Category Archives: Interviews with Players

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College World Series One-On-One: Virginia C Nate Irving

OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia (51-14) scored a walk-off victory in 15 innings, beating TCU (48-17) Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, 3-2, in a game that tied the College World Series record for longest game played at 15 frames.

In nearly a carbon copy of the final inning of Virginia’s walk-off win against Ole Miss on Sunday, Nate Irving started the rally, was pinch run for by Thomas Woodruff, who scored the winning run, and reliever Artie Lewicki benefitted picking up the win.

Irving led off the 15th inning, blasting a double over the head of TCU left fielder Boomer White.

After the game, Irving talks about his big hit in the 15th inning and answers whether the Cavaliers are a team of destiny.

Nate Irving also discussed his “amazing” experience in the College World Series and how everyone is a part of the Virginia wins. He also talked about the pitching staff he gets to catch.

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Interview with Evansville’s Wes Carroll and Kyle Freeland

KyleFreelandEvansvilleMissouri Valley Conference Assistant Commissioner of New Media Derrick Docket recently sat down with Evansville seventh year head coach Wes Carroll and junior lefthanded pitcher Kyle Freeland. The Aces are currently 28-15 overall after a 9-4 loss to Southern Indiana on Tuesday evening. They are doing extremely well in Missouri Valley Conference play with a 9-3 record which puts them in first place by two games in the loss column. You can check out the full video interview below. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Pitcher BOMB

Rick Vanderhook didn’t travel with the team to San Luis Obispo and probably wouldn’t have liked what he saw had he went anyway. The nation’s top two closers, Sam Moore and Michael Cederoth, ended up deciding a game. See who came out on top.

But two unlikely heroes headline Thursday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Northridge and Long Beach State:

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SoCal Roundup: Frosh SS Web Gems

Both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have both been strong defensively and are among the top West Coast Conference teams, despite having to rely on a pair of freshmen shortstops.

But rather than being bothered by being thrust into the fire, Manny Jefferson and David Fletcher have thrived under the pressures of being regular starters for regional contenders just a season removed from high school ball. Both players made major contributions with the glove on Tuesday.

That plus more in a roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action along with photo galleries from Northridge and LMU:

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Strahan Career-High Not Enough for USC Against Utah

The Utes struck out 17 times as a team and couldn’t muster a single hit for eighth consecutive innings, but somehow Utah (11-19, 2-11) was able to pull out a 3-2 victory over USC (15-17, 4-9) to open the series at Dedeaux Field Friday night. Continue reading

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Fullerton Gets Measure of Retribution Against UCLA

Cal State Fullerton’s season ended last year with UCLA celebrating on the Titans’ home field, having earned a College World Series berth after sweeping the Fullerton Super Regional. Before the game, the Titans’ coaching staff told the players to remember the crushing feeling they had watching the Bruins’ joy.

The Titan players responded, grinding out a 4-3 win over UCLA (18-13) thanks to a three-run fifth inning.

“They dogpiled on our field last year, so it was nice to get a W over them,” junior third baseman Matt Chapman said. “It’s just another game, but it definitely had a little bit of redemption in it.” Continue reading

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Kaprielian Struggles Early, Finishes With Career-High 12 K

LOS ANGELES — Arizona State forced UCLA starter James Kaprielian to throw 41 pitches in the first inning, scoring two runs on an error after loading the bases with no outs. But head coach Tim Esmay thought the Sun Devils (13-11, 3-4) could have easily put together a five- or six-run inning in the situation.

In the next frame, Arizona State added a run on a solo homer by Colby Woodmansee that appeared to get an extra boost over the left field wall when it bounced out of the glove of a leaping Ty Moore. But that would be the extent of the Sun Devils’ offense as Kaprielian settled in and got stronger as the game progressed, leading UCLA to a 7-3 victory Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay talks about the Sun Devils not fully capitalizing on early opportunities when they had Kaprielian on the ropes. He also discusses starter Brett Lilek’s short outing and bouncing back the rest of the weekend: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Pac-12 Comeback Series Wins

While Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State and San Diego and Loyola Marymount were finishing up a pair of rivalry series, USC and UCLA were trying to win rubber matches in a pair of Pac-12 series.

Both of Los Angeles Pac-12 squads needed dramatic comebacks to get the job done. See how they did it below.

That plus all of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from the matchups at Fullerton and San Diego: Continue reading

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Cal Poly Improves to 18-3 With Win Over Cal

I took my first trip up to the Central Coast of California to get another look at Cal Poly southpaw Matt Imhof against a Pac-12 lineup (the Mustangs’ third series against Pac-12 competition). Behind three hits from Mark Mathias, Cal Poly took a 4-1 victory over California at Baggett Stadium Friday night.

Imhof didn’t dazzle (despite striking out the side in the first), but he was still very good, striking out nine and allowing only one run on three hits and four walks in 7.2 innings. He only got stronger as the game progressed — four of the final five outs he recorded were strikeouts.

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