There was no drama in Omaha last night – simply a dominant performance from the now repeat national champions. South Carolina defeated Florida 5-2 last night to sweep the College World Series and take home the first ever title contested at the new TD Ameritrade Park. Gamecocks ace Michael Roth pitched seven and two thirds innings on just three days rest, allowing two runs on five hits to earn his second win of the series. The Gamecocks opened the scoring with three runs in the third inning. After Florida closed to within 4-2 in the top of the eighth inning, South Carolina’s Scott Wingo singled in a run in the bottom of the eighth to provide extra insurance. Wingo was named the Series’ Most Outstanding Player for his heroics throughout the tournament, batting .333 and driving in four runs while making several stellar defensive plays.
Offense was the name of the game last night at Bill Wood Field in the North Platte First Nationals juniors and seniors matchups against Kearney. More specifically, Kearney had plenty of offense, and neither North Platte team had any. In the first game of the split doubleheader, the First Nationals juniors were shutout 9-0 by Kearney Post 52. The visitors broke a scoreless tie with a seven-run fourth inning. In the nightcap, visiting Kearney Runza ran their winning streak to 16 straight games with an 11-0 win in a contest shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule. The First Nationals seniors were hit hardest in a six-run fourth inning, and had only four hits of their own in the five frames. Two of those hits came from Jamie McKain. The First Nationals juniors host Omaha Roncalli today while the seniors travel to play the same opponent.
The Colorado Rockies did something last night they hadn’t done all season – celebrated a walk-off win. Troy Tulowitzki scored on Ty Wigginton’s bloop single in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Rockies topped the Chicago White Sox 3-2 at Coors Field. It was the Rockies’ first win in five extra inning games on the season. Tulowitzki dashed home from first base on Wigginton’s two out hit to stop the Rockies three-game losing streak. Rockies reliever Rex Brothers earned his first major league win on the mound, working a scoreless inning. He and five other Rockies relievers combined for six innings of two-hit shutout ball in relief of starter Jason Hammel. Seth Smith drove in the other two Rockies runs in the winning effort. The Rockies and White Sox play game two of their series in Denver tonight. ESPN Radio 1410 has the call with pregame coverage at 7:05 and first pitch at 7:40.
The North Platte First Nationals juniors and seniors host their rivals from Kearney in a double-header tonight at Bill Wood Field. It’s the second time that North Platte and Kearney have tangled in single games at the junior and senior level following their meetings in Kearney on June 7. On that night, the First Nationals juniors topped Kearney’s Post 52 6-3 behind a complete game pitching effort from Jack Kenny, and the First Nationals seniors were shutout by Kearney Runza 7-0. The seniors are looking to bounce back from a 1-1 record over the weekend. They lost to Beatrice and defeated Gering in extra innings in home action on Saturday. Tonight the First National seniors will try and stop Kearney Runza’s 15-game winning streak. Action starts tonight with the juniors game at 5:30, with the seniors game to follow at 8.
The South Carolina Gamecocks posted their second extra inning win in a row at the College World Series last night, defeating Florida 2-1 in 11 innings to move one win shy of a repeat national championship. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning, South Carolina tied the score on a Scott Wingo RBI single. The teams would remain deadlock into extra frames, with the Gamecocks working out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the ninth inning and throwing out the potential game-winning run at the plate to end the bottom of the tenth. In the top of the 11th, South Carolina first baseman Christian Walker singled. On an attempted steal of second base, Florida committed two throwing errors on the play that allowed Walker to come all the way home with the eventual winning run. The Gamecocks can wrap up the title with a win in Game 2 of the best-of-three series tonight.
A rare misstep for the Colorado Rockies’ most consistent starting pitcher led to a one-sided defeat yesterday afternoon. Jhoulys Chacin posted the worst start of his young career as the Rockies fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-3 at Wrigley Field in a makeup game from an April rainout. Chacin allowed six earned runs in five innings of work and gave up three home runs, a career high. Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez homered twice for the Cubs in the win. Carlos Gonzalez hit a pair of home runs for the Rockies in the losing effort. The Rockies have lost three straight games and end their seven-game roadtrip with a 3-4 record. They return home for a six-game stretch that will conclude interleague play starting tonight with the first of three contests against the Chicago White Sox. ESPN Radio 1410 has the action from Coors Field with pregame coverage at 7:05 and the first pitch at 7:40.
The Nebraska football recruiting class of 2012 was bolstered on Friday afternoon with a third commitment in a week, and a second four-star commitment in as many days. Paul Thurston, an offensive lineman from Arvada, Colorado, pledged to the Huskers late Friday, making him the fifth member of the recruiting class. Thurston ranks as a four-star prospect and a top 20 player at his position according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He had made prior visits to Michigan, Oregon, and Notre Dame and had offers from at least a dozen BCS schools, but made one final trip to Lincoln two weekends ago and chose Husker red over maize and blue. The 6-foot-5, 275 pound Thurston is the first offensive lineman to commit to the class of 2012. So far, the five member class is represented by five different states.
The Colorado Rockies have handled interleague play with their customary ease, winning four out of six games against AL Central foes Detroit and Cleveland in the last week. Now they step into the AL East and face the game’s most storied franchise as they open a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium tonight. The Rockies haven’t faced the Yankees since 2007, when they swept the Bronx Bombers at Coors Field. A similar result will be hard to come by this weekend. The Yankees are 43-30 and half a game behind Boston in the AL East race. They are 23-17 at Yankee Stadium this season. Tonight the Rockies open the series with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound, in search of his second straight win. The Yankees counter with fellow right-hander AJ Burnett. ESPN Radio 1410 has the action with pregame coverage at 5:30 and the first pitch at 6:05.
Three days after securing their third commitment to their recruiting class of 2012, the Husker football program added their first big name to their class. Greg McMullen, a defensive lineman from Akron, Ohio, chose the Huskers yesterday over offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame, among others. McMullen is rated as a four-star prospect, the 21st best player at his position nationally according to Scout.com and a top 100 player in the country on Rivals.com’s list. The 6-foot-5, 250 pound defensive end had 55 tackles and eight and a half sacks in his junior season at Archbishop Hoban High School. McMullen joins Lincoln Southeast’s Sam Cotton as commitments to the Huskers this week. The Omaha World-Herald reported yesterday that the Husker football class of 2012 will likely be Bo Pelini’s smallest yet due to the scholarship regulations established by the NCAA.
The Colorado Rockies once again fell short of a series sweep after a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians last night. The Rockies have won four straight three-game sets, but in the last three have failed to finish off sweeps with losses in the third of those games. The Rockies offense came from the bat of Ty Wigginton, who blasted his eighth and ninth home runs of the season and drove in all three runs. Jason Hammel took the loss for the Rockies, allowing four runs in six innings of work. Hammel balked in a run in the third inning when he forgot what pitch he was throwing in the middle of his wind-up and stopped his motion. He also allowed a two-run home run to Cleveland’s Travis Hafner. The Rockies drop back to .500 with the loss last night. They are off tonight, traveling to New York for a three-game series against the Yankees that starts Friday.