OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: Fans walk to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha before game 2 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

CWS 2012: Stanford Advances To Super Regional, Takes On No. 3 Florida St.

After taking care of business in the Palo Alto regional, the Stanford Cardinal head to Tallahassee, FL for their Super Regional matchup with Florida State.

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College World Series 2012 Results: Stanford Routed, Eliminated By Florida State

The Stanford Cardinal didn’t stand a chance in Tallahassee. Their pitching imploded from the outset of their Super Regional contest, giving up a combined 35 runs in two games to the hard-hitting Florida State Seminoles.

In Game 1 on Friday, first round draft pick Mark Appel was shelled for seven runs (five earned) in four innings before being chased. The Cardinal ended up surrendering 17 runs in a 17-1 defeat, and looked totally feckless for most of the contest.

Stanford bowed out in a slightly less embarrassing but still humbling performance on Sunday, as they rallied with a four-run bout in the bottom of the seventh to cut a 10-2 lead to 10-6 before Florida State buried the Cardinal with eight runs in the eighth inning. Florida State will now move on to face Arizona in the College World Series.

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College World Series 2012 Schedule: Stanford Vs. Florida State Super Regional

The Stanford Cardinal will have to go on the road to get to Omaha, as they head cross-country to take on the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Friday, June 8th. The Tallahassee Super Regional will be a battle-of-three. The one who wins two games will head to the final eight in the College World Series.

Here is the schedule for this weekend's Super Regional matchup.

Game 1: Stanford bats first, Friday, June 8th, 4 PM PT, ESPN2 HD (streamed online at ESPN3)
Game 2: Florida State bats first, Saturday, June 9th, 3 PM PT, ESPN2 HD (streamed online at ESPN3)
Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, June 10th, 4 PM PT, ESPN2 HD (streamed online at ESPN3)

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College World Series 2012: Stanford Advances To Super Regional, Faces No. 3 Florida St.

The Stanford Cardinal have advanced to their 13th Super Regional in their school's history after fighting off a hungry Pepperdine squad Sunday night at Sunken Diamond to claim the Palo Alto regional by the score of 8-7.

The Cardinal came back from an early four-run deficit after Pepperdine scored four times in the top of the first. Stephen Piscotty kept the Cardinal in the game as it made its comeback, retiring 12 in a row from the final out of the first inning until one out in the fifth. Stanford would take the lead for good in the fourth after a two-out, five-run rally, though the Wave tried valiantly to fight back.

Pepperdine scored three more times on four straight hits against Piscotty to make it 8-7 in the seventh, But Sahil Bloom would come on and hold Pepperdine scoreless over the final 2.2 innings to earn his first save of the year and hold Piscotty's five win of the year.

Stanford (41-16) will now travel to Tallahassee, Florida to take on national No. 3 seed Florida State in next weekend's best-of-3 Super Regional for the chance to make it to their 17th College World Series appearance. Game dates and times are yet to be announced

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MLB Draft 2012: Mark Appel Will Reportedly Be Drafted No. 1 By Astros

There have been rumors for months that Stanford Cardinal ace pitcher Mark Appel would be selected by the Houston Astros with the No. 1 pick at the 2012 MLB Draft. A few whispers in recent days suggested the Astros may be looking elsewhere with their pick, but those reports were nullified on Sunday, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.

According to a tweet from Bowden the Astros have decided to select Appel on Monday with their top pick.

Appel is a right-handed pitcher with excellent stuff on the mound. For an Astros team that has been pretty miserable the last few seasons he is capable of turning the franchise around at the top of their rotation, something their new ownership would love as they make the move to the American League East.

This is still just a report and is yet to be confirmed by Houston, but this seems like a lock at this point.

The 2012 MLB Draft is set to begin on June 4.

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2012 CWS Regionals: Stanford Awaits Fresno St/Pepperdine Winner In Championship

The Stanford Cardinal have been a terrific host of their 2012 College World Series regional at Klien Field at Sunken Diamond, taking the win in their first two rounds of play to advance to the championship round. Now they must wait to see which squad they've already beaten will meet them in the next round.

The Card took care of Fresno St. handedly in game 1 by the score of 9-1 then took out Pepperdine 5-4 in game two to advance straight to the championship. Pepperdine and Fresno St. meet in the loser's bracket on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT, which the winner will move on to play Stanford.

Since Stanford is 2-0 already they have to take either game 6 or game 7 to advance, while the other school will have to win both to advance.

Game six is set for 4 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on ESPN 3.

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College World Series 2012 Schedule: Stanford Hosts Double-Elimination Regional

The Stanford Cardinal will host a double-elimination regional this weekend that will feature 1-seed Stanford, 2-seed Pepperdine, 3-seed Michigan State, and 4-seed Fresno State. The winner of the Stanford region will advance to take on the winner of the Tallahassee Region in a best-of-three series for a chance at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

The action is underway at Stanford's Klein Field, and here's the schedule for the weekend. All games are broadcast live on ESPN3.


Friday, June 1
Game 1 - No. 2 Pepperdine vs. No. 3 Michigan State (underway)
Game 2 - No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 Fresno State (6 p.m.)

Saturday, June 2
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (1 p.m.)
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (6 p.m.)

Sunday, June 3
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (1 p.m.)
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (6 p.m.)

Monday, June 4
Game 7 - Rematch of Game 6 (if necessary, at 6 p.m.)

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NCAA Baseball Championship 2012: Mark Appel, Stanford Face Fresno St. In Round 1 Of Regional Play

The Stanford Cardinal (38-16) get their 31st NCAA Regional championship underway on Friday night against the Fresno St. Bulldogs (30-26), looking to hold down Sunken Diamond after winning nine of their last 11 contests.

Stanford is hosting its 15th NCAA Tournament since 1983, having gone 55-12 at home in the tournament over that time. Those 14 Regionals (and five Super Regionals) have led the Cardinal to 11 College World Series over that span.

First team All-American and projected first-round draft pick Mark Appel takes the mound for the Card on Friday. Appel is the Pac-12 leader in strikeouts (116), owning a 9-1 record and a 2.37 ERA over 14 starts this season. Appel has struck out at least 10 in seven starts this year, including four against top-10 ranked schools.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN 3.

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NCAA Baseball Rankings: Stanford Ranked No. 13 In Latest Coaches' Poll

The latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll ranked Stanford No. 13 in its latest poll. Stanford (38-16, 18-12 Pac-12) moved down two spots from last week's poll after dropping two of three games to California (29-25, 12-18), including an 18-inning marathon that the Cardinal lost 5-4 on Friday. The Wildcats finished tied with UCLA for first place in the final Pac-12 standings.

Stanford hosts one of the 16 regionals, as a top seed in the Palo Alto Regional, the Cardinal welcome Pepperdine (34-21), Michigan State (37-21) and Fresno State (30-26).

Stanford starts its postseason on Friday against Fresno State at 6:00 p.m. PT.

Other Pac-12 teams ranked include No. 4 UCLA (42-14, 20-10), No. 10 Oregon (42-17, 19-11), No. 11 Arizona (38-17, 20-10) and No. 17 Oregon State (38-18, 18-12).

Stanford's ranking in other polls:

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CWS 2012: Stanford To Host Palo Alto Regional

Stanford will host the Palo Alto Regional in the 2012 College World Series.

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