Upsets rule the 2010 College World Series. The top two teams, Arizona State and Florida, have already been eliminated, while unranked Clemson remains unbeaten.
UCLA stands in good shape as the other unbeaten team. The Bruins brought their bats and their pitching to the tournament. They defeated fourth ranked Gators 11 to 3, and then knocked off TCU. They await the winner of the game between Florida State University and TCU.
The Seminoles questionable pitching staff got pounded by the TCU bats and lost the first game 8 to 1. TCU had some jitters in the first inning, accounting for Florida States' only run. Matt Purke for TCU looked great with seven strikeouts in seven innings and allowing only four hits. The Seminoles used six pitchers in the game. TCU did most of their damage against the Seminoles' starting pitcher, Sean Gilmartin. His record of 9 and 7 made him an interesting selection for an opening game of the College World Series.
In the Seminoles' second game, they sent the lack luster Gators home. The Gators tried to rally late but came up a little short losing 8-5. Florida State owned the Gators this season, beating them four out of five meetings. The Seminoles indicate they will start John Gast in their next game against TCU.
This is the first College World Series for the TCU Horned Frogs. They had a great first game against the Seminoles and lost to a tenacious UCLA team. To get to the final round, they have to beat the Seminoles and then defeat the Bruins twice. The difficult decision for TCU will be when to pitch Matt Purke again.
The unranked Clemson Tigers knocked off the top seed Arizona State 6-3. The Sun Devils had their ace on the mound, Seth Blair. He was 12-0 coming into the game, but he had trouble finding the strike zone. He walked four out of twelve batters giving the Tigers a 3 -1 lead that State could not overcome.
The gutsy underdog Clemson currently leads the unbeaten Oklahoma Sooners 6-1 in a weather-delayed game. The loser will play the South Carolina Gamecocks in an elimination game.
In a closely contested opening game South Carolina lost to Oklahoma 4-3. This game suffered over six hours of rain delays, making it tough on the players and fans. South Carolina managed to load the bases in the eighth and ninth innings, but only scored one run off all those base runners.
South Carolina eliminated the Sun Devils in their next game by a score of 11-4. Merrill Kelly (10-3) gave up eight runs in the second inning. Jack Bradley for the Gamecocks went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs, extending his hitting streak to eighteen games.
There is still plenty of baseball excitement left at the College World Series, and six teams remain. As of now the UCLA Bruins are in the best position to take it all. They need one more win against either FSU or TCU to make it to the final round.Powered by Sidelines