College Sports Morning Headlines-05/23/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 05/23/11.

Grand Canion; Softball Takes Regional Title - Whitney Canion threw 6.2 innings of no-hit ball for the regional title. Whitney Canion delivered another masterful performance, carrying a no-hitter through 6.2 innings and helping guide No. 11 Baylor (43-12) to its fourth regional title and a 1-0 win over East Carolina (41-22) on Sunday afternoon in College Park, Md.  With her third-consecutive shutout, Canion has thrown 27 consecutive innings of shutout ball and marks the first time in her career she has thrown three shutouts in-a-row.   READ MORE

Women's Tennis Surges Into Final Four - Baylor reaches its second Final Four in program history.  After fourth-seeded North Carolina erased a 3-0 deficit, Baylor senior Jelena Stanivuk put it on her shoulders to finish off a 4-3 NCAA Quarterfinal victory for the fifth-seeded Lady Bears on Sunday evening in Stanford, Calif. With the win, Baylor earns a berth in Monday's national semifinal for just the second time in program history.   READ MORE












Top-seeded Texas opens Big 12 baseball tournament against Missouri - Co-champ Texas A&M will face Texas Tech on Wednesday.  Top-seeded Texas will begin Big 12 baseball tournament play against Missouri, a team the Longhorns swept, on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City. The Horns (40-13, 19-8) beat the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-30, 11-15) three times last month at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, 5-4, 5-2 and 10-1.  Co-champ Texas A&M (38-18, 19-8), the No. 2 seed, takes on seventh-seeded Texas Tech (33-23, 12-15) for openers.  After experimenting with round-robin play in recent years, the Big 12 returned to a two-division, double-elimination format. Oklahoma State, featuring a powerful offense, and improving Baylor, which just won a series from nationally ranked Oklahoma, also are in Texas' Pool 1.   READ MORE

Softball season ends abruptly - The Texas softball team dropped two games Saturday in the NCAA playoffs, ending the Longhorns season.  Saturday night, Texas lost 5-3 to Louisiana-Lafayette. Earlier in the day, the Longhorns fell 1-0 to Houston.  Texas was the No. 3 seed nationally.   READ MORE












For 24 hours, diamonds were Aggies best friend - It was a pretty good 24 hours for Texas A&M’s diamond teams. The baseball team denied Texas a three-game sweep Saturday night, earning a co-Big12 championship in the process.  Then on Sunday afternoon the softball team won the College Station Regional, finishing an unbeaten season at home.  The Aggie softball team will be a huge underdog in super regionals at top-ranked Arizona State, which has lost only six games. But A&M’s season is a success no matter what happens.  A&M couldn’t get past regionals last season. The Aggies also rebounded this season from a 1-9 start against ranked teams to finish third in the Big 12. With that strong finish, A&M split with a trio of NCAA tournament teams — Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor — and swept three more — Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Tech.   READ MORE

Billy Kennedy hires Memphis assistant - Texas A&M men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy has made his first hire, and it’s a good one, adding Memphis assistant Glynn Cyprien, according to the Commercial Appeal.   READ MORE












Texas Tech at Big 12 Championship Preview - Red Raiders make third consecutive and 12th all-time appearance at Big 12 Championships.  Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship - May 25-29, 2011.  Oklahoma City, Okla. - RedHawks Field at Bricktown.  Wed: 4 PM/Thurs: 12:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m./Fri: TBA/Sat: TBA/Sun: TBA.  READ MORE

Texas Tech Earns No. 7 Seed at Big 12 Championships - Texas Tech takes on No. 2 seed Texas A&M Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Oklahoma City.  Texas Tech will be the No. 7 seed at the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships at RedHawks Field at Bricktown in Oklahoma City. The Red Raiders (33-23) will face No. 2 seed Texas A&M (38-18) at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in their first game of the tournament.  The winner of Texas Tech and Texas A&M will face the winner/loser of No. 3 seed Oklahoma (40-15) and No. 6 seed Kansas State (34-21). The winners will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday while the elimination game between the losing teams will be played at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Oklahoma and Kansas State will play the 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.   READ MORE












