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The Stanford Cardinal cruised to a 14-2 victory over the Illinois Fightin Illini Sunday evening and now find themselves in the super regional round of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament. The Cardinal entered their region as the number two seed but cruised to a 3-0 record that was helped by Illinois knocking host Cal State Fullerton in the loser's bracket. The Cardinal will now face number one seed North Carolina. The Tar Heels are also the third overall seed in the entire tournament.
The Cardinal took control from the get-go as they put up a run in the first and four more in the third inning. Illinois grabbed a run in the third and another in the fourth but Stanford put down their foot and killed any momentum Illinois might have had. After scoring a run in the fifth inning, Stanford added two more on a Ben Clowe home run in the sixth inning, and then four more in the seventh inning. Two more in the ninth were merely icing on the cake.
Stanford will likely be playing at North Carolina beginning June 10. The winner will advance to the eight-team field in the College World Series.
The California Golden Bears pulled off a monstrous comeback against the Baylor Bears Monday night to advance to the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament super regionals. Cal trailed 6-1 after four innings and 8-5 in the ninth inning but rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to shock the Baylor Bears. Cal advances to the super regionals where they will face fellow three seed Dallas Baptist for the right to play in the 2011 College World Series.
Cal grabbed the first run of the game in the first inning on a Marcus Semien two out double that drove in Tony Renda. However, Baylor took control of the game in the fourth inning as they put up a six spot courtesy of a lot of help from Cal. Baylor drew three walks and Cal had an error that resulted in two unearned runs. Baylor added a run in the sixth to take a 7-1 lead.
Cal began their comeback with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to cut the elad to 7-3. Cal added two more in the eighth on a Devon Rodriguez homer but Baylor responded with a run in the ninth to make it 8-5. That's when the drama began. Chad Bunting reached on a single. Darrel Matthews then reached after a fielding error by the second baseman, leaving men on first and third and nobody out. Mich Theofanopoulos then reached on an error that led to an out at third but scored a run in the process to cut the lead to 8-6.
Leadoff hitter Austin Booker was then hit buy a pitch putting men on first and second. Tony Renda singled to drive in Dwight Tanaka (who had run for Theofanopoulos) and advance Booker to third. Chadd Krist followed that up with a walk to load the bases with one out and the score 8-7. Marcus Semien struck out for the second out of the inning, which brought up Devon Rodriguez. After falling behind 1-2, Rodriguez smacked a single into right field, bringing home Booker and Renda, and bringing the Cal bench onto the field to celebrate the stunning victory.
The win marks a huge comeback for Cal baseball. The Bears lost their tournament opener to Baylor, which moved them into the loser's bracket and required them to then win four games. Had they beaten Baylor they only would have needed two wins. Either way, Cal has advanced on to the super regionals. They will face Dallas Baptist June 10-13 with the winner advancing to the 2011 College World Series.
The California Golden Bears wrapped up a huge double-header sweep Sunday evening, taking down the second-seeded Baylor Bears with an 8-0 victory. Cal's victory creates a winner-take-all elimination game Monday afternoon at 4:00pm pacific at Reckling Park in Houston. The winner advances to the super regional round of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament, while the loser heads home for the summer.
The two Bears squads threw up goose eggs for 5 1/2 innings as neither team could gain an edge. Cal finally broke through in the sixth inning as right fielder Chad Bunting hit a solo home run to give Cal a 1-0 lead. Kyle Porter and the Cal bullpen did an excellent job holding onto the lead as they gave up four hits and two walks but no runs.
Cal completely broke this one open in the eighth inning as they exploded for seven runs. After Chadd Krist and Marcus Semien reached base, Devon Rodriguez singled home Krist. Two batters later, Bunting hit a three run bomb and the rout was on. The Bears added three more runs on a single and a double to take complete control.
Cal and Baylor will square off at 4:00pm pacific and the game can be heard on KALX 90.7 FM. The winner will advance to the super regionals for a best of three series with the winner of Dallas Baptist and Oral Roberts.
