      13

      .268

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      BATTING
      2B: Petit, G (11, Flande).
      3B: Stassi (1, Flande).
      HR: Petit, G (3, 4th inning off Flande, 0 on, 1 out), Santana, D (4, 7th inning off Lopez, W, 0 on, 1 out), Singleton (12, 7th inning off Lopez, W, 0 on, 1 out).
      TB: Hernandez, E; Chambers; Singleton 5; Grossman; Stassi 3; Petit, G 6; Santana, D 5; Torreyes.
      RBI: Petit, G 2 (14), Hernandez, E (11), Santana, D (23), Singleton (34).
      Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Torreyes 2; Santana, D.
      GIDP: Chambers, Grossman.
      Team RISP: 2-for-7.
      Team LOB: 6.

      FIELDING
      Pickoffs: Oberholtzer (Pridie at 1st base).

       

       

      Col. Springs

      IP

      H

      R

      ER

      BB

      SO

      HR

      ERA

       

      Flande (L, 0-6)

      6.0

      9

      4

      3

      1

      1

      1

      4.91

       

      Lopez, W 

      2.0

      2

      2

      2

      0

      0

      2

      4.30

       

      Totals

      8.0

      11

      6

      5

      1

      1

      3

      5.05

       

      1.  City

      IP

      H

      R

      ER

      BB

      SO

      HR

      ERA

       

      Oberholtzer (W, 1-0)

      7.0

      5

      0

      0

      1

      9

      0

      0.00

       

      Cruz, R 

      2.0

      2

      2

      2

      2

      1

      0

      2.57

       

      Totals

      9.0

      7

      2

      2

      3

      10

      0

      3.82

       

       

      WP: Oberholtzer.
      Pitches-strikes: Flande 85-52, Lopez, W 32-19, Oberholtzer 102-67, Cruz, R 39-23.
      Groundouts-flyouts: Flande 14-2, Lopez, W 1-4, Oberholtzer 6-1, Cruz, R 3-1.
      Batters faced: Flande 28, Lopez, W 8, Oberholtzer 25, Cruz, R 10.
      Umpires: HP: Thomas Newsom. 1B: Brian Hertzog. 3B: Shaun Lampe. 
      Weather: 63 degrees, overcast.
      Wind: 14 mph, In from LF.
      T: 2:34.
      Att: 3,936.
      Venue: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
      May 12, 2014


      Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

       

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      Pack Falls 8-5 in Extras
      NC State dropped its series finale against Wake Forest after forcing extra innings on Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park
       

      BOX SCORE, SEASON STATS, AND PLAY-BY-PLAY ATTACHED

      Top Performers: Trea Turner (2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI), Patrick Peterson (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)   1   
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      RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State baseball clawed back from a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to force extras before falling 8-5 to Wake Forest in a wild 10th inning on Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. 

      The Wolfpack (29-21, 11-16 ACC) scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Patrick Peterson worked perfectly through the first three innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth. Wake Forest (27-24, 13-14) scored twice in the sixth to make it 2-1. State rallied to tie the game 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Jake Fincher’s RBI single. Wake scored six in the top of the 10th to take an 8-2 lead. The Pack trimmed that lead in half on Trea Turner’s three-run homer to set the final at 8-5. 

      Patrick Peterson retired the first 10 batters of the game on his way to a season-long six innings of work, holding Wake to two earned on three hits and a walk while striking out four. Eric Peterson (4-3) took the loss after shutting out the Deacons for the next three innings, then allowing four earned in extras on three hits. Cody Beckman and Jon Olczak combined to pitch the final 2/3. 

      Turner went 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, three RBIs, and two runs. In possibly his final plate appearance at Doak Field at Dail Park, Turner cranked his eighth home run of the year to cut Wake’s lead in half. Andrew Knizner went 2-for-5 with an RBI, driving in Turner for the 11th time in the last eight contests. Fincher went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and the game-tying RBI in the ninth in what could be his final at-bat at Doak Field at Dail Park. 

      Jake Armstrong went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Logan Ratledge reached base three times on a trio of walks with one run scored and a stolen base. 
       
      NC State struck first during a first inning rally started by Turner’s leadoff double down the left field line. Turner advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on Knizner’s RBI single through the left side with one away. Wake scored twice in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead.

      In the ninth, Ratledge led off with a walk and stole second. Brett Austin was intentionally walked with one out, and both runners stayed put after a pop fly to third for the second out. Fincher lined the first pitch he saw into center to score Ratledge and tie the game 2-2. 

      The Deacons poured on six runs in the top of the 10th to take an 8-2 lead, but the Pack wasn’t finished fighting. Armstrong singled to short as the lead off, and Nathan Hood drew a pinch-hit walk behind him. Turner pasted a full count pitch down the left field line for his three-run jack to chop the lead in half, but the Wolfpack couldn’t muster the finishing kick to come back again.

      NC State returns to action on Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. for a road trip to Radford on the way to Virginia Tech this weekend. Thursday’s game at Virginia Tech will stream on ESPN3. Radio coverage for the entire week will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball. 

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      Bullets Flood All-CC Baseball Team 
      Simon Named Player of the Year; Campo Repeats as Coach of the Year

      LANCASTER, Pa. – A record-breaking season has yielded a school-record 10 selections on the All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team for the Gettysburg College baseball team.

       

      The Bullets (33-8, 15-3 CC), who won three more games than any team in program history, had seven selections on the first team alone. In addition, senior third baseman Nate Simon (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Abington Friends School) became the first Bullet to win the Centennial Conference Baseball Player of the Year award while head coach John Campo was lauded as Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.

       

      Last season’s squad held the previous program  record for all-conference picks at seven after finishing 30-13.

       

      Representing Gettysburg on the first team were junior pitcher Eric Hungerford (New Preston, Conn./Shepaug Valley), senior pitcher Drew Felsenthal (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Horace Greeley), sophomore pitcher Luke Lawrence (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East), senior second baseman Tommy LeNoir (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy), junior shortstop Scott Zanghellini (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Simon, and senior rightfielder Al Posch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale).

       

      In addition, senior catcher Cam MacDonald (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), senior centerfielder Patrick O’Grady (Floral Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy), and senior designated hitter Austin Davis (New York, N.Y./Riverdale Country School) received honorable mention.

       

      Campo earned his fourth career coach of the year award, as he was recognized by the Middle Atlantic Conference Southern Division in both 1987 and 1991. He led the Bullets to their first-ever Centennial regular-season title and appearance in the CC championship, where they lost a tough 2-1, 12-inning decision to Haverford College in the deciding final. Along the way, Gettysburg strung together a school-record 23-game winning streak, the longest in Division III this season, and achieved a national ranking in each of the last six weeks, including a program-best No. 21 mark in both the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com polls on April 28.

       

      Simon and Davis become just the fourth and fifth Bullets in program history to be named All-Centennial Conference three times, joining Ryan Taylor ’13 (three times, 2011-13), John Woods ’00 (four-times, 1997-2000) and Mike Backus ’10 (three times, 2007, 2008, 2010).

       

      Simon earned first-team honors for the first time after being named Second-Team All-CC last year and gaining honorable mention in 2012. He made his mark as one of the top run producers in school history, breaking the Gettysburg single-season record for RBIs with 49 – a number that currently leads the Centennial Conference by 13. He also led the team in doubles (14) and home runs (three), ranked second in hits (60), and was third in batting average (.359). Among the conference leaders, he is second in hits, tied for third in doubles, tied for fifth in homers, and eighth in batting. For his career, Simon broke the school record for hits (204) and tied the Gettysburg standard for RBIs (128).

       

      Hungerford captured his second all-conference award after receiving second-team honors last year. He enjoyed an outstanding season, going 7-0 with a 1.51 ERA, 52 strikeouts while allowing just 37 hits and 14 walks over 10 appearances (nine starts), and 71 2/3 innings. A two-time selection to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week, he tossed one shutout and five complete games, highlighted by his three-hitter in the team’s 2-1 victory over Muhlenberg College that sent the Bullets into the Centennial Conference championship game. Among the conference leaders, Hungerford – who has not lost in his last 18 starts, dating back to last season – is second in wins, third in ERA, and sixth in strikeouts. In addition, as of the latest NCAA Division III statistical report, he led the nation in WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched, 0.71) and was second in hits allowed per nine innings (4.65).

       

      A first-time all-conference selection, Felsenthal put together a 6-3 record to go with a 1.95 ERA over 11 appearances (10 starts). Over 69 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out 62 batters and walked just 24 while working a pair of complete games. He was even tougher in Centennial Conference play, posting a 0.53 ERA while allowing just two earned runs over 34 innings pitched. His only relief appearance may have been his most memorable outing of the season, as he tossed 2 2/3 shutout innings on just one day of rest in the deciding final of the Centennial Conference championship. He is currently tied for third in the conference in wins, and he also ranks fourth in strikeouts and seventh in ERA.

       

      Lawrence captured his first career all-conference award as well, earning a spot as the first-team relief pitcher.  Making a team-leading 12 relief appearances, he went 4-1 with a 0.27 ERA, allowing just one earned run and five walks over 33 innings pitched while tying a school record with four saves. Lawrence, who leads the Centennial Conference in ERA and is third in saves, did not allow an earned run over his first 18 2/3 innings of the season, and he earned the victory in the team’s 6-4 CC tournament opening-round win over Johns Hopkins, blanking the Blue Jays over the final 2 2/3 innings.

       

      LeNoir earned All-CC accolades for the second year in a row after capturing honorable mention last season. He led the team in runs (42), triples (seven), and slugging percentage (.513), ranked third in doubles (11), and is fourth in batting (.333). LeNoir also belted one home run and tied for the team lead in stolen bases, finishing 5-for-5. Over the team’s four games in the Centennial Conference tournament, he hit .400 (6-for-15) and did not commit an error in 17 chances. LeNoir is second in the conference in runs, tied for the conference lead in triples, and eighth in slugging.

