Dallas Colleges: NCAA baseball

TCU falls to UCLA, bows out of postseason

June, 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Nick Vander Tuig allowed one run in six innings to lift UCLA to a 4-1 victory over TCU Saturday to win the NCAA Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.

Vander Tuig (10-3) gave way to David Berg after walking the leadoff hitter in the seventh. Berg retired the side in order and finished off the Horned Frogs in the eighth and ninth to earn his first save. Preston Morrison (9-2) took the loss for the Horned Frogs (40-22).

The Bruins (47-14) advanced to the CWS for the fourth time in the school's history and first time since 2010.

UCLA has won nine straight games, including five consecutive postseason games, and 16 of its last 17 games.

Trevor Brown tripled with one out in the second and scored on Pat Valaika's sacrifice fly to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. UCLA made it 2-0 on a well-executed squeeze bunt by Tyler Heineman that scored Kevin Kramer.

Brance Rivera's solo homer in the third cut the UCLA lead to 2-1. The Horned Frogs have homered in 11 consecutive games.

The Bruins added runs in the sixth and seventh innings to build a 4-1 lead.

Berg moved into a tie for second place for single season NCAA Division I appearances (47) for a pitcher when he entered the game in the eighth inning.

The record is 51 appearances.

UCLA won Friday night's opener 6-2 when Cody Regis' three-run double ignited a five-run sixth inning. Adam Plutko pitched seven strong innings and got the win for UCLA.

Baylor cruises past Arkansas in super regional

June, 9, 2012
WACO, Texas -- Logan Vick homered twice and Trent Blank scattered seven hits over eight innings as Baylor beat Arkansas 8-1 on Saturday in the opener of their super regional series.

The Bears (49-15) can earn their first trip to the College World Series since 2005 with a win over the Razorbacks (42-20) on Sunday.

Josh Ludy added a home run, while Max Muncy and Cal Towey each had two doubles and a single as Baylor racked up 12 hits against three Arkansas pitchers.

The Bears gave Blank (11-1) an early lead when Razorbacks starter DJ Baxendale (7-5) hit Nathan Orf -- the leadoff hitter's school-record 35th hit by pitch this season -- and Vick followed with a two-run homer.

Ludy added insurance in the third with his team-high 16th homer. Muncy and Towey followed with doubles off the wall in right to make it 4-0.

Vick's two-out homer in the fourth made him only the second Baylor player to homer twice in an NCAA tournament game, and the first to do it in a super regional game. Steve Macko hit a pair against New Orleans in a regional game in 1977.

Dominic Ficociello, who had three of the Razorbacks' seven hits off Blank, ended the shutout bid with an RBI double in the sixth inning.

Baylor, OU, TCU begin Super Regionals

June, 8, 2012
A quick peek into Super RegionalS featuring schools of interest in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Friday's games

Los Angeles Super Regional

TCU vs. UCLA (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m. CT)

Game 2: Saturday (ESPN2/ESPN3, 8 p.m. CT)

Game 3: Sunday (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m. CT) (if necessary)

TCU (40-20)

How they got here: The Horned Frogs shared the Mountain West regular-season title and bounced back from a regional-opening loss to Ole Miss to win four straight at the College Station Regional. TCU hammered Dayton 28-12, then took out Texas A&M 10-2 before back-to-back wins over the Rebels to earn the trip to Los Angeles.

Star player: Just like in 2010, when TCU advanced to Omaha behind the left arm of freshman Matt Purke, frosh Preston Morrison helps lead the way on the mound. The right-hander is 9-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts and 11 relief appearances.

Weapon: Jim Schlossnagle's work in Fort Worth over the past decade is nothing short of spectacular. With just two regional berths before 2004, TCU has made the postseason nine straight years and qualified for three super regionals in the past four years, including a trip to Omaha in 2010.

Weakness: Inconsistency has hurt the Horned Frogs. While TCU was often up to the task against top competition, beating Cal State Fullerton, Baylor and Oklahoma before the regional run, it also lost to the likes of San Diego State and UNLV.

