Tennessee Completes Sweep, Daytona Closing In On One Of Its Own

Tennessee Completes Sweep, Daytona Closing In On One Of Its Own

Saturday Sept. 10, 2011
Posted: 9:05
CUBS Tennessee AA
The Smokies completed their sweep of Chattanooga Saturday night, racing to an early lead before earning an easy 7-2 victory at AT&T Field. Tennessee advances to the Southern League finals, where it will face the winner of the Birmingham-Mobile series.

Rebel Ridling paced the Smokies with a pair of hits, including a triple, and four RBIs, helping Trey McNutt earn the victory. McNutt allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings before the pen clamped down the Lookouts over four shutout innings.
Daytona A
The Cubs seized a commanding lead in the Florida State League finals Saturday, drubbing St. Lucie, 10-4, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Daytona will go for the series sweep and its fifth FSL championship on Sunday down Floridas East Coast at Digital Domain Park.

Daytona pounded out 12 hits, including a pair of homers. Justin Bour had a three-run homer and Jake Opitz had a two-run shot, both of which came in the seventh inning. Matt Szczur added three hits and two RBIs.

While the bats were busy handling of St. Lucie pitching, Daytona starter Frank Del Valle dazzled, pitching his best game as a Cub. He had made two starts near the end of the regular season for Daytona and did not pitch well. He struck out eight and tossed six shutout innings on Saturday, though.

WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
Mobile scored on a throwing error by Johnnie Lowe in the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday night to edge Birmingham, 3-2, and pull within a victory of advancing to the Southern League championship series. The BayBears will look to finish off the Barons Sunday afternoon at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Birmingham had taken a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning but Mobile tied it with a run in the ninth off Anthony Carter, setting the stage for the 11th. Ollie Linton and Adam Eaton led off with back-to-back singles before A.J. Pollock bunted back to low, who made the throwing error.

Charlie Leesman started for the Barons and allowed an unearned run on three hits through 7 23 innings. He fanned nine and didnt walk a batter before giving way to Carter, who retired the final batter of the eighth inning after Leesman surrendered a two-out single.

In other action, Great Falls dropped Game Two of the Pioneer League playoffs, 11-1, at Missoula. The third and deciding game of the series will be played Sunday evening in Missoula.

Marist 2018 DT Elijah Teague pledges to Minnesota

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Marist 2018 DT Elijah Teague pledges to Minnesota

Chicago Marist three star ranked defensive tackle Elijah Teague (6-foot-3, 292 pounds) made his first visit to the University of Minnesota this weekend and earlier this evening gave head coach PJ Fleck and the Gophers his early verbal commitment.

"I'm excited, or as Coach Fleck would say, I'm elite," he told Rivals.com's The Gopher Report. "(The coaches) were excited themselves. They really wanted me, so they were excited -- more excited than me I believe."

Teague has seen his recruiting stock soar over the past few months. Teague, who is the first known State of Illinois verbal pledge to Fleck and the Gophers in the Class of 2018 and the fourth Minnesota pledge overall chose Minnesota over 30 plus verbal offers from Power 5 schools from across the country.

"Everything made it the right place," he said. "Just looking at (Fleck's) background and what he did at Western Michigan, I think he can do the same thing (at Minnesota). I'm excited to be a part of it."

Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss

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Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss

It's been a tough week for the teams at the top of the Big Ten standings.

Maryland and Wisconsin both lost earlier this week, and Purdue lost on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, the horrors continued for the Terps, who suffered their third straight defeat in a blowout 83-69 loss to the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes in College Park.

Maryland's last lead came near the midway point of the first half before Iowa sprinted away on a 22-10 run to build a double-digit lead, an advantage that grew as big as 22 in the final minutes. All in all, the Hawkeyes knocked down 16 3-pointers. The Terps weren't too far behind with 11 deep balls of their own, but they shot just 40.7 percent in the second half, unable to keep up.

The high-scoring Hawkeyes were powered by freshman Jordan Bohannon, who scored 24 points on a whopping eight made 3-pointers. Fellow freshman Tyler Cook joined him with a 20-point night, finishing with 21 points, while Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer each ended with 11.

Iowa, not completely out of the NCAA tournament realm of possibility, helped its shaky case greatly with this victory.

Maryland, meanwhile, is a lock to make the field of 68 teams, but much like the other presumed conference powers, its struggles are hitting at the most inopportune time.

The Terps have lost five of their last seven and three of their last four at home. Back-to-back home losses this week against Minnesota and Iowa have featured big days for opposing offenses. Prior to the Hawkeyes' performance Saturday, the Golden Gophers dropped 89 points on 50-percent shooting.

The woes of Maryland — plus those of Purdue and Wisconsin — set up not just an interesting final week of the regular season but an interesting Big Ten Tournament that could feature a dark horse like Minnesota entering as the favorite. A surging team like Michigan might be more capable of making a deep run than the top three seeds given their recent struggles.

The Terps will have as good a chance as any to make noise in that tournament and the one that follows throughout the month of March. Winnable games against Rutgers and Michigan State remain, but they're on a bad stretch right now, one that should only elevate the panic after Saturday's defeat.