North Carolina (57-14)
The North Carolina Tar Heels head back to the CWS Championship Series to face Oregon State for the second straight year. UNC has compiled a 4-1 record in Omaha as they fought through the loser’s bracket. The Tar Heels are led on the mound by Robert Woodard who has struggled in the College World Series but has a 11-2 overall record with a 3.19 ERA. Rob Wooten has appeared in every single game in the NCAA. He has pitched 15.1 innings in the tournament compiling a 1.17 ERA. The Tar Heel offense woke up in the final elimination game against Rice on Thursday when four different hitters went deep. Josh Horton, who was a second round pick by the Oakland Athletics leads the CWS with a .389 average.
North Carolina is expected to start Alex White (6-6 4.74 ERA) in Game 1.
UNC CWS Game Notes
CBB report on UNC-BC
Oregon State (47-18)
The Oregon State Beavers enter the College World Series Championship Series seeking their second straight national championship. This is also their second straight year facing the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Championship series. The Beavers lost a ton of talent from last year’s team but have been able to get hot at the right time of the year as they have compiled a 3-0 record in the CWS. The Beavers are led by catcher Mitch Canham who was the 57th overall pick by the San Diego Padres. Canham is hitting .321 with ten homers on the season. Daniel Turpen is the top starting pitcher for the Beavers. He was drafted in the eighth round by the San Francisco Giants. He has accumulated a 10-1 record with a 3.44 ERA.
Pat Casey will send Jorge Reyes (6-3, 3.00 ERA) to the mound for Game 1.
Oregon State CWS Game Notes
The College Baseball Blog predicts that Oregon State wins the championship in two games as UNC’s starting pitching has been suspect all post season. North Carolina has a stronger bullpen so they need to have a solid five-six inning start in every game of the series to have a chance.
CWS Championship Series Previews from the Internet
Salem News (OR paper)
Corvallis (OR) Gazette Times
News and Observer (NC paper)
River Ave. Blues
Arizona Daily Star
Doug Kroll of CSTV Preview (Great article)
The Oregon State Beavers ended the UC-Irvine Anteaters magical run in the College World Series as the Beavers won 7-1 to advance to the CWS Championship series which starts on Saturday. The Beavers starting pitcher Daniel Turpen went eight innings while only giving up five hits and one run to lead the Beavers. The offensive star for Oregon State was Mitch Canham as he went 3-5 with three RBI in the game. Darwin Barney also went 3-5 but only picked up two RBI. The UC-Irvine pitching finally caught up to them as Christian Bergman gave up four runs in four innings. The Irvine offense was dormant throughout the game as Cody Cipraino went 2-3 with a run scored.
UC-Irvine ends the season with a 47-17-1 record while Oregon State heads to the Championship series which starts on Saturday against either North Carolina or Rice. OSU is looking to repeat as National Champions.
The Oregon State Beavers knocked off the Arizona State Sun Devils 12-6 in a winner’s bracket showdown on Monday. The Sun Devils have rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh to put them down 12-5 but the Sun Devils were not able to make the great comeback as they lost 12-6. The Beavers got a solid start from Mike Stutes who went six innings while giving up only three hits and five walks as he gave up four runs. The Beavers were led on offense by Mike Lissman who went 3-4 with four RBI. Eric Sogard went 2-5 with two RBI to lead the Sun Devils in the losing effort. ASU will be back in action on Tuesday when they face UC-Irvine while Oregon State will play the ASU/UC Irvine winner on Wednesday.
The Oregon State athletic department has been allowing Michael Lissman play in this College World Series as he recently plead guilty to theft. OSU has a conduct policy in place and head coach Pat Casey planned on suspending Lissman but the athletic department convinced Casey to wait for more information to come available. He ended up pleading guilty on May 21st and has not faced any discipline yet from the OSU baseball team as the theft was for over $30,000 from an elderly relative. The full article is available here.
Oregon State picked up a 3-2 victory over Cal-State Fullerton in a real pitching duel between Jorge Reyes and Wes Roemer. Reyes gave the Beavers six strong innings while giving up only one run on three hits. Roemer was just as good by giving up three runs in eight innings. The Beavers offense was led with homers from Mike Lissman and Scott Santschi. The Titans got a homer from Nick Mahin in the losing effort. CS Fullerton will play UC-Irvine in an elimination game on Monday while Oregon State faces PAC-10 rival Arizona State in the winner’s bracket.
Oregon State Recap
Oregon State Beavers will be making their third straight trip to the College World Series. The Beavers are not normally known for baseball success up until three years ago the Beavers last visited Omaha was in 1952. In 2005 was the first time that they made it back to Omaha and they went 0-2. As they say it, are two and barbecue. In 2006, they defeated a very good ball club in North Carolina that was led by Andrew Miller.
Oregon State is coached by Pat Casey, which has built Oregon State into a baseball national champion. Casey and OSU wrote one of the great chapters in college baseball history in 2006, when the Beavers became the first-ever team from the Pacific Northwest to win the NCAA Division I College World Series. Pat has coached at Oregon State since 1995.
