Sunday, May 31, 2009

What Else Could Happen?

Here's a quick look at just some of the things that happened in a span of less than 24 hours of the 2009 NCAA Baseball Tournament:

  • The longest game in NCAA history ended when Texas beat Boston College 3-2 in 25 innings. The 7-plus hour game ended at just after 2am Eastern Time.
  • #4 seed Army beats BC 4-3 in an elimination game that started Sunday at Noon Central Time. However, Army then lost to Texas after a walk-off grand slam by Preston Clark capped an 8-run ninth inning to give the Longhorns a 14-10 win and the Austin Regional championship.
  • Less than 20 minutes later, TCU beats Oregon State 5-4 in walk-off fashion. The Horned Frogs trailed 4-0 after three innings.
  • Florida State scores the most runs in NCAA Tournament history in a 37-6 win over Ohio State to win the Tallahassee Regional. It's just the second time in more than 30 years that as many as 30 runs have been scored in an NCAA Tourney game.
  • FSU's 66 Total Bases, 15 doubles, and 38 hits are all NCAA team records.
  • Seminole Stephen Cardullo goes 7-fo-9 with 5 RBIs. It's the first 7-hit game in NCAA Tournament history.
  • Another #4 seed, Utah, beats Gonzaga 9-7 to advance to the Fullerton Regional title round.
  • Trey Sperring breaks-up Arkansas pitcher Drew Smyly's no-hitter with one-out in the 9th inning of the Norman Regional title game. Smyly settles for 2 hits in 8 1/3 IP, and the Razorbacks beat the Sooners 11-0 to win the Regional.
  • Western Kentucky overcomes a 9-3 deficit by scoring 6 runs in the 8th and another run in the 9th inning to knock-off Ole Miss 10-9. The two teams play Monday for the Oxford Regional crown.

Ride Or Die with Wood And Belfiore

They call it "ride or die", and Saturday night/Sunday morning in Austin Texas two teams rode two stallions as far as they could go in the longest game in NCAA history. The most impressive of the feats to come out of the 3-2 Texas win over Boston College is the dueling performances by the two teams' closers: Longhorn lefty Austin Wood and BC's Mike Belfiore.

Wood came into the game with one out and a runner at second base in the seventh inning. He then pitched 12 1/3 straight innings without giving-up a hit, and ended his night with 13.0 scoreless frames with a whopping 14 strikeouts. It goes without saying the Ks were a career-best. It could take some closers three weeks to rack-up 14 punch-outs.

Belfiore's feat was a little more human. All the BC junior did was pitch 9 2/3 innings without yielding a run after taking the mound in the ninth inning. He fanned 11 on the night.

Two pitchers, 22 scoreless innings, 25 strikeouts, just 4 walks, and a total of 298 pitches.

A complete game in any game is a valued commodity. A complete game in a double-elimination post-season tournament is pure GOLD. Although neither gets credit for a complete game, they each tossed the equivalent and then some.

Talk about taking one for the team. Whatever these guys are getting in scholarship money their coaches should double it.

Texas is a program with national championships. Big things are expected when you sign-on to wear the burnt orange, and Wood came-up big at the biggest of times. (And you think his team's not ecstatic that after they finished just after 1 am they got to sleep-in for a 7pm game rather than getting-up for a Noon elimination game vs. Army?)

The two hits Wood gave-up are more hits than Angelina Jolie's had over the last couple years, but she might have more adopted kids than his 13 IP. Longhorn head coach, Auggie Garrido, called Wood's performance "the best by an individual" he's seen in his 41 years on the bench. Pretty big praise for a guy with national titles at Texas and Fullerton.

Boston College ended-up in that elimination game after the 7-plus hour marathon. (By the way, you can fly from Boston to London in less than seven hours. You can also drive from Austin to Baton Rouge in about that time, or you could drive from Austin to Ft. Worth and back and have time eat a steak along the way.) BC lost 4-3 to Army in Sunday's elimination game, but that doesn't discount Belfiore's guts.

He's a two-way player, and finished just 1-for-9 at the plate in the marathon, but his one RBI was more than he allowed in his 9-plus innings on the hill.

Boston College should erect a statue to Belfiore and plant it outside Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field in Chestnutt Hill, MA. Boston College is in it's first NCAA Tournament since Yaz became the last player to win the triple crown. We've had eight presidents, 250 Star Trek movies, two Red Sox championships, and Seinfeld has come and gone since then.

Q: What lies in the shadow of Belfiore's statue? A: Belfiore's cohones. BC freshmen must hence forth carry a tooth brush and a can of Brasso to keep it clean.

Win or lose Saturday or Sunday, Belfiore's 9 2/3 scoreless innings vs. Texas are the most important Eagle innings since before Neil Armstrong and his Eagle landed on the moon.

No matter what he does for the rest of his baseball career, or the rest of his life, Belfiore will always be that BC pitcher in that game.

Maybe the Dropkick Murphys will write a song about him: "Belfiore! Mikio Aoki shouted, we're not here to mess around..." (Sung to the tune of "Tessie".)

Or maybe not.

Aoki is in just his second year as Boston College head coach. If he goes 39 more he'll never see another Eagle match Belfiore, and none of us will ever likely see a duel effort like Wood and Belfiore gave us Saturday night.

Let's get the ball rolling. I'll donate the first $5 to the Mike Belfiore statue project. You in?



Sean Stires is the co-editor at collegebaseball360.com. His email address is: sean@collegebaseball360.com

More "Nuggets" On The TX-BC 25-Inning Game

(Courtesy Boston College & Texas Sports Information Depts.)

(Austin, TX) In a game that lasted an NCAA all-division-record 25 innings and went 7 hours and 3 minutes, the No. 5 Texas Longhorns toppled the Boston College Eagles 3-2 at the NCAA Austin Regional at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday evening.

The evening was highlighted by the relief performance of each teams’ closers.

Longhorns left-hander Austin Woods entered the game with one out and a runner on second base in the seventh inning and proceeded to pitch 12.1 innings before yielding a hit. For the game, Wood pitched 13.0 scoreless innings, scattering two hits and four walks while striking out a career-high 14. He logged 169 pitches on the evening.
BC closer Mike Belfiore entered the game in the ninth inning and worked 9.2 scoreless innings and allowed just three hits. He struck out 11 in his outing, throwing 86 strikes and 129 total pitches.
Both pitchers had pitched the previous day as well. Belfiore threw an inning against Texas State on Friday while Wood worked 2.0 innings versus Army.

The 25.0-inning game topped the previous longest game of 23.0 innings played between Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State on March 27, 1971. ULL won the game, 6-5.

The prior record for an NCAA Division I Championship game was 1988 when Clemson bested Fordham, 3-2, inning 19 innings at a Northeast Regional game in New Britain, Connecticut.


BC has to turn around and face Army, which beat Texas State in the elimination game earlier in the day, at noon CT on Sunday. Should they win, the Eagles would then have to take on Texas again in the first championship game at 6 p.m.



