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Thursday, 02/28/08

Thursday's Wrapup

I have to admit, it's a little weird to see so many games being played on a Thursday, but such is life nowadays. Six Top 25 teams were in action, including the starts of a couple of brilliant tournaments out in Arizona and California which is the perfect start to a weekend full of intriguing matchups.

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Thursday, 02/28/08

Wednesday Roundup

Maybe some teams should think twice before scheduling non-Division I opponents thinking they are going to be easy wins early in the year. Wednesday saw a host of wins from the NAIA, D-III and D-II levels over Division I programs. That's never good, but it also saw a couple of memorable early season comebacks and games played in places where the temperatures reached into the low-30's and in some cases, the snow was falling.

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Wednesday, 02/27/08

Tuesday's Notes

With team's playing basically everyday of the week, we'll look to break down each day of action with notes about the big upsets, best performances and those box scores that just don't make a whole lot of sense. Tuesday saw the No. 2 team in the nation lose in the rain and a slugfest in the battle for coastal South Carolina schools.

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Tuesday, 02/26/08

Big Blue Tie

There's no doubting that Michigan was ready for its exhibition game against the New York Mets on Tuesday afternoon. After all, they had just beaten up on Villanova in a three-game series at the Mets' Spring Training site over the weekend to the tune of 47-19. The Wolverines were able to hang on for a 4-4 tie with the Mets, something that I'm sure they'll all remember for a long time.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Arizona State Beats Beavers 11-0

This isn't the game we were hoping for, but at the same time, Arizona State has showed this weekend that they are the No. 1 team in the country. The Sun Devils move to 3-0 with today's 11-0 win over the two-time defending national champs, as the Beavers head back to Corvallis at 1-2.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

57 for 75

Seth Blair started the game, he's No. 75 for Arizona State, and he's out of the game after not allowing a run in four innings while giving up three hits. Sometimes in these blowout games, they'll give him the win, we'll see.

Into the game is No. 57 Jason Franzbleau, a highly touted transfer from Winthrop. In two years with the Eagles, Franzbleau made 22 starts winning 12 games with an ERA of 3.20 ERA.

Blair finished striking out 2 strikeouts while walking none. He fared much better than his fellow freshman starter for Oregon State today, Greg Peavey who lasted just a third of an inning giving up 7 runs (4 ER).

We're in the top of the 5th inning, 11-0 ASU.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

10 Spot

Things are getting out of hand here in Tempe, as Arizona State has scored 3 more runs here in the bottom of the third to go up 10-0. Freshman reliever Josh Osich is out, and is replaced by righty Josh Keller. Ike Davis knocked in a run in the inning, and Kiel Roling hit a 2-run double as well to increase the lead.

Keller actually had a part in that opening day no-hitter last year at Hawai'i-Hilo. That was a much better day than this one for OSU.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

ASU Pouring It On

Things have only gone from worse to much worse for freshman Oregon State starter Greg Peavey. After giving up that leadoff home run, ASU has scored 6 more runs to take a 7-0 lead. Peavey lasted only a third of an inning in his college debut. Two errors certainly didn't help, as we'll have his final totals in a bit, but the biggest blow was a bases loaded double by SS Marcel Champagnie which made it 5-0 at the time.

Replacing Peavey is fellow freshman Josh Osich, a 6-foot-3 native of Boise, Idaho as the Beavers try to get out of the first inning trailing by no more than 7.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Wallace Rakes Again

Following yesterday's two home run, 7 RBI day, Brett Wallace just led off the bottom half of the first with a solo shot over the left centerfield fence. It was a laser beam that just cleared the fence. And it was great to see him go opposite field right into the wind. Yeah, he's good.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Oregon State Takes On Arizona State

They meet every year in the Pac-10, and for the 2nd straight year, Pat Casey's Oregon State Beavers will take on Pat Murphy's Arizona State Sun Devils in a non-conference game early in the season. This is the final game of the 2008 DeMarini Invitational, as ASU looks to win the tournament that they have hosted hoping to go a perfect 3-0. The Beavers bounced back last night from an opening day loss to Vanderbilt, with a win over Miami (Ohio).