Houston, Tulsa to display high powered attacks - When the Houston Cougars (5-4, 4-2) play Tulsa (6-3, 3-2) Saturday night at Robertson Stadium, the game will match the top two offenses in Conference USA. Each team averages nearly 500 yards and 40 points per game.  I told our team they average forty and we average forty, but it s not going to be a tie game,  said UH coach Kevin Sumlin.  They don t allow ties anymore.   READ MORE

NCAA Tournament: Houston Claims Austin Regional Championship - Freshman catcher Haley Outon slams two homers in 4-1 victory against No. 24/25 ULL.  The University of Houston softball team needed just one game to defeat No. 24/25 Louisiana-Lafayette and claim the NCAA Austin Regional Championship, Sunday at McCombs Field, 4-1.  Houston (43-16) is now a perfect 2-0 in NCAA Regional Championship games as the Cougars advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the second time in school history. With the possibility of ULL forcing an if-necessary second game on Sunday, Houston took care of business in the first game of the day to punch its ticket to the Super Regionals against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., next weekend.   READ MORE












C-USA tournament preview - For the first time since 2002, when Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C., served as the host venue, the Conference USA Baseball Championship will be held off campus as Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., opens its gates to the eight teams that qualified for the tournament. One team will emerge victorious and will lay claim to the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, but three other teams could earn at-large bids.   READ MORE

Kubitza Named C-USA Pitcher of the Week - Owls Are The No. 1 Seed of Upcoming C-USA Championship In Pearl, Mississippi.  For the second time this season Rice freshman Austin Kubitza has been named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Sunday (May 22) from its headquarters in Irving, Tex. East Carolina's Jack Reinheimer was named the C-USA Hitter of the Week.  In his only appearance of the week (May 19), Kubitza handcuffed a tenth-ranked Southern Miss squad that was leading the conference in hitting and runs-scored to no runs on five hits over 8.1 innings in a road victory. The right-hander from Colleyville, Tex., struck out nine and did not walk a batter until there was one out in the ninth inning.   READ MORE











McJunkin Named To 2011 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List - SMU Senior One Of 42 On List.  SMU senior Blake McJunkin is one of 42 players on the Spring Watch List for the 2011 Rimington Trophy, the award organization announced this week.  The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football and is named after the award's namesake, Dave Rimington, who was a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982.   READ MORE

Mustangs Come Up Two Shots Short Of NCAA Finals - Texas Edges SMU For Final Spot At Regionals.  The SMU men's golf team came up two shots short of advancing to the NCAA Finals, carding final-round 292 to finish at 875 and in sixth place at the NCAA San Diego Men's Golf Regional at the 6,903-yard, par-72 The Farms Golf Club. Texas passed SMU over the final 18 holes and emerged with the fifth spot, bettering SMU 873 to 875. Only the top five teams at each Regional.  READ MORE












Fourteen Miners and Two Relays Headed to NCAA West Preliminary - A total of 10 men will make the trip to compete in 11 events including the two relays, while five women were accepted into a total of six individual events.  Fourteen individuals and two relay squads will travel to Eugene, Ore., next week for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminary Round hosted by the University of Oregon on May 26-28.  Historic Hayward Field will be one of two sites hosting the first rounds of the NCAA Championships leading up to the final rounds set for June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.  A total of 10 men will make the trip to compete in 11 events including the two relays, while five women were accepted into a total of six individual events.   READ MORE

Troupe Garners NFCA All-Region Accolades - UTEP softball’s Chelsea Troupe has been selected to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region First Team as voted by the organization’s coaches.  The junior set three school records during the 2011 campaign including a season-best 14 home runs ranking 31st amongst NCAA Division I hitters. She registered a new slugging percentage standard of .885, which ranked 10th nationally and had11 stolen bases setting a UTEP all-time career stolen bases record.   READ MORE












