Thursday, June 16, 2011

Virginia, North Carolina Headed Back To College World Series, FSU Eliminated

In the decisive game of the Charlottesville Super Regional, No. 1 national seed Virginia scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 3-2 win over UC Irvine Monday at Davenport Field. Sophomore Chris Taylor's two-RBI single completed the rally as the Cavaliers advance to the College World Series for the second time in the past three seasons.

Virginia will open play at the College World Series on Sunday, June 19, against California at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. That game will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN and online at ESPN3.com.

Taylor was one of four Cavaliers with two hits on the day, along with John Hicks, Kenny Swab and David Coleman. D.J. Crumlich had three hits and Tommy Reyes had two hits to lead the Anteaters.
Kent Emanuel held Stanford to one run through six innings and North Carolina held off a late rally to beat the Cardinal 7-5 on Saturday and clinch another trip to the College World Series.

FSU senior Robby Scott
Jacob Stallings drove in three runs for the Tar Heels (50-14), who swept the best-of-3 NCAA Super Regional to reach Omaha for the fifth time in six seasons.

The Tar Heels led 6-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning before the Cardinal (35-22) rallied to within a run behind a three-RBI double from Austin Wilson. Then, with two outs in the top of the ninth, officials stopped the game for 3 1/2 hours due to lightning and heavy rain.

Saving its staff ace for the decisive third game, Texas A&M (47-20) rode the solid pitching of sophomore Michael Wacha and a big first inning to prevent the Florida State baseball team from earning its 21st College World Series berth with an 11-2 victory on Monday evening in the NCAA Super Regionals at Dick Howser Stadium.

Wacha (9-3) kept the Seminoles (46-19) off-balanced at the plate all evening. He scattered just three hits and allowed two runs in 7.1 innings pitched as FSU could not feed off its 23-run effort in game two of the regional.

Quote Of The Day

“I love my school, I really do,” the coach said. “I love this university and I love this place and I love the people at it. But I don’t love it as much as I do my family.”

– Kevin Stallings head coach of Vanderbilt’s baseball team whose son, Jacob, plays for North Carolina.  The Commodores (52-10) face the Heels (50-14) in the opening round of the CWS in the opening round on Saturday.  

Pictures Of The Day

Julienas ridden by Eddie Ahern (yellow cap) leads the pack ad goes onto land the The Royal Hunt Cup during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Milliner David Shilling attends Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins celebrate winning game seven of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks.  (Photo by David E. Klutho/SI)
Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Prince of Wale’s Stakes G1 on Rewilding on the second day of Royal Ascot in southern England.  (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Reuters)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

NCAA ACC Baseball Super Regional Results

Looks like the Heels were excited about their return to Omaha
(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Saturday, June 11
VIRGINIA 6, UC Irvine 0 – Hoos lead best of three series 1-0.

NORTH CAROLINA 7, Stanford 5 – Tar Heels win series 2-0 and are headed to the College World Series.

Texas A&M 6, FLORIDA STATE 2 – Florida State trails best of three series 0-1.

Sunday, June 12
UC Irvine @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va. (NCAA Super Regional), 1:00 PM, TV: ESPNU

Texas A&M @ FLORIDA STATE, Tallahassee, Fla. (NCAA Super Regional), 4:00 PM, TV: ESPNU
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Virginia's Keith Werman (AP Photo)

"The Bartender’s Exacta"

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That is what T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. labeled the outcome of the yesterday’s Belmont Stakes when Ruler On Ice and Stay Thirsty upset the final jewel of Triple Crown in what can only  be described as a disappointing outcome...Well, it obviously didn’t disappoint Ruler On Ice’s connections – jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., trainer Kelly Breen and owners George and Lori Hall!

Preakness winner Shackleford led from the start on Saturday, but when the field of 12 turned for home in the 1 1/2 -mile (2,400-meter) Belmont, 24-1 long shot Ruler on Ice took over winning by three-quarters of a length.  Stay Thirsy’s second place finish was small consolation to owner Repole Stable whose Uncle Mo was the favorite for the Kentucky Derby only to scratch because of illness.

The much-hyped contest between Shackleford and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom never materialized as Animal Kingdom was involved in a hockey match leaving the gate almost losing jockey John Velazquez.  Velazquez showed some spectacular athleticism by merely staying aboard, but the popular Derby winner lost too much ground to make up.

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Brilliant Speed finished third followed by Nehro, Shackleford and Animal Kingdom.

An elated Valdivia, riding in his first Belmont, described the final seconds before crossing the finish line.
“I’m a couple of yards from the wire and I’m thinking, `Oh my god, oh my god, I’m going to win the Belmont,”’ he said.

Ruler On Ice paid $51.50 to win and the $2 exacta with Stay Thirsty paid $928.

We did not have it.

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Pictures Of The Day

Ruler on Ice (KJB) on his way to winning the Blemont Stakes.  Preakness winner Shackleford is #12 and Derby winner Animal Kingdom is #9 on the left side of the frame.  (Photo by Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated)
Nicholas Mitchell of Lincoln, CA gets bucked off Howdy at the 93rd annual Livermore Rodeo at Robertson Park in Livermore, CA.  (Photo by Matt Cohen/Southcreek Global/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Scottish driver Allan McNish in his Audi Nr3 crashes after hitting the wall during the 24-hours of Le Mans endurance race in Le Mans, France.  McNish walked away unaided.  (Photo by Denis Lambert/MAXXPPP/EPA)
The statue of Virginia-bred Triple Crown winner and Disney movie star Secretariat as seen  prior to the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2011 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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