Texas A&M picked up a 5-2 victory over the Ragin‘ Cajuns in an elimination game for both teams. The Aggies used a complete game from Kyle Thebeau who struck out 13 batters including the last five he faced as he led the Aggies to the victory. Kyle Colligan went 3-4 with an RBI to lead the Aggies offense. The Aggies will head to Houston to take on Rice in a Super Regional while Louisiana will end the season with a 45-17 record.
After enduring a washout on Sunday, Oregon State headed back to the diamond as they defeated Rutgers by a 5-2 score. Oregon State received a decent start from Jorge Reyes where he gave up two runs in six innings. Daniel Turpen was able to come in and close out the game by pitching the final three innings to get his second save. The Beavers offense was led by Lonnie Lechelt who went 3-4 with a homer. Oregon State advances in the regional to the Championship game against Virginia which took place at 6 pm on Monday while Rutgers ends the season with a 42-21 record.
Oregon State 5 UVA 3
The Beavers scored four runs in the last two innings to rally past the Virginia Cavaliers 5-3 and force a winner take all game on Tuesday for a Super Regional spot. The Beavers scored two runs off of each Jake Rule and Michael Schwimer to get the win. Daniel Turpen got the start for the Beavers after pitching the final three innings in the day game. He gave them 4.1 innings while giving up all three Cavaliers runs before getting lifted. The teams will play at noon on Tuesday to decide the Regional Championship.
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HARRISONBURG, Va., May 30, 2007 – James Madison University junior outfielder Kellen Kulbacki (Palmyra, Pa./Hershey) was selected as a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American as announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Kulbacki is just the second player in JMU history to earn All-America status twice, joining first baseman Eddie Kim, who was honored on Collegiate Baseball’s third team in 2002 and 2003. Kulbacki’s 2007 honor comes after earning first team honors from the organization in 2006 and being selected as its National Co-Player of the Year.
After a record-breaking sophomore season, Kulbacki was equally impressive in 2007, leading JMU (22-31 overall, 11-17 CAA) in nearly every offensive category while being named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Year. He joined Kim as the only players in CAA history to repeat as the conference’s top player.
Kulbacki led the CAA with a .538 on-base percentage, a .785 slugging percentage, and a JMU single-season record 56 walks. He was also third with a .398 batting average, second with 19 home runs, and third with 150 total bases.
Kulbacki is JMU’s career record holder in home runs (51), extra-base hits (105), and slugging percentage (.755). He has set or tied records for game home runs (3), season home runs (24), season extra-base hits (43), season RBIs (75), season total bases (183), game walks (5), season average (.464), season slugging (.943), and season on-base percentage (.568). He ranks second all-time in batting (.400), 10th in hits (238), 10th in doubles (50), 11th in RBIs (158), second in total bases (449), and fifth in hit by pitches (25).
The Louisville Slugger All-America teams are the first of at least six such honors to be handed out by various organizations following the season. Kulbacki is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy as the college baseball national player of the year. He was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award but did not make the list of five finalists. He was also among the list of 30 candidates for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award but did not reach the list of 20 quarterfinalists.
Kulbacki is among several Dukes who could hear their name called during the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft to be held Thursday June 7 and Friday June 8. The draft will be televised for the first time in MLB history on Thursday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. on ESPN2. The entire first round will have picks revealed live on air. Live pick-by-pick coverage will be available for the entire draft at MLB.com on MLB Radio, whose hosts include JMU baseball alumnus Billy Sample.
UNC scored two runs in the top of the ninth to grab the lead from Western Carolina and held on to win the NCAA Regional which gives them a spot in the Super Regionals. Josh Horton hit a two run single with two outs in the ninth to give the Tar Heels the lead. Andrew Carignan pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to pick up his 14th save and send the Tar Heels back to a Super Regional where they will take on South Carolina. Western Carolina ends the season with a 42-20 overall record.
