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College: Top 8 Seeds Fight for Spot in Omaha


The Road to Omaha kicks off today as the regional round starts today at sixteen different spots around the country.  As the rounds progress you can follow the bracket here.

The top eight seeds were announced earlier this week with the Oregon State Beavers (42-12) picking up the top seed. In the top eight there were a few teams nobody expected when the season began. Following up Oregon State is SEC power Florida (40-21). The SEC only placed two teams this  year in the top 8 seeds. Next up at #3 is Virginia (44-13), followed by #4 Indiana (42-13), #5 Florida State (44-15), #6 UL-Lafayette (53-7), #7 TCU (42-15), and #8 LSU (44-14-1).

The top eight seeds don’t really match up with the final rankings as all of the major polls had UL-Lafayette ranked first. In fact many of the polls had a few teams outside of the top 10 including TCU and Indiana.

LSU (SEC), TCU (Big 12), Indiana (Big 10), and UL-Lafayette (Sun Belt) all won their conference tournaments. Oregon State won the Pac-12 but there is no conference tournament.

National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association Poll

 

Rank School Record Previous
1 Louisiana-Lafayette 53-7 2
2 Oregon State 42-12 1
3 Virginia 44-13 3
4 LSU 44-14-1 8
5 Florida State 43-15 6
6 Cal Poly 45-10 4
7 Oklahoma State 45-16 7
8 Louisville 45-15 5
9 Houston 44-15 12
10 Florida 40-21 14
11 Indiana 42-16 18
12 South Carolina 41-18 9
13 Vanderbilt 41-18 10
14 Miami (Fla.) 41-17 11
15 Rice 41-18 17
16 TCU 42-15 20
17 Mississippi 41-18 16
18 Washington 39-15-1 13
19 Oregon 42-18 15
20 Texas 38-18 19
21 Nebraska 40-19 24
22 Mississippi State 37-22 21
23 Texas Tech 40-18 22
24 Pepperdine 39-16 29
25 Sam Houston State 41-17 23
26 Clemson 36-23 26
27 Arkansas 38-23 27
28 Dallas Baptist 40-19 30
29 Alabama 34-22 25
30 San Diego State 42-19 NR

Dropped Out: No. 28 Liberty.

Others Receiving Votes (Listed Alphabetically): Arizona State (33-22), Bryant (42-14), Cal State Fullerton (32-22), Campbell (40-19), College of Charleston (41-17), Columbia (29-18), Creighton (32-17-1), Georgia Tech (36-25), Indiana State (35-16), Kentucky (35-23), Liberty (41-16), Long Beach State (32-24), Maryland (36-21), Old Dominion (36-24), Sacramento State (39-22), UNLV (35-23).

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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: 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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College: The Top Two National Seeds Face Elimination Tonight


Four number one seeds in the NCAA College Baseball World Series Regionals are facing elimination today. One has already been ousted when Oklahoma ousted Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Sunday night.

Included in the four #1’s that are up for elimination today are three of the Top 8 National Seeds as well, including the top two.

The #1 National Seed North Carolina (54-9) faces elimination in Chapel Hill tonight as they face the Florida Atlantic Owls (42-21). The Owls downed the Tar Heels in yesterday’s game defeating the top seed 3-2. Florida Atlantic scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stave off elimination and force the winner take all game tonight.

Florida Atlantic shocked the Tar Heels when third baseman Ricky Santiago hit a three-run home run to give the Owls the win.

UNC will face Florida Atlantic at 6pm EST on ESPN 3. You can also watch on ESPN Bases Loaded.

The #2 National Seed is also in danger of being eliminated in the regional round. Vanderbilt (53-10) was shutout by Georgia Tech (37-26) on Sunday as the Yellow Jackets forced the winner-take-all game tonight.

The two baseball powerhouses will square off on ESPNU tonight at 7pm EST.

The other National Seed that is in danger of being eliminated earlier than expected is Oregon (48-15). The Ducks pounded the Rice Owls (43-18) on Sunday to the tune of 11-0. The big win came a day after Rice defeated Oregon 1-0 behind a great pitching performance from Owl Jordan Stephens who tossed a two hit shutout.

The Ducks will look to keep the bats going against the Owls tonight at 9pm EST on ESPN 3.

