College Sports Morning Headlines-05/16/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 05/16/11.

Softball Heads To Maryland As No. 11 Seed - Baylor will square off with Lehigh on Friday at 4:00 p.m. CT.  The No. 11 national seed Baylor softball team will hit the road to begin its NCAA Championship quest, traveling to the Maryland Regional beginning on Friday, May 20 with a match-up against Lehigh at 4:00 p.m. CT in College Park. Maryland will face off against East Carolina in the other game starting at 6:00 p.m. CT.  "It was a thrill to see our name pop up and get a seed I thought we deserved," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We are excited to head to the east coast, and we will just take it one game at a time."  The Lady Bears, who earned an at-large bid to the championship, enter the regional with a 40-12 mark after finishing fourth in the Big 12. Lehigh (33-21) won the Patriot League Tournament title after entering the tournament as the No. 2 seed.  Maryland (39-17) will host for the second-consecutive season after earning an at-large bid and finishing third in the ACC. East Carolina swept the Conference USA Tournament, earning the automatic bid, after finishing fifth in the regular season.  Baylor has never faced any of the other three teams in its regional.   READ MORE

Baseball Beats No. 19 OSU 5-3 to Win Series - Bears get first road series win over ranked opponent since 2006.  Brooks Pinckard turned in the longest outing of his career and allowed only one run through his first seven innings of work, as Baylor knocked off No. 19 Oklahoma State, 5-3, to win the series on Sunday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.  With the win, Baylor (26-23, 11-13 Big 12) recorded its first series win in Stillwater since 2003 and its first road series win over a ranked opponent since winning two of three at Long Beach State in 2006.  Oklahoma State (33-18, 13-10 Big 12) hadn't lost a Big 12 series at home this season, and the Cowboys entered the weekend with an 8-1 record in Big 12 home games.   READ MORE











Longhorns miss out on Big 12 softball title but get NCAA tournament berth - The Texas softball team spent the better part of the 2011 season as the frontrunner for a back-to-back Big 12 championship, winning its first 12 conference games before dropping three of five heading into its regular season-ending showdown with 17th-ranked Baylor .  At stake for the No. 5 Longhorns was a share of the league title (with Missouri) and some momentum heading into the postseason, which begins Friday. But with the finish line readily within reach on senior day, Texas faltered.  The Bears played spoiler Sunday at McCombs Field, using clutch pitching from Whitney Canion and small-ball offense to repel Texas 2-1 .   READ MORE

Briscoe completes sweep of Big 12 high jump titles on final day of conference championship - Becomes second freshman in league history to sweep high jump titles; Horns finish fourth overall.University of Texas freshman Shanay Briscoe completed her sweep of the conference high jump titles on the final day of the Big 12 Outdoor Championship with her winning clearance of 5-11.25 (1.81m). The Longhorns finished fourth overall with 90.5 points.  Briscoe, who claimed the indoor conference crown in February, becomes just the second freshman in league history to win both the indoor and outdoor titles, joining former Longhorn Destinee Hooker (2006). Texas has now won the last three outdoor titles (Victoria Lucas - 2010, Destinee Hooker - 2009) and has the most in league history with eight overall since the conference started 15 years ago.   READ MORE











Billy Kennedy is best possible hire for A&M basketball - Funny how things work out.  Bill Kennedy was an assistant at Texas A&M for the 1990-91 season, which was the program's darkest period. Two decades later, the Aggies are poised to have their best season in school history and the guy who will be in charge of making that happen is Kennedy.  Texas A&M made the best possible choice. Marquette's Buzz Williams and former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy would have been regarded as bigger hires, but Kennedy will be better in the long run, much better. That's because he certainly won't think of A&M as a stepping stone as did his predecessors.  Kennedy probably in his wildest dreams never thought he'd be back at Texas A&M, but he's certainly earned it. He's gotta feel like he just won the lottery -- with 13 being his lucky number. He's bounced around 13 years as an assistant and 13 more as a head coach. He's certainly paid his dues, yet he's only 47.   READ MORE

A&M Baseball Defeats Nebraska, 5-1, Completes Sweep - The A&M baseball team completed the conference series sweep today, defeating Nebraska 5-1. Brandon Parrent pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief, giving up one hit while striking out 5 and walking 1 to earn the win. Freshman Derrick Hadley started the game, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits and 3 walks.  The offensive story of the game was Tyler Naquin's 27 game hitting streak coming to an end, as he went 0-1 with 4 walks on the day. Nebraska decided walking him was a more effective defensive strategy than letting him hit the ball.   READ MORE











Tech Wins Three Big 12 Titles on Final Day of Big 12 Champs - Omo Osaghae won the 110M hurdles with a 13.23, the fifth-fastest time ever run by a collegian.  The Texas Tech track & field program won three Big 12 titles in the 110M hurdles, 400M hurdles and discus, on the final day of the Big 12 Championships.  "We had some great individual performances," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "Omo (Osaghae) was fantastic in the 110M hurdles. Bryce (Brown) and Jamele (Mason) was a great race to watch. Julian's (Wruck) throw was spectacular and seeing school records and meet records turned it into a good day. Our lack of depth hurt us on both the men and women's race but we competed strong and kept everybody healthy for nationals.   READ MORE

