May 28, 2006

CUSA: Rice Bullpen Slams the Door

The Rice bullpen did what they've been doing all season, retiring the last 15 Houston batters as the Owls won their first Conference USA Tournament 11-5 and locked up their eleventh straight automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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CUSA: Running on Empty

With "Running on Empty" blaring from the stadium speakers, Clayton Boone entered the game with Houston trailing 6-5 with no outs and the bases loaded. When he left four batters later, only one out had been recorded and the Owl lead had ballooned to 10-5 after six innings.

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CUSA: Can You Feel the Momentum Tonight

Rice answered Houston's three run fourth with three runs of their own to cut the deficit to one run, then turned two beautiful plays in the outfield to preserve the lead ... halfway through, Houston clinging to a 5-4 lead.

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CUSA: Cougars In Charge Early

They might not be in the majority, but the Cougar fans have had more to cheer about so far in this championship game. Houston adds three runs in the fourth to force Joe Savery from the game and grab a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

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CUSA: Savery Settles In

After throwing 34 pitches in the first inning, Rice starter Joe Savery has settled down and allowed just one walk over the last two innings ... Houston leads 2-1 after three innings.

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CUSA: Cougars Strike First

Dustin Kingsbury walked after fouling off six pitches, and Luis Flores' single on an 0-2 pitch brought in the first two runs of the game ... Houston 2-0 after one.

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CUSA: Old Battles New in C-USA Championship Game

For twenty-four years, the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars slugged it out as members of the Southwest Conference. After nine years of going their separate ways, the intracity rivals will matchup in the Conference USA Championship game.

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May 27, 2006

CUSA: Championship Game for the Silver Glove

Memphis made a game of it in the middle innings, but the Rice bullpen slammed the door down the stretch as the Owls advance to the C-USA championship game with a 7-4 victory over a scrappy Tiger club on Saturday afternoon.

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CUSA: Memphis Rallies to Make It a Game

Michael Murray hit a 3-run triple in the fifth to cut the deficit to one run, and through six innings Rice leads Memphis by a 6-4 count.

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CUSA: Starting Pitching Problems for the Tigers

For the second time in as many days, the starting pitcher for Memphis failed to make it out of the third inning. In a game the Tigers need to win, Rice leads 3-1 after 3 innings.

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CUSA: Cougars Roar Into Championship Game

Luis Flores threw a three-hit shutout Saturday morning to send the Houston Cougars into the championship game of the C-USA Tournament. Houston controlled the game from the beginning, and improves to 39-19 with their 6-0 over Tulane.

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CUSA: Cougars Go for the Kill

Several chances over the last three innings (especially for Houston), but it's still just a 2-0 lead for the Cougars as we go to the stretch.

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CUSA: Tough Stretch for Tulane

THe Green Wave hit a rough patch in the third, and as a result the Houston Cougars lead 2-0 after three innings.

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CUSA: Preparing for Semifinal Saturday

Back to an early morning start at Reckling Park, where the #2 seed Houston Cougars and the #3 seed Tulane Green Wave will get underway shortly. After that, the top seeded Rice Owls will take on the fourth seeded Memphis Tigers.

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May 26, 2006

CUSA: Tigers Tame Eagles to Advance

Memphis scored four runs in the 5th inning to take the lead and never looked back, defeating Southern Miss 8-5 on Friday evening to advance to the C-USA Tournament semifinals.

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CUSA: Tigers Roar in the Fifth

Memphis answers an earlier crooked number by Southern Miss with a four-spot of their own to take a 6-5 lead after 6 innings at Reckling Park.

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CUSA: Grisham Offers No Suspense for Southern Miss

The Golden Eagles batted around in the second inning, driving Memphis starter Ben Grisham from the game and claiming a 4-2 lead after 3 1/2 innings.

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CUSA: Wave Capsizes Pirates in Tenth

Warren McFadden hit a grounder under the second baseman's glove to score Matt Riser, and the Tulane Green Wave held on to defeat East Carolina 2-1 in 10 innings on Friday afternoon.

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CUSA: Free Baseball in Houston

Both teams threatened to break the tie in the ninth, but Tulane and East Carolina are heading to extra innings tied at one.

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CUSA: That Wasn't In the Script

On a day when I came to the ballpark expecting a slugfest, the pitchers have stolen the stage early on Friday. Both Tulane and East Carolina have had chances, but after six innings the score is tied 1-1.

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CUSA: Thoughts on the First Two Days

After two straight early morning starts, day three of the C-USA Tournament gets underway at 3:00 this afternoon. Billy Mohl (8-0, 4.15) will take an undefeated record to the mound for Tulane, while East Carolina counters with Shane Mathews (5-3, 5.14)

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May 25, 2006

CUSA: Hometown Celebration on Thursday

Rice and Houston are four miles apart, and tomorrow they'll share another trait -- both teams will have the day off due to their victories on Thursday. Houston defeated East Carolina 7-1 in the afternoon, and Rice downed Southern Miss 5-1 in the nightcap.

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CUSA: Can You Stop Playing While I Write This Post?

One of the interesting things about blogging on a live event is that you have to constantly update the content as this change. As I start this post, Rice leads 4-1 after 5 innings...

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CUSA: Leadoff Hits to No Effect, Until...

We're through 1 1/2 innings in the nightcap at Reckling Park, and only the Rice Owls have been been able to capitalize on leadoff hits in each inning. First-seeded Rice netted three runs in the top of the second to take a 3-0 lead over Southern Miss.