Mississippi State (45-18) is another host, and #1 regional seed, that is on the verge of being eliminated. Central Arkansas (42-21) defeated the Bulldogs on Sunday 5-2 to force the Monday elimination game. They will face off with one another at 8pm EST on ESPN 3.

All of the games can be see online via ESPN Bases Loaded.

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Field of 64 Announced for the 2013 College World Series


The field of 64 has been announced for the 2013 College World Series which begins with the regional round this coming weekend.  With the announcement of the field came the announcement of the Top 8 national seeds which is lead by the University of North Carolina (52-8).

UNC won the ACC tournament this past weekend defeating Virginia Tech in the championship game to earn the #1 overall seed in the College World Series. The Tar Heels will host a regional, and if they advance a super regional.

Following up North Carolina are, in order, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State, and Oregon. All of the Top 8 national seeds will host a regional and a super regional should they advance.

Some of the biggest names in college baseball didn’t make the tournament this year including defending champion Arizona (34-21). Also missing the CWS this year was Texas, who didn’t even make the Big 12 tournament.

Miami (36-23), the only #1 national seed to ever win the title in 1999, made the tournament for the 41st consecutive year to extend its own record. Florida State (44-15) is making its 36th straight appearance as well.

Of the 64 tournament teams, thirty-one were in the CWS last year.

Several teams are making their first appearance including Canisius, Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, Savannah State, and Bryant who made it in its first year of eligibility.

Bowling Green (24-29) is the only team in the field with a losing record but advanced by winning the Mid-America Conference tournament and receiving the automatic bid.

But perhaps the biggest story of the tournament comes from Towson (29-28). Due to financial problems and in support of the gender-equity imbalance, the Towson baseball and soccer team were destined to be eliminated as programs from the school. That was until the governor stepped in and found $300,000 in funding to save the baseball program for at least two years. The soccer team was not saved unfortunately.

The regional round begins this coming weekend as the 16 four-team, double-elimination rounds. You can find the full bracket of all the teams in the tournament below.

NCAA Div. I CWS Bracket

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2012 College World Series Finals Begin


It’s been an exciting run in Omaha so far in the 2012 College World Series. The #1 overall seed Florida was bounced after two games including a loss to Kent State. South Carolina finally lost a game after Arkansas broke their 22-game tournament winning streak. The Gamecocks are trying to become the first team to win 3 titles in a row since USC won five straight from 1970-1974.

Arizona rolled through their side of the bracket 3-0 to reach the finals. The Wildcats defeated the Florida State Seminoles twice and UCLA once to advance.

South Carolina, which is back in the finals for a 3rd straight year, had to come back and defeat Arkansas twice to make it back to the championship round. Last Thursday and Friday the Gamecocks did just that in two close games winning 2-0 and 3-2.

Now with the finals set, South Carolina will have another uphill battle as they dropped Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series 5-1.

Arizona jumped out early and never let up taking a 4-0 lead into the 6th inning before South Carolina got on the board.

Robert Refsnyder got the Wildcats off to a bang with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Refsnyder would finish the game 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Konner Wade went the distance on the hill allowing just 6 hits and 1 run.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will try to battle back in a must win Game 2 on Monday night.

Arizona is looking for its 4th school title with the last coming in 1986.

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The Road to Omaha: 2012 Super Regional Hosts Announced


The regional round of the college playoffs are over and we are heading into the Super Regional round after an exciting weekend of baseball.

Ten of the sixteen #1 seeds in the regionals advance to the super regional round. Of the top eight national seeds, #6 ranked North Carolina was the only one not to make it out of the regional round.

The Super Regional hosts have been announced, and games will kick off on Friday.

Stony Brook (50-12) at No. 7 LSU (46-16)

St. John’s (40-21) at Arizona (41-17)

Stanford (41-16) at No. 3 Florida State (46-15)

TCU (40-20) at No. 2 UCLA (45-14)

GAMES BEGIN SATURDAY, JUNE 9 — ALL TIMES ET

North Carolina State (43-18) at No. 1 Florida (45-18)

Arkansas (42-19) at No. 4 Baylor (48-15)

Oklahoma (42-23) at No. 8 South Carolina (43-17)

Kent State (44-17) at No. 5 Oregon (45-17)
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College: A No-Hitter, 28 Runs Scored, and an 18-Game Winning Streak


It’s been an exciting weekend of baseball around the country with one #1 seed already having been sent home, a no-hitter, a team extending its NCAA-best postseason winning streak to 18, and another team busting out scoring 28 runs.

