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Friday, June 15, 2007

By Kyle Peterson, | Kyle Peterson Archive

Kyle Peterson was a three-time All-American at Stanford, is the voice of "MVP 06 NCAA Baseball" and is a college baseball analyst for ESPN.

Monday's Stat of the Day from ESPN Research
323 The number of pitches Jonah Nickerson threw in a three-game span at the College World Series. He did not allow an earned run in his last 16 2/3 innings.

North Carolina-Oregon State Pitching Duel
Pitcher IP BF H R ER SO BB 2B 3B HR
Daniel Bard, UNC 7.2 32 6 3 1 2 1 0 0 0
Jonah Nickerson, OSU 6.2 27 6 2 0 7 1 1 0 0

Mound Matchup
Both starting pitchers -- and their bullpens -- did their jobs Monday night. In a College World Series that boasted six pitchers taken in the first round of the draft, it's not surprising that the final game of the championship series featured five heralded aces, including UNC's first-round picks, Bard and Andrew Miller. What is surprising is that pitchers taken in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft were 1-5 in seven starts against Oregon State this season. This year's College World Series saw the second-fewest runs scored in the past 30 years, with an average of 8.9 runs scored per game. Only 2005's 8.3 average is lower.

Darwin Barney
AP Photo/Dave Weaver
Oregon State shortstop Darwin Barney forces out North Carolina's Mike Cavasinni on a ball hit by Josh Horton in the fourth inning.
Beavers battle to win Game 3

STOCK UP/stock down
Kevin Gunderson Oregon State P
How clutch is Kevin Gunderson? He came up with a win and three saves for Oregon State, proving that pitching wins championships. The only person more important for the Beavers was ...
Jonah Nickerson Oregon State P
Knickerson left his arm in Omaha. The Beavers righty cemented his legacy Monday, coming up with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. In the past eight days, Nickerson threw 323 pitches, giving up just 12 hits.
Mike Fox North Carolina Coach
Fox gambled when he called a steal of home in the eighth inning, and although this one didn't pay off, plays like that are what college baseball is all about.
Mike Cavasinni North Carolina CF
The plucky freshman leadoff hitter powered the Heels' offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate and driving in half of Carolina's runs. He'll be fun to watch for years to come.