Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Game Day: Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Simmons Field

■ If you want to see the details of Arkansas Pine Bluff's record, don't waste your time going to their website, which is woefully out-of-date and not maintained.
• Check out their detailed schedule and record at d1baseball.com.

• As for team stats, I'd suggest the Southwestern Athletic conference website. Those stats don't really look entirely up-to-date to me either, but they're closer than UA-PB's website.

Boyd's World has UAPB with an RPI of .314, good for 294th (out of 300). I'm sure losing a couple of games to Mizzou will raise their ranking nicely, just as the Tigers did for North Dakota.
On Deck: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Red Cup Rebellion)
Good players for UAPB? Hmm, let's see...Lloyd Burchett and Hinton Huckabee lead the team in batting average and anchor the left side of the infield defensively. This team has also stolen 14 of 20 bases in the six games recorded on its athletic Web site.
Taylor Hashman scored a school-record six runs and knocked in six more runs with three hits as Ole Miss beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 17-1 in Oxford on Tuesday night.
Wiley starter Roberto Carrion retired the first 11 batters until walking Burchett on four straight pitches in the fourth. Matt Pace led off the fifth flying out to center field and but Carrion's day was finished after Burchett's two-run single.

Xavier Lebron came on to get out of the fifth and allowed only a single to Pace in the sixth. Davis then led off the seventh with a single to left, was bunted to second by Prater and moved to third on Williams' groundout.

Burchett then walked on six pitches and, with two outs, B.J. McDonley fell into an 0-2 hole. He then turned on a pitch that sent left fielder Juan Soto running toward the fence and when it skipped off his glove, Burchett was rounding third with the winning run.

"I thought the ball was gone, really," McDonley said. "But the wind was terrible today. I knew I hit it hard, and I saw him running back so I figured we had a good chance of getting the runs in."

Sulaymaan Muhammad earned the win for UAPB after entering in the middle of the third in relief of Kyle Jones. Jones didn't allow a run in the first two innings but gave up three singles, a double, two walks and he hit a batter during Wiley's five-run third.
Taking a look at the SWAC (CollegeBaseballToday.com)
Hot Coach: Michael Bumpers, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
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The Good News: This program is making great strides, going from 14 wins to 21 wins in one season. And check out that winning mark in conference play. Right?! The big reason was that the Lions ERA went from the worst in the SWAC in ‘08 to 4th in the SWAC at 6.42. Pace should be a team leader, but must revert to Frosh form when he hit .359 to lead the team.
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball player Kevin Edwards passed away on Saturday evening in his home state of Illinois after suffering from a fatal car accident. Edwards was a standout pitcher for the Golden Lions last season leading his team in total appearances (13) in 2009.

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