Friday, May 23, 2014

HarbourCat updates from the NCAA Conference Tournaments

Just a few quick notes on how HarbourCat players are performing in their conference tournaments...

I've included links to each tourney's real-time bracket so you can follow along over the weekend.

Kentucky's Andrew Nelson threw four shut-out innings and picked up his first save of the year as the Wildcats beat Alabama in their first game of the SEC tournament. Kentucky is on a role, beating top-seeded Florida and Missisippi State. Their 3-0 record puts them 2 wins away from the SEC title. Kentucky 1B Thomas Bernal is 2-11 with 2 RBI in the series so far. The SEC Bracket is here.

New Mexico's Preston Ryan, Carson Schneider, and Danny Collier are in tough in the Mountain West after a difficult loss in their first game. Tied 3-3 in the 7th against San Diego State, the Lobos committed 3 errors in the 7th inning and gave up 8 unearned runs to lose the game 11-5. Collier and ex-Cat Alex Real went a combined 0-9 in the loss. On the positive side, Preston Ryan had perhaps his best outing as a Lobo, giving up only a single hit in two solid innings of relief. Nevada won big against Utah State Friday afternoon to meet the Lobos Friday night. Wolfpack IF Bryce Greager has not yet played in the tournament. The MW bracket is here.

Pepperdine's Aaron Barnett went 3-5 in game 1 of the West Coast Conference bracket, OF Devin Carter did not play. A smaller tournament, #1 Pepperdine can take the WCC title with two more wins, including Friday afternoon against the Loyola Marymount Lions - 'Cats Tim Peabody did not play in LMU's first game, and 3B Ted Boeke went 0-3. The WCC bracket is here.

Illinois (and local boy) Kelly Norris-Jones' Fighting Illini lost a tough first game in their Big Ten conference tourney to Michigan State 2-1 before bouncing back against Ohio State 6-5. Norris-Jones is 3-6 with a run scored and 3 Ks in the DH role so far. The Big Ten bracket is here.

Sacremento State, ranked #1 in the Western Athletic Conference going into the tournament were surprised by the #4 ranked Bakersfield Roadrunners 4-1 in their first tournament game. OF Nathan Lukes went 0-4 in the game, C Gunner Pollman did not play.  Also in the WAC, #5 ranked Seattle University sits at 1-1, SS/2B/DH Griffin Andreychuk is 3-8 with a run scored in the two games. The WAC bracket is here.

Once the tournaments conclude on the weekend, and Monday's at-large bid selection process is complete, we will know which of our boys move forward. Good luck to our HarbourCats!

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