Game one was a doozy in 95 degree weather at Hawkins Field as the Belmont Bruins won their first ever NCAA tournament game while sending Oklahoma State back to Stillwater. In the first elimination game of the Nashville Regional, the Bruins rode a brilliant performance by sophomore lefty Chase Brookshire, who allowed just two hits and a walk in eight plus innings. Continue reading
Before kicking off my thoughts from day one, I want to give a large thank you to the good folks at the Vanderbilt SID office. It was a full house in the press box this evening, but they were more than gracious and helpful in accommodating me after College Baseball Daily contacted them earlier in the week. In particular, thanks go out to SID Kyle Parkinson for making me feel at home in the press box. Continue reading
Here is your 2011 NCAA Nashville Regional Day 1 Recap.
Vanderbilt 10 Belmont 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Curt Casali drove in three runs, Mike Yastrzemski collected three hits and Vanderbilt scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to a 10-0 victory over Belmont in the second game Friday in the Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field. Continue reading
The Nashville Regional this year features four all-around, solid teams in National Seed host Vanderbilt, two seed Oklahoma State, three seed Troy and four seed Belmont. We’ll take a quick peek at each team’s strengths and provide some early predictions. Continue reading
With the end of the Big 12 regular season upon us, its time to look at the individual players that stood out at their respective positions. Some of the top players aren’t a surprise, but there are a few notable subtractions that would’ve been hard predictions before the season began, notably at third base where Nebraska junior Cody Asche held steady at the end to pass a hard-slumping Oklahoma junior Garrett Buechele, a preseason favorite for Player of the Year honors.
Texas A&M OF Tyler Naquin finished the season strong, claiming Player of the Year honors. The sophomore led the league in average, hits, and runs scored, while finishing among the top 10 in five other categories. Continue reading
We offer up a history lesson on college baseball living legend Gary Ward courtesy of Oklahoma State University. The school posted a video two days ago which highlights Ward and his teams during the “Decade of Dominance” at Oklahoma State, a stretch that may never again be duplicated in college baseball. Ward authored one of the most dominant decades in all of college sports during the 80′s at Oklahoma State in which the Cowboys made seven consecutive trips to the College World Series (a feat that is still unmatched) and the team finished as the national runner ups three times during the decade.
Ward led OSU to 16 straight conference titles, 17 NCAA regional appearances and 10 trips to the College World Series. He compiled a record of 953-313-1 in 19 seasons in Stillwater. In 2002, he led New Mexico State to a Sun Belt Tournament Championship and an NCAA appearance. He finished with a career record of 1,022-361-1, which ranks 24th on the NCAA all-time wins list. He’s a member of two national college baseball Halls of Fame (College Baseball Foundation and ABCA) as well as the Hall of Fame at three different colleges (New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) as well as the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
College Baseball Daily throughout the season will be providing our Quick Hits on games throughout the country. Special thanks to William Knox and Mark Rafferty for contributing to this report. As always, follow us on Twitter @CB_Daily for instant reaction and the best up to minute coverage on college baseball in the country. We also have a Facebook page which can be joined by clicking here. Continue reading
With only a few weeks left until the postseason starts, the Big 12 features three conference series, two out-of-conference series, and a pair of teams taking the weekend off.
Texas travels north to take on Nebraska for the final time as conference opponents. The Longhorns took a pair from the Sooners last weekend, giving them an important boost in the standings, and setting up a possible winner-take-all showdown against Texas A&M to close out the regular season. Taylor Jungmann is one of the best overall players in the nation, and Cole Green has steadied after a rough start. The Longhorns are still looking for a third starter to pick up the slack. The player to watch is SS Brandon Loy. Loy has always had an excellent glove and arm, and has found his stroke this season. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily throughout the season will be providing our Quick Hits on games throughout the country. Special thanks to Brian Foley and Mark Rafferty for contributing to this report. As always, follow us on Twitter @CB_Daily for instant reaction and the best up to minute coverage on college baseball in the country. Continue reading
The Big 12 race is coming down to the final weeks, and the matchups are getting more and more important. This week, the key series takes place in Austin between Texas and Oklahoma. Both teams are highly ranked, and feature plus pitching staffs. Saturday and Sunday games will be televised, but the key matchup will take place between Taylor Jungmann and Michael Rocha on Friday.
Oklahoma State faces off against Big 12 stalwart Kansas State. The Wildcats are coming off a sweep of Texas Tech, while the Cowboys were swept at Texas A&M. If Kansas State can take two games, they’ll head back to Manhattan tied in the standings with the Cowboys. Continue reading