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
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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Oklahoma outlasts rain delays, South Carolina

Mother Nature did her best to put the College World Series behind schedule, but Oklahoma and South Carolina managed to get their game in after more than six hours in rain delays in Omaha Sunday.
The Sooners got a solo homer and an RBI single from Caleb Bushyhead while their pitchers worked out of bases-loaded jams in the eighth and ninth innings to hang on for a 4-3 win over South Carolina in the first of two games scheduled at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The second game scheduled Sunday between Arizona State and Clemson was moved to a Monday 10 a.m. start time, thanks to storms that rolled through the Midwest Sunday afternoon.
Bushyhead hit a solo shot in the second to give Oklahoma a 2-1 lead, and he made it 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI single.
After Oklahoma's pitchers got out of a bases-loaded situation in the eighth, Garret Bueschele hit what turned out to be an insurance homer in the bottom of the eighth to make it 4-2. That run was important, as the Gamecocks loaded the bases in the top of the ninth and Jackie Bradley induced a walk to bring a run home.
With the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, Ryan Duke got Adrian Morales to chase a first-pitch fastball for a lazy flyout to center. South Carolina was 0-7 with runners in scoring position, and now will face the loser of Monday's rescheduled game between Arizona State and Clemson on Tuesday afternoon.
As a result of the weather, Game 4 of the series between Arizona State and Clemson will start at 10 a.m. Monday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. Game 5 on the agenda, a losers bracket matchup between Florida and Florida State, will start at 3:30 p.m., while Game 6 on the schedule between TCU and UCLA will start at 8 p.m.
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Pitching helps TCU, UCLA advance on first day

The first day of the College World Series saw two great pitching performances as fans with College World Series tickets saw TCU and UCLA come away with opening-day wins.

TCU made the most of their first-ever appearance at Rosenblatt Stadium Saturday afternoon, scoring five runs in the first inning and riding the pitching of freshman Matt Purke to an 8-1 win over Florida State in the first game of the College World Series.
The Seminoles got a run off Purke in the first inning, but the Horned Frogs' bats wasted no time in jumping on Florida State. Jason Coats had a two-run double to put TCU ahead to stay. Joe Weik and Aaron Schultz both followed with RBI singles and a sacrifice fly by Taylor Featherston made it 5-1.
That was more than enough for Purke, who pitched seven strong innings and helped TCU become the first team since Georgia Tech in 1994 to win their first-ever game in the College World Series.
Florida State had a number of opportunities to cut into the Horned Frogs' lead, but were a dismal 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position to lose their first College World Series game for the fifth time in their last six trips to Omaha.
In the evening game, UCLA scored early and often as it baffled Florida in an 11-3 rout.
The Bruins scored at least one run in every inning but the second. They trailed 2-1 after one inning, but scored three in the third and never looked back.
Pitcher Trevor Bauer set a new school record for strikeouts in a season, recording his 152nd after a seven-inning, 11-strikeout effort.
UCLA broke the game open in the third with three runs in the inning. Niko Gallego scored on a fielding error by the Gators, and Beau Amaral followed after a wild pitch. Blair Dunlap, who reached on the error that plated Gallego, later scored on an RBI single by Cody Regis.
The Bruins added a run in the fourth, then took command with two in the fifth after Steve Rodriguez singled and scored Chris Giovinazzo and Justin Uribe.
The loss drops Florida into Monday's losers bracket matchup with in-state rival Florida State. UCLA will move on to Monday's winner's bracket matchup with TCU.

Today, Oklahoma takes on South Carolina in the afternoon game, while Arizona State meets Clemson in the evening game at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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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.

Sunday’s games include interesting matchups

College World Series tickets will be super-hot on Sunday as the second day of first-round action in the 2010 College
World Series
takes place at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
Oklahoma returns to Omaha for the first time in 15 years to take on South Carolina in the first game of the day Saturday, while the evening game includes top-seeded Arizona State hooking up with upstart Clemson.
The Sooners and Gamecocks should have an interesting first-round matchup, as both teams have played well in the postseason.
Oklahoma brings a solid bunch of bats to Omaha this week, led by Garrett Buechele, who leads the team in batting average (.371), home runs (16) and RBI's (64). He is complemented by a couple of heavy hitters in Cameron Seitzer (.311, 15 HR, 52 RBI) and Max White (.307, 15 HR, 43 RBI).
Oklahoma also has a solid group of arms, led by starters Michael Rocha (7-2, 3.57 ERA), Bobby Shore (10-4, 3.86) and Zach Neal (8-3, 4.65). Jeremy Erben has pitched well for the Sooners also, and closer Ryan Duke has been outstanding with 11 saves on the season.
South Carolina has some solid hitters in their lineup as well, including center fielder Jackie Bradley (.371, 11 HR, 51 RBI), who is on a 16-game hitting streak for the Gamecocks. Right fielder Whit Merrifield (.327, 12 HR, 38 RBI) is also hitting the ball well, and they have two solid catchers in Kyle Enders and Brady Thomas.
On the mound, South Carolina is led by righthander Blake Cooper, who boasts a 12-1 record with a 2.81 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 118 innings. Sam Dayson (5-5, 4.35) has also pitched well for USC and closer Matt Price has had an outstanding freshman season with 10 saves and a 2.54 ERA.
Sunday's second game features the No. 1 team in the country in Arizona State, who looks like the team to beat heading into this year's College World Series.
The Sun Devils have been hitting the ball extremely well, batting at a team average of .338 on the season. They are led by Kole Calhoun (.327, 17 HR, 59 RBI), Riccio Torrez (.399, 10 HR, 53 RBI), Zack MacPhee (.394, 9 HR, 64 RBI) and Deven Marrero (.392, 6 HR, 41 RBI).
The Sun Devils have three great hurlers that give them tremendous pitching depth, led by Seth Blair, who is 12-0 with a 3.35 ERA and 104 strikeouts to 24 walks. Jake Borup (11-1, 4.08) and Merrill Kelly (10-2, 3.57) also are great starters for ASU, and Jordan Swagerty's 14 saves have helped close the door on several close games this year.
Clemson has been scoring a lot of runs in the postseason and could be an explosive offense if they can figure out Arizona State's solid pitching. They are led by Kyle Parker (.353, 20 HR, 64 RBI) and Jeff Schaus (.328, 15 HR, 85 RBI), and John Hinson is also hitting well with 17 homers and 72 RBI's this season.
Clemson has a number of good arms that can give them a lot of innings, and will be led by Casey Harman, who has thrown more than 108 innings this year and has 95 strikeouts to 31 walks while posting a 7-3 record with a 3.37 ERA. It's closer by committee for the Tigers, who will rely on a number of relievers depending on the situation.
It should be a great Father's Day of baseball at the College World Series, with Oklahoma taking on South Carolina in the afternoon game and Arizona State hooking up with Clemson Sunday night. Get your tickets now at Ticket Express — where no College World Series game is ever sold out.

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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