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Oregon State Advances to Finals

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Oregon State scored five runs in the third to down Mississippi State 5-2 to advance to the College World Series finals. Kevin Abel went seven innings, allowing just one run and Tyler Malone blasted a three run shot in the third to lead the charge.

Mississippi State, noted for their comebacks this year, had scored a run in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases loaded with the winning run coming to bat. He grounded out to end the game.

Oregon State now faces Arkansas for a best two out of three championship. Arkansas has never won a College World Series but played in the finals in 1979. Oregon State won back to back championships in 2006 and 2007.

Florida Eliminated; Oregon State Stays Alive

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Oregon State 12 Mississippi State 2

Oregon State erupted for six runs in the first two innings and Mississippi State could not mount a comeback to address the early offense. Brandon Eisert pitched 5.1 innings of one hit relief to earn the victory. Nick Madrigal and Trevor Lamach led all hitters with three hits apiece. Madrigal drove in two runs and scored twice while Lamach drove in three and scored twice. The Bulldog pitchers helped the cause by walking 9 Beaver hitters.

Oregon State will play Mississippi State in the finals for the right to play Arkansas in the best two out of three championship.

Arkansas 5 Florida 2

The Gators had the more glorified pitching staff but the Razorbacks showed they had some arms. Isaiah Campbell no hit the Gators through the first four innings until he gave up two runs on two hits in the fifth. By then Arkansas had built him a 4-0 lead, fueled by the RBI single and solo homerun by Dominic Fletcher in the second and fourth innings. Jake Reindl and Matt Cronin shut the Florida bats down on one hit for the last 3.2 innings. Florida went with their ace Brady Singer, but he was not effective getting tagged for four runs in just five innings.

Gators Eliminate Texas Tech in College World Series

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Only one game was played in the College World Series. The Florida Gators used their bats to eliminate Texas Tech 9-6 in the finals of the elimination bracket. Jack Leftwich pitched six shutout innings and J.J. Schwartz slugged a two run homer to give Florida an early 6-0 lead. Jonathan India scored the first run for the Gators in the fourth with a walk, a wild pitch, a stolen base and another wild pitch to score.

The Red Raiders knocked Leftwich out of the game with a three spot in the seventh. Florida responded with a three spot in the top of the eighth and Texas Tech stayed in the game with a three spot of their own in the bottom frame. Michael Byrne came on with the bases loaded and two out, giving up a two run single to Grant Little before retiring the final hitter. Little finished the game with three RBIs. The Gators scored an extra insurance run in the ninth but Byrne did not need it, retiring Texas Tech in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The final four teams are set. Oregon State plays Mississippi State and needs to beat them twice to advance to the finals. The Florida Gators play Arkansas and need to beat them twice to advance to the finals. The finals are a best two out of three. Both Oregon State and Florida beat the team that knocked them into the elimination bracket when they played them in the finals of the elimination bracket.

College World Series Update - Oregon State Advances

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Oregon State 11 North Carolina 6

The Beavers scored four runs each in the eighth and ninth innings to overcome a 6-3 deficit and defeat the Tarheels. Adley Rutschman had the big hit with a three run double in the eighth inning to tie the game. Rutschman also hit a solo homerun in the first inning to get the scoring started for the Beavers. Luke Heimlich had his second straight ineffective start lasting only 2.2 innings before giving up six hits and three runs.

After the Rutschman double three straight walks allowed the go ahead run to score. Nick Madrigal started the ninth inning with a double and Tyler Malone connected on a two run blast to tack on four more insurance runs, advancing Oregon State to the winner’s bracket to play Mississippi State. The Tarheels go home to think about next year.

Arkansas 7 Texas Tech 4

The Razorbacks won the winner’s bracket game 7-4, Dominic Fletcher driving in four of the runs on a 4 for 4 spree. His two run double in the first inning gave the Razorbacks an early 2-0 lead. He led off the fourth inning with a homerun and added an RBI single in the eighth. Texas Tech drops to the elimination bracket to play the number one seed Florida.

Myworld envisions an Oregon State vs Florida College World Series with Oregon State coming out on top, though Mississippi State seems to be living a charmed existence in these games.

