Archive for June, 2016

NCAA College Update

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Myworld is in our Pennsylvania minor league tour so we have been a bit busy to catch up with the NCAA. Below is a summary of the two brackets.

First Bracket

Oklahoma State 1 UC Santa Barbara 0

The Cinderella team of the tournament UC Santa Barbara had trouble hitting future Chicago Cub pitcher Thomas Hatch, who restricted the Gauchos to just five hits. Shane Bieber was not so bad either for Santa Barbara pitching all eight innings and allowing just six hits but the one big run. Garrett Benge drove in the lone run in the fourth inning on a single, the third of three straight hits Oklahoma State strung together against Bieber. The closest Santa Barbara came to scoring against Hatch is when they had runners on first and third with one out in the second, but a line out and strike out ended that opportunity.

Arizona 5 Miami 1

Arizona pulled a mild upset with this victory, bombing starter Michael Mediavilla for three runs in the first inning and then two more in the fifth. Nathan Bannister scattered eight hits in seven innings for Arizona to get the win, then turned it over to Cameron Ming for the final two innings for the save. Zach Gibbons and Jared Oliva each drove in two runs for Arizona to lead the offense.

Santa Barbara 5 Miami 3

The Gauchos erupted for four runs in the sixth to pull ahead 5-1, then hung on to stay alive, sending Miami home for the tournament. Noah Davis only gave up two hits in his six innings of work, but one of those hits was a solo shot by first round pick Zack Collins in the first inning. Collins also drove in a run in the eighth with a single. Ryan Cumberland had a big two run single for Santa Barbara to fuel their four run sixth.

Second Bracket

TCU 5 Texas 3

Luken Baker hit a three run homer in the top of the ninth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 advantage in a battle for Texas baseball supremacy. Durbin Feltman retired Texas Tech in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure the victory.

Coastal Carolina 2 Florida 1

The other Cinderella team pulled a big upset with their win over the Gators. Andrew Beckwith tossed a complete game to outduel number one pick and Gator ace Justin Shore for the win. Zach Remillard drove in both runs for Coastal Carolina with an RBI double in the third and an RBI triple in the sixth that chased Shore.

Suzuki Three Straight Game Winning Homeruns

Monday, June 20th, 2016

This is the fourth year in the NPB for the 22 year old outfielder Seiya Suzuki of the Hiroshima Carp. He is yet to be considered a star of the league but it is only this year that he has become a full time player. Last year he played in 97 games and slugged five homeruns.

In his 57 games this year he has already doubled that homerun number. In the last three games he has hit three homeruns that have won ball games, two walkoffs and another in the bottom of the eighth inning that broke a tie. That is some clutch hitting.

On Friday the Carp rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth on a two run double by Hector Luna to send the game into extra innings 4-4. Up until that point Suzuki was two for five with the single and double coming in his first two at bats. In the bottom of the 12th he slugged a walk off two run homer to give the Hiroshima Carp a 6-4 win.

The next day it was the Orix Buffaloes to rally with two in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead and adding an insurance run in the top of the ninth to extend the lead to 3-1. After the first two hitters singled to put two runners on Hector Luna grounded out to short to end his 10 game hitting streak. Suzuki followed Luna, collecting his first hit of the game with a three run walk off homerun to give the Carp a 4-3 lead.

Finally on Sunday, the Buffaloes scored two runs in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead. The Carp responded with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game 4-4. With the game tied Suzuki led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a solo shot to give the Carp a 5-4 lead. Shota Nakazaki retired the Buffaloes in order to preserve the victory, picking up his 14th save.

The Orix Buffaloes are glad to see him go. The Carp will next play the Hanshin Tigers. The three homeruns have helped extend the Carp lead in the Central League to six games over the Yomiuri Giants.

Japanese Roster for Honkball

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Below is the roster for the Japanese team for the Honk Ball tournament for July in the Netherlands. The roster appears to be composed of those players competing in colleges. They will be competing against Australia, Curacao and the Netherlands, three teams that have the equivalent of minor league professionals on their rosters. The roster is provided by yakyudb.com (or at least the English translation).