The first #1 seed to be sent packing was the Miami Hurricanes who were outscored 22-4 on their home field over the weekend. Miami suffered losses to Stony Brook and Missouri State.

Of the 16 #1 seeds in the regionals, six of them need to win twice on Sunday to advance. NC State, Purdue, Rice, Baylor, North Carolina, and Texas A&M all sit at 1-1 facing elimination. Two of these teams (Baylor and North Carolina) were in the top 8 seeds heading into the tournament.

Top seed Florida showed why its the team to beat as sophomore right-hander Jonathan Crawford tossed the 7th no-hitter in NCAA tournament history. Florida beat Bethune-Cookman 4-0. Crawford faced the minimum 27 hitters allowing 1 walk. It was his first complete game of the year. His previous long was 6 innings against LSU in early April.

South Carolina needed a walk-off single in the 12th inning to extend its NCAA record postseason winning streak to 18 games. Carolina had to rally in the 8th and 9th to tie the game at 4 against rival Clemson before winning the game in the 12th.

TCU was trailing 9-6 in the fifth inning before breaking loose to score 22 runs over the final four innings to defeat Dayton 28-12. The Horned Frogs pounded out 23 hits scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning, 6 runs in the 7th, and 9 more in the top of the 9th. They were led by Jerrick Suiter who went 5-for-6 scoring 3 runs and driving in 3. Brance Rivera drove in 6 runs and scored 4. Rivera hit a grand slam home run in the 9th inning. He was also hit by a pitch 3 times.

The regionals will wrap up Sunday or Monday with the winners heading into the super regionals. There is still a lot of baseball to be played and it should be an interesting weekend.

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College: The Road to Omaha Starts Friday


The Road to Omaha begins on Friday as the regional round begins across the county. Florida  (42-18)heads into the tournament as the #1 overall seed followed by, UCLA (42-14), Florida State (43-15), Baylor (44-14), Oregon (42-17), North Carolina (44-14), LSU (43-16) and South Carolina (40-17).

The SEC leads the field placing 8 teams in the tournament followed by the ACC with 7. Making their first appearance are Dayton (Atlantic 10 Conference) and Samford (Southern Conference).

Miami extended its record to 40 straight years in the field. Florida State is making its 35th straight appearance, 2nd all-time. A total of 37 teams of the 64 were in the field last year.

Each of the four team regionals will play a double-elimination tournament with the winner advancing to the super-regional round.

The 66th College World Series begins Friday June 15th in Omaha, Nebraska.

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College: An All SEC CWS Final


OMAHA – The finals were set on Friday and it will be an all SEC final. In the first game on Friday, #2 Florida defeated #6 Vanderbilt for the 2nd time sending the Commodores home. Vandy led early and made a late charge but it wasn’t enough. Florida’s opponent in the championship round will be defending champion #4 South Carolina. The Gamecocks defeated #1 Virginia in an extra innings thriller.

#6 Vanderbilt 4, #2 Florida 6

The Florida Gators pounded out 13 hits and held off a late innings comeback to defeat Vanderbilt and earn a trip to the championship round. This is the Gator’s second trip to the finals after losing to Texas in the 2005 finals.

Vanderbilt jumped on top of Florida in the top of the first on an Aaron Westlake (2-for-5)  home run, his 18th of the season. Sonny Gray kept the Gators off the board until the 3rd when they would tie the game at 1. The All-American Gray would go 7 innings allowing 6 runs on 12 hits and 5 walks to take the loss.

Florida tied it up in the 3rd after Cody Dent (2-for-2, 2 runs) led off the inning with a triple. He would score on a ground out by Preston Tucker (1-for-5, 2 RBI). Florida would take the lead one inning later. With 1 out, Adams and Thompson both singled. After Dent walked to load the bases, Nolan Fontana (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) singled up the middle with 2 outs to bring in both Adams and Thompson

Florida would add one more run in the 6th to take a 4-1 lead, but Vady came storming back late in the game. In the 7th inning, Vandy made it 4-3 when with 2 outs Conner Harrell (1-for-3) singled to left field driving in a pair of runners. An inning later, Vandy would tie the game at 4 when Conrad Gregor (1-for-3) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The tie was short lived however. In the bottom of the 8th, Florida would take the lead for good. The Gators loaded the bases and once again Preston Tucker delivered with a single to left.  One batter later Dent would score on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.

