Mar. 4 Weekend Baseball Roundup
March 4, 2007
It was a tightly-contested weekend that featured 13 games decided by just one run, including five extra inning contests. Conference USA teams were 11-2 in the one-run contests with East Carolina, Marshall, Memphis and Tulane all winning a pair of one-run games.
Memphis came from behind in all three of its games to win the AutoZone Classic at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis. At 7-1, the Tigers are off to their best start since 1994, the last year that Memphis reached the NCAA Tournament.
Record-wise, Marshall had the best weekend of any C-USA school, sweeping a four-game series from Buffalo. Included were back-to-back 1-0 shutouts, the first time that has ever occurred in Thundering Herd history.
On Friday night, East Carolina opened the Keith LeClair Classic by knocking off No. 12 Pepperdine, 5-4. Ryan Tousley was the hero for the Pirates, registering a career-high four hits, including the game-winning hit in the seventh inning as ECU beat highly-regarded Waves pitcher Barry Enright. ECU also posted a 3-2 win over in-state rival Western Carolina on Sunday.
Southern Miss sandwiched a pair of wins around a Saturday loss vs. No. 29 Louisiana-Lafayette. The success of the Golden Eagle pitching staff continues to be the story of this young season, as Ryan Belanger eared his third win of the year on Friday night and David Clark tossed the first complete game in Conference USA this season on Sunday, a shutout victory.
Tulane found out that a Wright State club that had won twice at nationally-ranked Mississippi the weekend before was more than a handful. The Green Wave swept the series, but needed 13 innings to do it on Friday night and played a one-run game on Saturday. Tulane completed the sweep on Sunday as Shooter Hunt earned his third straight victory in a strong effort.
In a matchup of top 10 teams, No. 9 Cal State Fullerton took two-of-three from No.6 Rice in Southern California. The Owls won the middle game on Saturday, 9-3, as every Owl starter recorded at least one base hit.
Houston dropped two-of-three to Northwestern State. Included was an extra-inning contest on Sunday. Bryan Tully was a bright spot for the Cougars, recording a pair of multiple-hit games.
UAB posted back-to-back 8-0 shutouts over Central Arkansas on Saturday and Sunday for its first back-to-back victories of the season. In Friday night's opener, Mitch Kloskowski threw a one-hitter over eight innings for the victory. CAU bounced back for a 6-2 win on Sunday.
It was a tough weekend for UCF, which dropped two-of-three games to Monmouth.