College Sports Morning Headlines-03/07/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 03/07/11.

Grand Finish: Baseball Beats Rice on Muncy Blast - Max Muncy delivers first walk-off homer for Baylor since Feb. 27, 2007.  Max Muncy crushed an 0-1 pitch into the right-field stands for a walk-off grand slam as Baylor's 16th-ranked baseball team came from behind to knock off No. 21 Rice, 12-8, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.  Muncy's walk-off homer was the first by a Baylor player since Feb. 27, 2007, when Raynor Campbell hit one against UT Arlington. With the win, Baylor (6-5) finished 2-1 in the 2011 Houston College Classic.  "Rice had a tough call to make in the 10th inning, and they put a couple of guys on hoping for a ball right at them," head coach Steve Smith said. "Max took a fastball and then got a changeup up in the zone and couldn't really hit it better than he hit it."   READ MORE

Three Bears Garner Big 12 Postseason Honors - LaceDarius Dunn becomes the third Baylor player in Big 12 era named first-team All-Big 12.  Baylor and Big 12 all-time leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn was named to the 2011 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 First Team and is among three Bears to earn conference postseason honors Sunday. The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.  Dunn earned only Baylor's third first-team selection in Big 12 history, joining Terry Black (2001) and former teammate Curtis Jerrells (2008). Once one of the league's best players off the bench, Dunn led the league in both scoring (19.8) and 3-point field goals (3.26) through 27 games. The Monroe, La., native became the Baylor and Big 12 all-time leading scorer (2,274 points) this season, while setting other major school career marks along the way.   READ MORE

Griner Named Big 12 Player of the Week - Sophomore post earns 12th career weekly honor.  IRVING, Texas - Brittney Griner (Baylor), Brittany Chambers (Kansas State) and Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma) were named the season's final Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week by a media voting panel for games from Feb. 28-March 5. Griner (player) was recognized for the fourth time this season and 12th in her career. Chambers (player) picked up her second award of the season and third in her career while Ellenberg (freshman) was honored for the fourth time in 2010-11.   READ MORE





What we learned from the Texas-Stanford baseball series - Augie Garrido knows what he has on his hands:  A pitching staff that's deeper than an MLK speech.  And?  A good defense on most days.  And?  An experienced coaching staff that knows what it takes to get to Omaha.  And ... That's it for now.  We assume the hitting part comes later. It usually does with Texas.  The sixth-ranked Longhorns took a 4-2 win Sunday in the rubber match of their three-game series with Stanford, thanks to good pitching, clutch defense and opportunistic offense.   READ MORE

Texas baseball beats Stanford in series finale - Sam Stafford started out with 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and the Texas defense turned a key double play in the eighth inning to preserve a 4-2 win over Stanford in Sunday's finale of a three-game series.  Stafford (2-0) gave up three hits and struck out seven before running into trouble in the sixth inning. After sandwiching two walks between an error to load the bases, he was replaced by Kendal Carrillo, who retired the next two batters on a strikeout and groundout to keep Texas up 3-0.   READ MORE

UT women open Big 12 tournament Tuesday, against Missouri - The Texas-Missouri matchup in the first round of the Big 12 women's basketball championship this week will be a rematch of the first game of the conference season.  Despite 22 points apiece from guards Ashleigh Fontenette and Chassidy Fussell, Missouri rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation and beat the Longhorns 85-80 in overtime Jan. 8 in Columbia.  Their first-round conference tournament matchup will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.   READ MORE





Big week ahead for Aggies men, women in KC - Mark Turgeon let out a whoop or something similar on a sprint past the post-game interview room to the locker room after Texas A&M’s victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, and I’ll interpret it as meaning one thing: it’s time for the postseason.  The third-seeded Aggies, who earned a bye in the first round of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, will face either sixth-seeded Missouri or 11th-seeded Tech at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the second round. A&M is 3-0 against the teams this year, having defeated Tech twice and Missouri once.   READ MORE

A&M pounds Houston - Tyler Naquin jump-started the Aggie offensive attack by hitting for the cycle and driving in six runs as the Texas A&M Aggies pounded the Houston Cougars 11-4 on Sunday at Minute Maid Park to conclude the Houston College Classic.  A&M had a season-high 15 hits as Naquin was 4 for 6. Naquin and Friday starting pitcher John Stilson, who had a no-decision in the loss to Utah, were all-tournament selections.  A&M's big offensive game against Houston made a winner of Nick Fleece, a tough-luck loser against Utah on Friday. Fleece (2-1) went two and two-third innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. Naquin's performance overshadowed a 4-for-5 effort by Jacob House, and multi-hit games by Krey Bratsen, Kenny Jackson and Jace Statum.   READ MORE

