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The Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies might be long gone from the 2011 College World Series, but hey, baseball is baseball, right? And the College World Series is still entertaining, right? Here's a look at the most up to date bracket, which can be found in a nice, tidy graphic form over at NCAA's website, or, you can just read the scenarios here below.
Virginia and California face off in an elimination game tonight, with the winner advancing to take on South Carolina. Whoever wins will have to beat the Gamecocks twice in order to advance to the championship series, since both Virginia and California already have a loss to their record thus far whereas South Carolina does not.
On the other side of the bracket, Vanderbilt, who eliminated North Carolina, will have to defeat Florida twice in order to advance to the championship series. The Gators, like the Gamecocks, just need a win to advance to the championship series.
Virginia and California are set to play on Thursday night at 6 p.m. CDT - the only game on Thursday. Televised coverage can be found on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com - if your local cable provider allows it.
The Texas A&M Aggies and Texas Longhorns suffered identical fates in the 2011 College World Series: both were eliminated in two games. The Aggies lost on Tuesday afternoon to the California Golden Bears 7-3, eliminating them from the College World Series.
The Aggies jumped out on top 1-0 in the fourth inning, but saw their lead quickly evaporate, as the Golden Bears struck for three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead before adding three more in the sixth inning to go up 6-1. The Aggies would respond with two in the bottom half of the sixth, cutting the deficit to 6-3, but California would strike back in the seventh, adding another run to go up 7-3, a margin that California would win by.
Aggies starter Michael Wacha pitched six and two thirds innings, giving up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits while issuing two walks and striking out five. Wacha was partially undone by errors committed by center fielder Krey Bratson and third baseman Adam Smith.
Golden Bears starter Kyle Porter went six innings en route to being credited with the victory. Porter allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Matt Flemer struck out five in three innings of relief to notch the rare three-inning save.
The state of Texas, despite having two of the eight teams in the College World Series, managed to go winless. The Longhorns lost on Saturday to the Florida Gators before being eliminated yesterday by North Carolina. The Aggies join the Longhorns as being the only two teams eliminated thus far.
The Golden Bears will face the loser of the game between Virginia and South Carolina, which will be held at 6 p.m. CDT.
With the Texas Longhorns having been eliminated from the 2011 College World Series on Monday, the state of Texas is now down to one collegiate team alive in Omaha - the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies may not be around for long, though, as they are playing in an elimination game against the California Golden Bears on Tuesday afternoon.
The Aggies lost 5-4 against South Carolina on Sunday, despite being staked to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Texas A&M gave that lead right back, allowing the Gamecocks to score four times in the bottom of the first before a walk off hit won the game for South Carolina in the bottom of the ninth.
Like the Longhorns, the Aggies struggled to muster up offense, scratching out only four hits against South Carolina. Unlike Texas, though, the Aggies did manage to draw five walks against the Gamecocks.
The Golden Bears lost to Virginia 4-1 in their first contest of the College World Series. California is currently the lowest seeded team in the tournament, as they were just a No. 3 seed in the Houston regional round, before defeating fellow regional No. 3 Dallas Baptist in the super regional.
First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT. Televised coverage can be found on ESPN.
The trip to the 2011 College World Series was a quick one for the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns were the first team eliminated in the College World Series after losing 3-0 to the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday.
Once again, the Longhorns simply couldn't hit - or reach base. Texas' offense only put together five hits on the day, including none from the second, third and fourth hitters in the lineup. The Longhorns only drew one walk as well.
North Carolina starter Kent Emanuel dominated the Longhorns' offense, pitching a complete game shutout. As aforementioned, Emanuel gave up only four hits and a walk while striking out five. Emanuel did rack up a rather high pitch count, needing 126 for the complete game, but it didn't seem to matter as he showed no signs of tiring late in the game.
Ben Bunting was North Carolina's offensive star on Monday, going 4-5 at the plate, including the coup de grâce in the ninth inning when Bunting hit a two out, run scoring double to give the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead.
Cole Green was hung with the loss for the Longhorns, lasting only two innings. Green gave up two runs on five hits and a walk before being pulled in favor of Hoby Milner.
The Tar Heels will now face the loser of tonight's game between Florida and Vanderbilt while the Longhorns will now become spectators.
We're one full round into the 2011 College World Series, and of course, both teams from Texas - the Longhorns and Aggies - are facing elimination. Both Texas A&M and Texas find themselves in the losers bracket in the College World Series after A&M lost to South Carolina on Sunday and the Longhorns lost to the Gators on Saturday.
A complete, nice and tidy graphic of the bracket can be found on the NCAA's website here.
Bracket one looks like this:
Game 5: North Carolina (0-1) vs. Texas (0-1)
Game 6: Florida (1-0) vs. Vanderbilt (1-0)
Game 9: Winner of North Carolina/Texas vs. loser of Florida/Vanderbilt
Game 11: Winner of Florida/Vanderbilt (Game 6) vs. winner of Game 9
Game 13, if necessary - only if the Game 9 winner defeats the winner of Game 6 in Game 11.
The winner of either Game 11 or Game 13 heads to the championship series.
