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.

South Carolina wins first College World Series title

The College World Series has been a tradition at Rosenblatt Stadium for the past 61 summers, and College World Series tickets will be a cherished memory after the Omaha gem saw its last game Tuesday night.
South Carolina came back with a run in the eight and scored on Whit Merrifeld's opposite-field single to right with one out in the 11th to give the Gamecocks a 2-1 win over UCLA and the 2010 College World Series title in front of a sellout crowd that was on hand to witness the last game at the old stadium.
Next year, the College World Series will be played at Omaha's new downtown stadium, TD Ameritrade Park, but it will be hard-pressed to have a finish quite like the one witnessed Tuesday.
The Bruins got the game's first run in the fifth when Niko Gallego stroked a two-out single to left field, scoring Trevor Brown, who led off the inning with a single.
South Carolina finally broke through in the eighth, taking advantage of an error when a tough-bounce grounder caromed off the glove of Dean Espy at first base, allowing Robert Beary to come around from second with the tying run.
UCLA had a chance to get the lead back and force a third game, but left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth as reliever Matt Price was able to get out of the jam. He allowed just one baserunner in the two extra innings, setting the stage for the Gamecocks' victory.
Scott Wingo led off the 11th with a walk, then moved to second on a passed ball. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Evan Marzilli, and UCLA chose to pitch to Merrifeld instead of walking him and tournament MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases and set up a force at any base. Merrifeld came through with a single on a 2-0 pitch, bringing Wingo home with the winning run.
It was a great College World Series that saw a lot of incredible efforts. South Carolina won six straight games after losing their first-round matchup with Oklahoma. The Gamecocks and Bruins played just the third extra-inning championship game, and the first since Southern Cal beat Florida State 2-1 in a 15-inning thriller in 1970.
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South Carolina wins first game of College World Series finals

South Carolina got to Gerrit Cole early and took the first game of the 2010 College World Series Monday, making the second game a win-or-else proposition for UCLA and a must-see event for those wanting to pick up College World Series tickets for the final series at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Gamecocks took advantage of a couple of UCLA miscues early in the game to stake pitcher Blake Cooper to a quick 5-0 lead, and South Carolina went on to take the first game 7-1, giving them a one-game lead heading into Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. matchup.
Cooper was masterful while pitching on three days' rest. He held UCLA hitless until the sixth, when he gave up his first hit. He allowed just three for the night, two coming in the ninth inning, and struck out 10 to silence the Bruins' bats.
South Carolina scored two early runs off Cole, who had struck out 13 batters in his last start against TCU last week. He struck out only two in seven innings Monday and seemed to be in trouble from the beginning.
The Gamecocks used a couple of seeing-eye basehits and the first of two UCLA errors to score two runs in the first inning. After Scott Wingo tripled and scored in the second, South Carolina got two more runs off two hits and an error to make it 5-0, and Cooper took it from there to lead South Carolina to its fifth straight win in Omaha and putting the Gamecocks one win away from their first-ever College World Series title.
The two teams will do it again Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. UCLA must win Tuesday's game to force a third and deciding game. If that game is needed, it will be played Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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Final College World Series at Rosenblatt starts tonight

College World Series tickets will be especially hot the next few days as the final College World Series championship will be decided at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Next year, the national tournament moves to TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha, but this year the Diamond on the Hill gets a big send-off with two teams seeking their first College World Series championship.
UCLA and South Carolina will battle in the best-of-three series that starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Both teams won winner-take-all elimination games Saturday over TCU and Clemson, respectively, to earn their shot at the national title.
This is South Carolina's fourth trip to the championship and their first in the best-of-three format. Their last trip to the championship game ended in a loss to Texas in 2002, the last year the traditional double-elimination format was used. The Gamecocks also lost national titles in 1975 (Texas) and 1977 (Arizona State).
UCLA is looking for their first-ever baseball title, which is amazing when you realize the Bruins athletic program has won more NCAA championships (106) than any other college athletic program. UCLA is in the College World Series for the third time, but went two-and-'cue in their first two trips to Rosenblatt before reaching the finals this year.
The Bruins will go with ace Gerrit Cole in Monday's first matchup. South Carolina had yet to announce its starter as of late Sunday night, but Jay Brown or Tyler Webb could get the start for the first game of the best-of-three series.
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with Monday's loser needing to win to force a third and deciding game. If a third game is needed, it will be played Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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UCLA, South Caroilna punch tickets to College World Series fiinals