UCLA (45-14)

How they got here: The Bruins earned the No. 2 national seed on the strength of a 20-10 Pac-12 mark, then dispatched Creighton twice and New Mexico to win the Los Angeles Regional and advance to super regionals for the second time in three years.

Star player: Junior right fielder Jeff Gelalich, a veteran of UCLA's CWS runner-up squad from 2010, was named MVP of the regional last weekend for hitting .455 with two homers and seven RBIs. For the year, he's hitting .372 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs.

Weapon: Youth has been served on the UCLA pitching staff. Reliever David Berg and starter Grant Watson earned freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball this week. Berg, a right-hander, is 5-3 with a 1.71 ERA and has set the Pac-12 record for single-season appearances. Watson, a lefty, is 9-2 while starting 15 games.

Weakness: Go ahead and try to get into a high-scoring battle with the Bruins; it's your best shot. After cleanup hitter Gelalich, the remainder of the UCLA offense has managed 12 home runs in 59 games.

Saturday's games

Waco Super Regional

Arkansas vs. Baylor (ESPNU/ESPN3, 4 p.m. CT)

Game 2: Sunday (ESPNU/ESPN3, 3 p.m. CT)

Game 3: Monday (ESPN2/ESPN3, 3 p.m. ET) (if necessary)

Arkansas (42-19)

How they got here: The Razorbacks finished 16-14 in the treacherous SEC and won the Houston Regional as a No. 2 seed. Arkansas beat host Rice 1-0 in the key game behind sophomore pitcher Ryan Stanek and topped Sam Houston State in the final.

Star player: Junior third baseman Matt Reynolds leads the Hogs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.343), home runs (7), RBIs and (42). He's even stolen 15 bases, another team high.

Weapon: The bullpen doesn't lose many leads behind a trio of sophomore right-handers: Brandon Moore, 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA; Colby Suggs, 6-0 with a 1.29 ERA; and Barrett Astin, who has a team-best 10 saves.

Weakness: Offensively, coach Dave Van Horn's club has struggled to find a rhythm at times. The Razorbacks hit .277 as a team, 138th nationally. Just two regulars are hitting better than .300.

Baylor (48-15)

How they got here: The Bears, seeded fourth in the tournament, won the Big 12 at 20-4 after starting league play with 18 straight wins. In the Waco Regional, Baylor lost its opener to Oral Roberts but came back to win four straight, capped by a pair of victories over Dallas Baptist, 9-2 and 8-2.

Star player: Senior catcher Josh Ludy drives a productive offense. He's hitting .368 with a team-best 15 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Weapon: What a luxury for coach Steve Smith to count two ace pitchers. Junior lefty Josh Turley is 9-1 with a 1.83 ERA, and senior right-hander Trent Blank is 10-1 with a 2.32 ERA. Together, they've thrown 200 innings.

Weakness: It remains to be seen whether the Bears' four-game run in regional play signals the start of another hot streak. After losing one game between March 16 and May 9, Baylor then lost seven of 12 until last Saturday.

Columbia Super Regional

Oklahoma vs. South Carolina (ESPNU/ESPN3, 7 p.m. CT)

Game 2: Sunday (ESPNU/ESPN3, 6 p.m. CT)

Game 3: Monday (ESPN2/ESPN3, 6 p.m. CT) (if necessary)

Oklahoma (42-23)

How they got here: The Sooners swept Baylor late and reached final of the Big 12 tournament to secure an at-large regional berth, then lost in the first round to Appalachian State and needed 10 innings to stave off elimination against Army. But OU beat host Virginia and twice got past the Mountaineers to advance.

Star player: Junior center fielder Max White has started 64 of 65 games. He's batting .339 with 55 RBIs.

Weapon: Sophomore Dillon Overton has surged of late to help stabilize an OU pitching staff that has allowed the Sooners to win 24 of 33 games. Overton struck out 11 against Virginia in the Charlottesville Regional and fanned 15 in two appearances at the Big 12 tournament.