FACTS AND FIGURES
• Both teams received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the game
• Texas had to reset the scoreboard twice to post the score by inning
• It was 96 degrees at first pitch at 6:02 p.m. - The game finished at 78 degrees at 1:05 a.m.
• Texas introduced the 21st inning stretch
• Both teams used all of their position players
• There were 683 pitches thrown in the game
• Texas stranded 24 men on base
• Belfiore, Hamlet and Lawrence each played three positions
• Texas had three runs on 20 hits
• Junior Chris Kowalski recorded his first-career at-bat
• There were 11 walks in the game compared to 42 strikeouts
• The 10 p.m. ET game at UC Irvine game started and finished
• The 25-inning game was the longest game in NCAA baseball history. The previous longest game was a 23-inning game played between Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State on March 27, 1971. ULL won the game 6-5.
• The game also marked the longest NCAA postseason game in history. The previous longest game was a 19-inning contest between Clemson and Fordham at the NCAA Northeast Regional in New Britain, Conn. on May 26, 1988.
• Texas and Boston College combined to set NCAA records with 42 strikeouts, 222 total chances, 69 assists, 192 plate appearances and 171 at-bats.
• Texas' 91 at-bats, 103 plate appearances, 115 total chances and 75 putouts set new NCAA records
• Tucker and Torres set the NCAA single-game record for at-bats with 12 AB's against BC
• Preston Clark's 33 putouts against BC set a new NCAA record for most single-game putouts.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

More Twitter Excerpts ...

SIX #1 SEEDS ON THE ROPES - Irvine, Oklahoma, Rice, GaTech, Clemson & East Carolina all must win twice on Sun., again on Mon. to advance (those teams lost, respectively, to VA-ARK-KSt-SoMiss-TNTech-SC)

SUPER-REGIONAL SCENARIOS - If the 2-0 teams all advance, the SR matchups would include: Texas-TCU..SoMiss-FLA..ASU-OKSt..SC-NC (cont.)

OTHER SUPER-REGIONAL PROBABLES - Fullerton-Louisville ... Florida State-Arkansas ... Virgnia-Ol' Miss ... Kansas St.-LSU

UPSET BENEFICIARIES - FSU and Ol' Miss could be prime beneficiaries from #1-seed upsets (OK/UCI), as 'Noles & Rebels now could host a S-Reg.

TEXAS WINS RECORD-SETTING 25-INNING GAME

excerpted from the CB360updates Twitter feed...

TEXAS SURVIVES 25-INN. SAGA - #1 TX (now 2-0) 3-20-3, #3 Boston Coll. 2-8-0..Travis Tucker 1-for-11 before 1B thru rt-side scored ConnorRowe

MORE MARATHON NOTES - Austin Dicharry gets win (5.2IP-H-BB-4K), TX closer Austin Wood 12.1 innings of no-hit mid-relief (13IP-2H-4BB-14K)17 minutes ago from web

MORE CRAZY NUMBERS - 28 pos.-players used and 10 pitchers (only 3 by TX); TX no runs from 2nd-24th (BC none from 7th-25th); 35 LOB (TX 23)

RECORD-SETTING - Longest game in NCAA history (25 inn.; game lasted roughly 7 hours)...46 zeroes (scoreless half-innings) on "scoreboard"

GO-AHEAD SEQUENCE (t-25): Rowe 1B/David Hernandez sac bunt/wild pitch/Tucker RBI 1B thru right side (took 2 strikes, then full-count)10 minutes ago from web

ON & ON ... BC's closer Mike Belfiore stellar "mid-relief" (9.2IP-3H-0BB-11K); TX: 3-hole Mich. Torres 1-for-12, cleanup Cam. Rupp 2-11 (6K)13 minutes ago from web

HISTORICAL- Previous NCAA record: 25-inn. game (1971; La-Laf vs. McNeese); longest MLB gm: 26-inn. (Br. Dodgers 1, Boston Braves 1, in 1920)

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  2. Ol-Miss REG (elim-gm) - t-6th: Missouri 5-7-1, Monmouth (h) 0-4-2 ... Kyle Gibson still in (BB-5K), Kyle Mach 3-3/R, Tigers only 2RBI
  3. LSU-REG (elim-gm)- t6th: MINN 5-10-1, Southern (h) 3-6-2..Rosin still in (2BB-6K), Justin Gominsky 3-3/2R-3B-SB; SO-Maloy still in (BB-3K)
  4. KU ELIM DART (@UNC) - #3 KAN 16-17-0, #4 DART 0-5-2..Shaeffer Hall CG (0BB-6K), Zac Elgie HR-6BI-HR, Naradowski HR-2R, Afenir 3-3/HR-2BI-4R
  5. RICE-REG ELIM-GM (2-2/t-3rd) - Starters: Sam-Houston So. LHP Brent Powers & Xavier Jr. LHP Danny Rosenbaum
  6. LOU-REG ELIM-GM- Starters: VAN Fr. RHP Sonny Gray (4-1/5-SV/4.94/60K/19BB/59H/51IP), IU Jr. LHP Matt Bashore (7-4/3.69/105K/29BB/93H/92.2IP)
  7. BACK @ECU (elim-gm) - t6: BING (h) 4-6-1, GMason 2-9-1...BING: Dennis 5IP-2UER-9H-3BB-3K, Taylor HR-2RBI; GM: Crum 5IP-2BB-2K, Henderson 2BI
  8. TX-REG ELIMgm - Starters: A&M Fr. LHP Ross Hales (6-2/4.17/74K/22BB/73H/73.1IP) & Wr-St Jr. RHP Alex Kaminsky (6-2/2.72/52K/9BB/94H/79.1IP)
  9. CLEMSONREG ELIM-GAME - Starters: Alabama Fr. LHP and TN-Tech Sr. RHP Michael Alcorn
  10. GT-REG ELIM GAME - Starters: Elon So. LHP Jimmy Reyes (7-0/5.12/88K/18BB/93H/77.1IP) & GaSt Jr. RHP Ryan Moore (7-1/4.63/61K/29BB/82H/79.2IP
  11. PITCHERS DUEL (@OK) - t6: Wich-St 1-2-1, Wash-St (h) 0-1-1...Cooper (0BB-7K) and Arnold (2BB-6K) still in; Jones SF scored Bascue in 3rd
  12. MIDGAME (@FL) - t6: #3 J'ville 7-7-1, #4 BCook 5-5-0...JV: Loosen still in (4ER-BB-6K), HR by Myers (2RBI) & Martinez, Opachichi 3BI; BC 3HR
  13. WICH-WSU - starters: WICH Fr. RHP Jordan Cooper (8-5/2.61/87K/19BB/85H/93IP) and WSU Jr. RHP Chad Arnold (7-3/4.42/72K/43BB/78H/77.2IP)
  14. TIGHT BATTLE IN TX - (b-7) TXSt 4-7-1, Army (h) 2-2-3...TS: Borski 6.1IP-2R/ER-2H-4BB-5K, Spenser 2RBI, Goldschmidt 3R; Army: Henshaw HR
  15. MN-SO UNDERWAY- (MN 4-2/b3); MN So. RHP Seth Rosin (7-1/4.21/60K/14BB/78H/72.2IP); Southern Fr.RHP Jarrett Maloy (8-2/3.52/48K/16BB/79H/69IP
  16. OHSt ELIM MAR (@FSU) - #3 seed Ohio-St. 6-7-0, #4 Marist 4-10-0...Dew 3-run 3B/R, Streng 2RBI; MAR: Agostini HR-2R, Meyer 2RBI
  17. MORE OSU/MAR - Marist: Martin in (5IP-5BB-2K), 2-run 1B in 2nd (Meyer), SF in 4th (Stanton) ... OSU 4R in 3rd (Dew 3-run 3B/Miller SF)
  18. DEADLOCKED @FSU- Marist 3B/7-hole George Agostini ties OH-St (t-6), followed by 1B; MAR 4-10-0, OS 4-4-0; Wolosiansky pulled (5.1IP-2BB-K)
  19. TXSt-ARMY UNDERWAY (@TX): Pair of soph. RHPs - Brian Borski (Texas-St.) and Ben Koenigsfeld (Army) - starting on the mound.
  20. NO MAJOR UPSETS - With ECU's win, all of the regional #1 seeds/hosts have opened with a W (FLA & CLEM rallied in 9th; TX, OK & UCI won by 2)
  21. PIRATES WIN – ECU 11-10-1, BING 7-13-3...Bailey Daniels relief (4IP-R-3H-0BB-3K), Dustin Harrington 3RBI-HR; BING: Charron 2HR/4RBI-4H
  22. UNDERWAY @FL - OHSt So. RHP Dean Wolosiansky (11-2/5.76/53K/32BB/109H/86IP)...Marist Jr. RHP B.J. Martin (5-5/4.08/94K/34BB/79H/81.2IP)
  23. ECU LEADS (t6)- ECU 11-10-1 (4R in 3rd/4th), BING 6-11-3 (4 in 5th)..Heston 4IP-6R-10H-3K, HR: Whitehead/Harrington/Harris, BING: Charron HR
  24. KU-DART STARTS - Kansas Jr. LHP Shaeffer Hall (4-6/4.63/59K/10BB/99H/83.2IP ... Dartmouth Fr. RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-2/4.14/47K/15BB/78H/63IP
  25. EARLY SAT. STARTS - Elim. gms (times eastern): Marist v. OHSt (12 @FS), KAN vs. DART (1 @NC), TXSt v. Army (1 @TX), J'ville v. BCook (1 @FL)
  26. (cont.) BING starter Fr. RHP Murphy Smith (7-2/2.41/81K/14BB/70H/86IP), solid K/BB ratio..loser vs. GMason in elim. gm (2PM), win vs. SC (6)
  27. PPD GAME UNDERWAY- #4 seed BING at #1 ECU has begun (ppd from Fri.)...ECU starter is Jr. RHP Chris Heston (7-0/3.41/86 K/32 BB/78 H in 87IP)
  28. MILD UPSETS (Fri., #3 over #2)- S-Miss 17, Elon 15..BosColl 8, TXSt 7..BAY 5, MN 0..OKSt 9, AL 6..ORSt 9, A&M 8..GON 19,GSo 10..WKY 11, MO 5
  29. Open-up and say "Strasburg". CB360 Editor, Sean Stires, takes a look at the hurler's name pronunciation. www.collegebaseball360.com.