Pitchers

Tomoya Hoshi, Yuya Yanagi, Keisuke Sawada, Ichiro Tamura, Takuya Kato, Ryo Takeuchi, Kazuya Yoshino, Shuya Kanno, Kazuya Ojima

Catchers

Taiki Morikawa, Ryusei Suto, Tomohiro Kiire

Infielders

Taisei Yoshida, Ryoya Kaneko, Yoshikazu Kutsukake, Akihiro Yamamoto, Kaunari Ishii, Kenta Manabe, Shota Kiryu

Outfielders

Tatsuhiko Sato, Takuya Sato, Kazuki Tanaka, Chihiro Onishi, Manpei Kobayashi

Dinos Rolling in KBO

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Many had picked the NC Dinos to win the KBO. As they struggled with their consistency it was the Doosan Bears who took control of the division early in the season. That lead is now shrinking as a 14 game winning streak by the Dinos has dwindled the Bears lead to 3.5 games.

The streak began after a home loss versus the first place Doosan Bears. They bounced back to beat the Bears in the next two games and then went on three game series sweeps against the Lotte Giants (one rainout), Nexen Heroes, SK Wyverns, LG Twins (one rainout) and won the first two games against their expansion rivals the KT Wiz. After their Sunday game against the Wiz they do battle against the last place team the Hanwha Eagles, who are playing a lot better and find themselves just a half game out of the cellar.

The Dinos offense is led by last year’s league MVP Eric Thames, who is putting up numbers similar to last year (.369, 19, 55). Last year Thames slugged 47 homeruns and stole 40 bases to become the first 40/40 man in the KBO. The stolen base numbers have slipped this year (5) but the slugging first baseman is not noted for his speed.

Hitting in front of Thames is one of myworld’s favorite players Sung-Bum Na. At 26 years of age he is one of the younger stars in the KBO. Batting third in the lineup helps him on offense but his numbers (.346, 13, 55) match that of Thames. Last year he was a 20/20 player with 28 homeruns and 23 stolen bases. This year his stolen bases have dropped but his homerun totals have shown an increase. The one downside on his game is a 28/64 walk to whiff ratio which could be exploited by major league pitchers.

Suk-Min Park was a free agent signing from Samsung where he averaged over 20 homeruns per year. That power continues to show with the NC Dinos (.316, 11, 52) offering protection in the lineup for Thames, something they lost with the departure of Yamiaco Navarro to Japan in 2016. The crowd favorite is 40 year old DH Ho-Jun Lee who has resurrected his career with the Dinos after five less than stellar years with the SK Wyverns between 2008 and 2012.

The pitching staff is led by foreign import Zach Stewart to eat up innings (6-4, 4.83). This year has been a bit of a stumble for Stewart compared to the numbers he put up last year (8-2, 2.68). While the Dinos wait for Eric Hacker to return from injury (6-1, 2.61), they have been doing it with local arms Min-Ho Lee (4-3, 4.86), Jae-Hak Lee (7-2, 4.36) and 26 year old youngster Soo-Min Jung (3-0, 2.97), who replaced Hacker in the starting rotation. Chang-Min Im (1.20 with 14 saves) has been solid as a closer with 49 whiffs in just 30 innings.

The big reward in Korean baseball is to finish at the top of the division. There you can wait as the teams battle it off in three different playoff series to play you in the championship match.

College World Series Brackets

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The College World Series will begin tomorrow. The teams are broken down into two brackets. The winner of each bracket will play in a best two of three championship.

Bracket One

Miami, Oklahoma State, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona

Bracket Two

Florida, Texas Tech, TCU and Coastal Carolina

The only thing that is certain is there will not be a defending champion with both Virginia and Vanderbilt eliminated from the final eight.

Dodgers Make Last Cuban Signing

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The Dodgers signed an obscure first baseman Yordan Alvarez, who as an 18 year old did not play a lot in the Cuban League. He is 6′5″ and the Dodgers shelled out $2 million for him and paid another $2 million in penalties so they must have seen something they liked in him other than his height. Alvarez did hit .351 in 125 plate appearances in the 2014/2105 season with Las Tunas, but he only had a slugging average of .387. The Dodgers are now limited to paying bonuses of $300,000 or less for any player they sign after July 2 who is subject to the international bonus rules. This will restrict them to the more experienced Cuban players who are older than 23 with more than three years in the Cuban league, which translates to Yulieski Gurriel (and Lourdes if he waits until October), Jose Miguel Fernandez and Luis Yander La O.

