Note & Thoughts On Sunday’s Action In Omaha
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Game 3 – South Carolina 4-8-0, Oklahoma 3-9-0
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Game 4 – Arizona State vs. Clemson-The game has been moved to a 10:08 am start time Monday morning.
- The game was halted in the middle of the 6th inning with Oklahoma leading 3-2. The game resumed at 9 pm CT after a 2:01 rain/lightning delay.
- Gamecock starter Blake Cooper did not return to the mound after the delay. Michael Roth went to the mound instead for his 34th appearance of the season. Cooper gave-up three earned runs on six hits in 5 IP with five strikeouts and one walk. He threw 67 pitches with 48 of them strikes.
- Oklahoma starter Michael Rocha did not return after the delay either. He was relieved by Jeremy Erben. Rocha gave-up two runs on solo home runs in 6 IP. He had two strikeouts with three walks and threw 86 pitches, including 47 strikes.
- A lot of strategy was going on in the bottom of the 7th inning. Sunny Golloway sent pinch-hitter Ricky Eisenberg to the plate for Eric Ross. As soon as John Taylor got Eisenberg to line to second base the Gamecocks called-on Steven Neff to face fellow lefty Chris Ellison, who filed to centerfield. That prompted Ray Tanner to call upon Jose Mata go get Max White to line to second base. So to that point after the delay South Carolina had used four relievers to get six outs.
- You think maybe all this rain and lightning is Johnny Rosenblatt getting his revenge for moving the event he brought to Omaha out of the stadium that bears his name?
- Oklahoma and South Carolina played for just the second time ever today. The first and only time they played previously was in 2007. South Carolina won 13-2.
- The Sooners have won 14 of their last 16 games coming into Sunday’s game. They were 3-0 when they hosted the Norman Regional with a win over Oral Roberts and two wins vs. North Carolina. OU lost its Super Regional opener at Virginia only to win games two and three by a combined 21-7 score.
- The last time UNC was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament during Regional play was in 2005 in Gainesville. The Tar Heels had been to Omaha four straight times prior to being eliminated by the Sooners. Florida also advanced to the CWS from its Regional in ’05
- Since losing four of its last five games prior to the NCAA Tournament South Carolina is a perfect 5-0 so far this year in NCAA play. The Gamecocks swept through Bucknell, The Citadel and Virginia Tech in Regional play and then beat Coastal Carolina in two one-run games at the Myrtle Beach Super Regional.
- Reese’s and Hy-Vee Supermarkets are donating $200 to Boys Town in Omaha for every home run hit during the College World Series. TCU’s Bryan Holaday and Florida’s Josh Adams each homered on day one of the CWS. South Carolina’s Christian Walker & Jackie Bradley, Jr. and OU’s Caleb Bushyhead & Garret Buechele have also gone deep today.
- Buechele’s HR to lead-off the bottom of the 8th was a MOON SHOT. It was the thunder to the lightning that was flashing around Rosenblatt all night. The blast nearly left the stadium, but landed in front of the giant scoreboard in left field. They should donate $600 to Boys Town for Buechele’s blast.
- Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops is in the house today to see OU’s first CWS game since 1995.
- Paul Fiarkoski, who is helping us with our coverage of the CWS, met an interesting person outside in the stadium today. Jim Monaghan told Paul that he played in the very first game ever played at Rosenblatt Stadium. It was a youth game played in 1948…two years before the CWS moved to Omaha from Kalamazoo, MI.
- Jim also told Paul that he paid $550 for his pair of tickets for this year’s College World Series. How much has he paid for his tickets for next year’s CWS at the new downtown stadium? $3,300…can you say STICKER SHOCK!?!
- Just realize I haven’t mentioned it yet, so Happy Father’s Day! Starting with my day Jim, who was here with my family and I last year. My son’s Scrappers baseball team was playing in the Omaha Slumpbuster Tournament here last year and we all had a blast. They were supposed to come back this year, but didn’t get to due to some logistical issues. So happy Father’s Day as well to the Scrapper dads who didn’t get to make the return visit to Omaha this year: Tom Lane, Don Milliser, Hal Farmwald, and Rob Coffel!
- ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Robin Ventura were seen out in the Old Market area in Omaha Saturday night with a couple of body guards as well. No…they were not dancing.
- Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry was in the Rosenblatt press box tonight.
- The announced attendance of Sunday’s game was 22,800. The total attendance through three games is 69,755 for a three game average of 23,252. It’s about 3,000 behind last year’s average for the first three games.