Texas Tech Selected to Second-Straight NCAA Regional - Red Raiders will head to the NCAA Tucson Regional to face New Mexico State at 6 p.m. Friday.  For the second-straight year, the Texas Tech softball program is heading to the postseason as the Red Raiders were selected to the Tucson Regional Sunday evening during the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU.  Tech will face New Mexico State in the opening game, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium. No. 8 seed and regional host Arizona will play the other first round game against Harvard at 8:30 p.m. Friday (CT).   READ MORE











Cougars Capture Third Consecutive Conference USA Title - Houston three-peats in outdoor league competition.  The University of Houston men's track and field team won their third consecutive Conference USA Outdoor Championship Sunday night. Errol Nolan led the Cougars in points as the sophomore sprinter captured the Performance of the Meet award.  The women finished third and set a school record in the 4x100m. Tai'shea Reese, Whitney Harris, Kalyn Floyd and Grecia Bolton lowered the program's time in the event from last year's mark to 43.54.   READ MORE

Wiley Pitches Cougar Baseball To 6-1 Win Over Southern Miss - Wiley Turns In First Complete Game Of Career.  Junior pitcher Mo Wiley pitched the first complete game of his career, guiding the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-1 series finale victory over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field. With the win, the Cougars take a 2-1 series victory and improve to 24-27 overall and 11-10 in Conference USA play.  Wiley allowed just one run on eight hits with two strikeouts to improve to 3-4 on the mound this season.  The Cougars also had 14 hits at the plate, with seniors Ryan Still and Joel Ansley leading the way with three hits each. Still also scored two runs, while Ansley had two RBIs.   READ MORE











Rice Men's Track and Field Squad Places Fourth at C-USA Outdoor Championship - Total 104 Points.  The Rice Owls men's track and field squad placed fourth with 104 points at the 2011 C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which was hosted by Rice at Holloway Field and Ley Track. Houston won the team title with 175 points and UTEP was second with 139 points, while Tulsa was third at 133 points.  The Owls' biggest highlight on the final of four days of competition was in the shot put, as Alex Zinchenko won with a career-best mark of 17.77m/58-3.75.   READ MORE


Rice Rallies Past Memphis Sunday In Bottom Of The Ninth Inning, 7-6 - Owls Next Play Final Home Game of the Regular Season on Tuesday Night.  Sophomore second baseman Michael Ratterree delivered a two-out, bases-loaded single to drive in the both tying and go-ahead runs that lifted the Rice baseball team to a dramatic 7-6 victory over visiting Memphis in the finale of a three-game Conference USA weekend series Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.  With the come-from behind victory in their final at bat, the Owls claimed the best-of-three C-USA weekend series against the Tigers two-games-to-one. Rice also picked up a game in the league standings on first place Southern Miss, setting up next week's best-of-three series between the two teams in Hattiesburg, Miss.   READ MORE










Forty-Nine SMU Student-Athletes Set To Graduate This Weekend - Academic Success Stories Continue On The Hilltop.  On Saturday, 49 SMU student-athletes will walk across the stage at Moody Coliseum in what will be a defining moment of their college careers. It won't be a game-winning goal or a long touchdown pass, but rather the simple handoff of a piece of paper - their college diplomas. It will mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of the rest of their lives and will also mark the end of another successful academic year for Mustang student-athletes. While final spring grades are still being calculated, the fall semester saw SMU student-athletes set records in the classroom, as the Mustangs combined to post a GPA over 3.0 for the first time.  This weekend, though, will be all about the graduates. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend express some of the best traditions of Southern Methodist University.   READ MORE

W-Tennis: Lauren Longbotham Meisner Named ITA Region Coach Of The Year - No. 9 Marta Lesniak Selected ITA Region Player To Watch; No. 32 Mustangs Open NCAA Action Saturday.  After leading her team to a school-record third straight NCAA Tournament bid and setting the SMU record for career wins (103) and winning percentage (.786, 103-28), women's tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner has been named the ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year. Junior Marta Lesniak, ranked No. 9 in the latest ITA singles rankings, was also selected as the ITA Texas Region Player to Watch. The honor goes to a non-senior who has an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of her career while demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship and character.  The No. 32 Mustangs (21-5) play at No. 31 Texas A&M in the NCAA first round on Saturday.   READ MORE











Track Teams in Fourth at C-USA Outdoor Championships - The men have combined for 40 points behind first-place Houston (58), second-place Tulsa (49) and third-place Rice (42). With 37 points, the women find themselves one point behind Southern Miss (38), two behind East Carolina (39) while SMU has pulled away to first with 60 points.  After day three of Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships competition, the UTEP men and women squads are fourth heading into the final day of action at Rice's Holloway Field/Ley Track in Houston.  "Our men competed and qualified very well today," head coach Mika Laaksonen said. "We are on pace to score above expectations. Houston is going to be difficult to catch tomorrow, but we will definitely leave it all out there tomorrow and see if it is enough. I don't see us finishing lower than second under any circumstances."  The men have combined for 40 points behind first-place Houston (58), second-place Tulsa (49) and third-place Rice (42). With 37 points, the women find themselves one point behind Southern Miss (38), two behind East Carolina (39) while SMU has pulled away to first with 60 points.   READ MORE