The UCLA Bruins baseball team handled its business on Sunday afternoon, defeating the University of San Francisco Dons 4-1 in a must-win elimination game for both teams. The Dons had defeated UCLA to open the tournament but were unable to duplicate the feat Sunday afternoon. UCLA advances on in the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament to face the UC Irvine Anteaters. UCLA needs to sweep two games Sunday night and Monday morning to advance to the super regional. Irvine only needs one win to advance.
The Bruins jumped on top early with a run in the second inning and two runs in the third inning. Pat Valaika and Dean Espy had RBI singles, while Cody Regis had an RBI double to secure the 3-0 lead. Jeff Gelalich added an RBI double in the seventh inning. USF tried to put together a rally in the ninth inning and much like the day before against UC Irvine, they had a chance to tie the game. However, they fell short for the second day in a row and were eliminated from the tournament.
UCLA is now in the finals with UC Irvine and they are in the midst of the first game. UCLA leads 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth. If the Bruins win tonight, the two teams will meet Monday evening in a winner-take-all elimination match, with the winner moving on to the super regionals.
The California Golden Bears kept their regional hopes alive with a 6-3 victory over the Rice Owls. The Owls were serving as host of the Houston regional in the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament. The Bears were able to come back against the Owls and outlast a lengthy weather delay to secure a place in the regional finals with the Baylor Bears. Baylor defeated Cal 6-4 in the regional opener. Cal will now need to win two straight games against Baylor to advance to the super regional round.
Rice jumped on top of this game early, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning on two unearned runs. Michael Ratterree singled to lead off the inning. Craig Manuel followed as he reached base on a bunt attempt that was fumbled by Cal starter Dixon Anderson. That was followed by another bunt attempt fumbled by Anderson that led to a pair of runs.
Cal used a pair of singles and a hit batsman to tie the game at 2, but Rice bounced right back with a Keenan Cook home run to take a 3-2 lead. Cal tied the game once again in the seventh inning as Darrel Matthews scored on an Austin Booker single. The teams moved into the bottom of the eighth inning when the lightning delay began.
The game was delayed for a little over an hour before play was resumed. Cal jumped all over Tyler Duffey, notching three runs on two singles and three errors, which typified just how ugly this game was at times. Matt Flemer was able to slam the door in the ninth and Cal earned the tough victory.
The Bears will face Baylor at approximately
6:35pm 7:15pm pacific due to the weather delay. Cal needs to win this first game to avoid elimination. If Cal wins this first game, the second elimination game is scheduled for 4:00pm pacific on Monday. The first game can be heard on KALX 90.7 FM.
The 2011 NCAA Baseball Regionals move into what will likely be the final day for several of the 16 regions. The loser's bracket reaches its final contest with the winner advancing to face the top winner thus far in each region. For Bay Area universities, Cal and San Francisco will each do battle for the right to advance to the finals of their region. Cal and USF will both need to win three games (two today and one tomorrow) if they want to advance to the super regional round. On the other hand, Stanford only needs to win one more game to advance. Cal games can be heard on KALX 90.7 FM. USF games can be heard online via Yahoo! Sports. Stanford's region (Fullerton) is being broadcast live on ESPNU and is available via live online stream at espn3.com.
Cal will open play for the Bay Area at noon pacific facing the top-seeded Rice Owls. Rice crushed Alcorn State 14-2 on day one but lost to the Baylor Bears 3-2. The winner of Cal versus Rice will advance to face the Baylor Bears once again. Cal or Rice will have to beat Baylor twice if they want to advance to the super regional. Cal-Rice can be heard on KALX 90.7 FM.
San Francisco starts near the end of the Cal game at 2:00pm pacific. They will face the UCLA Bruins for the second time and look to repeat their upset performance. USF knocked off Gerrit Cole and UCLA 3-0 on day one of the tournament. The winner of this game will advance to face UC Irvine in the finals. USF or UCLA will need to beat the Anteaters twice if they want to advance. USF-UCLA can be heard online via Yahoo! Sports.