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CUSA: Happy 21st Birthday, Brad!

Today is Brad Lincoln's birthday, and he celebrated in style with his 11th straight victory to knock East Carolina into the losers' bracket. After the Cougars broke open a close game in the fifth inning, they cruised to 7-1 victory over the Pirates.

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CUSA: Pirates Search for Path to Pillage

Brad Lincoln might have been the best pitcher in C-USA during the regular season, but through 4 innings Dustin Sasser has matched the Clemens Award semifinalist pitch-for-pitch. Unfortunately, Sasser tendency to yield the big inning took over in the fifth and Houston rallied for the lead.

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CUSA: Pitchers Take the Stage

After two high-scoring affairs on Thursday at the C-USA Tournament, pitching is set to take the stage in the winners' bracket contest between #2 Houston and #6 East Carolina. The Pirates drew first blood, and after two innings lead the Cougars 1-0.

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CUSA: Mercy the Rule in Elimination Games

Just over three hours after Tulane disposed of Marshall 12-1 in eight innings, Memphis put the finishing touches on a seven-inning victory over UAB, putting out the Blazers' fire 13-2.

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CUSA: Tigers Clicking on All Cylinders

Three-spots in the first and fourth have led the Memphis Tigers to an early 6-0 lead over Memphis in the second elimination game of the C-USA Tournament.

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CUSA: Wild Thing

Blazer starter Jim Crew already had the most wild pitches in C-USA, entering today's elimination game against Memphis with 16 on the season. He added two more to his collection in the first inning, and with the help of two UAB errors the Tigers scored three runs in the initial frame to claim an early lead.

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CUSA: All the Scoreboard Lights Appear to be Working

Tulane lit up the scoreboard for 12 runs on 20 hits in the first elimination game on Thursday, sending Marshall home in a run-rule shortened 12-1 contest.

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CUSA: Finally a Crooked Number

After putting up single runs in four straight innings, Tulane erupted for three runs in the 6th to take a 7-1 over Marshall entering the 7th inning.

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CUSA: Wasted Opportunities

Both teams have littered the bases with runners over the first two innings, but only Tulane has been able to push anyone home and leads 2-0 in the bottom of the 3rd.

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CUSA: Let's Get Ready to Rumble

The second day of the Conference USA Tournament is underway, with the Tulane Green Wave battling the Marshall Thundering Herd in the first elimination game of the day.

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May 24, 2006

CUSA: And That's a Wrap

Thirteen hours and 17 minutes after the first pitch was thrown, Southern Miss wrapped up a 6-2 win over #4 Memphis to complete the first day of the C-USA Tournament.

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CUSA: Southern Miss Brings Out the Bats

Trey Sutton doubled on the first pitch of the game, and three pitches later he scored on a Marc Maddox single and the Golden Eagles were off to the races. Maddox came around to score the second run of the game, and the Golden Eagles lead 2-0 after 2 innings.

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CUSA: Walks Will Kill You ... Probably

Jacob Legg walked five Owl batters, and every one of them came around to score. Eddie Degerman walked a career high seven Blazers, but only two touched the pay-station. That was the difference, as the top seed Rice Owls defeated the #8 seed UAB Blazers 9-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

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CUSA: Cruising Right Along, But...

Eddie Degerman sailed through the first five innings, allowing only one hit and striking out seven in the first five innings. How quickly momentum can change.

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CUSA: Sweltering in the Shade

You have to love the 4:00 start time in late May in Houston -- temperatures approaching 90 degrees, humidity not much below that, and the flags hanging limp on their poles.

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CUSA: Cougar Bats Come to Life

After being held in check for the first six innings, Houston battered the Marshall bullpen over the final two innings to claim a 9-1 victory game two of the Conference USA Tournament. The Cougars will play East Carolina in a winners' bracket game tomorrow at 4:00, while Marshall and Tulane will meet in a win-or-go-home battle at 9:00 am.

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CUSA: Can I Delete That Last Post?

Okay, maybe I was a little premature in prediciting an offensive explosion in the 2nd game of the C-USA Tournament.

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CUSA: Slugfest in the Making

While the first game of the tournament was a pitchers' duel, the game between the Houston Cougars and Marshall Thundering Herd has all the makings of a slugfest.

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CUSA: First Game is In the Books

Sixth-seeded East Carolina didn't waste any time pulling the first upset of the C-USA Tournament, upsetting third-seeded Tulane 4-2 in the tournament opener in a brisk 2 hours and 26 minutes.

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CUSA: Mighty Mouse

Harrison Eldridge is the smallest player at the Conference USA Tournament, but so far he's made the two biggest plays in the field for the East Carolina Pirates.

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CUSA: Pitchers in Charge Early

It's late May in Houston, so it was already hot and humid when the first pitch was thrown at 9:00 this morning. The heavy air and strong pitching matchup are conducive to a low-scoring affair, and so far things have held true to form.

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May 23, 2006

CUSA: Hoedown in Houston

For the second time in three seasons, the Conference USA baseball tournament is coming to Houston. This time, the teams are converging on Reckling Park, home of the regular season champion Rice Owls. Play gets underway at 9:00 Wednesday morning, as eight schools vie for an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

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May 17, 2006

CUSA: Tournament Seedings on the Line as Regular Season Concludes

The Conference USA schedule shifts to Thursday through Saturday this weekend as the teams prepare for the conference tournament at Rice's Reckling Park starting next Wednesday. The top three seeds are already wrapped up, but the last weekend will break the 3-way tie for fourth and settle the scrum for the last two playoff spots.

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