The Pitching staff has four proven starters who lead the way for this team. Jorge Reyes, pitched in the Super Regional on Saturday against Michigan, Jorge has a record of 5-3 with nine starts. The opposing teams are batting .238 against him. Daniel Thurpen is 9-1 with an era of 3.65 and opposing teams are batting .265. Joe Patterson is 10-6 with an era of 3.77 and opposing teams are batting .264. Mike Stutts has made 19 starts for OSU and has a record of 9-4 with an era of 4.06 and opposing teams are batting .234. When they get to the late stages of the games, they turn it over to the bullpen to close it out. The man for the job is Eddie Kunz he has 11 saves on the year.
As a team, the offense is batting .282 for the year. At the top are some very capable young men. Leading the way are Mike Lissman, Jordan Lennerton, and Mitch Canham. Those three combine have 24 of OSU 38 homeruns.
If OSU can get some quality starts from the pitching staff and with the way, the defense plays, 55 errors all year, look for this ball club to make some noise at OMAHA!
The Oregon State Beavers advanced to the College World Series with an 8-2 victory over Michigan. Mike Stutes started for Oregon State and gave them eight strong innings while only giving up three hits and two runs. He also struck out nine batters in the game. Darwin Barney led the offense by going 3-5 with three RBI. The Wolverines end the season with a 42-19 record while Oregon State will play in the College World Series on Saturday.
Oregon State Recap
The Oregon State Beavers were limited to one hit but were able to pull out an 1-0 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Scott Santschi received a lead-off walk in the top of the ninth. He was pinch ran for by Braden Wells. He was bunted to second by Lonnie Lechelt. Zach Putnam then continued his no-hit bid by striking out Chris Hopkins to give the Wolverines two outs in the ninth. Joey Wong then hit a single through the left side of the infield which was the Beavers only hit of the game and drove home Wells with the go-ahead run. Michigan then lifted starter Zach Putnam for Michael Powers who got the final out in the ninth. Eddie Kunz took over on the mound for the Beavers and got the final two outs of the game to give the Beavers an 1-0 series lead. The teams will be back in action on Monday at 7 pm on the East Coast.
Oregon State Recap
The Oregon State-Michigan Super Regional was scheduled to start at 3 pm on Saturday but rain has entered into the Corvallis area postponing Game 1 until Sunday. They have pushed the schedule back a full day with Game 1 on Sunday at 4 pm on ESPN, Game 2 on Monday at 1 pm or 4 pm on ESPN or ESPN 2, and Game 3 will be played on Tuesday at a TBA time.
The Oregon State Beavers welcome Michigan to Corvallis, Oregon for a Super Regional meeting. The games will be played on Saturday at 3 pm ESPN U, Sunday at 4 pm ESPN, Monday at 7 pm ESPN or ESPN 2.
Oregon State (42-18)
The Oregon State Beavers are making a return trip to a NCAA Super Regional after winning the National Championship last season. The Beavers won the Charlottesville Regional after defeating Rutgers 5-1. The Beavers then took on the Virginia Cavaliers in a winner’s bracket game which they lost in 13 innings 7-4. OSU then had to fight through the loser’s bracket as they defeated Rutgers 5-2 to advance to the Regional Final against Virginia. They defeated Virginia in Game 1 by a score of 5-3 and then 7-3. Oregon State is led by 13th year head coach Pat Casey who is 604-384-5 in his long career. The Oregon State offense is led by All-American catcher candidate Mitch Canham who is hitting .323 on the year with nine homers. The Beavers pitching staff is led by Daniel Turpen who is 9-1 with a 3.65 ERA. He is joined in the rotation by Mike Stutes (9-4, 4.05 ERA) and Joe Paterson (9-6, 3.81 ERA). Eddie Kunz closes for OSU with 10 saves on the year while making 28 appearances with a 3.05 ERA.
Oregon State Game Notes
Oregon State Season Stats
The Michigan Wolverines shocked the baseball world by winning the Nashville Regional last weekend which included the Vanderbilt Commodores who was the number 1 seed in the tournament. They opened the tournament up with a 10-7 victory over Memphis. Michigan then had to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores and were able to take them out 4-3 on a Kevin Cislo RBI single in the ninth inning. This sent Michigan to the Regional Championship game where they had to take on Vanderbilt. The Wolverines lost the first game to Vandy 10-7 but in game 2 were able to get a pinch hit homer from freshman Alan Oaks off of David Price (MLB Number 1 overall pick) to give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead which they were able to hold onto. The Wolverines are led by 5th year head coach Rich Maloney who has a career record of 447-254-1 including a head coaching stint with Ball State. The Wolverines offense is led by Nate Recknagel who picked up the MVP award of the Nashville Regional after going 6-17 with 7 RBI. He is hitting .359 on the year with twelve homers. The Michigan pitching staff is led by Chris Fetter who is 6-3 with a 4.50 ERA. Zach Putnam (8-4, 4.13 ERA) will start Game 1 for the Wolverines while Mike Wilson (7-0, 3.07 ERA) is scheduled for Game 2 with Fetter going in Game 3. Ben Jenzen leads the team with 5 saves but a 4.54 ERA.
Michigan Series Notes
Michigan Season Stats
Detroit Free-Press Article about Nate Recknagel
Saturday: UM Zach Putnam (8-4, 4.13 ERA) vs TBA
Sunday: UM Mike Wilson (7-0, 3.07 ERA) vs TBA
Monday: UM Chris Fetter (6-3, 4.50 ERA) vs TBA
The CBB predicts Oregon State to make it back to the CWS with a two game sweep.