Saturday, June 16, 2007

CWS Game 3 UC-Irvine and Arizona State! ASU 5- UC Irvine 4

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In the game three of the College World Series Arizona State jump out on top in the bottom of the 2nd inning with a 3 run home run by Spencer. In the top of the 4th the Anteaters erupted for 4 runs not by using small ball but with a triple and a double and they sent 9 runners to the plate. It is now in the bottom of the 4th. ASU comes back and uses the long ball to beat UC-Irvine. ASU gets solo Home runs from CJ Retherford in the 5th and Ike Davis in the 8th for the win.

To follow all the action click on the link.

UC-Irvine Recap

Arizona State Recap

Friday, June 15, 2007

CWS Day 1 Recap

Rice 15 Louisville 10

The Louisville Cardinals jumped out to an early 5-0 victory but the Rice Owls were able to come back and win a wild game 15-10. Aaron Luna led the Owls by going 2-4 with three RBI. Rice reliever Bobby Bramhall pitched the final two innings without giving up a run to get the victory and up his record to 7-2. Louisville was led on offense by Logan Johnson who picked up two hits while driving in three runs. Cardinals closer Trystan Magnuson got rocked in his only inning of work as he let up six runs as he got the loss to drop his record to 3-3. Louisville will play an elimination game on Sunday against Mississippi State at 2 pm while Rice will play North Carolina at 7 pm.

Rice Recap

Louisville Recap
SEBaseball Recap

UNC 8 Mississippi State 5

The North Carolina Tar Heels erased a 4-0 deficit with eight runs in the fourth and sixth innings combined as the Tar Heels picked up a 8-5 victory over Mississippi State. UNC starter Robert Woodard struggled in only 1.2 innings as he let up four runs on seven hits. Adam Warren relieved Woodard and gave the Tar Heels 4.1 scoreless innings while only giving up three hits and a walk. Warren's record goes to 11-0. Andrew Carignan pitched the final inning to get his 16th save of the year. Chad Flack led the UNC offense by going 3-4 with a RBI. Justin Pigott started for the Bulldogs as he gave up six runs in 5.1 innings as he got the loss to put his record at 7-7. Mitch Moreland led the Bulldogs offense by going 2-4 with a homer. UNC plays Rice on Sunday at 7 pm and Mississippi State plays Louisville at 2 pm.

UNC Recap
Mississippi State Recap Recap

Mississippi State: CWS Notebook

OMAHA, NEB. — The move to flip-flop starting pitchers for the first two games of the College World Series was done to help out both pitchers and his team, Mississippi State coach Ron Polk said.

Polk thinks Justin Pigott, a left-hander who thrives on location and movement, will be more successful tonight against a North Carolina team that will bat four or five left-handers.

He also thinks Chad Crosswhite, a hard-throwing right-hander, will benefit the team against Rice or Louisville, which MSU will play Sunday.

Pigott thinks the key for him will be getting ahead in counts against the Tar Heels.

"Get offspeed early in the counts, they swing early," he said.

CWS Notebook

Ole Miss, Southern Miss give coaches extensions

Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco and Southern Miss coach Corky Palmer both received contract extensions through 2011, according to announcements Thursday from the schools.

Four-year deals are the maximum allowed by state law. Both extensions are pending approval of the state College Board, usually a formality.

Complete story

Mississippi State not yet satisfied

OMAHA, NEB. — Joseph McCaskill and Connor Powers sat side-by-side in red seats Thursday morning at Rosenblatt Stadium, observing and soaking in the sun-drenched spectacle all around them.

The spartan concourses crawled with fans, most of them of the four feet-tall variety, armed with Sharpies and all sorts of things to sign. A cacophony of pings was the backdrop, as the Carolina blue-clad players took their cuts framed in green grass.

In front, a huge Jumbotron. Behind, the famed press box that rises up on old-school steel girders. All around, the sights and smells of college baseball's most famed venue.

