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    I thought he was a bit older than that, but I don't know. I was hoping he would be willing to add some insight into the Clemson team and their super regional.

    Couple of Reds draftees on this squad. Once I've got all the profiles in, I'm going to see if I can profile the Reds draftees who are still playing all at once. But I'll list the as I come to them.

    Cal State Fullerton hosts Missouri (Best of 3, begins Friday)

    Profile: Cal State Fullerton Titans (46-15)
    #5 National Seed
    '05 finish: Lost to Arizona State in a Super Regional
    2004 National Champions
    Coach: George Horton, 10th Season

    Team stats: (does not include games at the regional this past weekend)

    BA .310, Opp BA .220
    OBP .384, Opp OBP .284
    SLG .440, Opp SLG .323
    ERA 2.62, Opp 5.84


    Key Players

    Wes Roemer, rhp, So
    Lauren Gagnier, rhp, Jr, Rd10, Tigers
    Dustin Miller, rhp, Sr
    Ryan Paul, Jr, lhp, Jr, Rd 10, Giants
    Vinnie Pestano, rhp, Jr, Rd 20, Indians

    Blake Davis, ss, Jr, Rd 4, Orioles
    Justin Turner, 2b, Sr, rd 7, Reds
    Brett Pill, 1b, Jr, Rd 7, Giants
    Brandon Tripp, of, Jr, Rd 12, Orioles
    John Curtis, c, Jr, Rd 24, Angels
    Danny Dorn, of, Sr, Rd 32 Reds
    Evan McArthur, Jr, inf
    David Cooper, 1b, lhp, Fr
    Jared Clark, of, rhp, So
    Carl Hardman, of, rhp, So
    Against the Field:

    Fullerton has faced 2 of the Super Regional field,

    vs Stanford 0-3
    vs Rice 1-2
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    Just FYI, I'm using information from the "official sites" for now. So, I don't have ALL the drafted players yet. For example, the Missouri Tiger site hasn't been updated with today's picks. I'll come back and edit later.

    Missouri travels to Fullerton to face Titans in super regional beginning Friday.

    Profile: Missouri Tigers (35-26)
    '05 finish: Lost to Cal State Fullerton in Arizona regional
    Coach: Tim Jamieson, 12th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .287, Opp BA .248
    OBP .385, Opp OBP .312
    SLG .406, Opp SLG .349
    ERA 2.62, Opp 5.84


    Key Players
    Max Scherzer, rhp, Jr, Rd 1 D'Backs
    Nathan Culp, lhp, Jr, Rd 4, Padres
    Aaron Crow, rhp, Fr
    Rick Zagone, lhp, Fr
    Brett Reynolds, rhp, Jr, Rd 17, D'Backs

    Brock Bond, inf, So
    Evan Frey, of, So
    Zane Taylor, of, Sr
    Ryan Lollis, of, lhp, Fr
    Derek Chambers, 1b, Sr
    Jacob Priday, of, c, So
    Gary Arndt, inf, Jr
    Hunter Mense, of, Jr, Rd 17, Marlins
    JC Field, c, Sr
    Trevor Helms, inf, Sr
    John McKee, 3b, Jr
    Against the Field:

    Missouri has faced only one of the other super regional teams.

    vs Okla 1-3
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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    http://northcarolina.rivals.com/
    http://northcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=550538


    Evan Markfield
    CarolinaBlue.com Senior Writer

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - It was a day of surprises for a pair of North Carolina pitchers in the Major League Baseball draft.


    UNC Athletic Communications

    UNC pitcher Daniel Bard was selected No. 28 overall in the first round by the Boston Red Sox.
    UNC junior pitcher Andrew Miller, expected by many to be the top pick in the 2006 Major League baseball draft, ended up being the sixth overall pick Tuesday, going to the Detroit Tigers.

    Then Daniel Bard, who was thought to be going in the first half of the first round, slipped all the way to the Boston Red Sox at No. 28.

    That was just fine with Bard, who is a lifelong Sox fan despite growing up in Charlotte.

    "I went a little later than I planned," Bard said at the post-draft press conference. "But that's the team I wanted to drop to. It's a lifelong dream, and it finally came true."

    North Carolina coach Mike Fox said he couldn't be happier for his pair of aces, even if it means not having them in the rotation once this season is over.

    "You can see what Carolina baseball has been able to do the last three years, and they've been a huge part of that," Fox said. "It's going to be sad to see them go and not run them out there on Friday and Saturday in the future."

    Miller, the UNC career leader in strikeouts, is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound left-hander who won ACC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2006.

    Since big lefties don't come around every day, plenty of experts expected Kansas City to take Miller with the No. 1 pick. Instead, they opted for right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar.

