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CBD Interview with High Point’s Craig Cozart

After leading the High Point Panthers to the program’s best record in 30 years (33-22), a disappointing finish in the Big South Tournament to eventual Tournament Champion, Campbell in the Big South Semi-Final cut the season short.

Head Coach Craig Cozart and the Panthers look to bounce back from that disappointing finish and hope to gain that NCAA Tournament automatic bid by winning the Big South Tournament. Preparation to reach that goal however all starts in Fall Practice. Coach Cozart talks about that disappointing finish in the Big South Tournament, how the team looks after fall practice, and who should be key contributors moving forward to the season in the spring.
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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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College World Series One-On-One: Virginia RHP Josh Sborz

OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia (52-14) used a three-run fourth inning to advance to the 2014 College World Series championship round with a 4-1 victory over Ole Miss (48-21) Saturday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

A rain delay in the second inning Friday night pushed the game to Saturday, but Virginia starter Josh Sporz still came back to pitch the Cavaliers to the title round.

Sporz pitched five total innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run before turning the ball over to the bullpen arms of Artie Lewicki and Nick Howard, who allowed two hits and a walk in four innings of work.

After the game, Sborz talked about pitching back-to-back days after the Friday night rain delay and the momentum swings in the game’s early innings.

Josh Sporz also discussed being a member of the first Virginia squad to play for the national championship and the tension relief it is to have Lewicki and Howard to finish games.

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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.

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College World Series One-On-One: Texas SS C.J. Hinojosa

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas (45-20) kept its season alive with one gigantic hit to beat UC irvine (41-25) Wednesday night, 1-0, eliminating the ‘Eaters from the 2014 College World Series.

Chad Hollingsworth pitched 8.1 scoreless innings in his second start of the season to outduel Evan Manarino (6.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 7 K), but Manarino made one big mistake, leaving up a 2-0 fastball to start the seventh inning.

Sophomore shortstop C.J. Hinojosa jumped all over the pitch and powered it out to left field for a home run — the first homer hit at TD Ameritrade Park in the 2014 College World Series.

After the game, Hinojosa talked about his solo shot, which proved to be the only run in the Longhorns’ 1-0 victory in a ‘winner-stays-loser-goes-home’ game against UC Irvine.

Hinojosa also discussed playing on the dirt infield compared to the Longhorns’ FieldTurf surface and making up for a defensive error in his next at bat. He also told what was going through his mind as he rounded the bases.

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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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College World Series One-On-One: Vanderbilt 2B Dansby Swanson

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt (48-19) came back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 6-4 win over UC Irvine (41-24) Monday night to advance to the championship series in its bracket of the 2014 College World Series.

Vanderbilt sophomore Walker Buehler came on for an ineffective Tyler Beede and threw up zero after zero. Buehler improved to 12-2 with 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball that featured seven strikeouts.

On the offensive side of the ball, second baseman Dansby Swanson continued his hot hitting in Omaha. Swansby reached base four times and started the three-run fifth inning rally that gave the Commodores the lead.

After the game, Swansby talked about his hot hitting in the College World Series and how it stretches back to before Regionals when he discovered a way to keep himself relaxed at the plate.

Dansby Swanson also discussed the experience he gained last season when he was unable to play much due to injuries and how both he and the pitching staff are offensive table setters.

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College World Series One-On-One: Texas RHP Parker French

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas (44-20) scored three runs in the middle innings and rode the arms of Parker French and Travis Duke to a 4-1 victory over Louisville (50-17) Monday afternoon, eliminating the Cardinals from the 2014 College World Series.

Texas junior Parker French combined with Duke on a four-hitter. French pitched 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. French forced Louisville to pound the ball in the ground routinely. And whenever he got in a jam, he let TD Ameritrade Park and the gusting winds play to his advantage.

After the game, French talked about pitching to contact, using primarily all fastballs in TD Ameritrade and his growing confidence in himself.

Parker French also discussed being on the mound in the College World Series and how he has been more aggressive in the postseason, particularly in the spacious TD Ameritrade Park.

He also explained why win-loss record is the worst stat ever invented for pitchers.

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College World Series One-On-One: Virginia LHP Nathan Kirby

OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia (50-14) got the first walk-off victory in the 2014 College World Series, defeating Ole Miss (45-20), 2-1, Sunday night at TD Ameritrade Park.

With two outs in the ninth inning, Mike Papi delivered a game-winning RBI double to score pinch runner Thomas Woodruff. If not for the walk-off dramatics, the story would have been the tremendous effort of the Cavaliers pitching.

Virginia  sophomore Nathan Kirby combined with reliever Artie Lewicki on a one hitter. Kirby was lights out for the first seven innings, facing just one batter over the minimum.

After the game, Kirby talked about how his tremendous start was still a bit disappointing when he had to leave with two runners on base in the eighth inning.

Nathan Kirby also discusses the atmosphere of the Ole Miss crowd and the emotions of being on the mound in the College World Series.

In the ninth inning, Kirby was surprised to see Ole Miss not pitch around Mike Papi and Kirby talks about how tough Papi is to face, especially with a full count.

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College World Series One-On-One: TCU OF Cody Jones

OMAHA, Neb. — TCU (48-16) scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 3-2 victory over Big 12 rival Texas Tech (45-20) in the opening round of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Sunday afternoon.

TCU junior Cody Jones led off the Horned Frogs’ half of the first inning with a double and came around to score the first run in the game. He was also right in the middle of the eighth inning rally, beating out an infield single and taking second on an errant throw that scored the tying run.

Jones scored the winning run, coming around from second base on a Boomer White RBI single to left field.

After the game, Cody Jones talked about the Horned Frogs’ eighth inning rally and how TCU has an advantage playing in the spacious TD Ameritrade Park since the Horned Frogs’ home field plays the same way.

Jones also discussed batting leadoff and keeping his approach the same throughout the game, despite the game situations, and what he saw on his infield single in the eighth frame.

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