Regionals kicked off yesterday for the College Baseball Field of 64. Potential draft targets Gordon Beckham (1-5, 1 RBI), Pedro Alvarez (0-3) and Buster Posey (1-3) had uneventful days in losing efforts. Justin Smoak fared much better, going 4-4 with 3 RBI and 3 R as South Carolina won their opening match-up against Charlotte, 16-8.
Two pitchers being watched closely by Orioles scouts, Brian Matusz (University of San Diego) and Aaron Crow (University of Missouri) each helped their cause with dominant starts. Matusz lead the Toreros to a 5-0 win over the Cal Bears, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and striking out 10 in nine scoreless innings. Crow struggled a bit with control, but was equally unhittable, allowing 5 walks and 3 hits while striking out 10 in nine scoreless innings. Both would be available Sunday if necessary.