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USA Baseball Unveils Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Press Release USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball released its 50-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country.

The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until May 27 — when the semifinalists for the award are announced — ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.

Twenty-three new players were added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 27 others from the preseason watch list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch list players, placing nine on the midseason update, while 17 different NCAA conferences had at least one athlete on the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference had six athletes on the list.

Cal State Fullerton, Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Louisiana State, Oregon State, Pepperdine and Virginia each had two athletes on the midseason watch list. Vanderbilt junior right-handed pitcher, Tyler Beede, is featured on the 2014 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list after being one of three finalist for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award.

In addition to Beede, Thomas Eshelman (Cal State Fullerton) and Aaron Nola (Louisiana State) were both semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2013.

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2014. Tuesday, May 27, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names.

Last year, University of San Diego infielder, Kris Bryant, took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that includes Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).

Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).

Important 2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:

Friday, Feb. 14: 60-man preseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
Thursday, April 10: 50-man midseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
Thursday, May 8: 30-man watch list, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
Tuesday, May 27: Semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters to select three
Friday, May 30: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 3: Finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
Friday, June 13: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
Thursday, July 17: Golden Spikes Award presentation

The complete 2014 preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name, new players bolded)
Brady Aiken, LHP, Senior, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS
Brian Anderson, IF, Junior, Arkansas
Brett Austin, C, Junior, NC State
Tyler Beede, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt
Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine
Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville
Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State
Austin Cousino, OF, Junior, Kentucky
J.D. Davis, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton
Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington
Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi
Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara

Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton
Erick Fedde, RHP, Junior, UNLV
Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU
Blake Fox, LHP, Sophomore, Rice
Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville
Clinton Freeman, OF, Senior, East Tennessee State
Jeff Gardner
, OF, Senior, Louisville
Aaron Garza, RHP, Junior, Houston

Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State
Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina
Chris Haddeland, RHP, Junior, Linfield
Ian Happ, IF, Sophomore, Cincinnati
Seth Harrison, OF, Senior, Louisiana Lafayette
Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly
Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary
Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia

Ross Kivett, IF, Senior, Kansas State
Ryan McBroom, OF, Senior, West Virginia
Daniel Miles, IF, Junior, Tennessee Tech
DJ Miller, IF, Senior, Delaware State
Corey Miller, RHP, Senior, Pepperdine
Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine
Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast

Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, LSU
Mike Papi, OF, Junior, Virginia
Mark Payton, OF, Senior, Texas
Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State
A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky
Kyle Schwarber, C, Junior, Indiana
Kade Scivicque, C, Junior, LSU
Austen Smith, IF, Senior, Alabama

DJ Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State
Ryan Thompson, RHP, Senior, Campbell
Trent Thornton, RHP, Sophomore, North Carolina
Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana
Luke Weaver, RHP, Junior, Florida State
Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State
Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

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Kauffman Stadium to Host Game Benefiting College Baseball Hall of Fame

Wichita State, Missouri to play April 22 at home of Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals Press Release

Kauffman Stadium will soon be the site of a college baseball border clash.

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame “Classic at The K” will feature a matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and the Missouri Tigers on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Farmland Foods will be the presenting sponsor of the game, which will benefit the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Lubbock, Texas.


“We are so honored that David and Dan Glass and the Royals organization have chosen to host this game,” said Hall of Fame Executive Vice President of Development Jana Howser, daughter of late Royals Hall of Fame Manager Dick Howser. “We look forward to a wonderful night of college baseball.”

Wichita State leads the all-time series, having won six of the 10 matchups between the teams. They last met in 2004 with the Shockers winning, 3-0.

Tickets in the BATS Crown Club, which will include a special menu offered at a reduced price, will be available for $25 for adults and $14 for youth ages 14 and under. Fans may also purchase tickets in the KIA Diamond Club for $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Please note that Royals Crown Club and Diamond Club seat holders will be given a special opportunity to purchase tickets in these two areas and will receive an email with information on how to purchase tickets within the next week. In addition, general admission seating in the lower seating bowl will be available for purchase at $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Fans may purchase tickets online at www.royals.com/hofgame, by visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office or by calling 1-800-6-ROYALS.

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College: Virginia Stays Atop NCBWA Division I Poll

The Virginia Cavaliers are still holding strong at the top of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I poll after going 3-1 this past week. Virginia squared off with then #13 Clemson over the weekend taking two of three in Charlottesville. This is the fourth straight week at the top of the poll and the sixth week total for Virginia.

Former #1 holder Florida State dropped from the second spot to #5 after dropping two of three to Georgia Tech over the weekend in Atlanta.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year so far has been a team from Louisiana, and no it is not LSU. It is Louisiana Lafayette who sits ranked #2 this week after going 4-1 this past week. The next biggest surprise is sitting right behind Louisiana in Cal Poly at #3. The Mustangs just went 4-0 this past week including a sweep of Hawaii over the weekend.


Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 30-6 3-1 1
2. Louisiana Sun Belt 34-4 4-1 3
3. Cal Poly Big West 30-5 4-0 6
4. Oregon State Pacific-12 27-7 2-1 5
5. Florida State Atlantic Coast 27-8 1-3 2
6. South Carolina Southeastern 28-7 2-2 4
7. Texas Big 12 29-8 3-1 9
8. LSU Southeastern 27-9-1 3-1 8
9. Louisville American Athletic 27-8 4-0 10
10. Oregon Pacific-12 27-10 5-0 12
11. Vanderbilt Southeastern 27-10 2-2 7
12. Ole Miss Southeastern 29-9 4-1 14
13. Oklahoma State Big 12 26-10 4-0 18
14. Houston American Athletic 26-9 1-3 11
15. Washington Pacific-12 24-7-1 2-1 20
16. Rice Conference USA 26-12 4-0 21
17. Alabama Southeastern 24-11 2-2 16
18. Florida Southeastern 23-13 3-1 24
19. Cal State Fullerton Big West 18-13 2-2 15
20. Miami Atlantic Coast 25-12 4-0 23
21. Clemson Atlantic Coast 21-14 1-4 13
22. Mississippi State Southeastern 22-15 2-2 19
23. UC Santa Barbara Big West 22-8 2-1 26
24. Kentucky Southeastern 23-13 1-3 17
25. Texas Tech Big 12 28-11 4-0 30
26. Indiana Big Ten 21-11 4-1
27. UCLA Pacific-12 19-15 1-3 22
28. Pepperdine West Coast 27-8 3-1
29. Tennessee Southeastern 23-11 2-2 27
30. Liberty Big South 29-8 4-0
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (17-20), Arizona State (19-14), Arkansas (22-15), College of Charleston (24-11), Dallas Baptist (25-10), Georgia (21-14-1), Georgia Tech (23-14), Iowa (20-13), Lipscomb (24-13), N.C. State (20-15), New Mexico (27-11-1), North Carolina (21-15), Oklahoma (23-14), Sam Houston State (25-11), San Diego (25-10), San Diego State (25-11), Seton Hall (25-7), Southern Miss (21-16), TCU (22-13), Texas A&M (22-15), UAB (24-12), UC Irvine (24-11), UCF (22-15), UNLV (25-11), UTSA (24-12), VCU (25-8).
Dropped out: N.C. State (25), Oklahoma (28), North Carolina (29).
By conference: Southeastern 9, Atlantic Coast 4, Pacific-12 4, Big 12 3, Big West 3, American 2, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Sun Belt 1, West Coast 1.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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College: Virginia Claims #1 Spot in NCBWA Poll for Second Straight Week

Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 17th year with its 2014 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 17-June 26 (weekly through June 10) following the 68th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1), Oregon State (Feb. 17) and Virginia (Feb. 24-March 3) have held down the No. 1 positions in the first four 2014 surveys. Last season only five teams were No. 1 during the entire January-June NCBWA surveys. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current survey has representation by 11 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks, and 13 circuits have been rated this season. The rankings of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 12 separate circuits had team rankings in ’13.


Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 9-2 3-1 1
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 8-1 2-1 2
3. South Carolina Southeastern 10-0 3-0 6
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 7-3 3-0 9
5. Oregon State Pacific-12 9-3 4-1 7
6. Vanderbilt Southeastern 10-2 3-2 4
7. LSU Southeastern 9-2 2-2 3
8. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 9-2 3-1 8
9. UCLA Pacific-12 7-4 3-1 13
10. Louisville American Athletic 8-3 3-1 12
11. Oregon Pacific-12 8-3 1-3 5
12. Mississippi State Southeastern 10-4 6-0 15
13. Oklahoma State Big 12 10-2 2-1 14
14. Cal Poly Big West 8-2 2-1 17
15. Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 10-2 3-1 20
16. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 7-3 4-0 21
17. Ole Miss Southeastern 11-1 5-0 24
18. Rice Conference USA 7-5 1-3 10
19. Clemson Atlantic Coast 6-4 1-3 11
20. Texas Big 12 9-3 4-0 27
21. TCU Big 12 7-4 1-3 16
22. Kentucky Southeastern 9-2 4-0 30
23. Miami Atlantic Coast 5-5 1-2 19
24. Arizona State Pacific-12 6-4 3-0 29
25. Texas A&M Southeastern 7-4 1-3 18
26. Indiana Big Ten 4-5 2-0 25
27. Arkansas Southeastern 7-2 1-2 22
28. Sam Houston State Southland 10-2 3-1
29. College of Charleston Colonial 10-1 4-0
30. Texas Tech Big 12 9-3 3-2 26
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (5-5), California (6-2), Dallas Baptist (9-2), Florida (6-6), Florida Atlantic (8-3), fiu (11-1), Fresno State (9-2), Georgia Southern (10-2), Houston (8-2), Illinois (6-4), Iowa (9-1), Kansas (11-1), Kansas State (4-7), Maryland (8-2), Memphis (10-1), New Mexico (8-3-1), Ohio State (7-3), Oklahoma (7-4), San Diego (8-1), Seton Hall (7-2), USC (8-2), Tennessee (10-0), Tennessee Tech (11-1), Tulane (8-2), UC Irvine (8-3), UC Santa Barbara (7-1), VCU (10-1), VMI (7-3), Western Carolina (7-2), Wichita State (7-3).
Dropped out: Florida (23), Alabama (28).
By conference: Southeastern 8, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 4, Pac-12 4, Big West 2, American 1, Big Ten 1, Colonial 1, Conference USA 1, Southland 1, Sun Belt 1.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2014 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):

  • Preseason (Cal State Fullerton)
  • Feb. 17 (Oregon State)
  • Feb. 24 (Virginia)
  • Mar. 3 (Virginia)

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College: NCBWA Announces 2014 Division I Preseason All-America Teams

Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

FORT WORTH, Texas – With solid representation from defending baseball champion, UCLA,
and 2013 runner-up, Mississippi State, the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association preseason All-America team premiers the top student-athletes from NCAA Division
I, which opens the season in less than two months – on Feb. 14, 2014.

If the 155th season of intercollegiate baseball is anything like the previous campaign, the 2014
All-America units should shine for weeks leading up and into the NCAA DI World Series in
Omaha, Neb., on June 14-24/25 and with strong-armed pitching in every corner. The Bruins
and Bulldogs, in fact, have five players on all the first two squads, while 2013 NCAA World
Series participants Indiana, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, NC State, and Oregon State are
represented by a total of 12 standouts on the three teams. In all, there are players from 17
conferences and 35 schools nationwide.

Returning first-team standouts from the post-2013 NCBWA All-America team are power-hitting
Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber (18 home runs for second-most among the honorees) and
four pitchers (two starters, two relievers), who all held opposing hitters under .200 batting

UCLA righty, 2013 CWS Most Outstanding Player and Team USA standout David Berg leads
this pack with an NCAA-record 24 saves, 7-0 record and an 0.88 ERA. The other three
returning first unit pitchers – Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede, Mississippi State’s Jonathan Holder and
LSU’s Aaron Nola – were a combined 28-2 on the hill with 315 strikeouts and 21 saves by

Joining them on the elite first crew are starters Thomas Eshelman and Justin Garza of Cal
State Fullerton, UC Irvine’s Andrew Morales, and NC State’s Carlos Rodon (A-A-leading 170
strikeouts in 118-plus innings pitched. 2013 postseason second team All-America relief man
Nick Burdi of Louisville brings back 16 saves and an 0.78 ERA to compliment the six first-team
rotation pitchers, who own a composite 69-7 record.

The first squad also has representation from three UC Irvine Anteaters – 1B Connor Spencer,
3B Taylor Sparks and Morales. They all come from the same California high school programs,
which produced 2013 consensus All-America and Dick Howser Trophy winner, Kris Bryant of
the University of San Diego.

The first team chosen by consultation with individual schools’ media relations offices and the
NCBWA All-America committee features returning post-2013 second team All-America
designated hitter Nick Backlund of Mercer and 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year and Brooks
Wallace Award winning SS Alex Bregman of LSU. Utility player Drew Reynolds of East
Carolina adds a .322 batting average and 14 saves in 28 relief appearances.

The pitching-rich second squad boasts another sterling group of moundmen such as Big 12
Conference Pitcher of the Year Harrison Musgrave of West Virginia, Pac-12 Conference
Freshman Pitcher of the Year and 14-game winner Andrew Moore of Oregon State, 12-1
starter Trent Thornton of UNC, and Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell, who led relief pitchers on
all college levels with 13 wins as a sophomore.

These youngsters also are the core of nominees for the initial ballot for the 28th annual Dick
Howser Trophy, presented by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce and voted
upon by the NCBWA membership. The Howser Trophy will be awarded in Omaha, Neb., June
13, 2014, prior to the opening of the 67th annual NCAA World Series.