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  1. BIG-12 STARTS 5-3 - Losses by #2 seeds TXA&M & MO, and #3 KAN ... wins by #1 seeds TX & OK, and #2 seeds BAY, OK-St & K-St
  2. SEC OPENS 6-2 - losses by #2 seed ALA (6-10 vs. OK-St) and #3 Vandy (4-5 vs. Mid-TN)...#1 seeds LSU, FL & Ol-MS won, as did #2s ARK, SC & GA
  3. ACC SWEEPS DAY-1 (7-0) - GT 9, GaSt 3..BC 8, TX-St 7..UNC 11, KAN 3..CLEM 5, TN-Tech 4..MIA 9, J'ville 4..VA 5, SD-St 1..FSU 16, Marist 4
  4. MILD UPSETS (Sat., #3 over #2)- S-Miss 17, Elon 15..BosColl 8, TXSt 7..BAY 5, MN 0..OKSt 9, AL 6..ORSt 9, A&M 8..GON 19,GSo 10..WKY 11, MO 5
  5. NARROW ESCAPES - #1 close calls: Clemson 5 (2R b9), TN-Tech 4...FLA 8 (3R b9), BCook 7...OK 5, WICH-St 4...TX 3, Army 1...Irvine 4, Fresno 2
  6. FRIDAY OVERVIEW - Hosts/#1 seeds went 15-0 (ECU-BING ppd to Sat.)...in #2 vs. #3 seed games, the #3 seeeds won 7-of-16.
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  8. MORE FL/BCook - Gators in b-9: Teddy Foster 1B scored tying/winning runs (den Dekker/Adams); FL HR: Tucker (2BI-2R); BC HR: Durrence & Clark
  9. WILD FINISH @UF- #1 FL 8-13-1, #4 Beth-Cook 7-14-0...BC led 6-3 mid-8/7-5 mid-9 (FL 2R in 8th/3 in 9th), BC: Hiram Burgos 7IP-3R-8H-2BB-6K
  10. ECU GAME POSTPONED - #4 seed Binghamton at #1 East Carolina moved to Sat. (10 AM)
  11. CLEMSON RALLY AVERTS UPSET - #1 seed CLEM 5-8-1, #4 TN-Tech 4-8-0...CL 2R b-9 (Schaus 2-run 2B), Stoneburner 4.2IP shutout relief-2H-0BB-5K
  12. TOP SEEDS (all win; cont.) - TCU 6, Wright-St 3..FL 8, Beth-Cook 7..Rice 5, SamHouston 2..LOU 8, IND 2..OK 5, WICH 4..Ol-Miss 8, Monmouth 1
  13. Middle Tennessee St. won today, and Sean Stires likes it. Read why on today's blog at www.collegebaseball360.com
  14. TOP SEEDS/HOSTS - 11-0 so far today: GaTech 9, GaSt 3...TX 3, Army 1...LSU 10, Southern 3...UNC 5, Dartmouth 2...CLEM 5, TN-Tech 4...cont
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  16. MORE GON/G-So– Bulldogs 7R in 1st; Berg relief win (6IP-2R-6H-0BB-6K), HR by Wiegand (3BI)/Synegal/Castellito (3BI); GS 4 HR (2 by Benedict)
  17. "ZAGS" HAPPY RETURN TO NCAAs (@full) - #3 seed Gonzaga 19-18-1, #2 GA-Southern 10-15-3...first NCAA appearance for GON since '81
  18. STRASBURG'S FIRST LOSS - San Diego St. ace Stephen Strasburg tough loss vs. VA (7IP-2R-8H-2BB-15K), now 13-1/1.40 ERA/210K/19BB/73H in 116IP
  19. CAVS BEAT ACE STRASBURG (@Irvine)- #2 VA 5-13-0 (3R in 8th), #3 SD-St 1-6-1..Morey 6 shutout IP-5H-3BB-9K, HR by Gosselin & Proscia (2BI-2R)
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  21. OL' MISS REG - #3 seed W-KY 11-12-0, #2 Missouri 5-5-1..WK HR by Gaynor (23rd of yr; 3RBI) & Rice (3R), Dayleg 4-5/RBI-3R-2 2B; MO: Senne HR
  22. ANOTHER BUBBLE-TEAM WIN (LSU Reg.) - #3 seed Baylor 5-9-1, #2 Minnesota 0-5-0...Willie Kempf 6IP-3H-2BB-6K, Shaver Hansen HR-2RBI-2R-BB-2B
  23. RECENT FINALS (details later)-NC 5, DART 2..So-CAR 11, G-Mason 2..K-St 16, Xavier 8..W-KY 11, MO 5..GA 24, OHSt 8..O-Roberts 13, CalPoly 3
  24. MORE SM/Elon (@GT)- 11 HRs! SoMiss: BoDavis 2 (4BI)/Brunty/Stevens/Archer (4BI-3R)/Maxie, Elon: Bennett Davis 3 (4BI)/Austin (5BI)/Pritchard
  25. SHOOTOUT YIELDS ANOTHER 2-3 UPSET - So-Miss 17-16-0, Elon 15-18-2...SM 8R in 2nd/3 in 7th/5 in 9th, Elon closes with 3-1-3-2 runs from 6-9th
  26. MORE ON ORSt/A&M - Beavers: Sam Gaviglio 5.2IP-R-6H-2BB-6K, 3-for-5 from Koa Kahalehoe (3BI-R) & Carter Bell (2BI-2R); A&M: Kyle Colligan HR
  27. TIGHT ONE @TCU - #3 seed Oregon State 9-14-0, Texas A&M 8-15-1...Beavers led 9-1 after 6 (Aggies 7R in 7th; 3 in 9th, on Caleb Shofner HR)
  28. MORE OKS- #3 reg. seed OK-St 10-12-0, #2 Alabama 6-12-0..3HR-6BI-2BB by SS/5-hole Tom Belza, SV by Randy McCurry (3.1 shutout IP-2H-0BB-2K)
  29. UPSET IN CLEMSON - It seemed inevitable that OK-St. (whose selection to the '09 NCAAs has caused major stir) would win today...10-6 over ALA
  30. ANOTHER DELAY - #2 reg. seed South Carolina 9-16-1, #3 George Mason 3-7-4 (@ECU), halted b-7th (SC 2-on, 2-out), SC HRs: Bangs/Ebert/Bradley
  31. LOUISVILLE REG. - #2 seed MID-TN 5-10-0, #3 VAN 4-8-0..Kenneth Roberts 7IP-3R-6H-5BB-K, Stuart Meinhart 1st-inn grand-slam, Taylor Dennis HR
  32. SO FAR: reg. #1 seed LSU 10, #4 Southern 2...#2s over #3s: Coastal-CAR 11, KU 3; Miami 9, J'ville 4, ARK 10, Wash-St 3; #3 BC 8, #2 TXSt 7
  33. OK REG.- #2 seed ARK 10-10-2, #3 WASH-St. 3-9-2 ... Kuechel 7IP-3R-9H-2BB-K, Lyons HR-3RBI, Tschepikow 2RBI-2R-2B; WS: Way 6IP-R-3H-2BB-10K
  34. UNC REGIONAL - #2 seed Coastal Carolina 11-15-1, #3 Kansas 3-6-1..CC HR by Anderson (3BI) & Daniel Bowman (2BI-2R-2B); KU's Narodowski: 2 HR
  35. MILD UPSET- BColl. 8-14-2 (6R/t9) TX-St 7-12-1 (2R/b9)..Spatola HR (4BI-2R), Lawrence 2R; TS: Holbrooks 7IP-2R-5H-BB-K, Goldschmidt HR/3BI
  36. TIGERS ROAR BACK - @LSU 10-14-1 (7R in 7th), Southern 2-7-4..2 RBI for DJ LeMahieu (R) & Derek Helenihi (2B), Austin Ross 6.2IP-2R-7H-BB-10K
  37. GAMECOCKS UP BIG (@ecu) - S-CAR (h) 8-11-1, GMU 1-5-4 ... Sam Dyson 6IP-R-5H-2BB-4K, Parker Bangs HR-2BI-2R-3H, Whit Merrifield 2H-3RBI
  38. The delay in the Georgia vs. Ohio State game (in Gainesville, Fla.) is due to lightning.
  39. DELAY (b5) - GA (h) 10-8-0, OH-St 2-6-1; GA HR: Lewis 2 (4BI), Cerione & Poythress, Grimm 5IP-2R-5H-2BB-5K; OSU: Wimers 4IP-10R-8ER-7BB-5K
  40. MIA 9-10-2, JV 4-10-1 (f): Miami 4R in 5th, Jacksonville 4R in 7th; MIA: Miller 4IP-0R-3H-BB-2K, Hagerty 2HR-3RBI-3R; JV: Fleming 2RBI-R
  41. Big 10 Pitcher of the Year Alex Wimmers: 4 IP-8 H-10R-8ER-7BB-5K vs. Georgia. Bulldogs hit 4 HR-2 by Joey Lewis
  42. Rain delay in Tallahassee: #2 Ga 10-8-0, #3 Oh. St. 2-5-1. Play is about to resume in the bottom of the 5th
  43. UPSET BREWING? b-6: reg. #4 seed Southern 2-5-0 @#1 LS 1-5-0..Richard 5.1IP-0R-5H-0BB-0K, Franklin 2-run HR in 1st; LS R in 6th (1-on/1-out)
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  45. MIA UP ON JU (@U–FL) – top7: #2 reg. seed MIA 6–5–2, #3 J'Ville 3–8–1..MIA 1R in 1st/2nd, 4 in 5th, HR Hagerty/Hermann (2BI); JV 3R in 7th



