2018 All-Bats and Blogs Team Named

MacNamee WalkoffThe 2018 All-Bats and Blogs college baseball team was unveiled today. The all-star team was selected by Bats and Blogs publisher and editor Barry Allen. To be eligible for the team, I actually had to see the player in person (at least one game or a number of games) during the 2018 college baseball season.  The stats are based only on the games that I witnessed. Overall, I attended 61 college baseball games this season and saw 27 different Division I teams. There were many great individual performances during the season.

So, here is my 2018 All-Bats and Blogs College Baseball team. Continue reading “2018 All-Bats and Blogs Team Named”

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CWS Finals Game 3: OSU 5, Arkansas 0

2018 CWS LogoOn Wednesday, Arkansas came within a foul pop up of winning its first ever College World Series. The distance was far greater on Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park.

Oregon State freshman right-hander Kevin Abel completely shut down the Razorbacks offense with a complete-game, two-hit shutout, leading the Beavers to 5-0 win and the school’s third national championship. Continue reading “CWS Finals Game 3: OSU 5, Arkansas 0”

CWS Finals Game 2: OSU 5, Arkansas 3

2018 CWS LogoMatt Cronin stood on the mound, his right hand raised in the air as three Arkansas defenders tacked the foul pop up of the bat of OSU’s Caydn Greiner. The Razorbacks were about to win their first College World Series championship.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the trophy presentation, the trio of Arkansas defenders – second baseman Carson Shaddy, first baseman Jared Gates and right fielder Eric Cole – watched as the ball dropped amidst the Fayetteville triangle for a foul ball rather than a series clinching out.

Greiner and the Beavers had new life, and OSU cashed in. Continue reading “CWS Finals Game 2: OSU 5, Arkansas 3”

CWS Finals Game 1: Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

2018 CWS LogoArkansas scored all four runs in the fifth inning to defeat Oregon State 4-1 in game one of the 2018 College World Series Championship Series at TD Ameritrade Park on Omaha. The Razorbacks are won win away from the school’s first national championship in baseball.

Arkansas (48-19) sent 10 men to the plate in the decisive four-run fifth inning for the win. The Razorbacks had two singles, two walks and two hit batters in the inning. OSU also made on error. Continue reading “CWS Finals Game 1: Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1”

CWS Recaps (Friday, June 22)

2018 CWS LogoArkansas advanced to the 2018 College World Series Championship series with the 5-2 win over No. 1 seed Florida at TD Ameritrade Park. The Razorbacks (3-0) will await the winner of Saturday’s Oregon State (3-1)-Mississippi State (2-1) game. The CWS Championship series begins Monday at 6 p.m. (CT). Arkansas is in the finals for the first time since 1979. Continue reading “CWS Recaps (Friday, June 22)”

CWS Recaps (Thursday, June 21)

2018 CWS LogoThree SEC teams – Arkansas, Florid and Miss. State – along with Pac 12 runner up Oregon State make up the Final Four at the 2018 College World Series. This is the second time in CWS history that three teams from the same conference were among the final four teams in Omaha.  Three SEC Eastern Division teams (South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt) and Virginia comprised the final four teams in 2011.

An SEC team is guaranteed a spot in the CWS Finals. The SEC team has had a team play in the finals 10 times in the last 11 years, including the 2018 season. Coastal Carolina and Arizona played for the 2016 CWS Championship, which is the only time since 2008 the SEC was not represented in the finals. Continue reading “CWS Recaps (Thursday, June 21)”

CWS Recaps (Sunday, June 17)

2018 CWS LogoArkansas endured a nearly three-hour rain delay and then scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Texas 11-5 to open bracket two play on Sunday afternoon.

Luke Bonfield stroked a 2-run home run to give the Razorbacks a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.  Arkansas added two more runs in the sixth inning had the bases loaded when the game was stopped due to a lengthy weather delay. After nearly three hours, Arkansas continued its offensive assault with an 8-run inning to take an 11-2 lead. Continue reading “CWS Recaps (Sunday, June 17)”