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College World Series Day One
2008-06-14 07:40
by Bob Timmermann

The College World Series gets underway today in Omaha with two games in Bracket One.

For those unfamiliar with the format of the College World Series, there are eight teams in Omaha and they are divided into two brackets of four. Each bracket plays a double elimination tournament. Win three games before you lose two and you move on.

The winners of each bracket then a play a best of three series to determine the champion. The last two years, Oregon State beat North Carolina in the final. The Beavers didn't make it back this year, but the Tar Heels did. Joining them are Miami, Stanford, Georgia, LSU, Florida State, Rice, and Fresno State.

Beside the championship on the field, another storyline to follow will be to see who will win the NCAA home run title. Three participants in the CWS are among the four players tied for the lead in home runs with 26: Gordon Beckham of Georgia, Buster Posey of Florida State, and Matt Clark of LSU. Michael Harrington of the College of Charleston also hit 26 home runs and is the co-leader in the clubhouse.

Baseball America has a capsule review with links to an indepth preview.

The action gets underway at 11 am PT when Stanford takes on Florida State. Georgia will play #1 Miami at 4 pm PT. Both games will be on ESPN.


2008-06-14 10:18:55
1.   Bob Hendley
Exactly! That is not a sound that I associate with baseball, so I can't bear to actually watch these games.
2008-06-14 11:54:12
2.   Bob Timmermann
The CBS Gametracker app lets you sort the batting order either alphabetically or by the order in which the batters hit.

I'm not sure why anyone would want to see the batting order alphabetical.

2008-06-14 12:29:27
3.   Jon Weisman
Midgame update.

Go Stanford!

2008-06-14 13:29:17
4.   Bob Timmermann
The pickoff gets the Cardinal out of the jam!
2008-06-14 14:52:40
5.   ToyCannon
Dodger draft pick gives it up to Stanford.
2008-06-14 15:40:11
6.   Bob Timmermann
Jon goes "Squee!"
2008-06-14 19:24:11
7.   Bob Timmermann
Another bad 9th inning for a Florida team with a high draft pick.

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