This, after all, is Omaha. And State (38-20) is here, playing North Carolina (53-13) today at 6 p.m. in an opening-round College World Series game.

Complete story

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

CWS Preview of Oregon State

Oregon State Beavers will be making their third straight trip to the College World Series. The Beavers are not normally known for baseball success up until three years ago the Beavers last visited Omaha was in 1952. In 2005 was the first time that they made it back to Omaha and they went 0-2. As they say it, are two and barbecue. In 2006, they defeated a very good ball club in North Carolina that was led by Andrew Miller.

Oregon State is coached by Pat Casey, which has built Oregon State into a baseball national champion. Casey and OSU wrote one of the great chapters in college baseball history in 2006, when the Beavers became the first-ever team from the Pacific Northwest to win the NCAA Division I College World Series. Pat has coached at Oregon State since 1995.

The Pitching staff has four proven starters who lead the way for this team. Jorge Reyes, pitched in the Super Regional on Saturday against Michigan, Jorge has a record of 5-3 with nine starts. The opposing teams are batting .238 against him. Daniel Thurpen is 9-1 with an era of 3.65 and opposing teams are batting .265. Joe Patterson is 10-6 with an era of 3.77 and opposing teams are batting .264. Mike Stutts has made 19 starts for OSU and has a record of 9-4 with an era of 4.06 and opposing teams are batting .234. When they get to the late stages of the games, they turn it over to the bullpen to close it out. The man for the job is Eddie Kunz he has 11 saves on the year.

As a team, the offense is batting .282 for the year. At the top are some very capable young men. Leading the way are Mike Lissman, Jordan Lennerton, and Mitch Canham. Those three combine have 24 of OSU 38 homeruns.

If OSU can get some quality starts from the pitching staff and with the way, the defense plays, 55 errors all year, look for this ball club to make some noise at OMAHA!

CWS Preview of UC Irvine

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UC Irvine will be making their first ever appearance at the College World Series in OMAHA. In FACT, UC-Irvine did not have a division 1 program up until 2002. UC-Irvine disbanded their baseball program in 1992. Up until that time UC-Irvine was a Division II Program and played very good baseball. In 2002, John Savage helped resurrect the program to a Division 1 status and UC-Irvine was up and running. After three years, John left for UCLA and UC-Irvine hired Dave Serrano. Dave came in with a resume that is a who’s who of college baseball. That list includes Wally Kincaid (Cerritos College), Augie Garrido (CS Fullerton), George Horton (Cerritos, CS Fullerton) and Rod Delmonico (Tennessee) with the last three all earning "National Coach of the Year" accolades. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Anteaters have garnered national attention in just two years under Serrano's leadership.

With this being Coach Serrano 3rd year at the helm, he has his players playing the way that he was taught to him. Pitching, Defense, and small ball has paid huge dividends for this group of Anteaters. The Anteaters come into the College World Series with no experience playing on a stage this big. That is where Dave Serrano has really helped with this group of players with his coaching and playing experience. Dave has played and coached at Cal State Fullerton when they went to the College World Series. The last year that Dave was at CSF (’04) Cal State Fullerton beat Texas for the National Championship. Therefore, Dave has the experience and is able to take off the pressure of playing on the big stage. He allows his players to do funny skits to help them relax and to be kids.

The strength of the Anteaters is the pitching staff and defense. Wes Etheridge is 12-4 and has an era of 2.49 and opposing batters are batting .250 against him. Scott Gorgen is 12-2, his era is 2.68, and the opposing batters are hitting .234 against him. Wes throws not extremely hard but has great command of his strike zone he gets a lot of ground balls because of his splitter. Gorgen on the other hand is more of a hard thrower, comes right after you, and challenges you. The staff has a team era of 3.69 and when the it gets late in the ball game the staff will turn it over to the closer. Scott Erickson has 13 saves in 25 appearances and an era of 2.95 opposing batters is batting .195 against him for the year. This is probably the best 1-2 punch in this years College World Series with Etheridge and Gorgen starting and then Erickson coming in and closing it out for the Anteaters. The defense of the Anteaters is a thing of beauty to watch, the outfielders fly to the ball, the infielders cover the bases and make plays that help out the pitching staff. They have a fielding percentage of .976 while making only 57 errors for the season.