Did I Miss A Memo?

Since the first time I heard of San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg, I have always heard the "a" in his last name pronounced "ahh"...like the dentist "Open-up and say ahhh".

Now, two different TV talking heads have taken it upon themselves to go with a different flow. Ryan Burr, who was the ESPN anchor on Monday's "Road To Omaha Selection Show", and Greg Amsinger from MLB Network have decided that the "a" in Strasburg is more like an "ouch".

Burr mispronounced Strasburg's name throughout Monday's selection show, and what made it even more comedic is the fact that Kyle Peterson and Will Kimmey were saying Strasburg with the correct "ahh" pronunciation.

Apparently, nobody at ESPN saw a need to correct Burr, because during Thursday WCWS coverage he was going with the same pronunciation while promoting Friday's San Diego State vs. Virginia Regional match-up on the ESPN family of stations.

I hope I spelled "Burr's" name correctly. ESPN never put his name up on the screen during the selection show like they did for Peterson and Kimmey.

My biggest point is just that these guys get paid good money to 1. Deliver the facts correctly and 2. Say the players' names correctly. Is it so much to ask that they do that?

However you say his name, Strasburg had a great game Friday: 15 K and no BB in 7 IP, but his SDSU team lost 5-1 to Virginia in their NCAA Regional opener in Irvine.

It's no secret that Strasburg will be the number one pick in the soon-arriving MLB draft, so let's hope Bud Selig says it right.

NCAA Coverage at www.collegebaseball360.com

Friday, May 29, 2009

Who Will Be This Year's Fresno State?

Who's going to Omaha? Who's going to win this weekend? Who's this year's Fresno State? I've heard all of those questions this week as we get ready for the 2009 NCAA Baseball Tournament to start today. The one thing I can say for sure is (ready)...I don't know.

I have always said, if I could make those kind of predictions I would be making a lot more money somewhere else. One thing last year's Wonderdogs taught us though is: How could we know?

How could we have ever seen them coming? There's no way. (Even though New Mexico State's Richard Stout told me in an interview earlier this season that one of his coaches predicted it when the Aggies were playing the Bulldogs last year.)

The 2008 Fresno State run made me throw out everything I thought I know about winning in the college baseball post-season. Rule #1 (I thought) was you need starting pitching depth. Fresno State had solid pitching, but true depth? Head coach Mike Batesole's pitching was so worn out by the time he got to the CWS championship series against Georgia that he didn't even know who he would start in the first game.

He roles out Sean Bonesteele, who pitched valiently for three innings, but FSU lost 7-6. It's over, right? Wrong. Bulldog starter Justin Miller gives-up five runs in 2.2 innings the next night , but Fresno State wins 19-10. Then Miller comes back the next night, goes eight innings in the most important game of his life, gives-up just a run, Steve Detwiler drives-in six runs, and FSU wins 6-1 to claim the improbable national title.

Who needs to know who their starting pitcher will be?

But that was all last year. What about 2009? Is there a team in this year's field that can wear Cinderella's slipper as snugly as the 2008 Wonderdogs?

