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CBD Photo Gallery: Texas Takes Advantage of Big Break

OMAHA, Neb. — A lucky break can be the difference in the College World Series. That was the case for Texas on Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

An umpire’s lack of evasive maneuvering turned a potential double play into a big momentum swing for the Longhorns, who took an early lead and never looked back, beating Vanderbilt 4-0 to force a winner-take-all matchup Saturday.

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CBD Photo Gallery: Allen, Orvis Power Rebels Past Frogs

OMAHA, Neb. – When they got to the TD Ameritrade Park Thursday afternoon, Ole Miss first baseman Sikes Orvis excitedly turned to roommate Will Allen and told him to look at the flags in centerfield.

Instead of furiously blowing in as they have been for nearly the entire 2014 College World Series, the flags were lazily blowing out. Orvis and Allen took advantage against TCU leading the Rebels to a 6-4 victory to survive another elimination game — Ole Miss’ fourth elimination game in just over two weeks. Continue reading

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College World Series One-On-One: Ole Miss C/DH Will Allen

OMAHA, Neb. — Ole Miss (48-20) brought out the bats, knocking 11 hits to keep its season alive with a 6-4 victory over TCU (48-18) Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Rebels bullpen allowed one hit in 5.2 innings after starter Sam Smith struggled, but it was the veteran boppers in the middle of the Ole Miss lineup that were the difference.

Senior catcher Will Allen, who had to DH due to a bum shoulder, and junior first baseman Sikes Orvis powered the Rebels. The roommates combined for six hits and five RBI. Allen finished 3-for-5 with a two-run double and the game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning to put Ole Miss ahead for good.

After the game, Allen talked about the Ole Miss offense coming alive and how they got wide-eyed when getting to the ballpark and seeing the wind blowing out today.

Will Allen also discussed the job of the Rebels bullpen and the differences of being the designated hitter rather than being behind the dish. He also talked about his relationship with Sikes Orvis and how the team is staying loose despite facing elimination four times in two weeks.

And Allen was all over Ole Miss’ preseason rankings in the SEC West and how the Rebels are proving the critics wrong.

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CWS Game 7: Ole Miss 2 Texas Tech 1

OMAHA, Neb. – Ole Miss is proving a knack for the dramatic at the College World Series. After losing in walk-off fashion on Sunday, the Rebels returned the favor on Texas Tech, eliminating the Red Raiders, 2- 1, on John Gatlin’s walk-off single in the ninth.

Ole Miss (47-20) lost a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth before rallying to end Texas Tech’s (45-21) season. Continue reading

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CBD Photo Gallery: Unlikely Heros Keep Ole Miss Alive

OMAHA, Neb. – John Gatlin came off the bench for only his 29th at bat of the season and knocked a walk-off single to keep Ole Miss alive in the 2014 College World Series.

After Texas Tech tied the game with a run in the ninth inning, pinch hitter Blake Bortles walked and went to third base when pinch hitter Brantley Bell‘s chopper back to the mound was thrown away. Continue reading

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College World Series One-On-One: Ole Miss IF John Gatlin

OMAHA, Neb. — Ole Miss (47-20) scored a walk-off victory defeating Texas Tech, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game of the 2014 College World Series.

Texas Tech (45-21) tied the game in the ninth inning, but the Rebels ended the Red Raiders season when pinch hitter John Gatlin, who had 28 at bats on the season, singled over the drawn in, five-man infield to score Aaron Greenwood.

After the game, Gatlin talked about his at bat, the difficulty of coming off the bench to pinch hit and what the big hit meant to him after a couple of difficult seasons dealing with injuries and a lack of playing time.

John Gatlin also discussed his decision to stay in Omaha with his teammates, despite his grandmother’s death back in Mississippi two nights ago.

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Vanderbilt’s Embarrassment of Riches Gives Decided Advantage

OMAHA, Neb. — Scott Brown may have the best college baseball job the country.

As the Vanderbilt pitching coach, Brown gets to pull the strings on the deepest staff in the country — a staff that runs out talented arm after talented arm.

Vanderbilt features junior right-hander Tyler Beede, the No. 14 overall draft pick this year, as well as three sophomore right-handers that could all be first-day draft picks in next year’s draft. Then there’s the four relievers that each have an ERA under 2.00 and lefty Jared Miller, who is 6-2 on the year after starting the season in the rotation prior to Carson Fulmer‘s conversion from closer to starter.

“Any time you have that kind of caliber of arms in the stable, you do have a pretty good job,” Brown said. “I know that every day. I’m fortunate.”

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College World Series One-On-One: Vanderbilt 2B Dansby Swanson

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt (48-19) came back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 6-4 win over UC Irvine (41-24) Monday night to advance to the championship series in its bracket of the 2014 College World Series.

Vanderbilt sophomore Walker Buehler came on for an ineffective Tyler Beede and threw up zero after zero. Buehler improved to 12-2 with 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball that featured seven strikeouts.

On the offensive side of the ball, second baseman Dansby Swanson continued his hot hitting in Omaha. Swansby reached base four times and started the three-run fifth inning rally that gave the Commodores the lead.

After the game, Swansby talked about his hot hitting in the College World Series and how it stretches back to before Regionals when he discovered a way to keep himself relaxed at the plate.

Dansby Swanson also discussed the experience he gained last season when he was unable to play much due to injuries and how both he and the pitching staff are offensive table setters.

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CBD Photo Gallery: Buehler Bullies Eaters Out of Bullpen

OMAHA, Neb. — Behind Walker Buehler’s dominance out of the bullpen, Vanderbilt defeated UC Irvine, 6-4, Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Commodores (48-19) scored three runs in the fifth inning to overcome Tyler Beede‘s shaky start that put them in a 4-2 hole, but then never looked back.

Buehler was unhittable on the mound. The right-hander pitched 5.1 innings and only allowed three baserunners — none via hits. UC Irvine (41-24) had no answer for Buehler’s mid-90s fastball and power breaking ball.

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