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College World Series One-On-One: Vanderbilt 2B Dansby Swanson

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt (48-19) came back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 6-4 win over UC Irvine (41-24) Monday night to advance to the championship series in its bracket of the 2014 College World Series.

Vanderbilt sophomore Walker Buehler came on for an ineffective Tyler Beede and threw up zero after zero. Buehler improved to 12-2 with 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball that featured seven strikeouts.

On the offensive side of the ball, second baseman Dansby Swanson continued his hot hitting in Omaha. Swansby reached base four times and started the three-run fifth inning rally that gave the Commodores the lead.

After the game, Swansby talked about his hot hitting in the College World Series and how it stretches back to before Regionals when he discovered a way to keep himself relaxed at the plate.

Dansby Swanson also discussed the experience he gained last season when he was unable to play much due to injuries and how both he and the pitching staff are offensive table setters.

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College World Series One-On-One: Texas RHP Parker French

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas (44-20) scored three runs in the middle innings and rode the arms of Parker French and Travis Duke to a 4-1 victory over Louisville (50-17) Monday afternoon, eliminating the Cardinals from the 2014 College World Series.

Texas junior Parker French combined with Duke on a four-hitter. French pitched 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. French forced Louisville to pound the ball in the ground routinely. And whenever he got in a jam, he let TD Ameritrade Park and the gusting winds play to his advantage.

After the game, French talked about pitching to contact, using primarily all fastballs in TD Ameritrade and his growing confidence in himself.

Parker French also discussed being on the mound in the College World Series and how he has been more aggressive in the postseason, particularly in the spacious TD Ameritrade Park.

He also explained why win-loss record is the worst stat ever invented for pitchers.

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College World Series One-On-One: Virginia LHP Nathan Kirby

OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia (50-14) got the first walk-off victory in the 2014 College World Series, defeating Ole Miss (45-20), 2-1, Sunday night at TD Ameritrade Park.

With two outs in the ninth inning, Mike Papi delivered a game-winning RBI double to score pinch runner Thomas Woodruff. If not for the walk-off dramatics, the story would have been the tremendous effort of the Cavaliers pitching.

Virginia  sophomore Nathan Kirby combined with reliever Artie Lewicki on a one hitter. Kirby was lights out for the first seven innings, facing just one batter over the minimum.

After the game, Kirby talked about how his tremendous start was still a bit disappointing when he had to leave with two runners on base in the eighth inning.

Nathan Kirby also discusses the atmosphere of the Ole Miss crowd and the emotions of being on the mound in the College World Series.

In the ninth inning, Kirby was surprised to see Ole Miss not pitch around Mike Papi and Kirby talks about how tough Papi is to face, especially with a full count.

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College World Series One-On-One: TCU OF Cody Jones

OMAHA, Neb. — TCU (48-16) scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 3-2 victory over Big 12 rival Texas Tech (45-20) in the opening round of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Sunday afternoon.

TCU junior Cody Jones led off the Horned Frogs’ half of the first inning with a double and came around to score the first run in the game. He was also right in the middle of the eighth inning rally, beating out an infield single and taking second on an errant throw that scored the tying run.

Jones scored the winning run, coming around from second base on a Boomer White RBI single to left field.

After the game, Cody Jones talked about the Horned Frogs’ eighth inning rally and how TCU has an advantage playing in the spacious TD Ameritrade Park since the Horned Frogs’ home field plays the same way.

Jones also discussed batting leadoff and keeping his approach the same throughout the game, despite the game situations, and what he saw on his infield single in the eighth frame.

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College World Series One-On-One: Vanderbilt OF Bryan Reynolds

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt (47-19) defeated Louisville (50-16) in the nightcap of the College World Series’ opening day at T.D. Ameritrade Ballpark, winning 5-3.

Vanderbilt freshman outfielder Bryan Reynolds made a great running catch, leaping into the left field wall as he caught the ball. The run-saving web gem turned the momentum in Vanderbilt’s favor as the Commodores immediately followed with a three-run inning. Continue reading College World Series One-On-One: Vanderbilt OF Bryan Reynolds

2014 San Luis Obispo Regional Day 3 Recap – Pepperdine Wins

Cal Poly 5, Sacramento State 4

John Schuknecht is congratulated.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly knocked around Sacramento State starter Justin Dillon for five runs in four innings and held on for a 6-5 victory.

Zack Zehner rocketed a solo homer in the second inning to put the Mustangs (47-11) up 2-0 and John Schuknecht provided a two-run double in the fourth inning to make it 5-1.

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2014 San Luis Obispo Regional Day 2 Recap

Sacramento State celebrates while ASU looks on.Sacramento State 5, Arizona State 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sacramento State won its first NCAA Tournament game thanks to a three-run eighth inning that broke a 2-2 tie.

A wild ninth inning saw RJ Ybarra knock a towering pinch hit, two-run home run to cut the lead to 5-4. Perennial college baseball postseason program Arizona State then put the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but the Hornets cut down the tying run trying to score from third on a chopper to first base.

