Baseball America published an interesting op-ed piece today, forecasting their predicted field for the 2008 College World Series. Obviously it’s too soon to tell who will be a legitimate contender, with almost 2 months remaining before the August 15 deadline for MLB organizations to sign would-be college prospects, and injuries, weather and dozens of other factors looming on the horizon. But all the same, it’s interesting to start thinking about it already as we watch the summer leagues take shape, and Aaron Fitt provides some interesting food for thought in the off-season. And no, as you near the end of the list, you’ll discover that I am not unbiased in my evaluation of this article…
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Team USA completed their tour of New England with a 5-4 victory over the Newport Gulls (NECBL). Team USA scored four runs in the first inning with the first run coming on a double by Justin Smoak (South Carolina). Brett Wallace (Arizona State) then followed up with a three run homer in his first at bat of the summer with Team USA. The coaching staff of Team USA used the game to get five pitchers work in the game. Jacob Thompson (UVA) started and gave up no runs on one hit and two walks. Mike Minor (Vanderbilt) came in for two innings while giving up two hits and striking out four batters. Eric Surkamp (NC State) then came in to pitch two innings but gave up one run on two hits. Josh Romanski (San Diego) came in relief of Surkamp and gave up three runs in his two innings of work. Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) gave up two hits but did not give up a run as he got his first save of the summer for Team USA. The team will be off until June 29th when they play Chinese Taipei in Burlington NC.
Team USA Recap
The Cape Cod League has announced that Bobby Gagg (Coastal Carolina) of Yarmouth-Dennis was named the Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week while his teammate at Yarmouth-Dennis in Gordon Beckham (Georgia) was named the Coca-Cola Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Gagg started for Yarmouth-Dennis against Orleans on Tuesday. He pitched seven shutout innings while only allowing four hits. Gordon Beckham hit .360 on the week while driving in five runs. He also had two homers and two doubles on the weekend. The full CCBL Release is available here.
The Arizona State Sun Devils advanced to the College World Series with a 7-1 victory over Ole Miss. The Sun Devils got an excellent start from Josh Satow as he went 7.2 shutout innings while Brett Wallace went 4-5 with three RBI as the Sun Devils advance to Omaha for the second time in the last three years and 20th time in the history of the program. Ole Miss ends the season with a 40-25 record.
Arizona State Recap
Ole Miss Recap
The Arizona State Sun Devils were held scoreless for the first seven innings from Ole Miss starter Will Kline which put them in a 3-0 hole but were able to score one run in the bottom of the eighth and three in the bottom of the ninth to give the Sun Devils an improbable 4-3 victory. Mike Leake started for ASU and gave them a solid start by giving them seven innings while giving up three runs. Brian Flores (11-1) pitched two scoreless innings as he got the final six outs to get the victory. Will Kline (7-3) pitched 8.2 innings while giving up eleven hits and all four runs. The offensive leaders in the game were Rebel hitter Zack Cozart who went 3-4 with two RBI and ASU hitter Eric Sogard who went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The teams will be back in action on Sunday at 7 pm EDT.
Ole Miss Recap
The Ole Miss Rebels head to Tempe Arizona to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in a Super Regional with a spot in the College World Series on the line. The games will be played on Saturday at 9 pm on ESPN U, Sunday at 7 pm on ESPN 2, and on Monday at 7 pm on ESPN 2 (if necessary).
Ole Miss (40-23)
The Rebels are coming off a Regional Championship in which they hosted. They went a prefect 3-0 in their regional with victories over Sam Houston State 14-5, Southern Miss 4-0, and then took on Sam Houston State in the Regional Championship in which they won 21-13. The Rebels are led by seventh year head coach Mike Bianco who has a 282-155-1 record at Ole Miss and a career record of 382-226-1 including his days at McNeese State. The Rebels offense is led by catcher Alex Kliman who is hitting .333 on the season. Cody Overbeck leads the team with 14 homers on the season. The pitching staff is led by Will Kline (7-2, 3.72 ERA) who gets the ball in Game 1. The Rebels have not announced the rest of their rotation for the weekend but Lance Lynn (8-4, 2.55 ERA) and Craig Rodriguez (2-2, 4.21 ERA) should start the other two games.