The Anteaters won the Austin TX Regional by knocking off Texas 9-6 in the championship game. The Longhorns loaded the bases in the top of the ninth with one out but Irvine brought in Wes Etheridge who ended up getting the final two outs without letting any runs score. Irvine will make their first appearance in a Super Regional this weekend against Wichita State.
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SAM HOUSTON STATE 12, SOUTHERN MISS 11 (11)
OXFORD — Just when it seemed Southern Miss’ Sunday afternoon was about to be extended into an evening of even more baseball, the Golden Eagles saw their season come to a stunning, bitter end.
USM lost the lead four times in the final four innings as Sam Houston State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 11th to pull off a 12-11 victory that eliminated the Golden Eagles from the Oxford Regional.
“I’ve been through a lot of baseball, and that’s the craziest game that I’ve ever been a part of,” USM shortstop Brian Dozier said. “There was just so much, with their two-out hitting and our two-out hitting. They played great, but we played great also. It’s just the crazy game of baseball.”
OLE MISS 21, SAM HOUSTON STATE 13
OXFORD — After scoring five runs in the top of the fourth inning to regain the lead, left fielder Bobby Verbick thought Sam Houston State was on its way to another big upset Sunday.
There was one problem: the Bearkats had to go back into the field in the bottom of the inning.
Ole Miss wasn’t sharp on the mound and unusually shaky in the field, but won the Oxford Regional by bullying Sam Houston State’s depleted pitching staff during a 21-13 victory in front of an announced crowd of 6,329 in Oxford-University Stadium.
The offensive barrage pushed the Rebels (40-23) into their third straight Super Regional. They will play Arizona State or Nebraska in a best-of-three series this week. The location and dates will be announced tonight.
Lousiville sends Miami back Home with a 8-7 win!
U of L began the day with its win over Miami.
The Hurricanes (37-24) were eliminated before the super-regionals for the first time in 13 years, and some players from their own backyard helped send them packing.
Miami natives Dominguez and Jorge Castillo led the way for the Cards. Dominguez had a two-run homer, and Castillo had four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double.
Castillo, who also hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 13-7 win over Miami, grew up a Hurricanes fan but wasn’t heavily recruited by the school. He said that motivated him this weekend.
“It was real sweet,” Castillo said. “I wanted to show them what they could have had.”
Zack Pitts (9-3), the team’s ace who lasted only 1 2/3 innings on Friday, got the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief. Trystan Magnuson worked the final two innings for the save.
The Cards came into the regional having never won an NCAA Tournament game. Their only other appearance was in 2002. Now they’re one win away from the super-regionals.
“This just shows that our program is on the rise,” pitcher James Belanger said.
Cardinals stay alive with a 4-3 win over Missouri!
Chris Dominguez was the least popular guy on the University of Missouri campus last night.
Except in the University of Louisville dugout.
The third baseman’s bat and legs kept the Cardinals alive in the NCAA baseball regionals, even if his dance moves and mouth made him the town’s top villain.
Dominguez hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Cards to a 4-3 victory over host Missouri last night at the Columbia Regional. Earlier, U of L eliminated Miami 8-7.
Louisville (43-21) will face the Tigers (42-17) again today at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to a super-regional.
Texas A&M 10, Ohio State 4: Blake Stouffer doubled in the eighth inning, completing the cycle and leading Texas A&M to a 10-4 victory in an elimination game Sunday afternoon.
Stouffer’s double was his seventh straight hit in the tournament, and it drove in his sixth run of the game.
It was the junior first baseman’s second cycle of the season. Only Derek Nicholson of Florida and Spencer Oborn of BYU in 1998 had previously hit for the cycle twice in the same season. Stouffer posted his first cycle in a win over Jacksonville State.
“It was exciting. You’ve got to live for the moment, soak it up,” Stouffer said. “It is a great feeling, but we still have some more to do.”
He hit a three-run homer, his 11th, in the third to put A&M up 4-0, tripled in Brandon Hicks in the fifth and got it all started with an RBI single in the first.