NL Central Review of Number One Picks

Friday, June 17th, 2016

With the Chicago Cubs, St, Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, this Division has transformed itself into one of the best in baseball. It still has two rebuilding franchises, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs have focused on big bats with their last five first round picks while the Cardinals have placed their emphasis on arms. The Pirates just hope their picks will settle for bonuses a small market team can afford.

Chicago Cubs

2015 - Ian Happ OF/2B - With the immediate production of Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant there has been a lot of pressure on Happ to follow in their footsteps. He is not the same dominant offensive player as Schwarber and Bryant so it will take him longer to make a contribution to the Cubs. He is also learning a new position, second base. Solid numbers with a .398 OBA but needs to reduce those 66 whiffs in 63 games.

2014 - Kyle Schwarber C/LF - He showed an advanced bat early and won a position with the Cubs by mid 2015. His defense is lacking at both the outfield and behind the plate, but his bat shows 30 plus homerun power. A knee injury ended his 2016 season in April. It might be best for the Cubs to trade him to the American League where he can settle in at his best position - designated hitter.

2013 - Kris Bryant LF/3B - He won the college homerun title. It also didn’t take him long to find a spot on the Cubs roster. The Cubs have played him in the outfield and at third base. His bat is also good for 30 plus homeruns. Kris has done a good job this year cutting down on his strikeouts, but it has not resulted in an increased average. He will be a player to hit .270 with 30 plus homeruns.

2012 - Albert Almora OF - Noted more for his glove than his bat. The bat was smoking early with a .318 average. This got him a promotion to the Cubs in June to make his major league debut. So far hitting .333 with the Cubs in just seven games. Not a lot of power in his bat but he will hit his share of gaps. Excellent at making contact with the pitch.

2011 - Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B - During his first promotion in 2014 he had a challenge making contact, whiffing 95 times in 213 at bats for a .169 average. The strikeouts will continue as long as there is bend in a pitch, but Javier is making better contact and has improved his major league average to .262. A good defensive player at a number of infield positions defines his role as a super utility player.

2010 - Hayden Simpson RHP - Released by the Cubs after the 2013 spring training. A 6.42 ERA showed this was a misguided pick.

Cincinnati Reds

2015 - Tyler Stephenson C - There is a low percentage of high school catchers achieving success as starters in the major leagues. The journey is long and arduous. Tyler should hit for power with a solid defensive game. His first year in the full season league has been met with trouble (.196 average). Last year he hit .268 in the half season Pioneer League.

2014 - Nick Howard RHP - Trouble finding the strike zone has shelved Howard from the prospect list, last year walking 50 in just 38 innings. Not much has improved in the 2016 season with 28 walks in 18 innings as he works out of the bullpen.

Alex Blandino SS - He played for Nicaragua in the World Baseball Classic qualifying games. He will eventually have to move to second or become a utility player. His bat may not play enough to become a regular. The 2016 season has seen his average drop to .196 with a big upswing in strikeouts.

2013 - Phillip Ervin OF - The Reds would like to see some power generated from his bat, but an inability to get solid barrel of bat on ball has resulted in low averages (.242 or less the last two years) and little power. He has shown the ability to steal 20 plus bases despite a lack of burner speed so a better approach at the plate could make him a 20/20 player. He will probably be forced to play left field where it becomes critical his power develops.

2012 - Nick Travieso RHP - Not overwhelming stuff. A 5.27 ERA with 33 walks in just 56 innings will keep him in AA for awhile. Nick will eventually move to the bullpen or fill the back end of a rotation.

2011 - Robert Stephenson RHP - There was a lot of talk about his triple digit fastball. He tapered it down a little to improve his command. He made his major league debut this year but a 33/50 walk to whiff ratio and a strikeout rate of less than seven per nine innings does not indicate continued success.

2010 - Yasmani Grandal C - The Reds packaged him to the Padres with Alfonso, Volquez and Boxberger for the ineffective outings of Matt Latos. The Padres eventually traded him to the Dodgers. Yasmani will hit his share of homeruns but bat for a low average and contribute solid defense. Probably best used as a back up catcher.