Three Aggies earn All-Big 12 honors - Junior forward Marcus Morris from league champ Kansas was named the Player of the Year on the All-Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Team. Texas A&M, which was the third-place finisher, had sophomore forward Khris Middleton on the second team, junior forward David Loubeau on the third team, and senior guard B.J. Holmes earned honorable mention.   READ MORE





No. 8 Horned Frogs Complete Sweep Over Texas Tech - Stephen Hagen leads Red Raiders going 2-for-3 at the plate.  Texas Tech trailed by a run for six innings before No. 8 TCU scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to secure an 8-1 victory for the series sweep over the Red Raiders on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.  Texas Tech falls to 8-5 overall while TCU improves to 7-4 on the season.    READ MORE

Texas Tech Gets Ready For Big 12 Tournament - The Texas Tech men's and women's basketball teams have their seedings and are set to begin the Big 12 Tournament on Tuesday.  The final games are in the books and the seeding is set for the Texas Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo., this week.  The Lady Raiders (21-9, 8-8 Big 12) locked up the No. 6 seed after a 61-56 win over No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday. Tech finished with its best record in four seasons under head coach Kristy Curry and won its third game over a Top 25 team this season.   READ MORE

Women's Tennis Posts Win over Denver, 4-3 - Squad sweeps the doubles and takes three singles matches for the win.  The Texas Tech women's tennis team won their fifth straight match posting a 4-3 win over the University of Denver Pioneers at the McLeod Tennis Center on Sunday.  Texas Tech swept the three doubles matches. At No. 2 doubles, Caroline Starck and Nikki Sanders downed Denver's Emma Isberg and Steffi Rath, 8-2. Lady Raiders Elizabeth Ullathorne and Haley Fournier defeated Denver's No. 3 doubles tandem, Caroline Schnell and Natalie Dunn, 8-5. Samantha Adams and Kelsy Garland completed the doubles sweep with their win at the top spot over Sophia Bergner and Elena Najera, 8-6.   READ MORE





College Classic: Cougars fall to Texas A&M, go 1-2 - The Houston Cougars fell to Texas A&M 11-4 on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park in the Houston College Classic finale.  It is the fourth loss the Cougars have suffered in the last five games and the Cougars went 1-2 for the weekend in the event, losing to Baylor on Friday and beating Kentucky on Saturday.  Despite the recent struggles it's not all bad news. The Cougars' 8-5 win on Saturday over Kentucky was a quality win considering it came against highly-touted pitching prospect Alex Meyer.   READ MORE

Taylor, Scott, Landry named to All-Conference USA team - The All-Conference USA women's basketball teams were released on Sunday afternoon and there was plenty of local flavor among the teams.  UH senior forward Courtney Taylor, senior guard Brittney Scott and junior guard Porsche Landry all made the All-C-USA first team. Taylor also made the All-Defensive team.  Also, Rice freshman forward Jessica Kuster made the first team, and Rice senior forward Morgan Mayse made the third team. Kuster also made the All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams.   READ MORE

Baseball Knocks Off Kentucky 8-5 At Houston College Classic - Caleb Ramsey Goes 3-for-5 With Three RBIs.  The University of Houston baseball team scored six runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and go on to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 8-5 on Saturday afternoon at the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.  With the Cougars trailing 2-1 in the seventh, sophomore M.P. Cokinos singled through the middle to plate junior Jake Runte before scoring the go ahead run on junior John Cannon's triple. After a fielder's choice to throw Cannon out at home, senior Ryan Still started a UH four-run rally with two outs by reaching base on a walk.   READ MORE





Kubitza Named Most Outstanding Player At Houston College Classic - Hoelscher, Ratterree and Rendon Join Kubitza On All-Tourney Team.  With freshman right-hander Austin Kubitza leading the way as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Houston College Classic, four Owls were named to the All-Tournament team it was announced late Sunday night at Minute Maid Park.   READ MORE

Owls Fall To Baylor 12-8 Sunday At Minute Maid Park - Rice Next Hosts Sam Houston State On Tuesday Night.  Baylor's Max Muncy hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to lift the Bears to a 12-8 win over the Rice baseball team Sunday on the final day of action the annual Houston College Classic Tournament held downtown at Minute Maid Park.  The loss snapped the Owls' three-game win streak. Rice moved to 8-5 on the season while Baylor improved to 6-5.   READ MORE