       

      Zanghellini came away with his first career all-conference honor in his first season as the team’s starting shortstop. He was second on the team in batting (.365), tied for third in RBIs (28), and fourth in hits (50), and he also put together a 16-game hitting streak midway through the season. In addition, Zanghellini went 6-for-15 in the conference tournament and drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run, seventh-inning single of Gettysburg’s first-round win over Johns Hopkins. He is currently seventh in the Centennial in batting and eighth in hits.

       

      Posch is a second-time all-conference pick after gaining second-team status a year ago. He opened the season in dramatic fashion, batting safely in the team’s first nine games to stretch his school- and Centennial Conference-record hitting streak to 37 games, which is tied for the 13th-longest in Division III history. Posch led the team in batting at .371 and was also first among the Bullets in hits (62), tied for first in steals (five), second in RBIs (32), second in runs (36), second in home runs (two), and fourth in doubles (10). He was also the conference leader in hits, and he ranked fourth in runs, tied for fourth in RBIs, and sixth in batting.

       

      Among Gettysburg’s all-time leaders, Posch finished second in runs (115), hits (195), and doubles (41) despite playing just three seasons at Gettysburg after transferring from Worcester Polytechnic Institute following his freshman campaign.

       

      MacDonald gained his first All-CC honor after starting 32 games at catcher. An outstanding defensive performer, he made just four errors for the season and threw out seven of 35 base stealers, including three in the two-game Centennial Conference championship round. Offensively, he batted a career-high .273 to go with six doubles and 12 RBIs.

       

      O’Grady also picked up his first all-conference award. A tremendous defensive performer, he did not commit an error in 99 chances, and he also fired in three outfield assists. Offensively, he tied a career-high in batting average, hitting .286, and was second among the Bullets in doubles (13) and tied for third in RBIs (28). With 156 games played and started, he holds Gettysburg records for both categories. After sitting out the first game of his freshman season, he started 156 straight games to end his career.

       

      Davis captured all-conference recognition for the third year in a row after receiving honorable mention last season and second-team honors in 2012. A dangerous leadoff threat, he batted .278 and led the team in in both walks (21) and sacrifice bunts (six) while scoring 33 runs – third among the Bullets. He was also perfect on four stolen-base attempts.

       

      -Go Bullets-

       

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      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – May 15, 2014                

       

      LSU RECORDS 10-0 VICTORY OVER AUBURN FOR 16TH SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON

       

      AUBURN, Ala. – Freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ fired eight shutout innings Thursday night and eighth-ranked LSU pounded out 15 hits en route to a 10-0 victory over Auburn at Plainsman Park.

       

      LSU improved to 38-14-1 overall and 15-11-1 in the SEC, while Auburn dropped to 28-26 and 10-18.

       

      Game 2 of the series is set for 6 p.m. CT Friday, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network. Junior right-hander Aaron Nola will start the game on the mound for LSU, while Auburn will counter with senior left-hander Michael O’Neal.

       

      Poche’ (8-3) fired 108 pitches in eight innings, allowing just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. The shutout was the 16th of the season for LSU, which leads the nation in that category.

       

      The Tigers, 27-0 winners over Northwestern State on Tuesday, have scored 37 runs on 38 hits in their last two games while blanking the opposition.

       

      “An outstanding overall performance by our team in all three phases of the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our hitters again demonstrated a lot of confidence at the plate and swung the bats well against an excellent pitcher (Auburn starter Dillon Ortman). We got off to a strong start in the first inning and gave Poche’ a cushion early.

       

      “I don’t think of Jared as a freshman anymore; he’s a grizzled veteran. He didn’t throw as many first-pitch strikes as we would have liked, but he recovered and located the way he needed to. It was a great way to start the series, but we realize we have more work to do.”

       

      LSU is in contention both for the SEC Western Division title and a top-four finish in the conference standings. The top four teams in the league receive a first-round bye in next week’s SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.

       

      The Tigers were led at the plate by centerfielder Andrew Stevenson and by catcher Tyler Moore, who each collected three RBI. Rightfielder Mark Laird was 3-for-4 and scored two runs, and leftfielder Jake Fraley was 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run.

       

      LSU struck for three runs in the top of the first inning against Ortman (9-4). The Tigers collected four hits in the frame, including a two-run double by Stevenson and an RBI single by Moore.

       

      Ortman was charged with the loss as he worked two innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.

       

      LSU extended the lead to 6-0 in the third as Moore delivered a two-run double, and first baseman Danny Zardon drove in a run on a fielder’s choice grounder.

       

      LSU added two runs in the sixth to increase the margin to 8-0. Laird singled, moved to second on a double by shortstop Alex Bregman and scored on a throwing error by catcher Blake Austin, who was attempting to pick off Laird. Fraley then singled to left field to score Bregman.

       

      The Tigers scored two more runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Stevenson and an RBI single by pinch hitter Kade Scivicque.

