Sorenson: CWS Opening Weekend In Pictures At The Ballpark
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OMAHA — The first two days of the College World Series are done and we’ve got four winners and four losers. But in the images department, everyone is a winner because this stage, this stadium and these teams offer numerous snapshot opportunities.
Here are a few of the best from the first two days of games at TD Ameritrade Park.
UC Santa Barbara’s Shane Bieber was spot-on for nearly all of his outing vs. Oklahoma State, holding the Cowboys to six hits and one run.
… but Cowboy starter Thomas Hatch was a bit better, going all nine innings, striking out seven and holding the Gauchos to five hits and zero runs.
“YES!…” OSU catcher Collin Theroux appears to agree with home plate umpire Joe Burleson.
If Corey Hassel looks excited it’s because he knows how important his run vs. UCSB was. Yee-haw Pokes.
Try as they may, be it superstition or silliness, the Gauchos hat tricks did them no good in the comeback attempt vs. OSU.
The conquering hero. OSU’s Garrett Benge earned the game-winning RBI.
The tongue-wagging Michael Mediavilla had a rough first inning vs. Arizona, giving up two walks, two plunkings, one hit and three runs.
“I got this bro”Miami second baseman Johnny Ruiz didn’t seem all that thrilled over Willie Abreu calling him off for a pop-up in shallow right.
… but Abreu made amends soon after by making a nice lunging grab of a liner to the meadow.
Arizona made everything look easy in the early goings against Miami. I mean, Cody Ramer didn’t even need to slide into home, but he felt so relaxed, he did it anyway.
Nathan Bannister looked skyward for some inspiration. He must’ve found it because he had 11 Ks in the win over Miami.
… one of his victims was Edgar Michelangeli who got caught looking twice. And that’s probably karma related due to his Super Regional antics vs. Boston College.
Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock checks out his lineup for the game vs. TCU. Looks like his son has a front row seat.
Eric Gutierrez gets his TD Ameritrade introduction. Welcome to the promised land Holmes. You deserve it.
The Red Raiders storm the TD Ameritrade field for the start of the game.
Texas Tech third baseman Hunter Hargrove takes a painful dose just above the knee. Ouchie-Mama.
Tanner Gardner gets a couple of “safe” sings to choose from as he slides his way under the tag of TCU’s Evan Skoug.
Texas Tech catcher Tyler Floyd decides to do some yoga on the side during the game vs. TCU. Okay, I’m kidding, he was diving for a foul ball, I promise.
Evan Skoug admires Luken Baker’s game-winning home run. His natural reaction was to indicate his thoughts of where his team should be ranked.
Texas Tech pitcher Robert Dugger can only watch as TCU mountain man Luken Baker celebrates his three-run bingo-bango-bongo.
Then the two Frogs gather at home plate ad bash it out.
Frogs Up!TCU moves on to play the winner’s bracket game vs. CCU after the win over Texas Tech.
In Sunday’s nightcap, Coastal Carolina starting pitcher Andrew Beckwith kept Florida confused and confounded all throughout his complete game seven-hitter with seven Ks against that vaunted Florida batting order.
Beckwith proved his value on the defensive side of things as well, for instance when he covered first base here and got a wild throw he had to wrangle in himself to make the out.
The always high-energy Anthony Marks went 2-for-5 on the night, including the run that put CCU ahead early in the game.
Joe Burleson had the honor of making the first call under video review for the College World Series, which turned out to supply the Chanticleers with their game-winning run.
Michael Paez gets out of the way of some chin music from another Florida reliever who went head-hunting. Three times in the Sunday game a UofF reliever entered the game and hit a batter, making for his early exit.
Florida first baseman Peter Alonso had to use all his tools and skills to negate that Coastal base speed, including doing the splits to obtain an out. Although it looked rather painful, don’tcha think?
Florida center fielder Buddy Reed had a hard time wrangling Zach Remillard’s charge off the wall, which scored a run and put CCU up to stay.
IT IS DONE!Andrew Beckwith gives a fist-pump as the final out of the game is recorded in the 2-1 stunner over National No. 1 Florida.