June 04, 2007

Fayetteville: Wrapping It All Up

We've finished things up here at the 2007 Fayetteville Regional, won this year by Oklahoma State.

Here are some final thoughts on what all we've seen this weekend....

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Fayetteville: Post-Game From the Finale

Dave Van Horn doesn't mince words. Ever. Tonight, after Oklahoma State's 7-6 win, he kept things simple, while giving praise to the victorious Cowboys.

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Fayetteville: Chatting With the RBI Girls

We couldn't finish out our coverage here in Fayetteville without talking with the tournament's top dancers: the Arkansas..oops..I mean NCAA Regional RBI Girls.

As the CSTV television crew spoke with captain Rachel Smithson, who has now been in two blogs, three online videos and now an on-air clip for CSTV (that's got to be a CSTV record for a cheerleader) we decided to talk to some of the newer RBI Girls, who are experiencing a regional for their first time.

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Fayetteville: Region's All-Tournament Team

Here's the 2007 Fayetteville Regional All-Tournament Team, dominated with players from the champion Oklahoma State Cowboys...

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June 03, 2007

Fayetteville: Cowboys Win Regional

For the second straight year, the #3 seed has won the Fayetteville Regional.

Arkansas got the tying run at first, as Casey Coon hit an infield single with two outs. However, Jeff Nutt struck out swinging, and Oklahoma State has won the Fayetteville Regional and will advance to meet the winner of Missouri and Louisville in the Super Regionals.

The crowd is emptying fast, as what seemed to be a very promising year for Arkansas has ended in utter disappointment, while what seemed to be a collapsing year for Oklahoma State just found new life.

Arkansas ends their season at 43-21. Oklahoma State improves to 41-19 on the year.

We'll be back with the following...
*All-Tournament Team results
*Post-Game Reactions
*Feature with two of the RBI Girls
*Final Wrap-Up from this weekend.

Once again, Oklahoma State has captured the Fayetteville Regional, defeating the Razorbacks 7-6.

Fayetteville: Here We Go...Bottom of the 9th

The crowd is calling those Hogs one more time, hoping for some last inning heroics at Baum.

Arkansas trails Okla. State 7-6, and we're down to the last three outs in this game.

They've just handed out the All-Tournament Team ballots. I filled mine in, but I might be ripping it up by the end of the night, if Arkansas has anything to say about it.

Tschepikow, Forsythe and Coon will face Jordy Mercer in the bottom of the ninth. We're down to this here in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville: Hogs Down to Last Three Outs

Jake Dugger sent a blast to right, but it was caught at the warning track, and Oklahoma State is now just three outs away from a regional.

Brian McLelland is back on the mound for Arkansas, and will try to give the Razorbacks a chance to tie or win this game in the bottom of the ninth.

The 8-9-1 batters for the Cowboys are up in the top of the ninth, and they lead it 7-6.

Fayetteville: Hogs Cut Lead to One

Danny Hamblin reached base on a throw that went way over Rebel Ridling's head and into the pitcher's dugout, sending Hamblin to second. With two outs, Brian Walker doubled to the power alley, making it a 7-5 game.

2 outs, Walker's on second, and Jacob Julius is the tying run at the plate. Julius smacks it to center field, Walker scores...and it's 7-6 now with Julius on first and two outs. The go ahead run is at the plate in the form of Jake Dugger.

Stay tuned, as hog calls are once again filling the air...

Fayetteville: Six Outs Left for Razorbacks

Arkansas got Jeff Nutt on first with a walk, but couldn't get anything else. We head to the eighth with Okla. State leading 7-4, and just six outs away from winning the Fayetteville Regional.

The fans aren't leaving just yet...attendance is 8,128 for this game. The average attendance per game at this regional has been 6,452, which leads all regionals at this point.

The Cowboys bat in the top of the eighth, up three runs.

Fayetteville: The Final Stretch??

We're in the middle of the seventh, with Oklahoma State still leading Arkansas 7-4.

Arkansas needs a lot of help, as OSU's Josh Fritsche so far has shut them down. The top of the Razorback order will come up in the seventh. Fritsche's painted the corners, and frustrated Arkansas batters.

It's crunch time in Fayetteville...the fans are trying to do whatever they can. Will it be enough to get them another day?

Fayetteville: OSU Adds to Lead

The Cowboys have upped their lead on Arkansas in the top of the sixth. Matt Mangini doubled off the wall in right center, advanced to third on a sac bunt by Rebel Ridling, and scored on a sac fly by Jordy Mercer. Casey Coon's relay throw was on the money, but Brian Walker couldn't handle it.