Milwaukee Brewers

2015 - Trent Clark OF - Clark has four tools with the power tool still empty. There are early season struggles in the full season league (.222). Defense will make center field his destiny. The Brewers hope his power will develop as he matures.

2014 - Kodi Medeiros RHP - The Hawaiian got off to a horrible April (8.71 ERA) but he has settled in with the start of May, giving up just one run or less in five of his last six starts. Don’t like the surplus of hits he has given up or the less than inspiring whiff numbers.

2013 - no pick

2012 - Clint Coulter C/LF - The Brewers have moved him to the outfield, his 6′3″ frame making it a bit difficult to squat behind the plate. His bat is what will get him to the Brewers. That bat has faded early in the 2016 season. At the end of the 2014 season his slugging average was .520. This year it has been .310. He doesn’t offer enough defense in the outfield if his stick is not producing.

Victor Roache OF - Victor has not shown the bat of a first rounder, hitting less than .250 in three years. The power is there to hit 20 plus homeruns, but it has decreased with each professional season, going from 22 to 4. The speed has also not been there to steal bases. His defense will limit him to left field.

2011 - Taylor Jungmann RHP - At 6′6″ there is some plane in his delivery. Last year he made 21 effective starts. This year he has been meat with a 9.15 major league ERA after five starts and a 9.87 ERA after seven AAA starts. Throwing strikes has been his biggest challenge with 35 walks in just 31 innings. That will not get him a return to the major leagues.

Jed Bradley LHP - The Brewers recently sold him to the Braves in June of 2016. The Brewers had moved him to the bullpen in 2015 after ineffective starts his first three years. He appears to be moving into a role of organizational minor leaguer.

2010 - Dylan Covey RHP - did not sign and was drafted in the fourth round by the Athletics in 2013.

Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 - Kevin Newman SS - The tools are there to play shortstop. His bat is also ripping through the Florida State League (.369,2,23). He just returned to action after a orbital fracture sidelined him a couple weeks. In his second game back he went 4 for 4. His third game he drove in five runs with a double and a triple. He appears to be seeing the ball well. The Pirates are a little crowded around the infield so they can show a little patience with Kevin.

Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B - He plays the same position as his dad Charlie. After going homerless last year in over 180 bats Hayes has slugged six this year in just a little over 200 at bats. His .404 slugging is just a tad below where the Pirates want to see him but he is still maturing.

2014 - Cole Tucker SS - Even though he was drafted a year before Newman he is a half a year behind him in development because he was drafted out of high school. A torn labrum in his right shoulder delayed the start of his season. After Newman went down with a orbital fracture Tucker was promoted to play shortstop. Now the two are sharing the position so a promotion for one would seem the solution. Power is lacking from his game.

2013 - Austin Meadows OF - He will always be linked to Clint Frazier, two rivals from Georgia high schools who have competed against each other. Injuries derailed his 2014 but he bounced back real well in 2015. The power still lacks homerun distance, but that should come with time. His defense will probably put him in left field. His .585 slugging average for 2016 is the best in his career boosted by his eight triples. He missed most of April also because of an orbital fracture.

Reese McGuire C - With Elias Diaz on the disabled list Reese has the opportunity to get the catcher of the future tag. Reese has the better bat but the glove falls a little short of Diaz, though his intangibles such as pitch framing could be better. His power has been absent with a .294 slugging in 2014 and a .324 slugging last year. Those are numbers Diaz could achieve when he returns. Reese needs to get the bat working if he wants to win the position.

2012 - Mark Appell LHP - He did not sign with the Pirates when they drafted him. The Astros made him their top pick in 2012 and then traded him to the Phillies. Early returns indicate he will fall far short of his stuff.

2011 - Gerrit Cole RHP - One of the top Pirate pitchers in the rotation. If he is not the ace now he should be in the next couple years.

2010 - Jameson Taillon RHP - He was the second pick after Bryce Harper. Harper has won an MVP award while Jameson made his major league debut a couple days ago. Tommy John surgery and a hernia forced him to miss two seasons. After a solid minor league season the Pirates promoted him to the major leagues where he pitched shutout ball in his second major league start.

