College World Series underway in Omaha
June 15th, 2015
The start of the 69th annual College World Series got underway this past weekend at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. KVNO Newsâ€™ Brandon McDermott was there as the eight teams took to the diamond, for a chance at CWS glory.
Omaha, NE – Thousands of fans went out to the ballpark in OmahaÂÂ this weekend. The preparation and details were over for the eight teams in the 2015 College World Series. The only thing left to do, was play ball.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/final.mp3]
University of Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn took Nebraska to the CWS in 2001 and 2002 as head coach.
â€œThe field is narrowing down, just relax and play the game, itâ€™s still baseball,â€ Van Horn said. â€œYou have to find a way to keep yourself calm. Itâ€™s different for each individual. So many times coaches come up here and the next thing you know you are at home and you really didnâ€™t have that good a time because you didnâ€™t relax. You have to relax, enjoy the moment and understand how hard it is to get here.
The 7th overall pick by the Boston Red Sox in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, Andrew Benintendi, took Van Hornâ€™s advice.
With Arkansas down 3-2 to Virginia in the 5th Saturday, Benintendi took one pitch for a ball, and then he hammered a home-run 372 feet to the bull-pen in right field, tying the game. But Virginia went ahead 4-3 in the 8th, tacking on an insurance run in the 9th to secure the victory and head to the winnerâ€™s bracket.
In game two between the University of Florida and the University of Miami, the Hurricanes led 2-1 heading to the fourth. That is when the bottom fell out for Miami. It started with a lead-off walk and throwing error, then seven singles, a double and a sacrifice later â€“ Florida was in a commanding 12-2 lead.
The Gators would go on to win 13-2. They play Virginia Monday night at 7 p.m. in the winnerâ€™s bracket. Arkansas and Miami will play Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the loserâ€™s bracket.
In game three Sunday Texas Christian University took on Louisiana State University. LSUâ€™s left-handed pitcher Jared Poche struck out the side in the top of the first. However back-to-back errors by Poche along with two walks and a hit batter allowed TCU to score four hits on two singles in the 5th and another 4 runs in the 7th giving them a commanding 10-1 lead.
The Horned Frogs would go on to win the game by a score of 10 to 3.
Game four was between Cal-State Fullerton and the reigning NCAA champions Vanderbilt University. Fullerton stormed ahead 3-0 but it was Mother Nature who had a storm of her own. The game was suspended until 11 a.m. Monday because of severe thunderstorms were moving through the Omaha area.
The final winnerâ€™s and loserâ€™s bracket games will be determined following Monday morningâ€™s game.