Arkansas Takes 1st in 2013 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Razorback fans are still nursing the ultimate heartache of losing  a spot in the 2012 College World Series finals. When the Carolina Gamecocks edged them out in a 2-0 victory, Arkansas fans were stunned. It looks like their 2013 College World Series chances are a little bit better according to the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll, who has ranked Arkansas in first place.  Rounding out the top five are NCAA Baseball powerhouses such as UCLA, Vanderbilt, LSU and North Carolina.

Many fans will remember 2012 as a year of upsets and unexpected twists.  CWS constants such as LSU and Arizona State were noticeably missing from the contest while Kent State and Stony Brook both made first time appearances in the series. We would be willing to bet that there were a lot of Louisiana State Tigers fans who had already ordered their College World Series tickets by the time their team was squeezed out of competition.

This year promises an equal level of excitement, heartache and sweat. Among the top 40 ranked programs are plenty of teams that you expect such as Arizona and Stanford . Schools like Oregon and Pepperdine have made the cut as well which could prove interesting over the course of the season. Time will tell if those who have made the trek many times before will need their CWS tickets in hand or if we will once again see some new blood take the field at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Stay tuned as we watch another exciting season of NCAA baseball unfold.

Florida first out at College World Series

The 2010 College World Series saw its first upset of the tournament Monday as fans with College World Series tickets got a rare chance to experience three games on the first day of summer.
Clemson upset top-seeded Arizona State 6-3 Monday morning at Rosenblatt Stadium in a game that was pushed back thanks to Sunday's persistent rain showers that caused more than six hours in delays of the first game of the day.
The last game of the first round saw the upstart Tigers — the only non-No. 1 regional seed in Omaha — get to previously undefeated Seth Blair as he struggled with control problems. Blair, who suffered his first loss in 13 decisions, walked four of the first 12 Clemson batters and was touched for five runs and seven hits in just more than four innings.
Clemson pounded out 14 singles in the game, with each starter getting at least one hit.
While Blair struggled, Clemson starter Casey Harman kept the Sun Devils in check for six solid innings as the Tigers won their fourth straight College World Series opener.
The Sun Devils now must battle through the losers bracket, and Arizona State will face South Carolina Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game.
In Monday afternoon's elimination game, Mike McGee did it all to keep Florida State's hopes alive. He homered, brought home another run with a squeeze bunt, then moved from the outfield to get the save as the Seminoles beat in-state rival Florida 8-5.
The Seminoles beat the Gators for the fourth time in five games this season, thanks to McGee, who hit his team-best 16th home run, a three-run shot in the third inning, to give FSU the lead for good.
He laid down a great squeeze bunt in the fourth to score a run, and then came on in the ninth to get the save.
Florida was their own worst enemy at the plate, as the Gators left 10 runners on base. They loaded the bases in the ninth before a line drive Mike Zunino was caught by Stephen Cardullo, to flipped to Devon Travis for the game-ending double play.
Monday night's game saw the hot bats of UCLA touch TCU early, then watched their pitching shut down a comeback effort as the Bruins beat the Horned Frogs 6-3.
UCLA broke the game open with back-to-back two-out homers in the third inning as they continued to hit the ball well. Cody Regis hit a two-run shot and Jeff Gelalich followed with a solo bomb to help UCLA to a 5-0 lead.
TCU got to starter Gerrit Cole in the seventh inning, thanks to Taylor Featherston's bases-loaded triple, but it wasn't enough as the Bruins' hurler pitched eight solid innings, striking out 13 and walking two while allowing just five hits.
Beau Amaral went 3-for-3 with two runs scored for UCLA, which now waits until Friday to play the winner of Wedneday's TCU-Florida State survival game.
Another team will be eliminated on Tuesday, as Arizona State takes on South Carolina in a losers bracket game this afternoon. The evening game will feature Oklahoma against Clemson in a matchup of the two 1-0 teams in Pool B.
The updated College World Series schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 22
Game
7:
South Carolina (48-16) vs. Arizona State (52-9), 3:30 p.m.
Game
8:
Oklahoma (49-16) vs. Clemson (44-23), 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23
Game
9:
Florida State (48-19) vs. TCU (52-13), 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 24
Game
10:
Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 25
Game
11:
UCLA (50-14) vs. Game 9 winner, 3:30 p.m.
Game
12:
Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 26
Game
13 (if needed):
Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 1 p.m.
Game
14 (if needed):
Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 6 p.m.
Best-of-three championship series
Monday, June 28
Game
1:
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June
29

Game
2:
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday,
June 30

Game
3 (if needed):
6:30 p.m.

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Security measures in place for College World Series

Have you got your College World Series tickets yet?
If you have, you'll need to be ready for some additional security measures that are in place for the final year of the NCAA Div. I college baseball tournament, which is going to create some added challenges for fans who will come to Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha for the 2010 College World Series.
A six-foot high fence has been erected around the perimeter of the stadium. According to Omaha police, this is being done "in order to provide College World Series fans a safe and orderly event."
You won't be able to carry coolers, larger containers or backpacks into the area, although coolers and grills are allowed if they come in a vehicle parked in a Rosenblatt lot.
You might want to take advantage of the Metro Area Transit shuttle to make your way to the College World Series. It costs $3 per person to and from Rosenblatt Stadium, and buses arrive about 30 minutes before the start of each game and leave 30 minutes after the game.
There will be checkpoints at all entrances to the stadium, and additional screening will be done as fans enter the stadium. Items not allowed include:
– Backpacks
– banners, flags or signs larger than 3 by 5 feet
– Beach balls, air horns, cow bells, megaphones and other noisemakers
– Briefcases, attache cases or any type of bag or large purse
– Firearms, knives or other weapons
– Food or beverages
– Glass, bottles, cans, coolers or containers (empty plastic personal-sized bottles will be allowed)
– Laptop computers
– Laser pens, pointers or strobe lights
– Umbrellas and strollers
Tailgating will be allowed on the lot, but all property must be removed at the end of the night. Tailgaters will have access to the stadium grounds at 8 a.m. each day.
While these security measures are meant for the safety of fans, it will be an added inconvenience for those attending the College World Series. Make sure you get your tickets and get there early so that you can enjoy what will be a fantastic final season of great college baseball at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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