The Cardinals found some power on Wedneday night as the Redbirds went deep 3 times. Eck led off with his first HR of the year. Edmonds hit a 425 foot bomb in the second. Chris Duncan added ninth of the year in the fifth. Kip Wells got his second win in 45 days. Kip gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings. Izzy pitched 1.2 innings for his eleventh save. Albert and Juan Enc. each had 2 hits.
The Cardinals signed two draft and follows from last year’s draft. Mark Diapoules (21st round) and LaCurtis Mayes (23rd round) are probably the last of the 2006 draft class for the Cardinals to sign, and both will report to extended spring training.
Memphis got 3 in the top of the ninth on a homer by John Nelson to beat Nashville (Brewers) 8-5. The Redbirds were up 4-1 after the third. Troy Cate had a solid start giving up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings but did not factor in the decision. Andy Cavazos got the win in relief and Brian Falkenborg picked up his eleventh save. John Nelson and his .180 BA was 2-5 with 5 RBIs including the aforementioned 3 run blast. Skip was 2-5 with an RBI. Edgar V. Gonzalez continues to rake, going 3-4. Nick Stavinoha was 2-5 and is hitting .310 in his last 10 games after a slow start.
Springfield beat San Antonio (Padres) in 10 innings, 3-2. Chris Perez pitched 2 innings and struck out 5 to pick up the win. Eric Haberer started for the Cardinals and went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. Jason Motte pitched 1.1 perfect innings, striking out 3 of the 4 batters he faced. No one on Springfield had multiple hits. Colby Rasmus had a hit and 3 walks. Rasmus drove in the winning run on a sac fly.
Palm Beach fell to Fort Myers (Twins) 3-1. Adam Daniels had a solid start, going 7 innings and 3 runs on 5 hits with 5 Ks. The Cardinals only had 3 hits. Dan Nelson, Nathan Southard, and Isa Garcia each had a hit. Garcia drove in the Cardinals’ lone run.
Quad Cities tripled up South Bend (Diamondbacks) 6-2. Brandon Buckman was 3-4. Christian Reyes and Christian Lopez each had 2 hits. Lopez added 2 RBIs. Mark Shorey had a hit and 2 RBIs. Tyler Herron gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 5.2 innings for the win. Brad Furnish got the save pitching 3 scoreless innings.
Blake Dewitt had his best game of the year going 4-5.
Mizzou fell to Oklahoma 7-2 in its first game of the Big 12 tourney.
Jacob Priday was named to the Big 12 first team for the second straight year. Missouri’s Trevor Coleman was the conference’s freshman of the year. Coach Tim Jamieson was named Co-Big 12 coach of the year, sharing the honor with legendary Texas coach Augie Garrido. From the Missouri Tiger Baseball Website: Priday’s award is his third All-Big 12 honor and his second selection to the first team. Priday leads Mizzou with nine home runs and has a .301 batting average. He has a .330 average in conference play and is hitting .414 over the last 17 games, with seven home runs and 28 RBI over that stretch.
Southeast came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat Murray State, 10-7.
Southeast had several players awarded All-OVC honors. Freshman catcher Jim Klocke earned the OVC Freshman of the Year award, senior Asif Shah was named First Team All-OVC as a utility player and junior Dustin Renfrow was named Second Team All-OVC as a starting pitcher. Meanwhile, Klocke, Nick Harris and Josh Syberg were named to the All-Freshman squad. Proof that the Southeast baseball program is underrated: Southeast is appearing in its 13th consecutive OVC Baseball Tournament, tying a conference record set by Eastern Kentucky when it went to the tournament every season from 1981-1993. Mark Hogan has been the head coach in each of the 13 tourney appearances, and he has not missed an OVC Baseball Tournament in his 13-year tenure as head coach at Southeast.