D1 Digest: Saturday, March 10Roundup
The old saying in that very old song is that it never rains is Southern California. Well I don’t care what that song says, it DOES rain in Southern California. In fact, it rained almost all day today out here so there was no baseball to be found out this way. That means it was a good day to stay inside and watch the Saturday edition of Stanford-Texas on the Longhorn Network. Oh, and also track scores and highlights from around the country on my laptop. In other words it was another perfect day in our college baseball world. No muss, no fuss.
Since Aaron and Kendall had me assigned for today’s “D1 Digest” I decided to put my usual curve on the thing. So here is how we’ll handle it: the usual three-up, three-down with a lot of honorable and dishonorable mentions. That’s cool.
So here is the best and the worst of the fourth Saturday of the 2018 college baseball season. See if you agree…
The best of the day in college baseball
1- Hofstra’s Second No-Hitter
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, well, shame on you again. For the second time this season the Hofstra Pride have thrown a no-hitter as they pulled the trick against Mount St. Mary’s today as part of an 11-0 laugher of a win. Seamus Brazill, who logged the first no-hitter for Hofstra on February 24th against Lamar in a solo effort, also figured in this one, closing out the final three innings after starter John Rooney tossed the first six. Before this season, Hofstra hadn’t had a no-hitter thrown since 1938. In the last two weeks the erstwhile-known Flying Dutchmen have thrown two. And keep in mind this is a program that is based where it is still snowing from time to time.
— Hofstra Baseball (@HofstraBaseball) March 10, 2018
2- Logan Foster, Texas A&M
Somebody toss a pail of water on this guy. The boiling-hot Aggie slugger went nuts on Long Beach State today, smashing a three-run home run in the third inning and then topping that with a grand slam in the seventh inning to help A&M obliterate the Dirtbags 19-1. (See Kendall Rogers’ write-up from Blue Bell Park today). Foster finished the game going 3-for-4 with a walk thrown in for good measure. The Aggies had 17 hits on the day, including three doubles, a triple and three home runs. But the Dirtbags also got very philanthropic, as LB head coach Troy Buckley would say, issuing a total of 10 walks.
3- The Bourbon Trail Boys
Man alive. These guys are scary.
For the second day in a row both Louisville and Kentucky took down their visiting ranked rivals North Carolina and Texas Tech respectively. The Cards weren’t dominant, but efficient, in claiming a 6-4 win helped by Shay Smiddy’s 5.0 inning of seven-K work on the mound. Devin Mann contributed a bases-loaded three-run double to pace the offense. The UofL is now 14-0 on the season and coach McDonnell is working his magic again.
Meanwhile over in Lexington, the Wildcats offense hit double-digit run totals for the second day in a row against a pitching staff that came into the weekend seventh in the country with a 1.78 team ERA, as they took down the Red Raiders 11-6. Leadoff hitter Troy Squires led the Big Blue offense with four hits and four RBI. Coupled with Friday’s 10-7 win the Bat Cats have now collected 21 runs on 20 hits and 14 walks in 18 innings off the Raider pitchers.
– Miami RHP Evan McKendry
In today’s first game of a double-header with Notre Dame, the Hurricane starting pitcher struck out 12 batters in just 6.0 innings of work, helping The U to a 9-0 win. McKendry allowed just two hits and two walks in his 23 batters he faced. Batting order bookends Tony Jenkins and Willy Escala both managed two hits and two RBI each to give Miami all the offense it would need against the Golden Domers. Though Knute Rockne U. came back to take game two by a 9-5 score while utilizing the forward pass for the first time.
That was a historical joke there StitchHeads.
– Colin Davis, Wofford Center Fielder
The Terrier center fielder went 4-for-4 with a home run and seven RBIs as the Terriers routed Marist 18-4 in game one of double-header. In game two Davis went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base as Wofford completed the sweep with a 7-5 win.
– San Francisco’s pitchers.
In a double-header sweep of Xavier the Dons racked up 25 strikeouts in 18 innings of an 8-5 and 1-0 DH sweep. Riley Ornido was the big swingin’ stud who started game one and went 8.2 innings of work posting 15 strikeouts against two walks and four hits. In game two, Landon Bourassa and Brendan Jenkins combined for 10 Ks and two walks while giving up just six hits. The only run of the second game came in the first inning as Michael Perri hit an RBI groundout that scored Jonathan Allen. Well done Dons.
⬆️9️⃣ Riley Ornido pitches 8 2/3 strong innings and finishes the day with 15 K's
— USF Dons Baseball (@SFDonsBaseball) March 10, 2018
– Georgia State pitching.
