Hudson Randall (Chatham) pitched #4 Florida to a 3-0 win over Tennessee on Friday. Randall's line: 9 IP; 4 H; 0 R; 0 BB; 4 K. He only needed 74 pitches in the complete game. Randall is now 5-0 with a 0.54 ERA and opponents are hitting just .189 off him. I'm guessing that with every strong outing he has, it lessens the chances of Randall coming to Chatham this summer. Randall has averaged just over 7 innings in his 7 starts. On a team that is projected to go deep in the NCAA tournament, Randall will have piled up a lot of innings by the time the Gators season ends. I'm thinking that the workload and/or the likelihood of an invitation from Team USA, may keep Randall away from Chatham for the second straight season. Another Gator having a strong season is Mike Zunino (Yarmouth-Dennis.) Zunino is batting .359 and is tied for the team lead in homeruns (5) and RBI (21).
Mark Pope (Falmouth; '09, '10) continued his outstanding spring for Georgia Tech last night. Pope allowed just one earned run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4 in leading #12 Tech to a 9-2 win over Duke. He pitched his third complete game of the season and is now 7-0 with a 0.66 ERA. Opponents are batting just .172 against Pope. The Wareham Gatemen connection played a key role in the Yellow Jackets win. Mott Hyde was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI and Daniel Palka was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Tech did most of their damage against former Gateman Eric Phisterer who gave up 6 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks over 3.2 innings.
Richy Pedroza (Hyannis) is back up to the .400 mark after going 3 for 5 in #14 Cal State Fullerton's 14-0 romp over UC-Davis.
Former Harwich Mariner Mikie Mahtook paced #16 LSU past Mississippi, 7-6. Mahtook hit his ninth and tenth homeruns of the year on his way to a 4 for 4, 3 RBI night. After Mississippi scored three times to close within a run, Kevin Berry (Chatham; '10) came on to close the door on the Rebels. Berry picked up his second save by allowing just one hit in two scoreless innings of work.
Kurt Heyer (Orleans) moved his record to 5-1 while pitching a complete-game 5-hitter as #18 Arizona rolled over Oregon State, 18-0. Heyer walked 2 and struckout 9 while lowering his ERA to 1.12. Robert Refsnyder (Wareham) continues to swing a hot bat for Arizona. Refsnyder hit a walk-off homerun on Wednesday to beat New Mexico. Yesterday, Refsnyder was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. He is now batting .336 for the Wildcats. Joey Rickard (Hyannis) added 2 hits and an RBI for Arizona. Rickard has started all 27 games and leads the team with a .482 avg. and an OBP of .531. He also has 19 RBI and 8 stolen bases.
It was a night of mixed-bag results for a trio of Stanford pitchers with ties to Yarmouth-Dennis. Mark Appel pitched a strong 7 innings and left the game with his team leading Washington State, 8-2. A.J. Vanegas replaced Appel to start the bottom of the eighth and promptly gave up consecutive hits to the three batters he faced. Things got worse when Scott Snodgress, who pitched for Y-D last year, came in and allowed 3 hits and a walk while only recording two outs. All seven batters who reached against Vanegas and Snodgress scored and the Cougars plated another run off Chris Reed, the third Stanford pitcher of the inning. Eight runs later, Washington State had a 10-8 lead and they made it stand up for their first Pac-10 win of the season. Taylor Ard (Brewster) had a big night at the plate for Washington State, going 3 for 5, scoring 2 runs and driving in 2 more. Ard is batting .351 with 3 HR and 21 RBI.
Ricky Oropesa's (Chatham; '09, '10) stock continues to rise. The Southern Cal firstbaseman hit 2 homeruns and was 3 for 5 with 5 RBI as the Trojans beat #21 California, 10-6. Oropesa is now batting .369 with 4 HR and 25 RBI.
Stephen Proscia (Harwich; '10) was 3 for 6 with 5 RBI and Reed Gragnani (Orleans) scored 3 runs and added 3 RBI to lead Virginia past Virginia Tech, 18-3. Joe Mantiply (Harwich) started for Va. Tech and lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks and 5 earned runs.
A bunch of former Bourne Braves padded their stats in Coastal Carolina's 17-1 romp over Liberty. Anthony Meo ('10) pitched 7 shutout innings and allowed just 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8. Daniel Bowman ('10) was 2 for 4 and drove in 6 runs. Included among Bowman's hits was his fourth homerun. Scott Woodward ('09, '10) was 2 for 3 and scored 3 runs. Tommy LaStella ('10) added 2 hits and 2 RBI. Taylor Motter (Harwich; '10) hit his first homerun of the season and drove in 2 runs to further aid Coastal's cause.
Andrew Gagnon (Brewster; '10) pitched 7 innings, gave up just 3 hits and did not walk a batter while striking out 8 as Long Beach State pounded Pacific, 20-0. Gagnon has pitched better than his 4-3 record would indicate. He has a 1.97 ERA and the opposition is batting just .209 off him. He has a 47/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 45.2 innings.
A trio of Dartmouth players are off to a good start as the Big Green head into Ivy League play today. Chris O'Dowd (Cotuit) is batting .349 with 3 HR and 11 RBI. On the mound, Kyle Hendricks (Brewster) is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA and Kyle Hunter (Orleans) is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA.