July 2, 2015

NCAA sets field of 64 for 2015 Baseball Championship

NCAA logoThe field of 64 teams competing for the 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

The national top eight seeds are UCLA (42-14), LSU (48-10), Louisville (43-16), Florida (44-16), Miami (Florida) (44-14), Illinois (47-8-1), TCU (43-11) and Missouri State (45-10). The top eight seed for Missouri State marks a first for a Missouri Valley Conference institution.

The ACC and SEC lead all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with seven. The Pac-12 has six institutions, while the Big 10 had a league-record five selected. [Read more…]

Saltdogs win home opener over Gary, third straight overall

Lincoln SaltdogsBehind solid pitching, prowling defense, and a few quick bursts of power, the Saltdogs (3-1) handled the Gary SouthShore RailCats (2-3) 5-1 in front of 3,912 fans on Opening Night at Haymarket Park Monday night.
Clad in their patriotic jerseys on Memorial Day, Lincoln capitalized on consecutive singles by Brian Joynt and Jon Gaston to open the fourth inning with a Curt Smith double and Mitch Canham sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead.
After Gary plated a two-out run in the fifth, C.J. Ziegler – who set a league record with 30 home runs in 2013 – blasted a solo home run to left center to lead off the sixth, his first in a Saltdogs uniform.

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Storm Chasers use long ball to rally for win over Tacoma

storm chasers logoThe Omaha Storm Chasers (22-23) used a pair of two-run homers in the eighth to put together a late comeback win over the Tacoma Rainiers (18-27) in the series opener 8-5. The Storm Chasers have won four of five games to start the homestand, and 13 of the last 17 meetings with the Rainiers overall.

Down 5-3 with one out in the eighth, the rally started with Lane Adams reaching on a fielding error by Tacoma third baseman Patrick Kivlehan. The next batter Dusty Coleman, with one career Triple-A home run and none before his blast this past Saturday, hit a game-tying two-run homer. After Whit Merrifield singled, Rey Fuentes smacked a two-run round-tripper of his own to give the Storm Chasers a 7-5 lead. Omaha added an insurance run on a Jose Martinez single later in the inning as the Chasers batted around. [Read more…]

Creighton baseball falls short in Big East title game

CU Connolly 2The Creighton Baseball dropped a hard fought 8-7 contest to St. John’s in the BIG EAST Championship game at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday, May 24.

With the win St. John’s (39-14) earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Bluejays finished the 2015 season at 32-19.

St. John’s jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after three innnings, then added another run in the fourth to build a 5-0 lead.

Refusing the lay down in their home ballpark, the Bluejays showed some life in the sixth by loading the bases on two singles and a two-out walk to sophomore Kevin Connolly. Although Creighton was unable to punch through in the frame, it was a sign of things to come in the seventh. [Read more…]

Storm Chasers three game winning streak halted in series finale

storm chasers logoThe Omaha Storm Chasers (21-23) failed to get their record back to .500 and could not finish off their first ever non-conference sweep in Werner Park history, as the Reno Aces (19-24) dealt Omaha their worst home loss of the season at 12-3. The 12 runs were the most allowed at home by the Chasers, and second most overall, in 2015.

Omaha starter Yohan Pino came into the game allowing just three runs (and two earned runs) in his 26.0 combined innings between Omaha and Kansas City, but was touched up for eight runs in only 3.2 innings of work. The major damage came in the third inning when Reno plated five runs, capped by Mike Freeman tripling with the bases loaded and scoring on the same play on an Omaha throwing error. Peter O’Brien smacked a two-run shot to essentially end Pino’s day, his team-leading 11th long ball of the season. [Read more…]