Austin Maddox pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win for Florida. Starter Alex Panteliodis pitched well going 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits but did not factor into the desicion.

#1 Virginia 2, #4 South Carolina 3

It took South Carolina 13 innings to fend off the Cavaliers and advance to its 5th championship (SC is 1-3 in title matches).

The game was close the entire way. Virginia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd as Kenny Swab (2-for-3) grounded into a double play allowing Steven Proscia (0-for-4) to score from third. South Carolina was stifled for 3 innings by All-American Danny Hultzen, but he was pulled after the 3rd because he was sick having only given up 1 hit while striking out 8.

In the 4th, Carolina would jump on reliever Kyle Crocket. The Gamecocks loaded the bases on a double by Christian Walker (1-for-5), a single by Jackie Bradley Jr. (1-for-5), and a hit by pitch by Adrian Morales (0-for-5). Brady Thomas (2-for6, 2 RBI) then followed with a double to left center putting South Carolina on top 2-1.

The score stayed 2-1 until the top of the 8th when Virginia would tie it up with a John Hicks (1-for-5) reached on an error allowing Chris Taylor (0-for-7) to score an unearned run.

Both teams would threaten in extra frames, but each time the pitching came up big and hold the opposing team scoreless. That is until the bottom of the 13th. Brady Thomas led off with a single and was quickly pinch run for by Adam Matthews. After a throwing error by the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt attempt, Matthews advanced to 2nd. The next batter again tried to sacrifice Matthews to third but again Virginia reliever Cody Winiarski threw the ball away. This time he was trying to get Matthews out at 3rd and wound up throwing the ball down the left field line allowing Matthews to trot home with the game winning run.

The Gamecocks will defend their title against Florida starting Monday night in the best-of-3 Championship Series.

South Carolina won the season series with Florida in Gainsville 2-games-to-1.

2011 CWS Schedule

(All Times Central)

Saturday, June 18

Game 1:  No. 6 Vanderbilt 7,  No. 3 North Carolina 3

Game 2: No. 7 Texas 4 vs. No. 2 Florida 8

Sunday, June 19

Game 3: California vs. No. 1 Virginia – 1 p.m. ESPN

Game 4: Texas A&M vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. ESPN2

Monday, June 20

Game 5 – No. 3 North Carolina 3, No. 7 Texas 0

Game 6 – No. 2 Florida 3, No. 6 Vanderbilt 1

Tuesday, June 21

Game 7 – California 7, Texas A&M 3

Game 8 – No. 4 South Carolina 7, No. 1 Virginia 1

Wednesday, June 22

Game 9 – No. 3 North Carolina 1, No. 6 Vanderbilt 5

Thursday, June 23

Game 10 – California 1, No. 1 Virginia 8

Friday, June 24

Game 11 – No. 6 Vanderbilt 6,  No. 2 Florida 4

Game 12 – No. 1 Virginia 2,  No. 4 South Carolina 3

Sunday, June 26

No games scheduled

MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS

Monday, June 27

Game 1 – No. 2 Florida vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)

Tuesday, June 28

Game 2 – No. 2 Florida vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)

Wednesday, June 29

Game 3 – No. 2 Florida vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)

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College: CWS Day 5 & 6 Results


OMAHA – With two SEC teams sitting pretty in the winner’s bracket of the College World Series, other teams are fighting to stay alive. In Wednesday’s action, #6 Vanderbilt rebounded from a their first CWS loss to knock #3 North Carolina out of the tournament. Thursday saw another team packing their bags as #1 Virginia sent California home. Virginia will now take on defending champion South Carolina again on Friday needing to win twice to advance to the finals.

#3 North Carolina 1, #6 Vanderbilt 5

Vanderbilt continued writing the story of its first ever trip to the CWS with another win against #3 North Carolina. With the win, Vanderbilt made sure there will be at least 1 SEC team in the championship. They will now face Florida again needing to win twice to advance to the championship round.

Vandy got a great start from Taylor Hill who went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4. Corey Williams closed the door with 2 scoreless innings. North Carolina starter Greg Holt didn’t fare as well lasting only 2.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 4 hits.

Conner Harrell (2-for-3) had the big hit for Vandy with a 3-run blast in the bottom of the 2nd inning. That home run put Vandy up 4-0. They would add another run in the 3rd to go up 5-0. The pitching staff did the rest from there. Curt Casali (1-for-4)added his 7th home run of the year as well. DH Conrad Gregor pitched in with 2 hits as well scoring a run.