Stanford wraps up the day as they get to sit and wait for their competition. The Cardinal won on Saturday and thus await the winner of Illinois and Cal State Fullerton. Illinois-Fullerton will go on at 4:00pm pacific and Stanford will play the winner at 8:00pm pacific. If Illinois or Fullerton wins, the final elimination game will take place on Monday at 8:00pm pacific. Both games (if necessary) will be broadcast live on ESPNU and is available via live online stream at espn3.com.
The Stanford Cardinal escaped with a 1-0 victory over the top-seeded Cal State Fullerton Titans to advance to the finals of the Fullerton regional. With the victory the Cardinal need one more win to advance to the super regional where they would face the winner of the Chapel Hill regional. Fullerton’s loss means they’ll face Illinois for the right to face Stanford in the final game(s).
The two starting pitchers threw up goose eggs for 5 1/2 innings as neither team could get anything on the scoreboard. However, in the bottom of the sixth Stephen Piscotty homered to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. The Stanford pitchers made the lead hold up. Jordan Pries held the Titans to two hits and Chris Reed closed the game out with 1 1/3 innings in which he allowed one walk and nothing else.
Stanford now awaits the winner of Illinois and Fullerton in the loser’s bracket. By winning on Saturday Stanford only needs to win one more game. Had they lost, Stanford would have had to win three more games to advance to the super regional.
The San Francisco Dons were handed their first loss of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament as they lost to the UC Irvine Anteaters 4-3 following a furious attempted Dons rally in the ninth. The loss drops USF to 1-1 in the Los Angeles bracket and sets up a rematch with the UCLA Bruins in the loser’s bracket. UC Irvine advances to face the winner of the USF and UCLA Sunday evening.
Irvine jumped on top 1-0 in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by D.J. Crimlich. They added three more runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Brian Hernandez and a two-run home run by Drew Hillman. USF notched a run in the sixth on back-to-back wild pitches and that appeared to be it for them.
However, the Dons had one last rally attempt in them in the ninth inning. After Irvine starter Matt Whitehouse forced a ground out of Nik Balog, he allowed the next two runners to reach base in unforced situations. Whitehouse struck out Travis Higgs with a pitch in the dirt that allowed Higgs to reach first. Whitehouse then hit Adam Clear to put men on first and second.
The Anteaters brought in Brian Hernandez to face Matt Chavez. Chavez grounded to short but an error on the double play attempt allowed Higgs to score and Chavez to advance to second. Ted Lemasters then hit for Jason Mahood and proceeded to hit a 2-1 double to left center that scored Chavez and cut the lead to 4-3. The Anteaters brought in Jimmy Litchfield to pitch to Mason Morioka and Litchfield got the game-ending strikeout.
USF now finds itself in an elimination contest with the UCLA Bruins. USF knocked off UCLA on Friday to open the tournament and will need another upset if they’re going to stay alive. UCLA advanced in the loser’s bracket with a 3-1 victory over Fresno State that eliminated the Bulldogs. Five of the sixteen two seeds have been eliminated, with eight more one loss away from elimination.
The Cal baseball team stayed alive for at least one more day with a 10-6 victory over Alcorn State in the Houston regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament. The loss eliminates Alcorn State from the tournament, while Cal advances in the loser’s bracket to face the loser of Rice and Baylor.
The Bears looked to be in trouble early on as Alcorn State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. The Braves chased Cal starter Kevin Miller with six hits in the inning. Justin Jones came on in relief and provided 6 1/3 inning of key pitching. He gave up two runs in the ninth, but by then the game was well in hand for Cal.
The Bears bounced back from the 4-0 deficit in the top of third with five hits, a walk and an error. Three doubles were key as Cal put up a six spot in the third. Cal added one run in the eighth and three more in the ninth to complete the victory. Alcorn State added two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but they could not complete the comeback and lost 10-6.