       

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      Bill Franques

       

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      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – May 21, 2014                

       

      LSU OPENS SEC TOURNAMENT WITH 11-1 WIN OVER VANDERBILT

       

      HOOVER, Ala. – Shortstop Alex Bregman drove in five runs Wednesday, and left-hander Jared Poche’ earned his ninth win of the season as eighth-ranked LSU defeated No. 10 Vanderbilt, 11-1, in the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

       

      The game was stopped and declared official in the bottom of the seventh inning when LSU expanded its lead to 10 runs. Games in the SEC Tournament, with the exception of the championship game, are halted if a team has a lead of 10 or more runs through the seventh inning.

       

      LSU (41-14-1), winners of five straight games, will play at 4:30 p.m. CT Thursday against the winner of the Wednesday afternoon matchup between Arkansas and Ole Miss. Vanderbilt (41-17) will play the loser of the Arkansas-Ole Miss game at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

       

      Bregman was 3-for-4 at the plate with a three-run homer, a double and five RBI. Poche’ fired seven innings, limiting the Commodores to one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

       

      The Tigers have scored a remarkable 67 runs on 76 hits during their five-game win streak.

       

      “It was a great, solid victory for the Tigers today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I was just an outstanding performance in every phase. Poche’ set the tone, he pitched around some trouble in the first inning and limited the damage. It was one of those day where we swung the bats great again, and we played very good defense. It was a good way to start the tournament by beating an outstanding ball  club like Vanderbilt.”

       

      LSU, which has won the SEC Tournament title in four of the past six seasons, improved to 19-4 in conference tournament games during Mainieri’s eight-season  tenure.

       

      Vanderbilt opened the scoring in the top of the first when second baseman Dansby Swanson doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Xavier Turner and crossed the plate on a single by leftfielder Bryan Reynolds.

       

      LSU tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first against Vanderbilt starter Jared Miller. Rightfielder Mark Laird doubled, moved to third on Bregman’s groundout and scored on designated hitter Chris Chinea’s grounder to short.

       

      “Tying the ball  game up was huge,” said Poche’, a freshman from Lutcher, La. “I was able to go out there and throw strikes. We put some more runs on the board. I feel anyone could pitch with a lead like that and a great defense behind you.”

       

      LSU erupted for four runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Second baseman Conner Hale led off the inning with a double and later scored on a Miller wild pitch to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage.

       

      Bregman then punctuated the inning with a two-out, three-run homer against reliever Hayden Stone. The dinger was the sixth of the year for Bregman and the first allowed this season by Stone.

       

      “I think we came out today with the approach of getting on base and putting together quality at-bats,” Bregman said. “We stuck to that approach the entire game, and the ball  was traveling well.”

       

      LSU catcher Kade Scivicque reached on fielder’s choice in the fifth and later scored on a grounder by first baseman Tyler Moore to increase the lead to 6-1.

       

      The Tigers added two runs in the sixth as Bregman delivered a sacrifice fly and designated hitter Jake Fraley lined an RBI single.

       

      LSU ended the game in the seventh with three more runs as Laird ripped a two-run triple and Bregman drilled an RBI double to give the Tigers a 10-run advantage.

       

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      NCAA BATON ROUGE REGIONAL GAME 1

       

      BATON ROUGE -- LSU rallied from a 4-2 deficit with six runs in its last two at bats to defeat Southeastern Louisiana, 8-4, in the opening game of the 2014 NCAA Baseball Regional at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

       

      Top-seeded LSU (45-14-1) won its ninth-straight game and advanced to face the winner of No. 2-seed Houston and No. 3-seed Bryant at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.

       

      Southeastern Louisiana (37-24), the Southland Conference Tournament Champions, had its six-game winning streak snapped despite breaking a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run home run by first baseman Sam Roberson.

       

      The Lions fell into the loser's bracket on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT against the loser of tonight's Houston-Bryant matchup.

       

      Trailing 4-2 going to the bottom half of the seventh, shortstop Alex Bregman was hit by a pitch and designated hitter Sean McMullen walked with one out. Catcher Kade Scivicque poked a single past the shortstop and Bregman came around to score on a fielding error by the leftfielder. After the Lions inserted Matt Pittari for starter Andro Cutura, Tyler Moore singled to left field to score McMullen and knot the game at 4-4.

       

      Nate Fury (3-1) entered in relief of Zac Person to start the eighth inning, and the righthander set the Lions down in order.

       

      In the bottom of the eighth, LSU erupted for four runs on four hit to go along with two SLU errors.

       

      With one out, Christian Ibarra reached second on a chopper that went about 10 feet from the plate when catcher Jameson Fisher over-threw first base. Mark Laird's third single of the game put runners on the corners, and Ibarra scored when Lions pitcher Dylan Hills' (6-4) attempted pickoff at first base bounced into right field. With a 5-4 lead, Laird scored when Bregman grounded out to the shortstop. Jake Fraley kept the rally alive with a single that was fielded by the first baseman before it could roll foul, and McMullen made the Lions pay for the mistake with a two-run homer to left-center field.