North Carolina only managed 4 hits against Vandy pitching. Jacob Stallings had two of them going 2-for-4 with 2 doubles. Ben Bunting drove in the only run for the Tar Heels with a bases loaded ground out in the 5th inning.

California 1, #1 Virginia 8

Top seeded Virginia pounded out 11 hits and 8 runs to send California back home empty handed. Virginia will now face South Carolina needing to win twice to advance to the championship round.

Virginia got a solid start out of Tyler Wilson who went 7.2 innings giving up only 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 5. Cal starter Dixon Anderson didn’t fare as well going only 3 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits to take the loss. Cal reliever Kevin Miller had an even worse outing going 2.2 innings but giving up 4 runs on 5 hits.

Every starter for Virginia had at least 1 hit in the game. Keith Werman led the way going 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Kenny Swab was the only other Cavalier hitter with more than 1 hit going 2-for-5.

The Cavs face an uphill battle now needing to beat defending champion South Carolina twice to advance. They are the lone non-SEC team left in the tournament.

2011 CWS Schedule

(All Times Central)

Saturday, June 18

Game 1:  No. 6 Vanderbilt 7,  No. 3 North Carolina 3

Game 2: No. 7 Texas 4 vs. No. 2 Florida 8

Sunday, June 19

Game 3: California vs. No. 1 Virginia – 1 p.m. ESPN

Game 4: Texas A&M vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. ESPN2

Monday, June 20

Game 5 – No. 3 North Carolina 3, No. 7 Texas 0

Game 6 – No. 2 Florida 3, No. 6 Vanderbilt 1

Tuesday, June 21

Game 7 – California 7, Texas A&M 3

Game 8 – No. 4 South Carolina 7, No. 1 Virginia 1

Wednesday, June 22

Game 9 – No. 3 North Carolina 1, No. 6 Vanderbilt 5

Thursday, June 23

Game 10 – California 1, No. 1 Virginia 8

Friday, June 24

Game 11 – No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Florida – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)

Game 12 – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD)

Saturday, June 25

Game 13 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) or 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)  Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                                   Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 26

No games scheduled

MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS

Monday, June 27

Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Tuesday, June 28

Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Wednesday, June 29

Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

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College: CWS Day 3 and 4 Results


OMAHA – The two teams from Texas were the first to be sent packing. On Monday, North Carolina sent the Texas Longhorns home. Texas’ offense never really showed up, and its ace pitcher had a bad outing in their first game. Game two of the day saw the winner’s facing off with Florida taking down their SEC foe in Vanderbilt.

#7 Texas 0, #2 North Carolina 3

North Carolina didn’t need much offense as their starter Kent Emanuel completely shut down the Longhorn bats. Emanuel pitched a complete game shutout allowing only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5.  Cole Green didn’t fare as well for the Longhorns. He lasted only 2 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 runs to take the loss.

While Texas didn’t pitch bad, they never hit. Johnathan Walsh was the only hitter with more than one hit going 2-for-3.

On the other side, Ben Bunting alone had as many hits as the entire Longhorns team going 4-for-5 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Jacob Stallings chipped in with 1 hit and 2 RBIs.

#2 Florida 3, #6 Vanderbilt 1

In the winner’s bracket game, two SEC foes squared off with Florida coming out on top of the rain delayed game. Preston Tucker had the big hit for the Gators in the 4th inning with a 3-run home run. Tucker would add a double to his dinger to go 2-for-4 in the game. Tucker was the only Gator with more than 1 hit as they only totaled 5 for the game.

Anthony Gomez was the only hitter for Vandy with more than 1 hit going 2-for-4 with the lone Commodore RBI. Vandy starter Grayson Garvin pitched well but took the loss. He went 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9.

Florida is now in the driver’s seat in Bracket 1. They are 1 win away from a trip to the finals.

Day 4

California 7, Texas A&M 3

Texas A&M continued the poor run for teams from Texas getting bounced from the tournament.  A&M jumped out on top in the bottom of the 4th inning when Adam Smith (1-for-4) hit his 7th home run of the season.

