2007 NCAA Charlottesville All-Tournament Team
DH - Todd Frazier, Rutgers
C - Beau Seabury, Virginia
1B - Jordan Lennerton, Oregon State
2B - Joey Wong, Oregon State
3B - Lonnie Lechett, Oregon State
SS - Darwin Barney, Oregon State
OF - James Conrad, Lafayette
OF - Chris Hopkins, Oregon State
OF - Dave Williams, Rutgers
P - Joe Paterson, Oregon State
P - Sean Doolittle, Virginia
Most Outstanding Player - Joe Paterson, Oregon State
OSU will be advancing to the Super Regionals for the third straight year after knocking off first-seeded Virginia 7-3 to win the Charlottesville Regional. The Beavers will host Michigan in a three-game series that will start on Saturday in Corvallis.
Oregon State won three straight games in which it could have been eliminated.
Virginia has now reached the NCAA Tournament four straight years, but has yet to advance to a Super Regional.
OSU leads 5-3 after two innings. Lonnie Lechelt hit his second home run of the weekend to lead off the inning and OSU then loaded the bases. Jacob Thompson came in to replace Casey Lambert and allowed a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left off the bat of Darwin Barney. Two batters later, Jason Ogata singled to right, scoring Chris Hopkins. Joey Wong was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
Virginia responded to OSU's two-spot in the first with three runs in the second to take a one-run lead. Beau Seabury, who had led off the inning with a single, scored on a two-out wild pitch by Stutes. Tim Henry then looped a base hit down the left line to drive in two.
With one out and runners on first and second, Mike Lissman hit a line drive just inside the right field foul line for a RBI double. Jason Ogata then grounded out to second base, driving in a second run.
The crowd is trickling in and the grounds crew is watering the field in preparation for noon's decisive showdown between UVA and OSU. Casey Lambert, who pitched 6 2/3 innings in relief on Saturday, willl start for the Cavaliers while Mike Stutes, who started for OSU on Saturday, will take the ball again today.
OSU was trailing 3-1 in the top of the 8th when light-hitting Chris Hopkins (1 HR on the season) came to the plate. The junior center fielder came through big-time for the Beavers, sending a towering shot over the wall in left-center. Inspired by their teammate, the Beavs went on to score two more runs that inning and one in the ninth to force a decisive championship game on Tuesay at noon.
Charlottesville: Championship game scheduled for noon tomorrow
UVA and OSU will meet at noon to determine who moves on to the Super Regionals. Neither coach has chosen a starting pitcher yet. With the Vandy loss, Virginia would host a Super Regional against Michigan if the Cavs advance.
Oregon State has scored four runs in the past two innings to take a 5-3 lead. Joe Paterson is on the mound right now in the bottom of the ninth, looking to shut down the Cavaliers, and set up a winner-take-all showdown tomorrow at noon.
The Beavers narrowed Virginia's lead to two, 3-1, on a bizzare play in the top of the sixth. With no outs and runners on first and second, Mike Lissman hit a ground ball to UVA third baseman Patrick Wingfield. Wingfield tagged third for one out before making an errant throw to first base. Darwin Barney, who had been at first at the start of the play, sped around the bases but Wingfield got in his way at third. The umpire called interference and Barney was awarded home.
Jake Rule is now pitching for Virginia.
Virginia scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the ice here in Charlottesville. The big hit was a two-run single to right by Mike Mitchell. OSU's Braden Wells almost made the catch but pulled up just short on the sinking line drive. The ball bounced away from him and Beau Seabury and Jeremy Farrell scored easily. Later in the inning, Tyler Cannon drove a double over the head of Wells to the warning track, driving in Mitchell.
Turpen was replaced by Blake Keitman after the Mitchell single.
A lively capacity crowd is on hand at Davenport Field as the Cavaliers square against Oregon State. With a victory, Virginia would advance to its first Super Regional appearance in school history. Junior left-hander Pat McAnaney (2-0) is on the mound for the Wahoos while Daniel Turpen (9-1), who pitched the final three innings of this afternoon's game, is on the hill for the Beavers.
