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2014 San Luis Obispo NCAA Regional Preview

Cal Poly was dominating UCLA in the 2013 Los Angeles Regional. But then Matt Imhof’s no hitter was broken up and then after a couple of bloop hits, the shutout was no longer in place. A pitching change followed by a strikeout and a routine flyball should have ended the Bruins’ threat, but instead, Nick Torres lost the ball in the lights. UCLA tied the game and took the lead the next inning. Cal Poly never recovered.

That is what has been on the Mustangs’ minds for the past 12 months. Finally, Cal Poly has its opportunity for redemption. Imhof will likely be on the mound Friday night. Torres will undoubtedly be in right field, but instead of Jackie Robinson Field, Torres will be patrolling the Baggett Stadium grass.

With a 45-10 record and a No. 6 ranking in the NCBWA poll, the Mustangs earned the honor of hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time in Division I program history. They will welcome the Pac-12’s Arizona State, and a pair of California conference champs in Pepperdine and Sacramento State.
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2014 Oxford Regional Preview

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After being picked 6th in the SEC West in pre-season polls, the Rebels exceeded all expectations, winning the division with a 19-11 record and being in the discussion of a national seed. Their hopes of being one of the top eight fell short, but Ole Miss is hosting a regional and have a team that’s very reliable on both sides of the ball. Despite a very strong pitching staff featuring Chris Ellis (2.17 ERA) and Christian Trent (2.44 ERA) who combined to go 15-1 on the season, what the Rebels do offensively is what is so impressive. Continue reading

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2014 Nashville Regional Preview

By: Rudy Jones
The teams
No. 1 seed Vanderbilt (41-18). 2. Oregon (42-18). 3. Clemson (36-23). 4. Xavier (29-27)

  • Vanderbilt is making its 13th NCAA appearance, including its ninth straight under coach Tim Corbin’s direction.
  • Oregon is making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, including third straight.
  • Clemson is making its 39th NCAA appearance – fifth-most all-time. The Tigers have been in the tournament 27 of the last 28 seasons.
  • Xavier is making the second appearance in program history. The other time was in 2009 as the Atlantic 10 Conference champion.

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2014 NCAA Regional Preview: Bloomington (IN)

The Indiana Hoosiers are hosting an NCAA Regional for the second straight year after a 42-13 campaign while going 21-3 in Big Ten play. They will be joined by intrastate rival Indiana State (35-16, 14-7 in Missouri Valley), Stanford (30-23, 16-14 in Pac-12), and Youngstown State (16-36, 6-17 Horizon League).  Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Back-to-Back in the Mountain West

The Pac-12 and the Mountain West were the only two conferences with Southern California squads still active, but that didn’t mean there was any less drama on the final day of the college baseball regular season.

USC went for a second upset — and the series win — of the No. 1 team in the nation. UCLA was trying for the sweep of No. 13 Washington. And San Diego State was trying to swim the rough currents of the Mountain West loser’s bracket for the second straight year.

Could the Aztecs knock top-seeded UNLV off for the second time in as many days?

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SoCal Roundup: West Coast Champs Crowned

Have to keep the roundup of the exciting final full day of Southern California action to a minimum tonight as I’m headed out from Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. after the WCC Championship and driving to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Mountain West finale tomorrow.

(Well, I ended up getting booted from Banner Island before I could finish up, so I made a pit stop in Barstow to rest the legs and finish up the SoCal Roundup. I will have more from the WCC Championship later when I arrive and settled in at UNLV.)

But here’s Saturday’s SoCal Roundup complete with photo galleries from Cal State Fullerton and Banner Island Ballpark:

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SoCal Roundup: Justin Garza No Hitter

The Mountain West Conference Tournament had a couple of exciting finishes and officially has a team swinging a mean scythe. The West Coast Conference has its championship game participants and it will be a familiar face-off.

Oh…and some guy named Garza happened to throw nine innings without the other team getting a hit and there might have been an upset of the No. 1 team in the country.

All that plus more in a super exciting final Friday regular season edition of the Southern California College Baseball Roundup:

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SoCal Roundup: “Bubbles” Dominates Bubble Battle

With the Mountain West and West Coast Conference tournaments starting up Wednesday and Thursday and crucial weekend series to wrap up the regular season for the Big West and Pac-12, very few midweek games were on the slate this week.

But one game presented a pair of college baseball traditional powers squaring off in a huge bubble battle as the history-rich programs of USC and Cal State Fullerton played with RPI rankings on the line.

The game started in favor of one squad, but made a drastic turn with the assistance of a player nicknamed “Bubbles.”

Find out who came out ahead between the Trojans and Titans and hear the calls from a dramatic final inning in Riverside that featured a pair of home runs. Also, check out photo galleries from all three midweek games.

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SoCal Roundup: First Big West Title

The West Coast Conference regular season title was up for grabs on the final day of regular season play and so were the final two spots in next week’s WCC Tournament. Who would travel to Stockton wouldn’t be determined until a walk-off victory settled it. But was it the San Diego Toreros, sitting at home watching the final games unfold on their computers, or one of the teams in action when it was all settled?

Find out that plus more in Sunday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Cal Poly’s Big West title celebration at Cal State Northridge and UCLA.

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