Vanderbilt Remembers Donny Everett During 2019 CWS Championship Run

Vandy LogoTeddy and Susan Everett were front and center when the Vanderbilt Commodores won the 2019 College World Series.

The Everett’s and Vanderbilt baseball has been dealing with grief since Donny tragically drowned the night before the 2016 NCAA Regionals.

The Commodores never forget their fallen teammate and Everett’s parent were along for the CWS ride. Tim Corbin and the Vandy baseball team wanted it that way. Continue reading “Vanderbilt Remembers Donny Everett During 2019 CWS Championship Run”

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OSU Adley Rutschman Wins Dick Howser Trophy

Rutschman with trophyCatcher Adley Rutschman of Oregon State is the 33rd recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by The Game Headwear, as college baseball’s Player of the Year.

The announcement came at a national news conference Saturday morning at TD Ameritrade Stadium as OSU’s first winner of the prestigious award met with a group of national media. He is the first Beavers player honored with the Howser Trophy, which originated in 1987.

Rutschman also is the fourth recipient to be the first overall selection in the Major League Baseball free agent draft and capture the award, joining Clemson pitcher Kris Benson (1996), Vanderbilt pitcher David Price (2007) and San Diego State pitcher Steve Strasburg (2008). Rutchsman was selected by the Baltimore Orioles as the opening player in last week’s draft. Continue reading “OSU Adley Rutschman Wins Dick Howser Trophy”

Michigan’s Erik Bakich Named NCBWA Coach of the Year

Erik Bakich National Coach of YearAfter leading Michigan to the College World Series, Wolverines head coach Erik Bakich has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Coach of the Year. Continue reading “Michigan’s Erik Bakich Named NCBWA Coach of the Year”

CWS Preview: Mississippi State

MSU LogoMississippi State (51-13) is making its 11th College World Series appearance and seeks its first CWS championship. In fact, MSU is the only SEC school without a national championship in any sport. MSU finished runner up to UCLA in 2013. State also had two third-place finishes. First-year head coach Chris Lemonis is the sixth different MSU coach to lead the Diamond Dawgs to Omaha. The list includes Paul Gregory (1971), Ron Polk (6 trips), Pat McMahon (1998), John Cohen (2013) and Gary Henderson (2018).

Mississippi State is the No. 6 national seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The No. 6 national seed has never won the CWS, but has reached the finals three times. MSU was the 2019 SEC Western Division Co-Champions. MSU was one of four SEC teams with 40 regular-season wins. The Bulldogs were one of an SEC-record four teams with 20 SEC wins. LHP Ethan Small was named 2019 SEC Pitcher of the Year. RHP JT Ginn was named 2019 SEC Freshman of the Year. Continue reading “CWS Preview: Mississippi State”

CWS Preview: Auburn

Auburn (38-26) was the No. 2 Seed at Atlanta Regional. The Tigers knocked off Coastal Carolina and No. 3 national seed Georgia Tech to advance to the Super Regional. Auburn then knocked off No. 14 national seed North Carolina in Chapel Hill to advance to the College World Series.

Auburn is making its fifth CWS appearance (1967, 1976, 1994, 1997 and 2019). Butch Thompson is the third different Auburn coach to take the Tigers to the CWS, joining Paul Nix (1967 and 1976) and Hal Baird (1944 and 1997).  Thompson was head coach at Jefferson State and took the team to the 1997 Junior College World Series. He was an assistant coach on World Series teams at Birmingham Southern (NAIA) and Miss. State. Continue reading “CWS Preview: Auburn”

CWS Preview: Louisville

Louisville LogoLouisville (49-16) is the No. 7 national seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals are making their fifth CWS appearance, all coming under head coach Dan McDonnell. The No. 7 national seed has advanced to Omaha 10 times since 1999. The No. 7 national seed has reached the CWS finals once and finished second place.

Louisville was the 2019 ACC regular-season champions and ACC Atlantic Division champs. UL freshman 3B Alex Binelas hit for cycle against Alabama A&M on April 26. Binelas (5-6, 5 R, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI) posted the sixth cycle in school history. Louisville scored 32 runs in the win over Alabama A&M (April 26). The 32 runs scored are the fourth-most in the NCAA this season. UL is one of six teams to score 30 or more runs in a game this year. Continue reading “CWS Preview: Louisville”

UCLA’s Holden Powell Named NCBWA Stopper of the Year

2019 UCLA Bruin BaseballUCLA’s Holden Powell was named the 2019 Stopper of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park, becoming the second Bruin to capture the award since its inception in 2005, joining two-time winner David Berg (2013, 2015).

An All-America First-Team selection by the NCBWA and a Pac-12 All-Conference performer as a sophomore, Powell boasted a 1.84 ERA with a 4-3 record and notched 17 saves. His save total was second, both in the nation this year and in the all-time UCLA single-season record book, trailing only the NCAA-record 24 by Berg in 2013. Continue reading “UCLA’s Holden Powell Named NCBWA Stopper of the Year”