It didn’t take California long to respond. They came right back with 3 runs in the 5th inning. Derek Campbell (2-for-4) singled to center with runners at the corners to drive in 2 runs. Two batters later Tony Renda (2-for-3) would drive in Campbell with a sacrifice fly as the Bears got 3 unearned runs in the inning. Cal would come back with 3 runs again in the 6th inning to go up 6-1. A&M would mount a comeback and pull to within 6-3, but that is all the damage they could do.

Texas A&M starter Michael Wacha lasted 6.2 innings giving up 7 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits and 2 walks. Kyle Porter went 6 innings for Cal giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk to pick up the win. Matt Flemer picked up the save pitching 3 scoreless innings.

Texas A&M is eliminated.

#4 South Carolina 7, #1 Virginia 1

South Carolina continues to play well in their defense of their title taking down #1 seed Virgina 7-1. South Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. After the first two batters recorded outs, Walker reached on an error. Immediately he was drove home by Jackie Bradley Jr. (2-for-5) who doubled. Adrian Morales (3-for-5, 2 runs) followed up with an RBI single advancing to 2nd on an error. The Gamecocks weren’t finished. The next batter Brady Thomas (3-for-4) doubled driving in Morales and giving the Gamecocks a 3-0 lead.

South Carolina would extend its lead to 6-0 with a run in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th. Virginia finally got on the board in the bottom of the 4th with a run on John Hicks (1-for-4) 9th home run of the season. Chris Taylor (2-for-4) was the only Virginia batter with more than 1 hit.

Virginia will now take on California again with the loser heading home.

2011 CWS Schedule

(All Times Central)

Saturday, June 18

Game 1:  No. 6 Vanderbilt 7,  No. 3 North Carolina 3

Game 2: No. 7 Texas 4 vs. No. 2 Florida 8

Sunday, June 19

Game 3: California vs. No. 1 Virginia – 1 p.m. ESPN

Game 4: Texas A&M vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. ESPN2

Monday, June 20

Game 5 – No. 3 North Carolina 3, No. 7 Texas 0

Game 6 – No. 2 Florida 3, No. 6 Vanderbilt 1

Tuesday, June 21

Game 7 – California 7, Texas A&M 3

Game 8 – No. 4 South Carolina 7, No. 1 Virginia 1

Wednesday, June 22

Game 9 – No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 6 Vanderbilt – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)

Thursday, June 23

Game 10 – California vs. No. 1 Virginia – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)

Friday, June 24

Game 11 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)                         Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6

Game 12 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD)                         Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8

Saturday, June 25

Game 13 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) or 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)  Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                                   Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 26

No games scheduled

MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS

Monday, June 27

Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Tuesday, June 28

Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Wednesday, June 29

Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

(if necessary)

 

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College: CWS Day 2 Results


OMAHA – Top Ranked Virginia took down the Cinderella story California 4-1 in Game 1 of Day 2 in Omaha at the CWS (College World Series). Game 2 paired defending champion South Carolina with Texas A&M. South Carolina would use a walk-off single to win it in the bottom of the 9th.

California 1, #1 Virginia 4

In Game 3 of the 2011 College World Series, Virginia got a great start from All-American Danny Hultzen who went 6.1 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. Branden Kline came in to pick up the save pitching .1 innings.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 7th when Virginia got on the board with 2 runs. Keith Werman (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) led off the inning with a single and was followed by a walk to Chris Taylor (1-for-4). After a ground out that moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd, John Hicks (1-for-4) singled driving in Werman with the first run of the game. Steven Proscia (0-for-3) drove in the 2nd run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Cavs scored two more runs in the bottom of the 8th when Jared King (1-for-4) tripled in a run. He was followed by an RBI single by Werman.

California got on the board in the top of the 9th after Marcus Semien (1-for-3) singled to start the inning. He moved to 2nd base on a ground out, then stole 3rd. He scored on a single by Chad Bunting (1-for-4). Kline then came in to put out the rally.

Texas A&M 4, #4 South Carolina 5

This came started out like it was going to be a really high scoring game as both teams scored 4 runs in the first inning. But then the scoring stopped.

In the top of the 1st inning, A&M already had 1 run in when Brandon Wood (1-for-3, 3 RBI) came up to bat with the bases loaded and 2 outs. He then sent a pitch from Michael Roth down the right field line for a 3-RBI triple. A&M’s offense pretty much shut down after the first inning. The Gamecocks pitching staff limited the Aggies to only 4 hits over the game.

Ross Stripling pitched well for A&M going 8 innings allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 6.