The offense of the Anteaters is lead by Cody Cipriano, who plays 2nd base, with a batting average of .338 and 12 home runs and 57 RBIs. When this team gets on the base path watch out, they will bunt you over and steal the bases. As a team they have 137 steals in 187 attempts to go along with that they have 114 sacrifice hits.

With Dave Serrano at the helm look for this team to be to make some noise at the College World Series. IF they can get a good start out of a third pitcher than this team is capable of making to the Championship Series.

UC Irvine Info

CWS Preview of Rice

The Rice Owls are lead by Wayne Graham who is in his 16th season at the University. Coach Graham has turned the Rice Owls baseball program into one of the most respected in the business. Coach Graham has Rice playing in its 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Rice Owls are in a Super Regional for the seventh time and they have been to the College World Series five times most recently during the ’06 season and winning it all in ’03.

This season Rice has an overall record of 54-12 and a conference record of 22-2. In the last 20 games, the Owls have only lost one game and that came during the conference tournament in Greenville, North Carolina. During the tournaments, the Pitching staff has given up a combine 8 runs total for an average of 1.6 runs a game. Wayne Graham has this Rice Owls playing like a champion. They do the little thing to get the win. They pitch, play defense and move the runners over on offense.

Rice Owls pitching staff is deep and talented as they are led by a group of guys that can get the job done. The key guy is Joe Savery he is 10-1 with an era of 2.78 and has started 17 games for the Rice Owls, he has pitched in 87 innings and the opposing team is batting .239 against him. Next is Ryan Berry who has a record of 11-2 and an era 2.71 and the opposing teams are batting against him is .240. Then there are Matt Langwell and Ryne Tacker as they are a combine 17-2. When these guys get to the late innings, they turn the ball over to Cole St. Clair. When he comes in Cole shuts the door down and finishes the game.

The offense is just has talented as the pitching staff. The same guy who leads the pitching staff also leads the offense, When Savery is not pitching he is playing first base. Savery is batting .360 and has driven in 57 runs. AS a team, the Rice owls are batting .310 and have hit 57 Home Runs. Rice will put the ball in play and force the opposing team defense to make the play.

Wayne Graham has this team focus and peaking at the right time and doing the small things that makes a Championship team. Look for this team to be in the Championship Series and for Rice to bring home the School second National Championship.

Rice Owls Info

CWS Preview of Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton ended the regular season with a record of 33-23 and in the Big West Conference; they finished fifth with a record of 10-11. Now, normally that kind of resume gets you a note saying that y’all will be spending the summer at home. However, Cal-Sate Fullerton has history on it side, they will be making their 15 appearances at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Cal-State Fullerton and Omaha have become synonymous when talking about the College World Series.

Cal-State Fullerton entered the San Diego Regional as the two seed and had to travel to San Diego to play Fresno State the fourth seed, Minnesota, out of the Big 10 Conference, was the three seed and the Host San Diego, which had the number one seed. Cal State Fullerton won all three of its game to win the San Diego Regional. Cal-State Fullerton would get to host the Super Regional against the UCLA Bruins, which won the Long Beach State Regional. Cal-State Fullerton won the first game in convincing fashion 12-2 and then on Sunday night, it was a pitcher duel where the Titans prevail 2-1 to advance to the CWS for the 15th time in school history.

Leading the way for the Titans is the head Coach George Horton. Coach Horton has always been known for putting together a team that is known for its defense and pitching. Well this year is no difference than in years past. Leading the pitching staff are two very talented pitchers in Wes Roemer and Jeff Kaplan. Wes and Jeff is a combine 22-9 with an era of 3.2. The offense has struggle all year and when they got to the Tournament, it was a new year for the offense. During the tournament, Cal-State Fullerton’s offense batted a collective .336. During the regular season, it was at least 50 points lower.

