College Sports Morning Headlines-6/6/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 6/6/11.

Runnin' On Empty, Softball Falls 4-0 in WCWS - The Lady Bears advanced further than any team in Baylor history.  The No. 11 Baylor softball team's (47-15) magical run came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to No. 1 Arizona State (58-6) in the semifinals of Women's College World Series. The Lady Bears advanced further than any team in Baylor history.  "Last night took so much out of us and we just ran out of gas," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We had our opportunities, but Arizona State is a great team and is number one for a reason."   READ MORE

Deja Boom: Holl's Blast Gives Softball 1-0 Win - Holly Holl hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th for the 1-0 win.  After 12.2 innings, Holly Holl did what 95 batters before her couldn't do; driving in a a run on a solo blast to left to give No. 11 Baylor (47-14) 1-0 win over No. 5 Missouri (53-10) at the Women's College World Series on Saturday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The walk-off home run was the second of the WCWS for the Lady Bears after Kelsi Kettler did the same on Thursday afternoon against Oklahoma State.   READ MORE

Baseball Falls to Cal, 8-0, Forcing Monday Showdown - Bears will get another crack at Houston Regional title at 6 p.m. Monday.  Brooks Pinckard turned in a strong outing on the mound, but the Baylor offense was held in check as the Bears fell to California, 8-0, on Sunday night in NCAA Tournament action at Reckling Park.  Cal (34-21) upset No. 1 seed Rice on Sunday afternoon, 6-3, and with the win on Sunday night, the Golden Bears forced a winner-take-all rematch with Baylor (31-27) to decide the Houston Regional champion at 6 p.m. Monday.   READ MORE









UT baseball team wins nightcap, faces Kent State today in finale - Texas avoided elimination on Sunday night, and the Austin Regional is still up for grabs.  Hours after sending Texas State packing, the top-seeded Longhorns forced a one-game playoff with a 9-3 win over Kent State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Hoby Milner pitched an important 22/3 innings and gave up two runs in his ninth start, while the Horns enjoyed a wire-to-wire lead in handing Kent State its first loss of the weekend.  The teams will meet again at 1 p.m. today, with the winner advancing to the super regional round. Texas will start junior Sam Stafford (6-2) in the finale. The Horns will be the home team.   READ MORE

Longhorns baseball team falls to Kent State, 7-5 - David Lyon's grand slam in the sixth inning ripped into the bullpen beyond the right-field wall, erased a 2-1 Texas lead and gave Kent State a stunning, 7-5 win Saturday night, putting the third-seeded Golden Flashes in the winner's bracket as the only unbeaten team in the NCAA Austin Regional.  The Mid-American Conference champions rocked Longhorns ace Taylor Jungmann (13-1) for eight hits in five-plus innings, sending the junior right-hander to the showers for his earliest exit of the season and ending his perfect run in home games after 17 victories.   READ MORE

SI.com ranks Texas No. 1 — at least in most desirable college football coaching jobs - The most desirable college football coaching job in the nation? Right here in the ATX, coaching the Longhorns.  That, at least, is the opinion of Sports Illustrated.com writer Andy Staples in this report on SI.com.  Said Staples:  "Forget the Longhorns’ record last year and remember this: If Mack Brown retired tomorrow, the agent for every coach in America would feverishly dial numbers in the 512 area code. Texas has the wealthiest athletic program in America."   READ MORE










Arizona forces another game with 7-4 win - A little-used reliever cooled off the Texas A&M bats and helped Arizona push the College Station Regional to an all-or-nothing game.  Nick Cunningham came in after starter Tyler Hale was hit on the back of his elbow with a line drive off the bat of Krey Bratsen in the third inning and shut down the eighth-ranked Aggies for five and one-third innings on the way to a 7-4 victory.   READ MORE

A&M baseball beats Seton Hall 6-3 in College Station Regional - Hitting has become contagious for the Aggies.  Texas A&M stroked 14 hits against Seton Hall to defeat the Pirates 6-3 in the winners' bracket of College Station Regional on Saturday at Olsen Field.  The 14 hits made 30 in two games for the Aggies (44-18), who have averaged better than eight runs a game since the beginning of the Big 12 Tournament.  The Aggies came one batter away from getting a hit from every starter for the second straight night.   READ MORE