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Three in the 9th Wins it for Vandy

There's no quit in those Commodores. David Macias singled home two runs to beat Miami 4-3, as the 'Dores put up 3 runs in the inning to bring home the win, and head home to Nashville with a 2-1 record. For the RedHawks, this one has to hurt, as they were in position to win the ballgame, only to see an error severly hurt their cause. They go 0-3 here in the desert, but they should certainly be a contender in the MAC this season.

The winning pitcher is Chase Reid, picking up his first collegiate win in his first collegiate appearance. Bobby Oberschlake is handed the loss.

Coming up next, two Pac-10 rivals square off in a non-Pac-10 game, as Oregon State will face Arizona State in the final game of the weekend here at the DeMarini Invitational. That game starts at 3pm MT.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Miami Trying To Hang On

Miami is desperately trying to hold on here in the bottom of the 9th. Nick Kurash is out of the game, in favor of lefthander Bobby Oberschlake with Miami leading 3-1. Vandy has the tying runs on first and second with nobody out. Oberschlake had a 1.48 ERA in 30.1 innings of work in 2007.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Erwood Out as Vandy Threatens

Miami starter Matt Erwood is out after a very impressive 6+ innings of work. I'll have his final line in a minute. Nick Kurash is in to replace him. The righthander got into 4 games, while starting 3, going 0-2 in 10.1 innings of work with a 4.35 ERA.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Chase Gets Out

After loading the bases and going 3-0 on Evan Armitage, freshman chase Reid shows why Tim Corbin is so high on him. He struck out Armitage swinging, and got Jon Edgington to ground into a force out to end the inning as he makes sure this game doesn't get out of hand. Miami leads 3-0 as we head to the bottom of the 6th.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Chase's Debut

Nick Christiani's day is over as the Vandy starter, after going 5 innings, as he sees himself on the short end of things at the moment. The righty gave up 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks while striking out 5 batters. In his place comes talented freshman Chase Reid, who was a 42nd round draft pick last year of the Milwaukee Brewers. The 6-foot-3 righthander was injured in the fall and was limited, but coach Corbin feels he'll have an impact in the bullpen thanks to a pretty good curveball.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Vandy's Turn To Escape

Already leading 3-0 and after a Tommy Nurre single with two outs, Chris Nadeau smacked a double down the rightfield line, and Miami head coach Dan Simonds sent Nurre around third. Dominic de la Osa's throw from right appeared to be late, with catcher Shea Robin getting the tag down after Nurre had touched home. But first base umpire, Dan Mascorro disagreed, and called him out. He was covering home on the play of course. Simonds came running down the line in protest, but to no avail. Although Mascorro did give him the whole time in between innings to say is spiel. So maybe he was safe. Either way, RedHawks still lead things 3-0 and are cruising behind big lefty Matt Erwood, who has continued the stretch of good pitching by Miami this weekend.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Erwood Escapes Jam

Miami starter Matt Erwood, all 6-foot-7 240 pounds of him, just got out of a major jam. After recording the first out of the bottom of the 4th, the lefty gave up three straight singles to load the bases, before he bared down. Erwood got both Shea Robin and Parker Hanks to pop up to second base to escape trouble and maintain Miami's 3-0 lead as we head to the 5th. A quick note on Pedro Alvarez. He keeps going out to warm up when Vandy is in the field. He trots out to left with his glove and catches throws from Vandy leftfielder Parker Hanks. But the key is, he's not throwing back. Steven Liddle also goes out, and Alvarez tosses him the ball to throw back to Hanks, without ever using his right arm. While there's no bandage or sling, it's pretty obvious which arm has been bothering Pedro.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Miami Capitalizes

If Vanderbilt goes on to lose this game, one play will stick out to Vandy. With 2 outs and Chris Nadeau on third for Miami, Blake Chaffee lifted a ball into right center. David Macias came up throwing to third and had Nadeau by a mile, but the throw was off, and third baseman Andrew Giobbi tried to take Nadeau before he had the ball on a swipe tag, and the ball got away, leading Nadeau to come down the line and score the game's second run. Miami leads 2-0 in the top of the fourth, they have 4 hits, while Miami's Matt Erwood has held Vandy in check to the tune of only one hit, a Macias single in the third inning.