2014 NCBWA Division I Preseason All-America Team

FIRST TEAM (Statistics Are From 2013 Season)
Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C Kyle Schwarber, Indiana, Jr. .376 58 221 63 83 10-1-18 54 42 30 4/7
1B Connor Spencer, UC Irvine, Sr. .373 55 212 42 79 19-3-0 35 21 21 3/5
2B Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Sr. .360 64 261 57 94 15-4-3 39 29 27 26/36
3B Taylor Sparks, UC Irvine, Jr. .360 55 222 38 80 11-4-10 50 6 40 7/10
SS Alex Bregman, LSU, So. .369 67 282 59 104 18-7-6 52 24 25 16/17
OF Mike Papi, Virginia, Jr. .381 55 176 57 67 15-3-7 57 45 25 6/8
OF Casey Roche, Pittsburgh, Sr. .339 58 233 53 79 12-2-9 65 27 41 10/13
OF DJ Stewart, Florida State, So. .364 60 225 50 82 25-2-5 59 38 40 8/12
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer, Sr. .326 61 242 45 79 22-0-13 68 35 50 0/0
UT Drew Reynolds, East Carolina, Sr. .322 54 211 30 68 13-0-0 22 11 22 5/6
3-0, 2.92 ERA, 28 App, 0 GS, 0 CG, 14 SV, 40.0IP, 35H, 19R, 13ER, 19BB, 36K

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO B/Avg.
SP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt, Jr. 14-1 2.32 17 17 0 0/1 0 101 64 32 26 63 103 .187
SP Thomas Eshelman, Cal St.-Fullerton, So. 12-3 1.48 17 16 2 0 0 115.2 86 26 19 3 83 .204
^SP Justin Garza, Cal St.-Fullerton, So. 12-0 2.03 17 17 0 0 0 115 84 27 26 17 95 .205
^SP Aaron Nola, LSU, Jr. 12-1 1.57 17 17 5 3/2 0 126 83 30 22 18 122 .188
SP Andrew Morales, UC Irvine, Sr. 10-0 1.89 17 13 0 0/4 0 95.1 78 20 20 21 85 .227
SP Carlos Rodon, NC State, Jr. 9-2 3.19 17 17 2 1/1 0 118.1 85 47 42 42 170 .201
^RP David Berg, UCLA, So. 7-0 0.88 46 0 0 0/6 21 71.1 49 7 7 8 73 .194
RP Nick Burdi, Louisville, Jr. 3-3 0.78 28 0 0 0/1 16 34.2 25 4 3 13 61 .197
RP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State, Jr. 2-0 1.65 34 0 0 0/3 21 54.2 33 15 10 17 90 .153

Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech, Jr. .341 62 232 62 79 14-3-9 51 32 29 19/24
1B Zach Stephens, Tennessee Tech, Sr. .336 57 229 59 77 17-1-15 71 38 74 0/0
2B Oscar Sanay, CSU Bakersfield, Sr. .362 59 224 48 81 13-6-1 45 25 22 4/6
3B Joey Pankake, South Carolina, Jr. .311 62 238 40 74 9-1-11 42 29 29 7/11
SS Trea Turner, NC State, So. .368 56 228 66 84 13-4-7 42 38 31 30/36
OF Skye Bolt, North Carolina, So. .321 54 212 48 68 14-2-6 51 32 28 10/13
OF Dylan Davis, Oregon State, Jr. .335 63 257 45 86 22-3-5 61 19 35 9/12
OF Brandon Downes, Virginia, Jr. .315 61 253 67 80 20-7-10 59 27 60 6/7
DH Kurt Wertz, Towson, Sr. .338 57 222 43 75 14-7-13 65 31 36 8/13
UT Ashton Perritt, Liberty, Jr. .343 40 172 34 59 7-2-6 17 9 4 18/21
3-2, 2.09 ERA, 22 App, 1 GS, 0 CG, 10SV, 38.2IP, 27H, 11R, 9ER, 13 BB, 37K

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO B/Avg.
SP Andrew Moore, Oregon State, So. 14-2 1.79 19 18 3 3/3 1 131 93 33 26 28 72 .207
^SP Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, Jr. 9-1 2.17 14 14 3 3/2 0 95.1 65 24 23 29 81 .197
SP Bryan Radziewski, Miami, Fla., r-Jr. 9-3 1.78 15 14 2 2/3 0 91 53 24 18 30 109 .175
SP Trent Thornton, North Carolina, So. 12-1 1.37 29 6 0 0/3 8 91.2 69 22 14 19 81 .204
SP Grant Watson, UCLA, Jr. 9-3 3.01 18 17 0 0/2 0 92.2 93 36 31 16 55 .266
RP Trace Dempsey, Ohio State, Jr. 3-0 1.02 31 0 0 0/5 17 35.1 22 6 4 11 28 .180
RP Brian Miller, Vanderbilt, Jr. 5-2 1.58 32 0 0 0/1 16 57 37 13 10 11 48 .180
RP Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State, Jr. 13-0 1.53 34 0 0 0/1 2 94 72 22 16 29 44 .214

Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C Tyler Baker, Wichita State, Jr. .328 65 238 41 78 15-3-4 46 26 39 1/1
1B Michael Katz, William & Mary, Sr. .358 55 212 49 76 23-1-5 47 31 32 3/4
2B Ryan Lindemuth, William & Mary, Sr. .351 63 251 61 88 14-2-4 49 17 20 3/7
3B Kevin Kramer, UCLA, Jr. .278 66 245 41 68 11-2-3 42 30 30 9/18
Chesny Young, Mercer, Jr. .401 61 262 56 105 18-3-4 65 28 25 9/12
SS Aaron Attaway, Western Carolina, Sr..363 59 267 68 97 15-5-12 54 16 34 12/15
OF Garrett Bayliff, Wichita State, Sr. .379 63 240 44 91 9-1-0 39 24 38 11/16
OF Mark Payton, Texas, Sr. .393 50 178 27 70 11-8-0 29 28 23 3/6
OF Chad Carroll. James Madison, Jr. .389 51 193 50 75 14-8-3 55 13 31 21/24
DH Chase Raffield, Georgia State, Sr. .382 52 186 42 71 19-0-19 51 21 23 4/5
UT Clinton Freeman East Tenn. State, Sr..335 60 239 39 80 18-4-10 57 27 36 2/5
7-1, 3.04 ERA, 25 App, 3GS, 0CG, 8SV, 56.1IP, 62H, 20R, 19ER, 15BB, 51K

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO B/Avg.
SP Daniel Gossett, Clemson, Jr. 10-4 2.56 16 16 1 1/4 0 98.1 78 40 28 38 91 .213
SP Cole Irvin, Oregon, So. 12-3 2.48 16 16 4 2/0 0 116 105 37 32 22 60 .248
SP Ryan Kellogg, Arizona State, So. 11-1 3.15 16 15 1 1/1 0 103 96 39 36 17 54 .246
SP Preston Morrison, TCU, Jr. 7-3 1.51 15 15 1 0/2 0 107 85 27 18 18 64 .217
SP Luke Weaver, Florida State, Jr. 7-2 2.29 17 15 0 0/1 0 98.1 78 26 25 19 119 .221
RP Zech Lemond, Rice, Jr. 7-2 2.02 32 1 0 0/7 14 75.2 56 19 17 21 71 .207
RP Sutter McLoughlin, Sacramento State, So. 1-3 2.11 28 0 0 0 17 38.1 27 13 9 9 26 .196
RP Ryan Thompson, Campbell, Sr. 9-1 0.88 31 0 0 0 10 71.2 51 9 7 15 57 .201
RP Josh Walker, New Mexico, Sr. 11-1 3.68 29 4 1 1/1 7 78.2 76 37 32 22 55 .258

*-Conference player of the year
^-Conference pitcher of the year

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College: NCBWA Announces Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NCBWA) — Fifty players have been named to the initial watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association on Tuesday.

UCLA junior David Berg and Mississippi State junior Jonathan Holder headline this year’s list of preseason nominees. Berg was the recipient of the Stopper of the Year Award in 2013 after leading the nation with 24 saves, while guiding the Bruins to their first College World Series title. Berg made 51 appearances during his sophomore campaign, finishing the season with a 7-0 record and a 0.92 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 78.0 innings of work. Holder collected 21 saves and a 2-0 record with a 1.65 ERA in 34 games. The Gulfport, Miss., native finished his sophomore season with 90 strikeouts in 54.2 innings as the Bulldogs finished as the national runner-up.