       

      Southeastern led the game, 1-0, when right fielder Andrew Godbold smashed a solo home run off LSU starter Jared Poche' with two outs in the first inning.

       

      The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the second when Moore walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Cutura, moved to third on a groundout and scored on another wild pitch.

       

      LSU took the lead for the first time, 2-1, when McMullen grounded out with runners on second and third in the bottom of the third inning.

       

      Southeastern Louisiana scored the first of three unanswered runs in the top of the fifth, when Kyle Cedotal hit a one-out single and scored on a double by Jacob Williams to tie the game at 2-2.

       

      In the sixth, Roberson hit a two-run home run off Poche' that put the Lions ahead 4-2, a lead they held until the bottom of the seventh.

       

       

      Southeastern Louisiana vs. LSU

      NCAA Baton Rouge Regional

      May 30, 2014

       

      LSU Head Coach Paul Maineri

       

      Opening Statement

      “I give a lot of credit to Southeastern. That’s a really good ball club. Their pitcher (Andro Cutura) was just outstanding. He was making tremendous pitches against our hitters in clutch situations, and he is a courageous kid. Ultimately, we came through with some huge hits. (Kade) Scivicque came through with a huge hit and ultimately Tyler (Moore) got the big RBI single to tie the ballgame. Things kind of unraveled for Southeastern there in the eighth inning with the errant throw by the catcher and the errant pickoff attempt. We took advantage of their errors with good base running. (Alex) Bregman and Sean (McMullen) came through when they made mistakes. Nate Fury also came through for us and allowed us to not use Joe (Broussard). All in all, it was a hard fought victory. I told our players after the game it reminded me of the 2009 game against Southern in the opening game of the regional. We ultimately were able to break the game open. That was a team that went on to win the national championship. We are happy with the victory and look forward to tomorrow night.”

       

      On just trying to get the job done…

      “We faced a really good ball club that is playing inspired baseball. Their pitcher was really tough and a tremendous challenge. I have a lot of confidence in our guys and know they will stay poised and composed. They have gone through a 30-game SEC schedule and they’ve navigated through some valleys. When you’ve had down days, you have to keep battling and believing in yourself.”

       

      On learning from past NCAA games…

      “We try to do everything to build our guy’s confidence. When you’re in this environment at LSU, there are such high expectations. You have to believe in yourself. As a team and individuals, you just can’t give up. It has been a tradition of our program to rally and do whatever it takes to win. We just had to grind this one out. At times, it wasn’t pretty, but we did what it took to win. I don’t think we played poorly; I give more credit to their pitcher. He really did a great job of limiting our guys, but we still had 14 hits on the day. It wasn’t a bad offensive day really.”

       

      On Jared Poche'…

      “It’s easy to say he didn’t play well after giving up four runs on eight hits. I would argue that he threw a lot of strikes. He came out from the beginning and pounded the strike zone. He made two bad pitches that they hit over the fence. I have to give credit to Southeastern for making great swings on the ball. He pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning and a player with less courage would have folded. We just find ways to win. At the end of the day, the goal is to have more runs than the other team.”

       

      LSU LHP JARED POCHE’

       

      On starting his first regional game…

      “I felt good coming into the game. I didn’t have nerves or anything. I thought my fastball command, changeup command and curveball command was pretty good. I just made a few mistakes and those guys took advantage of that. You have to give credit to those hitters.”

       

      On his pitching performance and the LSU bullpen…

      “I think I struggled with my put-away pitches. I left some curve balls too hittable. I should have left them in the dirt. With the bullpen coming in like that, I can’t say enough about those guys. They have been doing that the entire year. They come in, throw a bunch of zeroes and get guys out anyway they can.”

       

      LSU RF MARK LAIRD

       

      On his approach to the plate against Southeastern…

      “I tried working the count today. I got deep in some counts. I was just trying to make contact. I found holes and used my speed to my advantage. On the pick-off play, it was a play that got away. (Alex) Bregman did a good job of putting the ball in play off a tough pitcher and getting the run.”

       

      On LSU taking the lead in eighth inning…

      “Andro (Cutura) did a good job of keeping our hitters off balance. When we got runners on base, we needed to take advantage of that. Taking advantage of errors was a big thing in the game. In the bottom of the eighth, we got players in scoring position. We just needed to put the ball in play. We did that and scored some runs.”

       

      LSU DH SEAN MCMULLEN

       

      On today’s victory over Southeastern Louisiana University…

      “I think Andro (Cutura) pitched a great game today. He kept us off balance. We put together some good at-bats against him. We were able to get him out of the game and get into their bullpen. I think that was the key.”

       

      On his two-run home run…

      “It definitely gave us more breathing room. Once Jake (Fraley) stole that base, it was extra inspiration to just get the hit. It is tough getting runners in scoring position. I was lucky enough to hit a ball over the fence. I wasn’t trying to hit a homerun. I was just trying to score Jake.”