Aggies have no trouble in NCAA opener - A coach goes into a baseball game looking for good pitching, hitting and defense.  Texas A&M coach Rob Childress got all three along with a bonus Friday in the top-seeded Aggies' 11-0 victory over fourth-seeded Wright State in their opening game of the College Station Regional.  The big reward came for A&M starter Michael Wacha (8-3), who only had to throw six innings and could, if necessary, pitch again in the four-team, double-elimination tournament if necessary.   READ MORE










Trenten Hilburn To Join Athletics Communications Team - Hilburn comes to Texas Tech after spending the last eight years with the Sun Bowl Association.  Trenten Hilburn, director of media relations at the Sun Bowl Association for the last eight years, will join the Texas Tech Athletics Communications team as associate director on June 15.  Hilburn, 40, will be directly responsible for the communications efforts for men's basketball and men's tennis and will assist the department in multimedia efforts.  "I am thrilled to have Trenten join our staff and be part of the team at Texas Tech," said Blayne Beal, Associate AD/Communications. "Trenten understands the progressive nature of this business and is committed to our goal of building a premier athletics program. His vast experience at the Sun Bowl will help provide new perspectives for our team as we continue to grow and improve our communications efforts."   READ MORE

Tech-Baylor Set For 2:30 p.m. CT Kickoff On Nov. 26 - Tickets for the game at Cowboys Stadium go on sale to the public on June 29.  The Texas Tech Football regular-season finale against the Baylor Bears on Saturday, Nov. 26, has been set for a 2:30 p.m. (CT) kickoff and will be televised by FSN.  Texas Tech and Baylor will be meeting for the third consecutive season in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and for the second time at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.   READ MORE

Recruiting on the South Plains | OL / DL Michael Starts - This is a pretty big commitment for head coach Tommy Tuberville and DL coach Robert Prunty as OL/DL Michael Starts committed to Texas Tech yesterday.  Right now, the class is relatively small as Starts is only the 8th commitment for the Red Raiders, but I think that the end of the day, this is going to be a relatively small, but highly rated class.  Starts' commitment was down to four universities, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech as those were the four hats in front of him during his press conference yesterday.  You could also certainly throw in Texas A&M into the mix as well.  In any event there seems to be quite a bit of discussion in that UT only offered Starts as an offensive lineman and that this is the reason why Starts didn't chose UT.   READ MORE










Men's Basketball to face Oklahoma at All-College Basketball Classic - Cougars to face Sooners on Saturday, Dec. 17, in Oklahoma City, Okla.  The University of Houston men's basketball team will face Big 12 Conference member Oklahoma on Saturday, Dec. 17, during the 76th annual All-College Basketball Classic at the Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City.  The game will be part of an exciting doubleheader. In addition to the Houston-Oklahoma game, New Mexico will face Oklahoma State. Start time and ESPN television information will be released at a later date with tickets going on sale in the fall.   READ MORE

Terran Alford Rounds Out Women's Basketball Signing Class - Oklahoma City product is 10th prospect to sign with Cougars.  University of Houston head women’s basketball coach Todd Buchanan has announced the signing of Terran Alford to a National Letter of Intent, becoming the 10th prospect to sign with the program for the 2011-12 season.  “Terran is the epitome of a true student-athlete and her character is second to none,” said Buchanan. “Not only did we get a great kid from a great family, but it also gets us into the Oklahoma City area, where I would like to get more involved.”   READ MORE










Owls' season ends with 6-3 loss to Cal - There was only so much that could be done to conceal the warts. Positions were flipped, roles were altered and buttons were pushed. It took yeoman's work to get Rice this far, perhaps farther than expected.  That it all came crashing down on the Owls at Reckling Park in the Houston Regional qualified as unfortunate timing, but perhaps this was as far as this injury-depleted team was meant to go. The national seed was a reward to an exceptional job during the season, but it wasn't a predictor of future success, not for a team with so many gaping holes.  Everything the Owls weren't was exposed on Sunday night. Their lack of clutch hitting and porous defense combined to close the book on the 2011 season as California rallied for a 6-3 win that eliminated the hosts.   READ MORE

Rice outdueled by Baylor's Turley 3-2 - The past wasn't prologue between Baylor sophomore left-hander Josh Turley and Rice on Saturday night at Reckling Park, and that had a lot more to do with the ascendant Turley than the Owls' erratic offense.  Chased by the Owls in the fifth inning of his start in the Houston College Classic on March 6, Turley handcuffed the Owls in the rematch and twirled his first complete game in the Bears' 3-2 victory.   READ MORE

