Saturday, March 08, 2008

Four Postponements, A Cancellation And A Big Win

No, it's not a sequel with Hugh Grant. It's just another March Friday night around college baseball. Kentucky vs. Purdue, Georgia Southern vs. Michigan, Northwestern vs. Louisville and Iowa vs. Missouri State all got PPD, weather. Illinois at Texas Tech did one better and got completely wiped off the slate due to travel problems. (I'm guessing the Illini can't get to TT.)

On to the good news, Michigan State not only played, but prevailed over Rice, 9-3. The Owls entered the game ranked sixth in the NCBWA poll. LF Chris Roberts led MSU with two two hits, three RBI and a run scored. Roberts and OF Justin Potes both went yard. Potes and Tyler Newsome each drove in two runs. Chris Cullen worked seven strong innings giving up just two earned runs. Cullen posted the victory.

Minnesota beat New Mexico, 7-3. Gophers' CF Matt Nohelty continued his assault on opposing pitchers going 4 for 5 with three RBI. Nohelty also scored once and stole a base (his fourth). Nate Hanson and Mike Kvasnicka each had a pair of hits. Tom Buske went six yielding six hits, three earned runs, but no walks. Buske also fanned six UNM batters. Scott Matyas gave up one hit and struck out two over three innings en route to getting the save.

Air Force rained on the Big Ten parade by dropping Ohio State, 9-8. Cory Rupert had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI to pace the Buckeyes. Tony Kennedy went yard for OSU. Dan DeLucia didn't factor in the decision, but had another good start coming off his Tommy John surgery. DeLucia went 5.2 innings giving up six hits and a single walk. The senior lefty allowed two earned runs and struck out nine.