    Miller, who was a third-round selection of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of high school, said he was just fine with not being the top overall pick.

    "Being the No. 1 pick is something you'd be able to remember for the rest of your life," he said. "But I want to go to a team that's a good fit for me. It's pretty impressive just to go in the first round. That's a pretty big accomplishment itself."

    Bard, who posted career bests in wins, strikeouts and earned run average in 2006, also didn't show any disappointment in falling as far as he did.

    In fact, once the free fall began, he had to hope to keep sliding a little lower.

    "At the point where it got past 14, 15, we had to scare a couple of teams off," Bard said, "because if I was going to fall, I wanted it to be to a bigger team."

    http://northcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=549830


    Evan Markfield
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    CHAPEL HILL – It had been three seasons since North Carolina advanced to an NCAA Super Regional.


    UNC Athletic Communications

    Jay Cox won MVP of the regional with 11 RBIs this weekend.
    The No. 1-seeded Tar Heels secured their return to that stage of the postseason in convincing fashion Sunday afternoon, beating No. 2 seed Winthrop 14-2 in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional at Boshamer Stadium.

    "Obviously, we're tickled to death to still be playing," UNC coach Mike Fox said. "It was fun in the dugout knowing that without a total collapse, you're going to win the game."

    Carolina (48-13) had a huge fourth inning against Winthrop reliever Ryan Schwartz, tagging him for six runs to make it 8-0.

    Eagles' starter Jonathan Settle, who appeared briefly – and unsuccessfully – the previous night against UNC, allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings of work and got the loss.

    The early lead was more than enough for UNC starter Daniel Bard (8-3).

    Bard, who might have been making a late push to improve on his status in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft, allowed two runs in a strong 6 2/3 innings.

    He struck out eight batters and was still throwing in the mid 90s late in the game when Fox removed him to a standing ovation.

    "Stuff-wise, it was all there for me," Bard said. "I felt pretty much in control and had good command of my fastball and slider, which is what I live on."

    North Carolina catcher Benji Johnson led off the fourth with a solo home run to left-center field moments after cranking a ball just foul over the left-field wall.

    Five batters later, UNC first baseman Chad Flack knocked in two runs with a double. The Tar Heels would add three more on a Jay Cox RBI groundout and a two-run home run by designated hitter Tim Federowicz.

    "It makes it easy when our offense is rolling like it was this weekend," Bard said.

    The Eagles (46-18) finally got on the board courtesy of a throwing error by UNC second baseman Garrett Gore as he tried to turn an inning-ending double play in the fifth.

    Despite starting the game 0 for 3, Carolina left fielder Jay Cox continued on his hot hitting streak, blasting a solo home run in the top of the sixth.

    It was Cox's 11th RBI of the Regional and helped earn him Regional MVP honors.

    UNC shortstop Josh Horton was 4 for 4 with four RBI, including a two-run homer in the seventh that made the score 12-2.

    Six Tar Heels made the All-Tournament team: Cox, Bard, Federowicz, Flack, Horton and Seth Williams.

    Winthrop advanced to the rematch with Carolina by defeating UNC-Wilmington 5-3 with a three-run ninth inning in the day's first game.

    With their first goal now accomplished, the Tar Heels will next take aim at winning a Super Regional to get a bid to the College World Series.

    "It was a great feeling to host at home, but it's an even greater feeling to know you're closer to being one of 16 teams left," Cox said. "I probably won't get much sleep tonight thinking about it." Talk about it in: Blue Heaven

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    This is the list so far that are Reds draft picks to look for in the super regionals. I am updating as I am going through the Reds draft list.
    7 204 Justin Turner 2b Cal State Fullerton CA is the Reds 7th round pick.
    20 594 Eddy Rodriguez c Miami FL is the Reds 20th round pick.
    32 954 Danny Dorn of Cal State Fullerton CA is the Reds 32 round pick.
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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Thanks, Gallen. Kind of a nice lead in.

    Alabama will host North Carolina in a SuperRegional beginning Friday.

    Profile: Alabama Crimson Tide (44-19)
    #5 national seed
    '05 Finish: lost to Tulane in regional
    Coach: Jim Wells, 12th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .293, Opp BA .239
    OBP .383, Opp OBP .317
    SLG .426, Opp SLG .367
    ERA 3.35, Opp 5.85


    Key Players

    Wade LeBlanc, lhp, Jr
    Tommy Hunter, rhp, Fr
    Bernard Robert, rhp, Jr

    Emeel Salem, of, Jr
    Kody Valverde, c, Sr
    Spencer Pennington, inf, Sr
    Matt Downs, inf, rhp, Sr
    Greg Paiml, inf, Jr
    Ryan Rhoden, c, of, Fr
    Evan Bush, inf, Sr
    Alex Avila, inf, Fr
    Brandon Belcher, of, lhp, Jr
    Against the Field:
    Bama has faced 3 other SuperRegional teams.
    vs Georgia 2-1
    vs Ole Miss 3-1
    vs So Carolina 2-1

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    You are welcome Sandy. I am glad the timing worked out great.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    I'm going to do the UNC profile, then call it a night.

