By Doug Kroll - February 28, 2008
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.
Most Lopsided Win:
Virginia 27, Coppin State 1 (7 Innings)
Oh, Coppin State. You were the brunt of many "That can't be right's" when looking at the box scores and stat pages, but in fact it was. And things haven't gotten off to a good start for 2007's only winless college baseball team. The Eagles fell to 0-2 with an awful performance, allowing 27 runs on 22 hits, but committing only one error. Nick Erickson took the loss, tossing 1.2 innings while allowing 4 hits, 8 walks, a HBP, and 12 runs (7 earned). His replacement wasn't too much better, as Brad Bronson worked 4.1 innings allowing 18 hits, 15 runs (14 earned), with 4 walks and no strikeouts. And we wondered how CSU ended up with an ERA as high as they did. Whoa. Virgnia starter Robert Poutier picked up the win, going 5 innings and striking out 11 while allowing only one hit.
Nice Bounce Back:
North Carolina 6, Winthrop 1
This isn't the Winthrop team of the last couple of seasons, yet they still aren't a pushover. UNC fell behind 1-0 before scoring the game's final 6 runs. The win makes coach Fox forget about the loss on Tuesday night to ODU a little quicker, as starter Adam Warren picked up his first win of the season going 5.1 innings and allowing just the one run. Ryan Mullins started for the Eagles, going 3 innings and giving up just a run as well.
ACC-SEC Battle Royale:
Florida State 7, Auburn 5
We'll also see Clemson battle South Carolina, and Miami face Florida this weekend, but first it's the FSU-Auburn 4-game series which will take place in both Auburn and Tallahassee. Thursday night saw FSU ride a late 2-run home run from first baseman Dennis Guinn to a 7-5 win over the Tigers. JUCO transfer Elih Villanueva won his second game of the season by going 5.1 innings and allowing 4 runs, 4 hits, whle walking 4 and striking out 6. Auburn ace Luke Greinke took the loss, going 6 innings while allowing 4 earned runs. The paid croud down in Alabama, 2877.
They Really Are That Good:
Arizona State 15, Michigan 4
Okay Pat Murphy, I hope you admitted after tonight's game that your team is pretty good. Building a 15-0 lead on the Wolverines aint easy, but that's exactly what the Sun Devils did thanks to a 6 run third and 5 run fifth inning that saw Kentucky transfer Jason Kipnis belt 2 more home runs to give him 4 on the season. ASU starter Mike Leake was finally touched up for some runs, allowing 4 in 6.2 innings of work, while Michigan starter Mike Wilson lasted only 2.2 innings giving up 7 runs (6 earned).
Bittersweet Day For NIU:
Portland 9, Northern Illinois 6 (16 Innings)
Northern Illinois 7, Hawaii 3
After everything the NIU campus has been through in recent weeks, opening the season with a 16-inning loss to Portland must have been like putting salt in the wounds out in Surprise, Ariz. on Thursday at the Coca-Cola Classic. But the Huskies were resiliant, coming back to beat Hawaii 7-3 in the nightcap. Hats off to NIU for that win.
Posted by Doug Kroll at 11:20 PM on February 28, 2008