OMAHA, Neb. -- Turn the page. As the Oregon State baseball team marched toward a 12-2 victory against Mississippi State on Friday, the focus switched to Ethan Small.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Gary Henderson was talking about the wall as early as March.
OMAHA, Neb. -- A third game in the College World Series was no guarantee, so Mississippi State interim head coach Gary Henderson saw no point in treating it as such. When asked about his starting pitching plans for a third game before the tournament began, he thought it was an attempt at humor.
So much for a transition period.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Oregon State baseball team didn't get to the College World Series by committing multiple errors and stranding double-digit runners every game. But a performance like that left the Beavers on the brink of elimination Saturday.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Mike Brown's office in the Mississippi State baseball team's complex at Dudy Noble Field features something that has never meant more than it does now.
OMAHA, Neb. -- All was pointing up for Jordan Westburg as the middle of May approached. His batting average was on the rise, as was his playing time, and as was his Mississippi State baseball team's chances at a postseason bid.
OMAHA, Neb. -- A moment three years in the making was a lot for Konnor Pilkington to handle and it took him some time to find that handle. Once he found it, he finally did what he's wanted to do for three years: win at the College World Series.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The man behind the Rally Banana helped move the Mississippi State baseball team one win from the national championship series. Jordan Westburg had a grand slam and a bases-clearing double Tuesday to lead MSU to a 12-2 victory against North Carolina at TD Ameritrade Park.
DUBOIS, Pa. -- Mississippi University for Women's Damain Benefield and Cara Hopper were named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College World Series All-Tournament teams for their performances last month.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Consistent contact was on Jake Gautreau's mind when he suggested moving left fielder Rowdey Jordan to the No. 2 spot in the Mississippi State baseball team's lineup.
Thomas Berkery jumped at the opportunity to work with Roy Oswalt. Berkery had been away from catching for a few years when Oswalt, a longtime pitcher with Major League Baseball's Houston Astros, called him and asked him if he would catch him in his bullpen sessions. Oswalt, who was traded from Houston to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, was trying to sharpen his skills in an effort to get back into the majors with the Texas Rangers.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Baseball isn't easy. Luke Alexander made peace with that fact in May when his batting average dropped from .222 to .207.
Hudson O'Neal exhibited the patience and opportunism of a driver more than twice his age Saturday, laying in the weeds before pouncing late to win the Clash at The MAG for his first feature victory on the Lucas Oil Dirt Series.
Hitting always has been one of Will Golsan's strengths. Whether it was at New Hope High School in Columbus or at Ole Miss, Golsan displayed a knack for getting a timely hit and reaching base.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The North Carolina baseball program is taking on the age of data. The Tar Heels have embraced the analytical age of by shifting its defensive alignments based on the tendencies of hitters. Major League Baseball teams have taken to shifting defenders more than ever thanks in part to analysis of where players hit the ball. North Carolina has followed suit, as evidenced Saturday in its 8-6 victory against Oregon State in Game 1 of the College World Series. The Tar Heels shifted several times against the Beavers.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The beauty of the day between each game of the double elimination portion of the College World Series is the rest time built in for pitching staffs. North Carolina won't feel that benefit for a while.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Luke Alexander is capable of delivering a big hit against an opponent other than Ole Miss. On Saturday, Alexander's double scored second baseman Hunter Stovall from second base in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 1-0 victory against Washington in Game 2 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
The names didn't faze Blayze Berry or Beau Bates. Berry and Bates also didn't let the schools their opponents had committed to bother them either because they knew they belonged on the same field with some of the nation's top prospects.
CALEDONIA -- James Reed doesn't mind that he was called "old school." The longtime Caledonia High School teacher/coach also doesn't take offense to being told he is "blunt" in how he talks.
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