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American Athletic Conference Baseball Release - February 23rd, 2024

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American Athletic Conference Baseball Release - February 23rd, 2024


Below is the American Athletic Conference baseball release for Friday, February 23.


THIS WEEK IN THE AMERICAN

East Carolina faces in-state rival North Carolina in a 3-game series that will feature each team having a home game, along with a neutral-site contest in Fayetteville. Wichita State will take part in the Jacksonville College Baseball Classic against Virginia, Auburn and Iowa.

IN THE RANKINGS

East Carolina is all five national rankings this week and is as high No. 11 in the D1Baseball poll.

BYRD'S INCREDIBLE STORY

East Carolina's Parker Byrd made his collegiate debut in the Pirates' opener against Rider on February 16. Byrd has part of his right leg amputated following a boating accident in 2022. He became the first Division I player to play wearing a prosthetic leg.

ARMS STARTING STRONG
 
East Carolina's pitchers have a combined 1.29 earned run average through four games, which ranks fifth in the country. The Pirates are also second in hits allowed per nine innings (4.11) and are one of five teams with at least two shutouts. South Florida's arms are first in the country in strikeout-to walk ratio at 7.00 and is second in the nation in both walks/hits per innings (0.83) and walks allowed per nine innings (1.50).


SCHEDULE

Friday, February 23

Wichita State vs. Virginia……………………………… 2 p.m.

Southeastern Louisiana at UAB………………….3 p.m.

West Virginia at Charlotte (ESPN+)……………. 4 p.m.

UTSA vs. Stephen A. Austin………………………….. 4 p.m.

Bowling Green at Memphis (ESPN+)………….. 5 p.m.

East Carolina at North Carolina (ACCN+)….. 5 p.m.

Towson at Florida Atlantic……………………..6:30 p.m.

Marist at South Florida (ESPN+)……………6:30 p.m.

Rice at Louisiana (ESPN+)………………………………7 p.m.

UC Irvine at Tulane (ESPN+)…………………….7:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 24

Wichita State vs. Auburn ………………………………..Noon

UTSA vs. Creighton …………………………………………..Noon

Marist at South Florida (G1 - ESPN+)…………..1 p.m.

West Virginia at Charlotte (G1 - ESPN+)……..1 p.m.

East Carolina vs. North Carolina………………… 2 p.m.

Southeastern Louisiana at UAB………………….3 p.m.

Rice at Louisiana (ESPN+)……………………………..3 p.m.

Bowling Green at Memphis………………………….3 p.m.

UC Irvine at Tulane (ESPN+)………………………….3 p.m.

Towson at Florida Atlantic…………………………… 4 p.m.

West Virginia at Charlotte (G2 - ESPN+)……. 4 p.m.

Marist at South Florida (G2 - ESPN+)….. 4:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 25

Towson at Florida Atlantic……………………………..Noon

Wichita State vs. Iowa…………………………………….Noon

Marist at South Florida (ESPN+)…………………..1 p.m.

West Virginia at Charlotte (ESPN+)……………..1 p.m.

Southeastern Louisiana at UAB…………………. 2 p.m.

North Carolina at East Carolina (ESPN+)….. 2 p.m.

UC Irvine at Tulane (ESPN+)…………………………. 2 p.m.

Bowling Green at Memphis…………………………. 2 p.m.

Rice at Louisiana (ESPN+)…………………………….. 2 p.m.

UTSA vs. Lamar………………………………………………..3 p.m.
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AAC Baseball Finals:

Friday, February 23

Wichita State 4 vs. Virginia 5
Southeastern Louisiana 2 at UAB 3
West Virginia 12 at Charlotte 8
UTSA 7 vs. Stephen A. Austin 6
Bowling Green 9 at Memphis 1
East Carolina 1 at North Carolina 2
Towson 1 at Florida Atlantic 8
Marist 3 at South Florida 16
Rice 2 at Louisiana 1
UC Irvine 5 at Tulane 4

Saturday, February 24

Wichita State 8 vs. Auburn 19
UTSA 1 vs. Creighton 4
Marist 0 at South Florida 10  (G1)
West Virginia 8 at Charlotte 1 (G1)
East Carolina 7 vs. North Carolina 4
Southeastern Louisiana 6 at UAB 3
Rice 6 at Louisiana 1
Bowling Green 13 at Memphis 14
UC Irvine 11 at Tulane 4
Towson 1 at Florida Atlantic 5
West Virginia 2 at Charlotte 3 (G2)
Marist 1 at South Florida 11 (G2)

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Sunday Baseball Finals:

Towson 1 at Florida Atlantic 16
Wichita State 12 vs. Iowa 6
Marist 2 at South Florida 12
West Virginia 5 at Charlotte 6
Southeastern Louisiana 14 at UAB 7
North Carolina 9 at East Carolina 1-
UC Irvine 10 at Tulane 7
Bowling Green 7 at Memphis 13
Rice 0 at Louisiana 2
UTSA 3 vs. Lamar 5
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The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly baseball honors for the second week of the regular season.
 
PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Carter Cunningham, Sr., INF, East Carolina
Cunningham hit .417 (8-for-17) with six runs scored, five RBI, two doubles and a home run in four games last week for the Pirates, including a series win over then-No. 15 North Carolina. In Saturday’s win over the Tar Heels in Fayetteville, the senior went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, while in Sunday’s series clincher, he had a home run, two runs scored and a pair of RBI.

 
PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Zach Root, So., East Carolina
Root pitched seven scoreless innings against No. 15 North Carolina in a neutral-site game in Fayetteville on Saturday. The sophomore recorded seven strikeouts of Tar Heel batters with only three hits allowed and zero walks.

 
HONOR ROLL

Brandon Stahlman, Sr., INF, Charlotte
Stahlman hit .368 (7-for-19) with six runs, three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI in five games last week, including a four-game split with West Virginia.
 
Christian Adams, Sr., INF, Florida Atlantic
Adams hit .571 (8-14) with seven runs scored, one home run and four RBI in a sweep over Towson.

 
Brennan DuBose, Sr., C, Memphis
DuBose, hit .357 (5-for-14), with five runs scored, two home runs and six RBI in five games for the Tigers, including a series win over Bowling Green.
 
J.D. McCracken, Jr., P, Rice
McCracken pitched a complete game at Louisiana on Saturday, allowing one run on six hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk. It was the first complete game for the Owls in nearly five years.
 
Rafael Betancourt, So., UTL, South Florida
Betancourt hit .533 (8-for-15) with eight runs scored in five games for the Bulls, including a 4-game sweep of Marist. The sophomore had seven RBI in the series opener on Friday.
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