       

       

      Southeastern Head Coach Matt Riser

       

      Opening Statement…

      “Overall, I thought we competed the way we were supposed to.  We went out there, we battled.  Obviously, we had the one inning that got away from us a little bit, but besides that… I’m proud of the kids.  They went out there and competed from pitch one to the last pitch.  Even the last at bat, we pulled a guy from the bench who hadn’t had an at-bat all day. He (Jesse Buratt) came in cold, but he came in ready to go.  He kept battling off pitches and battling off pitches, but obviously he ends it with a fly-out.  That just shows you the tenacity of our team.  It shows you the mental makeup of our team.  We’ve got a good bunch of tough kids.  They are going to continue to compete no matter what happens.  That one inning got away from us, but I’ve seen teams come back from it.  I’ve seen teams come back and win the tournament...  That was my challenge to them, what team are you going to be.  Are you going to continue to be the guys that we are at Southeastern and continue to mentally be tough and mentally to battle at each pitch, or are you going to fold up?  I think our guys are going to rise to the challenge.”

       

      On moving from this game to the next game…

      “It starts right there with the meeting after the game.  We go right into it, and we talk about it.  We say it’s a tough loss, and we had them on the ropes there until late. We just have to do a good job of flushing.  That’s the game of baseball.  The beauty of the game of baseball is that we get to go back out there again tomorrow and play some more.  It’s not over yet, and that’s what we keep telling our guys.  It starts from now.  As soon as you get on that bus, you have to flush it.  You have to learn from your mistakes, move on from it and also take the good out of the game.  Like I said, the best part for me, I saw our guys compete and continue to battle.  If they continue to do that part, we will be ok.”

       

      On the game overall … 

      "We’ve gone over this a thousand times in drills. At the end of the day, it’s baseball.  They are 18 to 22 year old guys that go out there and compete.  Sometimes you don’t get the bounce, and sometimes you do.  You have to tip your hat to LSU.  They did a good job.  Tyler Moore did a good job with two strikes of just poking one there in the gap to tie it up (during the 7th inning).  That was kind of their MO all day.  They just kept getting tough at bat and made their breaks today.”

       

      On the pick-off play at first base in the 8th inning …

      "Just a regular pick-off move to first, just trying to check on the hit and run there.  Obviously, it was in the back of his (Dylan Hills) mind that we’d do it. But at the end of the day, we just didn’t execute it.  It’s really simple, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

       

      On how the results would be different if it was an error free game…

      “Yeah, but usually that’s how it is in the game of baseball.  If you play clean baseball, play fundamental baseball, you do get the win.  If you look at the two runs they scored to tie it up, there was a hit-by-pitch and a walk.  Then obviously the two runs to go-ahead, we threw the ball down the line. Then on the infield single, we threw another ball away.  So nine times out of 10 in the game of baseball, that’s why we preach fundamentals.  We preach it to our guys in practice day-in and day-out.  We did it all week this week as well.  At the end of the day, just one inning got us.”

       

      Southeastern Louisiana 1B Sam Robertson

       

      On his 2-for-4 day at the plate …

      “I was trying to get a good ball to hit and be a little patient, not try to do a little too much. Luckily, I got two good pitches two hit and capitalized. Their pitchers did very well and hit their spots. I just got two good pitches to hit and capitalized.”

       

      On his home run in the sixth inning …

      “That at bat was one of the biggest in the game for our team, I believe… I was just ready for the walk or the hit or whatever would happen after that because he’s (LSU pitcher Jared Poche`) is very good at keeping that behind them and coming though whenever something like that happens. So I was already ready, ready for something good to happen for us. Once I got into that situation and saw him (Daniel Midyett) take second (on a stolen base), I was thinking a single would get him in. Luckily, I good barrel on it, got underneath it and it just went.”

       

      On limiting errors…

      “It’s disappointing for sure, but our big thing is eliminate the big inning. It didn’t happen today. It just shows that whenever that happens, it kind of bites you in the butt. But we have to move on and take tomorrow on. Take it inning-by-inning, get three outs as fast as possible and score some runs.”

       

      Southeastern Louisiana P Andro Cutura

       

      On his outing today…

      “I didn’t get too many three up, three down innings. They did a good job of hitting, and I had to work from behind a lot. I think our defense did a good job of making plays, and we battled through a lot of adversity through the game. I think we did a decent job. We had that one inning where we let it slip. Other than that, we did a good job of battling and facing adversity.”

       

      On his will to battle through adversity…

      “This is my first time playing here, and I think I had a little bit of jitters in the beginning. I think I got through that pretty quickly. I fell behind in a lot of counts, and they got a lot of hits. I basically had to battle the whole time and try to make pitch for pitch in big situations. I was able to do that for most of the game but a couple slipped away.”