The Rebels have Scott Bittle who leads the team with seven saves with a solid 2.79 ERA.
Ole Miss Series Notes
Ole Miss Season Stats
Arizona State (46-13)
The Arizona State Sun Devils swept through their regional in Tempe AZ with victories over Monmouth 5-3, UC-Riverside 9-2, and Nebraska 19-7. The Sun Devils are coached by Pat Murphy who is in his 12th season in Tempe with a record of 526-255-1. The Sun Devils are one of the top hitting teams in the nation with a team batting average of .351. They have seven players on the roster this season hitting over .349 on the season. Brett Wallace leads the team with a .420 average with 15 HR and 74 RBI. Kiel Roling also is tied for the team lead with 15 homers. The Sun Devils have a formidable pitching staff with Josh Satow (12-3, 2.56 ERA), Mike Leake (13-1, 3.58 ERA), and Brian Flores (10-1, 3.80 ERA). Jason Jarvis is the closer for the Sun Devils with a team leading eleven saves with a 3.86 ERA.
ASU Series Notes
ASU Season Stats
The CBB predicts ASU to defeat Ole Miss in three exciting games.
Alabama starter Casey Kebodeaux pitched eight innings while only letting up one run on five hits and was followed by Tommy Hunter who struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to get hsi fourth save of the year. Alabama grabbed the lead on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Paiml that brought home Ryan Rhoden with the eventual winning run. Alabama will return to action when they visit Vanderbilt while UAB heads to Houston.
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The Clemson Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Georgia Bulldogs 11-10 in non-conference action. Addison Johnson hit a line drive with two outs to left field with the winning run on second in DJ Mitchell. Matt Cerione dove for the ball and flipped over. As he was getting up to show that he made the catch, the ball popped loose and the winning run scored. Joshua Fields picked up his fifth loss of the season as he continues to struggle with a 1-5 record and an ERA of 5.91. Stephen Clyne picked up the win by getting the final out in the top of the ninth. His record goes to 4-0. Georgia will head to Ole Miss on Thursday while Clemson stays home to host Virginia Tech.
The Clemson Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half of a home and home series tonight. The Tigers picked up a 4-2 victory on Tuesday in Athens GA behind strong pitching from Alan Farina and Stephen Clyne. (Recap available here.) Georgia will start Jason Leaver while Clemson will counter with Matt Zoltak. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson Game Notes
Georgia Game Notes
Texas A&M got 4-2 victory over Number 1 ranked Rice to get to a 2-1 mark in the Houston Astros College Classic. Kyle Nicholson provided a lights out finish to the game by holding the Owls scoreless over the last 3.2 innings providing an opportunity for the Aggies to capitalize at the plate. Kelly Stinson provided a key walk and was driven in on a double by Luke Anders with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Stinson was able to make it around the bases from first to get the lead for the Aggies.
Texas A&M Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap
The Vanderbilt Commodores were able to complete the sweep of the Houston Astros College Classic this weekend by knocking off Baylor 7-4 on Sunday. Dominic de la Osa was able to break a tie in the fifth inning with a two run single to drive in David Macias and Pedro Alvarez. Mike Minor was able to complete the save by pitching 2.1 innings of shutout baseball.
Houston Chronicle Recap
The Houston Cougars were slammed by the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday by a score of 11-1. The Cougars got zero pitching in the game as Wes Musick lasted 2.0 innings while giving up five runs (4 earned) and walking four players. Josh Satow on the other hand for the Sun Devils was marvelous pitching a complete game and only allowing six hits and one run. Ike Davis led the Sun Devils offense by going 2-4 with 3 RBI.
Arizona State Recap
Houston Chronicle Recap
Rivals Notebook on Day 3
The All-Tournament team can be read here.