I don't think we can bank on a #4 seed again. A #3 seed can just as easily fit the bill. To start with, I wouldn't count out a team like Baylor or Oklahoma State from at least to a Regional title game. Both of those teams have been bashed all week, and in today's "nobody thought we could do it" world, I wouldn't count out some good old fashioned machismo where those teams are concerned.

Some interesting #3s to watch: Ohio State vs. Georgia in the Tallahassee Regional and Cal Poly vs. Oral Roberts in Tempe (a classic hitting vs. pitching, respectively, match-up).

How about the Norman Regional, where #2 Arkansas plays #3 Washington State, and perrenial power Wichita State is a #4 seed vs. #8 National Seed Oklahoma.

Don't rule out Ft. Worth as a region where the improbable might become possible either. TCU is seeded first vs. #4 Wright State (podcast with WSU's Quentin Cate), with #2 Texas A & M vs. #3 Oregon State.

But after scanning the brackets, my true sleeper to watch in this year's tournament is: Middle Tennessee State. The third-seeded Blue Raiders play Vanderbilt in the first round of the Louisville Regional. (The Cardinals play #4 Indiana in the other first round game.)

Why MTSU? How about a self-proclaimed "good ol' boy" named Bryce Brentz. The sophomore leads the nationa in the following categories:

Batting average (.482), slugging percentage (.968), on-base percentage (.552), total bases (213), and home runs (28-T w/Alabama's Kent Matthes).

I had to double and triple check Brentz's batting average when I saw it. I thought maybe I was looking at his on-base percentage. Who leads the nation in both batting average and home runs? It's just not fair.

By the way, Brentz is also 5-3 with a 4.78 ERA on the mound this year. This from a guy who calls himself a "late bloomer" to college baseball. He late-bloomed himself to a .329 average with 18 home runs as a true freshman last year.

"Baseball's just a game of adjustments", he told me in an interview I did with him just a few weeks ago on our web site. (It's still the most fun I had doing an interview this season.)

Brentz may or may not get anything to hit when MTSU plays Vanderbilt today in their Regional opener. The Blue Raiders split two games with the Commodores April 7 and 14. Brentz combined to go (7-9) with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs in those two games.

There's good reason to believe the Sun Belt champion's NCAA run could be short lived. Vandy sends Mike Minor (6-4, 3.64 ERA) to the mound to face the Blue Raiders. Minor tossed his second complete game of the season in last week's 4-1 win over LSU in the first round of the SEC Tournament. However, the Tigers avenged that loss by beating the Commodores 6-2 in the SEC title game. Fresno State anyone?

Don't get me wrong, with sluggers like All-American Chris Dominguez (23 HR) and Phil Wunderlich (18 HR) can ping it too. But the Cards are the #1 seed at they're own regional, we're talking about possible Cinderellas.

It's hard to count out a team like Middle Tennessee State with team numbers that go like this: .346 BA, 99 HR, .578 slg%, .422 OBP, 9.1 runs/game. If you were a coach would you want to face an offense like that with your third, fourth or fifth starting pitcher on the mound?

Speaking of head coaches, Brentz says his coach, Steve Peterson, is "...cool and level-headed, it's like cutting the head off a snake, the snake dies. Coach never breaks down."

How can you argue with logic like that?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pac 10 Announces 2009 Awards

2009 BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

ARIZONA STATE'S JASON KIPNIS NAMED PAC-10 BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ARIZONA STATE'S MIKE LEAKE NAMED PITCHER OF THE YEAR

STANFORD’S JAKE SCHLANDER NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

UCLA’S TREVOR BAUER NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

ARIZONA STATE'S PAT MURPHY NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

(Courtesy Pac 10 Conference)

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – ARIZONA STATE junior outfielder Jason Kipnis
has been named the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the
Year, while teammate junior right-hander Mike Leake has earned Pitcher
of the Year honors. STANFORD sophomore Jake Schlander has been
selected the Defensive Player of the Year, UCLA right-handed pitcher
Trevor Bauer has been named Freshman of the Year and Arizona State's
Pat Murphy has earned Coach of the Year honors, Commissioner Tom
Hansen announced today. The awards are determined by a vote of the
league’s coaches.

Kipnis, the 2008 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, leads the Pac-10 in four
statistical categories this season, including slugging percentage (.
720), runs scored (66), total bases (144) and stolen bases (21). The
Northbrook, Ill., native also ranks in the top-3 in the Conference in
batting average (.380, 2nd), on-base percentage (.496, 2nd), RBI (65,
2nd) and hits (76, 3rd). Kipnis has been selected as one of 30
semifinalists for the 2009 Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to
the top player in college baseball. A Sun Devil has now been selected
the Conference’s Player of the Year for the last three seasons (Brett
Wallace 2007, 2008). Coincidentally, Arizona State was the last
institution to produce three straight winners (Willie Bloomquist 1999,
Casey Myers 2000, 2001).

Leake garners his second consecutive Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year award,
becoming the first ever back-to-back winner and the fourth two-time
recipient. The Fallbrook, Calif., native leads the nation with 14 wins
on the season, setting a new career high. His 1.24 ERA is second
nationally and he leads the Conference in innings pitched (115.2),
opposing batting average (.170) and batters struck out (128). In
Pac-10 play, the righty posted a 9-0 record, with six complete games
including two shutouts. He struck out 87 batters while walking just 12
in his nine league appearances. A mid-season All-American, Leake is
also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. In addition to his
athletic honors, the junior has also been tabbed the Academic All-
American of the Year by ESPN The Magazine and CoSIDA.

Schlander, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., started all 55 of the
Cardinal's games this season. The sophomore has also started all 122
games of his Stanford career, becoming the first Cardinal shortstop to
accomplish that feat. Schlander registered a .965 fielding
percentage, while committing just nine errors, three in the final two
games, in 254 total chances. He was errorless in 47 of Stanford’s 55
games this year as he had a 14-game and a 13-game errorless streak
during the campaign. He is second in the Pac-10 with 167 assists and
had a hand in 27 double plays during the season. In addition, he hit .
232 with 12 doubles, one triple, one home run and 22 RBI for the
Cardinal.

Bauer led UCLA with nine wins and a 2.99 ERA in his debut season. He
threw four complete games, three in Conference games, including a
complete-game shutout against Washington on April 18. He was a perfect
7-0 in Pac-10 play. The Valencia, Calif., native is ranked in the
top-10 in several Conference pitching categories, including innings
pitched (105.1, 2nd), wins (9, t2nd), batters struck out (92, 7th) and
opposing batting average (.225, 9th). He is one of only two pitchers
in UCLA history to notch nine wins as a freshman (Pete Janicki, 1990).
He has been invited to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials
taking place in June.

