Oklahoma prevailed to stave off elimination taking Game 3 of the Charlottesville Regional 2-1 in 10 innings over Army. The Black Knights are the first team eliminated from the regional falling to 41-15 on the year. Continue reading
With day two in Tucson in the books the regional is down to the final three teams as Missouri came from behind with a five run eighth inning to knock off two-seed New Mexico State 6-2. The Aggies plated two runs in the first off a triple from Zach Voight but could not capitalize on opportunities in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings leaving runners seven runners on base during the stretch. The Tigers capitalized in the eighth claiming the lead with five runs including a pair of triples in the inning.
In the second game of the day the Arizona Wildcats continued their assault on the baseball posting 16 runs to defeat Louisville 16-4. Arizona led 8-3 after six innings but blew the game open with a seven-run seventh inning to take a 15-3 lead. Arizona pinch hitter Brandon Dixon hit the regional’s first home run belting a three-run blast in the seventh.
The Wildcats pounded out 20-plus hits for the second consecutive game and did so for the first time since the 2007 season. Arizona will face the winner of Sunday’s elimination game between Louisville and Missouri.
The Tigers (35-27) advanced to play South Carolina later Sunday in the championship round. If the Gamecocks win that game, it advances to host a Super Regional. Clemson must beat the Gamecocks to force another game Monday. Continue reading
With its 5-4 win over No. 2 Oklahoma, third-seeded ASU improved to 40-16 on the season and picked up its first NCAA Tournament win since beating NC State in 10 innings back on May 26, 1973 The Sooners have not won an NCAA Tournament game (five consecutive losses) since an opening game victory in the 2010 CWS.
If you like superb pitching, this was the game to watch for seven innings. Appalachian State’s Ryan Arrowood was dominant. For 6.1 innings Arrowood was unhittable but in the seventh Oklahoma’s Caleb Bushyhead returned a pitch right back up the middle for OU’s first hit of the game. The senior hurler set down nine OU batters via the strikeout, his second highest total of the season. Arrowood issued three base-on-balls but allowed just two hits. Bushyhead who recorded one of the two base knocks Arrowood allowed was clearly impressed.
“[Arrowood] really was on point this evening,” said the OU shortstop. “He was throwing a good mix of pitches and keeping us hitters off balance. Our approach really wasn’t really that great. We were going up there and attacking it, thinking we could do a lot more than we were really capable of. We beat ourselves but you do have to give him credit. He threw the ball really well this evening. Later in the evening, we caught ourselves chasing a lot more pitches. In my opinion, that really hurt us but you have to give him credit.”
Sooner Jordan John was just as solid. The lefty fanned seven, scattered eight hits over eight innings of work and allowed just two earned runs.
“Jordan John was one of the best arms we’ve seen in the past couple years – maybe the best changeup we’ve seen while I’ve been at Appalachian,” said ASU head coach Chris Pollard.
With the win Arrowood improved his record to 11-0 on the season while John fell to 8-7. Ryne Frankoff earned the save, the first of his career.
The Mountaineers opened the scoring in the top half of the third inning. Trey Holmes led off the frame with a double advancing to third on Preston Troutman’s sacrifice bunt. Noah Holmes singled back up the middle to score his brother giving ASU the early 1-0 advantage. With two outs Tyler Zupcic singled to put runners on first and second. Holmes came around to score when John’s fielded Will Callaway’s squibber and his errant throw sailed into foul territory. The inning ended when Zupcic tried to score on the play and was gunned down at home by Sooner right fielder Cody Reine.
With Appalachian state leading 3-0 Oklahoma got on the board with some clutch two-out at-bats. Reine and Max White earned back-to-back walks to bring Evan Mistich to the plate who singled off Arrowood to score Reine and cut the Mountaineer lead back to two.
In the top of the ninth Appalachian tacked on what proved to be a pair of critical insurance runs. Jermey Dowdy opened the inning with lead-off double, advancing to third on a fielding error and scoring on Trey Holmes RBI double. Holmes moved up 90 feet to third on Troutman’s ground out to first and scored ASU’s fifth run of the evening when brother Noah hit a deep fly ball to center field.
But Oklahoma made things interesting in its final at-bat. Bushyhead and Matt Oberste got things started with back-to-back walks and loaded the bases when Mountaineer closer Nathan Hyatt hit Garrett Carey. The Sooners cut the lead to three on Hyatt’s balk and added another run when pinch hitter Chase Simpson grounded out to second to shave the lead to 5-3. Carey scored on a wild pitch but new pitcher Ryne Frankoff managed to get Erik Ross swinging for the second out. That brought White, a First-team all-Big XII honoree to the plate. On a 1-1 count and a runner on first White sent a towering fly ball into right field that Tyler Tewell squeezed for the final out of the game.
In the 38 victories in 2012, OU has come from behind in 18 of those contests. Tonight was not one of those nights.
Appalachian State moves to the winner’s bracket and will play host Virginia at 3 p.m., while Oklahoma drops to the loser’s bracket and will play Army at 11 a.m. in the regional’s first elimination game.
Despite having to come out of the losers bracket to win the regional, coach Golloway did not seem to lack any confidence in his club moving forward.
“Instead of just winning two to move on, we have to win two each day, and we are fit to do that. I wouldn’t be surprised – matter of fact I would be a little shocked if we aren’t playing for it in the end. No disrespect to anybody else but that is just how we are built.”
Freshmen Branden Cogswell and Brandon Downes combined to go 4-for-6, scoring two runs and adding four RBI and veteran Stephen Bruno added three hits and three RBI as top-seed Virginia (39-17-1) defeated No. 4 Army (41-14) 9-1 in game one of the 2012 Charlottesville Regional. Continue reading
Day one at the NCAA Regional in Tucson saw a 3-2 pitchers’ duel in game one between two-seed New Mexico State and three-seed Louisville and a one-sided 15-3 slugfest in game two between top seed and host Arizona and four-seed Missouri.
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
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