Golf Coach Rick Todd Fired - UTEP has parted ways with golf coach Rick Todd after 12 years. The Miners’ golf team has been in decline since 2004 and is not showing any signs of improvement.  Todd is a UTEP alum and former standout golfer for the Miners in the 1980’s. He was UTEP’s first All-American in 1984 and played on various mini tours as a professional.   READ MORE











TCU Clinches Title In Wild 2-1 Victory Over Utah - Conference title is sixth straight for the Frogs.  A two-out wild pitch allowed Jason Coats to race home with the championship-clinching run as No. 8 TCU defeated Utah 2-1 on Senior Day at Lupton Stadium. The victory locked up the Horned Frogs sixth straight regular season Mountain West championship and the eighth straight conference crown.  Nick Frey, Trent Appleby and Stefan Crichton did yeoman's work on the mound to help the Frogs secure the victory. Frey set career highs in innings pitched with six and strikeouts with five. He allowed just one run on six hits and issued two walks (one intentional). Appleby dolled out one intentional walk and struck out three in his two innings of work. Crichton (6-3) retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn the win.   READ MORE

TCU Wraps 2011 MWC Championships with Eight Titles Saturday - Charles Silmon earned the meet's Outstanding Male Performance award.  The TCU track and field team swept the 100-meter and 200-meter titles Saturday on the way to winning eight gold medals for the day to conclude the 2011 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships at the Jack Christiansen Track on the campus of Colorado State University.   READ MORE











Adams Wins Three Races, Named Top SBC Scorer - Senior Alysha Adams was named the most outstanding track athlete and top meet scorer on the women's side for her stellar day of running on Sunday at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships from Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Complex on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.  Adams started off the day with a first place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with an SBC Championship and Dean A. Hayes Stadium record of 13.28 seconds.   READ MORE

UNT dodges another bullet -- Kennedy lands A&M job - UNT head coach Johnny Jones was on the target list for the Texas A&M job. Fortunately for the Mean Green, Murray State's Billy Kennedy got the gig.  Here's the news from our friend Chuck Carlton downtown at the Morning News: Kennedy to A&M.  The list of schools that have shown an interest in Jones is growing by the year. Jones interviewed at LSU and Auburn and multiple people who cover Texas A&M say there was at least some interest shown by the Aggies.  UNT won't be able to keep Jones around forever, but count this one as another bullet it avoided.   READ MORE











Bobcat Softball Set for NCAA Austin Regional - The Texas State Bobcat softball team will take on No. 3 Texas on Friday  at 6:30 p.m. in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Softball Championship Tournament in Austin. Game time is still to be determined. The Austin Regional will also include Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette.  Friday will mark the fifth appearance for the Bobcat softball team in the NCAA Regional and the second time in three years.  The Bobcats (33-23, 21-10 SLC) earned the postseason bid after claiming the Southland Conference tournament title with an 8-5 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon.   READ MORE

No. 25 Texas State Cruises To 14-3 Victory On Senior Day - Senior Clint Vest came up big for the No. 25 Texas State baseball team on Sunday, setting a new career high for RBIs as he helped the Bobcats run-rule Nicholls, 14-3, in seven innings to earn their second straight SLC series sweep. Joey Fuda capped off the victory with a three-run, walk-off homer to put the game in the books.  “It's a big-time win today, especially after winning conference yesterday,” Vest said. “We have a great team, and I couldn't ask for anything better.”   READ MORE










Bond, Hayes capture Southland Outdoor crowns on Sunday - Senior All-American Devon Bond successfully defended his triple jump title and freshman Keyunta Hayes captured gold in the 400-meter hurdles, but the UTSA men's track & field team came up 16 points short of winning its second consecutive Southland Conference Outdoor Championship on Sunday at Walter P. Ledet Track & Field Complex.  Bond skipped to a season-best 52-6 ½ (16.01m) on his third jump of the day and he won his specialty event by nearly two feet after passing on his final three attempts.   READ MORE

UTSA falls 9-3 at McNeese State - UTSA was unable to overcome an early four-run deficit and dropped a 9-3 decision at McNeese State on Saturday at Cowboy Diamond. It marked the fifth consecutive loss for the Roadrunners (22-29, 13-16 SLC).  The Cowboys (26-26, 14-15 SLC) plated a pair of runs in each of the first two innings and knocked out senior starting pitcher Taylor Walton (5-6) after just 1.1 frames.  Freshman Blake Denman came in and worked 5.2 innings of relief, allowing only an unearned run and keeping the Roadrunners within striking distance.  However, a four-run eighth allowed McNeese State to pull away for good.   READ MORE
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