With George Horton leading the way, Cal-State Fullerton has what it takes to make it back to the Championship Series at Omaha.

Cal State Fullerton web site.

CWS Preview: Arizona State

The Arizona State Sun Devils enter the College World Series after winning the Tempe Regional in three games and sweeping the Tempe Super Regional also. The Sun Devils opened the NCAA Tournament with a victory over Monmouth 5-3, then defeated UC-Riverside 9-2, and then in the Regional Championship knocked off Nebraska 19-7. The Sun Devils were then named hosts of the Super Regional match-up with Ole Miss which they swept in two games with a come from behind 4-3 victory and a 7-1 win to head to Omaha. The Sun Devils are led by 13th year head coach Pat Murphy who is the leading the Sun Devils to their third CWS appearance since he became the head coach. The Sun Devils are loaded on offense as they have nine players that are hitting over .327 on the year. They are hitting an outstanding .350 on the season as a team. Brett Wallace leads the team with a batting average of .423 and in homers with 16 on the year. The Sun Devils are not all about hitting as Josh Satow leading the pitching staff with a 13-3 record and a 2.41 ERA. Jason Jarvis is the closer on the team with eleven saves on the year with a 3.67 ERA. The Sun Devils will be an interesting team to watch to see if their pitching can handle the strong offenses in the CWS.


CWS Preview: North Carolina

The North Carolina Tar Heels (53-13) are making their second consecutive trip to the College World Series after losing last season in the Championship Series to Oregon State. North Carolina started their run to Omaha by hosting a NCAA Regional at Boshamer Stadium. They swept through the Regional by defeating Jacksonville 6-0, East Carolina 11-10, and Western Carolina 6-5. The Tar Heels were then announced the host of their Super Regional match-up with South Carolina. North Carolina won the first game 9-6 after trailing the game 6-0 at one time. The Gamecocks came back to win Game 2 8-6 before the Tar Heels took the decisive game 9-4 as the Tar Heels got to the weak South Carolina bullpen. The Tar Heels rotation is led by senior Robert Woodard. He has a 10-2 record with a 3.01 ERA. He pitched in last years College World Series so he has experienced the atmosphere that the team will face in Omaha. The last two starters in the rotation are Luke Putkonen (7-1, 4.74 ERA) and Alex White (6-5, 4.22 ERA) who have struggled in the NCAA Tournament. The UNC bullpen is led by closer Andrew Carignan and reliever Rob Wooten. Carignan leads the team with a 2-1 record with 15 saves on the season with a minuscule ERA of 1.36. Rob Wooten has been used in 41 games this season out of the bullpen as he is the number 1 player to get called on by Head Coach Mike Fox. Wooten sports a 6-1 record with a 2.15 ERA. The offensive leader has been freshman Dustin Ackley who has a .416 BA. Reid Fronk leads the team with 11 homers on the year. The Tar Heels with the experience of some of their everyday players should not be in awe of the environment in Omaha and should be able to compete against any team in the country.


CWS Preview: Louisville

The Louisville Cardinals are the Cinderella story of this NCAA tournament as they have made the College World Series with some impressive victories. Louisville headed out to Columbia (MO) for a NCAA Regional hosted by Missouri. The Cardinals won the first game of the regional over Miami by a score of 13-7 then played the host Tigers in which they lost 7-5. This set up a rematch with Miami which the Cardinals won 8-7 then on the same day knocked off Missouri 4-3 to force a decisive game. The Cardinals jumped all over the Missouri pitching staff for 8 runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 16-6 victory. Louisville was then named the host of their Super Regional showdown with Oklahoma State. Louisville took the opening game 9-0 then lost a heart breaker in game 2 by a score of 3-2 before beating the Cowboys in the decisive game 20-2 to clinch their first trip to the NCAA Tourney. They are led by first year head coach Dan McDonnell who inherited a senior laden team from Lelo Prado who left for University of South Florida. The offense is led by Boomer Whiting who is hitting .367 but has an outrageous amount of stolen bases with 73 in 86 attempts. Isaiah Howes leads the team in hitting with a .392 average and has a team leading 18 homers on the year. In the Super Regional clincher, Howes drove in six runs. The Cardinals pitching staff is led by the two headed monster of Zach Pitts and Justin Marks. Pitts was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year as he currently has a 10-3 record and a 2.23 ERA. Marks was named the Big East Freshman of the Year as he has an 8-2 record with a 2.54 ERA. The Louisville team has some solid players who have been playing extremely well throughout the year and should give any team fits in Omaha.

