Nebraska begins the NCAA Tournament at home, hosting a four-team regional at Hawks Field. The Huskers (40-14-1) make their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years on Friday afternoon, when they open up against the Eastern Illinois Panthers (27-28), the champions of the Ohio Valley Conference, at 1:05 p.m. No. 2 seed UC Irvine and third-seeded Oral Roberts will also be coming to Hawks Field for the four-team, double-elimination regional this weekend. ORU and UC Irvine will face off on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Continue reading CBB Regional Preview: Lincoln Regional
Long Beach State (37-19)
The Dirtbags are 37-19 and are the top seed in the Long Beach regional. LBSU boasts the Coach of the Year in Mike Weather, tri-Pitcher of the Year Andrew Liebel and co-Player of the Year in first baseman Shane Peterson. Peterson led the league in hitting with a .399 average and an .510 on base percentage. Liebel went 8-3 on the season with a 1.81 ERA in 109.2 innings pitched.
The Dirtbags earned a share of the Big West title and the automatic bid after taking two of three games from #8 Cal-State Fullerton to end the season.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 62nd annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Continue reading 2008 NCAA Regional Sites Announced
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Title on the Line in Regular Season Finale
LONG BEACH— Long Beach State’s Bryan Shaw picked up his eighth save, getting the final two outs in the ninth after Jonathan Jones’ two-run double completed a three-run eighth, forcing a Sunday finale for the Big West Championship, following a 8-6 win over No. 6-ranked CS Fullerton (37-18, 16-7 Big West).
LBSU (36-19, 15-8 Big West) sits one game back in the standings, but the winner of Sunday’s game at 1 p.m. will receive the automatic berth in next week’s NCAA Regional. A Fullerton win gives them the title outright, a win by the Dirtbags sets up a co-championship following a back-and-forth game that saw the Titans lead three times.
Shaw’s final two outs were anything but easy, as he got Jared Clark to strikeout with runners on the corners, before Brian Wilson grounded out to even the series. Clark had driven two runs last night and his solo home run in the seventh had given the Titans a 6-5 lead.
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(DURHAM, N.C.) – USA Baseball announced today the names of the 50 semifinalists for the 2008 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This year will mark the 31st consecutive year that the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player. Continue reading USA Baseball names 50 semifinalists for 2008 Golden Spikes Award
LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Oregon State baseball team lost its final game on its four-game road trip to the Los Angeles area, 10-0, to No. 25 Long Beach State Monday night at Blair Field.
The Beavers managed two hits off five Long Beach State pitchers. Drew George doubled down the left field line in the second and Daniel Robertson singled up the middle in the fifth. Continue reading Dirtbags Two-Hit Oregon State 10-0
Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon on picking college over the minor leagues: “I know it’s tough to eat the right things in the minor leagues, and I didn’t think I was strong enough to avoid getting run down a little bit.” (Orange County Register)
Gordon Beckham tied the Georgia single season homerun record with his 23rd longball of the season last night in the second game of a double header against Alabama. (BamaMag)
Buster Posey scores only run, gets the save in Florida State win. (Tallahassee Democrat)
Pedro Alvarez couldn’t come through in the clutch last night against Florida, as the Commodores drop their fourth straight game. (Tennessean)
University of Arizona catcher Dwight Childs likes to play head games with opposing hitters. (Tucson Citizen)
The Houston Astros are looking to go with an experienced college player with the 10th overall pick. (MLB)
Seven college players are in the top ten of the draft board over at Minor League Ball. (Minor League Ball)
In a battle of two of the Pac-10’s top two pitchers, Washington’s Jordan Merry has his first poor performance of the season while Mike Leake pitches 8 strong in the Sun Devils 13-3 victory. (Devils Digest)
Aaron Crow’s stats “are pornography to baseball geeks.” (Columbia Tribune)
The best pitcher at Stanford doesn’t even play on the team. (SF Gate)
Aggies Take No. 9 UC Irvine In Series Opener
DAVIS, Calif. – Right-handed pitcher Eddie Gamboa did not allow an earned run and struck out a game-high four batters, and senior first baseman Evan Hudson drove home the eventual game-winning run with a two-run single in the eighth inning to lift UC Davis to a 3-1 victory over No. 9 UC Irvine in the series-opening Big West Conference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium Friday afternoon.
With the temperature soaring to over 100 degrees, UC Davis broke a 1-1 tie off Hudson’s RBI’s to improve to 32-19 overall and 11-8 in conference play. The Anteaters drop to 34-15 and 10-9 against conference opponents.
“We knew we’d be in for a fight with (Scott) Gorgen in there,” said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. “You just hope the game is close late and you can get him out of there, and we did that today. Eddie (Gamboa) matched him pitch for pitch. This is a huge win. It helps us tremendously.”
Gamboa pitched 7.1 innings and did not allow an earned run while scattering seven hits and striking out four batters in the no decision. The only UC Irvine run came off a fielding error on the Aggie shortstop in the third inning.
Gorgen, one of the top pitchers in the Big West this season, gave up only one run off three hits through the first 6.2 innings before giving way to the bullpen. The single run was a sacrifice fly from Kyle Mihaylo in the sixth inning.
Our good friend Mark Rafferty of PitchFork Nation which is the top Arizona State sports blog on the Internet checked out the weekend series between Arizona State and Loyola Marymount. He has some interesting views on the ASU squad including Mike Leake. The full article is available by clicking here.
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DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 11, today. Coastal Carolina junior first baseman David Anderson was named National Hitter of the Week, while Long Beach State senior right-hander Andrew Liebel was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. Continue reading NCBWA Players of the Week for May 13th