Cal will next play on Sunday at noon pacific. They’ll face the loser of Baylor and Rice, with first pitch for that game scheduled for 4:15pm pacific on Saturday. The winner of Cal-Rice/Baylor will then play the winner of Rice-Baylor at 4:00pm on Sunday. Coverage for Cal will be broadcast on KALX 90.7 FM.
The Stanford Cardinal will square off against the top seed in their region as they meet the Cal State Fullerton Titans on Saturday. The 2011 NCAA baseball tournament saw several big upsets on the first day of regional play but the Fullerton region was not such a region.
Stanford opened play with a 10-3 rout of Kansas State, sending the Wildcats into the loser’s bracket. The CS-Fullerton Titans handled their business with a 10-4 victory over Illinois. The Illini made things interesting as they were tied 4-4 in the sixth. However, Fullerton pulled away late and rolled to victory.
Fullerton will face Stanford Saturday evening at 8:00pm pacific on ESPNU. This game will follow Illinois versus Kansas State in the loser’s bracket at 4:00pm pacific. The loser of Illinois and Kansas State will be eliminated from the tournament. The winner will advance to face the loser of Stanford and Fullerton. The winner of that subsequent game will advance to face the winner of Stanford and Fullerton for the right to advance to the super regional round.
After one day of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament, the Los Angeles regional joined Atlanta as an upset-filled region. The third seeded UC Irvine Anteaters opened regional play with a 12-6 upset of Fresno State. In the late game the San Francisco Dons stunned the top seeded UCLA Bruins.
The two upsets leave us with a “Cinderella” Saturday matchup in the winner’s bracket. UC Irvine made it to the tournament as an at-large team out of the Big West behind conference champion Cal State Fullerton. The USF Dons made the tournament after winning the West Coast conference regular and postseason titles. The winner of this matchup will find themselves one win away from advancing to the super regional round of the NCAA tournament. USF and UC Irvine will square off at 6:00pm pacific.
The loser’s bracket features top seed UCLA versus number two seed Fresno State. The two teams will square off at 2:00pm pacific. The loser of the game will be eliminated from the tournament while the winner will advance to face the loser of USF-UC Irvine.
The University of San Francisco Dons pulled off one of the bigger upsets of day one as they knocked off Gerrit Cole and the UCLA Bruins on the first day of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament. The Dons pulled off the 3-0 win to advance in the winner’s bracket, while the regional hosting Bruins find themselves one loss away from elimination.
UCLA sent out ace Gerrit Cole to start on Friday night in the regional opener. Cole is expected to be the first or second pick in the upcoming 2011 MLB Draft but USF starter Kyle Zimmer stole the spotlight on Friday night, throwing a complete game shutout. Zimmer struck out eleven and gave up only four hits in securing the win.
The Dons biggest offensive performer was first baseman Nik Balog, who was 4-for-4 with two RBIs. His singles in the third and fifth innings gave the Dons a 2-0 lead they would never relinquish. Pinch-hitter Adam Clear added an RBI in the eighth inning that almost became pivotal.
UCLA had a shot to pull off the huge comeback in the ninth inning but fell just short. Zimmer struck out Pat Gallagher and Beau Amaral to lead off the ninth inning. However, Jeff Gelalich and Dean Espy both singled, followed by Zimmer hitting Cody Keefer to load the bases with two outs. Cody Regis worked the count to 2-2 before striking out to end the game.
The Dons now face UC Irvine Saturday night in the winner’s bracket. First pitch is tentatively scheduled for 6pm pacific.
After day one of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament it’s pretty clear as to who is the most dominant team in the Houston regional. That would be to the Rice Owls, who absolutely smothered Alcorn St. on Friday by a score of 14-2 at Reckling Park.
Rice had 22 hits against the Braves, scoring at least one run in every inning played except the first and the fourth. Seven Owls had RBI’s, lead by right fielder Ryan Lewis who went 4-6 with 3 RBI on the day. Rice is ranked eighth in the NCAA rankings and were a bit out of Alcorn State’s league, but their play is very impressive, full of potential draftees for the MLB next week; including third baseman Anthony Rendon, number one on Keith Law’s top 50.