College World Series Update

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

The surprising Mississippi State Bulldogs are heading to the finals of the winner’s bracket in Bracket One. They lost their coach three games into the season and have put together three walk off victories in their surprising run to the finals.

Mississippi State 12 North Carolina 2

No walkoff needed here. An eight run eighth put the game away against the Tar Heels. Jordan Westburg drove in seven runs for the Bulldogs in the win. He hit a grand slam in the second inning to give State a 4-1 lead. His single in the eighth helped fuel the eight run rally. In his second at bat of the inning he punched a ticket to the winner’s bracket clearing the bases with a three run double to make it 12-2. Konnor Pilkington worked six innngs, giving up two runs to get the win.

Oregon State 14 Washington 5

Oregon State got two or more RBIs from five different players, scoring 14 runs in innings 5 through 8, eliminating the Huskies from the tournament.

Florida 6 Texas 1

The number one seed in the tournament kept their hopes alive with a 6-1 win. Jonathan India had a 3-run homer and drove in four runs to lead the offense. Jackson Kowar shut down the Longhorns offense with 13 whiffs in 6.2 innings, giving up just one run. Michael Byrne worked the last two innings to secure the win.

College World Series Results - Bracket Two

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Yesterday myworld summarized bracket one. Today we take a look at bracket two.

Arkansas 11 Texas 5

Arkansas used an “8″ run fifth to run away with the Bracket Two opener 11-5. Luke Bonfield went deep with a two run homerun and Heston Kjerstad drove in three runs with his three hits. Texas did rally for three runs in the last two innings but it was too late.

Texas Tech 6 Florida 3

Gabe Holt drove in three of the six Tech runs to help them down the champions of last year. Brady Singer got the start for Florida but was saddled with the loss, giving up five runs. Only two of those runs were earned. Florida has to advance from the elimination bracket to defend their championship.

College World Series Results Bracket One

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

The final eight have gone to Omaha to play in the college World Series. It is two brackets of double elimination with the two winners of the double elimination brackets identifying the finalists in a best two out of three championship match. The first day of the series saw the temperatures go above 90 degrees. The temperature for the team occupying the sunny side of the dugout is 110 degrees.

Bracket One

North Carolina 8 Oregon State 6

Oregon State ace Luke Heimlich had his worst outing in these college world series, giving up six runs in just over two innings. A five run third inning gave the Tar Heels a 6-1 lead. Ben Casparius led the team with three RBIs on his two hits. North Carolina used six pitchers to pull out the victory, their opening day starter removing himself after complaining of a dead arm. All 11 of the North Carolina hits were singles. The Beavers outhit the Tar Heels 13-11.

Mississippi State 1 Washington 0

Baseball can be a game of threes, outs, strikeouts, innings and lineups in multiples of threes. Mississippi State has embraced the threes. Ethan Small pitched seven shutout innings for Mississippi State and Joe Demers matched him for seven shutout innings for the Huskies. The game eventually went to the bullpens and Mississippi State chalked up their third walk off hit of the Series and the third walk off hit of the season for Luke Alexander to win their opener 1-0. It was also the third hit of the inning and the third hit by Luke Alexander in the game to give Mississippi State a 1-0 win and their seventh walk off win of the season. They also had to change coaches after the third game of the season. It has been a remarkable season for the Bulldogs.

Super Regional Results

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Myworld has travelled to Durham to watch the Bulls play three games, two against Birmingham and one against Gwinnett. While driving down here the Super Regionals have been completed and the College World Series participants have been determined. Myworld is debating a trip to Omaha to see the College World Series. Below are the results for the Super Regionals.

Fullerton Super Regional

The Washington Huskies pulled out the opener 8-5 taking advantage of five Cal State Fullerton errors to score two unearned runs. Levi Jordan and A.J. Graffanino each collected three hits and two RBIs to lead the offense. Nick Kahle also had three hits, allowing him to cross the plate three times. Joe DeMers pitched the ninth to earn the save.

Fullerton got it to game three with a 5-2 win. Tommy Wilson limited the Huskie offense to one run, a Joe Wainhouse solo shot. Wainhouse would hit another solo bomb in the ninth to account for the only Huskie runs. Daniel Cope had two hits including a double to score twice to lead the Fullerton offense.

