College World Series Day-by-Day Game Recaps
Tulane vs Nebraska
Jake Gautreau's leadoff homer sparked a four-run sixth inning, and Tulane held on to beat Nebraska 6-5 on Sunday in an elimination game of the first College World Series for both teams.
Michael Aubrey, the Green Wave's designated hitter for the first seven innings, pitched the final two for his first save as Tulane sent the home-state Cornhuskers back to Lincoln without a CWS win.
Beau Richardson (8-1) scattered the five runs and seven hits over seven innings in his second straight big win. Richardson pitched a complete game a week before as the Green Wave (56-12) knocked defending national champion Louisiana State out of the NCAA tournament and clinched Tulane's first CWS berth.
The Green Wave will play the loser of Sunday night's game between Stanford and Cal State-Fullerton in an elimination game Tuesday.
Dan Johnson and Jed Morris homered for the Huskers (50-16), who put together ninth-inning rallies to clinch in the regionals and super regionals but couldn't come through in Omaha after getting out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the ninth.
Aubrey sent the Huskers down 1-2-3 in the ninth, ending the game on a harmless grounder to second by Johnson. Justin Pekarek (0-1), out since February with an elbow injury, didn't get an out after replacing starter R.D. Spiehs in the sixth. Pekarek allowed two hits and a walk, and all three batters he faced scored.
Day Three Recaps by: Taylor
Third-seeded Southern California knocked off the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in Omaha, NE by a score of 11-5. USC started their scoring early, getting 2 in the first and 3 in the second.
After the Trojans added another run in the bottom of the third inning, the Georgia Bulldogs finally put some runs on the board. Three runners crossed the plate in the top of the 4th, making it a 7-3 ballgame. Both teams added a single run in the seventh inning, making it a 8-4 game. After the Bulldogs added yet another run in the top of the 8th, the Trojans struck big again, scoring 3 runs in the eighth and making it an 11-5 game. That would eventually be the final score, with the Trojans advancing to winners' bracket play and the Bulldogs falling into the losers' bracket.
Georgia was led by David Coffey, Jeff Keppinger, Adam Swann, and Mark Thornhill. Coffey, the DH, went 3 for 5 with 2 runs and a double. The SS Keppinger was 2 for 5 with a triple, homerun, 1 run scored, and 3 RBIs. Swann went 2 for 4 and scored one run. Thornhill, the first baseman, went 2 for 3, with an RBI and a double.
Southern Cal's offensive leaders were Brian Barre, Alberto Concepcion, and Bill Peavy. Barre, the CF, was 3 for 5, with a homerun, a stolen base, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. The catcher Concepcion was also 3 for 5, with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a triple and a homerun. Bill Peavy, the firstbaseman, also led USC with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a homerun, going 3 for 5 on the day.
Bulldog starter Jeremy Brown lasted only 2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 5 earned runs, and 1 walk. He was relieved by Jody Friedman who went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 11 hits, 6 earned runs, and striking out 4. Finally Max Havel came in for 2/3 of an inning of work, allowing no hits or runs. He did not strike out or walk anyone.
USC ace Mark Prior went a solid 7 innings, giving up only 9 hits, 4 earned runs, while walking one and striking out 13. Anthony Reyes came in for the final 2 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, and striking out 3.
Georgia falls into the losers' bracket and will face the loser of tonight's Tennessee-Miami game Monday night. USC advances on to face the winner of tonight's game Monday afternoon in the winners' bracket game.
The 2nd-seeded Miami Hurricanes knocked off the Tennessee Volunteers in a slugfest Satruday night 21-13, in a score that would seem much the like the possible football score between these two schools, both known for excellent football programs. This game broke the CWS record for longest game, which was set just yesterday, with a time of 4 hours and 21 minutes. The previous record on Friday was 4 hours and 18 minutes.
Miami jumped on top quickly, scoring 1 in the first on a solo homerun by Charlton Jimerson, who went 2 for 6 on the night with an RBI, 2 runs, and 2 stolen bases. In the second, the Canes struck again, this time for 7 runs, extending the lead to 8-0. Tennessee was able to get 1 run in the 4th and 3 in the 5th before they finally exploded for 6 in the sixth. Miami matched them run for run, also scoring 6 in the sixth. Each and every time UT scored a few runs to make a run at Miami, the Canes would add a few of their own to keep extending the lead.
Miami was lead by the DH Danny Matienzo, who had 2 homeruns, 4 hits, 6 RBI, and went 4 for 5 on the night. Left fielder Mike Rodriguez of Miami went 2 for 4 on the night with 3 RBI, 3 runs, and 2 stolen bases.
