Craig Najarian of Holy Cross in Worcester MA has resigned effective immediately to become the athletic director at Foxboro High School. The school has announced a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
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.”
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
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:
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.
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
North Carolina knocked off South Carolina in Game 3 of their Super Regional on Sunday by a score of 9-4. North Carolina was trailing 4-1 heading into the sixth inning. The Tar Heels were able to get three runs across in the top of the sixth on three hits and took advantage of an error by South Carolina to tie the game at 4. The Tar Heels were able to hold the Gamecocks scoreless in the bottom of the sixth to keep the game tied. Tim Federowicz led off the top of the seventh with a single to left field and was brought home immediately with a Chad Flack homer to take the lead for good. North Carolina added a single run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to set up the final scoreline. Andrew Carignan pitched the final four innings while giving up only 1 hit and three walks to up his record to 2-1. Will Atwood got the loss for the Gamecocks which ends Atwood’s season with a 2-2 mark. North Carolina heads to Omaha for the College World Series while South Carolina ends the season with a 46-20 record.
2007 NCAA Super Regional
Cal State Fullerton (36-23) vs. UCLA (33-26)
At Goodwin Field, Fullerton, Calif. / June, 9-11, 2007
Cal State Fullerton is set to face UCLA in the 2007 NCAA Super Regionals this weekend at Goodwin Field. The Southern California best-of-three game series for a trip to Omaha, Nebraska.
Sunday, (CSF home team), 10:06 p.m. (GT, WEB, ESPN2)
CSF: Jeff Kaplan, RHP (11-3, 3.35 ERA)
UCLA: Gavin Brooks, LHP (6-6, 4.65 ERA)
The Oregon State Beavers were limited to one hit but were able to pull out an 1-0 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Scott Santschi received a lead-off walk in the top of the ninth. He was pinch ran for by Braden Wells. He was bunted to second by Lonnie Lechelt. Zach Putnam then continued his no-hit bid by striking out Chris Hopkins to give the Wolverines two outs in the ninth. Joey Wong then hit a single through the left side of the infield which was the Beavers only hit of the game and drove home Wells with the go-ahead run. Michigan then lifted starter Zach Putnam for Michael Powers who got the final out in the ninth. Eddie Kunz took over on the mound for the Beavers and got the final two outs of the game to give the Beavers an 1-0 series lead. The teams will be back in action on Monday at 7 pm on the East Coast.
Oregon State Recap
Louisville knocked off Oklahoma State 20-2 in the decisive game of their Super Regional showdown. This will be Louisville’s first trip to the College World Series. Isiah Howes led the Cardinals with a 3-6 day with a homer and six RBI. Pete Rodriguez went 4-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the win. Oklahoma State starter Joe Kent only lasted one full inning while giving up three runs. Oklahoma State ends to the season with a 42-21 record.