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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: 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 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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Interview with Evansville’s Wes Carroll and Kyle Freeland

KyleFreelandEvansvilleMissouri Valley Conference Assistant Commissioner of New Media Derrick Docket recently sat down with Evansville seventh year head coach Wes Carroll and junior lefthanded pitcher Kyle Freeland. The Aces are currently 28-15 overall after a 9-4 loss to Southern Indiana on Tuesday evening. They are doing extremely well in Missouri Valley Conference play with a 9-3 record which puts them in first place by two games in the loss column. You can check out the full video interview below. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Best Catcher in the Country?

In college baseball, starting catchers often get the mid-week games off to rest their legs in preparation for the more important weekend series, especially during the conference season, but with an extra day of rest thanks to the Easter schedule, Shane Zeile was behind the plate for UCLA on Tuesday.

He proved to be a difference maker in the Bruins’ matchup with Loyola Marymount and afterwards his coach lauded high praise on him, calling Zeile one of the top catchers in the country.

Check out how Zeile impacted the game, what else Savage had to say about him and get the full roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action. We’ve got you covered with photo galleries from San Diego State, USC and UCLA:

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SoCal Roundup: Snapping Sweep Droughts

Cal State Fullerton and USC both ended lengthy conference series droughts. But only one team did it in a positive fashion. Fittingly, UC Santa Barbara/Long Beach State and San Diego State/UC Irvine concluded their series with yet another tight game in each series finale.

Check out that plus much more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Pepperdine, Irvine and Northridge:

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SoCal Roundup: Zero After Zero

There were three walk-off wins, but the most impressive performance came in a game that ended with neither team scoring a run the final eight innings. There were also two relievers that were lights out for a combined 10.1 innings.

Find out which pitchers were throwing up zero after zero in Friday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Pepperdine, Irvine and Northridge:

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