American Conference Baseball Roundup and Recaps

PROVO, Utah – Trailing 7-6 in the ninth, the UConn baseball team scored two runs to prevail 8-7 over BYU on Friday night at Miller Field.

The Huskies (9-7) won their first game when trailing after eight innings this season. Junior Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) led off the ninth with a double into left center field. Catcher Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) quickly followed with an RBI single back up the middle to tie the game at seven. Susi’s hit produced his fifth RBI of the ballgame, a new career-high.

Aaron Hill pinch ran for Susi and eventually came around to score the go-ahead run on a passed ball with two outs in the ninth.

Mercer Takes Two from ECU 

GREENVILLE, N.C. – JT Thomas hit a pair of home runs and drove in six lifting Mercer to a 10-7 win over No. 8 East Carolina in Game 1 of the Friday day-night doubleheader.

With the scored tied at seven-all going to the ninth inning, Thomas hit the second of his two homers (two-run), which highlighted the Bears three-run frame. Madden walked with before Thomas deposited a first pitch offering from Matt Bridges over the left field wall. Jackson Ware followed with a double to right field and Edgeworth singled him home with a shot through the left side.

Robert Broom (2-1) picked up the win in relief tossing 1.2 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Starter Ryan Askew was touched for seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings. Vann (1.1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K) and Nick Spear (1.0 IP, 2 Hs, 2 Ks) also appeared out of the bullpen.

Mercer scored four runs in the seventh inning and added an insurance run in the ninth lifting them to a doubleheader sweep over No. 8 East Carolina, 7-5, Friday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Bears improve to 16-4 on the season, while the Pirates fall to 13-6.

Tulane Baseball Dominates in 7-0 Win over Columbia

NEW ORLEANS – It was an all-around dominant performance for the Green Wave (5-12) in the series opener against the Lions (0-10). Corey Merrill and Chase Solesky combined for a three-hit shutout, the defense was errorless, and the bats came alive with seven runs and seven hits beginning in the sixth inning. The first Columbia baserunner reached second in the ninth inning.

 Sal Gozzo and Hunter Williams led the offense, which scored two runs in the sixth and eighth innings, and three runs in the seventh. Gozzo finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, and Williams was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

 Merrill (2-2) struck out five and allowed just two hits and two walks in 7.0 innings, and Solesky tossed the final two frames, allowing just an infield single and a walk.

Houston Baseball Opens Series with 10-2 Win over Alabama State

HOUSTON – Sparked by a five-run fourth inning, Houston Baseball opened its three-game series with Alabama State with a 10-2 win on Friday evening at Schroeder Park.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 11-5 overall and 8-2 at home, while Alabama State fell to 7-12 with the loss.

Bulls Tie Second-Longest Win Streak with 8-2 Win over Harvard

TAMPA – Thanks to another complete effort from the bats, pitching and defense, the University of South Florida baseball team extended its winning streak to 15 games with a series-opening 8-2 win over Harvard Friday night.

The Bulls (16-1) gave ace Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) run support early with five runs on the Crimson (7-4) in the second and third innings. Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) doubled down the left field line in the second, then was brought home a couple pitches later on classmate David Villar’s (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) opposite field blast.

Howell Shuts Down Jacksonville

The UCF Baseball team shutout Jacksonville 4-0 at the UCF Baseball complex Friday. Pitcher Robby Howell threw all nine innings for the home team, notching his first-career shutout.

All told, Howell faced 30 batters through nine innings, and gave up three hits. He threw just 95 pitches, tied his own single-game career-best seven strikeouts and did not issue any walks. He improves to 4-0 on the season with a 2.01 ERA, 29 strikeouts, and only seven walks.

Bearcats Rescheduled 

CINCINNATI – Due to inclement weather, the University of Cincinnati baseball team has altered the schedule for its weekend series against Northeastern.

Friday’s game has been cancelled and the teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18, beginning at noon with Game 2 beginning 45 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1. Sunday’s 1 p.m. game will still be played as scheduled and all games will take place at Marge Schott Stadium.

About the Author

Don Miller

Don is a lifelong baseball fan and that life is getting pretty long. He makes his living at home in New Port Richey, Florida.

A Tampa native he served as a fantasy correspondent for ESPN for the Tampa Bay Rays, back when they were called the Devil Rays. He loves college baseball, Tampa sports and follows them both with unrivaled passion.

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