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Reynolds Steals Momentum for Vanderbilt

Momentum is a fickle mistress, especially in baseball where there is no clock to be beat.

In pressure situations with 18- to 22-year-old college baseball players, momentum can quickly shift with one big play.

That is only heightened when runs are at a premium during a low-scoring affair with quality arms on the mound. And on college baseball’s biggest stage, the spacious TD Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series, assures that is the case nearly every game.

“The value of the run out here, whoo, it’s crucial,” Louisville head coach Dan McConnell said after his team lost to Vanderbilt, 5-3, on Saturday night.

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CBD Photo Gallery: Two-Out Hits Propel Commodores

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt scored four of its five runs with two outs, including all three in a second-inning rally, and that was enough to knock off Louisville, 5-3, in the College World Series opening round.

The Commodores’ big rally started with a pair of walks and a single that loaded the bases for leadoff hitter Dansby Swanson. A wild pitch got Vanderbilt (47-19) on the board and then Swanson tacked on two more, clearing the bases with a rope into left-centerfield for a double. Continue reading

College World Series One-On-One: Vanderbilt OF Bryan Reynolds

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt (47-19) defeated Louisville (50-16) in the nightcap of the College World Series’ opening day at T.D. Ameritrade Ballpark, winning 5-3.

Vanderbilt freshman outfielder Bryan Reynolds made a great running catch, leaping into the left field wall as he caught the ball. The run-saving web gem turned the momentum in Vanderbilt’s favor as the Commodores immediately followed with a three-run inning. Continue reading

Kentucky’s AJ Reed wins 2014 Dick Howser Award

AJReedOMAHA, Neb. – Kentucky junior pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed, who enjoyed possibly the greatest individual season in UK history this year, is the 28th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s Player of the Year. The presentation was made Saturday during a national news conference at TD Ameritrade Park, site of the 2014 College World Series. Continue reading

2014 Nashville Super Regional: Stanford 5 Vanderbilt 4

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

2014 Lafayette Super Regional: Louisiana 9 Ole Miss 5

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Rebels jumped out to an early lead on the Ragin’ Cajuns, but big innings in the third and fifth proved to be too much to overcome as No. 6 Ole Miss (44-19) fell to No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette (58-8) by a score of 9-5 on Saturday in the opening game of an NCAA Super Regional. Continue reading

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Super Regional Friday Roundup: Death By Small Ball

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:

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