Gotta love it, college conference tournaments as far as the eye can see. I’ll try to keep things updated here as much as possible with draft-related performances. Let’s start in the SEC, mostly because I’m going there on Friday and there are several top 10 talents in Birmingham.
Game 1 saw South Carolina blow a four-run lead in the ninth inning and lose to LSU in the 10th. USC SS Reese Havens went 1-for-4 with an RBI. 1B Justin Smoak, a top 10 pick candidate, went 0-for-2 and walked three times. 3B James Darnell went 1-for-4 with a run scored. All in all, nothing that jumps off the page. Game 2 has Vanderbilt and Pedro Alvarez against Florida. He’s 0-for-1 so far. Ole Miss and Georgia (Gordon Beckham) is at 5 p.m.
In the ACC, the first game didn’t have too much draft prospect firepower, though NC State lefty Eric Surkamp did throw well (even though State went on to lose to Georgia Tech, 10-9). Surkamp went six innings and allowed one earned run (two total) on seven hits, two walks and nine strikeouts. More eyes are probably on Miami taking on Clemson now, and Mark Sobolewski has a two-run double in the early going. I’m sure plenty will be watching FSU vs. Wake Forest as possible No. 1 pick Buster Posey plays at 5 p.m. ET. The day in the ACC finishes with North Carolina taking on Virginia.
The Big 10 tourney will mostly be about seeing Zach Putnam of Michigan pitch. That should happen tomorrow as he continues to come back from an illness that saw him lose nearly 20 pounds.
In the Big 12, Missouri beat Texas, 5-2, to open things up, but it wasn’t Aaron Crow on the mound for Missouri. The Longhorns OF combo of Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell went 1-for-7.
There’s an upset brewing in Conference USA play. Top-seeded Rice is losing to #8 UAB. RHP Matt Langwell started for the Owls and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. Reliever Bryan Price, who’s been mentioned as a possible first-rounder, gave up three runs, two earned in 1 2/3 IP and UAB has a 7-2 lead… Not sure if Shooter Hunt will be on the hill, but his Tulane club plays in the final game of today against Marshall.
Ill be back with more as time permits…