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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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 23, 2008

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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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.

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.

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.)

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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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)

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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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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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.

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.

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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February 22, 2008

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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