    UNC will face Alabama in at Super Regional beginning Friday.

    Profile: North Carolina Tar Heels (48-13)
    '05 Finish: lost to Notre Dame in Gainesville Regional
    Coach: Mike Fox, 8th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .323, Opp BA .235
    OBP .405, Opp OBP .320
    SLG .493, Opp SLG .311
    ERA 3.27, Opp 6.86


    Key Players

    Andrew Miller, lhp, Jr, Rd 1 Tigers
    Daniel Bard, rhp, Jr, Rd 1, Red Sox
    Robert Woodard, rhp, Jr, Rd 46, Cardinals
    Jonathan Hovis, rhp, Sr

    Josh Horton, ss, So
    Jay Cox, of, Jr, Rd 22, Rockies
    Chad Flack, 1b, 3b, So
    Tim Federowicz, c, Fr
    Mike Cavasinni, of, 2b, Fr
    Bengi Johnson, c, So
    Reid Fronk, 3b, So
    Seth Williams, of, So
    Bryan Steed, 2b, Jr
    Matt Spencer, 1b, lhp, of, So
    Against the Field:

    UNC has faced one other Super Regional team:

    vs Miami 2-1

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    Boyd's World's Super Regional Preview:

    http://www.boydsworld.com/breadcrumb...onals2006.html
    When all is said and done more is said than done.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Oregon State is the only team left that reached the college world series last year, and they will host a Super Regional against Pac-10 rival Stanford.

    Begins Sat, best of 3

    Profile: Oregon State Beavers (42-14)
    '05 Finish: College World Series (0-2)
    Coach: Pat Casey, 12th Season

    Team stats:
    BA .303, Opp BA .238
    OBP .402, Opp OBP .336
    SLG .435, Opp SLG .344
    ERA 3.50, Opp 6.03


    Key Players

    Jonah Nickerson, rhp, Rd 7, Tigers
    Dallas Buck, rhp, Rd 3, D'Backs
    Mike Stutes, rhp, So
    Ken Grunderson, lhp, Rd 5, Braves
    Jon Keller, rhp, Rd 48, Mets

    Cole Gillespie, of, Jr, Rd 3, Brewers
    Darwin Barney, ss, So
    Bill Rowe, Sr, 1b
    Shea McFeely, 3b, Rd 28 D'Backs
    Chris Kunda, 2b, Rd 19, Yankees
    Mitch Canham, c, Rd 41, Cardinals
    Scott Santschi, of, Jr
    Tyler Graham, of, Rd 19, Giants
    Against the Field:

    vs Stanford 3-0
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    Facing Oregon State in the Super Regional

    ... that darn Stanford ...

    (I lived in Tucson during the Jerry Kindall era. That's what we called them. The coach is the same.)

    Profile: Stanford Cardinal (33-25)
    '05 Finish: Lost in the Baylor Regional
    Coach: Mark Marquess, 30th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .289, Opp BA .281
    OBP .361, Opp OBP .351
    SLG .416, Opp SLG .407
    ERA 4.46, Opp 5.23


    Key Players

    Greg Reynolds, rhp, Jr, Rd 1 Rockies
    Matt Manship, rhp, Sr, Rd 29, A's
    Blake Holler, lhp, Rd 13, Angels

    Chris Minaker, inf, Sr, Rd 10, Mariners
    Michael Taylor, of, So
    Ryan Seawell, of/1b, Jr
    Chris Lewis, inf, Sr, Rd 32 Angels
    Randy Molina, inf, So
    Jason Castro, c, 1b, Fr
    John Hesfer, c, Sr, Rd 13, D'Backs
    Jim Rappaport, of, Jr, Rd 35, Cardinals
    Against the Field:

    vs Oregon State 0-3

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    Ole Miss Rebels will host a Super Regional against Miami begining Sat.