Michael Roth was solid for South Carolina as well going 7.1 innings allowing 4 runs (all unearned) on 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 8.

Second baseman Scott Wingo led the offense for South Carolina going 4-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Robert Beary chipped in with 2 hits of his own.

2011 CWS Schedule

(All Times Central)

Saturday, June 18

Game 1:  No. 6 Vanderbilt 7,  No. 3 North Carolina 3

Game 2: No. 7 Texas 4 vs. No. 2 Florida 8

Sunday, June 19

Game 3: California 1, No. 1 Virginia 4

Game 4: Texas A&M 4, No. 4 South Carolina 5

Monday, June 20

Game 5 – No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Texas – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)

Game 6 – No. 2 Florida vs. No. 6 Vanderbilt – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)

Tuesday, June 21

Game 7 – California vs. Texas A&M – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)

Game 8 – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD)

Wednesday, June 22

Game 9 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                         Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6

Thursday, June 23

Game 10 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                        Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8

Friday, June 24

Game 11 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)                         Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6

Game 12 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD)                         Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8

Saturday, June 25

Game 13 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) or 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)  Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                                   Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 26

No games scheduled

MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS

Monday, June 27

Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Tuesday, June 28

Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Wednesday, June 29

Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

(if necessary)

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College: World Series Teams Set


OMAHA – The final 8 teams are set for the 2011 College World Series (CWS) and its a cast of familiar characters. When the playoffs started, the NCAA ranked the top 8 seeds for the tournament.  Six of those 8 teams made it to Omaha.

Bracket one includes top seeded North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Texas, and Florida. While bracket two will include South Carolina, Texas A&M, California, and Virginia.

North Carolina is making its 9th appearance in Omaha including 5 out of the last 6 years. They are riding in after a Super Regional victory over Stanford and are looking for their first title.

Vanderbilt is making its first trip to Omaha. The Commodores swept Oregon St in the Super Regional round and started the playoffs as the #6 national seed. Vanderbilt and North Carolina will face off in the first game of the 2011 CWS at 2pm on Saturday.

Texas is making its 34th trip (most ever) to Omaha and looking for its 7th title (its last was in 2005). Texas had a hard fought Super Regional round with Arizona St.

Florida, making its 7th appearance, came in riding a Super Regional victory over Mississippi St. They started the playoffs as the #2 national seed and will face Texas in Game 2 of the CWS on Saturday.

South Carolina is back to defend its title from a year ago. Overall, this will be the Gamecocks 10th appearance in the CWS with 2010 being their lone title. They come in after a Super Regional victory over Connecticut, and they will face Texas A&M in their first game.

The Aggies made it to Omaha for the 5th time. Their last trip to the CWS was in 1999. The come in after a Super Regional victory on enemy turf in Tallahassee against Florida State.

The #1 national seed Virginia will make its 2nd appearance (first in 2009) in Omaha. They come in off a hard fought Super Regional victory over UC Irvine.

California is making its 6th appearance in Omaha, first since 1992. The Bears come in off a Super Regional win over Dallas Baptist and are looking for its 3rd national title (last one in 1957).

South Carolina and Texas are the only teams with a title already. Vanderbilt is the only team making its first appearance, and everything kicks off on Saturday. It should be a great ride.

2011 CWS Schedule

(All Times Central)

Saturday, June 18

Game 1:  No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 3 North Carolina – 1 p.m. ESPN

Game 2: No. 7 Texas vs. No. 2 Florida – 6 p.m. ESPN

Sunday, June 19

Game 3: California vs. No. 1 Virginia – 1 p.m. ESPN

Game 4: Texas A&M vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. ESPN2

Monday, June 20

Game 5 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 6 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                         Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

Tuesday, June 21

Game 7 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

Game 8 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Wednesday, June 22

Game 9 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                         Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6

Thursday, June 23

Game 10 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                        Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8

Friday, June 24

Game 11 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)                         Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6

Game 12 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD)                         Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8

Saturday, June 25

Game 13 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) or 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)  Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)                                   Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12.  If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 26

No games scheduled

MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS

Monday, June 27

Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Tuesday, June 28

Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Wednesday, June 29

Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD)                           Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

(if necessary)

 

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2011 Division II College World Series


The final four of the 2011 Division II College World Series have been decided.

In bracket 1, Winona State (41-17) is in the driver’s seat facing South Conn. St (45-8-1). South Conn. St will need to win twice to find their way into the championship on Saturday. The two teams will square off on Thursday at 7pm ET. If South Conn. St should win, a second game will be played on Friday.