       

       

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      Gamecocks Defeat Camels, 5-2, to Extend Home Postseason Win Streak

       

      COLUMBIA, S.C. — Behind another stellar postseason performance from starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery, top-seeded South Carolina won its 28th straight home NCAA Tournament game, defeating fourth-seeded Campbell, 5-2, on Friday in the Columbia Regional in front of a Carolina Stadium crowd of 7,382.

       

      With the win, the Gamecocks (43-16) advance to Saturday’s winner’s bracket game against No. 2 seed Maryland. South Carolina improves its postseason record at Carolina Stadium to 17-0.

       

      Montgomery (8-5) gave up two runs on five hits and matched his season high with nine strikeouts in eight innings of work. He is now 5-0 in NCAA Tournament games and has a postseason ERA of 0.70. The victory was the 20th of Montgomery’s career, making him the 22nd Gamecock to reach the mark. 

       

      Offensively, South Carolina recorded 11 hits, the 31st time it has reached double digits in hits this season. Sophomore shortstop Marcus Mooney and sophomore designated hitter Max Schrock led the way with three hits apiece, while freshman left fielder Gene Cone added two hits. Mooney and junior Kyle Martin also drove in two runs each.

       

      Campbell (40-20) finished the night with six hits, including a 2-for-4 effort from center fielder Matt Nadolski and a solo home run from Seth LaRue. 

       

      Camels’ starting pitcher Heath Bowers (10-4) picked up the loss after surrendering three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

       

      The Gamecocks wasted no time putting runs on the board as they built a 3-0 lead in the first. Mooney and Schrock delivered back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, and Joey Pankake drew a walk in the next at bat to load the bases with no outs. Martin followed with a single to right field, driving in Mooney and Schrock to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. Second baseman DC Arendas drove home one more run with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Pankake to push the Gamecocks’ lead to three runs.

       

      Campbell got on the board in the top of the fourth, as LaRue launched a solo home run to left center to cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 3-1. Prior to LaRue’s homer, Montgomery had not given up a run in 27 2/3 consecutive innings in the NCAA Tournament.

       

      South Carolina added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Mooney to build a 5-1 lead. 

       

      The Camels scored a run in the ninth on a RBI triple by Will Albertson, but Gamecock closer Joel Seddon was able to record the final three outs, including two strikeouts, to secure the win.

       

      Campbell will take on third-seeded Old Dominion in an elimination game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Gamecocks’ contest against Maryland and the elimination game will both be streamed live on ESPN3. Live stats will also be available at Gamecocksonline.com.

       

       

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      HOUSTON DEFEATS BRYANT 3-2 IN 10 INNINGS  

      NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Game 2: Houston def. Bryant, 3-2 (10 inn.)

      BATON ROUGE, La. -- Second-seeded Houston defeated third-seeded Bryant, 3-2 in 10 innings, in game two of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

      Houston's Ashford Fulmer led off the bottom of the 10th inning by being walked. Fulmer moved to second on a ground out and third on a passed ball. Designated hitter Justin Montemayor then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score the game-winning run.

      With the win, Houston will face top-seeded LSU on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Byrant will face Southeastern Louisiana in the elimination game Saturday at 2 p.m.

      Bryant led off the game with back-to-back singles. Leftfielder AJ Zaronzy then hit an RBI single through the left side to score Carl Anderson to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

      Houston tied the game at one in the bottom the third inning. With runners on the corners, centerfielder Kyle Survance made it home on a wild pitch by McAvoy. 

      Houston scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Montemayor led off the inning with a double to left-center field. Third baseman Connor Hollis then reached first on an error by the Bryant pitcher, McAvoy. With runners on the corners, shortstop Frankie Ratcliff grounded into an RBI double play.

      Houston’s Tyler Ford (9-0) earned the win after only allowing one hit in the top of the 10th inning. Bryant’s Kyle Wilcox (3-3) was charged the loss after allowing the winning run.

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      Former McKean High and University of Delaware Standout Tripp Keister returns to Wilmington, DE to manage the Potomac Nationals-By David A. Willauer-Contributing Editor-Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium-Wilmington, DE-Tuesday, June 3, 2014-Tripp Keister known for his baseball playing days at McKean High School and University of Delaware while being drafted by the Mets but suffered some injuries returned to his First State roots as he pursued a baseball career in coaching while at Delaware State University and Wesley College along with working for the Wolverines athletic department. 

      After coaching college baseball and for the last 3 years the former Highlander and Blue Hen decided to pursue a career minor league managing in the Washington Nationals farm system.  From Jupiter, FL to Hagerstown, MD and now in his first year with the Potomac Nationals shares about managing and relating to the players in the farm system.

      Potomac Nationals Manager Tripp Keister:  "It's good but overwhelming at times after my cellphone rang a lot as I was trying to get tickets for my family to come see my ballclub perform against the Blue Rocks."  "It's fun to be back in Delaware to see a lot of familiar people before the ball game which was the most relaxing time,I haven't seen my children for 6 months it's like coming home again." "I enjoy managing in this league in which I'd never have played here at Frawley Stadium before as I used to played in the Lower Single A South Atlantic League is all new and the only place I have ever been here as a fan in Wilmington along with the travels to different Carolina League parksl but baseball is baseball and our goal is that we try to win a game each day." 