    Profile: Ole Miss Rebels (43-20)
    '05 Finish: lost to Texas in Super Regional
    Coach: Mike Bianco, 6th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .311, Opp BA .223
    OBP .381, Opp OBP .353
    SLG .468, Opp SLG .395
    ERA 4.51, Opp 6.90


    Key Players
    Brett Bukvich, lhp, inf, Fr
    Lance Lynn, rhp, Fr
    Tommy Baumgardner, lhp, Sr, Rd 28, Rockies
    Will Kline, rhp, So, Rd 39, Astros
    Garrett White, lhp, Jr, Rd 6 Dodgers

    Chris Coghlan, inf, Jr, Rd 1 Supp, Marlins
    Alex Presley, of, Jr, Rd 8, Pirates
    C. J. Ketchum, inf, Jr
    Justin Henry, inf, So
    Zack Cozart, inf, So
    Logan Power, of, Fr
    Mark Wright, of, Jr
    Jon-Jon Hancock, of, rhp, So
    Evan Button, inf, Fr
    Justin Brashear, c, Jr, Rd 44, D'Backs
    Against the Field:

    vs Alabama
    1-3
    vs Georgia
    3-0
    vs South Carolina
    1-2

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    Miami Hurricanes travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss.

    Profile: Miami Hurricanes (39-21)
    '05 Finish: lost to Nebraska in Super Regional
    Coach: Jim Morris, 13th Year

    Team stats:

    BA .310, Opp BA .237
    OBP .391, Opp OBP .339
    SLG .469, Opp SLG .373
    ERA 4.27, Opp 5.87


    Key Players
    Manny Miguelez, lhp, So
    Carlos Gutierrez, rhp, So
    David Gutierrez, rhp, So
    (brothers)
    Scott Maine, lhp, Rd 23, Rockies
    Chris Perez, Jr, rhp, Rd 1 Supp, Cardinals
    Ricky Orta, rhp, Rd 4, Mariners

    Jon Jay, of, Jr, Rd 2, Cardinals
    Jemile Weeks, 2b, Fr
    Tommy Giles, of, Sr, Rd 8, Dodgers
    Danny Valencia, 3b, Jr, Rd 19, Twins
    Eddy Rodriguez, c, Jr, Rd 20 Reds
    Roger Tomas, ss, Jr
    Dennis Raben, 1b, Fr
    Yonder Alonso, 3b, Fr
    Blake Tekotta, cf, Fr
    Against the Field:

    vs Clemson 0-3
    vs North Carolina 1-2
    vs Georgia Tech 1-2

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    I'm almost done. The SuperRegional in Athens Ga features the Georgia Bulldogs and the So Carolina Gamecocks.

    Profile: Georgia Bulldogs (45-20)
    #7 National Seed
    '05 Finish: No Post Season Play
    Coach: David Perno, 5th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .310, Opp BA .276
    OBP .381, Opp OBP .346
    SLG .478, Opp SLG .401
    ERA 4.64, Opp 6.32


    Key Players

    Brooks Brown, rhp, Jr, Rd 1 Supp, D'Backs
    Mickey Westphal, lhp, Sr
    Nathan Moreau, lhp, Fr
    Rip Warren, lhp, Sr

    Jonathan Wyatt, of, Jr
    Joey Side, of, Jr, Rd 6, D'Backs
    Jason Jacobs, c, 2b, Sr, Rd 20, Mets
    Josh Morris, 1b, 3b, So, Rd 12, Braves
    Ryan Peisel, 3b, 1b, So
    Matt Robbins, of, Jr
    Gordon Beckham, ss, Fr
    Bobby Felmy, of, Sr, Rd 22, Giants
    Kyle Keen, of, Sr
    Matthew Dunn, 2b/ss, Sr
    Against the Field:
    vs Alabama 1-2
    vs Clemson 1-1
    vs Ole Miss 0-3
    vs Georgia Tech 2-1
    vs So Carolina 4-0
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    Final profile. I'm done for the night. I will go back and edit earlier profiles to show draft picks once I find them.

    Facing Georgia in the Super Regional: South Carolina Gamecocks
    Profile: South Carolina Gamecocks (40-23)
    '05 Finish: lost to Georgia Tech in Atlanta
    Coach: Ray Tanner, 10th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .306, Opp BA .253
    OBP .389, Opp OBP .335
    SLG .481, Opp SLG .385
    ERA 4.43, Opp 6.44


    Key Players

    Forrest Beverly, lhp, Jr, Rd 23, Nationals
    Mike Cisco, rhp, Fr
    Harris Honeycutt, rhp, So
    Andrew Cruse, rhp, So, Rd 9, Phillies

    Michael Campbell, of, Sr, Rd 20 Padres
    Chris Brown, inf, Sr
    Neil Giesler, inf, Sr
    Trent Kline, c, So
    Andrew Crisp, inf, Fr
    Adam Crisp, of, So
    twin brothers
    Justin Smoak, 1b, Fr
    Cheyne Hurst, of, Jr
    Robbie Grinestaff, inf/of, Jr
    Reese Havens, inf, FR

