CWS Preview: Mississippi State


The Mississippi State Bulldogs (41-23) head to Omaha with a perfect record in the NCAA Tournament. They opened the tournament in the Tallahassee Regional with victories over Stetson (6-3) and defeated the host Florida State twice by scores of 3-0 and 9-4. The Bulldogs followed that up by heading home to host the Clemson Tigers in which they swept the Tigers behind a solid offense with victories of 8-6 and 8-5. Mississippi State is led by head coach Ron Polk who is making his sixth appearance with Mississippi State in Omaha and his eighth in his glorious 34 year career. Mississippi State is led by a solid offense which is headlined by Brandon Turner. He is hitting .397 on the year. Edward Easley has hit a team leading 12 homers on the year. Justin Pigott leads the pitching staff as he shut down the FSU offense for seven innings in the 3-0 shutout victory in the NCAA Regionals and pitched six effective innings in the Super Regional clincher over Clemson. Aaron Weatherford has become the shut down closer for the Bulldogs in the NCAA tournament as he has a season ERA of 3.20. The Bulldogs will be a tough out in Omaha behind the strong hitting that they possess and they have the genius coaching of Ron Polk on the bench.

MSU CWS Notes

2007 College World Series Schedule


The NCAA has released the schedule for the College World Series which starts this Friday with a match-up between Louisville and Rice. All the games will be on ESPN or ESPN2 in the HD. The full schedule is available below.

Friday, June 15
Game 1 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): (V) Louisville (46-22) vs. (H) No. 2 Rice (52-12)
Game 2 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): (V) Mississippi St. (38-20) vs. (H) No. 3 North Carolina (53-13)

Saturday, June 16
Game 3 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD): (V) UC Irvine (45-15-1) vs. (H) No. 5 Arizona St. (48-13)
Game 4 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): (V) Oregon St. (44-18) vs. (H) Cal St. Fullerton (38-23)

Sunday, June 17
Game 5 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD): Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

Monday, June 18
Game 7 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 8 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Tuesday, June 19
Game 9 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 10 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8

Wednesday, June 20
Game 11 – 1 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 12 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10

Thursday, June 21
Game 13 – 1 p.m. or *6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 11 (if necessary)
Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 12 (if necessary)

* If only game played Thursday

Friday, June 22
No games scheduled

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Saturday, June 23
Game 1 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Sunday, June 24
Game 2 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD): Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Monday, June 25
Game 3 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD): Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner (if necessary)

ALL TIMES CENTRAL

NCBWA June 12 Division I Poll

FROM NCBWA RELEASE

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb. This will be the final poll until the postseason survey on June 26.

The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by a season-most 14 conferences (for the second week in succession and ties for a season-most) among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 circuits have had teams in the polls in '07. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Rice Conference USA 54-12 1
2 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 53-13 2
3 Arizona State Pacific-10 48-13 3
4 UC Irvine Big West 45-15-1 8
5 Vanderbilt Southeastern 54-13 5
6 South Carolina SEC 46-20 4
7 Texas A&M Big 12 48-19 6
8 Mississippi State SEC 38-20 20
9 Texas Big 12 46-17 9
10 Oregon State Pac-10 44-18 21
11 Virginia ACC Coast 45-16 7
12 Louisville Big East 46-22 24
13 Cal State Fullerton Big West 38-23 22
14 (tie) Florida State ACC 49-13 11
14 (tie) Clemson ACC 41-23 10
14 (tie) Wichita State Missouri Valley 53-22 12
17 Mississippi SEC 40-25 13
18 Oklahoma State Big 12 42-21 14
19 Coastal Carolina Big South 50-13 15
20 Michigan Big Ten 42-19 17
21 Arizona Pac-10 42-17 16
22 Arkansas SEC 43-21 18
23 San Diego West Coast 43-18 19
24 Charlotte Atlantic 10 49-12 25
25 Missouri Big 12 42-18 23
26 UCLA Pac-10 33-28 29
27 Long Beach State Big West 39-20 26
28 TCU Mountain West 48-14 28
29 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 45-17 27
30 Creighton MVC 45-16 30

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Austin Peay (40-22), East Carolina (40-23), Kent State (33-26), Minnesota (41-18), Ohio State (38-24), Southern Miss (39-23), St. John's (41-19), UC Riverside (38-21), Western Carolina (42-20).

Dropped Out: None

By conference: Southeastern 5, Atlantic Coast 4, Big 12 4, Pacific-10 4, Big West 3, Missouri Valley 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 1, West Coast 1.

Reporter ejected from regional for blogging

A Louisville Courier-Journal sports reporter had his media credential revoked and was ordered to leave the press box during the NCAA baseball super-regional Sunday because of what the NCAA alleged was a violation of its policies prohibiting live Internet updates from its championship events.

Gene McArtor, a representative of the NCAA baseball committee, approached C-J staffer Brian Bennett at the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium in the bottom of the fifth inning in the U of L-Oklahoma State game. McArtor told him that blogging from an NCAA championship event “is against NCAA policies. We’re revoking the credential and need to ask you to leave the stadium.”

Complete story

Oregon State advances to CWS


The Oregon State Beavers advanced to the College World Series with an 8-2 victory over Michigan. Mike Stutes started for Oregon State and gave them eight strong innings while only giving up three hits and two runs. He also struck out nine batters in the game. Darwin Barney led the offense by going 3-5 with three RBI. The Wolverines end the season with a 42-19 record while Oregon State will play in the College World Series on Saturday.

Oregon State Recap

Michigan Recap

About-face sends Mississippi State to Omaha

STARKVILLE — In the middle of Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs leapt one on the other, piling near the pitcher’s mound as 13,715 fans screamed.

A week earlier, they were in their hotel rooms, putting on uniforms, readying to face the hot-hitting No. 6 national seed Florida State and its ace pitcher, Bryan Henry.

They had beaten Stetson, yes. But to much of the outside world, the Bulldogs were still an unknown, a team of question marks that ended the year losing eight of 10.

Which makes the celebration, the trip to the College World Series, all the more remarkable for its dizzying ascent. Consider what the Bulldogs did in a week’s time – or more precisely, six days, 20 hours, 22 minutes:

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Fullerton heading to Omaha


The Cal-State Fullerton Titans knocked off UCLA 2-1 in a great pitchers duel to send the Titans to the CWS in Omaha. UCLA starting pitcher Gavin Brooks pitched a complete game and gave up both runs while scattering seven hits while striking out 12 batters but got the loss to end his freshman season with a 6-7 record. Fullerton starter Jeff Kaplan went 6.1 innings while giving up one unearned run on five hits. Bryan Harris got his third save by going the final 1.2 innings. Clark Hardman led the Titan offense by getting three hits in his four at-bats including a home run. UCLA ends the season with a 33-28 record while Fullerton will be in Omaha this weekend.

Fullerton Recap

UCLA Recap