Rice Ends Regular Season with Win Over Houston, 72-57 - The Owls are now the No. 10 seed in the conference tournament.  Rice junior forward Lucas Kuipers sank a trio of three-point baskets in the first five minutes of the game and went on to score a team-high 15 points in helping lead the Owls to a 72-57 win over Houston Saturday evening in Hofheinz Pavilion.  Coupled with a 79-71 overtime victory over the Cougars earlier in the year, Rice swept both games in the series for only the second time in program history. The Owls also won both games in 1993. With the victory, Rice improved to 13-17 and 5-11 in Conference USA play. Houston closed out the regular season at 12-17 and 4-12.   READ MORE





Simpson Named To C-USA All-Freshman Team - SMU forward became third Mustangs to earn honor.  Akil Simpson was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team league officials announced Sunday.  The Duncanville, Texas native averaged 5.0 points per game, and was fourth on the team with 4.3 rebounds per game. She scored a season-high 17 points against then-No. 23 Texas at the BTI Classic in Las Vegas, and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds at Tulane.   READ MORE

SMU Edged By UTEP, 59-56; Will Face Rice In C-USA Championship First Round - Papa Dia led SMU (17-13, 8-8) with 19 points and eight rebounds.  UTEP clinched a bye in the first round of the Conference USA tournament by defeating SMU 59-56 on Saturday.  The Miners (23-8, 11-5), who will host the conference tournament in El Paso, got 18 points from Christian Polk, 16 from Jeremy Williams and 13 from Randy Culpepper. They will carry the No. 2 or No. 3 seed into the tournament, depending on the outcome of Tulsa's game later Saturday.   READ MORE

MBB: Collin Mangrum Named To C-USA All-Academic Team - Senior Guard Is Working Toward Masters In Dispute Resolution.  SMU senior Collin Mangrum has been named to the 2011 Conference USA Men's Basketball All-Academic Team for his achievements in the classroom and on the court. Mangrum as well as four juniors were represented on the honorary list, where nominees must hold a minimum 3.2 GPA, be a starter or key reserve for their team and be of sophomore academic standing.  SMU senior Collin Mangrum rounds out the 2011 All-Academic team with a 3.850 GPA. Pursuing his Masters in Dispute Resolution, he has started in 13 of the 27 games that he's seen action, moving further into a starting position as league play progressed. He averages 5.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Below is a complete list of the honorees, with all competing in the 2011 Buick C-USA Men's Basketball Championship March 9-12 in El Paso.   READ MORE





Miner Illustrated Magazine:  Vol 1, Issue 9 - The wait is finally over as we bring you the colossal special edition tournament magazine. Miner Illustrated breaks down all the teams coming to El Paso for the Conference USA tournament and we look at each team’s performance this season, take a closer look at a key player and bring you some important stats from the team.  We hope you enjoy all the information in this issue. Hope to see you at the Don Haskins Center this week of all the tournament games!   READ MORE

Tim Floyd Radio Show on East Side Monday - Catch the broadcast live at Border City Ale House or listen on KOFX 92.3 FM beginning at 7 p.m.  The show alternates between the East side (Border City Ale House) and West side (Brew Sports Pub & Grill) of El Paso.   READ MORE

Softball Picks Up Wins Against La. Tech, UT-Arlington - The UTEP softball team picked up a pair of victories against Louisiana Tech, 13-9, and UT-Arlington, 6-1, in the second day of action at the North Texas Courtyard Classic in Denton, Texas, on Saturday.  The UTEP softball team picked up a pair of victories against Louisiana Tech, 13-9, and UT-Arlington, 6-1, in the second day of action at the North Texas Courtyard Classic in Denton, Texas, on Saturday.  Junior Chelsea Troupe finished the day with three homers and the Miners used a five-run bottom of the seventh to force Louisiana Tech to extra innings for the come-from-behind win against the Lady Techsters. UTEP then outhit Texas-Arlington 9-4 to defeat the Mavericks and improve to 11-8 heading into tomorrow's final day at the tournament against Ole Miss.   READ MORE





TCU Sweeps Texas Tech - Last week when we asked our readers the level of panic they were experiencing, most responded very calmly. I think the Dallas Baptist game may have changed that view a bit (even though Dallas Baptist may end up a tournament team this year), but the Frogs responded well this weekend in Lubbock. The Frogs took to the road and excluding the 5th inning on Saturday, they dominated the Red Raiders 23-1. Unfortunately the 6 run meltdown on Saturday almost cost the Frogs the game the same way the 4 errors against Dallas Baptist did, but the Frogs responded late to ensure a sweep.   READ MORE