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    To supplement the fine work Sandy has gathered, here is the Baseball America (NOTE: THIS IS FREE CONTENT BA CYBER SNOOPS - IT'S FREE CONTENT YOU GAVE TO THE MASSES AND WE'RE POSTING IT) Scouting Report on the CWS Super Regionals

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...ws/261676.html

    Friday-Saturday-Sunday Super-Regionals Schedule
    Oral Roberts (41-14) at No. 1 Clemson (50-14)
    3 p.m. (ESPN), 4 p.m. (ESPNU), 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

    Col. of Charleston (46-15) at No. 8 Georgia Tech (48-16)
    Noon (ESPN), 1 p.m. (ESPNU), 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU)

    Missouri (35-26) at No. 5 Cal St. Fullerton (46-13)
    10 p.m. (ESPN2), 10 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 10 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

    North Carolina (48-13) at No. 4 Alabama (44-19)
    7 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 4 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU)

    No one knows the super-regional teams better than their opponents. Will Kimmey talked to college coaches who had faced multiple teams still alive in the NCAA tournament and offered them anonymity in exchange for their candor.

    CLEMSON (50-14)

    Coach (Record at school): Jack Leggett (605-257, 13 years)
    CWShistory: 10 trips to Omaha, last in 2002
    CWSroute: Won the Clemson regional in three games, beating Mississippi State in the final

    Top Players Key players
    Tyler Colvin, lf .359, 22 2B, 12 HR, 23 SB
    Andy D'Alessio, 1b .321, 22 HR, 80 RBIs
    Stephen Faris, rhp 9-2, 2.34, 78-16 K-BB
    Jason Berken, rhp 9-3, 2.72, 74-32 K-BB
    Josh Cribb, rhp 9-0, 3.09, 83-26 K-BB

    Scouting Report

    I thought Clemson was without question best team in (Atlantic Coast Conferene). They really pitch, and are deeper than anybody in country. The starting pitchers don't overpower you; they all come at you and throw strikes. They're bulldogs and work fast. It makes you feel uncomfortable at the plate. If you see a fastball early, be ready to hack. I thought all of them were pretty much the same: fastball, 86-88 (mph), and they all had an average slider. They threw a get-me-over slider early in count and get you to chase with two strikes. Slow the tempo down on them and have a good opposite-field approach.

    The one thing that is overlooked is their catcher (Adrian Casanova) is best defensive catcher we saw all year. He can really catch and throw and he gets pitches for their guys because he's so calm. It didn't seem like they pitched on the plate much. They knocked the spots out and the umpire called it because he was doing a great job of receiving. He compliments their staff. They're all 90 with a breaking ball but they're not eye-popping stuff. They just hit their spots and have a great plan to get ground balls and have a great fielding team.

    They like to put a lot of pressure on you. Really good team speed. Seven of the nine hitters can run. There's a couple that can really, really run. Everyone is good enough they can start runners and can bunt and can handle bat.

    They have so many options with speed and bunting, they run a team offense really good and understand what coach Leggett is trying to do. They raked. Colvin was a first-rounder, a great hitter. We thought he was one of best hitters we've seen; he can do it all. We struggled with Harbin the most; he tore us up. He's not big or imposing, but has some sock. With Harbin, throw the first pitch out of zone because he's hacking at the first close pitch he sees. D'Alessio killed us. He has good strength, but stay away and spin breaking balls--he tries to hook everything. But if you miss, he'll kill it.

    ORAL ROBERTS (42-14)

    Coach (Record at School): Rob Walton (134-45, third season)
    CWS history: One trip to Omaha in 1978
    CWS route: Won the Fayetteville Regional in three games, beating Oklahoma State in the final

    Top Players Key Stats
    Andy Bouchie, c .377, 12 HR, 53 RBI
    Chad Rothford, 1b .337, 12 HR, 60 RBI
    Chris Ashman, rhp 10-1, 2.02, 72-24 K-BB
    Nick Jones, rhp 7-4, 3.67, 88-29 K-BB
    Sean Jarrett, rhp 7-1, 1.98, 70-9 K-BB, 7 saves

    Scouting Report

    Rob Walton does as good a job as anybody with pitchers. They buy into that plan. They're a little bit older of a club and have those two guys on the mound who can really pitch: Jones and Ashman are legit. They pitch and they throw offspeed for strikes at will. They make you hit their pitches. They're good on the mound, and that keeps them in games. (Eric) Crichton in middle relief can throw backdoor sliders at will and a cutter and change in any count. And then you're 0-2 all of a sudden. Offensively, you have to take away their best stuff, so look for an offspeed pitch.

    You can't let them hang around in games. You need to capitalize on innings and move runners when you can. If they stay in it, they have a chance to beat you because you're always down in the count to them. We got a bunch of hits, but when you get guys on base, they won't give in with a fastball. If you're not disciplined at the plate, you'll have trouble scoring crooked innings.