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Sunday, 02/24/08

Vandy Meets Miami (Ohio)

TEMPE, Ariz. - We've reached the final day of the DeMarini Invitational here in Tempe, and our first game features the RedHawks of Miami against Vanderbilt. Miami has come up on the short end each of the last two days, getting shutout by Arizona State on Friday, and falling to Oregon State on Saturday. Hopefully playing during the day will help them on Sunday. As for Vanderbilt, after beating Oregon State on Friday, they fell hard on Saturday, 18-6 to Arizona State.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

ASU Wins Big

TEMPE, Ariz. - It's hard sometimes for coaches to face one another when they're good friends. Just ask Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy, who had to face Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin on Saturday at the DeMarini Invitational.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

ASU-Vandy: Coach Erickson in the ASU dugout

After throwing out the first pitch today, Devils football coach Dennis Erickson stuck around to cheer the stitched-ballers on.

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He must like what he sees 'coz right now it's a football-type score with Arizona State up 18-3.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

ASU-Vandy: Jason Jarvis is playing... all those media outlets were wrong

Here's your proof people:

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(Jason Jarvis getting congrats from 1st base coach Tim Esmay after walking)

And no, this wasn't an intersquad scrimmage. It's a real picture from a real game. He must've been cleared for eligibilty this morning.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

ASU-Vandy: Here's Wallace trotting again

Brett Wallace in home run trot mode again after his second home run:

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(Ummm... he's pretty good.)

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Saturday, 02/23/08

Wallace's World

Brett Wallace has warmed up. In a big way. It took him a day, but he's shooting up everyone's Player of the Year standings today. After his grand slam earlier, ASU's lead off hitter just hit another bomb, that I don't think has landed yet, and may be in the way of the landing pattern of PHX. ASU has put a crooked number up for the fourth straight inning, and in the process, lead 16-2 in the bottom of the 6th.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

ASU-Vandy: Wallace slapping fives

... that swing became a grand slam over the right field wall. It led to this reception at home plate...

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(Wallace's four-batter pretty much made today's game a boat race, staking the Sun Devils to an 8-0 lead at the time)

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Saturday, 02/23/08

ASU-Vandy: Wallace slamming

I got to Packard Stadium just in time to snap this pic of Brett Wallace swinging at this Sean Bierman offering with the bases loaded in the 4th inning...

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Saturday, 02/23/08

Wallace Gone Bombing

For the first time in two days, the ASU crowd is really alive. Brett Jacobson is out of the game here in the bottom of the fourth with nobody out, and the bases loaded, and the great Brett Wallace is at the plate.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

Ike Plates Two

Much like opening night, it took a little while for the ASU bats to get going, but here in the third, they finally woke up a bit. Ike Davis knocked in two runs with a one-out double into the right centerfield gap. After going 0-for-5 last night, that must've been a relief to Ike for that to be his first hit of the young season. 2-0 ASU here in the third.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

Jacobson Off To Good Start

Here's a good way to start your day: Strikeout Brett Wallace, Strikeout Petey Paramore, and have your All-American shortstop Ryan Flaherty make a diving grab in the hole and gun out Ike Davis at first on a spectacular play. That's what Vandy starter Brett Jacobson can say about his first start of the season. We're through one here, no score. Vandy has a hit, while Mike Leake had to get around two Sun Devils errors as well to keep it that way.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

Wichita State's Capra Out

Bad news out of Wichita State today, as lefty Anthony Capra will be out indefinitely after having an emergency appendectomy. Capra was the best pitcher on the Shockers staff a year ago, going 7-1 with a very impressive 1.76 ERA. Capra was scheduled to start Sunday's series finale with Fordham.

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Saturday, 02/23/08

Game of the Weekend

TEMPE, Ariz.- What a difference a day can make. A day after drizzle and 50 degree weather, we have gorgeous desert sunshine with a temperature of 64 degrees. The game of the weekend is about set to get underway, with Arizona State hosting Vanderbilt in Game Three of the DeMarini Invitational.

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Friday, 02/22/08

ASU Rolling To First Win

As we play in the bottom of the 7th, ASU has added two more runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead against Miami. With temperatures falling to around 50, this game can't speed up fast enough.

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Friday, 02/22/08

There's The O

Finally. Pat Murphy's bunch has put some hits on the board, and by some I mean two. With that, ASU now leads 3-0 after a Marcel Champagnie RBI double into the leftcenterfield gap. The night is over for Chris Niro, who got a nice hand from the Miami faithful that made the trip from Oxford. Giving up only two hits against that lineup is certainly something to be proud of.

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Friday, 02/22/08

Freshman Retribution...Not

It's freshman retribution here in the desert. A half inning after freshman John Edgington dropped a fly ball in left for Miami, freshman Adam Eaton drilled a Josh Satow fastball off the top of the right centerfield fence for a triple. It's Miami's 2nd hit of the game, and first hit of Eaton's career. So then it came down to Edgington.

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Friday, 02/22/08

No Score No More

It took a Ryan Sontag lazy fly to left with two runners on to plate the first run of the ball game. Freshman left fielder Jon Edginton dropped the ball after taking a tough route to the ball, as the wind was blowing it back towards the foul line. Tough one for Chris Niro who has pitched his heart out, and has yet to give up a hit, yet is trailing this game 1-0. That's baseball for ya. So as we head to the fifth, the Sun Devils have the first lead of the game.

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Friday, 02/22/08

No Score In The Desert

Yes that's right, Miami starter Chris Niro has actually held ASU hitless through his three innings of work, while ASU starter Josh Satow has allowed a hit so far to the RedHawks.

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Friday, 02/22/08

Miami (Ohio) vs. Arizona State

Welcome back to Packard Stadium where Miami (Ohio) and Arizona State are just underway in the second game of the DeMarini Invitational. The RedHawks have the luxury of opening the season against three Top 15 teams, something that will certainly help them along the way.

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Friday, 02/22/08

Vandy Wins Opener

TEMPE, Ariz. - On a day that saw rain falling, the wind howling in from centerfield and the temperatures falling through the low 50s, the fact Vanderbilt put up eight runs and 11 hits should be a warning sign to the rest of the nation that the 'Dores aren't messing around in 2008.

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Friday, 02/22/08

David Who?

David who? Alright Vandy fans, you have a nice replacement for David Price. Mike Minor's '08 debut was great, going six innings, giving up five hits, 1 run, striking out six and walking none. The only run came in the 6th when he got out of a bases loaded, no-one out jam by inducing a double-play ball which allowed a run to score.

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Friday, 02/22/08

Vandy Cruising

Thanks to a brilliant start by Mike Minor, the 'Dores are on cruise control as we go to the 6th. Vandy's ace has struckout six, given up two hits and walked none in his five innings of work.

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Friday, 02/22/08

Parking One

Rain still falling here in Tempe, as Parker Hanks has given Vanderbilt a 4-0 lead with the first home run of the ballgame. Hanks' solo shot over the leftfield wall somehow didn't hit a car on the busy road, the Rio Salado Parkway, after it cleared the secondary fence.

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Friday, 02/22/08

Around the Nation Part 1

I have to admit, and I know I'm not the only one out there, but I've been waiting to surf the daily scoreboards of NCAA-Baseball.com since last June. That's part of what makes a standard Opening Day special, so throughout the day I'll check in on the surprising, and not-so-surprising results. The big story already are the number of cancellations and postponed games. Just look at the weather across the Carolina's, Kentucky and even southern Georgia, yikes.

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Friday, 02/22/08

A few more notes

A few more notes as we get settled in here in the top of the first inning. How about this for nostalgia? Oregon State starting pitcher Mike Stutes opened last season as part of a combined no-hitter, picking up the Beavers first win of the season at Hawaii-Hilo. Stutes then picked up his 12th win of the year in OSU's clinching game in the CWS Finals against UNC. A nice symmetric view of the Beavers 2007 campaign.

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Friday, 02/22/08

Welcome to 2008

Through the rain and through internet problems here in Tempe, welcome to Packard Stadium on the campus of Arizona State, as we're set for the first annual DeMarini Invitational. Regarded as the best tourney in the country, three top 11 teams find themselves here to open the year, Arizona State, Oregon State and Vanderbilt. And of course Miami (Ohio).

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Tuesday, 02/12/08

Big Blue

As Michigan prepares for another big season in the Big Ten, they do so after coming off a year in which they were oh so close to Omaha. If you don't recall, Zach Putnam had a no-no through 8 2/3 in Corvallis, only to see the Beavers rally and win 1-0. They ran into a team of destiny a year ago, but is it time for the Wolverines to be that team this season?

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