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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.

Gators Win Opener

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Florida Gators are one win away from their first championship after their 4-3 opening day win. Florida took advantage of three walks to load the bases in the fourth, then got a sacrifice fly from Austin Langworthy and a two run double from Jonathan India to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Brady Singer worked seven innings to keep the lead before yielding to Michael Byrne in the eighth after giving up a lead off double. Byrne gave up an RBI single to Josh Smith but then retired the last four hitters to earn his third save of the College World Series. Singer struck out 12 Tigers in his seven innings of work.

LSU and Florida to Play in Finals

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Florida 3 TCU 0

The first round pick of the Detroit Tigers Alex Faedo shut down the TCU bats for 7.1 innings, striking out 11 to advance Florida to the finals of the College World Series. It was the second time in this College World Series he struck out 11 Horned Frogs, having done it earlier in the playoffs when they opened the series against each other. Florida will battle LSU for the championship, a team they are no stranger to having shared a Southeastern Conference title with this year. Christian Hicks was the offensive star for the Gators. He had an RBI double in the fifth and he scored a run in the seventh after hitting his first triple of the year.

LSU 6 Oregon State 1

The Tigers beat the Beavers for the second time to earn their way into the championship against their Southeastern Conference foe Florida. Oregon State had come into the College World Series as the number one team in the country but two losses to LSU eliminate them from any championship run. Caleb Gilbert restricted Oregon State to just two hits in 7.1 innings before turning it over to Zack Hess to get the last five outs after Michael Gretler tagged Gilbert for a solo shot. LSU got three homeruns of their own with Michael Papierski getting credit for two of them and Beau Jordan hitting the other. Papierski hit a three run tater in the third and added a solo shot in the fifth.

LSU last won a title in 2009. The have won six College World Series. Florida has yet to win a championship, though they have played in the finals twice, the last being in 2011.

TCU and LSU Stay Alive

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Neither of the teams, Florida or Oregon State could eliminate their opponents in the play in game. They now have to play both in elimination games to see who makes the best of three finals.

LSU 3 Oregon State 1

The Beaver bats were quieted to two hits by Alex Lange in his 7.1 innings of work. After getting the first out in the eighth Lange yielded to super reliever Zack Hess, who struck out four of the five hitters he faced. It was his third save of the College World Series. Zach Watson went a perfect 3 for 3 but it was Josh Smith who provided the big hits for LSU. His RBI single in the second and solo shot in the seventh proved to be the difference in the game. Jake Thompson got the start for Oregon State, giving up three runs in 6.2 innings. The loss ended a 23 game winning streak by Oregon State. Lange was a first round pick of the Cubs, the last player taken in the first round of the MLB draft.

TCU 9 Florida 2

The big bat of Evan Skoug drove in three runs to give him 71 RBIs for the year to help TCU pounce on Florida. A two run triple from Josh Watson in the fourth was the big hit, breaking a 2-2 tie. Charles King tossed 3.1 innings of shutout relief to get the win, striking out five of the 13 hitters he faced. TCU broke the game open with four in the sixth, three of the runs driven in by Skoug with his bases clearing double.

TCU Eliminates Louisville

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

TCU made a four run second inning stand out for a 4-3 win. Ryan Merrill had the big hit with a two run single. Sean Rymer pitched the last 4.1 innings without allowing a run to get the win. In the eighth Louisville had a runner on first with one out and Brendan McKay up. They stole Ryan Summers and he was called out by the umpire. Replays showed he was clearly safe and the manager was tossed for arguing the call. College baseball does not have replays. McKay later struck out. Rymer was able to finish the ninth despite giving up a two out single to put TCU in the final four.

The final four teams in the World Series are Oregon State, LSU, Florida and TCU. LSU and TCU will have to win twice to make it to the finals.

LSU Advances in NCAA College World Series

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

LSU 7 Florida State 4

With Florida State knocked out you won’t have a Florida versus Florida State final. Jake Slaughter finished off a five run second inning with a three run blast to carry LSU. Jared Poche went into the ninth inning before tiring giving up back to back homeruns to Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh to turn a 7-2 game 7-4. Zack Hess got the last three outs on whiffs to preserve the victory. LSU advances to the winner’s bracket to face Oregon State. They must beat the Beavers twice to advance to the finals. Oregon State beat LSU 13-1 to knock them into the loser’s bracket.

The win for Poche was his 39th as a Tiger making him the all time career win leader for LSU.

Gators Advance to Winner’s Bracket

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Florida 5 Louisville 1

The Gators got seven strong innings from Brady Singer to advance to the winner’s bracket. Austin Langworthy gave him the lead with a solo shot in the third and Deacon Liput added three more with a shot in the fourth to give Singer an early 4-0 lead. Singer struck out nine and as a sophomore will be eligible for the draft next year.

TCU 4 Texas A&M 1

The Horned Frogs eliminated their Texas counterparts, Brian Howard striking out 12 in his seven innings of work. Connor Wanhanen drove in the first run with a single in the second. Ryan Merrill added a second run with a solo shot the following inning. It was all Howard and Sean Wymer needed, with Wymer retiring all six hitters he faced to earn the save.

Oregon State Walks Past LSU

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Oregon State 13 LSU 1

Not much of a game. The Tigers used eight pitchers and a variety of them walked 12 hitters in a 13-1 win by Oregon State. A grand slam homerun by KJ Harrison put the game out of reach. Nick Madrigal and Cadyn Grenier each contributed three RBIs in the rout. Bryce Fehmel pitched eight innings allowing just two hits. One of them was a solo shot by Zach Watson in the seventh inning to ruin his shutout. Oregon State now gets to wait in the winner’s bracket for the winner of the Florida State/LSU game, with the winner of that game needing to beat Oregon State twice to advance to the finals.

Florida State 6 Cal State Fullerton 4

Florida State eliminated the Titans from the College World Series. Down 4-3 into the seventh the Seminoles loaded the bases after an intentional walk and scored two runs on non intentional walks to take a 5-4 lead. An infield single by Matt Anderson drove in an insurance run. The bullpen shut down the Titans on one hit for the last 3.1 innings. Florida State will now play LSU with the winner facing Oregon State.

Louisville and Florida Picks up Wins in NCAA

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Louisville 8 Texas A&M 4

Louisville scored five runs in the second inning and made it stand. Colby Fitch stroked a two run single in the inning for two of his four RBIs on the day. He walked in the sixth to drive in a run and hit a double in the eighth for his fourth RBI of the game. Brendan McKay gave up four runs in his five innings of work. The bullpen worked a perfect four innings, Lincoln Henzman pitching the sixth and Sam Bordner working the last three innings to earn the save.

Florida 3 TCU 0

Alex Faedo was on his game for the Gators. He allowed just two hits in his seven innings of work, whiffing 11 of the 24 hitters he faced. Florida scored single digits in the first, fourth and fifth to give the Gators enough runs to win the game. TCU was able to bring the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but Michael Byrne got the strikeout to preserve the shutout.