Game 7: California (0-1) vs. Texas A&M (0-1)
Game 8: South Carolina (1-0) vs. Virginia (1-0)
Game 10: Winner of California/Texas A&M vs. loser of South Carolina/Virginia
Game 12: Winner of South Carolina/Virginia vs. winner of Game 10
Game 14, if necessary - only if the Game 10 winner defeats the winner of Game 8 in Game 12.
The winner of either Game 12 or 14 heads to the championship series.
The Texas Longhorns find themselves once again with their backs up against the wall on Monday, as they face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first elimination game of the 2011 College World Series.
Both North Carolina and Texas played on the World Series' opening day on Saturday, and both promptly lost - and lost by four runs each. North Carolina was upset by Vanderbilt, losing 7-3. The Tar Heels scored only three runs despite cracking out 11 hits and drawing seven walks.
The Longhorns, meanwhile, lost 8-4 to Florida - and had less offensive success than North Carolina did, despite the fact that North Carolina did outscore Texas. The Longhorns scored their four runs on five hits, without drawing a single walk against the Gators.
The Longhorns will have to come up with more than five baserunners against the Tar Heels if they are to avoid elimination in the College World Series.
First pitch between the Tar Heels and Longhorns is scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT. Televised coverage can be found on ESPN.
The Texas A&M Aggies hope to have a better fate on Sunday night than the Texas Longhorns did on Saturday when the Aggies take the field in Omaha against the South Carolina Gamecocks in their first game of the 2011 College World Series.
The Aggies survived a drubbing in the second game of their Super Regional matchup against the Florida State Seminoles, as Florida State took Texas A&M to the house and then some, beating the Aggies 23-9. The Aggies, though, rebounded in the third game, beating Florida State with ease, 11-2 to advance to the College World Series.
South Carolina has yet to lose in the tournament thus far, needing just three games to advance out of the regional round before defeating the Connecticut Huskies 5-1 and 8-2 in the Super Regional, advancing to Omaha unblemished.
The folks over at I Am The 12th Man broke down the South Carolina pitching:
The Aggies will most likely be facing off against South Carolina's ace hurler Michael Roth when we take the field Sunday at 6 PM. The junior southpaw is 13-3 on the season with an anemic 1.02 ERA, and 95 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched. Roth was a reliever last year as a sophomore who came alive in the postseason, when pitching depth is most crucial, getting a win in relief in their Regional, beating Clemson in a complete game in his first career start in the College World Series, and then beating UCLA as a starter in a 2-1 victory in the national championship series. A full-time starter this season, Roth was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America for his season-long dominance, which included six wins in SEC play.
Roth is 2-0 in NCAA postseason play for Carolina, giving up 6 hits and 1 unearned run in 8.1 innings in their 5-1 win over Connecticut in the first game of the Columbia Super Regional. He went 7 innings and gave up an unearned run against Georgia Southern in Carolina's 2-1 win in their Regional.
Looking at the Carolina bullpen, they are stellar there, too, with second-team All-American RHP Matt Price (5-3, 18 saves, 67 strikeouts in 50 innings, .205 OBA ) as their closer, and RHP John Taylor (6-1, 1.27 ERA, .182 OBA) working as their set-up man. Taylor has a three-quarters delivery, so if we managed to get to their bullpen, we could see lefty, three-quarters righty, and then right-handed flamethrower, in that order.
First pitch between the Aggies and Gamecocks is scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT. Coverage can be found on ESPN2.
This is not the start that Taylor Jungmann and the Texas Longhorns were looking for in the 2011 College World Series. The Longhorns lost to the Florida Gators on Saturday 8-4, sending the Longhorns to the losers bracket (again).
Jungmann was hung with the loss, lasting only three and a third innings. Jungmann surrendered five runs (four earned) on three hits while walking four. He also struck out three. Jungmann threw 75 pitches in the contest - only 39 of them were strikes.
Offensively, the Longhorns simply couldn't get much going. Texas' offense only mustered five hits in the game - and they didn't draw a walk. Shortstop Brandon Loy was the only Longhorn with multiple hits as Loy went 2-4.
Hudson Randall picked up the win for the Gators, pitching six and two thirds innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits. Randall struck out five.
Centerfielder Bryson Smith paced Florida's offensive attack, going 2-2 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Longhorns will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday at 1 p.m. CDT in an elimination game.
The Texas Longhorns and Florida Gators are underway, with televised coverage of the first round College World Series matchup being found on ESPN. If, however, you're stuck at work or somebody else is watching the TV - no need to panic. You can watch the game online as well on ESPN3.com - if your cable provider allows it, that is.
The Longhorns are the underdogs taking on the Gators, as the Gators have basically a superior team - especially offensively. There is always hope, though, for underdogs (see: Dallas Mavericks) and if your memory is that short, well, Vanderbilt upset North Carolina in the opening game of the College World Series earlier today. The Commodores beat the Tar Heels 7-3, sending North Carolina to the losers bracket in the double elimination tournament.
As expected, Taylor Jungmann is starting on the mound for the Longhorns. As has been previously mentioned on SB Nation Dallas and everywhere else, Jungmann needs to come up strong for the offensively challenged Longhorns to stay in the game tonight.
