GAME ONE – #2 PEPPERDINE VS. #3 ARKANSAS
Pepperdine defeated Arkansas 4-3 in the opening round matchup between the 2-seed Waves and the 3-seed Razorbacks. The Razorbacks and Waves traded runs in the second and fourth sending the game to a 2-2 tie heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth the Waves’ Chase D’Arnaud homered to break the tie and the Waves added an insurance run after Nate Simon reached on a fielding error by the first baseman. Simon stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and was brought home by a Denny Duron single. Arkansas tried to rally in the top of the ninth scoring a run to cut the lead to 4-3 but were unable to score a runner from third with two outs.
Nathan Newman picked up his seventh win the of the season going 6.2 innings giving up two runs. Nick Gaudi picked up his 13th save of the season. Cliff Springston took the loss for the Razorbacks giving up all four Pepperdine runs.
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GAME ONE – #2 SAN DIEGO VS. #3 CALIFORNIA
San Diego ace Brian Matusz pitched a complete game three-hit shutout in the opening game of the Long Beach Regional against 3-seed Cal on Friday afternoon. Matusz struck out ten Golden Bears and gave up just one walk. The Toreros and Bears were deadlocked in a scoreless game heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when Josh Romanski reached on a walk with two out. Sean Nicol came to the plate and doubled to center field scoring Romanski all the way from first to put the Toreros a 1-0 lead. The Toreros broke the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring four runs, three of them unearned. Matusz retired six of the final seven batters he faced to complete the victory.
With the win Matusz improves to 12-2 on the season and improves his ERA to 1.58. Tyson Ross takes the loss for Cal giving up five runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings.
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By Thomas Nelshoppen of The Baseball Zealot
Weather had played major tricks to us college baseball fans in the Midwest. There must have been a record number of postponements, cancellations and suspensions. Unfortunately, the rains came to Ann Arbor Friday evening and interfered with the Regional games. At least, Arizona and Eastern Michigan got their full game in so let’s start with them Continue reading Ann Arbor Regional Day 1 Recap
The Cal State Fullerton Titans will be hosting a Regional this year where they will be joined by UCLA, Virginia, and Rider. The Titans have a record of 37-19 while being 16-8 in the Big West. UCLA went 31-25 while struggling in the Pac-10 with a 13-11 record. Virginia enters with a 38-21 record while going 15-15 in the tough ACC. The final team in the regional is Rider who is 29-26 while going 13-10 in the MAAC. Continue reading CBB Regional Preview: Fullerton (CA)
The Stanford Cardinals enter the Regionals with a 33-21 record while having a 14-10 record in the Pac-10. They will be joined by Pepperdine who has a 36-18 record while finishing second in the West Coast Conference with a 14-6 record. Arkansas will join the clubs as they finished with a 34-22 record and a 14-15 record in the SEC which kept the Razorbacks out of the SEC Conference Tourney. The last team in the Regional is UC Davis who went 34-22 with a 13-11 record in the Big West. Continue reading 2008 CBB Regional Preview: Stanford
#1 Arizona State (45-11)
#2 Vanderbilt (40-20)
#3 Oklahoma (34-24-1)
#4 Stony Brook (34-24)
Arizona State is the host for the Tempe Regional for the second year in a row and third time in four years. Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark will be the site of all the action. The Sun Devils are also the #3 National Seed.
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Arizona State captures the Player, Pitcher, Newcomer and Coach of the Year awards.
Arizona State’s Brett Wallace Named Pac-10 Player of the Year
Arizona State’s Mike Leake Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year
Washington State’s Paul Gran Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
Arizona State’s Jason Kipnis Named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year
Arizona State’s Pat Murphy Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year
(Walnut Creek, CA) – Arizona State junior third baseman Brett Wallace was named the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Year, while teammate sophomore right-hander Mike Leake earned Pitcher of the Year honors and Washington State senior Paul Gran was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. Arizona State freshman outfielder Jason Kipnis was named Newcomer of the Year in a vote by the Conference baseball coaches. Arizona State’s Pat Murphy earned Coach of the Year honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Continue reading Pac-10 2008 All-Conference Honors Announced
#1 LONG BEACH STATE VS. #4 FRESNO STATE
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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By: Thomas Nelshoppen of The Baseball Zealot
Last week at the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan’s bat boy was wearing a jersey with “692” on the back of it. The reference was lost on me till later when I read that is the exact mileage from Ann Arbor to Omaha.
When you set your goals, set them high.
Michigan (45-12) will put that all to the test as they host a NCAA Regional Tournament at Fisher Stadium beginning this Friday. They received a #2 seed and in fact, are the only #2 seed hosting a regional tournament this year. They will begin the tourney by facing #3 seed Kentucky (42-17). #1 seed Arizona will take on #4 seed Eastern Michigan (25-32). Continue reading CBB Regional Preview: Ann Arbor
Aman Reaka and myself have been accumulating a bunch of questions from our readers over the past few weeks about the upcoming MLB draft. We have picked out the five best questions that have been sent to us and have answered them below. Continue reading CBB Draft Q and A