A total of 17 student-athletes on the 2014 preseason watch list tallied at least 12 saves a season ago. Also joining Berg and Holder on the watch list is Louisville’s Nick Burdi, who concluded the 2013 season with 16 saves and a 3-3 record with a 0.76 ERA in 35.2 innings of work. Berg, Burdi and Holder were all named preseason first team All-Americans in 2014 by the NCBWA.

Other notable nominees are members of the NCBWA preseason All-American second and third teams, including Ohio State’s Trace Dempsey, Vanderbilt’s Brian Miller, Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell, Rice’s Zech Lemond, Sacramento State’s Sutter McLoughlin and Campbell’s Ryan Thompson.

The Southeastern Conference led the way with six players named to this year’s watch list, while the Big 12 Conference, Big South Conference, Big Ten Conference, Conference USA and Pac 12 Conference all had four pitchers on the list.

Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 21, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 4, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.

The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced during the 2014 College World Series.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006 and Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007. Georgia’s Joshua Fields topped the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbed the honor in 2009 and Texas’ Chance Ruffin earned the honor in 2010. Knebel won in 2011 with Southeastern Louisiana’s Stefan Lopez picking up the honor in 2012. Berg of UCLA was crowned the winner in 2013.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

Pitcher School Yr.
Kevin Alexander Florida Atlantic Sr.
Brad Applin Rhode Island So.
David Berg UCLA Jr.
Nick Burdi Louisville Jr.
Ryan Burr Arizona State So.
Garrett Cleavinger Oregon So.
Dylan Cole Georgia Sr.
Jacob Cronenworth Michigan So.
Terrance Dedrick Auburn Sr.
Trace Dempsey Ohio State Jr.
Jacob Dorris Texas A&M-CC Jr.
Trevor Dunlap Washington Sr.
Eric Eck Wofford Sr.
Matt Eckelman Saint Louis So.
Taylor Edens VMI So.
Riley Ferrell TCU So.
Ian Gibaut Tulane So.
Joe Goodman High Point Jr.
Ryan Halstead Indiana Sr.
Dylan Hecht UCSB So.
Jonathan Holder Mississippi State Jr.
Jason Jester Texas A&M Sr.
Mason Klotz Southeastern Louisiana So.
Dimitri Kourtis Mercer Jr.
Karch Kowalczyk Valparaiso Sr.
Craig LeJeune George Washington Sr.
Zech Lemond Rice Jr.
Seth Lucio Tennessee Tech Jr.
David Mahoney Connecticut R-Jr.
Jake Matthys Kansas State So.
Chris McCue North Carolina Jr.
Brendan McCurry Oklahoma State Sr.
Sutter McLoughlin Sacramento State So.
Brian Miller Vanderbilt Jr.
Ross Mitchell Mississippi State R-Jr.
Kevin Mooney Maryland So.
J.D. Moore South Dakota State Jr.
Corbin Olmstead North Florida So.
Lawrence Pardo USF Sr.
Ashton Perritt Liberty Jr.
Jordan Piche Kansas Sr.
Tyler Powell Western Carolina Jr.
Reed Reilly Cal Poly Jr.
Drew Reynolds East Carolina Sr.
Josh Roeder Nebraska Jr. Jason Simms Sam Houston State Sr.
Travis Stout Jacksonville State Jr.
Ryan Thompson Campbell Sr.
Ian Tompkins Western Kentucky Jr.
Kevin Willman Northern Colorado Sr.

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USA Collegiate National Team Completes Sweep of Cuba

The USA Collegiate National Team finished up its summer schedule with a 5-3 win over Cuba. The win gave the USA a historic sweep and helped it finish with a 20-3 record.

Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State) got the start and was virtually untouchable. He tossed 6.2 innings of scoreless ball giving up just two hits. He struck out eleven en route to his third win of the summer.

The middle relief struggled a bit for Team USA giving up three runs in the eighth inning, but Ryan Burr (Arizona State) was able to come in an shut down the Cuban bats in the ninth to pick up his sixth save.

The big blow for Cuba to get back in the game came off the bat of Lazaro Herrera who came on to hit a pinch-hit three-run home run off of Chris Diaz (Miami, Fla.).

Team USA got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. After working a walk and then stealing second, Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) scored on a Michael Conforto (Oregon State) double.

Trea Turner (North Carolina State) got the offense going again in the fifth inning. After working a walk and quickly stealing second, he moved to third base on a wild pitch. Alex Bregman (LSU) wasted no time in bringing him in by hitting a sacrifice fly to center field to give Team USA a 2-0 lead.

Errors would be Cuba’s downfall as the game progressed. They gave up three unearned runs over the sixth and seventh innings.

Team USA finished the summer going 13-0 in exhibition games and 7-3 in international play.

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College: Kris Bryant Named 2013 Golden Spikes Award Winner

San Diego slugger honored as nation’s top amateur, edging Tyler Beede and Colin Moran

By USA Baseball

LOS ANGELES — USA Baseball announced Friday the selection of San Diego’s Kris Bryant as the recipient of the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The prestigious award recognizing the nation’s top amateur baseball player, now in its 36th year, was presented by Bob Horner, the first-ever Golden Spikes Award winner, live on MLB Network.

In partnership with Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and MLB Network, USA Baseball announced the Golden Spikes Award winner live on The Rundown, and the presentation was simulcast on GoldenSpikesAward.comUSABaseball.com and MLB.com.

Tyler Beede (RHP, Vanderbilt) and Colin Moran (INF, North Carolina) were the other finalists for the award. Bryant was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, while Moran was selected No. 6 by the Miami Marlins. Beede recently completed his sophomore season for the Commodores and is currently a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

“USA Baseball was delighted with the play across all levels of amateur baseball this year and could not be more proud of the three Golden Spikes Award finalists, Kris Bryant, Tyler Beede and Colin Moran,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. “Each of the three finalists we celebrate today represented the game of baseball with class both on and off the field this season. In the end, Kris’ season highlighted a fantastic year of amateur baseball, and we are honored to present him with this most prestigious honor.”

Bryant is the first Golden Spikes Award winner and the highest draft pick in San Diego’s history. The Las Vegas native was a consensus first-team All-American, the first Dick Howser Trophy recipient from San Diego and Baseball America’s 2013 College Player of the Year. Bryant crushed a nation’s best 31 home runs, a record in the BBCOR bat era of college baseball. Bryant also led the nation in runs (80), bases on balls (66), total bases (187) and slugging percentage (.820).

Bryant becomes the first infielder to win the Golden Spikes Award since Nebraska’s Alex Gordon won the award in 2005. Bryant is also the first player from the West Coast Conference to win the award.

Following the presentation live on MLB Network, the three finalists will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner, hosted at the Jonathan Club. Along with the Golden Spikes Award, Scott Brosius will be honored with the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year Award, and Jackie Robinson will be celebrated with the Rod Dedeaux Award.

For the sixth year in a row, fans were able to stay up to date on the award by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries and photographs and video highlights of the 2013 finalists.

Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the GSA. Following the first-ever presentation of the trophy to Horner of Arizona State, the GSA has been awarded each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship.