Arkansas needs runs in the bottom of the sixth. It's usually known as the AQ Chicken Winning Inning during regular season games at Baum. They need this to be a winning inning for them. Time's running out on the Hogs.

7-4 Oklahoma State

Fayetteville: Inches Away

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Jeff Nutt hit a blast to deep center that bounced off the wall for a double. Danny Hamblin then came up and smoked one to deep left...it looked gone, it seemed gone. Had it been this afternoon, it would've been gone. However, the ball fell short, as Ty Wright caught it against the wall, and the Cowboys head to the sixth up 6-4.

Evan Cox faces the 5-6-7 hitters from Oklahoma State. For the sake of Hog morale, he needs to set them down in order..or at least keep the score as is.

Fayetteville: Another 3-Run HR for Cowboys

Two on, two out, and a full count to Ty Wright.

Evan Cox first fired to second, and it appeared they had Dusty Harvard out at second. However, the ump ruled him safe, sending the Hogs back into the dugout, and Wright sent the next pitch into the stands in left for a three-run homer. It's the second one of the day for OSU, and those hits alone have them up 6-4.

Again, the Hogs will have to find their way out of a hole. Those homers are just killing them right now.

Fayetteville: Cowboys Threatening in Fifth

Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn has walked out to talk to Richards, after he walked Keanon Simon to put runners on first and second with just one out, and Corey Brown coming to the plate.

This is a huge inning for momentum right now. Arkansas needs to shut the door on the Cowboys this inning, while the Cowboys hope to tie this up.

Fayetteville: Arkansas Gets Lead Back

Just as I finished typing the last post, the Hogs grabbed the lead back in style.

Jake Dugger flew out to center, and the throw to the plate kept Walker at third. However, Ryan Flavell fell down while catching the relay throw, and the ball bounced away. Walker then charged for home. Matt Mangini grabbed the ball and fired it back to Flavell at home, but it bounced away again, allowing Walker to score and give Arkansas a 4-3 lead as we head to the fifth.

The crowd roared in appreciation, as the Razorbacks piled out of the dugout to greet Walker. The fans are back in this game, and Stephen Richards heads to the mound trying to keep Arkansas ahead in the top of the fifth.

Fayetteville: Hogs Answer In The Fourth

The Razorbacks, needing an answer to Oklahoma State's 3-run homer, answered in the bottom of the fourth.

Danny Hamblin opened the inning with a single to left. After Qayne Hrozek flied out to deep right, Brian Walker singled to left, moving Hamblin to second. Tim Smalling followed with a bloop single to right, and Corey Brown's throw home went past both Hamblin and Cowboy C Ryan Flavell. Hamblin scored, Walker and Smalling moved to third and second, respectively, and Arkansas has tied it 3-3 with one out.

Josh Fristche has come into the game for OSU, replacing Breedlove. The question is now if the Hogs can get the lead back.

Fayetteville: One Swing Gives Cowboys Lead

The one thing that's deadly about Oklahoma State is that they can score at any time. With a double by Jordy Mercer, and a walk of Keanon Simon, Corey Brown stepped up and absolutely pummeled a shot that went over the scoreboard in right center. The crowd has again fallen silent, as Oklahoma State now leads the game 3-2.

Just so you know, the scoreboard is 39 feet high, so hitting it over that is one heck of a shot, given that the scoreboard is behind the 375' power alley in right center.

Chris Rhoads is leaving the game after that monster shot, as Dave Van Horn is going with a southpaw. Freshman Stephen Richards has entered the game as the new Arkansas pitcher.

The Razorbacks will have to play comeback to win this one. Ty Wright bats with two outs, now up a run.

Fayetteville: Bat, Coaches Ejected

That's right, folks, we've had a bat ejection from the game in the top of the second.

Tyler Mach stepped up to the plate when home plate ump Steve Mattingly asked to see the bat. After inspection, Mattingly told Mach that he couldn't use the bat. Frank Anderson came out of the dugout to argue, but to no avail.

Chris Rhoads got the first two batters to ground to short before Rebel Ridling singled to right. The ball was bobbled by Wayne Hrozek, and Ridling charged for second. However, Hrozek's throw to Tim Smalling was on the money, and Ridling was tagged out to end the inning.

Arkansas heads to the bottom of the second, still up 2-0.

After the inning, Frank Anderson came to argue more with the ump. Anderson got tossed, followed by Oklahoma State's asst. coach Greg Evans, who stepped in the ump's way and wouldn't leave when asked.