Louisville CWS Notes

CWS Preview: Mississippi State

The Mississippi State Bulldogs (41-23) head to Omaha with a perfect record in the NCAA Tournament. They opened the tournament in the Tallahassee Regional with victories over Stetson (6-3) and defeated the host Florida State twice by scores of 3-0 and 9-4. The Bulldogs followed that up by heading home to host the Clemson Tigers in which they swept the Tigers behind a solid offense with victories of 8-6 and 8-5. Mississippi State is led by head coach Ron Polk who is making his sixth appearance with Mississippi State in Omaha and his eighth in his glorious 34 year career. Mississippi State is led by a solid offense which is headlined by Brandon Turner. He is hitting .397 on the year. Edward Easley has hit a team leading 12 homers on the year. Justin Pigott leads the pitching staff as he shut down the FSU offense for seven innings in the 3-0 shutout victory in the NCAA Regionals and pitched six effective innings in the Super Regional clincher over Clemson. Aaron Weatherford has become the shut down closer for the Bulldogs in the NCAA tournament as he has a season ERA of 3.20. The Bulldogs will be a tough out in Omaha behind the strong hitting that they possess and they have the genius coaching of Ron Polk on the bench.


Andrew Carignan overcoming obstacles

Andrew Carignan learned of his house burning down about 30 days ago but has fought through the issues to lead his team to the College World Series. The Norwich Bulletin has a great article about Carignan which can be read here. Best of luck to Andrew and the Tar Heels with their run to the College World Series.

2007 College World Series Schedule

The NCAA has released the schedule for the College World Series which starts this Friday with a match-up between Louisville and Rice. All the games will be on ESPN or ESPN2 in the HD. The full schedule is available below.

Friday, June 15
Game 1 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): (V) Louisville (46-22) vs. (H) No. 2 Rice (52-12)
Game 2 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): (V) Mississippi St. (38-20) vs. (H) No. 3 North Carolina (53-13)

Saturday, June 16
Game 3 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD): (V) UC Irvine (45-15-1) vs. (H) No. 5 Arizona St. (48-13)
Game 4 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): (V) Oregon St. (44-18) vs. (H) Cal St. Fullerton (38-23)

Sunday, June 17
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

Monday, June 18
Game 7 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 8 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Tuesday, June 19
Game 9 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 10 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8

Wednesday, June 20
Game 11 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 12 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10

Thursday, June 21
Game 13 – 1 p.m. or *6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 11 (if necessary)
Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 12 (if necessary)

* If only game played Thursday

Friday, June 22
No games scheduled


Saturday, June 23
Game 1 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Sunday, June 24
Game 2 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Monday, June 25
Game 3 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner (if necessary)


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

CBB talks with Giants Blog

The College Baseball Blog was recently asked to review the San Francisco Giants draft for The San Francisco Giants Blog. I discussed many topics including some of the top picks in the draft and some sleepers. The full article is available by clicking here.

NCBWA June 12 Division I Poll


DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb. This will be the final poll until the postseason survey on June 26.