Baylor’s win over Cal sets up a meeting with Rice tomorrow in the Houston regional, while Cal and Alcorn State will battle it out for tournament survival. Baylor and Rice will be at 4 p.m. PT Saturday afternoon while Cal and Alcorn State will be at noon.
Coverage for Cal will be broadcast on KALX 90.7 FM.
The Stanford Cardinal got off to a strong start in the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament regional round, handling the Kansas State Wildcats with relative ease in a 10-3 victory. Stanford advances into the winner’s bracket of the Fullerton region and will face the winner of Cal State Fullerton and Illinois on Saturday at 8pm. The Titans and Illini square off Friday night at 8:00pm pacific on ESPNU and espn3.com.
The Cardinal got a strong team effort as six different players drove in at least one run. Kenny Diekroger got the scoring going with an RBI double in the second inning. Brian Ragira and Lonnie Kauppila added a pair of RBIs in the third inning. The Wildcats got on the board in the fourth inning as they manufactured a run on a pair of groundouts. However, Stanford took control in the fifth as they put up three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and two more in the seventh.
Cardinal starter Mark Appel threw a complete game, giving up three runs on seven hits. He gave up no walks and struck out eight in a strong performance. Kent Urban grabbed three hits and Dan Klein had two hits off Appel, but K-State couldn’t get much more off him.
On a hot Houston afternoon the NCAA Baseball Regionals began with matchup of the Baylor Bears and the Cal Golden Bears at Reckling Park. It was slated to be a matchup of two of the hottest pitchers in the NCAA, Erik Johnson for Cal and Logan Verrett for Baylor, but Johnson’s lack of control gave Baylor and early lead, and eventually put Cal away by a score of 6-4.
Johnson struggled with most of his pitches today, taking the loss while walking six batters in only two and 1/3 innings of work after giving up five earned runs on only three hits. Logan Scott allowed another run in the third in relief, but besides that, was very solid in his three innings of duty. Joey Donorfio and Matt Flemer kept Baylor scoreless the rest of the way, allowing Cal to stage their comeback.
After a Marcus Semien triple in the seventh, Chad Bunting plated him with a grounder to short. Then Cal got in a groove in the eighth after Chadd Krist’s RBI single plated Austin Booker, then Semien scored Tony Renda on a single to right. Devin Rodriguez kept the rally going with another RBI single, but unfortunately it would end there as Baylor would ultimately prevail.
Logan Verrett was the winning pitcher for Baylor, lasting for seven and 1/3 innings while allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and four punch outs. Shortstop Landis Ware was 1-3 with two RBI, while first baseman Max Muncy was 1-4 with an RBI as well.
Full box score can be found here.
Cal will go on to play the loser of the Rice/Alcorn State game at noon PT Saturday, with only one loss left to give before being eliminated from the tournament. Coverage can be found on KALX 90.7 FM.
The 2011 NCAA baseball tournament kicks off with regional coverage as the sixteen regional brackets begin play on Friday. ESPNU and NCAA.com will both provide regional round coverage this weekend. ESPNU will provide coverage of the Gainesville and Fullerton regionals, with a live online stream simulcast available for most games at espn3.com. The Gainesville bracket kicks off at 9:00am pacific with Miami (FL) playing Jacksonville. That's followed by Florida-Manhattan at 1:00pm. The Fullerton regional starts at 4:00pm pacific with Stanford-Kansas State and is followed by CS-Fullerton-Illinois at 8:00pm.
NCAA.com will provide a live online stream of the Charlottesville regional but they have yet to include a more specific link for their television coverage. The Charlottesville regional kicks off at 10:00am pacific with Virginia taking on Navy. That's followed by St. John's and East Carolina at 3:00pm. NCAA.com will cover the entire series.
For the rest of the Bay Area, radio will have to suffice. KALX 90.7 FM will have coverage of the Cal games during the Houston Regional, with their first match with Baylor starting Friday at noon. USF Dons games can be heard online via Yahoo! Sports.