The crowd is ROCKING right now in Fayetteville!

Fayetteville: Arkansas Jumps Ahead

Arkansas needs timely hitting to win tonight. They got it in the bottom of the first.

Ben Tschepikow started the rally with a one out single through the pitcher's legs into center. After Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch, Casey Coon advanced both runners with a grounder to the pitcher. Jeff Nutt then laced a single down the right field line, scoring Tschepikow and Forsythe, and Arkansas jumped ahead 2-0.

Danny Hamblin kept the inning going with a line drive single to center field, bringing the crowd to its feet in a series of Hog calls (that's WOO PIG SOOIE! to all of those who don't already know), and Frank Anderson took a trip to the pitcher's mound to speak with Breedlove. Wayne Hrozek struck out swinging to end the Arkansas rally.

The Hogs left two, but they head to the second up 2-0.

Fayetteville: Zero in the First

For the first time in the Fayetteville Regional, Oklahoma State did not score in the first inning. The Cowboys had scored four in the first against Creighton and one against Arkansas last night. Chris Rhoads got Keanon Simon, Corey Brown and Ty Wright to go down in order, and we're 0-0 heading to the bottom of the first.

Fans are starting to fill this place up a little bit more than last game...I'm guessing we have 7,200 here tonight at Baum right now. The students can finally be heard, chating "BUBBBBBS" for first base coach Bubbs Merrill. The students scream his name until he tips his cap to the section, sending cheers throughout the first base side.

Fayetteville: Razorbacks - Cowboys: Round II

Last night, OSU played well, and Arkansas flat out didn't. The Razorbacks were humiliated in front of the biggest crowd so far at any NCAA Regional, losing to the Cowboys 14-3.

Now, Arkansas has clawed their way back for a rematch. Will the Hogs give nine innings of payback? Or will Oklahoma State win the Fayetteville Regional and advance one step closer to Omaha? We're about set to find out.

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Fayetteville: A Fond Farewell For Creighton

I must admit that the first time I got to see Creighton's team live was when they took on Southern Illinois in the first game of this year's Missouri Valley Tournament. Since then, they've given me one heck of a journalistic ride for the last two weeks.

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Fayetteville: Arkansas Wins, End Creighton's Season

The year for the Creighton Bluejays has come to an end in Fayetteville.

Travis Hill got into trouble right away in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a one out single by Chad Ogden and walking Andrew Small on a 3-2 pitch. Brett Mieras would hit into a fielder's choice, as Matt Willard fired to second to JUST get a sliding Small, and

Arkansas (43-20), behind great pitching from Nick Schmidt, gets their coveted rematch with Oklahoma State. Creighton ends their season at 45-16 on the year. It's a sad ending for what was a terrific season for CU.

The rematch begins in abuot 75 minutes. We'll be back with post-game and a preview of tonight's showdown.

Fayetteville: Hogs Adding Insurance

Arkansas has padded their lead just in case Creighton has any ideas in the bottom of the ninth.

Brian Walker belted a double down the left field line, advanced to third on a single by Matt Willard, and then scored on a single by Jake Dugger, in which Creighton's Michael Lam threw past first, advancing Willard to third and Dugger to second.

Walker is 4-for-4 today for Arkansas, and every fan who bleeds Razorback red hopes Walker can keep this going tonight.

Willard scored on a fielder's choice to short by Logan Forsythe, advancing Dugger to third with two outs. The Hogs couldn't get Dugger home, as Casey Coon grounded to short, but they are three outs away from advancing to a rematch with Oklahoma State. It's 6-0 Hogs as Creighton bats in the bottom of the ninth.

Fayetteville: Hogs Miss Chance

The Hogs had a chance to score one in the eighth off of Creighton P Andy Masten, as Casey Coon stole second and advanced to third on the catcher's wild throw to center field. However, Tim Smalling struck out swinging, and the score remains 4-0 in favor of Arkansas.

The RBI Girls are in cowgirl outfits...are they trying to put a voodoo hex on Oklahoma State, thinking this one is done? One thing's for sure, it's not over until it's OVER here in Fayetteville.

Travis Hill comes into the game for Arkansas, replacing Nick Schmidt, who threw seven innings of two-hit shutout baseball. Another outstanding performance from the Razorback ace today.

Fayetteville: Stretching in Arkansas

We're in the middle of the seventh, with Arkansas now leading Creighton 4-0.

