CWS Tickets: College Baseball Off-Season Training

With the 2013 College World Series on the books, serious NCAA Division I Baseball teams are likely already beginning training for the 2014 College World Series! While it is arguable that these young men have worked incredibly hard and deserve a break, it is also true that the best teams and coaches know that the offseason is invaluable to creating a great team. So how do collegiate baseball players prepare for the next year during the off season?

The first item on any athlete’s to-do list during off-season is to maintain good eating habits. Food is the building block for health and strength so players ensure they have the correct foundation on which they build skill. Next college baseball players need to carve out time each day for road work. Since speed is crucial in baseball, running daily for speed is a must during the off-season. Strength conditioning is also a must. Bigger muscles throw harder, catch better and run faster. Finally, players should practice core skills such as throwing, catching and hitting on a regular basis to keep that muscle memory in check during the off season. Be sure to grab your CWS tickets to see all of this hard work during the off season pay off during the 2014 College World Series.

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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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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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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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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College World Series kicks off today

Today is the day — the first day of the 2010 College World Series.
College World Series tickets will be a hot item the next 12 days in Omaha, as the top eight teams in college baseball will battle it out for the final time in Rosenblatt Stadium.
The first weekend of the tournament is always exciting, as all eight teams play their first games of the tournament during Father's Day weekend.
Today, the fun kicks off when TCU takes on Florida State at 1 p.m. The Horned Frogs are making their first-ever appearance in the College World Series and will take on a talented Florida State squad that breezed through its regional and won a couple of one-run decisions in super regionals to make their way to Omaha.
The second game of the first day is a battle of seeded powers, as third-seeded Florida takes on No. 6 seed UCLA at 6 p.m. Florida has had an easy road to Omaha so far, but will face a tough UCLA team that was one out away from elimination in super regionals, only to come back and win two to get to Rosenblatt Stadium.
On Sunday, the other half of the bracket gets their first games in, starting with the 1 p.m. battle between Oklahoma and South Carolina. The Sooners are back in Omaha for the first time in 15 years and will take on a Gamecocks squad that upset fourth-seeded Coastal Carolina to find their way to Rosenblatt Stadium.
Sunday's second game features the hottest team in college baseball in top-seeded Arizona State, as they take on Clemson, the only team that was not a top regional seed, in the 6 p.m. game. The Sun Devils have dominated throughout the season and swept their way to Omaha, and they will face a Clemson team that scored 27 runs in its last two super regional games to get to the College World Series.
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Saturday, June 19
Game
1:
TCU (51-12) vs. Florida State (47-18), 1 p.m.
Game
2:
Florida (47-15) vs. UCLA (48-14), 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 20
Game
3:
Oklahoma (48-16) vs. South Carolina (48-15), 1 p.m.
Game
4:
Arizona State (52-8) vs. Clemson (43-23), 6 p.m.
Monday, June 21
Game
5:
Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game
6:
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 22
Game
7:
Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game
8:
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23
Game
9:
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 24
Game
10:
Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 25
Game
11:
Game 6 winner 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.

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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Clemson, Oklahoma finish College World Series field

The final two pieces of the puzzle came together Monday and College World Series tickets will be a hot item this week as the field for the 2010 College World Series is now set.
Clemson and Oklahoma filled out the final two spots on the dance card Monday, finishing off super regionals with victories to advance to this weekend's tournament, which begins Saturday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
Clemson's offense rose to the occasion and the Tigers held off a furious Alabama comeback to edge the Crimson Tide 8-6 and earn their first trip to the College World Series since 2006.
Clemson was up 8-1 going into the ninth inning before Alabama rallied. They scored five runs and had the go-ahead run at the plate when pitcher Will Lamb got Jake Smith to fly out for the series-clinching win.
Oklahoma's road to Omaha was a lot smoother Monday night, as Cody Reine hit a pair of three-run homers and Bobby Shore pitched eight outstanding innings to help the Sooners beat host Virginia 11-0 to earn the school's first trip to the College World Series since 1995.
Reine hit his first three-run homer in the first inning to get the ball rolling for the Sooners. It was his second two-homer game of the series – he hit his second three-run shot in the eighth – and he hit five home runs overall against Virginia.
Shore was masterful on the mound. He limited the Cavaliers to four hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked two. Virginia never got past first base against Shore and an excellent defensive effort.
The field for the 2010 College World Series is now set. The eight teams will be split into two four-team, double-elimination brackets, with play beginning Saturday. The bracket finals will be Friday, June 25, with if-needed games played the following day. The best-of-three championship game will run Monday through Wednesday, June 28-30.
The schedule is as follows (all times CDT):
Saturday, June 19
Game 1:
TCU (51-12) vs. Florida State (47-18), 1 p.m.
Game 2: Florida (47-15) vs. UCLA (48-14), 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 20
Game 3:
Oklahoma (48-16) vs. South Carolina (48-15), 1 p.m.
Game 4: Arizona State (52-8) vs. Clemson (43-23), 6 p.m.
Monday, June 21
Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 22
Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 24
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 25
Game 11: Game 6 winner 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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Florida first to punch College World Series ticket