The 2012 GSA winner was Mike Zunino of Florida. Past winners of the award include current Major Leaguers such as Bryce Harper (’10), Stephen Strasburg (’09), Buster Posey (’08), David Price (’07), Tim Lincecum (’06), Gordon (’05), Jered Weaver (’04), Rickie Weeks (’03) and Mark Kotsay (’95). Former big league stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell (’98), Jason Varitek (’94), Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79) and Horner (’78).

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Team USA Looks for Sweep of Cuba to Finish Off Summer Schedule

The United States Collegiate National Team has been busy over the past few weeks. In early July the team took a trip to Japan to play its Collegiate National Team in a five game set after playing a warm up game with the Shikoku College Baseball League All-Stars.

Team USA took that game against the Shikoku All-Stars 11-0, but then proceeded to down Japan in Game 1 of the series 6-3. But their winning streak wouldn’t last long as they dropped Game 2 4-0.

The USA would wind up dropping the series 3-games-to-2 after losing the final game in Tokyo 7-4.

Some of the highlights for the USA were Carlos Rodon. The left-handed starter pitched five shutout innings in his start against Japan. He had a great sophomore season with the NC State Wolfpack last season going 10-3 with a 2.99 ERA.

Another pitcher that did well was Matt Imhof. The lefty from Cal Poly came on in relief of a struggling Tyler Beede to pitch 6.2 innings. He gave up only one run and struck out six in his only appearance against Japan.

At the plate most of the hitters struggled a bit. As a team the USA hit just .234 over the five games. Tyler Sparks was one that stood out in the Japan series. The UC Irvine shortstop garnered two starts and three appearances over the series picking up six hits in eleven at-bats. Over those three games he drove in five runs which led the team in the series.

Currently the team is finishing up their summer schedule with a five game series with Cuba. So far the two teams have played four games with the USA winning all four. The final game will come tonight in Durham as Team USA looks to sweep the series.

Game 1,  Cuba 1, USA 2 (11)

In the first game last Thursday, Cuba tied the game in the top of the ninth inning to force extra frames. Carlos Rodon started and went 3.1 innings of scoreless ball. Cuba got a RBI single from Jose Fernandez (1-for-4) in the ninth to send it to extra innings.

With the tiebreaker rules putting runners at first and second to start each half inning, the USA finally took advantage in the eleventh. After failing to move the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, Matt Chapman, Cal State Fulleton, singled home the winning run with two outs. David Berg, UCLA, picked up the win with an inning of relief.

Game 2, USA 3, Cuba 2 (10)

After the first game went extra innings, the two teams decided to play another extra frame in Game 2. This time it was Team USA tying the game up late with a run in the seventh inning.

The USA took the lead for good in the top of the tenth. Trea Turner, North Carolina State, led off the inning by working a walk to load up the bases. After a strikeout, Kyle Schwarber , Indiana, drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Schwarber finished the game 2-for-3. He and Turner (2-for-4) were the only two hitters on either team with more than one hit.

David Berg picked up the win again in relief, but starter Luke Weaver, Florida State, pitched well going six innings giving up just two unearned runs.

Game 3, Cuba 0, USA 1

The third game in the series was another pitching duel. Brandon Finnegan, TCU, pitched seven shutout innings getting the start for Team USA. He gave up only three hits and struck out seven picking up the win.

For Cuba, Norge Ruiz pitched very well but in the end came out with the loss. He went 7.1 innings giving up just one run on three hits. He struck out eleven.

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth for Team USA. Trea Turner (2-for-4) started the inning off with a single. Alex Bregman (1-for-3/LSU) followed him up with a single of his own to set up runners at first and second with no outs. After Schwarber hit into a fielder’s choice forcing Bregman out at second, Michael Conforto (0-for-1/Oregon State) came through with a sacrifice fly to left to score Turner.

Ryan Burr, Arizona State, picked up the save, his fifth of the summer, with a scoreless ninth inning.

Game 4, USA 3, Cuba 2

The fourth straight one run game went to Team USA once again. Both teams only scored in one inning as Cuba scored two in the third and the USA came back with three runs in the fifth inning.

Matt Imhof, Cal Poly, earned the win in relief of starter Erick Fedde, UNLV. Imhof pitched 1.1 scoreless innings giving up three hits.

The big hit for Team USA came off the bat of LSU shortstop Alex Bregman who had a two-run triple in the fifth. Those two runs tied the game. Bregman would score the winning run on a wild pitch by Cuba reliever Ismel Jimenez who took the loss.

Cuba stater Joel Suarez went four innings not allowing a single hit, but he gave up two runs after he walked two batters who came in to score on the Bregman triple off of Jimenez.

Team USA only picked up three hits in the game, but they worked seven walks.

Game 5, Cuba vs USA 7:05 EST from Durham Bulls Athletic Park

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College: San Diego’s Bryant Wins 2013 Dick Howser Trophy

Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association

OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – San Diego junior third baseman Kris Bryant is the 27th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s Player of the Year. The presentation was made Saturday morning as part of a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park, site of the 2013 College World Series.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and Major League player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage, qualities which were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

Bryant is the first Torero alumnus to win the Dick Howser Trophy in a group represented by 21 different schools and 14 conferences since its inception in 1987 with Miami (Fla.) standout Mike Fiore. He is the first West Coast Conference Howser Trophy honoree and first National Player of the Year in NCAA Division I athletics for the University of San Diego.

The sterling junior led NCAA Division I in home runs (31, 10 more than the individual runner-up), runs with 80, total bases with 187, and slugging percentage at .820 while helping USD roll to a 37-25 overall record and second place in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional behind World Series-bound UCLA.

The consensus All-America infielder from Las Vegas, Nev., paced the WCC in virtually every power hitting category as well and was 2013 WCC Co-Player of the Year. He also was the second player chosen overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball Free Agent draft by the Chicago Cubs on June 6.

Bryant has been one of the most honored student-athletes in baseball in San Diego history and carries a cumulative 3.1 grade point average. Besides being Academic All-WCC, he is a previous NCBWA Freshman All-America in 2011 and All-WCC on the field from 2011-13 for Coach Rich Hill’s Toreros.

“Kris Bryant definitely has all the traits of an All-America college student-athlete and the qualities of Dick Howser – ability, leadership, character, and courage,” said Dick Howser Trophy chair David Feaster of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “His performance on the field speaks for itself, and he is another very fine representative from a tremendous university and traditional baseball power.”

The 6-5, 215-pound junior led San Diego in batting as a sophomore in 2012 as well with a .366 average, 14 homers, 57 RBI, and .671 slugging percentage, while reaching base in 53 of the team’s 57 games. He was a third team All-America and also stole nine bases.

In ’11, Bryant was named WCC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year, first team consensus Freshman All-America and All-WCC Freshman Team. He batted .365 with nine homers, 36 RBI, a team-best 57 runs and a career-best 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He also was a consensus High School All-America in 2010 at Las Vegas’ Bonanza High School. He graduated from BHS with a 4.78 grade point average (5.0 average).

He edged a group of five 2013 Howser Trophy finalists including North Carolina’s Colin Moran, Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede and Tony Kemp, and Stanford’s Mark Appel for the top honor.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then head coach of the Seminoles in 1979 after a career as a Major League player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, he returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser’s death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, P/DH, Houston, 2006; David Price, P, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster Posey, C, Florida State, 2008; Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State, 2009; Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice, 2010; Taylor Jungmann, P, Texas, 2011; Mike Zunino, C, Florida, 2012 and Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego, 2013.

