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2014 Nashville Super Regional: Vanderbilt 12 Stanford 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sunday’s game at Hawkins Field unfolded in memorable and historic fashion for the Vanderbilt baseball team: It started with an offensive explosion and ended with a dogpile. 

The Commodores clinched a spot in the College World Series by posting a 12-5 victory over Stanford in Game 3 of the Super Regional before a sold-out, mostly Commodore-crazed crowd of 3,626. The victory, which was propelled by a five-run first inning and the stellar relief pitching of freshman Hayden Stone, sends Vanderbilt (46-19) to Omaha, Neb., for next week’s College World Series, where the Commodores will face Louisville in their opener on Saturday. Continue reading

2014 Lubbock Super Regional: Texas Tech 1 College of Charleston 0

LUBBOCK, Texas - For the first time in school history, the Texas Tech Red Raiders will be heading to Omaha and the College World Series.

Backed by five shutout innings from starter Dylan Dusek and two perfect frames from Jonny Drozd out of the bullpen, the Red Raiders topped College of Charleston, 1-0, Sunday afternoon en route to advancing to the pinnacle event in collegiate baseball, the College World Series held in Omaha, Nebraska. Continue reading

2014 Charlottesville Super Regional: Virginia 7 Maryland 3

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia baseball team forced a decisive Game 3 of the Charlottesville Super Regional, downing Maryland 7-3 in Game 2 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (48-14) rallied to even the series after the Terrapins (40-22) won Game 1 on Saturday, 5-4. The teams will meet Monday for a berth in the 2014 College World Series.

Game 3 of the Super Regional will begin at 7 p.m. Monday. ESPN2 or ESPNU will carry the national television broadcast. Continue reading

A.J. Reed Selected by Houston Astros

Kentucky Wildcats two-way superstar A.J. Reed was selected with the 42nd overall pick in Thursday night’s Major League Baseball draft. The junior lefty was a standout both at the plate as well as on the mound for the Wildcats, and was recently rewarded by being named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year.

Reed’s 23 home runs led the NCAA and tied a single-season school record (Jeff Abbott, 1994; John Wilson, 1999). He also led the nation in slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211), and went on to reach base safely in an impressive 57 out of 62 games during the 2014 season. He was every bit the feared hitter in SEC games as non-conference contests, drawing a whopping 15 intentional walks in SEC games. Continue reading

National Seed Cajuns Continue To Thrive

The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette suffered a setback against Jackson State in their opening game of the NCAA tournament, but quickly elevated their play to move on to the Super Regionals.

The kings of Louisiana college baseball, at least for this year, are not the six-time national champions from LSU.

While Houston was unceremoniously ending LSU’s spring with a 12-2 rout Monday at the Baton Rouge Regional, Louisiana-Lafayette managed to keep alive the best season in school history by edging Mississippi State 5-3 to advance to the NCAA super regionals. Continue reading

2014 Lafayette Regional: Day 4 Recap

Louisiana-Lafayette 5 Mississippi State 3

LAFAYETTE, La. – Having to battle their way through the losers bracket, the top-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team never trailed in a winner-take-all championship game at the Lafayette Regional on Monday holding on to win 5-3 against Mississippi State to advance to the Lafayette Super Regional. Continue reading