Frogs Head To The Postseason On A High - With the regular season coming to a close, I scanned back on a discussion I had with Lyle Lanley of SpitBlood. On April 15th, he wrote this preview of the San Diego State series where he stated that TCUs chances at hosting an NCAA Regional for the third consecutive season are most likely gone. At that point in time that was the consensus among the majority of TCU fans. Just not me.   READ MORE

TCU Sweeps New Mexico To Close Out Regular Season - Horned Frogs tally 40th win of the year.  The TCU Horned Frogs completed the sweep of New Mexico with a 12-8 victory Saturday afternoon to conclude the regular season. The victory is the sixth straight for TCU and gives it just its third 40-win regular season in school history. Jason Coats led the offensive charge with four runs driven in.  Erik Miller (6-6) surrendered eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in six innings of work. He didn't walk a batter, hit two and struck out two. Nick Frey pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits. Stefan Crichton pitched a scoreless ninth to help lock up the victory for the Frogs.   READ MORE












Football recruiting tidbit - Everman linebacker Torrey Boozer committed to Missouri on Saturday. He's a really highly regarded player who was also offered by UNT, Arizona, Houston and that certain school to the south of Denton that I have promised never to mention on the blog.  I wouldn't expect UNT to land many players early, especially not ones with Big 12 options. UNT will get its guys just like it did last year with Kerry Swarn and a few other good prospects in last year's class.   READ MORE

Is there another Kedrick Hogans out there? - Just like May 21st and the projected doomsday, the end of the signing period came and went for men's basketball and nothing happened on the UNT front.  Dwight Miller ended up at Tennessee, Jordan Hickert visited, and although we don't know if he was ever offered by UNT, he signed with Eastern Washington.  So now UNT heads into the summer still looking for a frontcourt player. UNT was in that exact same situation a few years ago and picked up Kedrick Hogans late.  Alzee Williams was another late signee.   READ MORE












Colonels Fall to Bobcats in Series Finale - The Texas State Bobcats (34-17, 23-7 Southland Conference) showed the form that has made them one of the nation's top 25 teams, piling up 15 hits against the Nicholls State University baseball team (23-27, 12-18 Southland Conference) as the No. 25 Bobcats finished a three-game sweep of the Colonels in a 14-3 victory on Sunday in San Marcos.   READ MORE

Smith Leads Texas State To Win In Opener - The 'Jacks will try and even the series on Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch scheduled.  Two four-run innings and a nine-strikeout performance by Carson Smith was enough fuel for the Texas State Bobcats to take a 10-3 win over Stephen F. Austin in the opener of a three-game series at Bobcat Field between two teams knotted atop the Southland Conference to begin the weekend.  The Lumberjacks (19-8, 8-2 SLC) got three hits and a pair of RBI from Jarid Scarafiotti, but could only muster five other hits off of the Bobcat (18-7, 9-1 SLC) combination of Smith and reliever Fielding Pittman. In all SFA left a dozen runners on base on the night, including eight in the first three innings, as SFA was unable to take advantage of a season-high five walks from the reigning SLC Pitcher of the Year.   READ MORE











UTSA wins Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup - The UTSA Athletics Department officially was crowned Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup Champions on Sunday, as announced by the league office. It marks the Roadrunners’ second title in the last four years after finishing runner-up the last two seasons.  UTSA, which clinched the title following Friday's night's baseball victory against Central Arkansas, finished with 142.5 points to defeat defending champion Stephen F. Austin by just one point. The Roadrunners won the Women’s All-Sports Trophy by five points over I-35 rival Texas State (78.5-73.5) and they finished second to the SFA on the men’s side (69-64). UTSA now is one of four Southland schools to win at least two Commissioner's Cups, joining Texas State (four), Sam Houston State (three) and UT Arlington (three).   READ MORE

Hutson becomes UTSA's all-time home run leader on Saturday - Senior Ryan Hutson hit three home runs to break UTSA's career record, but UTSA fell short, 9-8, in Saturday's regular-season finale against Central Arkansas at the Bird Bath.  Hutson hit his record-breaking 48th homer in the ninth, a two-run shot that pulled the Roadrunners (26-30, 16-17 SLC) within one.   READ MORE

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