The College Dirt: Weekend of 2/22 wrap up by Greg Schaum and Don Olsen
We are still in the early stages of the college baseball season but in the SEC a few teams look like they could be in for long seasons. Perennial power the University of Florida is off to a terrible start on defense and can’t seem to settle on a starting 9. The University of Missouri and Texas A&M are off to humbling starts in their new conference.
In the Big 12 pre season favorite to win the conference in new Big 12 school TCU is off to an 0-6 start.
Let’s focus on games between ranked teams and also get an in depth report on NC State lefty Carlos Rodon from Don Olsen.
#19 Cal State Fullerton swept #24 TCU in a 3 game series.
Game One: Fullerton 7Â TCU 2- Stars for Fullerton were CF Michael Lorenzen with 2 hits and 2 RBI. SS Dale Keegan entered the game in the 5th and went 2-2 with 2 RS.Â On the hill Thomas Eshelmen threw 5 and 2/3 scoreless allowing 3 hits with 8 K’s for the win. TCU’s talented sophomore lefty Brandon Finnegan gave up 2 ER in 4.2 IP with 3 K and 4 BB for the loss. Senior 3B Jantzen Witte was 2-4.
Game Two: Fullerton 6 TCU 2- Visiting Fullerton got 2 hits from Lorenzen once again but the big hit was off the bat of DH Jake Jefferies who hit a 3-2 fastball from reliever Riley Ferrell for a grand slam. SP Justin Garza who has impressed a lot of people in the early going this season went 7 plus allowing 1 ER with 5 K and 0 walks. Garza was pumping 93-94 with a hard slider in the mid 8’s and straight change at 78. HeÂ was getting a ton of ground ball outs.
Game Three: Fullerton 7 TCU 0- The Titans sweep the series on the road and are quickly moving up rankings heading into week 3 of the season. CF Michael Lorenzen grabbed 2 more hits and had 6 on the series. 3B Matt Chapman went 3-4 with a pair of RBI.Â The SP was Grahamm Wiest who went 7 plus allowing 4 hits and striking out 5.
NC State beat La Salle 5-0 on a 2 pitcher no hitter with 2014 potentail #1 overall pick Carlos Rodon throwing 7 no hit innings before turning it over to Karl Keglovits. Here is Don Olsen’s report on Carlos Rodon:
We both also like NC State sophomore SS Trea Turner who has plus speed and looks like a young Brett Butler
Â The Scout’s eye with Don Olsen:
Carlos Rodon LHP 6â€™3â€ 235 NCSU
Stout wide frame, impressive present strength and build, think maturation and power potential TORL. FB was 90-94 mph (95), cruising speed is never an issue. Â 4S was solid 92-94 mph, nice backspin with arm slot tails away from RHH. Â Works both sides of the plate, attacks the inside, changes eye levels constantly with the offering, all natural lateÂ subtleÂ movement. Â Command is average, think it can improve with his ability, losses it a little too much low, point of improvement. He hides the ball well and can get hitters to stretch the zone. Â 2S 90-91 mph (92) with a good amount of hand side tail that is hard, showed good command, hits it consistently L/A. Â Cutter/Baby Slider was tight with good bite, more horizontal than vertical tilt at 89-91, safe plus grade with room to grow, effective . Curve was not really needed, as a off-speed choice for LHH, but good shape, a lot of spin with late drop action. Â Flashed a change with below average command, showed good arm action and potentially highly deceptive, but it is a work in progress, point to monitor in the future.
FB: 6 (7)
CMD: 5 (6)
CNT: 6 (7)
SL/C: 6 (7)
What to expect next week:
Big weekend series between #1 North Carolina as they play Rice in the Houston Classic on Friday.
Oregon travels to play the very hot Fullerton club and South Carolina takes on their rival Clemson.
Stanford will play host to Texas who I have now seen 5 times this season on the Longhorn Network. Texas sophomore lefty Dillon Peters looks like a different pitcher. He is getting the ball to the plate much quicker and really seems to have gained a ton of confidence. The P matchups for this series will be terrific and we will talk about them next Monday.
Finally, the University of Miami will challenge the dazed and confused Gators of Florida.
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