Sunday, June 18, 2006

CWS From Omaha....Ping!!!!!

The NCAA College Baseball Tournament has its last 8 (actually 7 now) teams remaining in Omaha for the College World Series. The first weekend provided drama in the form of 3 heartbreaking losses and a classic pitchers duel even in the metal bat era.

The storyline for this years College World Series was the strong showing of the ACC, placing 4 teams (Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami) in Omaha. The bracket was set up like the NCAA Basketball Tournament where you played the regional winners by the original 64 team bracket (CWS used to reseed teams once they made it to Omaha). This put 3 ACC teams in the Top bracket (Clemson, Georgia Tech, UNC) with Miami in the bottom bracket.

The first game featured Clemson and Georgia Tech; two teams who split their 6 games during the regular season and the all time series record was tied with each team winning 93 times. The Yellow Jackets looked to be cruising leading 4-0 heading into the 8th inning. That is win the wheels fell off. Tech surrended the lead before an out was even recorded. Coming into the game, Tech's bullpen was very reliable having not surrended a lead after the 7th inning all season. Some Tech fans will say that Head Coach Danny Hall should have gone to Matt Wieters instead of Brad Rulon who was lit up by Clemson last time they faced in the ACC Tournament, but this decision would be played out again on Sunday....

UNC's Andrew Miller took the mound in Game 2 vs Cal-State Fullerton, the favorite to win the World Series. The two teams battled for 13 innings to a 5 all stalement. The Tar Heels got two runs in the top of the 13th after Fullerton had 2 men reach base in each of the extra innings so far including 1st and 3rd with nobody out in the 11th. The loss sent the Titans to an elimination game with Tech.

Once again, Tech jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Fullerton in the first inning, but eventually lost that lead by the 7th where the Titans had tied it at 4. Then in the 7th, Tech 1st Team All-American All Everything Matt Wieters smashed a home run to left giving the Jackets a 5-4 lead. He would then come on in the 8th inning with 2 outs to hold the lead he gave. Everything looked to be fine in the 9th with 2 outs and 2 strikes when the wheels fell off again. A couple of hits and an intentional walk loaded the bases for Fullerton. Corey Vanderhook, the guy who was the goat of Friday for getting picked off at 3rd base became the hero on the most unlikely of hits. A chopper off the mound, over the 6'5" Wieters which SS Michael Fisher dived for, but could not grab scoring two runs to give the Titans the win. An insurance run was added in the next at bat on a bloop single to left field. A tough way for the Yellow Jackets to end their season knowing they could easily be 2-0 in the World Series. Georgia Tech Post Conference Video

Clemson and UNC met for the first time this season in the night game. Spectacular pitching performances on both sides of the mound, but UNC edged out a 2-0 win. The loss put Clemson, the #1 overall seed in an elimination game with Cal-State Fullerton on Tuesday. The winner of that game will have to go through Pitchers Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard - UNC's two 1st round picks.

Monday's game will feature an elimination game between the SEC's lone rep in the Georgia Bulldogs and the Oregon St Beavers. Oregon St was crushed on Saturday 11-1 by Miami who will face Rice in the evening.

CWS Central from CSTV

Baseball America Coverage of the World Series

ESPN Photo Gallery

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