The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by a season-most 14 conferences (for the second week in succession and ties for a season-most) among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 circuits have had teams in the polls in '07. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to

Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Rice Conference USA 54-12 1
2 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 53-13 2
3 Arizona State Pacific-10 48-13 3
4 UC Irvine Big West 45-15-1 8
5 Vanderbilt Southeastern 54-13 5
6 South Carolina SEC 46-20 4
7 Texas A&M Big 12 48-19 6
8 Mississippi State SEC 38-20 20
9 Texas Big 12 46-17 9
10 Oregon State Pac-10 44-18 21
11 Virginia ACC Coast 45-16 7
12 Louisville Big East 46-22 24
13 Cal State Fullerton Big West 38-23 22
14 (tie) Florida State ACC 49-13 11
14 (tie) Clemson ACC 41-23 10
14 (tie) Wichita State Missouri Valley 53-22 12
17 Mississippi SEC 40-25 13
18 Oklahoma State Big 12 42-21 14
19 Coastal Carolina Big South 50-13 15
20 Michigan Big Ten 42-19 17
21 Arizona Pac-10 42-17 16
22 Arkansas SEC 43-21 18
23 San Diego West Coast 43-18 19
24 Charlotte Atlantic 10 49-12 25
25 Missouri Big 12 42-18 23
26 UCLA Pac-10 33-28 29
27 Long Beach State Big West 39-20 26
28 TCU Mountain West 48-14 28
29 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 45-17 27
30 Creighton MVC 45-16 30

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Austin Peay (40-22), East Carolina (40-23), Kent State (33-26), Minnesota (41-18), Ohio State (38-24), Southern Miss (39-23), St. John's (41-19), UC Riverside (38-21), Western Carolina (42-20).

Dropped Out: None

By conference: Southeastern 5, Atlantic Coast 4, Big 12 4, Pacific-10 4, Big West 3, Missouri Valley 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 1, West Coast 1.

Najarian resigns at Holy Cross

Craig Najarian of Holy Cross in Worcester MA has resigned effective immediately to become the athletic director at Foxboro High School. The school has announced a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

Holy Cross Release

Reporter ejected from regional for blogging

A Louisville Courier-Journal sports reporter had his media credential revoked and was ordered to leave the press box during the NCAA baseball super-regional Sunday because of what the NCAA alleged was a violation of its policies prohibiting live Internet updates from its championship events.

Gene McArtor, a representative of the NCAA baseball committee, approached C-J staffer Brian Bennett at the University of Louisville's Jim Patterson Stadium in the bottom of the fifth inning in the U of L-Oklahoma State game. McArtor told him that blogging from an NCAA championship event "is against NCAA policies. We're revoking the credential and need to ask you to leave the stadium."

Complete story

Monday, June 11, 2007

Oregon State advances to CWS

The Oregon State Beavers advanced to the College World Series with an 8-2 victory over Michigan. Mike Stutes started for Oregon State and gave them eight strong innings while only giving up three hits and two runs. He also struck out nine batters in the game. Darwin Barney led the offense by going 3-5 with three RBI. The Wolverines end the season with a 42-19 record while Oregon State will play in the College World Series on Saturday.

Oregon State Recap

Michigan Recap

About-face sends Mississippi State to Omaha

STARKVILLE — In the middle of Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs leapt one on the other, piling near the pitcher's mound as 13,715 fans screamed.

A week earlier, they were in their hotel rooms, putting on uniforms, readying to face the hot-hitting No. 6 national seed Florida State and its ace pitcher, Bryan Henry.

They had beaten Stetson, yes. But to much of the outside world, the Bulldogs were still an unknown, a team of question marks that ended the year losing eight of 10.

Which makes the celebration, the trip to the College World Series, all the more remarkable for its dizzying ascent. Consider what the Bulldogs did in a week's time - or more precisely, six days, 20 hours, 22 minutes:

Complete story

Fullerton heading to Omaha

The Cal-State Fullerton Titans knocked off UCLA 2-1 in a great pitchers duel to send the Titans to the CWS in Omaha. UCLA starting pitcher Gavin Brooks pitched a complete game and gave up both runs while scattering seven hits while striking out 12 batters but got the loss to end his freshman season with a 6-7 record. Fullerton starter Jeff Kaplan went 6.1 innings while giving up one unearned run on five hits. Bryan Harris got his third save by going the final 1.2 innings. Clark Hardman led the Titan offense by getting three hits in his four at-bats including a home run. UCLA ends the season with a 33-28 record while Fullerton will be in Omaha this weekend.

