College Sports Morning Headlines-04/11/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 04/11/11.

Baseball Loses Early Lead in 5-2 Loss at Texas - Bears held hitless after second inning in rubber match of series.  Baylor got a strong outing from Trent Blank, but the Bears’ bullpen was unable to hold the lead as eighth-ranked Texas came from behind to win 5-2 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Disch-Falk Field.  With the win, Texas (24-8, 9-3 Big 12) won its sixth straight series against Baylor (18-15, 5-7 Big 12), while the Bears dropped their second consecutive series in Big 12 play.   READ MORE

2011 Baylor-Texas Football Game Moved for Television - Longtime Rivals 100th Meeting To Be Televised Dec. 3rd On ABC.  Baylor-Texas Football Game Moved for TV - Fresh off a Texas Bowl appearance and a winning season, Baylor's 2011 home football game against Texas has been moved to Saturday, Dec. 3, so that it may be televised by ABC at either 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. (Central).   READ MORE










UT not able to overcome bullpen's bad day - There were questions right from the first inning.  With runners on first and third and one out, why was Texas cleanup hitter Lucas Kephart bunting?  Kephart, one of Texas' top hitters the past few weeks, lined the bunt right back to the pitcher, who doubled up the runner on first to end the inning.  "It was a bad decision on my part," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "I mean, it was made worse by a terrible bunt. He can bunt. He just didn't on that occasion. It was a missed opportunity."   READ MORE

No. 8 Baseball tops Baylor, 5-2 - Four Longhorns pitchers combined to keep Baylor hitless over the last seven innings and the offense stormed back to erase a 2-0 deficit as the Horns captured the series from the Bears.  The No. 8 Texas Longhorns went down early but fought back in the second half of the game to beat the Baylor Bears 5-2 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Sunday afternoon.  Texas improved to 24-8 on the season (9-3 Big 12) and claimed the series after splitting with Baylor (18-15, 5-7) on Friday and Saturday.  The Bears struck first with what would be their only runs of the game in the top of the second.  Josh Ludy was hit by a Cole Green pitch to start the inning.  After Green struck out Dan Evatt, he walked Joey Hainsfurther and Lawton Langford then singled to left to load the bases.  Two batters later, Landis Ware sent a single to centerfield on an 0-2 pitch to score Ludy and Hainsfurther.   READ MORE










Great day for Aggies at Texas Relays - Gerald Phiri was hurt and mad. But he ended up happy.  Saturday's final day of the 84th Texas Relays didn't start out well for Phiri, Texas A&M's senior sprinter, when the Aggies dropped the baton in the 800-meter relay.  But it got better, though. Much better — for Phiri and A&M.  Before the day ended, Phiri broke the second-oldest mark in the Relays record book when he blazed to a wind-legal time of 10.06 seconds in the 100-meter dash. That replaced the meet's 100-meter standard of 10.07 by Arkansas State's Ed Preston, a mark that had stood since 1976, more than 12 years before Phiri was born in Ndola, Zambia.   READ MORE

Aggie Baseball Blasts Tech, 14-8, Wins Conference Series - Ross Stripling pitched 6 innings, striking out 9 while giving up 10 hits and 4 earned runs as he earned the win Sunday afternoon in :Lubbock. The Aggies defeated Texas Tech, 14-8, behind a blistering offensive performance, piling up 21 hits on the day, as they improved to 23-8 on the season, 8-3 in conference play. The Aggies won for the first time in Lubbock since 1997, breaking a streak where the home team has won this series every year since then. Tech falls to 20-13, 5-7 in Big 12 play.  READ MORE










No. 8 Texas Overcomes Doubles Point Loss To Defeat No. 19 Tech 5-2 - Red Raiders win the doubles point but drop five straight in singles play.  No. 19 Texas Tech jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with the doubles point, but No. 8 Texas fired back by winning five straight singles victories to give the Longhorns a 5-2 win in men's tennis action on Sunday afternoon in Austin.  The loss drops Texas Tech to 14-8 overall and to 1-3 in Big 12 play while Texas improves to 16-6 on the season and to 2-2 in conference play.   READ MORE

James' Record Day Leads No. 24 Texas Tech to Sweep of Iowa State - Sandy James tied the Tech school record with eight RBIs in 16-5 victory Sunday.  Sandy James tied the Texas Tech school record with eight RBIs as the 24th-ranked Red Raiders completed the series sweep of Iowa State Sunday with a 16-5 victory at the Southwest Athletic Complex.  James, who was 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk, crushed a two-out grand slam in the second inning to break a 2-2 tie and followed later with a two-run double in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh. Her record day ties the single-game record held by teammate Emily Bledsoe and Amanda Douglass.  Her performance helped Tech break the school record for most runs in a Big 12 game for the second-straight day. The Red Raiders plated 15 runs on Saturday to break the previous record. Tech's 31 runs over the weekend also broke the school record for a league series.   READ MORE










