Twas the night before Christmas: What to watch for in the Big Dance

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 29th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Okay StitchHeads, here is your 2015 Regional night-before primer. Can’t wait for tomorrow. Let’s get it on.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 11th. Midweek Games & Team Posters

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 11th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Eleven years ago today, PetCo Park was home to the biggest college baseball crowd in history.

Eleven years ago today, PetCo Park was home to the biggest college baseball crowd in history.

Not sure how much importance you put on mid-week games – keep in mind the RPI still loves them – but there were a few more big-impact results from yesterday.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 10th.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 11th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 1

I stole this pic from Louisville's baseball website. I thought it was pretty cool, so don't sue me guys.

I stole this pic from Louisville’s baseball website. I thought it was pretty cool, so don’t sue me guys.

Over in Cassius Clay-town, a matchup of College World Series alums took place as Louisville got a big win over Ole Miss on Tuesday to improve to 11-5 and post its sixth win in the last seven games.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 9th. More Texas, Stanford, TCU & Vanderbilt stuff.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 9th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

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Some leftover pics from the two venues I was at this weekend, Sunken Diamond and Dodger Stadium. And by the way, doesn’t this pic of Dodger Stadium look wicked cool? I mean, who wouldn’t want to hang out here for a baseball game or two?

 
 

Stanford Gets The Sweet Kiss of Success.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 7th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

To the victors go the spoils. Stanford reliever Colton Hock gets some face time from his girlfriend after posting his third save of the season.

To the victors go the spoils. Stanford reliever Colton Hock gets some face time from his girlfriend after posting his third save of the season.

In the battle of national powers, it was another very entertaining game at Sunken Diamond on Friday night. But once again Stanford makes the right plays at the right time to skate by with another nip-and-tuck win over visiting Texas, 5-3. The Cardinal have now won the first two games of the four-game series.

I also got the chance to see the first six innings of San Francisco’s 4-0 shutout of UC Riverside as Anthony Shew spun a real gem for the Dons on the mound.

 
 

Stanford Plays Texas Hold ‘Em

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 6th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Stanford batters eyeball Texas starter Chad Hollingsworth before the 1st inning.

Stanford batters eyeball Texas starter Chad Hollingsworth before the 1st inning on a beautiful night on The Farm.

Saw a great game one at Sunken Diamond on Thursday night. Two legendary coaches and two tradition-rich programs going at it tooth-and-nail to the very end. Great way to jumpstart a huge weekend in college baseball.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 5th. The Mike Martin is Cool Edition

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 6th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

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My Mike Martin column on ESPN
To that in a minute. First, the usual…

This Day in History, March 5th

 
 

Lagniappe, March 4th. The Hall of Fame Edition

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 4th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Ebbetts Field, as it appeared in postcard form in the 1950s

On this day in 1912, ground was broken on the building of venerable Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn.

The new Hall of Fame class is here.

No big shocks of course. Just a lot of well-deserved talents.

Today in history, March 4th:

- In 1888, Knute Rockne was born in Voss, Norway. He would emigrate to Chicago at age five and become an All American end for Notre Dame in 1913, helping to popularize the forward pass.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 3rd

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 3rd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Hawaii's Les Murakami Stadium still gets good crowds, but nothing like it did back in the mid-90s.

Hawaii’s Les Murakami Stadium still gets good crowds, but nothing like it did back in the mid-90s.

Oh how the attendance has changed. Once the king of baseball attendance was Texas and the ruling court was other far flung places like Fresno, Hawaii and Miami. Now, it’s all in the SEC.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 2nd. A Word About SuperFans

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 2nd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 6

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Here’s a note on fanatic fans.

On this day in history, March 2nd.
- In 1960, USC opens its season with an 8-4 win over Occidental College. The Trojans would go on to finish the 1960 season at 32-11 and national runner-up to Minnesota. They would play the Gophers three times in Omaha that season, all three of which went into extra innings, including the title game which Minnesota won 2-1 in 10 innings.