    They get timely hitting. It's not like you see a guy swing and go 'wow.' They get a hit when they need to and they put it in play when they need to. They've got that feel going now where they think they can't lose. Rothford is definitely a guy at the plate, so is Bouchie. You can pitch to them, but they battle with two strikes, don't overswing. If you've got 91-93s, they might struggle with those velocity guys. They have good team speed. They try to run, hit and run and move runners. They're very good at giving themselves up and bunting and pushing and dragging. Their two-strike approach and two-out hits kill you. He's done a great job with that offense. All the outfielders can throw, and they do all the fundamental stuff well.

    COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (46-15)

    Coach (Record at school): John Pawlowski (260-151-1, seven years)
    CWS history: None
    CWS route: Won the Lexington Regional in three games, beating Kentucky in the final

    Top Players Key Stats
    Nick Chigges, rhp 11-1, 1.32, 94-44 K-BB
    Graham Godfrey, rhp 8-2, 3.34, 96-39 K-BB
    Alex Garabedian, c .364, 6 HR, 50 RBI
    Larry Cobb, rf .361, 7 HR, 20 SB
    Phillip Coker, cf .333, 35 SB

    Scouting Report

    Charleston, those kids have been in regionals for three years and are not scared. They can beat you with pitching and the short game. They're solid defensively with good outfield speed and do not do a lot to hurt themselves. Pitching-wise, they had the deepest staff of any we saw, and we played 18 games against regional teams. They've got four quality guys they can use to start games. Chigges is a legit SEC guy, and so is (Josh) McLaughlin, the closer. As a staff, they do a good job mixing it up. They're confident in throwing breaking balls in hitter's counts. They throw strikes; you've got to be ready to hit early. You don't want to put yourself in 0-1, 1-2 counts. Godfrey is the best velocity guy. He'll challenge with the fastball. Be ready to hit early against him. Make him throw the fastball down in zone, don't chase it up.

    They have a lot of small guys that can run and only Garabedian can run it out of ballpark. Five or six guys in that lineup will bunt any time. They get the leadoff guy on, try to move him over, bunt, steal a bag, hit and run. Do a good job holding runners, be prepared, and make sure you get an out when they bunt to avoid the big inning. If you can keep leadoff guys off base or limit them, that's huge. Force them to beat you by stringing hits together. It's important to get a lead, take them out of that short game. They'll still do it, but put them in situation where it's three or four runs down, force them to play for more of a big inning. They don't have power they had last year in lineup, but still have good hitters. Keep Cobb off base. Coker hit a grand slam against Kentucky, but he's not typically a power guy. He's best bunter I've seen in several years.

    GEORGIA TECH (48-16)

    Coach (Record at school): Danny Hall (577-246, 13 seasons)
    CWS history: Two trips to Omaha, last in 2002
    CWS route: Won the Atlanta Regional in three games, beating Vanderbilt in the final

    Top Players Key Stats
    Matt Wieters, c/rhp .354, 13 HR, 67 RBI
    Whit Robbins, 3b .358, 12 HR, 63 RBI
    Wes Hodges, dh .337, 11 HR, 64 RBI
    Jeff Kindel, lf .337, 11 HR, 49 RBI
    Blake Wood, rhp 10-4, 5.01, 84-40 K-BB

    Scouting Report

    They're banged up a little bit. (Danny) Payne is Len Dykstra out there, and him being out hurts them. Hodges is hurt, too. That's a lot of offense, but they can still hurt you. They're always as talented as anybody in country. Offensively, Tech still has plenty of guys in the middle of the order capable of running into some balls. Robbins stepped it up this year. Now Wieters is swinging the hot bat. He's got a great approach, and he can hit it out to all fields. Then there's Kindel, and (Steven) Blackwood's a veteran guy that always has had a good approach at the plate. Robbins and Wieters, you can get them hard in and hard away, but you better not miss. It better be in-in or two inches off, or it's gone.

    I think there are some spots in lineup where they're not quite as potent as over the years, more so down in the order. Pitch aggressively, have a guy that's not afraid to pitch inside to a lot of those guys. The biggest thing is challenge their hitters. They're going to get their hits. What you don't want to do is compound that by making mistakes. Don't just feed that fastball. Keep them from swinging out of their shoes.

    The way you get to them is hit them. Their pitching is very average--just OK--but keeps them in games. They're better defensively using Wieters behind the plate, but they've got to keep him away from there and in the bullpen because he's the best arm. Certainly Tech is capable of any guy on any day going out and being lights out, they're just mixing it and doing what they can with it. The big thing with them is take advantage of their starting pitching not being very good. Blake Wood has a good arm, but he's up and down and his breaking ball isn't special. Pitching depth is going to hurt them this year, but they can definitely go to Omaha because they can score runs.