Cougars baseball bounces back; softball wins 10th straight - There was definitely a different feeling around Cougar Field early on Sunday afternoon. And it translated to an energy not seen from UH in the last three outings.  If any further proof was needed, it was provided when the Cougars ended the game in a different manner than previous games this season have ended under similar circumstances. Sunday wasn't the first time the Cougars built an early lead only to see it slip away. More often than not, the Cougars have been unable to recover in those situations.  Sunday was different.  After losing a six-run advantage, the Cougars came from behind in the eighth inning to scratch out an 8-7 win over the Blazers on Sunday at Cougar Field.   READ MORE

Houston Unleashes on UTEP in Series Finale, 15-0 - Cougars outscore Miners 38-5 for the series en route to third-straight C-USA sweep.  The University of Houston softball team stayed red hot as the Cougars knocked out six homeruns to run rule UTEP for the third-consecutive game at the Helen of Troy Complex in the series finale Sunday afternoon, 15-0.  After battling strong wind gusts on Saturday, Houston (28-12, 11-4) faced a nearly 20-degree drop in temperature on Sunday. Despite the elements, Houston was nothing short of smoking hot in the series finale as the Cougar hitters scored in every inning, shelling out 15 runs on 17 hits against UTEP (16-26, 1-11).   READ MORE










Kuster Named Team MVP - Leading Scorer and Rebounder.  The Rice women's basketball team conducted its year-end season banquet, catered by Frankie B. Mandola, Sunday evening in the R Room and handed out team its awards. The Owls concluded the 2010-11 season with an 18-13 mark, 10-6 in Conference USA (third place), and berth in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.  What came as no surprise was the fact that freshman Jessica Kuster was named the Gene Hackerman Most Valuable Player. Kuster, from San Antonio, led the team in scoring (14.1), rebounding (10.6), blocked shots (64), free throw percentage (73.7 percent), and field goal percent (45.9 percent). She became only the second-ever freshman in the history of C-USA to be named to the All-C-USA First Team. Kuster was also named as the league's Freshman of the Year and she earned a spot on the All-C-USA Defensive Team as well. Her rebounding average was also the second-highest in the nation amongst all freshmen.   READ MORE

Baseball Team Falls On The Road At East Carolina Sunday, 7-3 - Owls Return Home To Host Texas A&M Tuesday Night.  The Rice baseball team surrendered three unearned runs early and could never get fully back on track in a 7-3 Conference USA road loss in the finale of a three-game league series Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClaire Stadium in Greenville, N.C. The good news is the Owls won the C-USA weekend series 2-to-1 and next return home to begin a lengthy five-game homestand at Reckling Park.  East Carolina took advantage of a Rice fielding error for three big runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jack Reinheimer doubled and Corey Thompson singled to put runners on the corners. Rice starter Abe Gonzales got an infield fly to get the second out and a soft grounder that would have ended the threat, but an errant throw on the play allowed Reinheimer to score and keep the Pirates sailing. John Wooten followed with a single up the middle to score both men for a quick 3-0 lead.   READ MORE










No. 34 Women's Tennis Handles Houston, Meisner Becomes First 100 Match Winner - The No. 34 SMU Women's Tennis team handled C-USA foe Houston on Sunday, taking out the Cougars 4-1. With the victory, head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner became the first SMU women's tennis coach to notch 100 career victories.  Meisner is now 100-27 (.787) in her five years at the helm of the Mustangs and her team has now won six consecutive matches and nine of its last 10 contests to improve its overall record to 18-4.  SMU claimed the early lead by taking the doubles point for the second day in a row.   READ MORE

Track Wraps Up Texas Relays - The No. 17 SMU track and field's Lisa Egarter, Simone Du Toit and Helena Perez competed in the Texas Relays hosted by the University of Texas this weekend.  Egarter competed in the heptathlon and posted several impressive marks including a 1.76 meter high jump (second place in the event). The freshman finished with 5,116 cumulative points.   READ MORE










Miners Give Up Series to Houston - Houston's senior pitcher Amanda Crabtree pitched the complete game shutout finishing the game striking out nine of 22 batters faced and allowing just four hits and walking two.  The UTEP softball team closed out the Conference USA Houston series on Sunday afternoon with a 15-0 loss to the Cougars at the Helen of Troy Field.  Houston’s senior pitcher Amanda Crabtree pitched the complete game shutout finishing the game striking out nine of 22 batters faced and allowing just four hits and walking two. Crabtree improved to 15-6 in 2011 while UTEP’s freshman pitcher Megan Atchison fell to 3-7 after giving up four runs to begin game three of the series.   READ MORE

UTEP Football Caps Second Week of Spring Drills With Scrimmage - Junior college transfer Nick Lamaison completed 9-of-11 passes for 137 yards for the Miners on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.  Junior college transfer Nick Lamaison had the best day statistically of UTEP's quarterbacks, completing 9-of-11 passes for 137 yards as the Miners wrapped up the second week of spring drills with a full-contact scrimmage on Saturday morning in the Sun Bowl.  Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Leslie also had a big day offensively, reeling in five catches for 113 yards with two touchdowns - one off an 18-yard pass from sophomore Carson Meger, and another via a 38-yard reception from freshman Javia Hall.  Another redshirt freshman, Nathan Jeffery, was UTEP's leading rusher with 35 yards on 13 carries. The Miners scrimmaged for about 100 plays - 20 more than expected - then closed out the nearly three-hour practice with work on the four-minute drill.  READ MORE










