The Florida State Seminoles enter the College World Series with a 47-18 overall record and went 18-12 in ACC play. They played outstanding in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro by taking home the conference title. The Seminoles swept through the Norwich (CT) Regional by defeating Central Connecticut State 11-3 before defeating Oregon twice by scores of 5-3 and 6-4. The Noles then hosted a Super Regional against Vanderbilt where they won game 1 on a Mike McGee walk-off homer by a score of 9-8. In Game 2, they dropped a 6-2 decision to Vanderbilt before bouncing back and holding off a late rally by Vanderbilt to win 7-6.
For a team that lost the majority of its starting lineup in the previous year’s draft, the Oklahoma Sooners didn’t miss a beat in 2010. In fact, the added more beats, making it all the way to the College World Series for the first time since 1995. The Sooners, NCAA Champions in 1951 and 1994, will be making their 10th overall appearance in Omaha, which ranks them 13th in all-time appearances. It wasn’t an easy road for Sunny Golloway’s club, having to beat the #5 seed Virginia in Charlottesville to advance.
November brought an almost tangible sense of nervousness to supporters of the Arizona State baseball program. With 15-year head coach Pat Murphy suddenly gone, forced to resign in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation, murmurs about whether the team would crumble in the adversity it faced hung in the desert air like a slow-moving dust storm.
Such tension didn’t exist, though, inside the team’s clubhouse, where players said from the start of winter training, without reservation, that the goal had not been altered: The Sun Devils were aiming to bring national title No. 6 back to Tempe.
The Florida Gators enter the College World Series with a 47-15 overall record while going 22-8 in the SEC winning the Eastern Division crown over South Carolina by one game. The Gators went a perfect 3-0 in the Gainesville Regional with victories over Bethune-Cookman (7-3), Oregon State (10-2), and Florida Atlantic (15-0). They then hosted a Super Regional matchup against intrastate rival Miami in which they won the first two games by scores of 7-2 and 4-3 (10 innings).
The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the College World Series with a 48-15 overall record and went 21-9 in the SEC this season. They won the Columbia Regional with a perfect 3-0 record with victories over Bucknell (9-5), The Citadel (9-4), and Virginia Tech (10-9). In the Super Regional round, they got sent to Myrtle Beach where they took on Coastal Carolina. The Gamecocks won the first two games of the best of three series by scores of 4-3 and 10-9 to head to the College World Series.
In 2008, UCLA was ranked #1 in Baseball America’s preseason poll, only to lose in the Regional round to Cal-State Fullerton, a team that they also lost to in 2007 in the Super Regionals. They followed that disappointing year with a sub-.500 season in 2009, but established a young core of players that would be firing on all cylinders coming out of the gates in 2010.
The Clemson Tigers head into Omaha with a 43-23 overall record. They won the Auburn Regional on the road by defeating Southern Miss (10-1) and Auburn (5-2). They then dropped the first game of the Regional final to Auburn 11-10 before bouncing back in an elimination game with a 13-7 victory. The Super Regional round was hosted by the Tigers where they faced off against the Alabama Crimson Tide. They dropped game 1 by a score of 5-4 before bouncing back with 19-5 and 8-6 victories to make it back to Omaha. They will face off against Arizona State on Sunday at 7pm Eastern time in the final first round matchup of the College World Series.
FROM NCAA RELEASE
OMAHA—The game times and pairings for the first two days of the Men’s College World Series have been announced. The 64th MCWS will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha from June 19-29/30.
The first game on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (CT) and features the only first time participant TCU (51-12) and Florida St. (47-18). Saturday’s second game pits No. 6 national seed UCLA (48-14) against No.3 national seed Florida (47-15), and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (CT)
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
The No. 11 Sooners (49-16) knocked off No. 1 Virginia, 11-0, on Monday in the third game of the Charlottesville Super Regional to add the program’s 10th CWS appearance to the record books.
The 10 trips ranks in a tie for 13th all-time among all DI programs. The Sooners last appearance was in 1995, one year after clinching the program’s second national title in 1994. OU’s other trips to Omaha include 1992, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972 and 1951.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Clemson, SC – Richie Shaffer hit two home runs to help build an 8-1 lead and #13 Clemson withstood a nine-inning rally to defeat #16 Alabama 8-6 in front of 5,250 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the Clemson Super Regional on Monday afternoon. The Tigers, who improved to 43-23 on the season, won the super regional 2-1 and advanced to the College World Series with the win. The Crimson Tide ended their season with a 42-25 record.
After Alabama scored an unearned run in the first inning, Clemson scored two runs apiece in the second, third, fourth, and seventh innings to take an 8-1 lead. But the Crimson Tide rallied for five runs in the ninth inning and put the potential tying run at second base before the final out was made to send Clemson to its 12th College World Series in history and first since 2006.
Freshman righthander Dominic Leone (3-1), the first of five Tiger pitchers, earned the win. He allowed just three hits, one unearned run, and one walk with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Alex Frederick pitched the next 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit, no runs, and no walks with a strikeout. Will Lamb retired the only batter he faced to record his second save of the season as well.
Alabama starter Nathan Kilcrease (8-3) suffered the loss in 5.0 innings pitched. He yielded 11 hits, six runs, and two walks with one strikeout.