Game three was about as exciting as a game could get. The Titans rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 4-3 lead. Three two out RBI singles by Sahid Valenzuela, Jake Pavletich and Chris Prescott put Fullerton ahead. The Huskies tied it in the bottom of the ninth, Jonathan Schiffer getting the RBI single after a Kaiser Weiss double to lead the inning off. Hank LoForte hit a two out solo homerun in the tenth to put the Titans up by one again. The Huskies never quit. Wainhouse led the inning off with a single. A throwing error on a bunt put runners on second and third with no out. An infield single by Grafanino scored one and an error by shortstop Valenzuela loaded the bases with no out. Weiss hit the ball deep enough to right field to score the winning run and send the Huskies to the College World Series.

Nashville Super Regional

Both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt got their offenses churning with five spots. Elijah MacNamee had a big three run homer in the third to fuel the Mississippi State five run outburst. Vanderbilt tied it at 7-7 with five in the fifth, Pat DeMarco hitting a two run homer and four walks energizing the Commodores. A Jake Mangum single in the bottom of the eighth gave State an 8-7 lead. Vanderbilt tied it in the top of the ninth on a two out triple from DeMarco, who completed the trot home after a throwing by the shortstop. In the bottom of the ninth MacNamee delivered a two run one out walk off homerun to give Mississippi State the opening day win.

In game two Vandy got the walkoff, a one out solo blast from J.J. Bleday to give them a 4-3 win. The Commodores had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a Harrison Ray triple and an Ethan Paul RBI single. The Bleday solo shot ended an 0 for 4 day for J.J.

There were no walkoffs in the final, but Mississippi State scored four runs in the top of the 11th to earn a 10-6 win. Tanner Allen had the RBI double to give State the lead. A bases loaded walk scored the second run and Luke Alexander delivered the knockout punch with a two run single. Both teams scored three runs in the 9th, Paul a two run blast for the Commodores to send the game into extra innings.

Chapel Hill Super Regional

North Carolina dominated Stetson in the opener 7-4. Cody Roberts had a dinger with three RBIs and Michael Busch drove in two runs with his homerun. The three run dinger by Roberts in the fifth broke a 1-1 tie and the Tar Heels never found themselves behind after that.

The Tar Heels scored four in the first to prevent a third game, hanging on for the 7-5 win. Roberts smoked a double in the inning to drive in one of his two for the game. Stetson rallied with a run in the ninth and had a walk off opportunity with the go ahead run at the plate but Brooks Wilson flied out to center to put the game to a close.

Gainesville Super Regional

Florida dominated Auburn in the opener 8-2. Brady Singer went 6.2 innings to get the win, limiting the Tigers to two runs. Deacon Liput and Nelson Maldanado gave him all the support he needed with solo shots. Will Dalton was the RBI leader with two. Number one pick Casey Mize got assaulted for six runs in just five innings of work.

The less heralded Tanner Burns limited the Gators to just one run in his six innings of work. The Tiger offense failed to support him and a Austin Langworthy homerun in the top of the ninth tied the game at 2-2. That gave Luke Jarvis a chance to be a hero with a walkoff RBI single to give Auburn the 3-2 game two win.

Games can be decided by inches. In the bottom of the 11th Langworthy blasted a ball deep to right. A leaping attempt by right fielder Steven Williams and the ball clanks off his glove and goes over the fence for a walkoff homerun and a 3-2 win for the Gators. Gator closer Michael Byrne pitched four shutout innings to get the Gator win.

Lubbock Super Regional

Gabe Holt delivered the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to give Texas Tech a 5-4 lead. A double by Brian Klein gave them an insurance run. Ty Harpenau pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to give the Raiders a 6-4 win over Duke. Zack Kone drove in three of the four runs for Duke.

The Blue Devils strung together 16 hits to blast Texas Tech in game two 11-2. Joey Loperfido and Max Miller drove in seven of the 11 runs, Loperfido driving in two runs with a triple in the fourth and Miller driving in three with his triple in the fifth. Graeme Stinson pitched six shutout innings to lead Duke.