With closer Sutter McLoughlin unavailable, Alex Palsha stayed the course and struck out dangerous hitter Trever Allen with a high curveball to end the game.

A booted potential double play ball propelled Sacramento State’s three-run inning, putting two men in scoring position with no outs. David Del Grande put the Hornets ahead with an RBI single through the left side. Dane Fujinaka singled home another run and a bases loaded walk to Nathan Lukes later in the inning made it 5-2.

Lukes also had a two-run double that opened the scoring in the fifth inning, but Arizona State responded with a pair of runs in the next half inning on a Dalton Dinatale bases loaded bloop single.

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Pepperdine 2, Cal Poly 1

Cal Poly tags out Kyle Moses.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the second year in a row, a mistake on a routine flyball cost Cal Poly in the Regional winner’s bracket.

An outfield collision started a two-run rally that was just enough for Pepperdine to take a 2-1 victory over Cal Poly Saturday night.

The Mustangs (46-10) held a 1-0 lead after Mark Mathias hit a deep fly to right field to score Chris Hoo in the second inning. But in the seventh inning, Aaron Barnett’s routine flyball to left-centerfield resulted in a triple when Jordan Ellis and Zack Zehner collided and the ball bounced off Ellis’ glove toward the warning track.

Hutton Moyer followed with a double off the right field wall to drive in pinch runner Jeremy Goldenetz. Moyer came in to score the winning run two batters later when John Schuknecht couldn’t make an over-the-shoulder grab on Manny Jefferson’s two-out flare behind first base.

Aaron Brown picked up his 12th win of the season, allowing three hits and an unearned run in eight innings. Casey Bloomquist took the tough-luck loss despite giving up just one earned run in a complete game effort.

Moyer finished the game 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Pepperdine while Brian Mundell had two of Cal Poly’s three hits.

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CBD Photo Gallery: No Deja Vu For Imhof in NCAA Regionals

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — It was an eerily similar situation for Matt Imhof.

Just like last year in the NCAA Regionals, he had cruised through five innings and the Mustangs held a 4-0 lead. But last year, that’s when everything fell apart and Cal Poly’s season unraveled.

UCLA broke up a no hitter Imhof was working on and scored four runs with the help of a flyball lost in the lights. The Mustangs never recovered, falling 6-4 and losing the next day in an elimination game to end their season.

Imhof had allowed only one hit through five innings in Cal Poly’s Regional opener against Sacramento State. He said someone mentioned the similarities after the game, but it never occurred to him during the game.

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2014 San Luis Obispo Regional Day 1 Recap

Corey Miller pitches.Pepperdine 3, Arizona State 2

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Arizona State couldn’t recover from an early 3-0 deficit after ace Brett Lilek left 15 pitches into his start after injuring his sternum.

The Pepperdine Waves scored a run off Lilek and two off Seth Martinez before he settled into a groove  and held on for a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the San Luis Obispo Regional Friday afternoon at Baggett Stadium.

Austin Davidson’s two-run double in the second inning put the Waves ahead 3-0 and that proved to be enough.

Arizona State got a homer from Trever Allen in the second inning and an RBI single from Nathaniel Causey in the fourth inning, but could get nothing else off Corey Miller (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) and the combined relief efforts of Chandler Blanchard and Eric Karch.

Seth Martinez allowed three hits and two earned runs in 6.1 innings of strong relief that included him sitting down 16 straight at one point.

Full recap & photo gallery — CBD Photo Gallery: Waves Win After Lilek Leaves Early

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Cal Poly 4, Sacramento State 2

Cal Poly tags out Kyle Moses.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly jumped on Sacramento State freshman starter Sam Long for four runs in the first four innings and cruised to a 4-2 victory in the opening round of the San Luis Obispo Regional.
The Mustangs (46-10) scored singled runs in the second and third innings and two runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead and the combination of Matt Imhof (7.2 IP, 3 H, ER) and Reed Reilly did the rest Friday night at Baggett Stadium.

Sacramento State (39-23) got on the board with two runs in the eighth inning, but could have done much more damage after loading the bases with no outs. But the Hornets grounded into a double play the drastically diminished the threat level.

No. 9 hitter John Schucknecht led the way for Cal Poly going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI triple. Mark Mathias was 2-for-4 and drove in Schucknecht twice.

The Hornets managed only three hits in the game with two of those via No. 9 hitter Scott Loper.

Full recap & photo gallery — CBD Photo Gallery: No Deja Vu For Imhof in NCAA Regionals

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SoCal Roundup: Back-to-Back in the Mountain West

The Pac-12 and the Mountain West were the only two conferences with Southern California squads still active, but that didn’t mean there was any less drama on the final day of the college baseball regular season.

USC went for a second upset — and the series win — of the No. 1 team in the nation. UCLA was trying for the sweep of No. 13 Washington. And San Diego State was trying to swim the rough currents of the Mountain West loser’s bracket for the second straight year.

Could the Aztecs knock top-seeded UNLV off for the second time in as many days?

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