By Doug Kroll - February 27, 2008
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.
Old Dominion 8, North Carolina 6
ODU came into 2008 with some big ideas and picked to win the CAA. After Tuesday night's impressive win over No. 2 UNC in Cary, N.C., there's no doubting what they can do. Yes the final three innings were played in horrible conditions, with errors and slips and falls, but a win's a win in anyone's book. A three spot in the top of the 9th put ODU up 8-5, as they hung on for the 2-run win. UNC freshman starter Matt Harvey was impressive in his 4.2 innings of work, striking out 8 batters while walking only 2 and giving up 3 hits. The player of the game has to go to ODU 1B Bryan Cipolla who went 3-for-6 with 6 RBI, including a double and his first home run of the season. Props to Monarchs reliever Kyle Hald who pitched the final 3 innings for the win, while allowing only 1 run. After splitting the first two games with Rutgers, this win could take ODU far.
Most Needed Win:
San Diego 5, Long Beach State 3
USD coach Rich Hill can breathe a slight sigh of relief after his squad posted a huge road win on Tuesday night at Long Beach State. After dropping 3-of-4 to cross-town rival San Diego State to start the season, the Torreros bounced back with a much needed victory. Usual starter Matt Couch came out of the bullpen to toss 1.2 innings of perfect ball. Much needed after allowing 9 ER in his first start of the year against SDSU in 2.2 IP. Couch got the win, sophomore closer A.J. Griffin went 2 innings for the save, and USD got back in the win column. Maybe the best part about this game was allowing only 3 runs. Touted as having one of the best pitching staffs in the nation, they certainly didn't show it against SDSU. USD freshman 3B Victor Sanchez also launched his first 2 HR of the year in the win as well.
College of Charleston 13, Coastal Carolina 12 (11 Innings)
What a way to lose your first game of the season. The Chants played some close games all weekend, and finished 4-0 I might add, but CofC showed no quit on Tuesday night, as they stayed a perfect 4-0 with a 13-12 win. This one featured a little bit of everything, including 3 ejections. CofC head coach John Pawlowski, associate head coach Scott Foxhall and OF Clay McCord all got the heave-ho in the 10th inning. In a game that featured 5 home runs, Coastal led 8-3, and 11-6 before the Cougars got back into it.
Presbyterian 5, Charlotte 2
Probably not the first loss that the '49ers thought they'd pick up, but major props to the Blue Hose who are now 2-2 after picking up a huge win over the A-10 favorites in Clinton, S.C. PC starter Eric Tatum tossed a solid 6 innings of 1 run ball in the win while OF Kyle Craven drove in two runs in the win.
Posted by Doug Kroll at 01:42 PM on February 27, 2008