February 24, 2008

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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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February 22, 2008

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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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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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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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.

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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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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