Murphy has guided the Sun Devils to their third straight Pac-10 title,
the first team to accomplish that feat since the division merged in
1999. It is the fourth Conference crown for the Syracuse, N.Y., native
in his 15th season at the helm of the program. ASU was picked to win
the Pac-10 championship in the coaches’ preseason poll and has been
ranked in the top-10 nationally all year. This is Murphy’s fourth
Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolade, winning in 2000 and now three
straight from 2007-09. The Sun Devils will be making their 10th
consecutive NCAA postseason appearance as they have received the No. 5
overall seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Complete list of Conference honors:

ALL-PAC-10 TEAM

Name School Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown

Dillon Baird ARIZ 1B Jr. 6-3 215 Prescott, Ariz.
Trevor Bauer UCLA RHP Fr. 6-1 175 Valencia, Calif.
Brad Boxberger USC RHP Jr. 6-2 200 Tustin, Calif.
Mark Canha CAL 1B So. 6-2 195 San Jose, Calif.
Dwight Childs ARIZ C Jr. 6-3 180 Elk Grove, Calif.
Gerrit Cole UCLA RHP Fr. 6-4 215 Santa Ana, Calif.
Kyle Conley (2) WASH OF Jr. 6-4 205 Richland, Wash.
Cody Decker UCLA 1B Sr. 6-0 225 Santa Monica, Calif.
Grant Green (2) USC SS Jr. 6-3 180 Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Brett Jackson CAL OF Jr. 6-2 210 Orinda, Calif.
Jeremy Johnson WSU RHP Jr. 5-10 150 Centralia, Wash.
Kellen Killsgaard STAN OF So. 6-2 225 Auburn, Wash.
Jason Kipnis (2) ASU OF Jr. 6-0 180 Northbrook, Ill.
Jeff Kobernus CAL 2B Jr. 6-2 195 San Leandro, Calif.
Mitchell Lambson ASU LHP Fr. 6-1 190 Tualatin, Ore.
Mike Leake (3) ASU RHP Jr. 6-0 170 Fallbrook, Calif.
Matt Newman ASU LHP/OF So. 5-11 180 Glendale, Ariz.
Bryce Ortega ARIZ SS So. 5-11 175 Palos Verdes, Calif.
Ryan Ortiz (2) OSU C Jr. 6-3 205 San Diego, Calif.
Jared Prince WSU OF Sr. 6-2 211 Poulsbo, Wash.
Carlos Ramirez ASU C Jr. 6-0 210 Tucson, Ariz.
Blake Smith CAL DH Jr. 6-2 220 Modesto, Calif.
Josh Spence ASU LHP Jr. 6-1 170 Victoria, Australia
Drew Storen (2) STAN RHP So. 6-2 175 Brownsburg, Ind.
Matt Way WSU LHP Sr. 6-2 182 Sitka, Alaska

(2) - Two-time All-Conference selection
(3) - Three-time All-Conference selection

The "Ins" and the "Outs" Of NCAA Tournament Selections

"Part of the discussion is, who would you least want to be matched-up with, who would you least want to play. And, I think that's always part of how we maybe try and break our ties or break the stalemate is to use some variable that brings it down to an on the field issue of, you know from a competitive standpoint, of these teams, who are you least gonna wanna play."

- NCAA Selection Committee Chairman, Tim Weiser, in on the ESPN selection show about how teams were picked in the NCAA Tournament at-large selection process.

So that's Weiser's justification for adding teams like Baylor and Oklahoma State, and apparently George Mason and Western Kentucky to this year's NCAA field, while leaving teams like Rhode Island, Notre Dame and Western Carolina behind.

I'm still looking through the NCAA Division I Championship Handbook for the part that says "who would you least want to play" is part of the selection process. Help me if you ever actually find it.

About 30 minutes before the selections were announced Monday, I posted a list of 20 bubble teams on this blog. I thought that half of the teams on the list would probably get bids. Turns out, 12 of those teams landed in this year's tournament field.

As a refresher, the list includes team, followed by : RPI, wins vs. RPI top-50 teams, overall Divsion I record, record over last 15 games, and strength of schedule. Here's the list:

ELON 20, 5, (40-16), (12-4), 52
BOSTON COLLEGE 29, 9 (33-24), (8-7), 16
OKLAHOMA STATE 25, 10, (31-22), (8-7), 11
TEXAS STATE 30, 3, (41-15), (12-3), 28
BAYLOR 31, 11, (29-24), (4-11), 7

AUBURN 32, 12 (31-25), (6-9), 9
DALLAS BAPTIST 39, 5, (38-17), (9-6), 103
GEORGE MASON 40, 0, (42-12), (11-4), 196
FLORIDA GULF COAST 41, 3 (36-18), (13-2), 84
OREGON STATE 42, 5, (35-17), (10-5), 93

WASHINGTON STATE 44, 6 (31-23), (10-5), 29
CAL POLY 45, 3, (37-19), (7-8), 89
SAN DIEGO STATE 50, 3, (40-21), (11-4), 90
KANSAS 53, 15, (35-22), (8-7), 65
WESTERN KENTUCKY 45, 1, (37-18), (9-6), 105

NOTRE DAME 47, 5, (35-23), (11-4), 47
RHODE ISLAND 57, 3, (37-20), (8-7), 104
KENTUCKY 50, 9, (27-26), (7-8), 13
WESTERN CAROLINA 54, 2, (35-22), (10-5), 66

A quick look at some of the criteria (from the NCAA Handbook) the committee is supposed to consider:
"The committee may consider comparing data of individual teams, including, but not limited to, overall record, Division I record, overall RPI rank, nonconference record and RPI rank, conference regular-season record and conference tournament results, road record and RPI, last 15 games' record, its record against teams ranked 1-25, 26-50, 51-100, 101-150 and below 150 in the RPI, head-to-head record, common opponents' record and input from regional advisory committees." -

It's pretty clear that RPI played a huge role in what teams were picked and what teams were not. While strength of schedule is not specified in any of the criteria, it is a factor.

I have no problem taking a good team in a power conference, but does Baylor really meet that standard? My own definition of a "good" team in a power conference would be 30 overall wins and at least a .500 conference record. Neither Baylor (29-24, 10-16) nor Oklahoma State (32-22, 9-16) met that minimal mark. Baylor's record over its last 15 games is listed above, and OSU couldn't win a Big 12 series, so if we're rewarding sub-mediocrity in a good conference, why isn't Texas Tech, which finished ahead of both of those teams in the Big 12 standings, in the tournament?

Who would you least want to play? Ask Kansas State, which lost two of three games at home to the Red Raiders in the second to last week of the regular season. Tech handed A.J. Morris (13-1, 1.84 ERA) his only loss of 2009 to date. Who would you least want to play?

So, what about George Mason? Nice RPI at 40, but wake me up when they get their first win over a top-50 team. (Call me Rumpelstiltskin.) Yes, they had 42 wins, but a strength of schedule of 196 that would even make Virginia's Brian O'Connor wince...really. (I know, I know, the Cavs play in the ACC, and I defended their non-conference schedule in a post earlier this year.)

Mason can mash the ball, but what's the Patriots' signature win? North Carolina State and a 3-game sweep of Army? They have losses to Maryland and Connecticut.

Western Kentucky's 39-win season is the program's best in the last 90 years, but the Hilltoppers have a 105 SOS, and their best win is over a Kentucky team that finished a game over .500. At least they played Louisville twice and Vanderbilt, but they lost all three of those games.

Rhode Island finished 11 RPI spots below W. Kentucky, but had three, count 'em three wins over RPI top-50 teams, even if their strength of schedule was only slightly better at 104. URI beat Miami, not Miami, OH...the Miami Hurricanes in Florida, as well as tourney teams Ohio State and Oklahoma State, and they played Cal State Fullerton twice.

Not only did Notre Dame play a tougher schedule than George Mason, Western Kentucky and Rhode Island, they have more top-50 wins (5) than all three of those teams combined. The Irish have wins over #1 Regional seed Louisville, #2 seed Oral Roberts and #3 seed Washington State. All of those wins came either on the road or at a neutral
site.

The biggest knock against ND appears to be their fifth-place finish in the Big East standing. However, they won their series vs. the four teams that finished ahead of them in the conference standings (Louisville, USF, WVU, St. John's). The Big East also plays an unbalanced schedule, and Notre Dame was the only Big East team to play all seven other teams that qualified for the conference tournament. The two teams they didn't play (Rutgers and Georgetown) combined to win 16 BE games.