On the eve of the start of the 2011 NCAA Baseball tournament , it’s time to take a closer look at the California Golden Bears and their opposing teams inside the Houston Bracket. Hosted at Rice University’s Reckling Park, Cal is joined by Rice, Alcorn State, and Baylor inside their regional bracket, not exactly a group of pushovers for the at-large invitee Golden Bears.
This will be Cal’s fourth regional berth since 2001, all under current head coach David Esquer, and the program’s 12th NCAA regional berth all-time. They finished 31-20 on the year, lead by guys like the 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year Tony Renda (.330 BA, 38 RBI) and Junior catcher Chadd Krist (.297 BA, 35 RBI). As for the pitching staff, senior Kevin Miller (6-4) finished the regular season with a 6-4 record with 78 strikeouts for the year and a 2.24 ERA, while junior Erik Johnson is 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA this season.
Cal’s first opponent will be the Baylor Bears starting Friday at noon. Cal has a 1-0 record versus Baylor all-time, defeating the Bears 8-5 on May 24, 1991 as part of the 1991 NCAA Midwest Regional in Wichita, Kansas. The Golden Bears were supposed to play a three-game set against Baylor in February 2006, but all games were called due to bad weather. The Bears finished 36-24 overall this season, and are lead by sophomore Max Muncy (.329, 9 HR, 43 RBI), shortstop Jake Miller (.295, 3 HR, 25 RBI) and junior right fielder Brooks Pinckard (.295, 2 HR, 16 RBI). The Bears’ tentative starter versus the Golden Bears is sophomore righty Logan Verrett (6-5, 2.81 ERA), but still may change before tomorrow.
Cal will then play either Rice or Alcorn State, both very good teams, but Rice is considered the eighth best team in the tourney, and Cal has no history against Alcorn State. The Bears have a 3-2 all-time record against Rice, including a 7-6 win in 15 innings on March 12 at AT&T Park during the Cal Baseball Classic. In March of 2010, Cal played a four-game series at Reckling Park, winning the first two games, 8-6 and 6-4, then fell 26-11 and 7-4 to finish the series. Rice was 41-19 this season, winners of the C-USA tournament. lead by infielder and Golden Spikes Award Finalist Anthony Rendon with a .327 BA and 57 runs, and Michel Ratteree with 51 RBI and 79 hits this year. On the mound the Owls are lead by Austin Kubitza (6-4 2.33 ERA) and Abe Gonzales (7-2 3.03 ERA)
Alcorn State was another invitee to the tournament, finishing with a 27-28 record for the year. The Braves are making their first ever NCAA tourney appearance, lead by junior pitcher Steve Easter who leads the SWAC with 8 wins.
KALX 90.7 FM will have coverage of the Cal games during the Houston Regional, with their first match with Baylor starting Friday at noon.
The 2011 NCAA Baseball tournament kicks off on Friday with the first day of regional play. Sixteen regional mini-tournaments will feature four teams apiece in a double elimination bracket, with the winner advancing into the sixteen-team super regionals. eight teams will then advance from the super regionals into the 2011 College World Series tournament.
Stanford gets a relatively simply travel schedule as they head down to Fullerton, California to take part in the Fullerton Regional. This region is hosted by Cal State Fullerton and also includes Illinois and Kansas State. Stanford has a lot of experience against the CS-Fullerton Titans, but very little experience against the Illinois and K-State. The Cardinal have never faced Illinois and are 0-1 against the Wildcats, with the lone game coming in 1971.
On the other hand, Stanford and Fullerton have faced each other 96 times all-time. Stanford leads the all-time series 54-42 and their postseason contests 10-4. Stanford defeated Fullerton in a Super Regional in 2008, a 2002 NCAA Regional, and in the 1999, 2001, and 2003 College World Series. Fullerton beat Stanford in a 2010 regional game, once in a three-game series in 2003, and also once in the 1995 College World Series.