Tennessee was led by LF Jeff Christensen, 3B Kris Bennett, DH Brandon Hopkins, and SS Chris Burke. Christensen had a homerun and 2 runs scored. Bennett also had a homerun, adding 3 RBI. Hopkins had 5 RBI and 3 runs scored to go along with his homerun. Burke, an outstanding shortstop for UT, was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored.
Tennessee starter Wyatt Allen went only 1 2/3 innings, giving up 8 runs on 7 hits. He was credited with the loss. Tom Farmer of Miami went 5 innings, collecting the win, while giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and striking out 5. Farmer imporves to 14-2 while Allen falls to 9-3.
Tennessee, 46-19, falls into the losersí bracket and will play fellow SEC Eastern Divison member Georgia. Miami advances to play Southern Cal in a winnersí bracket game Monday.
After jumping out to an 8-0 lead after three innings, the Tulane Green Wave were unable to withstand the Stanford rally as the Cardinal won the game, the longest in CWS history (4 hours, 18 mins), 13-11. The Green Wave fell to 55-12, and Stanford improved their record to 49-16.
Tulane had a 5-run second innning to get the scoring started at the 2001 CWS in Omaha, NE. Jay Heintz had a 2-run double in the inning. Green Wave player Andy Cannizaro had a double in the inning also, and he went 2 for 3 on the afternoon. His second inning two-bagger broke the Tulane career hit total (347). The Green Wave would put five on the board in the second, and would come out swinging again in the third. Jon Kaplan doubled in a pair of runs in the third, and Tulane had cruised out to an early 8-0 lead after only 3 innings.
Tulane starting pitcher Nick Bourgeois pitched well, but the Cardinal got to him in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs and cutting the lead to one run, 8-7. The Cardinal would go on to tie the game and eventually take the lead in the 7th inning.
Jake Gautreau, the Tulane third baseman, had a two run double in the 8th to pull the team from Louisiana with two runs of Stanford at 12-10. Stanford would go on to extend the lead to 13-10 in the bottom of the inning. Tulane was able to scratch only one run out in the 9th, and the Cardinal came from behind to win a thriller 13-11.
Green Wave pitcher Foster pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up 2 runs, none of which were earned, was the loser, falling to 9-5. Mike Wodnicki of Stanford claimed the win, improving to 7-1. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up 3 hits and 2 runs.
Tulane falls into the losers' bracket and will meet Nebraska in the late game Sunday evening. Stanford advances on to play CS-Fullerton, who beat Nebraska 5-4 in Friday's nightcap. The Cardinal and Titans, both from California, meet in the first game Sunday afternoon in the winners' bracket contest.
The Titans of Cal State-Fullerton were able to knock off the Nebraska Cornhuskers, playing in the CWS for the first time ever, just 50 miles from their Lincoln campus, Friday night in the second great game of the day, 5-4.
Cal St-Fullerton got the scoring started early with a three-run bottom of the first inning. Nebraska answered with a quick run in the top of the 2nd and had two more runners in scoring position. A runner on third was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball, and another was picked off of second base, not allowing the Huskers to creep closer in the second. Nebraska would, however, add 2 more runs in the third inning and tie the game at 3-3.
CSF answered in in the bottom half of the third inning, scoring one run and reclaiming the one-run lead, 4-3. No one scored again until Nebraska did so in the top of the 5th, tying the game at 4-4 with one run in the top half of the inning. But once again, the Titans responded with what would prove to be the game winning run and took a 5-4 lead.
John Cole lead Nebraska with 2 homeruns, both towering blasts to deep centerfield. Those were his only two hits on the night, going 2 for 4. Dan Johnson, the Huskers' powerful firstbaseman, went 2 for 4 also with a double. Shane Komine pitched tremendously for Nebraska, going a solid 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts. Matt Hopper of the Huskers also had a homerun, going 1 for 4.
David Bacani, Aaron Rifkin, and Brett Kay were the offensive leaders for the Titans. Bacani went 2 for 4, scoring 2 runs and driving in one run. He had a homerun and a double. Rifkin was 1 for 4 with a homerun, his 4 in his last 2 games. Kay hit at the .500 mark, going 2 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Jon Smith, not normally the Titans' Friday night starter, pitched 5 innings of solid baseball, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks, and striking out seven. Mike Nunez and Chad Cordero both provided solid relief pitching, with Cordero getting the save. The two relievers combined to give up 1 hit and 0 runs, striking out 7 in the process, in 4 innings of work.
Nebraska will play Tulane, who lost earlier Friday to Stanford in the losers' bracket game Sunday night. The Titans of CSF will play Stanford in the earlier game Sunday afternoon.