In bracket 2, West Florida (50-9) is sitting pretty needing to be beat twice by Mount Olive (47-9). The two will play Thursday at 3pm ET. If Mount Olive should win, they will force a second and decisive game on Friday.

The National Championship is set for Saturday June, 4 at 12pm ET.

University of West Florida pitcher Philip Ebert has been writing a blog all season long and continues to do so at the CWS. You can find him on Facebook or Twitter.

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2011 College World Series Regionals Announced


The Division I Regionals get under way on Friday for the 65th Baseball Championship. The 64 teams are spread out in 16 regionals with the winner of each advancing to the super regionals. Each regional will feature a double-elimination format, and there are a lot of familiar faces.

The national top eight seeds are Virginia (49-9), Florida (45-16), North Carolina (45-14), South Carolina (45-14), Florida State (42-17), Vanderbilt (47-10), Texas (43-15) and Rice (41-19).

Florida State is hosting for the 28th time, which leads the way, followed by Texas (26th time), and Arizona State (21st time). The 30 teams with automatic bids and 34 teams with at-large bids are all competing for a trip to Omaha. The 2011 College World Series will start on June 18th.

Regional Hosts with Records:

Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Tech 40-19
Austin, Texas Texas 43-15
Fullerton, Calif. Cal State Fullerton 40-15
Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina 45-14
Charlottesville, Va. Virginia 49-9
Clemson, S.C. Clemson 41-18
College Station, Texas Texas A&M 42-18
Columbia, S.C. South Carolina 45-14
Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State 38-17
Fort Worth, Texas TCU 42-17
Gainesville, Fla. Florida 45-16
Houston, Texas Rice 41-19
Los Angeles, Calif. UCLA 33-22
Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt 47-10
Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State 42-17
Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State 39-16

 

Division I Baseball Championship Bracket

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NCAA Announces CWS Legends Team


UNITED STATES – the NCAA and College World Series, Inc. on Thursday announced a College World Series Legends Team to commemorate the final Series in Omaha’s Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.

Of the 28 members on the Legends Team, 14 of them have also played for USA Baseball, including seven previous Golden Spikes Award Winners. Also, all three coaches selected to the Legends Team have worked with USA Baseball during their careers.

Starting with an original list of 95 members, the final 28 spots were selected after more than 100,000 votes from college baseball fans, college baseball writers and Division I head baseball coaches were cast. The members of the Legends Team are student-athletes and coaches who had the best performance throughout the 60 years the event has been played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.

The voting for the legends team was based solely on the students-athletes’ performances during the College World Series, not including any regular season or post-collegiate success.

The coaches and athletes who have previously been with USA Baseball are listed below:

Coaches:
Skip Bertman (pictured): Manager, 1995 Collegiate National Team, 1996 Collegiate National and Olympic Team, Assistant Coach, 1988 Collegiate National Team
Rod DeDeaux: Manager, 1984 Collegiate National and Olympic Team
Augie Garrido: Assistant Coach, 1990 Collegiate National Team

Players:
Darwin Barney – 2006 Collegiate National Team
Barry Bonds – 1984 World Cup Team
Pat Burrell – 1997 Collegiate National Team
Will Clark – 1984 Collegiate National and Olympic Team
J.D. Drew – 1996 Collegiate National Team
Terry Francona – 1978 World Cup Team, 1979 Pam American Games Team and Collegiate National Team
Nomar Garciaparra – 1992 Collegiate National and Olympic Team
Ryan Garko – 1999 18U Pan American Games Team, 2002 Collegiate National Team
Burt Hooton – 1970 World Cup Team
Brooks Kieschnick – 1990 18U National Team
Mark Kotsay – 1995 and 1996 Collegiate and Olympic Teams
Landon Powell – 1998 16U National Team, 2002 Collegiate National Team
Huston Street – 2001 18U Pan American Games Team, 2002-2003 Collegiate National Team, 2006 World Baseball Classic
Robin Ventura – 1987 International Cup Team, 1988 Collegiate National and Olympic Team

Golden Spikes Award Winners:
Bob Horner – 1978
Terry Francona – 1980
Will Clark – 1985
Robin Ventura – 1988
Mark Kotsay – 1995
J.D. Drew – 1997
Pat Burrell – 1998

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