Western Carolina's resume is even more impressive than either George Mason or Western Kentucky. The strength of schedule is 66, and the Catamounts have two wins over top-50 teams, including a Georgia Tech squad that's a #1 Regional host team.

Western Carolina and Notre Dame's combined strength of schedule (47 + 66=113) is just slightly higher than Western Kentucky's 105.

I just hit my snooze alarm, Baylor has four wins since April 17th, and George Mason is still looking for it's first win over a top-50 team since before Charlie died on LOST. (It's been a while...2007 in fact.)

Well, who would you least want to play?



UC Irvine Takes Top Big West Honors

Top Three Teams Earn Big West Annual Awards

(Courtesey Big West Conference)

Irvine, Calif. — Big West Champion UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly are the lucky recipients of the conference’s annual awards. The Anteaters nabbed their second straight Big West Pitcher of the Year honors with the selection of Daniel Bibona and teammate Ben Orloff was named Big West Player of the Year. UC Irvine head coach Mike Gillespie collected the school’s first Big West Coach of the Year award since 1987 when Mike Gerakos earned the same title. Cal State Fullerton’s freshman duo of Noe Ramirez and Tyler Pill was tabbed Big West Co-Freshman Pitcher of the Year and Cal Poly’s Matt Jensen was named Big West Freshman Player of the Year.

A year after All-American Scott Gorgen was one of three recipients of the first-ever Big West Tri-Pitcher of the Year award, Bibona secured UC Irvine’s second straight pitcher of the year accolade. The southpaw from Lake Forest, Calif., was undefeated in Big West play, boasting a 7-0 record and a 2.58 earned run average. Overall, he is currently second in the conference with a 2.65 ERA but tops the league in wins with 11 and strikeouts with 94. Bibona is one of 15 players vying for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year award and is a semifinalist for the 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

UC Irvine, who has been known for its pitching over the past few seasons, is now being recognized for its performance at the plate and on the field as Orloff collects the school’s first Big West Player of the Year award. The senior from Simi Valley, Calif., is currently hitting .359 and boasts a .978 fielding percentage. He is eighth in UC Irvine’s season records with a league-high 85 hits and tops the team with 17 stolen bases, tying him for sixth in the Big West. Orloff is one of 15 semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award presented by the College Baseball Foundation, which honors the country’s top shortstop.

Jensen, currently sidelined with a fractured clavicle suffered in a game May 2, sports a .375 batting average with 15 doubles, nine home runs and 53 RBI. The Clovis, Calif., native had started 41 of Cal Poly’s 42 games before he was involved in a collision with a San Francisco baserunner. Jensen had a 23-game hitting streak, the third longest in Cal Poly Division I history, before it was snapped by UC Santa Barbara on April 24. He was 35-for-89 (.393) during the streak with 24 RBIs and produced six consecutive two-hit games during the streak. Prior to the injury, Jensen had 17 multiple-hit games this season and 13 multiple-RBI contests. Earlier this month, the freshman second baseman was extended an invitation to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials.

In his first season wearing a Titan uniform, Pill has accumulated 10 wins this season to set a school record for most wins by a freshman, breaking Dustin Miller (2002) and Dave Weatherman’s (1979) mark of nine victories. The southpaw’s 10 wins knots him in fourth place with Donovan Osborne (UNLV, 1988) in the Big West record books. Hailing from Covina, Calif., Pill has tallied a 4.10 ERA in 90.0 innings pitched. He has struck out 64 batters and has only issued 12 walks, to rank second in the Big West.

Ramirez is close behind his fellow Titan teammate with eight victories on the mound this season. The East Los Angeles, Calif., native currently ranks fourth in the Big West with a 2.93 earned run average and is holding his opposition to a league’s third-best .228 batting average. Ramirez has tossed 78 strikeouts, ranking third in the conference, and has allowed just 17 walks in 92.0 innings pitched.

In just his second year at the helm of UC Irvine, Mike Gillespie guided the Anteaters to their first-ever Big West Conference title with a near flawless 22-2 mark, earning him Big West Coach of the Year honors. Along with its impressive Big West record, UC Irvine was a perfect 12-0 at home during conference play this season. Following an incredible start to the season that included series wins over Tulane, Hawaii, nationally-ranked Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine received its first No. 1 ranking in the national polls. Since reaching the highest rung of the ladder, the Anteaters have embraced the top spot for six consecutive weeks, the longest streak of any team this season in the Baseball America poll. For its efforts, UC Irvine received a national seed in the upcoming NCAA Regionals and has the honor of hosting its first regional. Gillespie enters the postseason with an 85-31 record during his two years at UC Irvine.

Big West Champion UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton received five All-Big West First Team nods to lead all conference teams, followed by Cal Poly and UC Riverside who each picked up two selections. UC Santa Barbara and Pacific each placed one player on the first team. Anteater teammates Orloff and Eric Pettis are making their second appearance on the first team list.

2009 Big West All-Conference Team

FIRST TEAM

Player School Ht. B/T Yr. Pos. Hometown

Francis Larson UC Irvine 6-1 R/R Jr. C Yorba Linda, Calif.
Jared Clark Cal State Fullerton 6-4 R/R Sr. 1B Castaic, Calif.
Matt Jensen Cal Poly 5-10 R/R Fr. 2B Clovis, Calif.
Ryan Goetz UC Riverside 5-10 L/R Jr. 3B Temple City, Calif.
Ben Orloff^ UC Irvine 5-11 R/R Sr. SS Simi Valley, Calif.
Khris Davis Cal State Fullerton 6-0 R/R Jr. OF Glendale, Ariz.
Josh Fellhauer Cal State Fullerton 5-11 L/L Jr. OF Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Eric Deragisch UC Irvine 6-3 R/R Sr. OF Granite Bay, Calif.
Nick Longmire Pacific 6-2 R/R So. OF San Diego, Calif.
Michael Hur UC Riverside 6-0 R/R Jr. DH Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Adam Buschini Cal Poly 6-2 R/R Jr. UTL San Ramon, Calif.
Daniel Bibona UC Irvine 5-11 L/L So. SP Lake Forest, Calif.
Daniel Renken Cal State Fullerton 6-4 R/R So. SP Cypress, Calif.
Joe Gardner UC Santa Barbara 6-5 R/R Jr. SP Fremont, Calif.
Nick Ramirez Cal State Fullerton 6-3 L/L Fr. RP Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Eric Pettis^ UC Irvine 6-2 R/R Jr. CP West Hills, Calif.

