March 06, 2010
It's always important to begin the weekend on a high note.
At the Houston College Classic, TCU, Houston and Texas ended the day with victories. But plenty of other teams also finished the first day of the weekend on a positive note.
There were other teams, though, that left something to be desired on Friday.
We take an inside look at the five risers and fallers from the day.
Texas -- The Longhorns really couldn't have had a much better night. Though their offense wasn't the greatest, they did just enough to get past a Rice team that finally played to its potential on Friday night. Texas starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann was fantastic and reliever Chance Ruffin slammed the door shut on the Owls in the ninth inning of a 2-1 victory.
Florida -- Speaking of teams that had near-perfect Fridays, it's time to introduce the Gators. Sophomore pitchers Alex Panteliodis and Nick Maronde were fantastic as the Gators shut down Miami's offense on the way to a commanding 7-1 victory. It was the perfect way to start the weekend for coach Kevin O'Sullivan's club.
Clemson -- The Tigers opened the Palmetto State showdown with a 4-3 victory over heated rival South Carolina. Though Clemson starting pitcher Casey Harman put together a decent performance, the best outing of the day came from reliever David Haselden, who threw four hitless innings to carry the Tigers to victory. It was an impressive night for the Clemson pitching staff.
UCLA -- It appears the Bruins are legit this season. Yeah, let's say that again, the Bruins are legit. UCLA put together an outstanding crop of performances and outscored Nebraska 18-4 in Friday's doubleheader. With the two victories, the Bruins are now 8-0 overall and in fantastic shape moving forward.
Florida State -- Ace pitcher Sean Gilmartin only allowed a run in seven great innings of work, but it was the offense that led the charge as the Seminoles crushed Georgia 12-1. It was FSU's first huge test of the season and it passed it with absolutely no problem. Now comes the hard part of sealing the deal the rest of the weekend.
Pepperdine -- Perhaps the Waves should do everything in their power not to play Brown ever again. The Waves suffered a defeat to Brown last season. They also suffered another defeat to them on Friday in Baton Rouge, La. With the loss, the Waves are now 3-6 with two games left for the weekend. Not a good start for coach Steve Rodriguez's club.
Elon -- We thought the Phoenix might be a little down before the season began, but perhaps this team is worse than previously thought. The Phoenix had a dismal Friday to forget, dropping a surprising 18-3 decision to Bucknell. Elon is now 4-4 after losing to the Bison at home.
Memphis -- It's time for the Tigers to head back to the drawing board and figure out what is going wrong. The Tigers got off to a slow start this season but took a step back on Friday with a 6-4 loss to lowly Oakland. Coach Daron Schoenrock's club is now 2-6 with two games remaining this weekend against the Grizzlies.
San Diego -- USD coach Rich Hill walked a couple of miles after a loss to San Diego State last weekend. Perhaps Hill should walk a few more miles to motivate his club. The Toreros had a poor showing against Cal State Fullerton earlier this week. They also had a Friday to forget with a 6-0 loss to ranked Kentucky. USD was ranked to begin the season but now is 4-6 after the loss to the Wildcats.
West Virginia -- The Mountaineers hoped to take a step forward this season, but they appear to be in trouble. The Mountaineers dropped a 1-0 decision to Western Carolina on Friday. But more disappointing is the fact WVU now has a 2-6 overall record. Things don't get any easier with East Carolina on the docket for Saturday.