College World Series weekend update

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June 24th, 2011

Omaha, NE – After a week’s worth of baseball at the 2011 College World Series – we are down to four teams – Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt. The domination of the tournament by the Southeastern Conference should be no surprise to anyone — with the South, the SEC in particular, being considered the biggest hotbed for baseball talent in the country.

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College World Series comes to a head (Photo by Josh Korth)

One of Friday’s two games included a Florida and Vanderbilt game that matched two teams who were anything but strangers. Florida had four wins in five games against the Commodores this year including a 3-1 win in this year’s CWS, heading into Friday’s game. Vanderbilt ace pitcher Grayson Garvin was handed just his 2nd loss of the year this week against the Gators. It was no consolation but Grayson struck out 9 batters in the loss.

The other match-up is Friday night, and that pits Virginia and South Carolina in a rematch of a game that was played earlier this week. The previous game was dominated by Gamecocks’ pitching and resulted in a 7-1 win for South Carolina. Junior Michael Roth is slated to pitch tonight for South Carolina after throwing 124 pitches in win against Texas A&M Sunday, but it shouldn’t be a problem – as he did the same thing in last year’s College World Series without fail.

Barring an unexpected upset this weekend, Florida should take on South Carolina in the best of three Championship Series which starts Monday night.

Those who didn't make it into the the game enjoy the beer gardens near the stadium. (Photo Courtesy Josh Korth)

Fans who didn't get into the stadium enjoyed games that surrounded the stadium. (Photo by Josh Korth)

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