College World Series tickets will be as hot as Saturday’s Nebraska sky as UCLA and South Carolina earned their way into the best-of-three championship finals at the 2010 College World Series.
UCLA jumped out to a big lead early and cruised to a 10-3 win over College World Series newcomer TCU Saturday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium, then watched as South Carolina won its fourth straight elimination game, beating in-state rival Clemson for the second time in as many days with a 3-2 win to earn their fourth trip to the College World Series finals.
UCLA, which is in the College World Series finals for the first time, rode the arm of Trevor Bauer. while pitching in long sleeves with temperatures nearing 100 degrees, the righthander struck out 13 Horned Frogs after giving up a first-inning home run.
He was given quite a nice cushion after that first-inning miscue, as the Bruins scored five runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good. Blair Dunlap’s three-run homer highlighted the big inning for the Bruins, and Bauer shut down the Horned Frogs on four hits over eight innings.
South Carolina is trying to win its first-ever College World Series title, but had to come through the losers bracket to get to the best-of-three finals. In their fifth meeting of the year against in-state rival Clemson, they came up big in the seventh inning with two RBI singles to break a 2-2 tie.
Christian Walker, who had homered earlier in the game, singled home Evan Marzilli with the tie-breaking run, and Adrian Morales followed with a single that scored Jackie Bradley to give the Gamecocks a two-run lead.
Clemson got a run off of South Carolina reliever Matt Price in the eight, but a ninth-inning rally went for naught as the Tigers lost back-to-back games to bow out of the College World Series.
The Bruins and Gamecocks will get a day off Sunday to rest and get ready for what should be a great best-of-three championship series that starts Monday night at Rosenblatt Stadium. All three games will start at 6:30 p.m. CDT, with games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. If a third game is needed, it will be played Wednesday as the final College World Series game at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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TCU, South Carolina survive to force one more game

"Let's play two" was the favorite phrase of Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks, and it's also the mantra for College World Series ticket holders as the 2010 College World Series winds down at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
Neither bracket was decided after Friday's games, as both no-loss teams went down to defeat to create back-to-back winner-take-all matchups Saturday.
In the first game Friday, TCU freshman sensation Matt Purke was his usual solid self, teaming up with Tyler Lockwood to win his 16th game of the year on a four-hitter to beat UCLA 6-2, meaning the Horned Frogs and Bruins will do it again Saturday at 1 p.m. to see who moves on to the finals.
Friday night, South Carolina scored single runs in each of the first four innings and shut down Clemson's offense in a 5-1 win, which means the two in-state rivals will do it again Saturday at 6 p.m. to see who plays in the best-of-three championship round.
In the first game, Purke wasn't his dominant strikeout-inducing self, but he kept the UCLA bats quiet and induced 14 ground ball outs of the 19 he put in the books.
He got plenty of offensive support, as the Horned Frogs got three home runs in the gameoff UCLA starter Rob Rasmussen, who gave up three runs on six hits before being pulled in the fifth inning. Taylor Featherston hit a two-run shot in the seventh to give TCU a 5-2 edge.
That was more than enough for TCU's pitchers, who silenced what had been a high-scoring UCLA team so far in the College World Series. Even UCLA's hottest hitter, Beau Amaral, was left with a doughnut after going 0-for-4. Coming into the game, the Bruins centerfielder was 6-for-7 in Rosenblatt Stadium this week.
In the nightcap, South Carolina pitcher Michael Roth didn't show much rust in spite of his first start in more than a  year. He pitched very well, tossing a complete-game three-hitter while striking out four.
Normally a short reliever, Roth had only gone more than three innings twice in 48 appearances for the Gamecocks. Getting good offensive support helped him command Clemson's bats throughout the night, as the Tigers never mounted a serious rally until the ninth, when they left two runners on.
After Saturday, we will know who moves on to the finals, and you can get great tickets to see TCU battle UCLA at 1 p.m., followed by Clemson and South Carolina at 6 p.m.
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Gamecocks survive, advance at College World Series

After Thursday's dramatic finish, College World Series ticket holders will be assured that they will see a first-time champion in the final year of the event at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
A two-out single by Brady Thomas in the bottom of the 12th inning capped a dramatic comeback for South Carolina, as the Gamecocks scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to post a 3-2 win over Oklahoma at the College World Series Thursday night.
The Sooners seemed to be in command in the top of the 12th when Tyler Ogle's blast to center field just cleared the fence to give the Sooners a 2-1 edge.
South Carolina was down to its last strike when Jackie Bradley lined a shot to right field, scoring Robert Beary to tie the game. Bradley came home on a single by Brady Thomas to help the Gamecocks get to the bracket final Friday against in-state rival Clemson.
South Carolina lost to Oklahoma 4-3 in the first round of the College World Series, but survived with an upset of top-seeded Arizona State and earned a rematch with the Sooners after Oklahoma lost to Clemson on Wednesday.
Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead early in the game and made that lead stand until the eighth, when the Gamecocks tied the game and took the game into extra innings.
Oklahoma appeared to have the game in hand when Ogle took the second pitch offered by reliever Ethan Carter over the wall in center field to give the Sooners a 2-1 edge. Oklahoma was one pitch away from advancing when Bradley got a timely hit going the opposite way to tie the game, then came home on Thomas' single to keep South Carolina's title hopes alive.
The win sets up a Friday of bracket championship games, as TCU takes on UCLA at 3:30 p.m., while an all-South Carolina matchup between Clemson and South Carolina is set for 8 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium. If TCU or South Carolina wins, a second matchup will be held on Saturday. Bracket winners will advance to the best-of-three finals that start on Monday.
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Clemson on to finals, TCU makes big comeback