Texas Tech got homeruns from Holt, Klein and Michael Davis in the finals to win game three 6-2.

Fayetville Super Regional

Arkansas popped South Carolina in the opener 9-3. Carson Shaddy drove in four runs to lead the offense.

The Gamecocks turned the table on the Razorbacks with an 8-5 win. L.T. Tolbert got the big blow with a grand slam homerun. Hunter Taylor made it back to back to complete the five run inning. Justin Row also homered for the Gamecocks. Shaddy drove in two more runs in a losing cause for the Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks scored seven runs in the first two innings to plow through South Carolina in game three 14-2. Luke Bonfield drove in four runs and Shaddy continued his RBI spree driving in three more to give him 9 for the three game series. Shaddy also homered in game two and three. Eric Cole scored five runs from the leadoff spot with three hits and two walks in a perfect 3 for 3 day. One of his hits cleared the fence.

Austin Super Regional

Tennessee Tech made it tough for the home town faithful with a 5-4 win over Texas. Brennon Kaleiwahea and Chase Chambers each drove in two runs to drive the Tech offense.

The Longhorns got it to game three with a 4-2 win. Kody Clemens, son of Roger provided the difference with a homerun and two runs driven in.

Texas won the final 5-2 with Clemens again going deep to supply the 5-2 win. D.J. Petrinsky also hit a solo shot for the Longhorns. Matteo Bocchi pitched five innings of one run ball to lead the Longhorn pitching staff. Tech loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on a single and two walks but a ground out ended the game and began the pile on.

Corvallis Super Regional

Luke Heimlich was one out from a complete game, striking out nine to give Oregon State an opening round 8-1 win over Minnesota. Heimlich is a top five pick but was bypassed in the early rounds of the draft because of a sexual assault case he committed as a 15 year old. A solo blast from Toby Hanson in the eighth was the only run scored off Luke. Oregon State got two RBIs each from Steven Kwan, Trevor Larnach and Adley Rutschman.

The Beavers scored a run in the eighth to tie the game 3-3 on an RBI single by Kyle Nobach, then erupted for three in the ninth, Rutschman with a two run single for the big hit and back to back hit by pitches to score the third run. Jake Mulholland shut down Minnesota in the ninth to give the Beavers a 6-3 win.

College World Series Results

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Just like basketball, baseball has a final 64 college world series. 64 teams battle in 16 four team Regional pools to advance to the next round, the Super Regional where two teams play a best two out of three series to advance to the College World Series. Below are the results of the 16 four team first round brackets.

Stanford Regional

The number three seed Cal State Fullerton advanced to the super regional using three solid pitching performances to advance. Colton Eastman got the opening day start in their 6-2 win over the number two seed Baylor. Their next two games were against number one seed Stanford. Tommy Wilson pitched six innings and Brett Conine worked the last three to allow Fullerton to upset Stanford 2-1. Jace Camberlain hit a pinch hit two out walk off homerun in the bottom of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and give the Titans the win.

Stanford went down to the loser’s bracket where they disposed of Baylor 4-2, getting another opportunity at Fullerton. To advance to the Super Regional they had to beat Fullerton twice. Tanner Bibee prevented that from happening tossing six shutout innings before tiring in the seventh and giving up two runs. By that time Fullerton had already built up a 5-0 lead, much of it fueled by a Rueben Cardenas three run homer in the fifth. Blake Workman shutout the Cardinal for the last 2.1 innings to advance Fullerton to the Super Regional.

Conway Regional

Another number three seed, Washington advanced to the Super Regional to play Fullerton. They used a five run eighth to knock the University of Connecticut to the losers bracket 7-1. Joe DeMers worked eight innings to get the win in the battle of the Huskies.

The number one seed Coastal Carolina demolished LIU Brooklyn 16-1, Kieton Rivers leading the charge driving in five. Carolina bashed three homeruns, Rivers, Seth Lancaster and Kyle Skeels to seal the victory.

The bats remained hot in the winner’s bracket final, but a six run second by Washington gave the Huskies too large a lead for Coastal Carolina to overcome. They did get to within 7-6 but got no closer. Nick Kahle went deep and drove in five runs to lead the offense. His grand slam in the second was the big hit.

