John Hinson (Cotuit; '10) and Philip Pohl (Chatham; '09, '10) homered as #11 Clemson ran away with a 19-1 win over Charleston Southern. Hinson ended the day going 2 for 4 with 5 RBI and is batting .474 through the first 5 games. Pohl scored 2 runs and had 2 RBI. Richie Shaffer (Chatham; '11) contributed to the Tigers offense with a 2 for 2 effort while scoring 4 runs. Spencer Kieboom (Falmouth; '11) leads Clemson in the early going with a .600 avg. Think Michigan might like a do-over to the start of their season? After a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Rutgers by scores of 9-4 and 5-2, Michigan is off to a 0-6 start. Derek Dennis (Wareham; '10, '11) is one of few Wolverines finding early season success with a .400 avg. Rutgers took the first game of the series on Friday, 8-2. In that game, Tyler Gebler (Orleans; '11) threw 107 pitches in a complete game effort for the Scarlet Knights, allowing just 8 hits. Maybe the Wolverines can beat the New York Mets in an exhibition game tomorrow.
Rich Pedroza (Hyannis; '11) was 2-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored and Tyler Pill (Harwich; '10) allowed 2 just hits and 2 runs to lead #15 Cal State-Fullerton over #5 TCU, 8-4.
Michael Wacha (Orleans; '11) pitched 7 shutout innings to lead #13 Texas A&M past Gonzaga, 4-2. Wacha gave up 5 hits and no walks while striking out 6.
After losing on Friday to Toledo, it looked like #16 Louisville was ready to bounce back today as they took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning with 2010 CCBL saves leader Tony Zych (Bourne) pitching. Zych promptly gave up 3 runs and Toledo had themselves a 4-2 win. Zych won the Outstanding Relief Pitcher and Outstanding Pro Prospect awards in the Cape League last summer.
Not to be outdone by his future Orleans teammates Gebler and Wacha, Tyler Johnson also turned in a strong performance, allowing 5 hits and one run as Stony Brook defeated Florida Atlantic, 5-1. Not a bad day for the members of the 2011 Firebirds staff. William Carmona (Wareham; '11) homered to help the cause.