St. Louis Cardinals

2015 - Nick Plummer OF - A lefthanded bat that has struggled to get out of the gate (.228). This year he has not begun his season which usually means he is trying to find his swing in Florida. He likes to take a walk with 39 in 51 games last year. A below average arm will limit him to left field.

2014 - Luke Weaver RHP - The Cardinals hope for a quick rise after Luke was drafted out of Florida State. He was dominant in the Florida State League (1.62 ERA) in 19 starts. He got his first two starts of the 2016 season in June and only gave up one run in 12 innings. Early showings indicate a greater proliferation of strikeouts. He is not overpowering with a fastball in the low 90s but he complements it well with a good changeup.

Jack Flaherty RHP - He currently has not allowed an earned run in his last 20 innings to lower his ERA to 3.86. He tends to strikeout more than a hitter per inning pitched relying more on command than an overpowering fastball (90-92). The key will be how that location fares when facing more experienced hitters.

2013 - Marco Gonzales LHP - He has already had six starts with the major league team with mixed success. Shoulder problems bothered him most of last year which could be an explanation for his 5.45 ERA. He won’t overpower you with a fastball in the high 80s so he needs his command to achieve success. To date Marco has been absent for the 2016 season.

Rob Kaminsky LHP - The Cardinals dealt Rob for Brandon Moss in 2015. In 10 starts in AA Rob has struggled (1-4, 5.20). Another pitcher noted more for his command than his heat.

2012 - Michael Wacha RHP - Wacha has struggled a bit his year (4.91 ERA) walking more hitters than he did last year and giving up more hits. Last year he developed into a solid number two type starter. The Cardinals are hoping for a rebound as the days get hotter.

James Ramsey OF - Ramsey was drafted out of Florida State based on a solid college season. The Cardinals traded him to the Indians for Justin Masterson. The Indians sold him to the Dodgers in April of this year. At 26 he will not be much more than an organizational player.

2011 - Kolton Wong 2B - Until recently he was the Cardinals starting second baseman. His hitting suffered in 2016 and with the return of Johnny Peralta from the disabled list Peralta was moved to third and Matt Carpenter shifted to second base. Kolten was sent to the minor leagues to get his bat back. Kolton is raking in the minor leagues with a .429 average and four homeruns in seven games.

2010 - Zack Cox 3B - The Cardinals traded him in 2012 to the Marlins for Edward Mujica. The Nationals selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule V draft and released him April of 2016. No other team has picked him up.

Ichiro Ties Rose for Most Hits in Baseball

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Pete Rose does not believe hits from Japan should count. Ichiro Suzuki collected 1,278 hits in Japan with a team called the Orix Blue Waves. He came to the major leagues in 2001 and today legged out an infield single to give him 2,978 major league hits. That gives him 4,256 hits for his career, the same amount amassed by Pete Rose.

Rose played 24 years in the major leagues. Ichiro played 16 seasons in the major leagues and nine season in Japan with the Blue Waves. In Japan they play a 144 game season so Ichiro lost a full 162 games with the shortened seasons.

Because major league baseball does not recognize combined stats Pete Rose will always be recognized for being the hit king in the major leagues, even though he is banned from entering the Hall of Fame. Myworld and others who follow international baseball will recognize Ichiro as the hit king of baseball, similar to the way Sadaharu Oh (868) is recognized as the homerun king and not Barry Bonds (762), who also may be prevented from entering the Hall of Fame because of performance enhancing drugs.

Nats Want No More of Amora

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Rookie Albert Almora Jr., recently called up in June to make his major league debut and put into the game as a late inning double switch defensive replacement, turned into a hero, lacing the game winning hit last night in the Cubs 4-3 win over the Nationals. Almora lined the first pitch he saw from Sammy Solis over the glove of shortstop Danny Espinosa and rifled its way into the left center field gap scoring Addison Russell with the go ahead run. Russell and Almora are both 22 years of age.

Walks were the killer for the Nationals, but a two out hit by the pitcher John Lackey got the Cubs started. In the third inning the Cubs took a 2-0 lead after a two out single from pitcher John Lackey. Gio Gonzalez could not stop the bleeding, coughing up a double down the left field line to Dexter Fowler and the single to right field by Jason Heyward to score the first two runs.

