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Not This Time

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Holden Sprague takes the Tar Heels down 1-2-3 in the seventh, and it’s stretch time. NCAA Blog Central

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Another Turning Point?

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This game’s going to look like San Francisco’s Lombard Street, with all its twists and turns. Fresno State seized momentum in the fifth, then held off North Carolina after a […]

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Like We Said . . .

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Fresno State seized the momentum; the Bulldogs chased Adam Warren, loading the bases with none out on three straight singles, including a beautiful bunt by Erik Wetzel. After a force […]

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Momentum Turn?

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North Carolina had seized the game’s momentum with a three-run fourth inning, but Fresno answered with Steve Susdorf’s homer to pull back within one. Now Kris Tomlinson and Justin Breckley […]

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Situation Critical

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North Carolina has a 3-2 lead here in the top of the fifth inning and has chased Fresno State starter Justin Miler. With one out, Kris Tomlinson, one of the […]

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Requiem For A College Career

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OMAHA–Cole St.Clair’s college career is over, and in a way all too familiar to some relief pitchers. Think of Mitch Williams in 1993, or Mariano Rivera in 2001 or, for […]

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Another Wild Ninth

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Wayne Graham decided he was going to live with Cole St.Clair, or die with him in Tuesday’s elimination game. And in this tournament, Rice died, as the Tigers rally with […]

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Last Chance For Tigers

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Cole St.Clair has been nearly as dodgy as the spelling of his last name, giving up Louisiana State’s two runs today, but he’s still in to try to finish off […]

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Owls In Control

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OMAHA–Welcome to the NCAA tournament, Aaron Luna. The Rice outfielder was just 3-for-35 since hitting his last home run in the final regular-season series against Tulane, but his solo home […]

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Genuine Reaction

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The loudest cheer of the day, and perhaps the tournament, came at the end of the fourth inning. Three veterans were honored by the Rosenblatt Stadium operations crew, which put […]

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Wind Wreaks Beach Ball Havoc

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ROSENBLATT BLEACHERS—Man, what a bummer when a beach ball is lost over the wall. I found a seat in the right-field bleachers, just to the right of the batter’s eye, […]

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No Buyer’s Remorse For Graham

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Aaron Fitt switched to a black pen today, and barely more than one inning into the game, he’s already got the buyer’s remorse I referenced in yesterday’s blog. "It’s got […]

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Rice Shuffles Lineup

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OMAHA–Looking for a spark, Rice coach Wayne Graham has tinkered a bit with his lineup today. Freshman shortstop Rick Hague, who batted second on Sunday against Fresno State and has […]

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Stars Come Out

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OMAHA–So far, the 2008 College World Series has been a Baseball America writer’s dream. It’s a field loaded with prospects, and nearly all of the best prospects have come up […]

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Rice Cerione

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OMAHA–Rice-A-Roni fits better as a nickname for a Stanford player, considering its proximity to San Francisco. But instead that nickname "Rice" sticks to Georgia sophomore Matt Cerione, and he continues […]

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Georgia Rallies Again

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And unlike Miami, Georgia’s first-round pick pitcher has been steady in the ninth inning. Joshua Fields closed out Stanford, getting a game-ending double play out of pinch-hitter Colin Walsh to […]

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