Frogs Show Promise This Week - I apologize for going into radio silence for the last 10 days, but I promise full analysis on the baseball team in the coming days. The Frogs finished up their 13 game home stand with a (10-3) record and a (22-10) overall record. Obviously the Frogs wish they were still on their record pace from a year ago, but there are good signs showing from the last couple games.  Steven Maxwell may have been the best takeaway for me as he capped the home stand with his best start of the year with a complete game today. Would you believe Maxwell threw 22 innings allowing 15 hits and just 4 earned runs during the home stand. That is actually better than Winkler who threw 21 innings allowing 16 hits and the same 4 earned runs. Not too shabby.   READ MORE

TCU's Young and Relays Shine to Close 2011 Texas Relays - The men and women's 4x100 and men's distance medley relay earned top-five finishes.  The TCU track and field relay teams were on display Saturday to lead the Horned Frogs on the final day of the 84th running of the Texas Relays held at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior sprinter Jessica Young also stood out, improving her time in the 100 meters to lead the nation in the event.  "I thought we were solid again today," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "I was obviously happy with Jessica Young getting third in the 100-meter invitational race. I thought our men's 4x100 team getting fifth place and running 39.38 was good to see for where we are right now in April. I also liked the girls in the 4x400 and Kelsey Samuels in the shot put today. All in all, I thought it was a respectable day for us. "   READ MORE










Baseball: Scots hold off Guyer rally - When Isaack Lopez got his first at-bat after coming into pitch on Saturday, he looked out toward right field and saw the new video board perched on top of the signature Home Run Porch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  And on the very first pitch he saw from Highland Park’s Holt Perlman, Lopez sent a rocket over the right-field wall.  It was part of a big day for the Guyer junior, who went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and pitched six innings of relief as Guyer was edged by the Scots, 7-6, in a nondistrict game at a unique setting.   READ MORE

Softball Comeback Comes Up Short - Boca Raton, FL (4/10/11) - A seventh-inning comeback came up short as the North Texas softball team lost to Florida Atlantic, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at the FAU Softball Complex.  The Owls improve to 25-18 and 9-3 in the conference, while the Mean Green falls to 17-23 and 3-12 in the Sun Belt. FAU leads the overall series, 10-7 and swept the season series.  Down 5-1, North Texas scored three runs in the top of the seventh but left the bases loaded. The Mean Green was hurt by two errors and three walks in the game.   READ MORE










Central Arkansas Wins Slugfest Against Bobcats, 13-7 - With the wind blowing straight out on Sunday afternoon, it was no surprise that there was plenty of offense in the game between Texas State and Central Arkansas. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the Bears were able to generate more of it as they defeated Texas State, 13-7, in the series finale at Bear Stadium. The Bears won games two and three of the series to take the season series with against Texas State.  Entering the game 10th in the Southland Conference in hitting, the Bears put 22 runners on base en route to scoring 10 runs. Meanwhile, the Bobcats, who entered the game leading the Southland Conference in hitting during conference play, pounded out 11 hits and four home runs, but it was not enough as the Bobcats fell to 20-11, 11-4 SLC on the season.   READ MORE

Franchione Sees Improvement In Second Scrimmage - Playing in game-like conditions for the first time this spring, the Texas State football team enjoyed some big plays on both sides of the football Saturday morning in its second scrimmage under new head coach Dennis Franchione.  The 90-play scrimmage was played in game-like conditions with both punt and kickoff teams participating. In addition, the first-team offense went against the first-team defense part of the time with the second-team offense battling the second-team defense. '   READ MORE










No. 5 Texas A&M blanks Roadrunners, 7-0 - Two of the top three singles matches went three sets, but the UTSA men's tennis team was swept in a non-conference tilt at No. 5 Texas A&M on Sunday.  The Aggies (21-4) took all three doubles matches from the Roadrunners (9-9), including the top flight, where the fifth-ranked duo of Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek handed senior Daniel Moreiras and junior Martin Ayala an 8-2 setback. The victory was Texas A&M's 31st consecutive home triumph.   READ MORE

Garrett Jr., Steinert break school records at Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays - Sophomore Richard Garrett Jr. and Phil Steinert broke UTSA's discus and hammer throw records, respectively, and four Roadrunners won gold medals at a pair of meets this week.  Garrett Jr. launched the platter 178-1 (54.29m) on Friday en route to a second-place performance in the B section of the university/college division of the 84th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. That was nearly five feet better than his previous personal best and it broke Ole Gran's 25-year-old mark of 177-3 (54.03m). The Garland native now resides at the top of the Southland Conference standings.   READ MORE
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