Connecticut beat Coastal Carolina in the loser’s bracket 6-5 to create a Huskies rematch. Joe Wainhouse hit his second homerun in two days, a three run blast in the third to tie the game 6-6. A.J. Graffanino broke the tie in the eighth, clearing the bases with a three run double.

Clemson Regional

The number two seed Vanderbilt used seven innings of shutout ball from Drake Fellows to defeat St. Johns 2-0 in the opener. Jayson Gonzalez went deep for the Commodores to give Fellows the only run he needed. In the winner’s bracket final number one seed Clemson scored three runs in the first two innings to take an early 3-0 lead. Vanderbilt battled back with a two run homer from Ethan Paul in the second tying the game. Connor Kaiser delivered the go ahead single in the fifth to give Vanderbilt a 4-3 win. Four different bullpen pitchers kept Clemson from scoring in the last five innings.

Clemson returned for the final but Vanderbilt had their bats working clobbering the Clemson staff for a 19-6 win. Vanderbilt hit 9 homeruns, Connor Kaiser with three homeruns to drive in 10 runs, mashing a grand slam in the sixth. Stephen Scott went deep twice as did Phillip Clarke. Julian Infante and Harrison Ray also homered. For Ray it was his first of the year.

Tallahassee Regional

Number two seed Mississippi State got crushed in their opener by Oklahoma 20-10. They were up 10-7 but a 9 run seventh put the game out of reach. Oklahoma splashed 22 hits with Brandon Zaragoza contributing 4 of those hits for 4 RBIs. Mississippi State hit the only four homeruns in the game, with Dustin Skelton driving in four in a losing cause, but all that power went for naught.

Dropped to the elimination bracket and on the brink of going home, down 2-0 against number one seed Florida State going into the bottom of the 9th, it did not look good. Starter Drew Parrish had held them to three hits through the first eight innings. He issued his first walk of the game to start the ninth inning. Two outs later he issued his second walk to put the go ahead run at the plate. Elijah MacNamee made him pay for the two walks with a walk off homer and a surprising turn of events for Mississippi State.

Rejuvenated, the Bulldogs battled Samford to a 9-8 win. MacNamee had a two run homer in the first to give the Bulldogs an early 3-0 lead. Samford did not make it easy for Mississippi State, pulling to within one, but JP France retired the last four hitters to secure the victory and earn a rematch versus Oklahoma, a 4-0 winner over Samford in an earlier game.

The Bulldogs scored 8 in the third and easily routed Oklahoma in their first game 13-5. The first three hitters in the lineup combined to drive in 7 of the 13 runs, Rowdy Jordan and Tanner Allen going deep. Game two was not much of a contest with JP France getting the start and limiting the Sooner bats to one run in seven innings in the Bulldogs 8-1 win.

Chapel Hill Regional

North Carolina was the first number one seed to advance. In the opener they clobbered in state North Carolina A & T 11-0. Michael Busch was the big bat with a three run homerun and five RBIs for the game. Cooper Criswell pitched six innings of three hit shutout ball.

The Tarheels squeezed by Houston 4-3 in the winners bracket final, Zack Gahagan blasting a two run homer in the second to give North Carolina a 2-0 lead they would never relinquish. Joe Davis hit a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth for Houston to pull them to within one, but that was as close as it got.

Houston got a rematch but the Tarheel bats were no match, outslugging them 19-11.

Deland Regional

The number one seed Stetson rolled through their competition. They scored seven runs in the last three innings to clinch the 8-3 win over Hartford. The winner’s bracket game was a 10-3 assault over Oklahoma State. Jorge Arenas went deep and drove in three runs to lead the offense. Oklahoma State came back for more in the finals and were giving more of a shellacking, losing 11-1. Jack Perkins got the complete game victory with 13 whiffs for his effort.

Minneapolis Regional

Number one seed Minnesota used three hits and three RBIs from Terrin Vavra to beat Canisius 10-1. Reggie Meyer went eight innings to get the win. UCLA proved to be a challenge in the winner’s bracket final. Eli Wilson delivered an RBI single in the eighth to tie the game 2-2. It went 10 with a Micah Coffey RBI double being the game winner in the 3-2 win. Max Meyer pitched his third inning of shutout relief to seal the victory.

