OMAHA, Neb. — Texas took advantage of four Louisville errors to take a 4-1 victory Monday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park. The Longhorns kept their season alive while Louisville’s 2014 College World Series tour is over.
Texas (44-20) scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 3-0 lead behind the arm of Parker French, who allowed one run on four hits in 7.1 innings to improve to 7-5.
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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Momentum is a fickle mistress, especially in baseball where there is no clock to be beat.
In pressure situations with 18- to 22-year-old college baseball players, momentum can quickly shift with one big play.
That is only heightened when runs are at a premium during a low-scoring affair with quality arms on the mound. And on college baseball’s biggest stage, the spacious TD Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series, assures that is the case nearly every game.
“The value of the run out here, whoo, it’s crucial,” Louisville head coach Dan McConnell said after his team lost to Vanderbilt, 5-3, on Saturday night.
OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt scored four of its five runs with two outs, including all three in a second-inning rally, and that was enough to knock off Louisville, 5-3, in the College World Series opening round.
The Commodores’ big rally started with a pair of walks and a single that loaded the bases for leadoff hitter Dansby Swanson. A wild pitch got Vanderbilt (47-19) on the board and then Swanson tacked on two more, clearing the bases with a rope into left-centerfield for a double. Continue reading
The Tigers enter the NCAA tournament playing their best baseball of the season to date, winners of eight straight and coming off an SEC tournament championship. Originally thought to be a fringe host entering tournament play in Hoover, LSU won all four games, outscoring opponents 31-4 en route to an SEC tournament championship and were rewarded with the #8 national seed. Continue reading
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Nathan Kirby tosses No-Hitter as Virginia defeats Pitt 4-0
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.) threw a no-hitter in the No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team’s 4-0 victory at Pittsburgh Friday evening at Charles Cost Field. Kirby struck out 18 batters, one off the school and ACC single-game record, in UVa’s first no-hitter since 2011. Virginia (26-4, 11-2 ACC) extended its winning streak to nine games with the momentous victory. Continue reading
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After 170 games and 98 victories thus far, the baseball programs in the American Athletic Conference are officially set for the inaugural conference series. Continue reading
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five teams recorded multiple wins over the weekend during a slate of games that featured seven extra inning contests, a win over the defending national champions, and action across the country from the Northeast across to California.
Memphis retained the best overall record in the conference at 12-3 after a wild series with Central Arkansas despite a 1-2 record. The Tigers went 17 innings in the opener, failing to rally for a victory after starter Jon Reed pitched 8.2 innings without allowing an earned run. They followed that with 14 more innings the next day, winning on a walk-off single by Jake Little. Continue reading
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nine more wins were added to the left side of the ledger with the conference’s teams in action across the country this past weekend. The league’s elite continue to perform well, with four teams (Louisville, Memphis, Houston, USF) ranked or receiving votes in the first Coaches Poll to come out during the season. Continue reading
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2014) – After 37 years and 1,089 victories at the collegiate level, Rutgers baseball head coach Fred Hill has announced his retirement from coaching, effective immediately. The veteran mentor owns a career record of 1,089-749-9 (.592) overall and 941-658-7 (.588) in 30 seasons at Rutgers. He earned 11 NCAA Regional appearances, 12 regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament titles during his tenure with the Scarlet Knights. Continue reading