For the second day in a row the Panther arms were stout, leading to their second straight shutout win over Samford, today by a 1-0 count. Jake Rogers and Jansen Acton combined to put up the zeroes as Rogers gave up the only two hits of the game and Acton relented none. On Friday, Hunter Gaddis threw a complete game three-hitter as the Panthers took down the Bulldogs 2-0.
– Nebraska’s offense
The Cornhuskers made a great comeback from Thursday’s 14-8 loss, winning the next three games to take the series vs. visiting Cal Poly. Today’s 22-3 and 13-2 onslaughts was powered by 30 hits and 21 walks. Some kudos to the Husker pitching and defense as well who held the Mustangs to five runs in the last 27 innings of the series. And keep in mind this is the same Cal Poly team that beat Arkansas, Michigan and Gonzaga.
– UC Riverside head coach Troy Percival.
He may have played his last game years and years ago, but Percival still has it. Here’s how you know, check out his cat-quick reactions to this line drive…
— Mike Crawford (@CrawUTES) March 10, 2018
The worst of the day in college baseball
1- Georgia Tech
Egad. Poor Jackets. As you might remember I had the Techsters as one of my “Lucky Seven” teams to watch this weekend as having a chance to make a big impression against a ranked opponent. Well things went south for the Jackets today as they dropped a pair of games at Clemson and neither game was even close as the Tigers pounded the Rambling Wreck pitching to the tune of 7-3 and 13-2 losses. Coupled with Friday’s 3-2 loss, Tech took a very tough sweep on the chin.
2- My Apologies To Wake Forest (Don’t hate me Tom Walter)
One of the teams I probably should’ve mentioned in my Off The Top Of My Head column of teams to watch playing ranked opponents was the Deacons. Today, also playing a pair of games due to expected rain on Sunday, Wake posted 4-3 and 8-1 wins over No. 4-ranked Florida State. A ninth-inning jog-off two-run ding-dong by D.J. Poteet won game one on the final swing of the bat. Then in game two, a five-run second inning and 6.1 innings of capable work on the mound by Morgan McSweeney, who posted seven strikeouts, just three hits and two walks. These were the first two losses of the season for the Seminoles as the Deacons improved to 7-9 overall.
I loved this final line from the write-up on the Demon Deacon website…
“After not winning a series against the Seminoles since 2002, Wake has taken three straight series, all of which came while FSU was nationally ranked and twice while the Seminoles were in the top five.”
Somewhere up there I hope Brian Piccolo is proud.
3- Blown Upset Special
Rhode Island… ouch. The Rams played brilliantly on the mound and in the field and took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning against No. 1-ranked Florida today. But the Gators wouldn’t be held down for a ninth inning as Jonathan India doubled to start the inning and scored when Deacon Liput singled him home. Liput would eventually score the game-winning run with two out as Jordan Butler got a bases-loaded infield hit to account for the winning run. URI drops to 2-11 with the loss.
– Blown upset special, part two.
Just like Rhode Island above, Georgia Southern went into the bottom of the ninth inning of a game at No. 16 Southern Miss with a 2-1 lead. But just like the Gators, the Eagles managed to plate a pair of runs when Luke Reynolds walked and then All American Matt Wallner strode to the dish and blasted his first home run of the season. Not a bad time to do it, right?
Two more painful points to the Eagles loss today… 1- They took the 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth with a pair of runs, only to give it up in jog-off fashion. And 2- Including Friday’s 4-3 loss in 10 innings, this was the second straight day of losing by a run on the last swing of the bat.
Something tells me the Eagles are prime candidates for Sunday night’s Ouch List. Yep, you heard it here first peeps.
– Blair Henley, Texas pitcher.
It just was not a good day to be the Longhorn starter today as Stanford raced out to a quick 5-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a 9-3 win in Austin, assuring at least a split in the four-game series. Henley, a highly touted draft-eligible sophomore, had a tough go of things. In his first 17.1 innings of work on the mound this season Henley gave up just one earned run. In his first two innings today alone, he gave up five runs on the strength of three walks, an HBP and four hits.
– The Saints aren’t marching in… at all.
No, not that football team that made the worst defensive play in the history of the NFL playoffs. (Sorry Marcus Williams, you still deserve the scorn). St. Mary’s and St. John’s were two of the better mid-majors in division one baseball. But this weekend, both pair of Saints have dropped their heads and tripped on their lip. St. John’s has lost two straight at Kansas, including today’s 6-1 loss, and St. Mary’s has lost two straight at Washington State including today’s 2-1 loss.
Okay, okay, before we scorn them for losing twice already this weekend, let’s at least give the two Saints some kudos for going out on the road and playing so many games away from home. And yes, in the case of St. John’s they kind of can’t help but play away from Jamaica. But you get the gist here.
Last but not least …
A TRIPLE PLAY so good the camera man can’t keep up! 😲
Cal Waterman you sir are a stud.
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) March 11, 2018