“He’s just an outstanding hitter, a quality baseball player,” Ohio State coach Bob Todd said. “On two of the at-bats we were trying to pitch around him.”
Kirkland Rivers started for the Aggies, going four innings and giving up three runs.
Gary Campfield came in with two runners on and no outs in the fifth. The Buckeyes got a sacrifice fly out of cleanup hitter Justin Miller, but Campfield struck out Ohio State’s leading home run hitter, Jason Zoeller, to end the inning.
Campfield finished the game and earned the win, getting a key double play on a liner back to the mound in the eighth.
“Gary Campfield came in and did what we needed him to do, and that was for us not to go back into the bullpen,” Childress said.”
Texas A&M 4 Louisiana-Lafayette 1!
Texas A&M came back from the losers’ bracket to win two games on Sunday and force a deciding game against Louisiana-Lafayette, the same team the Aggies defeated 4-1 in the second game Sunday night.
“It was an extremely long day, but fun day,” Texas A&M coach Rob Childress said. “The first game it was hot and took a lot out of us.
“But like [Louisiana-Lafayette coach] Tony Robichaux said last night, ‘we haven’t won anything yet.’ “
Scott Migl (7-3) gave the Aggies an opportunity to win the regional by pitching his best game of the season, scattering nine hits while not walking a batter over 7-plus innings. The only inning he allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base was the eighth.
TCU sends Baylor packing with a 10-5 win!
Austin Adams hit an RBI single, and Matt McGuirk added a grand slam as TCU rallied with seven runs in the ninth to defeat Baylor, 10-5, for the right to play Rice in the championship. Ben Carruthers started the rally for TCU (48-13) with a single. Keith Conlon was hit by a pitch. After Clint Arnold’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Steven Trout singled to right field to tie the game at 5-5. Adams singled in Conlon for the go-ahead run. McGuirk, who came into the game in the eighth, picked up his fifth homer of the season with the grand slam to right field.
Austin Adams hit an RBI single, and Matt McGuirk added a grand slam as TCU rallied with seven runs in the ninth to defeat Baylor, 10-5, for the right to play Rice in the championship.
Ben Carruthers started the rally for TCU (48-13) with a single. Keith Conlon was hit by a pitch. After Clint Arnold’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Steven Trout singled to right field to tie the game at 5-5. Adams singled in Conlon for the go-ahead run. McGuirk, who came into the game in the eighth, picked up his fifth homer of the season with the grand slam to right field.TCU Recap
When you’re young, you never forget the fun times. Rice took another step toward returning to the College World Series on Sunday night by winning its own regional with a 3-1 victory over TCU at Reckling Park. “Last year, we learned a valuable lesson – how sweet Omaha is,” said Rice junior reliever Bobby Bramhall, who picked up his sixth save by pitching the eighth and ninth innings. Rice (52-12) will face Texas A&M or Louisiana-Lafayette next weekend in a best-of-3 super regional at Rice for the right to advance to the College World Series. “We’re playing a regional final against the No. 2 seed [in the country] and push them to the edge,” said TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, whose team finished 48-14. “We set a school record for wins. This is a tough state to get your piece of the pie.” The Owls have won 33 of 35 since a 6-4 loss March 27 at Texas!
Rice advances at expense of Baylor, TCU
When you’re young, you never forget the fun times.
Rice took another step toward returning to the College World Series on Sunday night by winning its own regional with a 3-1 victory over TCU at Reckling Park.
“Last year, we learned a valuable lesson – how sweet Omaha is,” said Rice junior reliever Bobby Bramhall, who picked up his sixth save by pitching the eighth and ninth innings.
Rice (52-12) will face Texas A&M or Louisiana-Lafayette next weekend in a best-of-3 super regional at Rice for the right to advance to the College World Series.
“We’re playing a regional final against the No. 2 seed [in the country] and push them to the edge,” said TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, whose team finished 48-14. “We set a school record for wins. This is a tough state to get your piece of the pie.”
The Owls have won 33 of 35 since a 6-4 loss March 27 at Texas!Houston Chronicle.com