COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jacob May scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and delivered a three-run home run in a six-run seventh Saturday as Coastal Carolina beat Manhattan, 11-1, in an elimination game at the Columbia Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
Tyler Herb (9-2) pitched his first career complete game for Coastal Carolina, allowing two hits. Continue reading
The Never-ending Baseball Game
Now, as a lover of college baseball who is fortunate enough to have a job covering the sport I love…I am constantly reminded about why I love this game. One thing that constantly reinforces this love is the reality that anything can happen in a baseball game.
The matchup Clemson and South Carolina fans were anticipating when the NCAA announced both teams would be in the Columbia Regional happens today. The Tigers and Gamecocks play at Carolina Stadium in the second round of the tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the game scheduled for national television on ESPNU. Continue reading
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Colby Holmes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and South Carolina figured out Manhattan pitcher Taylor Sewitt’s sidearm delivery the third time through the batting order as the Gamecocks beat the Jaspers, 7-0, in front of 7,043 at Carolina Stadium Friday night to complete the first day of the NCAA Columbia Regional.
It was the 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament victory for the two-time defending national champion Gameoocks. Continue reading
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Phil Pohl drove in five runs and hit a second-inning grand slam as Clemson defeated Coastal Carolina, 11-3, in Friday’s first game of the NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium.
Pohl was one of five players to contribute two hits apiece to Clemson’s 13-hit attack. Continue reading
With regional play starting up this week and Omaha right around the corner it’s the most exciting time of the year for college baseball. Year after year, June never fails to prove that anything can happen on the road to Omaha. Now that the field is set, the craziness begins with regionals. Here is my preview detailing everything you need to know about the Gary Regional. Continue reading
by Greg Waters
The Virginia Cavaliers (38-17-1, 18-12 ACC) are hosting their sixth NCAA Regional in the last nine seasons. The regional features a rematch of the 2010 Charlottesville Super Regional where Oklahoma came back from an opening game loss to Virginia to take the final two contests and advance to the College World Series. Continue reading
No. 3 seed Mississippi (35-24) vs. No. 2 seed TCU (36-19), 1:30 p.m. ET
No. 4 seed Dayton (31-28) vs. 1 seed Texas A&M (42-16), 7:30 p.m. ET
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Texas A&M didn’t fare well in its final Big 12 Conference Tournament before heading for the SEC, losing two straight after a first-round victory over Kansas.
But the Aggies’ body of work in the regular season was enough to earn their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament invitation, a No. 1 regional seed and a host role at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park in College Station. A&M (42-16) faces Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament winner Dayton (31-28) at 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday to cap the first day. No. 2 seed TCU (36-19) faces No. 3 Mississippi (35-24) at 1:30 p.m. to open the double-elimination event.
Aggies coach Rob Childress believes his team can use last weekend’s flameout in Oklahoma City as motivation for this weekend as it resumes work toward a second consecutive College World Series berth.
“They’ve got a dirty taste in their mouth, all of us do, of losing,” said Childress, whose team entered the Big 12 Tournament on a seven-game winning streak. “I kind of feel like a football coach right now. You’ve got to sit on (a loss) for a full week. And, I don’t like it.”
Friday, June 1 (Games televised on ESPNU)
Game 1 (4 p.m. MST): No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 2 New Mexico State
Game 2 (8 p.m. MST): No. 4 Missouri vs. No. 1 Arizona
The Tucson Regional figures to be one of the more competitive and difficult regionals in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The regional features four conference champions in host and top seed Arizona (Pac 12), two-seed New Mexico State (WAC regular season), three-seed Louisville (Big East regular season) and four-seed Missouri (Big 12 tournament).
The regional kicks off on Friday night with New Mexico State (35-22) taking on Louisville (39-20) at 4:00 p.m. (MST) and Arizona (38-17) taking on Missouri (32-26) in the nightcap at 8:00 p.m. (MST). With the weekend’s games being televised on ESPNU it also one of the featured regionals nationally.
Senior pitcher Michael Roth is scheduled to start
South Carolina’s second game in the NCAA’s Columbia Regional.
No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina (41-17) vs. No. 2 seed Clemson (33-26), Noon, ESPNU
No. 4 seed Manhattan (33-25) vs. No. 1 seed South Carolina (40-17), 4 p.m., ESPNU
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It’s the elephant in the room no one wants to deal with – yet.
When the NCAA Selection Committee set up the Columbia Regional the placement of Clemson, Coastal Carolina and South Carolina at the same venue – along with Manhattan – had baseball fans in South Carolina buzzing.
The Clemson-South Carolina rivalry is a 24/7, 365 proposition in the Palmetto State. It’s hard to find a native sports fan that is neutral about the rivalry – unless that person’s rooting interest is for another state school such as Coastal Carolina.
If a Clemson-South Carolina game does come about, you can expect a sellout crowd of 8,242 – more if the Columbia fire marshal is looking the other way – to have Carolina Stadium rocking.