Florida became the first team to punch their ticket for the College World Series after sweeping their super regional Saturday.
Three other super regionals are tied 1-1 and four teams have 1-0 leads after Saturday's super regionals, as teams battle for a trip to Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha next week.
Here is a rundown of Saturday's matchups:
Florida 4, Miami (Fla.) 3 – The Hurricanes took the third-seeded Gators to extra innings, but a two-out double by Austin Maddox brought home the winning run to make the Gators the first team to qualify for the 2010 College World Series.
The winning run was set up by Miami's seventh error of the game when a fly ball was misplayed down the right field line. Nolan Fontana went to second on the play, then moved to third on a sacrifice before Maddox's shot down the right field line brought hime home.
UCLA 11, Cal State Fullerton 7 – The sixth-seeded Bruins were one out from elimination before rallying in the ninth, then scored four runs in the 10th to extend the series to a third game.
UCLA scored two runs in the top of the ninth on a home ru nby Tyler Rahmatulla, but the Titans came back with a run in the bottom of the inning to send it to extra frames. Two walks and an error, along with a two-run single by Trevor Brown, let the Bruins hang around for one more game.
Vanderbilt 6, Florida State 2 – The Commodores turned to their ace to keep their College World Series hopes alive, as Sonny Gray pitched six strong innings to tie the series.
He got help from Grayson Garvin, who struck out three and scattered three hits in three innings of scoreless relief.
Texas 14, TCU 1 – After having their bats quieted in the opened, second-seeded Texas' offense came back in a big way, torching the Horned Frogs to send the series to a third and deciding game.
Texas blew the game open in the fifth inning with a seven-run outburst, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple from Cohl Walla and a two-run homer by Tant Shepherd.
Arizona State 7, Arkansas 6 – The top-seeded Sun Devils needed extra innings to get past Arkansas and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Deven Marrero broke the tie in the bottom of the 12th with a one-out single that scored Kole Calhoun with the winning run. The Sun Devils forced extra innings on an RBI single by Zack MacPhee.
South Carolina 4, Coastal Carolina 3 – The fourth-seeded Chanticleers will have to battle back the same way they did last week after visiting South Carolina took the opener of their super regional.
South Carolina got some great pitching from Blake Cooper, who got out of a pair of bases-loaded situations to keep the Gamecocks in position for their first College World Series trip in six years.
The three runs scored by Coastal Carolina was the fewest they had scored in in the last seven weeks.
Alabama 5, Clemson 4 – The visiting Crimson Tide got a big lead early, then held on to take the first game of the super regional with host Clemson.
Tiger errors helped Alabama score four unearned runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Jake Smith's solo homer in the second opened the scoring for Alabama.
Jimmy Nelson pitched 6 2/3 innings to get the win for Alabama, while Smith came on in relief to get the save.
Virginia 3, Oklahoma 2 – After a rain delay, the Cavaliers got great pitching from Danny Hultzen to move one step closer to a repeat trip to Omaha.
Dan Grovatt's two-run homer in the sixth put the Cavaliers ahead to stay after Oklahoma had scored runs in the fifth and sixth to take a 2-1 lead.
Danny Hultzen scattered six hits over eight innings to pick up the win for Virginia. The Cavaliers' pitchers combined to strike out 11 Sooner batters.
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Super regional play gets underway

Four teams are halfway to Omaha after winning their first games in super regional action Friday, putting them just one win away from the 2010 College World Series.

Here is a rundown of Friday's matchups:

Florida State 9, Vanderbilt 8 – Host Florida State let a 6-0 lead get away, then had to rally in the seventh and eighth innings before Mike McGee hit a solo homer to right center with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Seminoles the win.

Florida State appeared to be in command early after scoring four runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. Tyler Holt hit a two-run double to right center and came home on Sherman Johnson's homer to right to give the Seminoles the big lead.

Vanderbilt came back, though, thanks to homers by Curt Casall and Joe Loftus, and a two-run double by Jason Esposito to pull even at 6-6 after six innings.

The two teams traded runs in the seventh and eighth innings, setting the stage for McGee's heroics.

TCU 3, Texas 1 – TCU put second-seeded Texas one win away from elimination with an upset win Friday afternoon, as Matt Purke pitched 7 2/3 innings of three-hit ball for the Horned Frogs.

The Horned Frogs broke the ice in the second inning, then got two big runs in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. Taylo Featherston scored on a wild pitch and Joe Welk scored on a sacrifice fly to give Purke a three-run cushion.

Purke struck out 11 Longhorns and gave up only a solo home run by Kevin Keyes with two out in the seventh to put the Horned Frogs one win away from the College World Series.

Cal State Fullerton 4, UCLA 3 — Chris Colon hit the go-ahead homer to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth, and the Titans got out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the seventh inning to put themselves a win away from Omaha.
Noe Ramirez was outstanding on the mound for Cal State Fullerton, striking out 13 batters in seven innings. He outdueled UCLA hurler Gerrit Cole, who suffered his first loss since April 30.

Florida 7, Miami (Fla.) 2 – Alex Pantelodis was outstanding for the Gators Friday, threw a three-hitter and struck out a career-best 12 to put the Gators one win away from a trip to Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Gators were solid up and down the lineup, with the bottom of the order doing some damage in a nine-hit attack. Tyler Thompson hit his fourth home run in the last two games as part of a four-run outburst in the middle innings that put the game out of reach.

UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton – Result late.

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