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TCL NOTEBOOK: TEXAS SIZED TALENT


April 5, 2007 - The Texas Collegiate League is filled with top prospects from around the nation, but we also add a little bit of home cooking as we try to keep the tremendous talent in the state of Texas where it belongs.  A good example of that talent is Texas Longhorns pitcher Adrian Alaniz (Coppell Copperheads). 

Alaniz earned the
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week award for holding Oklahoma to three hits in a complete-game, 3-1, win, while striking out five and improving his record to (8-1) on the season.  He allowed singles in the third and sixth inning and granted three or less total base hits to OU for the second time in his career.  Alaniz lowered his ERA to 1.17 in conference games and 1.75 overall with his performance. 

Alaniz pitched for the Copperheads in 2006 posting a 4-1 record, a 2.55 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 39.3 innings.

Here is a look around the nation at other stand-out performances by Texas Collegiate League players this week. Stats are through games as of April 5, 2007.

Arkansas
Logan Forsythe (Colleyville LoneStars) continued his hot hitting against this weekend posting a .357 average (5 for 14) with a double, home run and three RBI.  He also kept his SEC-batting average above the .400 mark at .405.

To complete Arkansas’ first sweep of Tennessee in school history, Sean Jones (Coppell Copperheads) reached base six times on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with three walks.

Baylor 
2006 TCL all-star Wade Mackey (Mineral Wells Steam) allowed one earned run, on four hits and a walk in 4.0 innings of play against Houston Cougars on Tuesday.  Mackey leads the Bears with a 1.61 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched.

Cal-State Fullerton 
John Curtis (McKinney Marshals) helped the Titans conquer the Anteaters of UC Irvine last weekend going 6-for-10 with 4RBIs.  Curtis is hitting an impressive.400 with runners in scoring position this season.

Duke
Freshman Will Currier (Brazos Valley Bombers) improved to 3-0 on the season Tuesday, holding the Wildcats to two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings of relief. 

Lamar 
Collin DeLome (McKinney Marshals) hit .588 (10-for-17) with nine runs scored, a double, two triples, four home runs and 12 RBI in four games last week. The 2006 TCL All-Star posted leads the team with a .740 slugging percentage and has a .466 on-base percentage.  He is currently riding a 9-game hitting streak.

David Moore (Wichita Falls Roughnecks) hit .313 (5-for-16) with three runs scored, two triples, a home run and four RBI in four games last week.  For the season, he is hitting .342 with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and 23 RBI.

Oklahoma 
Nich Conaway (Weatherford Wranglers) closed out the game against Texas on Sunday with four solid innings and four strikeouts to record his second save of the season.  Conaway is tied for the team lead with 15 appearances and is 2-1 this season with two saves. Conaway has struck out 37 batters in 26 innings pitched and opponents are hitting .198 off of him.

After earning his fifth consecutive win against Texas A&M, Heath Taylor (Denton Outlaws) lost his first game as a Sooner against Texas on March 31. Despite striking out six and lasting seven innings, Taylor took the loss to drop to 5-1 on the year. In each of his three starts, Taylor has lasted six or more innings with four or more strikeouts (21 Ks in 21 IP). In is first start, against Michigan State, Taylor recorded 11 strikeouts (second highest total this season) and limited the Spartans to one earned run off three hits and one walk.

Freshman Aaron Baker’s (Denton Outlaws) hitting streak of 22 games came to an end on Sunday, March 18 against Michigan State , despite being issued two walks. The team-leading 22-game streak also leads the Big 12 for the longest streak this season.  The first baseman currently leads the Sooners with a .367 batting average and ranks second with 29 RBIs.

Pacific
Joe
Oliveira (McKinney Marshals) and Adam Ching (Duncanville Deputies) led the Pacific offense on Saturday as the duo combined for five hits, five runs scored and five RBI.  Ching, who was the TCL 2006 All-Star Game MVP, moved into sole possession of the Pacific career record for HBP but it came at a price because he suffered a broken right fibula during the Tigers’ 13-9 loss to Cal Poly on Saturday, March 31. Ching is expected to miss the remainder of the 2007 season.

Penn State 
Matt Cavagnaro (McKinney Marshals), who went 1-for-4 in the game on Tuesday, had a career-high eight assists at shortstop, including two straight outstanding plays to rob Bucknell players of hits in the seventh inning.  Cavagnaro, a two-time TCL all-star, leads the Nittany Lions in batting average (.337), at-bats (86) and hits (29).

Rice
2006 TCL all-star Brian Friday (Duncanville Deputies)
had six hits in the Marshall series last weekend, including his league-leading 13th and 14th doubles.  Friday is 28-for-66 (.424) in the last 15 games with a home run, 10 doubles, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored.  

Chris Kelley (McKinney Marshals) held a .327-hitting Prairie View A&M team that had averaged eight runs per game to just one run on five hits through the seventh inning. The 7.0 frames was the longest outing of his Rice career and Reckling Park crowd of 2,305 gave him a roar of applause as he left the game in the eighth.  

Senior Ryne Tacker (Coppell Copperheads) was the winning pitcher and improved to 5-1 after halting PVAM's ninth inning outburst in relief for Kelly.  Tacker posts a 2.16 ERA with 3 saves.

Texas 
James Russell (Coppell Copperheads) ranks ninth in the Big 12 with a 2.91 ERA and also posts a remarkable 6-2 record.  Russell’s father, Jeff, pitched for 14 years in the major leagues, posting a 56-73 record with 186 saves with the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

Texas A&M 
Luke Anders (Colleyville LoneStars) singled in the game-winning run when he knocked in Darby Brown (Brazos Valley Bombers) in the bottom of the ninth against #26 Nebraska on Sunday.  Anders went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a home run versus the Cornhuskers.  Brown batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

UT-San Antonio
Michael Rockett (McKinney Marshals) showed he could hit Big 12 pitching going 2-for-5 with a grand slam, two runs scored and five RBI against the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday.  Rockett leads the Roadrunners in doubles (11) and hits (44) and also posts a .355 average with 28 RBI. 

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