    CAL STATE FULLERTON (46-13)

    Coach (Record at school): George Horton (448-185-1, 10 seasons)
    CWS history: 13 trips to Omaha, last in 2004; four championships, last in 2004
    CWS route: Won Fullerton Regional in three games, beating Fresno State in the final.

    Top Players Key Stats
    Wes Roemer, rhp 11-1, 2.01, 113-4 K-BB
    Lauren Gagnier, rhp 13-4, 2.51, 93-22 K-BB
    Dustin Miller, rhp 11-1, 44-19 K-BB
    Justin Turner, 2b .355, 56 runs, 19 SB, 14 2B
    Blake Davis, ss .363, 56 runs, 14 SB, 12 2B

    Scouting Report

    Fullerton is really good. When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, you're talking about the best college middle in the country with Davis and Turner, it's like coaches on the field. The outfield is going to lead the galaxy in diving catches. They will make more diving catches than the rest of the teams playing in this thing.

    Their pitching surprised some people; they pitched beyond expectations. Roemer is real special. He's your typical low three-quarters pitcher. If he gets in a jam and tries to pitch around a guy, he says 'the hell with it, I'll just bury it in your ribs and get the next guy.' You can't take away Roemer's this or that because he uses both sides of the plate. Gagnier has come leaps and bounds. He's turned into a real good player. (Closer Vinnie) Pestano being out can hurt them because the bullpen is very vulnerable because you're not sure if you can depend on (Ryan) Paul. They will ride their starters, and really do. You want to get the starters out and get into the secondary pitching, but the fact is that nobody's done that, and nobody will do that.

    Of all the teams we saw, they are the most advanced at all things. They sac, slash, late-show drag and if you're not used to that, you're dead. Fullerton makes you make errors. They fake bunt and steal. You play them and they beat you, you think you're the worst coach in America. They make you feel that way.

    It's the typical Fullerton offense. They don't have the power--not even really doubles power--most of their doubles come from hustle doubles. It's not boom into the gap. They hit .300 as a team but if there's a runner on second with less than two outs, they get them over. Good lefthanded pitching can give them trouble. You have to get the first guy of each inning out, pitch ahead, get count leverage. If you can beat them 2-1, 4-3, that's what you do. You want them to try to bang. If they have a plan and bunt and get locked in, it's over. It's a well-oiled team. They touch the ball and create offensive opportunities. They're clutch: they cash in and don't get tight with second and third and one and out and pop out. They don't do that.

    MISSOURI (35-26)

    Coach (Record at school): Tim Jamieson (399-288,12 years)
    CWS history: Six trips to Omaha, last in 1964, one championship in 1954.
    CWS route: Won the Malibu bracket in five games after losing the opener; first No. 4 seed to win a regional since 64-team field began in 1999.

    Top Players Key Stats
    Max Scherzer, rhp 7-2, 1.95, 72-23 K-BB
    Nathan Culp, lhp 11-5, 3.29, 80-17 K-BB
    Jacob Priday, c .289, 11 HR, 49 RBI
    Brock Bond, 3b .345, .444 OBP, 11 SB
    Evan Frey, of .335, .458 OBP

    Scouting Report

    They have two of the better pitches in country in Scherzer and Culp. Culp obviously is not as electric as Scherzer as far as stuff, but he's got a high pitcher's IQ. He can see things in swings and attack things that some guys can't. He does a great job of executing his pitches, like a poor man's J.P. Howell. If they get good starting pitching in a super-regional of just three games, those two arms can carry them. They can match up with anyone's starters.

    With Scherzer, we basically took the fastball away. It's a pro mentality versus him. You can't cover all his pitches. We got good swings going up there looking fastball early in the count; he hasn't used his other pitches as much. Culp is fastball to both sides of the plate, cutter in on righthanders and changeups. He just mixed us to death. (Rick) Zagone threw good against us, low three-quarter lefty who mixes at 85-87, but as far as bullpen (Taylor) Parker is lefthander that's fastball-breaking ball and you're going to see that breaking ball at some point. (Travis) Wendte has good stuff: 91 with a Frisbee slider.

    Offensively they don't have that big guy in the middle with power, they just have to execute and work within their offense to win 3-2. They look like a bunch of big strong donkeys, and you feel like as a pitcher you have to be really careful. But they're more battlers than home run guys. Priday at times gets pull conscious, we just stay hard away and slider away with him. He's got bat speed and big power, but he's basically the standout guy. If you have a situation where you don't have to pitch to him, the guys in front and behind him are not as good hitters. They can make you pay if you get a guy who doesn't have great command, they can take advantage of that. Jamieson does a great job of teaching strike-zone discipline. All nine guys do a great job of making pitchers work. It's very similar to old Oklahoma State with Gary Ward: get the pitch count up on starters and jump into the bullpen. They make you throw strikes.