UCLA got back to the finals but the Gophers scored 13 runs in the first four innings to create a 13-8 win. Toby Hanson delivered an early three run homer and Alex Boxwell contributed a two run homer and two run double for 4 RBIs to lead the offense.

Corvallis Regional

The number one seed Oregon State Beavers sailed on winning their opener against Northwestern 9-3. Nick Madrigal drove in four runs with his three hits to generate most of the offense. The winner’s bracket final against LSU was not much of a game with the Beavers bashing the Tigers 14-1. Luke Heimlich went six innings to earn the win. Madrigal went deep to drive in a run and scored three. Trevor Lamach scored four times. Adley Rutschman and Zak Taylor each drove in three runs.

LSU earned a spot in the finals with a 9-5 win over Northwestern. Oregon State again clobbered them, this time 12-0. Kevin Abel tossed eight shutout innings. Kyle Nobach drove in four runs with his three hits.

Gainesville Regional

Number one seed Florida had an easy time with Columbia in their opener, winning 13-5. Will Dalton sprayed four hits and drove in six runs, falling a triple short of the cycle. They had a little more difficult time against Jacksonville, winning 3-2 with three solo homeruns. Jonathan India, Will Dalton and Jonah Girand all went deep, with Brady Singer working seven innings to earn the victory.

Florida Atlantic came up from the elimination bracket and took advantage of three Gator errors to get the 7-4 win. The Gators went with Jack Leftwich for the final game but he gave up two in the first inning. The homerun ball still defined the Gators regional play with India, Dalton and Girand going deep to give them a 5-2 win. Girand and Dalton homered in three of the four games. For Girand, he has hit more homeruns in the four Regional games than he has hit during the regular season.

Raleigh Regional

Number two seed Auburn scored in double digits in all three games to cruise in their Regional. They blasted Northeaster 13-4, Steven Williams going a perfect 4 for 4 with a homerun and four RBIs. Army was battered with a 17 hit attack in a 12-1 loss in the winner’s bracket game. Number one pick Casey Mize flowed through seven innings, striking out 11 and allowing just one run for Auburn.

Number one seed North Carolina State was shocked by Army in the opener 5-1. They battled back through the elimination bracket, beating Army in their rematch to get a shot at Auburn. Josh Anthony delivered four of Auburn’s 16 hits and drove in five of their 15 runs as the Tigers rolled 15-7.

Lubbock Regional

Number one seed Texas Tech did not face a challenge in their Regional. They won a first round game against New Mexico 9-2. Then they disposed of Louisville twice, 10-4 and 11-6. Zach Rheams hit three homeruns in the three games, including two in the final, going a perfect 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs. Rheams was a triple short of the cycle.

Athens Regional

Number one seed Georgia clobbered Campbell 18-5, mashing four homeruns in the game. Number two seed Duke found very little offense in their 6-0 loss to Troy. Perhaps it was the Campbell pitching staff but Duke found their offense in the second game 16-8. They were actually down 8-5 going into the top of the ninth but scored 11 runs, stringing together seven singles, a double, four walks and a hit by pitch in the barrage. Max Miller finished the day 4 for 5 with three runs scored and three runs driven in.

That offense continued the next day when they clobbered Troy 15-6. Chris Crabtree bombed two over the fence in a 4 for 5 day, driving in 5 of the 15 Blue Devil runs. Troy had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after one, but Duke scored seven in the next two innings to blot out the lead.

Georgia had scored double digits in their first two games but the Duke pitching staff limited them to five runs in their first game. The offense led by Griffin Conine (son of Jeff) and Kennie Taylor scored 8 in their 8-5 win. In the finals Duke erupted for 5 in the third to erase a 2-0 lead and take an 8-4 win. Conine went deep twice to give him three solo blasts in the Regionals.