Weakness: Behind White and freshman Hunter Lockwood, with 11 home runs, there's not much firepower in the lineup. The Sooners hit .265 as a team and utilize 13 players who have started 10 games or more.

South Carolina (43-17)

How they got here: The two-time defending national champion Gamecocks finished behind only LSU in the SEC standings at 18-11. South Carolina then dispatched Manhattan and beat rival Clemson twice in the Columbia regional to advance.

Star player: Junior first baseman Christian Walker anchors the Carolina lineup. He's hitting .319 with 11 homers and 53 RBIs.

Weapon: Nobody who's playing this weekend has enjoyed postseason success like the Gamecocks. Veterans Walker, Evan Marzilli, Adam Matthews and Michael Roth have played key roles over three years in South Carolina's streak of 19 consecutive wins in NCAA postseason play.

Weakness: Perhaps it's Florida, which fell in two games to South Carolina last year in the CWS finals. Since then, the Gators have defeated the Gamecocks in three of four meetings, including a series win in Columbia in March. Incidentally, South Carolina, seeded No. 8, would meet Florida in an opening-round CWS game if both teams advance to Omaha.

Denton's Tim Tadlock named Tech baseball coach

June, 7, 2012
Tim Tadlock has been named head baseball coach at Texas Tech, athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced Thursday.

Tadlock, who had been serving as the interim coach since the firing of Dan Spencer last month, will be introduced as the Red Raiders' ninth coach at noon Friday. He joined the program as associated head coach last fall.

The Denton native was an assistant at Oklahoma from 2006-11, helping the Sooners to five NCAA tournament trips and a College World Series appearance in 2010. He also spent nine seasons as head coach at Grayson County Junior College, guiding the school to NJCAA World Series titles in 1999 and 2000.

Dallas Baptist handles Oral Roberts

June, 2, 2012
WACO, Texas -- Duncan McAlpine homered and drove in five runs as Dallas Baptist got past Oral Roberts 11-8 on Saturday night in the Waco Regional.

Dallas Baptist (41-17) banged out 12 hits off three Oral Roberts pitchers in the first five innings to take what seemed like a commanding 10-3 lead.

The Golden Eagles made it interesting, scoring three in the third and adding three more in the fifth before Aaron Gilbreath (4-3) threw 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Oral Roberts (38-24) brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but closer Stuart Prudenz struck out Bennett Pickar to end the game.

McAlpine delivered a two-run single in the second, greeted reliever Alec Smith with a two-run homer in the third and drove in another run with a single in the fifth. Boomer Collins and Ryan Behmanesh also homered.

Mississippi contains Texas A&M

June, 2, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Mike Mayers pitched solid ball into the seventh inning and third-seeded Mississippi defeated top-seeded Texas A&M 6-3 on Saturday night at the College Station Regional.

Mayers (6-3) limited the Aggies to three runs -- two earned -- and four hits, and struck out a career-high nine in 6 1/3 innings. Rebels reliever Brett Huber kept the Aggies to a lone hit over the next two innings, and R.J. Hively closed it out by retiring the final two batters with two runners on.

Mississippi (37-24) scored two runs each in the third, fourth and sixth innings against A&M starter Ross Stripling. Matt Snyder led the Rebels with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the fourth that lifted Mississippi to a 4-2 lead.

Stripling (10-4) took the loss for the Aggies (43-17) after allowing six runs -- five earned -- over 7 2/3 innings.

Appalachian State puzzles Oklahoma

June, 2, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Ryan Arrowood baffled Oklahoma on two hits for 7 2/3 innings and Appalachian State held off a rally by the Sooners in the ninth to win 5-4 in the Mountaineers' first NCAA tournament appearance in 26 years.

Arrowood (11-0) had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings before Max White's single to center. He allowed one run, struck out nine and walked three. Closer Nathan Hyatt escaped a jam in the eighth, but he and Ryne Frankoff struggled to finish it in the ninth.

Trey Holmes had three hits and scored twice, and brother Noah drove in a pair for Appalachian State (40-16). The last three hitters in the Mountaineers' lineup accounted for seven of the team's 10 hits.