Fans with College World Series tickets will see a frog battle a bear while a tiger awaits its next prey at the 2010 College World Series.
Clemson got off to a quick start against Oklahoma before storms halted their game Tuesday night, but the Tigers picked up where they left off and held on to beat the Sooners 6-4 to move into their bracket championship game Friday night.
TCU is making the most of their first-ever trip to Rosenblatt Stadium, using an eighth-inning grand slam by Matt Curry to eliminate Florida State 11-7 and move into Friday afternoon's bracket final against UCLA.
Oklahoma, which now must beat South Carolina Thursday to have a shot at its first College World Series title since 1994, got behind early Tuesday and could never recover when the two teams got back on the field Wednesday afternoon.
Clemson took advantage of a struggling Bobby Shore, who threw 14 straight balls to walk the bases loaded in the fourth. Spencer Kieboom slashed a two-run single to give Clemson a 4-1 lead, and a costly fielding error led to two more runs in the fifth to give Clemson a 6-1 advantage before the rains came.
Oklahoma came back with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but Alex Frederick induced a game-ending fly ball with the tying run at the plate to put Clemson one win away from its first appearance in the College World Series finals.
Clemson will play the winner of Thursday's Oklahoma-South Carolina game on Friday at 8 p.m. If a second game is needed, it will be played on Saturday.
TCU had a dramatic comeback to avoid elimination in its first trip to Omaha. The Horned Frogs trailed 7-2 going into the eighth, but scored eight runs in the inning to take the lead and knock the Seminoles out of the College World Series.
The big blow was Curry's grand slam. With the count full against reliever Mike McGee, Curry turned on a pitch and launched it over the wall in center field. His team-best 18th home run was a big one, as it turned a 7-4 deficit into a 8-7 advantage. Jantzen Witte hit a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Horned Frogs some added insurance.
On Thursday, Oklahoma will face South Carolina in the last elimination game before the bracket finals. The winner takes on Clemson Friday at 8 p.m. The first game of the day will see UCLA take on TCU at 3:30 p.m.
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Arizona State goes 0-2, is eliminated from CWS

Since College World Series tickets became part of a 64-team affair, only one team that started the tournament as the No. 1 seed has gone all the way.
Arizona State was hoping to become the second team to celebrate turning the top seed into a College World Series title, but instead the Sun Devils are the second team to go two-and-'cue as they were knocked out by South Carolina Tuesday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
South Carolina exploded for eight runs in the second inning, which was more than enough for an 11-4 win that gave Arizona State its first two-game losing streak of the season and, more important, ended their hopes for joining the 1999 Miami Hurricanes as the only teams to win as the No. 1 seed since the 64-team format went into use in 1999.
The explosion was highlighted by home runs from Jackie Bradley and Adrian Morales. The Gamecocks had eight hits in the inning and would not let the Sun Devils even entertain thoughts of a comeback.
Arizona State didn't go down quietly, though. They battled back to get within seven runs, but left 10 runners on base and could never mount much of a threat as they ended their season at 52-10, going 0-2 at the College World Series for only the third time in their 22 appearances at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Gamecocks got to starter Merrill Kelly, whose day ended after Morales' shot hit the foul pole in left field. South Carolina closed the scoring with another home run, a solo shot by Whit Merrifield in the eighth.
South Carolina (49-16) now waits for the conclusion of the Oklahoma-Clemson game to see who they play on Thursday. That game was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with Clemson holding a 6-1 advantage. That game will pick up Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. CDT, with the Florida State vs. TCU game to follow at 6 p.m. CDT.
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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
South Carolina (48-16) vs. Arizona State (52-9), 3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma (49-16) vs. Clemson (44-23), 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23
Florida State (48-19) vs. TCU (52-13), 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 24
Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 25
UCLA (50-14) vs. Game 9 winner, 3:30 p.m.
Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 26
13 (if needed):
Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 1 p.m.
14 (if needed):
Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 6 p.m.
Best-of-three championship series
Monday, June 28
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June

6:30 p.m.
June 30

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

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