Charlottesville: OSU eliminates Rutgers with a 5-2 victory
Jorge Reyes pitched six strong innings and Daniel Turpen, for the second time this weekend, threw three innings of solid relief, as the Beavers advanced to play first-seeded Virginia this evening at 6 p.m. Rutgers, the Big East regular season co-champion and the winner of the Big East Tournament, finished its season with a 42-21 record.
In the top of the fifth, the Scarlet Knights pushed across their first run of the day on a two-out base hit to center off the bat of Ryan Hill. After Dave Williams followed with a single, OSU's Reyes was able to work out of the jam by inducing a fielders choice groundball to the shortstop.
OSU tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Scott Santschi scored the first run of the inning when he sprinted home after RU catcher Frank Meade made an errant throw back to RU pitcher Matt Giannini. Jordan Lennerton, who had reached base on an error by RU third baseman Tim Querns, later scored on a RBI base hitby Joey Wong.
Rutgers committed three errors in the first four innings, not something you'd expect from a club fighting to keep its season alive.
The Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Rutgers defensive miscue. Catcher Frank Meade threw the ball into centerfield trying to gun down Jason Ogata at second. Chris Hopkins, who had stolen third on the double steal, jogged home.
Charlottesville: Rutgers-OSU about to get underway
The Star Spangled Banner has been sung and Day Three of action in Cville is about to get started. In the 1 p.m. elimination game, RU's Matt Giannini (5-4) faces off against OSU's Jorge Reyes (4-3) as the Scarlet Knights and Beavers fight for the right to play Virginia this evening at 6 p.m.
In response to a comment below, teams are able to reset their 25 man rosters between the Regionals and Super Regionals and between the Super Regionals and CWS.
At a press confrence ealry this evening, Virginia coach Brian O'Connor updated the media on the conditions of two Cavaliers injured in last night's win over Oregon State. Senior right fielder Brandon Marsh was hit by a pitch early in the game and suffered a fractured rest. He will be available only for pinch running duties. Junior left fielder Brandon Guyer will have a MRI tomorrow on his left shoulder, which he dislocated sliding into home last night in the fifth inning. In all liklihood, he will not play again this season.
It's beginning to look a bit doubtful if any baseball will be played in Charlottesville today. The rain is still falling at a decent clip and does not look like it will let up soon.
On another note, with Vanderbilt in trouble in Nashville after last night's loss, Virginia fans are beginning to get excited about the possibility of the Cavaliers hosting a Super Regional next weekend.
There will only be one game today in Charlottesville. Rutgers will face Oregon State in an elimination game at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will play Virginia at 1 p.m. on Monday and again at 6 if necessary.
John Scaglione, David Adams and Beau Seabury hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles in the top of the 13th inning and Casey Lambert shut down the Beavers in the bottom of the inning to give Virginia a 7-4 win in 13 innings. The game lasted just under 5 hours. Most of the capacity crowd is still here and going nuts.
Virginia was one out away from sealing a 4-3 victory in the 10th when OSU's Mitch Canham tied the score with a line drive that deflected off of first baseman Sean Doolittle, driving in Chris Hopkins. The crowd is sticking around and rooting hard for Virginia.
A RBI base hit to center field by Patrick Wingfield tied the score 3-3. In the bottom of the inning with one out and a runner on second, Thompson was pulled for Casey Lambert who retired the next two hitters.
Virginia tied the score 2-2 on a suicide squeeze by Beau Seabury. But the run came at a steep price as Brandon Guyer hurt his left shoulder sliding in safely at home and had to leave the game. Guyer is Virginia's biggest power threat at the plate. During the inning, Stutes' deliberate pace prompted UVA fans to chant "Throw the ball"
In the bottom of the first, OSU scored twice to take a one run lead. Virginia's ace Jacob Thompson issued three straight walks, including one with the bases loaded. Jordan Lennerton drove in the second run with a groundball to the first baseman.
Virginia got on the board in the top of the first inning on a RBI bloop basehit to left field by Sean Doolittle. OSU starter Mike Stutes expended a lot of energy (throwing at least 30 pitches) but was able to escape further damage by inducing Beau Seabury to pop up to the catcher with runners on first and third.