      My Duties and Responsibilities:"As a manager of the minor leagues is you try to improve on communicating on ways you can reach to a player for motivation definitely along with pushing buttons with position players that are slumping or pitchers are struggling on the mound that haven't pitched in a while you try to find ways to relate to the players which is a part my job on what I have to do as a manager."

      Duties and Similarities to Teach the Game to the Players:  "There are differences and similarities when you teach baseball it is not how we teach it but we have to keep pitch counts on our pitchers each inning we have a lot of investments in all of our players not like you want to take care of players in college but there's an emphasis on winning but for the Carolina League we stress that but we develop the players to win in baseball, there is a blurred line coaches have to win in order to keep their jobs I felt like when I managed in the minor leagues I try to do the right things for the players as you know there a little bit older and there are the same kind of guys as they miss their families more older and talented athletes I felt like that they understand of what they are going through as I have shared with them about me as a player and it has helps me as a manager on to relate to them about slumps in baseball the good times come as they come to the park and to prepare for each game." "I feel think you have to prepare the players to come to win and to develop players to play hard."

      "Playing at Pfitzner Stadium for the last 4 or 5 nights we had Jordan Zimmerman  on rehab with our ball club and he batted 3rd for us which is a big plus for our us tonight as we got a lot of good fans along with a good energy in the ballpark and our players realize you want to be on a baseball team but my goal is to get players developed better for them to have success this is what our jobs are is to develop ball players."

      "My best memories at University of Delaware for baseball:  "I don't have a lot of memories which was 20 years ago but University of Delaware baseball was a lot of fun for me, in my senior year we won our conference (North Atlantic Conference) and went back to the NCAA Baseball Tournament we had a good run and kept going Michael Gomez and I took a lot of pride in being a part of getting back to the NCAA's seeing former baseball coach Bob Hannah in that environment was a good experience I felt that I grew up as a player when in pro baseball I learned a lot about the game."

      Minors or Majors:  "Everyone does this job to get to the goal I enjoy working with players if it was rookie ball or at this level these guys and I love coming to the park each night and to prepare I am try to take the next day and the next game I don't think too far ahead like that "Most Rewarding" Let a player get promoted to anyone that has been on our level of getting to the big leagues and that is a part of this business and you root for them and that is what we do in this sport to help them along witrh preparation to get them to the big league's."

      Jordan Zimmerman to the other guys in minors:  "A lot of our players have picked his brain as he gave our squad a lot of info and shared with the players on hitting and how to prepare yourself on fielding ground balls before the game they seem to be appreciative and it's much better to hear a current major leaguer then from a manager."  

      "When I was drafted with the New York Mets Ron Washington was my manager we talk off and on he has a way making guys so confident and I loved to play for him I have to be myself and also pick my spots to push the button where it is to tell the guy for the game failure and to show confidence and support for the grind is that what we have he has energy and is positive he is genuine and I learned a lot from him."

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      LSU'S JARED POCHE', JAKE FRALEY EARN FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA REGOGNITION

      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – June 9, 2014

       

      JARED POCHE’, JAKE FRALEY NAMED FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICANS BY NCBWA

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU left-handed pitcher Jared Poche’ and outfielder Jake Fraley were named Monday as 2014 second-team Freshmen all-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

       

      Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., was 9-3 this season with a 2.45 ERA in 16 starts, and he recorded  26 walks and 52 strikeouts in 91.2 innings.

       

      He was named to SEC All-Tournament team after defeating Vanderbilt on May 21, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings with one walk and three strikeouts.

       

      Poche’ defeated Miss. State on April 5, limiting the Bulldogs to one unearned run on three hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts, as he fired a season-high 108 pitches in the outing.

       

      He recorded his first career SEC victory on March 22 with an exceptional performance against Georgia, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Poche’ worked 8.2 innings, limiting UGA to one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

       

      Fraley, a product of Middletown, Del., batted .372 (45-for-121) this season with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 31 runs, eight steals and 29 RBI. He enjoyed a torrid stretch at the end of the season, batting .476 (20-for-42) over the Tigers’ final 12 games with one double, one homer, eight runs, five steals and five RBI.

       

      Fraley helped lead LSU to the SEC Tournament title, batting a team-high .500 (5-for-10) with three runs, two RBI and two steals. He was also the Tigers’ leading hitter in SEC regular-season games, batting .350 (21-for-60) with four doubles, 13 runs, three steals and nine RBI.

       

      LSU has produced nine Freshmen All-Americans in coach Paul Mainieri’s eight-season tenure, including Poche’, Fraley, shortstop Alex Bregman (2013), pitcher Aaron Nola (2012), second baseman JaCoby Jones (2011), pitcher Kurt McCune (2011), pitcher Matty Ott (2009), catcher Micah Gibbs (2008) and outfielder Blake Dean (2007).

       

       

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