Gonzales pitches Rice past Alcorn State 14-2 - The text messages come in random intervals, so Rice senior left-hander Abe Gonzales didn't give extensive thought to the timing of the text he received from former Owls right-hander Mike Ojala on Friday morning.  Ojala had caught wind that Gonzales was starting the Owls' opener of the Houston Regional at Reckling Park and wanted to extend Gonzales his best. That Ojala of all past Owls chose this occasion to reach out to Gonzales should have alerted Gonzales something special was on tap.   READ MORE










Gill Named To Capitol One Academic All-District Team - CoSIDA members name Gill to Second Team.  Junior Ayla Gill was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's Track & Field Team, officials for the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. Gill earned second team honors, achieving a 3.81 GPA in business administration with a minor in advertising.  The Auckland, New Zealand native won the hammer throw competition in four of seven events during the outdoor season, and took the bronze medal at the Conference USA Championships. Gill recorded the longest throw of the season in C-USA and fourth longest in SMU history with a mark of 61.70 meters to win the TCU Invitational.   READ MORE

Decision is in - NCAA rules on McKinnon’s request for extra year of eligibility.  The NCAA granted SMU’s Randy McKinnon an extra year of eligibility Tuesday through a medical hardship waiver, McKinnon said.  “It’s official,” McKinnon said. “We were waiting on the paperwork to go through, but that’s all done. I’ll be on the team again this fall.”  McKinnon transferred from Syracuse after earning his undergraduate degree in just three years and enrolled in SMU’s Masters of Liberal Studies program. McKinnon’s career as an SMU safety was cut short last year thanks to a knee injury he suffered in the Ponies’ victory over UAB in just the second game of the season. His case, McKinnon said, likely was helped by the fact that he never used a redshirt year when he was at Syracuse.   READ MORE










Julyan Stone, Jamie Skeen not hyped, but could fit - The prospects who worked out for the Warriors on Sunday don't have the same predraft hype as Kansas forward Marcus Morris, who is scheduled to come to Oakland today, but the group offered some intrigue.  UTEP point guard Julyan Stone and VCU forward Jamie Skeen seem to fit the Warriors' roster needs. Nabbing either of the players might be more likely as an undrafted free agent than with the No. 44 overall pick.   READ MORE

Ex-UTEP Women's Basketball Player Makes WNBA Squad - Former UTEP women's basketball standout Natasha Lacy has earned a spot on the 2011 roster for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. She will be in uniform when the team tips off its season by playing host to the Minnesota Lynx at the STAPLES Center at 9 p.m. MDT Friday.  "I'm so proud and excited for Natasha earning this opportunity," UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. "It has been a great 30 days for UTEP women's basketball. Future Miner Jenzel Nash was honored as our program's first Parade All-American, Sviatlana Trukshanina graduated and now Natasha is back in the WNBA."   READ MORE

UTEP basketball coaching staff move - This is a no-brainer UTEP basketball move that took a bit of reshuffling, that's all. Some raise eyebrows when this sort of thing happens, but it does happen.  Greg Foster, college degree newly in hand, can now be hired as a full-time college basketball coach. Great for UTEP and El Paso. Foster can take the spot vacated by one-year assistant coach William Small, who (yeah right) went to Murray State, so he could be closer to home.  Small, then an assistant at Georgia State, came here with highly touted 6-foot-8 recruit Rashanti Harris in the spring of 2010. Harris never made it into school. He was considered an elite 4-star athlete.   READ MORE










All The Expectations Disappear With One Last Disappointing Loss - In this long season filled with ups and downs, it turned out the Frogs had everything they wanted set out in front of them. With the Rice loss and Oklahoma getting defeated, the Frogs were going to host a Regional and a Super Regional in their stadium in Fort Worth. Not only that, to return to Omaha, the Frogs had to defeat Dallas Baptist, Oral Roberts and either Baylor or California. That would have widely been considered the easiest road to Omaha, worthy of a team ranked #1. So for anyone who wants to say what-if the Frogs had done this and what-if the Frogs had done that throughout the regular season, all that was required was wins in the postseason.  Unfortunately, the Frogs did not live up to that preseason #1 billing and they will leave the season behind as a disappointment. Coach Schlossnagle mentioned in his postgame conference that they always hoped to raise the bar where anything short of Omaha was a disappointment. I do not know if TCU is at a level where the Frogs should expect trips to Omaha every year, but that was certainly a fair hurdle for the Frogs this year.   READ MORE