Nobody really covers collegiate baseball like Baseball America does, and not surprisingly, Baseball America has an excellent team by team breakdown for all the teams participating in the 2011 College World Series - including, of course, the Texas Longhorns.
Here's a bit of what Aaron Fitt over at Baseball America had to say about the Longhorns:
(Disclaimer: all grades are based on the 20-80 scouting scale, with 80 being most excellent)
Jungmann carried an undefeated record and a sub-1.00 ERA into the NCAA tournament, but he has lost his last two starts, and the Longhorns need him to return to his dominating form in Omaha. Not only is he one of the nation's most talented pitchers, but he's a proven big-game pitcher who shut down LSU in the 2009 CWS Finals as a freshman.
It's not surprising that the Longhorns would receive a 70 grade on their starting pitching. They have a legitimate ace in Jungmann and thanks to the abuse college arms take, sometimes you only need one arm to ride for the entire tournament. As Fitt points out, though, Jungmann really needs to return to his dominating self if the Longhorns are going to make noise.
While we already know the pitching is great for the Longhorns, the hitting remains suspect.
Texas ranks 207th in the nation in batting (.272) and 185th in scoring (5.2 runs per game), but its offense is plenty competent. Texas simply relies on small ball, leading the nation with 109 sacrifice bunts, and situational hitting. Freshman sensation Erich Weiss (.358) and Loy (.344 with 23 doubles) have hit considerably better than expected; that duo and Shepherd (.305) anchors the lineup.
Shepherd (five homers) and Weiss (four) are the only Longhorns with more than two homers on the season. Certainly, UT's cavernous home field suppresses the long ball, but even so this is not a physical lineup.
Those grades are nothing at all to write home about. By contrast, the Gators have a 65 hitting grade and 70 power grade from Fitt and Baseball America.
Jungmann is really going to have to limit Florida's chances tonight if the Longhorns are going to win. He'll have to limit the amount of baserunners the Gators have, and if their power does come out, limit Florida to solo blasts. Texas' offense can't hang with the power bats that Florida has to offer.
We'll see how Jungmann and Texas do tonight as they play in the opening round of the College World Series, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT. Televised coverage can be found on ESPN.
The Texas Longhorns are back in the College World Series. It wasn't an easy road for the Longhorns, who faced elimination in both the regional and super regional rounds, but, the Longhorns are back in Omaha. The Longhorns, though, face a tough task tonight as they look to avoid headed back to the losers bracket: they face the No. 2 seeded Florida Gators in the opening round.
The Gators should be a much more capable opponent than any of Texas' foes in the past couple of weeks. The good folks over at Burnt Orange Nation have posted a preview of the Gators and what the Gators' strengths and weaknesses are.
That's what Florida does; they hit homeruns, and they hit a lot of them. Along with Pigott, the Gators have gotten fantastic production at the plate this postseason from left fielder Tyler Thompson, first baseman Vickash Ramjit, and third baseman Cody Dent. Dent's success is particularly troubling, as he hit below .200 during the regular season but is over .280 during the postseason. He is the best evidence you can find that Florida's offense is hitting on all cylinders coming into the CWS. And we haven't even mentioned their two best hitters yet: all season, the Florida attack has been paced by right fielder Preston Tucker (.314 BA, 14 HR, 68 RBI, .553 Slg) and catcher Mike Zunino (.376, 18, 66, .686).
Oh, and they also pitch. Thanks to some statistical compilation work by TXStampede, we can give you some good news about the UF pitching staff: they have the second-highest team ERA in the tournament. The bad news? They still have a 2.97 team ERA. This College World Series, more than any in recent memory, is going to be all about pitching. That's due to the combination of great talent on the hill and, of course, the new bats reducing overall production.
... the one Achilles heel on this Gator squad may be the bullpen. It's not exactly problematic, but they do lack a shut-down reliever. If Taylor Jungmann can keep it close long enough for the offense to chase Randall, they'll have a chance to get on the board against Florida's backup arms.
Nobody ever said that winning the College World Series is a walk in the park, so it's not shocking that the Longhorns are running into an excellent squad. Turning into Captain Obvious or Captain Hindsight for a moment, Taylor Jungmann will have to keep Florida's bats quiet and turn the game into a pitchers duel as Texas' offense will have to eek out their runs.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CDT.
The 2011 College World Series gets underway on Saturday, and the Texas Longhorns are scheduled to take the field on Saturday night.
The College World Series will officially get underway at 1 p.m. CDT, when the Vanderbilt Commodores take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Both teams were ranked as one of the top eight seeds when regional play began, with the Tar Heels being ranked No. 3 and Commodores being ranked No. 6.
The Texas Longhorns join the fray on Saturday as well, when they take on the Florida Gators. Exactly like Vanderbilt and North Carolina, both Texas and Florida were ranked in the top eight seeds when the regional tournament began. The Gators hold the edge, though (not surprising if you've watched Texas' offense recently), as they're the second overall seed in the tournament while the Longhorns are the seventh.
Texas and Florida are scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. CDT.
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