SECOND TEAM

Player School Ht. B/T Yr. Pos. Hometown

Kurt Wideman Pacific 5-11 R/R Sr. C Fallbrook, Calif.
Eric Oliver UC Santa Barbara 6-1 R/R Sr. 1B Irvine, Calif.
J.B. Brown Pacific 6-1 L/R So. 2B Alvin, Texas
Casey Stevenson UC Irvine 6-3 L/R Jr. 2B Saugus, Calif.
Mike Walker Pacific 6-3 L/R Jr. 3B Marysville, Calif.
Kyle Smith Cal Poly 6-1 R/R Jr. SS Visalia, Calif.
Ryan Lee Cal Poly 6-0 R/R Sr. OF Los Altos, Calif.
Carl Uhl UC Riverside 5-9 S/L Sr. OF Phelan, Calif.
Ronald Shaeffer UC Irvine 6-2 R/R Fr. DH Garden Grove, Calif.
Joey Centanni Pacific 6-0 L/R Sr. UTL San Diego, Calif.
Paul Applebee UC Riverside 6-2 L/L Jr. SP Upland, Calif.
Christian Bergman UC Irvine 6-1 R/R Jr. SP Altadena, Calif.
Adam Wilk Long Beach State 6-2 L/L Jr. SP Cypress, Calif.
Dustin Emmons UC Riverside 6-1 R/R So. RP La Crescenta, Calif.
Brian Slover Cal State Northridge 6-3 R/R So. CP Covina, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player School Ht. B/T Yr. Pos. Hometown

Ross Brayton Cal Poly 6-1 R/R Jr. C Oakdale, Calif.
Dustin Garneau Cal State Fullerton 6-1 R/R Sr. C San Pedro, Calif.
Marty Mullins UC Santa Barbara 5-10 R/R Jr. C Los Gatos, Claif.
Richard Cates Cal State Northridge 5-11 L/R Sr. 1B Yuba City, Calif.
Matt Valaika UC Santa Barbara 5-10 R/R Jr. 2B Valencia, Calif.
Ryan Cavan UC Santa Barbara 5-11 S/R Jr. 3B Belmont, Calif.
Ty Kelly UC Davis 5-11 S/R Jr. 3B Tracy, Calif.
Christian Colon Cal State Fullerton 6-0 R/R So. SS Corona, Calif.
Brian Gump UC Santa Barbara 6-1 L/L Sr. OF Westminster, Calif.
Tommy Reyes UC Irvine 6-0 R/R Fr. OF Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
DJ Gentile Cal Poly 6-2 R/R So. DH Petaluma, Calif.
Gary Brown Cal State Fullerton 6-0 R/R So. UTL Diamond Bar, Calif.
Tyler Pill Cal State Fullerton 6-1 L/R Fr. SP Covina, Calif.
Noe Ramirez Cal State Fullerton 6-2 R/R Fr. SP East Los Angeles, Calif.
Mark DeVincenzi Cal Poly 5-10 R/R Jr. RP Napa, Calif.
PJ Rousey Cal State Northridge 6-0 R/R Sr. RP La Cresenta, Calif.
Brock Bardeen UC Irvine 6-2 L/R Sr. RP Fallbrook, Calif.
Eric Massingham Cal Poly 6-2 R/R Sr. CP Benicia, Calif.
Charlie Ruiz Long Beach State 6-1 R/R Jr. CP San Leandro, Calif.
^Two-time All-Big West First Team selection

Monday, May 25, 2009

NCAA Field Of 64 Announced

(Courtesy NCAA)

2009 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET ANNOUNCED

INDIANAPOLIS – The field of 64 teams competing for the 2009 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

The national top eight seeds are Texas (41-13-1), Cal State Fullerton (42-14), LSU (46-16), North Carolina (42-16), Arizona St. (44-12), UC Irvine (43-13), Oklahoma (41-18) and Florida (39-20).

The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference lead all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with eight, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with seven. The Big Ten, Big West, Conference USA and Pacific-10 each have three teams each.

Twenty-nine of the 64 teams were not in the field last year. Binghamton (AQ), Cal Poly (at-large), Georgia St. (AQ), Kansas State (at-large) and Xavier (AQ), all are making the championship for the first time. Utah last was in the field in 1960, Boston College last made it in 1967.

Miami (FL) is in the field for the 37th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 32nd straight appearance, second all-time. Other long consecutive streaks: Cal State Fullerton (18), Rice (15) and Oral Roberts (12).

Of the 288 championship eligible Division I institutions that sponsor baseball, Coastal Carolina and LSU have the most Division I wins with 46. Twenty-five other teams won at least 40 Division I contests, and all of which but New Mexico St. and San Jose St., are in the field.

Each of the 16 regionals feature four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 29, to Monday, June 1 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on NCAA.com, Monday, June 1 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET).

The 63rd Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 13, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

A complete bracket, including records and match-ups, is attached.

OTHER SELECTION INFORMATION

FIELD BY CONFERENCE (30)

Big 12 8 (Baylor, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Texas, Texas A&M)

Southeastern 8 (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi, South Carolina, Vanderbilt)

Atlantic Coast 7 (Boston College, Clemson, Florida St., Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Virginia)

Big Ten 3 (Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio St.)

Big West 3 (Cal Poly, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton)

Conference USA 3 (East Carolina, Rice, Southern Miss.)

Mountain West 3 (San Diego St., TCU, Utah)

Pacific-10 3 (Arizona St., Oregon St., Washington St.)

Colonial 2 (George Mason, Georgia St.)

Southern 2 (Elon, Ga. Southern)

Southland 2 (Sam Houston St., Texas St.)

Sun Belt 2 (Middle Tenn., Western Ky.)

America East 1 (Binghamton)

Atlantic Sun 1 (Jacksonville)

Atlantic 10 1 (Xavier)

Big East 1 (Louisville)

Big South 1 (Coastal Carolina)

Horizon 1 (Wright St.)

Ivy 1 (Dartmouth)

Metro Atlantic 1 (Marist)

Mid-American 1 (Kent St.)

Mid-Eastern 1 (Bethune-Cookman)

Missouri Valley 1 (Wichita State)

Northeast 1 (Monmouth)

Ohio Valley 1 (Tennessee Tech)

Patriot 1 (Army)

Southwestern 1 (Southern)

Summit 1 (Oral Roberts)

West Coast 1 (Gonzaga)

Western Athletic 1 (Fresno St.)

FIELD BY STATE (27)

Texas 7 (Baylor, Rice, Sam Houston St., Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas St.)

California 5 (UC Irvine, Cal Poly, Cal St. Fullerton, Fresno St., San Diego St.)

Florida 5 (Bethune-Cookman, Florida, Florida State, Jacksonville, Miami [FL])

Georgia 4 (Georgia, Ga. Southern, Georgia St., Georgia Tech)

Ohio 4 (Kent St., Ohio St., Wright St., Xavier)

Kansas 3 (Kansas, Kansas St., Wichita St.)

New York 3 (Army, Binghamton, Marist)

North Carolina 3 (East Carolina, Elon, North Carolina)

Oklahoma 3 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oral Roberts)

South Carolina 3 (Clemson, Coastal Caro., South Carolina)

Tennessee 3 (Middle Tenn., Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt)

Kentucky 2 (Louisville, Western Ky.)

Louisiana 2 (LSU, Southern)

Mississippi 2 (Mississippi, Southern Miss.)

Virginia 2 (George Mason, Virginia)

Washington 2 (Gonzaga, Washington St.)

Alabama 1 (Alabama)

Arizona 1 (Arizona St.)

Arkansas 1 (Arkansas)

Indiana 1 (Indiana)

Massachusetts 1 (Boston College)

Minnesota 1 (Minnesota)

Missouri 1 (Missouri)

New Hampshire 1 (Dartmouth)

New Jersey 1 (Monmouth)

Oregon 1 (Oregon St.)

Utah 1 (Utah)

OTHER NOTES

Thirty-five of the 64 teams were in the 2008 field. Five teams made the field for the first time in the program’s history: Binghamton, Cal Poly, Georgia St., Kansas St. and Xavier.

Utah is in the field for the first time since 1960.

Boston College is in the field for the first time since 1967.

The eight teams from the Big 12 are the most ever for this conference.

Miami (FL) is in the field for the 37th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 32nd straight appearance, which ranks second all-time. Other long consecutive streaks include Cal State Fullerton (18), Rice (15) and Oral Roberts (12).