Left-hander Jordan John (8-7) worked into the ninth for Oklahoma (38-23), but made two of the Sooners' four errors.

Baylor survives, ends UTA's postseason

June, 2, 2012
WACO, Texas -- Josh Ludy went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and closer Max Garner bailed out Baylor's bullpen with three shutout innings as the Bears rallied for an 11-6 win over UT-Arlington on Saturday to avoid elimination in the Waco Regional.

The Bears (45-15), who had their nation-leading 22-game home winning streak snapped Friday night in a 4-2 loss to Oral Roberts, broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the seventh against reliever Adam Boydston (2-4).

Cal Towey drew a bases-loaded walk and Jake Miller hit an RBI single off third baseman Travis Sibley's glove. The Bears added three in the eighth on Max Muncy's RBI double and a two-run single by Dan Evatt.

Garner (3-2) came on in the sixth and pitched three hitless innings before tiring in the ninth.

UTA (36-25) was making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006.

TCU falls to Ole Miss in College Station

June, 1, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Bobby Wahl pitched seven solid innings, and Sikes Orvis had a two-run single during Mississippi's four-run eighth inning as the Rebels defeated TCU 6-2 in the opening game of the College Station Regional on Friday.

Wahl (7-3) gave up two earned runs and four hits while striking out nine and not allowing a walk. Rebels reliever R.J. Hively closed out the contest with two scoreless innings.

TCU reliever Brandon Finnegan (3-4) took the loss after allowing a walk to Tanner Mathis and a single to Alex Yarbrough to start the eighth in a tied game before he was pulled for Kevin Allen.

Mathis, Yarbrough and Andrew Mistone each had two hits for the Rebels (36-24).

TCU (36-20) played without outfielder Jason Coats, an offensive leader who suffered a knee injury in the regular-season finale and is out for the postseason.

Dallas Baptist zips UT-Arlington in Waco opener

June, 1, 2012
Dallas Baptist opened the Waco Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament with a 10-0 win over UT-Arlington on Friday.

The teams will await the results of tonight's game between Oral Roberts and top seed Baylor. No. 2 Dallas Baptist (40-17) faces the winner, and UT-Arlington (36-24) takes on the loser.

Details to come.

Texas A&M hosts TCU, Ole Miss, Dayton

May, 28, 2012

TCU is headed to College Station, where it will be the No. 2 seed behind host Texas A&M at an NCAA baseball regional.

The Horned Frogs (36-19) begin regional play Friday against third-seeded Mississippi (35-24), and the Aggies (42-16) will open against No. 4 Dayton (31-28).

TCU is making a school-record ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. The Frogs had made the tournament only twice before the current streak, in 1956 and 1994.

Texas A&M has won 14 of its last 18 games and is making a school-record sixth straight NCAA appearance.

12:35 p.m. - Game 1 (Mississippi vs. TCU)
6:35 p.m. - Game 2 (Dayton vs. Texas A&M)
12:35 p.m. - Game 3 (Loser G1 vs. Loser G2)
6:35 p.m. - Game 4 (Winner G1 vs. Winner G2)
12:35 p.m. - Game 5 (Winner G3 vs. Loser G4)
6:35 p.m. - Game 6 (Winner G4 vs. Winner G5)
6:35 p.m. - Game 7 (second game, if necessary)

UTA, Dallas Baptist headed to Waco Regional

May, 28, 2012

UT-Arlington is back in the NCAA playoffs and headed to the Waco Regional after Monday's announcement of the 64-team tournament bracket. The Mavericks are the No. 3 seed and open the double-elimination regional against No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist on Friday at 1 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.

No. 1 Baylor, the No. 4 national seed, faces No. 4 Oral Roberts in the other game at 6 p.m. The regional runs through June 4 at the latest with berths in a super regional on the line for the winner.

This the fifth trip to the NCAAs for UTA, which earned an automatic bid by sweeping four games in the Southland Conference tournament culminating with Saturday's championship. The Mavericks also reached the national playoffs in 2006, 2001, 1992 and 1990.

