TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University has hired Indiana University head coach Tracy Smith as its fifth baseball coach, pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents, Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson announced Tuesday.
Tim Esmay has resigned according to Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic. Esmay still had one year remaining on his contract. He had been the head coach of the Arizona State baseball program for the last five years where he went 33-24 overall and 19-11 in Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils had a disappointing end of the season where they went 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament.
NASHVILLE — Stanford’s Wayne Taylor sent the Nashville Super Regional to a third and deciding game with a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Vanderbilt, 5-4, Saturday afternoon. The shot over the right center wall tied the series after Vanderbilt won the opener, 11-6, Friday.
“It was a great college baseball game,” said Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball. “A little bit too great for me late.”
Taylor lifted a 95 mile per hour fastball from Adam Ravenelle (3-2) towards the stands in right center, as Vanderbilt’s outfielders gave chase. The one-out shot in a 1-1 count carried over the wall and into the bleachers at Hawkins Field, silencing the sold-out crowd. Continue reading
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The road to Omaha became considerably shorter for the Vanderbilt baseball team on Friday afternoon. Continue reading
Two wins. That’s all it takes. Two wins during the Super Regional round punches a ticket for a team to advance to the ultimate college baseball destination…Omaha.
For eight squads, that first win was within grasp on Friday. See who took the early advantage on the left side of the bracket:
Arizona State baseball struggled this season with a 33-24 campaign and head coach Tim Esmay is facing some intense heat from his athletic director Ray Anderson who was hired in January. Earlier, this year he stated that he was not happy with the direction of the program and today was a guest on 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Page where he made some interesting comments about Esmay. Continue reading
Corvallis, Ore. – Andrew Morales and Evan Manarino combined for 7.2 innings on short rest as UC Irvine defeated No. 1 overall seed Oregon State 4-2 in the finale of the Corvallis Regional.
The Anteaters (39-23) play Oklahoma State in the Super Regionals in Stillwater, Okla., next. Oregon State (45-14) fell short at home in front of 3,435 baseball fans. Continue reading
OXFORD, Miss. – It took extra innings and enduring a nearly two-hour rain delay, but an RBI triple in the 10th inning from Sikes Orvis propelled No. 12 Ole Miss (44-18) to a 3-2 win over No. 14 Washington (41-17-1) and into an NCAA Super Regional. Continue reading
Oregon State 6 UNLV 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior Ben Wetzler pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Oregon State eliminated UNLV 6-1 on Sunday to remain in contention for the Corvallis Regional title.
Wetzler struck out 10 and raised his record to 12-1 with his school-record 36th career victory. He is 8-0 with a 0.66 ERA in eight home starts and has not allowed more than two runs in any outing. Continue reading
Georgia Tech 4 Jacksonville State 2
OXFORD, Miss. – Matt Gonzalez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning as No. 25 Georgia Tech rallied to stave off elimination Sunday with a 4-2 win over Jacksonville State in the NCAA Oxford Regional.
The Yellow Jackets (37-26) will play again Sunday versus the loser of a game between Washington and Ole Miss that was set for a 4 p.m. ET first pitch. The late game at Ole Miss’s Swayze Field will begin at approximately 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Continue reading