The Stanford Cardinal enter the 2011 NCAA Tournament at 32-20 and finished fifth in the Pac-10 conference. This marks Stanford's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2008 as the Cardinal look to get to their 17th College World Series. The Cardinal are led by leading hitter Stephen Piscotty (.361) and Tyler Gaffney, who leads the team in slugging percentage and walks. The Cardinal pitchers are led by Mark Appel (5-6, 3.02 ERA, 75 Ks) and Jordan Pries (5-5, 3.53 ERA, 68 Ks).
The Cal State Fullerton Titans enter the tournament as 2011 Big West champions, finishing 40-15 overall. This marks their 20th consecutive postseason appearance as they are looking for their fifth national championship. The Titans are led on offense by infielder Nick Ramirez (led the team in hits) and outfielder Michael Lorenzen (led the team in batting average). Pitcher Noe Ramirez was dominant for them, going 8-3 with a 1.74 ERA and 91 K.
The Kansas State Wildcats earned an at-large bid after losing in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. They are making their third straight regional appearance and will look to rebound from a tough 9-5 month of May. The Wildcats are led on offense by Jason King, who leads the team in hitting (.333), hits (74) and doubles (19), and Nick Martini, who leads the team in runs (48), BB (37), SB (24), and OBP (.446). The Wildcats pitching is led by LHP Kyle Hunter (5-4, 4.26 ERA, 86.2 IP, 78 K) and Matt Applegate (5-4, 4.31 ERA, 85.2 IP, 76 K).
The University of Illinois Illini earned an automatic bid after winning the conference championship with a 9-1 win over Michigan State. The Illini are making their tenth postseason appearance, but the first since 2000. They are led on offense by Justin Parr, who leads the team in hitting (.333) and hits (64), Willie Argo, who leads the team in runs (45), BB (26), and SB (25). Their pitching is led by RHP John Anderson (7-6, 4.40 ERA, 90.0 IP, 52 K), RHP Chris Pack (7-1, 4.99 ERA, 3 SV), and RHP Wes Braun (0.49 ERA, 2-0, 18 app, 6 SV).
The Stanford Cardinal baseball team opens its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008 facing the Kansas State Wildcats in the Fullerton regional. Stanford advanced into the College World Series that year and will look to start things off by taking down its regional bracket. The Fullerton region is hosted by Cal State Fullerton and includes Stanford, CS-Fullerton, Kansas State, and Illinois.
The Fullerton region will actually be available for viewing as ESPNU will be broadcasting from Fullerton. ESPNU will broadcast every game in the region. For those that don’t get ESPNU, ESPN3.com will broadcast the channel via live online stream.
We’ll have more preview information in the next day or two, but for now here is a breakdown of the schedule of games. The regional consists of a double-elimination bracket from June 3 to June 5 or 6 (if necessary). The games kick off on Friday at Goodwin Field. If Sunday’s winner’s bracket leaves two teams with one loss, the teams will play a final game on Monday evening. The winner of the Houston regional would then advance to the super regional round to face the winner of the Chapel Hill regional.
Fullerton regional schedule (all times PDT)
Game 1: Kansas State vs. Stanford, 4 p.m. Friday
Game 2: CS Fullerton vs. Illinois, 8 p.m. Friday
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 p.m. Saturday
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m. Saturday
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m. Sunday
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 8 p.m. Sunday
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 8 p.m. Monday
The 2011 NCAA baseball regionals get under way on Friday and the California Golden Bears will travel to Houston to play in a regional hosted by Rice. Cal opens play against the Baylor Bears. The Battle of the Bears got me thinking about Jackie Moon’s battle with Dewey the Killer Bear.
While many teams do not have to travel too far, the mix of teams has required some teams to travel a bit. Cal joins Georgia who has to travel to Corvallis, Oregon as teams with a bit of a gripe about the travel schedule. The Houston region consists of Cal, Rice, Baylor and Alcorn State.