Fullerton Recap

UCLA Recap

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Arizona State advances to CWS

The Arizona State Sun Devils advanced to the College World Series with a 7-1 victory over Ole Miss. The Sun Devils got an excellent start from Josh Satow as he went 7.2 shutout innings while Brett Wallace went 4-5 with three RBI as the Sun Devils advance to Omaha for the second time in the last three years and 20th time in the history of the program. Ole Miss ends the season with a 40-25 record.

Arizona State Recap

Ole Miss Recap

UNC advances to CWS

North Carolina knocked off South Carolina in Game 3 of their Super Regional on Sunday by a score of 9-4. North Carolina was trailing 4-1 heading into the sixth inning. The Tar Heels were able to get three runs across in the top of the sixth on three hits and took advantage of an error by South Carolina to tie the game at 4. The Tar Heels were able to hold the Gamecocks scoreless in the bottom of the sixth to keep the game tied. Tim Federowicz led off the top of the seventh with a single to left field and was brought home immediately with a Chad Flack homer to take the lead for good. North Carolina added a single run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to set up the final scoreline. Andrew Carignan pitched the final four innings while giving up only 1 hit and three walks to up his record to 2-1. Will Atwood got the loss for the Gamecocks which ends Atwood's season with a 2-2 mark. North Carolina heads to Omaha for the College World Series while South Carolina ends the season with a 46-20 record.

Box Score
UNC Recap
South Carolina Recap

Cal-State Fullerton Super Regional Game 2!!

2007 NCAA Super Regional

Cal State Fullerton (36-23) vs. UCLA (33-26)
At Goodwin Field, Fullerton, Calif. / June, 9-11, 2007

Cal State Fullerton is set to face UCLA in the 2007 NCAA Super Regionals this weekend at Goodwin Field. The Southern California best-of-three game series for a trip to Omaha, Nebraska.

Sunday, (CSF home team), 10:06 p.m. (GT, WEB, ESPN2)

CSF: Jeff Kaplan, RHP (11-3, 3.35 ERA)
UCLA: Gavin Brooks, LHP (6-6, 4.65 ERA)

Live Stats!

Oregon State takes Game 1

The Oregon State Beavers were limited to one hit but were able to pull out an 1-0 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Scott Santschi received a lead-off walk in the top of the ninth. He was pinch ran for by Braden Wells. He was bunted to second by Lonnie Lechelt. Zach Putnam then continued his no-hit bid by striking out Chris Hopkins to give the Wolverines two outs in the ninth. Joey Wong then hit a single through the left side of the infield which was the Beavers only hit of the game and drove home Wells with the go-ahead run. Michigan then lifted starter Zach Putnam for Michael Powers who got the final out in the ninth. Eddie Kunz took over on the mound for the Beavers and got the final two outs of the game to give the Beavers an 1-0 series lead. The teams will be back in action on Monday at 7 pm on the East Coast.

Oregon State Recap
Michigan Recap

Louisville heading to CWS

Louisville knocked off Oklahoma State 20-2 in the decisive game of their Super Regional showdown. This will be Louisville's first trip to the College World Series. Isiah Howes led the Cardinals with a 3-6 day with a homer and six RBI. Pete Rodriguez went 4-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the win. Oklahoma State starter Joe Kent only lasted one full inning while giving up three runs. Oklahoma State ends to the season with a 42-21 record.