The Nationals scored all their runs on sacrifice flies. The first occurred in the bottom of the third on a fly ball by Jayson Werth. The Nationals had the bases loaded with one out prior to the Werth fly ball. A walk to Bryce Harper loaded the bases again but Daniel Murphy tagged a hard line drive right at the right fielder for the third out.

Gonzalez walked the leadoff hitter Ben Zobrist in the fourth. He also walked Addison Russell with one out to put runners on first and second. The weak hitting David Ross bounced a single up the middle to score Zobrist and give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.

The Nationals inched their way back. Danny Espinosa was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh inning. Jose Lobaton doubled down the right field line. With runners on second and third and no outs the Nationals pinch hit Wilson Ramos, who struck out on three pitches, swinging and missing at a pitch in the dirt. Ben Revere poked a fly ball to left deep enough to score Espinosa to pull within one.

Bryce Harper led off the eighth with a walk, his second of the day. Ryan Zimmerman, after striking out his first three times up, laced a single into right field to end his slump against the Cubs. Anthony Rendon drove in Harper with a fly ball to right field to score Harper to tie the game up.

Dusty Baker chose to keep Sammy Solis on the mound to work his second inning. He walked leadoff hitter Addison Russell. A bunt moved Russell to second where a single by Almora scored him for the go ahead run.

Hector Rondon had come on to pitch with one out in the eighth inning, Joe Maddon going for the two inning save. It backfired when the Nationals scored to tie the game, but Rondon got the win by retiring the Nationals in order in the ninth. No National could get the ball out of the infield, though Baez made a nice play on a grounder up the middle by Ben Revere.

Game Notes: Jonathon Papelbon was put on the disabled list with a pulled muscle in his side. Dusty Baker has indicated he will go to a closer by gut approach. Whoever he thinks will get the other team out in the ninth inning will become the closer for that day…Daniel Murphy hit the ball hard all four times at the plate but he didn’t have a hit to show for it…It appears Ryan Zimmerman has Joe Madden inside his head. He struck out his first three times at the plate before his single in the eighth. Maddon chose to walk Harper to load the bases a couple times in Chicago and Zimmerman failed to bring the runners in…Kris Bryant did not show much of an arm in his throw from left field to try to get Espinosa at home. The ball was not hit that deep but he didn’t appear to make any attempt to get Espinosa streaking for home…On bunts Daniel Murphy appears a little slow getting to first base. The fielder has to be like a quarterback and lead him to first base. Myworld doesn’t see that from other second baseman covering first…Javier Baez swung and missed at a number of curve balls. He struck out in three of his four at bats. Making contact will always be a struggle for him, especially when the pitch has some bend to it…Jason Heyward does not scare me at the plate, especially when he is hitting against a lefthander. While he had the clutch two run single in the third his other at bats were weak, especially when he hit against left handed pitching. A guy that big needs to slug better than .336, .425 for his career.

Super Regional Updates

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

There were grand slam walkoffs and walkoff singles. Some exciting finishes in the super regionals with the SEC almost shutout from having a team appear in the College World Series. Upsets galore with lots of grand slams putting crooked numbers on the board.

Louisville Regional

UC Santa Barbara pulled the upset of the day with a sweep of Louisville. They won the opener 4-2 getting seven innings of solid work from Shane Bieber. Kyle Nelson came on to pitch the last two innings to get the save. Austin Bush hit a solo shot to lead the offense.

The second game Santa Barbara was trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the ninth. The Guachos loaded the bases with one out for freshman pinch hitter Sam Cohen. He does what many kids fantasize about launching a two strike pitch from first round draft pick Zach Burdi over the fence just inside the right field foul pole for a walk off grand slam homerun. Talk about pandemonium. If only it was being played in Santa Barbara and not Louisville the place would have gone beserk. As it was, only the Santa Barbara players were celebrating and a few of the fans that had come east to watch the team play.

For Louisville it was their first back to back losses at home since 2012.