Frogs face tall order if they want to advance - Coming in to this weekend, much of the worry was about Oklahoma coming in and continuing their dominance of TCU and winning the Fort Worth Regional. Turns out, Dallas Baptist was the team to be worried about. The Sooners never got a shot at the Frogs as they went 2 & out, losing to Oral Roberts in yesterday afternoon's elimination game. But then DBU pitcher Jared Stafford confused Horned Frog pitchers for 8 innings last night as the Patriots defeated TCU, 3-2.   READ MORE

Spots Remain Open For Jeff Mittie Summer Camps - First camp will take place on June 6 in Aledo.  TCU head women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie will host two summer camps during the month of June at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Basketball Complex.  The dates for the Jeff Mittie Summer Basketball Camps will be June 20-22 and June 22-23. The individual camp, which will start on June 20, is available to kids grades 5-12, while the elite camp, which is scheduled to start on June 22, is available for grades 9-12. All camp sessions will consist of skill development, including ball handling, shooting, rebounding and defense. Campers will also focus on team competition during the night sessions.  READ MORE










No. 97 - North Texas Blows Out Decatur Baptist 97-0 - After two tough road losses to Metroplex rivals SMU and TCU, who were national powers at the time, a strong 1929 North Texas squad returned to open the home schedule against Decatur Baptist. The North Texas Eagles, who had high expectations entering the 1929 season, sent a message to the rest of their opponents with a 97-0 thumping of the Decatur Baptist Indians.  The Eagles held Decatur Baptist to a single first down, which came on a long pass, as North Texas completely outclassed its opposition via pass, run and kick on both sides of the ball. North Texas was able to empty its bench, as most of the team played as the Indians could not stop the Eagles.   READ MORE

Thoughts on Watkins' departure - One of the institutions in the UNT athletic department departed stage left at the end of the week when track coach Rick Watkins was not retained. He joined the staff at UNT in 1992 and became the head coach in 1997.  Along the way, he led UNT to five conference titles and was the league's coach of the year four times from 2000 to 2005.  He was always a class act and someone UNT could depend on to represent the program in the right way.   READ MORE

Honorable mention top moments - Over the last few days, I have gone over a few of the top moments from the school year in UNT sports.  So far we have:  1. The firing of Todd Dodge, hiring of Dan McCarney  2. The closing of Fouts Field  3. Karen Aston returning to UNT to coach the women's basketball team
4. UNT falls in the finals of the Sun Belt men's basketball tournament  And before you get on my case again, we are talking about the school year. UNT broke ground on the new football stadium in 2009 and will open it in 2011.  Here's a list of honorable mention picks.   READ MORE










Austin Regional: Longhorn Walk-off Single Eliminates Texas State - The Bobcats conclude their season with 41 wins to tie the program's record.  After coming back to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning, the Bobcats had their regional championship aspirations dashed Sunday afternoon when No. 5 Texas answered with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to eliminate Texas State from the Austin Regional by a 4-3 score.  The loss ended the Bobcats' 2011 season as the team posted a 41-23 record and won both the Southland Conference regular season and tournament championships. Texas State made its fifth NCAA Regional appearance in the program's history this season and won its first regional game since 2000. The Bobcats 41 wins this season ties a program record set in 2009.  Texas (45-16) advanced in the double-elimination regional to play Kent State on Sunday night.   READ MORE

Smith Becomes Third Texas State Baseball All-American - Junior pitcher Carson Smith was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team on Thursday.  Junior pitcher Carson Smith became the third Texas State baseball player in the program's history to earn all-America honors when Collegiate Baseball released its national NCAA Division I selections on Thursday. A 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher from Midland, Smith was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American Second Team after a vote from the Collegiate Baseball staff.  A Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Third Team selection this season, Smith adds all-American accolades to an already impressive résumé that includes being named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season and three national player of the week awards during the 13th week of the regular season. A three-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week during the season, Smith was also named a preseason all-America third team selection by College Baseball Lineup.   READ MORE








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Brunette earns first-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VI accolades - Sophomore Nate Brunette earned first-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VI honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday.  Brunette, who maintains a 3.94 GPA in civil engineering, is coming off a second season that saw him advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships quarterfinals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes last weekend in Eugene. Ore.   READ MORE
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