Charlottesville: Rutgers in trouble against Lafayette
Lafayette scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. James Conrad and Chris Luick hit back-to-back triples, followed by a single by Mike Raible. Jason Downey has come in to replace RU's starting pitcher Casey Gaynor. Rutgers just got a run back to pull within 4-3.
Day 2 of baseball in Charlottesville is going to get underway in about an hour and a half. Here's how the teams stand heading into today's action.
No. 1 seed Virginia - The Cavaliers are clearly in the driver's seat after yesterday's 5-1 win over Lafayette. Virginia will be sending its ace, sophomore righty Jacob Thompson, to the mound this evening. Thompson is 11-0 with a 1.35 ERA. Opposing teams are batting .193 off of him. If somehow he should falter, the bullpen is tanned, rested and ready.
No. 2 seed Rutgers - The Scarlet Knights have some work to do after last night's 5-1 loss to Oregon State. But last week, Rutgers was able to bounce back from a loss to Louisville early in the Big East Tournament and go on to win the conference title.
No. 3 Oregon State - The Beavers looked solid in their win over Rutgers. Tonight's game against Virginia should be a good one. The two teams are very similar, in that they are well-coached clubs with strong pitching that will not overpower you offensively on most nights.
No. 4 Lafayette - So long Leopards! It was nice to know you guys but you will be going home today after the early game. You just dont have the offensive pop in your lineup needed to compete with the big boys.
Charlottesville: Oregon State leading 5-1 in the seventh inning
It's stretch time again in Charlottesville and Oregon State is controlling Rutgers 5-1. Joe Paterson is pitching phenomenally. In the second through fifth innings, he retired 12 of the 13 hitters that he faced. The big hit for the Beavers was a two-run double off the bat of John Wallace in the fifth inning that gave OSU a three-run lead.
Charlottesville: Oregon State up 2-1 in the fourth
Rutgers is lucky that Oregon State only leads by one. The Beavers have left six runners on base, four of whom were in scoring position. The crowd is decent, considering UVA is not playing. The Rutgers faithful have gotten a "Let's Go Rutgers" chant going several times. Paterson has retired nine straight Rutgers hitters.
We're in the bottom of the first inning here in Charlottesville as the Scarlet Knights square off against the Beavers. Steve Healing retired the side in order in the top of the first. His counterpart from Oregon State, Joe Paterson, is currently working against Ryan Hill. It looks like the rain will hold off although there could be an isolated rumble of thunder or two. Rutgers brought a nice contingent of fans to Cville.
Jake Rule came in for 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief work to preserve Virginia's win. Lafayette threatened in the top of the ninth but Rule got Bierce to ground out to end the game with runners on first and second. The sky is getting a little overcast. Hopefully the 8 p.m. game (Rutgers vs. Oregon State) will be able to be played.
Charlottesville: Virginia cruising at stretch time
Sean Doolittle is pitching a gem for the Cavaliers, who lead 5-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The junior left-hander has retired the side the past two innings. With a victory today, Doolittle would set a new school record for career wins with 22. Brandon Marsh, David Adams and Beau Seabury have multiple hits for Virginia.
Charlottesville: Doolittle works out of jam in fourth
Lafayette put runners on first and second with no one out in the top of the fourth but was unable to push across a run. Virginia got out of the inning on a "strike'em out, throw'em out" play at third. The Leopards, who love to run, are 0-2 so far on steal attempts.
Virginia lit up Lafayette's senior left-hander Matt Kamine for four runs in the bottom of the first. Two batters after Guyer's three-run blast, Beau Seabury extended Virginia's lead to four with a RBI double off the wall in left-center.
Virginia's Sean Doolittle just struck out Lafayette's James Conrad to get things underway at the Charlottesville Regional. It's a beautiful day for baseball here in central Virginia and a large crowd is on hand for the festivities. Matt Kamine will toe the rubber for the Leopards when Virginia comes to bat in the bottom of the inning.
With the nation's eighth-ranked team, the Big East champions, the defending national champions and an up-and-coming Patriot League squad going at each other for a berth in the Super Regionals, it should be a compelling and entertaining weekend of baseball at the Charlottesville Regional. Check out the capsules below for a brief taste of what each team brings to the table.