2013 Dick Howser Trophy:
• Thu., May 16: Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists announced
• Thu., June 6: Dick Howser Trophy finalists announced
• Sat., June 15: Dick Howser Trophy winner announced

Related links:
• More on the Dick Howser Trophy

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College: Alex Bregman Announced as Top National Shortstop

Louisiana State infielder wins 2013 Brooks Wallace Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Alex Bregman as the 2013 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year.

The LSU freshman had an impressive .369 batting average with 18 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 52 RBIs and a .939 fielding percentage during the first season of his college career.

“It is such an honor,” Bregman said. “This is a team award and I have to thank all of my great teammates. To have won this award with all the other great shortstops in the country is truly an honor.”

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, is named for Brooks Wallace, a Texas Tech shortstop from 1977-80 who died at age 27 after a battle with leukemia.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College: Mike Dickson Wins Inaugural Skip Bertman Award

Gloucester County skipper named National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Gloucester County College coach Mike Dickson as the 2013 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year.

Dickson coached the team to a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championship in 2013 and finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record.

He also coached three NJCAA Division III First-Team All-Americans and had a player picked up during the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Dickson said. “To be mentioned in the same b

reath as Skip Bertman, who was truly a great college baseball coach, it’s a tremendous honor to win this award.”

The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, is named for Bertman, who coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball

Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

Coach of the Year Award

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College: Gonzales Named Two-Way Player of the Year

Gonzaga pitcher, first baseman wins John Olerud Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Marco Gonzales as the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year.

The junior pitcher and first baseman at Gonzaga finished the season with a remarkable .311 batting average, seven doubles and 26 RBIs at the plate. In 106 innings on the mound, he logged a .982 fielding percentage, 2.80 ERA, 7-3 record, 96 strikeouts and one save with no home runs allowed.

“I am extremely honored to accept such a prestigious award,” Gonzales said. “This means the world to me and my family. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for believing in me and for giving me the chance to be on the field every day. This is simply a testament of my support group and how important they are to me and my passion for the game of baseball.”

The award is named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher.

For more information on the Olerud Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visitwww.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Celebrates Newest Members

Night of Champions features Class of 2013 induction

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Baseball champions of yesterday and today gathered here Saturday for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, where seven new members were inducted.

The distinguished baseball players honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Night of Champions include Arizona State third baseman Sal Bando; Oklahoma State pitcher Tom Borland; Grambling State second baseman Ralph Garr; University of Tampa first baseman Tino Martinez; Marietta College coach Don Schaly; USC shortstop Roy Smalley; and Colby College, Maine and Husson College coach John Winkin.

Bando is one of eight Arizona State Sun Devils to be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, including his coach, Bobby Winkles.

“The journey of getting to Arizona State started to sink in, and I was just hoping to compete, let alone get inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame,” he said. “It’s truly been a blessing.”

One of the inductees said not only was it an honor to have been able to play college baseball, but to then be awarded for it, as well.

“I really enjoyed my college career at the University of Tampa,” Martinez said. “This is the last thing I ever dreamed of and [never] thought this would happen.”

John Schaly represented his father, the late Don Schaly, and said his dad was a very humble man who would not have taken the credit had he been able to accept the award.

“He built a great legacy, and that will be something to remember for many years to come. And as a Family, we’re very proud of everything he did,” he said.

The late Tom Borland’s family also represented him during the Night of Champions, and his daughter, Jana King, said the College Baseball Hall of Fame helped her family realize the impact her father had on college baseball.

“This is just a great time for us to honor his history and his accomplishments,” she said. “To be honest, a lot of times we referred more to his professional career, so it was very educational for us — I have three older brothers — to learn about his college career and the amazing things he did there.”

A few of the inductees discussed the recognition the College Baseball Hall of Fame has been able to give to college baseball.

“I think baseball is really gaining momentum at being the No. 1 sport, and I hope that continues, and I think what they’re doing here in Lubbock is a wonderful thing,” Garr said.

Those also honored during the Night of Champions included LSU’s Alex Bregman, the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year; Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray, the Pitcher of the Year; Gonzaga’s Marco Gonzales, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year; Ole Miss’ Stuart Turner, the Johnny Bench Award winner; Gloucester County College coach Mike Dickson, the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year; and Dale Williams, the National Collegiate Umpire Award winner.

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College: Oklahoma’s Gray Named Pitcher of the Year

Junior right-hander posted 10-3 record, 1.64 ERA in 126 1/3 innings

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Jonathan Gray as the winner of the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports.

The Oklahoma junior had an outstanding 10-3 record with a 1.64 ERA and four complete games. In 126 1/3 innings pitched, he had 147 strikeouts, a .189 opponents’ batting average, and gave up just one home run during the 2013 season.

“There were some truly exceptional pitchers this year, but Jonathan clearly distinguished himself,” said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year chairman. “He put up really impressive numbers. He’s a great choice for the best pitcher in the country.”

For more information on the Pitcher of the Year Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Creates Coach of the Year Award

Five finalists up for Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced today the creation of its newest award — the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award — honoring the nation’s top collegiate coach from any level of college baseball. The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, will be presented as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions ceremony on June 29.

“It is time for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame to create a yearly honor for the top coach from any level of college baseball,” said Hall of Fame executive director Mike Gustafson. “We recognize accomplishments at all levels of the game, so that part was obvious. Coach Bert­man’s record stands on its own merits, but it is also a special way for us to honor him because of his support and guidance in our fundraising process.”

Bertman coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national champi­onships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement from coaching, Bertman served as LSU’s athletic director from 2001 to 2007, according to an LSU press release. In May, LSU’s home field was renamed Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

“I am thrilled and humbled to have an award with my name on it to be given by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame,” Bertman said. “It’s indeed a proud and extraordinarily happy moment for me and all the players I coached.”

The award finalists and winner are selected by a national committee of active and retired coach­es from all levels of college baseball.

Five finalists have been selected for the inaugural Skip Bertman Award: Scott Brosius, who led NCAA Division III Linfield College to a 42-8 overall record and a 21-3 conference record; Mike Dickson, whose NJCAA Division III Gloucester County College Roadrunners finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record; Paul Mainieri of LSU, whose Tigers currently have a 57-9 overall record and finished with a 23-7 conference record; Patrick McCarthy, who led the NAIA Faulker University Eagles to a 56-11 overall record and a 25-5 conference record; and Tracy Smith, whose Indiana Hoosiers currently have a 48-18 overall record and finished with a 15-6 conference record.

“Three of these coaches have already led their teams to national championships and two have led their teams to Omaha for the College World Series and are still in the running to win a title,” Gustafson said. “All of them led their teams to truly impressive records and all are very deserving candidates to be the first winner of the Skip Bertman Award.”

The Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award is sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports.

“Easton-Bell Sports is very pleased to be associated with this tremendous award, particularly in conjunction with coach Bertman,” said Easton-Bell’s Jim Darby. “Skip has been a great mentor to many people, both on and off the field.”

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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USA and Japan Collegiate Teams to Meet for 39th Time

For the 39th time the USA and Japan will have a series between the two countries collegiate national teams. It will be held July 6-12 at four different venues around Japan.

The series is officially sanctioned by the IBAF with the two teams ranked #2 (USA) and #3 (Japan) in the world.