Fayetteville Regional

Number one seed Arkansas crushed Oral Roberts 10-2 in their opener. Heston Kjerstad cleared the fence twice in a four RBI day. Blaine Knight worked 8 innings to get the win. In the next game they stomped on Southern Mississippi in an identical 10-2 score. Carson Shaddy drove in three runs, falling a homer short of the cycle. Eric Cole and Jared Gates each went deep to drive in two runs apiece. Kacey Murphy shut out Southern Miss for 8 innings.

In the finals the Razorbacks struggled a bit against Dallas Baptist, eeking out a 4-3 win. The Baptist had scored a run in the ninth and had the tying run at first base with one out but Matt Cronin retired the last two hitters to advance them to the Super Regionals.

Greenville Regional

Number two seed South Carolina waited late to get their bats working, scoring 8 in their last two at bats to secure an 8-3 win over Ohio State. Connor Curtis had thrown six shutout innings, but the Buckeyes chose to go to their bullpen for the seventh and the Gamecocks erupted for a five spot. Danny Blair had a big three run homer in the inning to give South Carolina a 3-2 lead.

In the winner’s bracket game South Carolina tamed the number one seed East Carolina and their bats. East Carolina had beaten UNCW in the opener 16-7. The Gamecocks scored three in the first and that is all they needed with Cody Morris going 7.1 and the bullpen doing the rest in the 4-2 win.

UNCW got some revenge against East Carolina, scoring 9 in the fifth to win 9-7. They failed to find the big inning against the Gamecocks losing 8-4. Carlos Cortes went 4 for 5, scoring three times in the win. Madison Stokes drove in three runs with a double and single.

Austin Regional

Number one seed Texas overpowered Texas Southern 10-0 in their opener. Chase Shugart (six innings) combined with Matteo Bocchi to hurl the shutout. DJ Petrinsky homered and drove in four runs to lead the offense. Kody Clemens (son of Roger) used his bat to slug two homeruns to beat Texas A&M 8-3. Kody drove in four and has hit 23 homeruns for the year.

In the finals Texas nipped Indiana 3-2. Zach Zubia hit a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game 2-2. Clemens RBI double in the seventh put the Longhorns ahead 3-2. The Hoosiers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth but Chase Shugart came on to strike out the next two hitters to win the game.

Oxford Regional

Number two seed Tennessee Tech took advantage of a throwing error to score two in the bottom of the eighth to beat Missouri State 6-4. Against number one Ole Miss things did not go their way in a 9-8 loss. They rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th but left the tying run on third when Alex Junior struck out. Nick Osborne had hit two solo shots for Tech.

Battling from the elimination bracket Tech again beat Missouri State, this time 2-1. Another Missouri error allowed what proved to be the go ahead run to score in the third inning. Alex Hursey got the complete game victory, allowing just three hits, one a solo shot to Hunter Steinmetz in the sixth.

In the finals Tech blasted Ole Miss 15-5 to set up a deciding game. Chase Chambers went deep and drove in four runs to lead the offense. Game two was a little more nail biting. Trevor Putzig slugged a two run homer in the 6th to tie the game 2-2. A SF by Kevin Strohschein in the 7th proved to be the difference in the 3-2 win.

Eight number one seeds advanced to the Super Regionals. A number 4 seed could not advance. Six number two seeds advanced with two number three seeds.

Florida Gators Win First Championship

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The Florida Gators have had some pretty good baseball teams over the years. None of them could call themselves champions. The 2017 version became the first to win an NCAA championship with their 6-1 win over LSU. Florida becomes the first school to win a championship in football, basketball and baseball.

Tyler Dyson got the start for Florida. He gave up one run in six innings of work. Michael Byrne relieved him in the seventh. Byrne appeared to have given up a second run after getting a double play ground out. The umpires ruled interference on the runner sliding into second base and since no runner can advance on an interference play the runner who had scored had to return to third. The next hitter flied out and Florida still had a 2-1 lead.

They blew the game wide open with a four spot in the eighth. Nick Horvath was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Deacon Liput smacked a single to drive in two runs. Liput had also singled in the second inning to drive in a run. J.J. Schwarz drove in the fourth run with a sacrifice fly. He had also driven in the first run in the opening inning with a single.

Jackson Kowar got the last five outs. He was the lucky guy to be on the bottom of the pile up after the game was won.