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College World Series has unpredictable nature

College World Series has unpredictable nature

Coastal Carolina turned NCAA baseball on its head last year by winning the College World Series, but don’t assume two-time national champion Oregon State marks a return to normalcy as the No. 1 overall seed.Until recently, Oregon State’s baseball program, despite its Pac-12...

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith’s late hire on April 14 has him off to a slow recruiting start. He has only one modest commitment in the Class of 2016 from a two-star guard, Keon Clergeot.But that doesn’t mean the sage coach is failing to find his way around the recruiting...

Baker is big bopper that gets on base

Baker is big bopper that gets on base

Luken Baker entered TCU’s College World Series opener against Texas Tech batting .409 in the post-season and reaching base safely overall in 35 straight games. But don’t be misled into thinking he’s a slap-hitter.His game is sledge-hammer built with football proportions as a...

Texas Tech winning with freshmen pitchers

Texas Tech winning with freshmen pitchers

Two years ago Texas Tech baseball broke at 10-year drought earning an NCAA Tournament berth under then-second-year coach Tim Tadlock. The Red Raiders capitalized with the program’s first College World Series trip.But when the Red Raiders failed to return to the CWS in 2015,...

Power surge lifts East Carolina in postseason

Power surge lifts East Carolina in postseason

East Carolina’s baseball team warmed up for NCAA post-season play in what would be an odd way for any sport but baseball. The Pirates lost two straight for a quick exit from the American Athletic Conference Tournament.They have responded by winning four straight NCAA games on the...

ECU last team standing from North Carolina

ECU last team standing from North Carolina

East Carolina baseball shares its home state with four schools that are ACC charter members: North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest.Its neighboring state includes SEC member South Carolina. The Gamecocks won back-to-back College World Series national titles as recently...

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA regional games played in Raleigh Mach 17 and 19 in the East and Midwest.March 20Virginia can look ahead without facing Michigan State as roadblockMarch 19Wisconsin can continue winning on gritMarch 19Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacyMarch 18Roy...

Texas Tech looks to next year to build on NCAA trip

Texas Tech looks to next year to build on NCAA trip

RALEIGH, N.C. – Texas Tech’s first NCAA Tournament game in nine years started optimistically with a 19-11 lead midway through the first half against Butler in the Midwest Regional Thursday at PNC Arena.Advancing to the second round still seemed possible despite a tight...

Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith wandered over to the sideline midway through an open team practice Wednesday in preparation for the Red Raiders’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Butler.He waved to Texas Tech fans and called out it was good to see them....

McNeill remains grateful for Dantonio endorsement

McNeill remains grateful for Dantonio endorsement

The 2010 Alamo Bowl crowd roared, the Texas Tech band played and bodies swirled around Red Raiders interim head coach Ruffin McNeill and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio at midfield following the 2009 season’s bowl game played in San Antonio. Yet McNeill remembers a...