  • Game 1: July 6th(Sat) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
  • Game 2: July 7th(Sun) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
  • Game 3: July 8th(Mon) 18:00 Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium/ Hiroshima Pref.
  • Game 4: July 10th(Wed) 18:00 Utsunomiya Kiyohara Stadium/Tochigi Pref.
  • Game 5: July 11th(Thu) 18:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium/Tokyo

The two teams played in 2011 with the USA winning the series 3-1 with one tie. Those games were held in the USA. The first time the two played was in 1972 and over the years the USA has won 22 of the meetings with Japan winning 16.

Team USA will come back to the States to play a five game series with Cuba.

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USA Baseball College National Team: 23 Players Report on Thursday

Press Release USA Baseball

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-three of college baseball’s top underclassmen will head to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., Thursday as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team gets ready to open training camp.

The CNT coaching staff will be charged with the task of putting together a 24-man roster for the summer tour that will feature a five-game series against Japan and another five-game set against Cuba.

Eight members of the reporting group have already guaranteed their spot on the team, while 15 others head to North Carolina with hopes of earning a spot on the roster.

Already guaranteed a spot on the roster are: RHP Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt), RHP Ryan Burr (Arizona State), OF Austin Cousino (Kentucky), LHP Brandon Finnegan (TCU), C Grayson Greiner (South Carolina), IF Taylor Sparks (UC Irvine), LHP Tommy Thorpe (Oregon) and RHP Luke Weaver (Florida State).

The 15 hopefuls hail from coast to coast and feature: IF Matt Chapman (Cal State Fullerton), LHP Chris Diaz (Miami, Fla.), RHP Riley Ferrell (TCU), IF C.J. Hinojosa (Texas), LHP Matt Imhof (Cal Poly), LHP Cole Irvin (Oregon), C Nate Irving (Virginia), IF Will Maddox (Tennessee), RHP/C Daniel Mengden (Texas A&M), RHP Preston Morrison (TCU), IF Mike Papi (Virginia), IF Jake Peter (Creighton), LHP/INF A.J. Reed (Kentucky), RHP Colin Wellman (Loyola Marymount) and OF Brad Zimmer (San Francisco).

An additional three athletes whose season just ended in Omaha will be joining the team over the course of the weekend: IF Alex Bregman (LSU), RHP Nick Burdi (Louisville) and C Kyle Schwarber (Indiana).

Six other players are still representing their collegiate team in Omaha at the College World Series: C Brett Austin (NC State), RHP David Berg (UCLA), OF Skye Bolt (North Carolina), OF Michael Conforto (Oregon State), Carlos Rodon (NC State) and IF Trea Turner (NC State).

Coaching the Collegiate National Team this summer will be TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle. The hitting coach/3rd base coach is Arizona State’s Tim Esmay. Ole Miss’ Mike Bianco will serve as the pitching coach, while Creighton’s Ed Servais will coach first base and the defense. Brett Basham will serve as the bullpen coach.

TCU’s Danny Wheat returns as the athletic trainer and Brandie Davidson will be the press officer. Rounding out the CNT staff is Brian Cain who will be the mental skills coach for the summer.

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USA Baseball Announces Friendship Series with Cuba

USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced an upcoming series between the two countries Collegiate National Teams. The two will compete in an international friendship series for the second year in a row. This year, Cuba will travel to the USA and play a five-game series.

The teams will compete across three states from July 18-23.

The two teams will first face off in Des Moines, Iowa for Game 1. They will then move onto Omaha for Games 2 and 3 before heading east to North Carolina to finish off the series.

Read more here with the complete press release by USA Baseball.

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College World Series Down to Four Teams

The 2013 College World Series is down to the final four teams.

In Bracket 1, #3 Oregon State will need to beat Mississippi State twice to advance to the championship series. While in Bracket 2, UCLA is the undefeated team going up against #1 North Carolina.

How they got here?

Mississippi State has made two comeback wins advancing through the winner’s bracket. They scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning in their first game to defeat #3 Oregon State. Then in Game 2 they scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take down Indiana. The two wins have put them in the driver’s seat for a trip to the championship series. They will face #3 Oregon State at 3:00 PM EST and need just one win to advance.

Oregon State is one of only two national seeds left in the tournament. The #3 Beavers lost a tough game in their first match to Mississippi State giving up two late runs. That dropped them down into the loser’s bracket where they have thrived. They dominated Louisville bouncing them from the CWS with an 11-4 win. Their next game was a thriller, a 1-0 win over Indiana. The Beavers got a complete game shutout out of Matt Boyd to hold off the dangerous Indiana club to advance. Now they are looking for revenge against Mississippi State needing two wins to advance to the championship series.

UCLA has won two games both by the score of 2-1. Their first game came against #4 LSU when they got a great start out of Adam Plutko holding LSU to just a single run. They came back with another close win over North Carolina State getting another great start out of Nick Vander Tuig to pick up the win. Now they face #1 North Carolina needing just a single win to advance to the championship series.

North Carolina is the #1 ranked team but they started off by losing their first game 8-1 to NC State. They bounced back with a tough 4-2 win over a great LSU team that put them into a rematch with their ACC rivals NC State. The second time around UNC got the better of them. Hobbs Johnson pitched great almost tossing a complete game shutout to pitch UNC into the match up with UCLA. North Carolina needs to win two games to advance to the championship series.

College World Series Schedule:

Friday June 21st
3:00 pm EST Mississippi State vs #3 Oregon State
8:00 pm EST UCLA vs #1 North Carolina

Saturday June 22nd
*3:00 pm EST Mississippi State vs #3 Oregon State
*8:30 pm EST UCLA vs #1 North Carolina

Championship Series
June 24th 8:00 pm EST
June 25th 8:00 pm EST
*June 26th 8:00 pm EST

*If necessary

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College: Six Teams Punch Tickets for Omaha; Two Left

Six teams are set for the 2013 College World Series, but so far only one of the Top 8 National Seeds have made it to Omaha.

Louisville dropped Vanderbilt from the tournament by going into Nashville and sweeping the #2 seed. Vanderbilt star pitcher Tyler Beede didn’t fare too well on Sunday afternoon. Beede was pulled after 59 pitches and 2.2 innings after allowing two runs in the elimination game for the Commodores. Carson Fulmer came in and pitched great for Vandy holding Louisville at bay, but the Vandy bats couldn’t get going mainly due to Cardinal starter Jeff Thompson. Thompson pitched seven strong innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out nine to pick up the win.

The #7 Florida State Seminoles were bounced in two games by Indiana who is making their first trip to the CWS. It is also the first time a Big 10 school has made the CWS since 1984 when the Michigan Wolverines made it to Omaha led by shortstop Barry Larkin.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs, who finished third in the SEC Western division, eliminated the #6 Virginia Cavaliers. The Bulldogs held off a ninth inning rally in Game 2 on Monday after noon after a 19 hour rain delay to fend off the Cavaliers and advance to Omaha for the first time since 2007.

For the first time in 45 years the North Carolina State Wolfpack will make a trip to Omaha. It is the second longest stretch between appearances. They did it with a sweep of the Rice Owls, and it took them 17 innings to win Game 2 of the series. NC State needed three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The game was marred by a rain delay of more than an hour before play resumed. After the dust settled, it was the longest Super Regional game in the history of the CWS.