"I'm happy we got a No. 3 seed, I thought we deserved it," UT-Arlington coach Darin Thomas said during a selection show watching party Monday at Mavericks Bar and Grill. "We're playing some teams that we're familiar with. We're playing our best baseball, we've won seven in row, and couldn't have played any better in the conference tournament. I'm happy for our guys and won't have any trouble getting them ready to play."

The Mavericks (36-23) have faced Dallas Baptist twice this season, losing both games on May 1-2. UTA split two games against Baylor, with each team winning on its home field.

Ticket information will be available Tuesday.

1 p.m. – Game 1 (Dallas Baptist vs. UT Arlington)
6 p.m. – Game 2 (Baylor vs. Oral Roberts)
2 p.m. – Game 3 (Loser G1 vs. Loser G2)
7 p.m. – Game 4 (Winner G1 vs. Winner G2)
2 p.m. – Game 5 (Winner G3 vs. Loser G4)
7 p.m. – Game 6 (Winner G4 vs. Winner G5)
June 4th
6:30 p.m. – Game 7 (second game, if necessary)

SLC-ex Ross Stripling hurls no-hitter for A&M

May, 12, 2012

Southlake Carroll product Ross Stripling threw the 11th no-hitter in Texas A&M history Saturday, leading the seventh-ranked Aggies to a 1-0 home win over San Diego State.

The senior, who was scheduled to participate in graduation ceremonies Saturday, allowed only a fifth-inning walk while striking out seven. He threw 106 pitches.

Stripling, a ninth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 draft, improves to 9-2 with a 2.36 ERA.

It was A&M's first no-hitter since Zach Jackson's seven-inning gem against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 14, 2004. Matt Blank had the last nine-inning no-hitter for the Aggies, accomplishing the feat against Texas-Pan American on Feb. 6, 1996.

North Carolina ousts Texas from CWS

June, 20, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. -- The games keep getting bigger for North Carolina, and Kent Emanuel keeps getting better.

The freshman left-hander pitched the first complete-game shutout at the College World Series in five years in a 3-0 victory that eliminated Texas on Monday.

Emanuel limited the Longhorns to four singles in his third win of the NCAA tournament and first career shutout.

The 19-year-old Emanuel showed plenty of maturity in methodically and coolly keeping the Longhorns off balance with changeups and curves when they were sitting on fastballs.

"Other than his left arm, that's his best trait, his demeanor," Carolina coach Mike Fox said. "You don't see a lot of emotion out of him. That's what you want when you're on the mound, especially on this stage."

North Carolina's offense, which couldn't get timely hits in an opening loss to Vanderbilt, produced enough to support Emanuel.

Jacob Stallings hit a two-run single in the third inning and Ben Bunting finished a four-hit day with an RBI double in the ninth for the Tar Heels (51-15), who play Vanderbilt or Florida on Wednesday.

Texas (49-19) went two games and out for the second time in 25 CWS appearances since 1966 and for the fourth time in its record 34 trips to Omaha. The last time was in 2000.

"We didn't come here to be the first team to leave," Texas shortstop Brandon Loy said. "You're never going to be satisfied, I don't think, unless you come out of here with a national championship. We did some amazing things with this team. It's tough to leave now."

Emanuel (9-1) walked one and struck out five. North Carolina's Robert Woodard pitched the last shutout here, blanking Clemson in 2006. The last freshman to do it was LSU's Brett Laxton in 1993 against Wichita State.

"It was a brilliantly pitched game by their pitcher," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "He was terrific. He got three pitches over. He used them in different count spots where he would lead guys off of changeups. He'd lead guys off with breaking balls. He'd lead guys off with fastballs and he had command throughout the game from beginning to end."

The Longhorns' offense struggled in their two CWS games, going three-up, three-down in 11 of 18 innings against Florida and North Carolina.

They twice ran themselves out of innings Monday, with Jonathan Walsh getting doubled off in the second and Mark Payton in the fourth.