TCU Completes Sweep With 8-1 Win Over Texas Tech - Purke tosses six scoreless innings.  The TCU Horned Frog bats stayed hot and Matt Purke tossed six scoreless innings to hand Texas Tech an 8-1 loss Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field. Aaron Schultz, Jason Coats and Brance Rivera homered for the Frogs who completed their first sweep of the season.  Matt Purke (2-0) was outstanding in his return to the mound Sunday. He was perfect through 4 2/3 innings before surrendering a base hit to Stephen Hagen. In total, he tossed six scoreless innings, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out six.   READ MORE

TCU doesn't deserve MWC's goodbye snub - The schedule stinks.  But nobody at TCU seems all that surprised.  Humored, maybe, as football coach Gary Patterson described himself. Or peeved, as some inside the athletic offices put it.  But, no, not surprised.  If this is the way that the Mountain West Conference is choosing to say goodbye to the TCU Horned Frogs, it's petty and -- if I may use a sports vernacular that somehow seems appropriate here -- bush league.  I thought the conference was classier than that.   READ MORE





We just witnessed one of the great outings of recent UNT history - We just witnessed one of the great outings in recent UNT history in any sport.  Yeah, I know.  There have been plenty of UNT players who have scored more than the 36 Tristan Thompson dropped on FAU tonight.  But really, when has anyone at UNT done more in a game that MATTERED AS MUCH ?   READ MORE

Thompson's Epic Night Sends NT To Semifinals - Mean Green men's basketball took down No. 1 overall seed Florida Atlantic Sunday night 78-64 on the Hot Springs Convention Center Court  to advance to the Sun Belt Conference semi-finals.  Senior guard Tristan Thompson poured in a career high 36 points in the game, leading all scorers and falling just five points shy of the Sun Belt Conference scoring record of 41.   READ MORE

Golden Hurricane Too Much For Mean Green - North Texas tennis fell to the No. 30 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Waranch Tennis Complex.  Junior Irina Paraschiv once again won both of her matches and expanded her overall record to 6-1 in the last four matches.   READ MORE





Nebraska Baseball Begins Against The Texas State Bobcats! - Nebraska baseball begins today at 3:00 pm CST in San Marcos, Texas, as the Huskers travel to the Texas State tournament to take on the Texas State Bobcats. The Bobcats were the Southland Conference regular season champions last season, but lost the year-end tournament to Lamar, and were not selected to participate in the 2010 NCAA baseball tournament.   READ MORE

Islanders suffer 81-77 heartbreaker against Texas State - The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women’s basketball team suffered another gut-wrenching loss on Wednesday night, falling 81-77 to the Texas State Bobcats on the road.  The Islanders move to 2-22 overall and 0-11 in Southland Conference games.  The Bobcats are now 9-15 on the season and 4-7 in league play.   READ MORE

Squeaking Out A Win - Softball tops Texas State 1-0 with first inning score.  A single run in the opening stanza was all the Boilermaker softball team needed to down the host Texas State Bobcats at the CenturyLink Classic Saturday morning.  Purdue managed a run on four hits in the contest, including two by junior Molly Garst. The Boilermakers allowed six hits in the contest, but issued their second shutout of the year.   READ MORE





UTSA to face Northwestern State in Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinals - Fresh off a come-from-behind, 68-63 victory at UT Arlington on Saturday night, UTSA has earned the No. 7 seed for the State Farm Southland Conference Tournament and will face second seed Northwestern State at noon on Wednesday at the Merrell Center in Katy.  The Roadrunners completed their regular season at 16-13 overall and finished in a tie with Stephen F. Austin for third place in the West Division at 9-7 and in a three-way tie for fifth place overall.   READ MORE

UTSA downed by Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference opener - Senior Caroline Dedering and freshman Isabelle Jonsson and each won their singles matches, but it was not enough, as Southeastern Louisiana downed UTSA by a score of 5-2 in the Southland Conference opener for both teams on Sunday. The two teams were forced to move to a neutral site after inclement weather rolled through the Hammond area on Saturday.   READ MORE

SLC tourney has NSU teams tipping at noon - The Northwestern State basketball teams will tip off their respective brackets in the 2011 State Farm Southland Conference Tournament, with the Lady Demons facing Lamar Tuesday at noon and the Demons taking on Texas-San Antonio 24 hours later.  Four women's quarterfinals begin with the NSU-Lamar game Tuesday at the Merrell Center in Katy, with men's quarterfinals starting Wednesday at noon with the NSU-UTSA contest. Semifinal games are Thursday.   READ MORE
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