UCLA eliminated #5 Cal State Fullerton over the weekend too in straight games. UCLA pitchers shut out the Titans in Game 2 to advance to Omaha for the fifth time in school history. They were in Omaha in 2012 but were eliminated after going 1-2.

So far the only National Seed to make the CWS is #4 LSU. After winning a close game, and shutting out, Oklahoma in Game 1 of the Super Regional, LSU exploded for 11 runs in Game 2 to win the game going away. They are going to be one of the heavy favorites to win the title. The Tigers are already holders of six CWS titles with the last coming in 2009.

The two spots that are still up for grabs are coming from the Chapel Hill and Corvallis Regionals.

In Chapel Hill, #1 North Carolina and South Carolina square off in a winner take all game on Tuesday afternoon. The two teams split the first two games with South Carolina shutting out UNC in Game 2 to force the final game.

In Corvallis, #3 Oregon State came back to force the final game with a 12-4 win over Kansas State in Game 2. The elimination game will take place Monday night at 10pm EST.

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College: Beede, Bryant, Moran Named Golden Spikes Finalists

Live award presentation set for July 19 on MLB Network, GoldenSpikesAward.com

By USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the three finalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This summer marks the 36th consecutive year that the GSA will be presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Tyler Beede, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt; Kris Bryant, a junior infielder from San Diego; and Colin Moran, a junior infielder out of North Carolina, received the most votes among 30 semifinalists last week, as voted on by a committee of more than 200 members.

Each of the three players participated in the NCAA regionals this past weekend, with Vanderbilt and North Carolina advancing to super-regional competition. San Diego was eliminated following play in the Los Angeles regional.

Additionally, Bryant and Moran are expected to be drafted early in Thursday’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Beede, as a sophomore, is not eligible for the Draft until 2014.

For the first time ever, the GSA will be presented at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and MLB Network will televise the announcement for the third consecutive year. The presentation will air live on The Rundown on Friday, July 19, starting at 2 p.m. ET, and will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. The presentation will also be simulcast live on MLB.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

Fans can continue to stay up to date on the GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com — powered by MLB Advanced Media — which serves as the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries and photographs and video highlights of the 2013 finalists.

“Once again our voting committee did a fantastic job of selecting three talented finalists,” USA Baseball executive director/CEO Paul Seiler said. “Tyler Beede, Kris Bryant and Colin Moran all had outstanding seasons for their respective schools, and we are excited to honor them for both their individual accolades and their team’s on-field success.”

Beede was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after leading the nation in wins. The Commodores righty tallied a 14-0 record with 101 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings pitched. A native of Auburn, Mass., Beede posted a 2.20 ERA and held opponents to a .177 batting average.

Bryant was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after a record-setting season for the Toreros. The Las Vegas native led the nation in home runs, runs scored, walks and slugging percentage. His 31 home runs set an NCAA single-season record in the BBCOR era. Bryant was tabbed the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year and the co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year after hitting .329 with 62 RBIs.

Moran was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after tallying a nation-best 85 RBIs. The Rye, N.Y., native batted .351 with 13 home runs as part of the nucleus that led the Tar Heels to an ACC championship and the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year finished fourth in the nation with 69 runs scored.

The three finalists advanced by receiving the most votes during the semifinalist balloting round. During the round, 33 different student-athletes received votes to become a GSA finalist. After the three finalists, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray finished fourth in voting, followed in order by Mark Appel (Stanford), Aaron Nola (Louisiana State), D.J. Peterson (New Mexico), Michael Lorenzen (Cal State Fullerton), Tony Kemp (Vanderbilt) and Ryne Stanek (Arkansas). Additionally, Matt Boyd (Oregon State), Michael Ford (Princeton), Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State) and Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State) received votes via the voting committee’s write-in option.

Following the presentation of the award on July 19, all three finalists will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles as part of the 2013 Rod Dedeaux Award Dinner. Hosted by the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the dinner will honor the Golden Spikes Award finalists, the Rod Dedeaux Award winner and the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award winner.

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it follows the same model again in 2013. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a list of 30 semifinalists was sent to the GSA voting committee last week. The three players that received the most votes advanced to the finalist round, and beginning today, the committee will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.

Fans will once again be able to vote for the 2013 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. ET on June 14.

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College: Gene Stephenson Fired at Wichita State

June 4, 2013 marked the end of an era in Wichita, Kansas, an era that lasted 36 years.

Yesterday longtime coach of the Wichita State Shockers baseball program Gene Stephenson was fired. Stephenson was at the helm of the Shockers since 1978. He ranks second in wins among college coaches with a record of 1,837-675-3.  Only Augie Garrido of Texas has more wins.

Athletic director Eric Sexton reportedly gave Stephenson an ultimatum to either retire or be fired. Stephenson had one year remaining on his contract.

Wichita State disbanded the baseball program in 1970 only to bring it back in 1977. Stephenson took over the helm in 1978 and quickly turned the Shockers into a powerhouse.

It took him only three years to get the team to the NCAA tournament and two more before they would appear in their first College World Series. In that 1982 season they would lose to Miami in the national championship game and set the single season record for wins with 73.

Stephenson would take Wichita State to 20 conference championships, 28 appearances in the NCAA tournament, and trips to the College World Series a total of seven times, winning one national title in 1989.

The past few seasons have been down years for the program. The Shockers had to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. They were bounced from the tournament this year by Arkansas and eventual regional champ Kansas State.

Stephenson says he hopes to continue coaching.

Wichita State will begin a national search for his replacement immediately.

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College: Super Regional Teams Set to Begin Play Friday

The 2013 College World Series is down to 16 teams. After an exciting weekend of regionals, where we saw two #1 seeds go down, we are all set for the Super Regionals.

The top two seeds in the entire tournament faced elimination on Monday night, but both survived to see the Super Regional round.

The top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels needed 13 innings to down Florida Atlantic to move on to the next round.

Florida Atlantic used a 6-run ninth inning to take a late lead over the #1 ranked Heels. Down 6-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Owls came storming back to take the lead late. The inning was led off with by Corey Keller hit his second home run to left field to cut the lead to three. Then the Tar Heel pitching staff couldn’t find the strike zone walking one run in after giving up a single and two walks to load the bases. Then with the bases loaded and trailing 6-4 with two outs, Tyler Rocklein hit a grand slam to give the Owls the lead.

The Heels weren’t done though. They quickly came back scoring two runs on three quick hits in the bottom of the inning to send it to extra innings.

The twelfth inning saw even more highlights as in the top of the inning, Levi Meyer untied the game with a three-run home run. However, once again the Owls bullpen couldn’t hold the lead giving up three to tie it in the bottom half of the inning.

Cody Stubbs, who went 4-for-7 in the game, singled down the left field line to drive in the winning run sending the top ranked North Carolina into the Super Regional round.

Rice used a fifteen hit attack to down the #1 seed Oregon Ducks in the Eugene Regional. The Ducks were just the second #1 seed to be sent home after Oklahoma sent Virginia Tech packing the day before. Oregon is also the only Top 8 National Seed not to make it to the Super Regional round.

So the Super Regionals are set and will get kicked off this coming Friday June 7th.

#1 North Carolina will host South Carolina

#2 Vanderbilt will host Louisville

#3 Oregon State will host Kansas State

#4 LSU will host Oklahoma

#5 Cal State Fullerton will host UCLA

#6 Virginia will host Mississippi State

#7 Florida State will host Indiana

North Carolina State will host Rice

NCAA Division I CWS Bracket

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