OMAHA, Neb. – John Gatlin came off the bench for only his 29th at bat of the season and knocked a walk-off single to keep Ole Miss alive in the 2014 College World Series.
After Texas Tech tied the game with a run in the ninth inning, pinch hitter Blake Bortles walked and went to third base when pinch hitter Brantley Bell‘s chopper back to the mound was thrown away. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — Ole Miss (47-20) scored a walk-off victory defeating Texas Tech, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game of the 2014 College World Series.
Texas Tech (45-21) tied the game in the ninth inning, but the Rebels ended the Red Raiders season when pinch hitter John Gatlin, who had 28 at bats on the season, singled over the drawn in, five-man infield to score Aaron Greenwood.
After the game, Gatlin talked about his at bat, the difficulty of coming off the bench to pinch hit and what the big hit meant to him after a couple of difficult seasons dealing with injuries and a lack of playing time.
John Gatlin also discussed his decision to stay in Omaha with his teammates, despite his grandmother’s death back in Mississippi two nights ago.
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OMAHA, Neb. — Scott Brown may have the best college baseball job the country.
As the Vanderbilt pitching coach, Brown gets to pull the strings on the deepest staff in the country — a staff that runs out talented arm after talented arm.
Vanderbilt features junior right-hander Tyler Beede, the No. 14 overall draft pick this year, as well as three sophomore right-handers that could all be first-day draft picks in next year’s draft. Then there’s the four relievers that each have an ERA under 2.00 and lefty Jared Miller, who is 6-2 on the year after starting the season in the rotation prior to Carson Fulmer‘s conversion from closer to starter.
“Any time you have that kind of caliber of arms in the stable, you do have a pretty good job,” Brown said. “I know that every day. I’m fortunate.”
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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OMAHA, Neb. — Behind Walker Buehler’s dominance out of the bullpen, Vanderbilt defeated UC Irvine, 6-4, Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Commodores (48-19) scored three runs in the fifth inning to overcome Tyler Beede‘s shaky start that put them in a 4-2 hole, but then never looked back.
Buehler was unhittable on the mound. The right-hander pitched 5.1 innings and only allowed three baserunners — none via hits. UC Irvine (41-24) had no answer for Buehler’s mid-90s fastball and power breaking ball.
OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt scored the most runs yet at the 2014 Men’s College World Series and beat UC Irvine 6-4 in the winner’s bracket at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — Mike Papi delivered a walk-off, two-out double to right-centerfield to score pinch runner Thomas Woodruff and push Virginia to a 2-1 victory over Ole Miss in both teams 2014 College World Series opener at TD Ameritrade Park.
OMAHA, Neb. — With the winning run on second base and a base open in the ninth inning, Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco had a difficult decision to make Sunday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
Bianco had to choose between pitching to Virginia’s biggest offensive weapon, Mike Papi, or pitching around Papi to face Joe McCarthy, who had already burned the Rebels in a similar situation earlier in the game.
Momentum is a fickle mistress, especially in baseball where there is no clock to be beat.
In pressure situations with 18- to 22-year-old college baseball players, momentum can quickly shift with one big play.
That is only heightened when runs are at a premium during a low-scoring affair with quality arms on the mound. And on college baseball’s biggest stage, the spacious TD Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series, assures that is the case nearly every game.
“The value of the run out here, whoo, it’s crucial,” Louisville head coach Dan McConnell said after his team lost to Vanderbilt, 5-3, on Saturday night.
OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt scored four of its five runs with two outs, including all three in a second-inning rally, and that was enough to knock off Louisville, 5-3, in the College World Series opening round.
The Commodores’ big rally started with a pair of walks and a single that loaded the bases for leadoff hitter Dansby Swanson. A wild pitch got Vanderbilt (47-19) on the board and then Swanson tacked on two more, clearing the bases with a rope into left-centerfield for a double. Continue reading