Baton Rouge Super Reional

In another upset Coastal Carolina swept by their favored hosts in two advancing to the College World Series for the first time. Seth Lancaster went 4 for 4 including getting the clutch RBI single to put Coastal up 5-4 in an eventual 11-8 win. The second game saw LSU tie the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth after an error allowed the run to score. LSU stranded the bases loaded with one out to allow Coastal Carolina to pull off the walk off heroics in the bottom of the ninth.

A walk to Anthony Marks and a stolen base put him in scoring position for a single to left by Michael Paez that ended the game. The single by Paez was his only hit of the day after five at bats.

Gainesville Super Regional

Shutouts ruled the day but the Florida Gators became the only SEC team to advance to the College World Series after being shutout in the opener 3-0 by Florida State and Drew Carlton. Drew threw a complete game two hitter facing only one batter above the minimum.

In the second game Florida used two pitchers to combine for a two hit shutout in their 5-0 win. Logan Shore went 8 innings, striking out nine leaving it to Shaun Anderson to finish the game off with a one inning of shutout relief. Peter Alonso was the offensive hero with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Florida finished Florida State off using two first round picks, A.J. Puk for the first 3.2 innings and following him with Dane Dunning for 4.2 innings to finish off the 7-0 win. Shaun Anderson again finished it off with the last inning of shutout relief. J.J. Schwarz was the offensive hero with a grand slam homerun in the fifth and five RBIs in the 7-0 win.

Columbia Super Regional

Thomas Hatch shutout South Carolina for the first seven innings to lead Oklahoma State to a 5-1 opening day win. Collin Threroux clinched the game with his three run homerun in the ninth to give Oklahoma State a 5-0 lead. South Carolina scored their lone run in the bottom of the ninth.

Tyler Buffett pitched the Cowboys to the 3-1 win and the sweep against the Gamecocks, working seven innings and giving up just one run. The Cowboys scored all their runs in the fifth to get the win,

Lubbock Super Regional

East Carolina set themselves up for the upset by beating Texas Tech in the opener 8-6. Travis Watkins drove in six of the eight runs with a grand slam homer in the fifth and a two run homer in the sixth for the Pirates.

The Red Raiders got five innings from Steven Gingery and five innings of bullpen work from Robert Duggar to win the second game 3-1. Eric Gutierrez got his first hit of the game in his sixth at bat in the 13th inning to drive in two runs and give Texas Tech the 3-1 win.

Texas Tech mauled the Pirates in the rubber game 11-0, Erikson Lanning working the first seven innings of shutout two hit ball. Gutierrez drove in three runs on a perfect 2 for 2 day and Hunter Hargrove four runs to lead the offense.

Starkville Super Regional

A classic 1-0 pitcher’s duel won by Arizona and Bobby Dalbec over Mississippi State and Dakota Hudson. JJ Matjevic roped an RBI double in the sixth to drive in the only run of the game. Cameron Ming was called on with two out and two on in the ninth inning to strike out the one hitter he faced to finish off the win.

In the second game Alfonso Rivas hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5. Arizona loaded the bases with one out but failed to score. Cesar Salazar hit the walk off single in the bottom of the 13th to give Arizona a 6-5 victory and a sweep of the Super Regional. Cameron Ming pitched the last two innings of shutout relief to pick up the win. Ryan Aguilar bombed a three run blast in the eighth to put Arizona back in the game.

Brent Rooker went deep twice for Mississippi State to drive in three runs in a losing cause.

College Station Super Regional

TCU walked over Texas A&M 8-2 in the opener. Texas A&M returned the favor in the second game 7-1, banging four balls out of the park. TCU got seven innings of two hit, one unearned run pitching from Brian Howard to win the rubber game 4-1.

Coral Gables Super Regional

Miami advanced to the World Series winning the best of three match up against Boston College 12-7. Johnny Ruiz drove in five runs, taking the ball deep twice.

Boston College evened the series at one game a piece with a 5-3 win. A big four spot in the fourth was enough to pull them over the top.

Edgar Michelangeli was a one man wrecking crew in the third game, driving in seven runs with two homeruns to lead Miami to a 9-4 win over Boston College. He hit both a three run homerun in the second and a grand slam homerun in the seventh to drive in seven of the nine Hurricane runs.