We’ll have more preview information in the next day or two, but for now here is a breakdown of the schedule of games. The regional consists of a double-elimination bracket from June 3 to June 5 or 6 (if necessary). The games kick off on Friday at Reckling Park. If Sunday’s winner’s bracket leaves two teams with one loss, the teams will play a final game on Monday evening. The winner of the Houston regional would then advance to the super regional round to face the winner of the Fort Worth regional.
Houston regional schedule (all times PDT)
Game 1: California vs. Baylor, 12 p.m. Friday
Game 2: Rice vs. Alcorn State, 4 p.m. Friday
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 12 p.m. Saturday
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m. Saturday
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 12 p.m. Sunday
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 4 p.m. Sunday
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 4 p.m. Monday
The San Francisco Dons make their second ever NCAA tournament berth and don’t have to travel too far as they were assigned to the Los Angeles regional. UCLA is the host and will face the Dons in the first day of play. Fresno State and UC Irvine also join the field. USF will be looking for its first NCAA tournament victory as they were swept out by Miami (FL) and Manhattan College in 2006.
We’ll have more preview information in the next day or two, but for now here is a breakdown of the schedule of games. The regional consists of a double-elimination bracket from June 3 to June 5 or 6 (if necessary). The games kick off on Friday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. If Sunday’s winner’s bracket leaves two teams with one loss, the teams will play a final game on Monday evening. The winner of the LA regional would then advance to the super regional round to face the winner of the Charlottesville regional.
Los Angeles regional schedule (all times PDT)
Game 1: UC Irvine vs. Fresno State, 2 p.m. Friday
Game 2: UCLA vs. San Francisco, 6 p.m. Friday
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2 p.m. Saturday
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m. Saturday
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 2 p.m. Sunday
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. Sunday
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. Monday
The 2011 NCAA baseball tournament kicks off on Friday June 3 with 16 regional brackets starting their games. Cal, Stanford and San Francisco are all taking part in this year's run to the College World Series, but only Stanford will be available for viewing on television and online.
ESPNU will be providing coverage of the Gainesville regional and the Fullerton regional. Stanford is squaring off with Kansas State on Friday and then will take on either the winner or loser of CS-Fullerton and Illinois. All six or seven games will be broadcast on ESPNU. For those that don't get ESPNU, ESPN3.com provides a broad range of coverage with a live online stream.
For the general baseball fanatic looking for any and all coverage of the regionals, ESPNU's Gainesville regional will include Florida, Manhattan, Jacksonville and Miami (FL). Additionally, ncaa.com is going to provide a live video stream of the Charlottesville regional. That will include Virginia, East Carolina, St. John's and Navy. They have not yet provided a link to that stream, but there will likely be a link at either the D1 Baseball page or the CWS Information page in the coming days.
The 2011 NCAA Baseball College World Series Selection Show is complete and the California Golden Bears, Stanford Cardinal, and San Francisco Dons have all been rewarded for strong seasons. Three Bay Area universities have been selected to take part in the postseason baseball tournament starting June 3. San Francisco won the WCC tournament to secure an automatic bid. However, the Pac-10 is one of the few conferences without a conference tournament so neither team could guarantee an automatic bid heading into the postseason.
San Francisco was placed in the Los Angeles regional where they could potentially face host UCLA, UC Irvine, and Fresno State. San Francisco, at 31-23, is the four seed in the region. The Dons will face UCLA in their first game on Friday June 3. Their subsequent opponents will depend on wins and losses, but will take place on June 4.
California was placed in the Houston regional. They could potentially face host-team Rice, Baylor, or Alcorn State. The 31-20 Bears are the three seed in the region. The Bears open against Baylor on Friday June 3, with their second game taking place on June 4.
Stanford was placed in the Fullerton regional. They could potentially face host-team Cal State-Fullerton, Kansas State, and Illinois. The 32-20 Cardinal are the two seed in the region. The Cardinal will face Kansas State to open play and the game will be featured on ESPNU, which likely means it will also be available on ESPN3.com. The entire Fullerton regional will be broadcast on the ESPN family of channels.
You can view an entire printable bracket via NCAA.com.
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