2016 CWS – The Elimination Games

GAME NINE UC Santa Barbara vs. Arizona Elimination game. This one was a snoozer. Even from the photography side of things, there just wasn’t a lot of action to shoot. Everything happened in the third inning where Arizona got on the board with a Ryan Aguilar sac fly, which scored Cody Ramer from third base, [...]

 
 

2016 CWS – Day Three.

This is how the Argentinian Cowboys celebrate the first College World Series win in program history. Giddy up!

This is how the Argentinian Cowboys celebrate the first College World Series win in program history. UCSB staved off elimination with a win over Miami. Giddy up Gauchos!

Two games on Monday, one team goes home, one team is sitting pretty.

The first National Seed said sayonara as UC Santa Barbara knocked off Miami 5-3 in the Elimination Game. Then, in the nightcap, Oklahoma State took over the catbird seat in Bracket One play with a 1-0 clampdown of Arizona.

 
 

2016 CWS – Day Two

TCU's hulking monster, Luken Baker, celebrates his three-run home run to beat Texas Tech.

TCU’s hulking monster, Luken Baker, celebrates his three-run home run to beat Texas Tech.

How about one for the underdogs?… or maybe two in this case. On Sunday, the two lower-seeded teams took down the higher seeded teams to continue this epidemic of “upset” wins. Yes, I just put upset in quotes because it is becoming so commonplace here in the month of June I’m just going to stop being surprised.

And it’s so damn cool.

 
 

2016 CWS – Day One

The Oklahoma State Cowboys charge the field for pregame of Game One of the CWS.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys charge the field for pregame of Game One of the CWS.

Day One of the 2016 College World Series is done and two of the “disrespected teams” came out ahead as Oklahoma State edged UC Santa Barbara 1-0 and Arizona whipped Miami 5-1, propelling them into the winner’s bracket. Of the four teams, the Hurricanes were the only National Seed, coming into Omaha with a No. 3 ranking.

 
 

My Quick-Hit College World Series Preview

Bobby Dalbec led Arizona into the College World Series with both his hitting and pitching.

Bobby Dalbec led Arizona into the College World Series with both his hitting and pitching.

Hey StitchHeads.
Are you getting butterflies in your gut? It’s time to get to the promised land of TD Ameritrade Park for the College World Series. And this one’s gonna be a good one. Four No. 1 seeds and four No. 2 seeds. Two huge favorites in Florida and Miami – well, maybe not “huge” but they are big names. And if last week was any indication, just imagine the June Madness that is going to take over this big stage?

Well in anticipation of the 70th CWS, the boys and girls at ESPN had me write a preview for their site. Here’s how it looked…

 
 

Super Regional Preview

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 9th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 1

 

Coastal Carolina gets its dog pile on after winning the Raleigh Regional. But things get much tougher this weekend in Baton Rouge.

Coastal Carolina dogpiling after winning the Raleigh Regional. But things get much tougher this weekend at LSU.

It took five days, 32 rain delays and several pulled muscles by the ground crew after yanking the tarps on and off the field but we finally got through the Regional round and whittled the crowd down from 64 teams to 16 teams. There were upsets, surprises and big time rallies, but in the end, five SEC teams and four ACC teams moved on to the Super Regional round. The remaining field is set with ten No. 1 seeds, four No. 2 seeds and two No. 3 seeds.

 
 

10 Reactions To The Field Of 64

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 31st, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 1

Rice might have been caught at home plate here, but the Owls get new life playing in the Baton Rouge Regional this coming weekend.

Rice might have been caught at home plate here, but the Owls get new life playing in the Baton Rouge Regional this coming weekend.

It’s official. The Field of 64 that will be fighting their way to that big circular stadium in Omaha is all set. The pursuit of the ultimate dogpile under the confetti blasters begins this Friday. In order, the top eight National Seeds are Florida, Louisville, Miami, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Clemson and LSU. What are the 10 biggest storylines to come out of the NCAA Selection Show? Let’s take a quick whirl around.

 
 

From Ugly Frogs To Handsome Princeton

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 17th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

CHAMPIONS. Princeton players rush the field after scoring the winning run on a wild pitch to beat Yale for the Ivy League title.

CHAMPIONS. Princeton players rush the field after scoring the winning run on a wild pitch to beat Yale for the Ivy League title.


PRINCETON, N.J. — Seven wins.

If you’re looking for a feel-good story for the 2016 season, look no further than the ugly frog that turned into the handsome Princeton Tigers.

On May 15th of last year, that’s what Princeton had on the left side of the ledger for the entire 2015 season. Seven freaking wins.

Fast forward to around 6:15pm on Sunday and you see a team with two touchdowns and a field goal more in the win column. You also see a team so bent on being resilient that their coach went out and bought a book by the same name for every player to read last summer.

 
 

The Top 20 Power Rankings, May10th

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 12th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The 'Ville is looking good still. Louisville has the second-ranked team in the power rankings with strong pitching, a stout bullpen and a diverse offense.

The ‘Ville is looking good still.
Louisville has the second-ranked team in the power rankings with strong pitching, a stout bullpen and a diverse offense.

Welcome to the dog days of the college baseball season as injuries pile up and psyches get worn down. This is where championships are won as those who grind it out push their way to the NCAA tournament. Yes, there is actually something to the old adage of only the strong survive.

All this bunching up of SEC and ACC teams at the top of the polls and rankings has made for some monster matchups. This past weekend saw Vanderbilt and Texas A&M make for great theater. And once left-for-dead, Clemson pulled out another big time series win on the road to their recovery, this time over North Carolina State.

Let’s see how all this carnage translated in the power rankings for this week.

 
 

10 Places To Be This Weekend

Miami has a tough road assignment at Georgia Tech this weekend.

Miami has a tough road assignment at Georgia Tech this weekend.

 

TEN PLACES TO BE THIS WEEKEND.
Time to load up the Easton Learjet once again and hit the friendly skies to these top locales where the most important games of the weekend will be played. If I have enough fuel in the jet and enough of this magic dust I traded the family cow for, I should be able to hit all ten.