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  • June 19: Cal.State - Fullerton, loser of close games to Oregon State and Florida, becomes the first team to be eliminated from the 2017 College World Series.

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    • Through June 20: Oregon State and Florida have advanced to the semi-finals, with their opponents yet to be determined.
      Texas A&M becomes the second team to be eliminated.

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      • June 21: Florida State waseliminated. Oregon State Vs. LSU will be one of the semi-finals.

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        • Well it looks like someone can beat Oregon State after all. Congratulations to LSU.
          27 World Championships
          22 retired numbers
          Isn't it great to be a Yankee fan?
          Baseball was, is, and always will be to me the best sport-Babe Ruth

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          • #1 nationaly ranked Oregon State is beaten by LSU two consecutive games and is denied a place in the finals.
            It's LSU vs .Florida in the finals on 6/26, 6/27 and if necessary 6/28.

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            • June 27: ......and once again, The Gators are college baseball's champions. Florida sweeps the LSU Tigers two games to none in the finals.
              But watch out for Wake Forest next year.

              P.S. Rice University (Houston, TX) had its only losing season this year in 26 years, under the leadership of College Baseball Hall Of Fame coach, Wayne Graham.

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              • Once again Florida is champions? It's their first championship.

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                • Congrats to Florida, only the fourth school to have championships in all three major team sports.
                  Check out my thread on the top 25 programs ever. It's a list I compiled 3 years ago. But I would like your comments.
                  27 World Championships
                  22 retired numbers
                  Isn't it great to be a Yankee fan?
                  Baseball was, is, and always will be to me the best sport-Babe Ruth

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                  • The 2018 NCAA season is under officially underway. The defending National Champion and preseason number #1 Florida Gators defeat Siena 7-1.


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                    • Mini Trophy promo giveaway fro Opening Night:



                      Bobby Cox & Tim Hudson were at game 2. Got to meet Bobby and shake his hand.

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                      • My kid was pulled form the crowd and asked to be CaptainK on Wed for the game.
                        Got some time on the video board, a sweet new t-shirt and a life-long memory.

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                        • Does anyone know why Penn State Baseball is doing soooo poorly? This year they are 8-24 and have been swept their last 4 3 game series'. They are currently 1-14 in their last 15 games. Last season was not much better as they posted an 18-37 record. They have such a great facility and such name recognition it would seem that recruiting would not be too hard as compared to other northeast and midwest schools. What's going on with baseball in happy valley?

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                          • Originally posted by Floridaguy View Post
                            Does anyone know why Penn State Baseball is doing soooo poorly? This year they are 8-24 and have been swept their last 4 3 game series'. They are currently 1-14 in their last 15 games. Last season was not much better as they posted an 18-37 record. They have such a great facility and such name recognition it would seem that recruiting would not be too hard as compared to other northeast and midwest schools. What's going on with baseball in happy valley?
                            Just looking at their schedule, I would say the the main culprit is pitching. In 7 of 33 games this year, Penn State pitching has giving up 10 or more runs, all losses. Just this weekend alone, they allowed 19 and 14 runs in two of the three losses to Michigan.

                            Having a good facility does not automatically yield quality recruits. Penn State, or any other northern school, will never gets top flight recruits like a Miami, Texas, LSU and other southern schools, which makes Coach Cooper's job more difficult. A majority of kids do not want to play in cold weather climates.

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                            • Steve, it would be hard to disagree that pitching is a problem at Penn State. They do give up a lot of runs at times. Hitting is also a big problem as their hitters are hitting over 60 points worse than the opponents. They have 4 starters with batting averages of .200 or under! I disagree that recruiting is tougher for them because they are a northern school. The last 4 series that they were swept in were all to other northern schools that would have exactly the same issues recruiting as they do. Penn State has only beaten Minnesota 2 games in 4 years. Are you saying that it's easier to recruit in Minnesota than Pa? Also, there are other northern schools with far better records than 8-25, St. Johns is doing very well for example with a 26-10 record. Any other ideas anyone as to why Penn State has done so poorly?
                              Last edited by Floridaguy; 04-23-2018, 06:36 AM.

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                              • It will be an odd college world series with no schools representing California reaching the final eight and the college world series, as the last California school, Cal. State Fullerton was eliminated in the Super Regionals yesterday. However, the other Pacific Coast states in the lower 48 will be represented with Washington and Oregon State advancing to the CWS. North Carolina and Mississippi State are also heading to Omaha, with the remaining four spots in the CWS to be decided by today's games..

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