"Any time we can end the inning on double play and get two for one is always big," Emanuel said. "That's just credit to our outfielders today. Those are two uncommon double plays, and I was fortunate to have two of them."

North Carolina fans, including basketball coach Roy Williams, began chanting "Heels, Heels, Heels" after Bunting's double in the top of the ninth, and they applauded as Emanuel emerged from his dugout to start the bottom half.

Fox never considered taking Emanuel out. Pitching coach Scott Forbes wouldn't let him anyway.

"We can tell when he's feeling it and he's throwing a lot of strikes," Fox said. "We wanted him to go back out there. Kent would have probably tried to strangle me anyway if I tried to take him out. I think he deserved to finish that game."

Emanuel needed only nine pitches to finish off the Longhorns, getting Tant Shepherd to pop out to first, Mark Payton to ground out and Brandon Loy to fly out to right.

The Tar Heels left a season-high 16 runners on base against Vanderbilt on Saturday, and they stranded runners at the corners in the first inning against Texas.

But Stallings came through with the bases loaded in the third, delivering a two-out single for a 2-0 lead.

"We thought it was going to be a game just like it was," Fox said. "That's typical of a lot of games we've won this year, not so much a complete-game shutout but just trying to scratch and claw and get a run or two here or there and try to hold the other team down and play defense."

Texas had been 8-1 in elimination games during the postseason, starting with the Big 12 tournament.

The Longhorns came to Omaha well-armed, but ace Taylor Jungmann gave them only 4 1/3 innings in the 8-4 loss to Florida and Monday's starter Cole Green got hit hard and lasted just two-plus innings.

Green (8-4) matched his shortest start of the season after having gone at least five innings in each of his 12 starts dating to March 27.

It was Green's second straight rough outing in Omaha. In 2009, he lasted one inning as the starter in the 11-4 championship-game loss to LSU.

"I think I was leaving the ball up early in the game," Green said. "I was just excited, the nerves were going."

Florida breaks away from Texas in CWS

June, 18, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. -- Brian Johnson and Bryson Smith drove in two runs apiece, Hudson Randall turned in another strong start and Florida defeated Texas 8-4 at the College World Series on Saturday night.

Johnson's two-out double in the seventh broke open a close game. Smith's second RBI single the next inning gave reliever Nick Maronde a four-run cushion going into the ninth.

Randall (11-3) followed up a terrific eight-inning outing in the super regionals against Mississippi State with another 6 2/3 strong innings against the Longhorns, who are in the CWS for a record 34th time.

Randall scattered five hits, walked none and struck out five. Only one of the four runs against him was earned.

No. 2 national seed Florida (51-17) moves to a Bracket 1 winners' game against Vanderbilt on Monday night. Texas (49-18) meets North Carolina in an elimination game that afternoon.

Randall, Greg Larson and Maronde limited Texas to five hits, with Maronde earning his third save with two innings of no-hit relief.

Randall retired 13 straight batters starting in the third inning. Jacob Felts broke through with a two-out single in the seventh, and Jordan Etier followed with a run-scoring double to cut Florida's lead to 5-4 and bring on Larson.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound right-hander caught Tant Shepherd looking at strike three to end the threat.

Taylor Jungmann (13-3), the Milwaukee Brewers' first-round draft pick, had a third straight rough outing for the Longhorns. He went 4 1/3 innings for his shortest start of the season, and four of the five runs against him were earned.

Jungmann, who started the season 13-0, had come into the CWS off losses in his previous two starts. Jungmann allowed two doubles and a single, walked four, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches.

Johnson appeared to be robbed of a home run in the seventh after his two-out hit off Nathan Thornill bounced back onto the field after appearing to strike the railing above the yellow line atop the wall in right center. Umpires kept him at second base after conferring.

After the game, NCAA umpire coordinator Gene McArtor issued a statement acknowledging that the hit should have been ruled a home run.

Smith and Preston Tucker scored on the play, and Smith added an RBI single in the eighth.

The game drew an overflow crowd of 25,521 at the new TD Ameritrade Park, which replaced Rosenblatt Stadium as the CWS host.