Live Stats
Louisville Recap
OK State Recap

UC-Irvine heading to CWS

In Game 2 of the Wichita State Super Regional UC Irvine defeated Wichita State 3-2 with a walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth. Wichita State scored two runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game. The inning was continued due to an over rule at first when the replay clearly showed Holiday had his foot on the bag for the out. Instead the Home plate umpire came in and over rule the call by the First base umpire. Those were the first two runs that UC Irvine had given up to Wichita State in 17 innings. In the bottom of the ninth with one out, Wichita State lifted starter Rob Musgrave for Anthony Capra. He proceeded to give up a single to Matt Morris. Morris advanced to second on a wild pitch. He came on home on a double by Bryan Peterson which sent the Anteaters to the College World Series.

Live Stats
UC-Irvine Recap
Wichita State Recap

South Carolina takes Game 2

Game 2 of the North Carolina and South Carolina Super Regional match-up was suspended in the middle of the seventh inning on Saturday evening as severe weather entered the Chapel Hill area. The Gamecocks led the game 8-5 before the suspension of the game. The teams returned to the field at 2:30 on Sunday and the Gamecocks were able to hold on to a 8-6 victory. South Carolina reliever Jeff Jeffords was able to get out of a situation with the tying run on second base with two outs by getting Garrett Gore to ground out in the eighth inning.

Justin Smoak led the Gamecocks in the game by going 2-3 with a homer, two RBI, and three runs scored. Tim Federowicz led the Tar Heels with a 3-5 game with two RBI.

The teams will meet in a decisive game at 7:00 pm on Sunday with the winner going to the College World Series.

Box Score
South Carolina Recap
UNC Recap

Sunday Super Regional Links

The College Baseball Blog encourages everyone to watch the Super Regionals on Sunday on ESPN/ESPN 2/ESPN U because you are missing some of the most exciting baseball of the year if you are not watching. If you can't get to a TV then watch the games on Gametracker which is available by clicking on the respective games. All times are Eastern.

North Carolina 5 vs South Carolina 8 suspended in 7th inning will continue at 2:30 pm (UNC leads series 1-0)
North Carolina vs South Carolina at 7 pm (IF NECESSARY)

Oklahoma State vs Louisville at 4 pm (Series tied 1-1)

Oregon State vs Michigan at 4 pm (Game 1)

UCLA vs Cal-State Fullerton at 10 pm (CSF leads 1-0)

Wichita State vs UC-Irvine at 12 pm (UCI leads 1-0)

Ole Miss vs Arizona State at 7 pm (ASU leads 1-0)

Sun Devils rally to take Game 1

The Arizona State Sun Devils were held scoreless for the first seven innings from Ole Miss starter Will Kline which put them in a 3-0 hole but were able to score one run in the bottom of the eighth and three in the bottom of the ninth to give the Sun Devils an improbable 4-3 victory. Mike Leake started for ASU and gave them a solid start by giving them seven innings while giving up three runs. Brian Flores (11-1) pitched two scoreless innings as he got the final six outs to get the victory. Will Kline (7-3) pitched 8.2 innings while giving up eleven hits and all four runs. The offensive leaders in the game were Rebel hitter Zack Cozart who went 3-4 with two RBI and ASU hitter Eric Sogard who went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

The teams will be back in action on Sunday at 7 pm EDT.

ASU Recap
Ole Miss Recap
Box Score

CS-Fullerton takes Game 1

The Cal-State Fullerton Titans jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead then went on to cruise to a 12-2 victory over the UCLA Bruins to pick up a win in Game 1 of their Super Regional match-up. Wes Roemer (11-6) pitched a complete game giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out seven UCLA hitters. The Titans offense was led by Evan McArthur who went 3-3 with three runs scored and three driven in. UCLA starter Tyson Brummett was lit up for nine runs in 4.1 innings to drop his record to 10-6. Brendan Crawford led the Bruins by going 2-4 with 2 RBI while Alden Carrithers also picked up two hits in the losing effort.

The teams will be back in action at 10 pm EDT on Sunday.

Fullerton Recap
UCLA Recap