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Clayton Kershaw’s Connection to Texas Baseball

Dodgers ace starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is having an outstanding season with the Dodgers which will lead him to the 2014 NL Cy Young Award as the most dominant MLB pitcher. Kershaw didn’t attend Texas but has a deep connection with the Longhorns program as UT pitching coach Skip Johnson serving as Clayton’s personal pitching coach. You can check out a full video report on the connection from KEYE-TV below. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Army’s Alex Jensen (September 22nd)

cbd_journal_jensenNow that the semester is in full swing I figured it was time for another entry. We are already four weeks into classes at West Point and over two weeks into our fall season. This is always a difficult time for college baseball players because there are no official NCAA games and no tournaments. It is a time to work on the little things, earn spots in the starting roster, and get to know the younger guys on the team. I personally welcome the fall for two reasons. One, it is the best time to begin coming together as a team as the foundation for the spring is being laid. Two, it provides an opportunity for guys to compete for a starting spot and show what they have been working on in the offseason. Overall, the fall can be taken as a time-filler or a productive period of growth and improvement. Continue reading

TCU extends Jim Schlossnagle through 2020 Season

SchlossandSonTCUFORT WORTH – Fresh off leading TCU to its second berth in the College World Series, head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle inked a contract extension through 2020. The Horned Frogs have been postseason participants in 10 of his 11 seasons on campus.

“We’re very excited to announce a contract extension for Jim Schlossnagle to lead our baseball program,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte. “Jim has done a phenomenal job and is synonymous with TCU and Fort Worth. Continue reading

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CBD Photo Gallery: Wiseman Does It All to Send Vandy Through

OMAHA, Neb. — Fans outside of TD Ameritrade Park waited to sing “Happy Birthday” to Vanderbilt outfielder Rhett Wiseman, who had turned 20 just minutes earlier at midnight. But after the night Wiseman had, this was no work office birthday party of mumbling co-workers. The Vanderbilt faithful that stuck around, boisterously bellowed the tune for Wiseman. Continue reading

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CBD Photo Gallery: Texas Takes Advantage of Big Break

OMAHA, Neb. — A lucky break can be the difference in the College World Series. That was the case for Texas on Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

An umpire’s lack of evasive maneuvering turned a potential double play into a big momentum swing for the Longhorns, who took an early lead and never looked back, beating Vanderbilt 4-0 to force a winner-take-all matchup Saturday.

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College World Series One-On-One: Texas CF Mark Payton

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas (46-20) lives to play at least one more day after a 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt (48-20) Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Longhorns’ win sets up a winner-takes-all matchup between the same two teams tomorrow with a chance to advance to the 2014 College World Series championship series.

Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a liner that hit an umpire rather than going for a potential inning-ending double play. The next inning, the Longhorns added two more runs and rode Nathan Thornhill to a terrific eight-inning, zero-run, 131-pitch performance.

Senior centerfielder Mark Payton was on first base when the line drive that hit the umpire in front of Vanderbilt second baseman Dansby Swanson.

After the game, Payton talked about what he saw while running to second base on the momentum-swinging line drive and how the biggest boost came from the two-run second inning.

Mark Payton also discusses how Texas head coach Augie Garrido is a “wizard” and how the Longhorns are trying to keep the momentum going throughout the week.

Check out the full one-on-one interview with Payton: Continue reading

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CBD Photo Gallery: Allen, Orvis Power Rebels Past Frogs

OMAHA, Neb. — When they got to the TD Ameritrade Park Thursday afternoon, Ole Miss first baseman Sikes Orvis excitedly turned to roommate Will Allen and told him to look at the flags in centerfield.

Instead of furiously blowing in as they have been for nearly the entire 2014 College World Series, the flags were lazily blowing out. Orvis and Allen took advantage against TCU leading the Rebels to a 6-4 victory to survive another elimination game — Ole Miss’ fourth elimination game in just over two weeks. Continue reading

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College World Series One-On-One: Ole Miss C/DH Will Allen

OMAHA, Neb. — Ole Miss (48-20) brought out the bats, knocking 11 hits to keep its season alive with a 6-4 victory over TCU (48-18) Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Rebels bullpen allowed one hit in 5.2 innings after starter Sam Smith struggled, but it was the veteran boppers in the middle of the Ole Miss lineup that were the difference.

Senior catcher Will Allen, who had to DH due to a bum shoulder, and junior first baseman Sikes Orvis powered the Rebels. The roommates combined for six hits and five RBI. Allen finished 3-for-5 with a two-run double and the game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning to put Ole Miss ahead for good.

After the game, Allen talked about the Ole Miss offense coming alive and how they got wide-eyed when getting to the ballpark and seeing the wind blowing out today.

Will Allen also discussed the job of the Rebels bullpen and the differences of being the designated hitter rather than being behind the dish. He also talked about his relationship with Sikes Orvis and how the team is staying loose despite facing elimination four times in two weeks.

And Allen was all over Ole Miss’ preseason rankings in the SEC West and how the Rebels are proving the critics wrong.

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