May 25, 2008
are from CBI Composite
Around the Tournaments
Mount St. Mary's beats Monmouth
twice for NEC crown
Stony Brook takes America East title; Rider
captures MAAC championship
No. 4 Mount St. Mary's 8-14, No. 1 Monmouth
In Atlantic City, N.J., Mount St. Mary's won a
pair of games for the second day in a row to win the NEC
tournament over top-seeded Monmouth. In the first game, The
Mount (21-32) broke a 3-3 tie with a five-run eighth inning,
keyed by a two-out, two-run double by Matt Eiden. After saving
both games on Saturday, Mike Matta got the win for the Mount,
going 6.1 innings in relief, allowing just one earned run.
Game 2 was the Josh Vittek Show. The senior
opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first and ended
up 4 for 4 with six RBI, including his 19th homer. Vittek won
the tournament MVP award for his efforts. Zach Helman and Ryan
Murray each added three hits in the rout and combined for eight
No. 1 Binghamton 4, No. 4 Vermont 0
No. 2 Stony Brook 6, No. 3 Binghamton 0
In Farmingdale, N.Y., Binghamton shut down
Vermont to advance to the America East championship game.
Starter Murphy Smith allowed just two hits in eight innings.
Vermont starter Justin Albert was up to the task for the
Catamounts (27-24) until the ninth, when Binghamton (29-26) put
up four runs, Tom Baileys had a two-run double and Corey Taylor
an RBI triple.
In the championship game, Binghamton was shut
down again, but this time did not have a late rally to bail them
out. Stony Brook's (34-24) Mike Errigo pitched a complete game
shutout, running the Seawolves scoreless innings streak to 20.
Errigo allowed just five Binghamton (29-27) hits and struck out
six. Tournament outstanding player Steve Mazzurco drove in the
first run with a fifth inning single and was 3 for 4 with two
No. 4 Rider 12, No. 2 Siena 5
In Trenton, N.J., offense proved too much for
Siena in the MAAC championship game. Rider blew open a tight
game with three in the fifth, a pair in the sixth, and four more
in the seventh. Mo Williams had a pair of hits and had four RBI
for Rider (29-26). Jon Liese was 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI,
Sean Olson homered and John Ralston had two hits and an RBI.
Reliever Mike Petrowski got the final eight outs without
allowing a hit. Chris Klepps went deep for Siena (30-26).
No. 2 Charlotte 4, No. 1 Xavier 3 (11)
In Camden, N.J., it took 11 innings, but
Charlotte emerged with its second consecutive A-10 championship.
Alex Bryant's walk-off bunt single in the eleventh was the
difference for the 49ers (43-14). Reliever Bryan Hamilton
pitched the final 4.1 innings, keeping the Musketeers (27-31) at
bay until Bryant's breakthrough. Rob Lyerly, who was selected as
the tournament's most outstanding player, had an RBI single in
the first. Mike Creevy pitched six scoreless innings in relief
No. 4 Louisville 6, No. 2 Cincinnati 3
In Clearwater, Fla., Louisville finally found its
College World Series form of a year ago with a dominating run
through the Big East tournament. The Cardinals (41-19) took the
title game over Cincinnati (39-20) with a three-run eighth that
broke a 3-3 tie. Stewart Ijames' two-run single after Chris
Dominguez was intentionally walked was the key blow for
Louisville in the inning. Andrew Clark also had two hits and
Dominguez, the tournament's most outstanding player added two
hits. Kevin Spina hit his 20th and 21st homers for Cincinnati, a
No. 1 Coastal Carolina 9, No. 2 Liberty 2
In Danville, Va., Scott Woodward had an RBI
double to tie the game and scored on a groundout in the fifth as
Coastal Carolina took the lead for good in its 9-2 victory over
Liberty to claim its second straight Big South title. The
Chanticleers (47-12) added four in the sixth and two in the
seventh to pull away from the Flames (35-26-1). Woodward
finished with three hit, two runs and two RBI. Errol Hollinger
had two hits for Liberty.
No. 1 Michigan 3, No. 2 Purdue 2
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Michael Powers pitched two
scoreless innings to earn his third save in the tournament as
Michigan nipped Purdue to claim its eighth Big Ten championship.
Ryan LaMarre’s homer in the sixth for the Wolverines (45-12)
tied the game at 2-2. One inning later, Kevin Cislo doubled and
scored on a wild pitch to put UM ahead. The Boilermakers fell to
No. 1 TCU 15, No. 2 New Mexico 2
In Fort Worth, Texas, Clint Arnold went 6 for 6
with two doubles, a homer and five RBI as TCU earned its fifth
straight NCAA Regional bid with its win over New Mexico. Arnold
was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after going 12
for 18 in five games. Chris Ellington’s two-run single in the
first started the scoring for the Horned Frogs (43-17). Arnold’s
two-run homer capped a three-run second for TCU. Matt Hibbitts
had a two-run double in the third for the Lobos (34-25).