It's a day later than I would have liked, but here's a look at some of this past weekend's happenings - and a few other things. Former Orleans Firebird Jayce Boyd knocked in two runs as part of a three-run bottom of the ninth to lead Florida State past Rhode Island, 6-5, on Sunday. After losing 17-6 on Friday, URI played the #1 ranked Seminoles tough. Boyd and former Y-D Red Sox James Ramsey drove in the runs in FSU's 2-0 win on Saturday while another ex-Red Sox, Robert Benincasa, picked up his 11th save with a perfect inning of relief in that game.
#17 Arkansas beat Florida, 3-1, on Sunday to take the series from the #2 ranked Gators. Barrett Astin (Wareham) pitched a perfect ninth and now has 7 saves to go along with a 1.33 ERA and .187 OBA. Sticking with the Razorbacks for a moment, Dominic Ficociello (Orleans) is now batting .348 with 31 RBI and a .957 OPS.
It was a good weekend for a couple Massachusetts natives who will be pitching for Cotuit this summer. Tyler Beede (Auburn) pitched 7 shutout innings and struckout 8 as Vanderbilt beat #3 Kentucky, 4-3, on Saturday. Spencer Navin (Bourne) homered and drove in two runs in the win. The next day, Kevin Ziomek (Amherst) followed up with 5.2 innings of shutout ball. Ziomek gave up just 3 hits and struckout 8 and the Commodores scored 5 in the home-half of the eighth to beat the Wildcats, 6-1.
Last Tuesday, Boston College beat St. John's, 2-1, in a game that was played at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. Thousands of spectators disguised as empty seats attended the game. The announced attendance was 87. On Saturday, B.C. hosted Wake Forest in a game the school designated for ALS Awareness to honor former team captain and current Director of Baseball Operations, Pete Frates. A Commander Shea Field record crowd of 2,286 attended the game. Eric Stevens (Chatham) started for B.C. and worked 6.1 innings, allowing just one run on 4 hits and no walks, while striking out 5. Stevens is now 5-2 for the Eagles. In Friday's game, Hunter Gordon (Y-D, temp.) was masterful as he tossed 7 innings and allowed just 2 hits as B.C. beat the Demon Deacons, 1-0. Former Chatham Angler Tim Cooney was the tough-luck loser, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 8 in a complete game effort. Another former Angler, Matt Brazis, picked up his 5th save in that game.
Another pitcher ticketed for Chatham had a good outing on Sunday. USC's Stephen Tarpley went 7.1 innings and gave up just 6 hits and 2 runs as the Trojans beat Oregon State, 6-2. The freshman lefty is now 5-1 with a 2.64 ERA, a 56-18 K/BB ratio, and is holding opponents to a .225 avg.
Someone to keep an eye on? Mississippi reliever Hawtin Buchanan will be hard to miss. Buchanan is a 6'8", 250 lb. freshman who is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA and the opposition is only hitting .140 off him. Buchanan is expected to play for Bourne this summer.
Adam Nelubowich (Cotuit) went 3 for 4, including a double and a homerun, and had 2 RBI as Washington State beat Arizona State, 7-6, on Sunday. Former Brewster Whitecap Taylor Ard delivered a walk-off single with two out in the bottom of the ninth.
Trea Turner (Yarmouth-Dennis) continues to tear it up for North Carolina State. Turner is batting .355 and is an incredible 41 for 43 in stolen base attempts.
Mike Conforto (Brewster) is batting .356 with 8 homeruns, 54 RBI, and a 1.017 OPS for Oregon State.
Auburn's Will Kendall (Wareham) is 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA.
Who is that imposter with the .217 avg, 0 HR and just 4 RBI in 23 games wearing the Albert Pujols jersey?
Sahil Bloom (Weston, MA.; Hyannis) picked up his second win on Sunday by pitching 5 shutout innings in relief as Stanford beat UCLA, 7-2.
Trevor Williams (Arizona State, Orleans), Bobby Wahl (Mississippi, Cotuit), Kris Bryant (San Diego, Chatham), Ryne Stanek (Arkansas, Bourne) and Austin Cousino (Kentucky, Hyannis) have been invited to Team USA.
Unreal season for LSU's Raph Rhymes (Cotuit) so far. He is now batting .500 (78 for 156), has a .534 OBP and a 1.162 OPS. Don't know if he can play for Cotuit nmanager Mike Roberts though since he is just 2 for 5 in stolen base attempts.
A couple of Harwich Mariners are leading the way offensively for Virginia. Stephen Bruno's .363 avg. leads the team, followed by Jared King at .316. Bruno has 4 HR, 39 RBI, a .959 OPS and is 9 for 9 in steal attempts. King has 3 HR, 41 RBI, a .979 OPS and 12 swipes.
Another Jared King, this one from Kansas State and headed to Falmouth, is batting .353 with 4 HR, 28 RBI, 14 stolen bases and a .929 OPS.
Aaron Fitt reports that Clemson sophomore RHP Matt Campbell will be out indefinitely with a lat strain. Campbell is expected to play for Falmouth this sumer.