    NORTH CAROLINA (48-13)

    Coach (Record at school): Mike Fox (335-158-1, eight seasons).
    CWS History: Four trips to Omaha, last in 1989
    CWS route: Won the Chapel Hill Regional in three games, beating Winthrop in the final

    Top Players Key Stats
    Andrew Miller, lhp 12-2, 2.26, 108-35 K-BB
    Daniel Bard, rhp 8-3, 3.47, 90-33 K-BB
    Robert Woodard, rhp 6-1, 3.48, 47-19 K-BB
    Josh Horton, ss .409, 16 2B, 12 SB, 57 R
    Jay Cox, lf .386, 13 HR, .655 SLG

    Scouting Report

    Obviously, they have two first rounders, and Woodard might be their best pitcher. I really think that kid competes; he knows how to pitch and mixes speeds and hits spots. We've never beaten him. Miller and Bard have great stuff, and you'll have a hard time beating them when they're on. When Bard gets runners on, he gets wild. He pitches better with a lead. Miller has learned how to pitch more this year. He gets ahead with 88 (mph fastballs) and then throws 93-94 late in the count. His slider is unhittable. (Andrew) Carignan is the best guy in a good bullpen; he's got a really good fastball and is a bulldog. (Jonathan) Hovis is really strong, too.

    With both Bard and Miller, bring them down in zone, don't chase that cheese up high. Lay off the offspeed--they have trouble throwing it for strikes--but that's easier said than done. Miller has a better pickoff move. Miller, roll with him, stay in the game, get his pitch count up and try to win against the bullpen.

    The catalyst to the team is Horton; he's a gamer. He uses whole field, can run, can bunt, and he hits anywhere one to three. He's a tough kid, a leader, but he didn't show much at shortstop, he's an average college shortstop. Guys like (Chad) Flack and (Benji) Johnson you can pitch to, but if you make mistakes they hurt you. UNC can the hit long ball and can also play the small game. Keep those small guys off the bases; they're not a great hitters but good runners. (Mike) Cavasini is a weak player and you can pitch to him, but he plays his role well. He's got a weak arm in the outfield. (Kyle) Shelton can hurt you if you make mistakes; (Reid) Fronk's the same way. And you can bunt on him at third. That's something you want to do with Miller and Bard on the mound.

    ALABAMA (44-19)

    Coach (Record with team): Jim Wells (522-244, 12th season)
    CWS history: Five trips to Omaha, last in 1999
    CWS route: Won the Tuscaloosa Regional in three games, beating Troy in the final.

    Top Players Key Stats
    Wade LeBlanc, lhp 11-0, 2.62, 124-42 K-BB
    Emeel Salem, cf .364, 67 R, 14 2B, 36 SB
    Tommy Hunter, rhp 10-3, 3.10, 77-21 K-BB
    Kody Valverde, c .346, 12 HR, 59 RBO, 17 2B
    David Robertson, rhp 4-3, 2.60, 62-28 K-BB, 10 saves

    Scouting Report

    It starts on the mound with LeBlanc, (Bernard) Robert and Hunter, who has been outstanding on Sundays. Robertson is pretty good out of the pen. LeBlanc and Robert are all about changeups. They don't throw them for strikes, so if you're not disciplined, you will find it a long evening. If you lay off, you get pitch counts up and they have to go to bullpen. And other than Robertson, it's just OK. Hunter just comes right at you, fricking four-seam fastballs and the breaking ball is good too. He really competes.

    When you talk offense, none of the position players are prospects--all the prospects are on the mound. Emeel Salem makes them go. You've got to keep him off base. He's the typical speedy leadoff guy. He's the key. When he's on it really keys the offense. (Alex) Avila is a nice freshman hitter, Valverde had a good year, but it's not scary when those guys are up.

    They play team offense and they make you play good defense. They get bunts down, hit and run. It's not like old Alabama where you make pitches and got them out or they hit a home run. They don't have prospect-type hitters, and they just play more offense. That makes them more difficult to defend. I'd rather play a team that tries to hit it out of the ballpark. They definitely don't play the traditional SEC power ball, and they play in a little tiny ballpark, which you would think they would have a lot of home runs. Nobody's going to scare you in that lineup, but they play team offense. Their kids know, 'We don't have to score eight runs, we're good enough to win if we score five.' So they relax, catch the ball and score when they can. With that pitching, it's usually enough.


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