2012 College World Series
The Road to Omaha statue stands in front of the main entrance to TD Ameritrade Park, site of the 66th College World Series. Opening ceremonies were rained out.
Jeff Gelalich connects on a two-run single during a five-run first inning as the Bruins spoiled the Seawolves' CWS debut. Stony Brook had advanced to Omaha after stunning powerful LSU in a three-game super regional.
Kurt Heyer allowed one earned run over 7 2/3 innings to help boost the Wildcats in extra innings. It was the 12th straight start the Cardinals' sixth-round draft pick pitched into the eighth inning.
Joe Serrano collected three hits and Jake Wise added three RBIs as the Razorbacks cruised in their opener. Jimmy Rider homered in the sixth inning to account for Kent State's only run.
The two-time defending national champions trailed in the fifth inning until Erik Payne launched a bases-loaded triple and the Gamecocks' pitching staff made its stand. On Monday, South Carolina will take on Arkansas in a winners' bracket affair, with Florida facing Kent State in a Bracket Two elimination game.
The Seminoles capitalized on a throwing error to fuel a six-run third inning and end Stony Brook's surprise appearance in the CWS. Devon Travis went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs for Florida State, which will face UCLA on Tuesday in an elimination game.
Konner Wade threw a five-hitter, striking out four, as Arizona bested UCLA to remain undefeated in Bracket One. Seth Mejias-Brean and Bobby Brown had two RBIs in the Wildcats' four-run fourth inning. UCLA will take on Florida State Tuesday night in an elimination game.
Kent State ousted top-seeded Florida from the College World Series with a 5-4 victory. The Golden Flashes scored four unearned runs and picked up another on a wild pitch. The Gators became the 13th straight No. 1 seed to leave Omaha without the championship.
Ryne Stanek (pictured) and Barrett Astin combined on a four-hitter to help Arkansas earn a 2-1 victory over South Carolina and snap the Gamecocks' NCAA tournament record winning streak at 22 games.
Devon Travis slides around UCLA's Tyler Heineman for a fourth-inning run as the Seminoles prevailed in a Bracket One elimination game. Florida State (50-16) plays Arizona on Thursday, needing to beat the Wildcats twice to reach the championship round. No. 2 national seed UCLA (48-16) was knocked out a day after No. 1 Florida was eliminated from the opposite bracket.
In a game postponed from Wednesday, Michael Roth tossed a two-hitter to eliminate surprise Kent State. Roth (9-1) struck out eight and walked none, retiring 22 in a row at one point to keep the two-time defending national champions alive. The game lasted 2 hours, 7 minutes, the shortest at the CWS since 2003.
The Wildcats advanced to the College World Series finals for the first time since 1986 by blowing out the Seminoles. Freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt was pulled after he recorded just one out as Florida State used eight pitchers. Kurt Heyer (13-2) worked 7 1-3 innings while taking the national lead for wins for Arizona.
Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter as the Gamecocks won their second game of the day to force a deciding game with Arkansas on Friday, the winner advancing to play Arizona in the finals beginning Sunday.
Tim Carver was able to steal third, but the Hogs weren't able to steal a berth in the CWS finals, falling to Gamecocks for the second straight game. Two-time defending champion South Carolina will face Arizona in a best-of-3 series starting Sunday.
Konner Wade threw his third straight complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row and Arizona beat two-time defending national champion South Carolina 5-1 in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night. The Wildcats can win their fourth national baseball title with a victory on Monday night.
Brandon Dixon smashed a tie-breaking double to spark a three-run ninth inning for Arizona, helping the Wildcats defeat South Carolina 4-1 in Game 2 to sweep the College World Series final and clinch the program's fourth national championship. The win for Arizona prevented the Gamecocks from becoming the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive national titles.