The Razorbacks got their fourth run courtesy of Jake Dugger, who reached third base on a long fly to left that bounced out of Andrew Small's glove. Van Horn called for the suicide squeeze, and Sean Jones worked it to perfection, bunting towards third and scoring Dugger.

Andy Masten is now the new pitcher for Creighton, and finished the inning for Venditte. Nick Schmidt, however, remains in the game for Arkansas, and he'll try to set the Bluejays down, this time with a four run lead.

Fayetteville: Make that 2 HRs for Walker

The story of the game offensively is Arkansas C Brian Walker. With Pat Venditte on the mound for Creighton, Walker blasted another shot to right for his second homer of the day, 11th of the season, and the Razorbacks now lead this one 3-0.

It's the third time Walker has hit two homers in a game for Arkansas, and it couldn't come at a better time.

Hogs still batting in the top of the seventh, with the crowd still buzzing over Brian Walker's hot bat this afternoon.

Fayetteville: Hamblin's D Helps Hogs

The bottom of the sixth belonged to Arkansas 1B Danny Hamblin.

With Darin Ruf on first and no outs, Steve Winkelmann lined a shot down the first base line. Hamblin caught the ball, stumbled, but put his glove on the bag before Ruf could get there, giving Arkansas a much needed double play. Hamblin would then catch a shallow foul ball between first and home for the final out.

3 outs for #3, and Arkansas heads to the top of the seventh up 2-0.

Fayetteville: Schmidt Survives Another

Nick Schmidt has hit four batters today, which is very high for the Arkansas ace, but he managed to get out of trouble by striking out Ross Sinclair and getting Chris Gradoville to fly out to the warning track in left.

The crowd is into this one, though, standing up for Schmidt with one strike left in the inning, and roaring on the catch in left by Casey Coon.

The Razorbacks will try to give Schmidt more of a cushion as we head to the sixth, Hogs 2-0.

Fayetteville: Walker Doubles Lead for Hogs

Brian Walker was due for a good game at the plate, and he's responded so far today. He crushed a Ben Mancuso offering to right center, just left of the scoreboard, and Arkansas now leads 2-0, with Walker having scored both runs.

The home run has definitely been one of the biggest cheers of the regional, despite the crowd this afternoon being much smaller than the last two games the Razorbacks have played.

The Hogs staged a two-out rally with Jake Dugger being hit by a pitch, and Sean Jones drawing a four pitch walk. However, Logan Forsythe grounded to third, and the Arkansas inning concluded.

We're halfway home in 1:03, with the Bluejays coming to bat.

Fayetteville: Schmidt Avoids Jam

Nick Schmidt hit Michael Lam and Ross Sinclair to put runners in scoring position for Creighton with just one out, but Chris Gradoville struck out swinging, and Darin Ruf hit a deep fly out to center, getting Arkansas out of an early jam.

The wind is really blowing out today...something Oklahoma State is going to love if it stays that way tonight. For now though, we've seen a lot of deep balls hit thanks to the wind gusts.

1-0 Arkansas as the Hogs bat in the top of the fourth.

Fayetteville: Hogs Score First

The scoreless tie has been broken in the top half of the third.

Brian Walker singled to left, and then advanced to second on a balk by Ben Mancuso. It looked as if he'd stay there, as Matt Willard grounded to third and Jake Dugger struck out swinging. However, Sean Jones delivered for the Razorbacks with a double to left, scoring Walker and giving the Hogs a quick sigh of relief.

They still have to hold their breaths a little, as Lam, Knight and Sinclair get set to face Nick Schmidt in the bottom of third, with Arkansas now ahead 1-0.

Fayetteville: Knight Bruises His Way to Record

Nick Schmidt and Ben Mancuso got through the first inning unscathed, so we're scoreless headed to the second.

Meanwhile, in the obscure records category, Robbie Knight just set the new NCAA record for the number of times hit by a pitch in a season (34). Knight received the ball that hit him in the back. However, do players actually try to attain this record? I mean, it's something worth mentioning, especially given how many bumps and bruises this guy has had to take this year, but it is something players try to break?

After a total of 49 runs yesterday, it's good to see a scoreless inning.

Fayetteville: Day 3 Begins - Arkansas v. Creighton

We are half an hour away from the first game in today's action of the 2007 Fayetteville Regional. Today, #1 Arkansas and #2 Creighton battle to stay alive. The winner gets an evening date with Oklahoma State. The loser ends their season in disappointing fashion.

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Fayetteville: Scruggs Everywhere For UA, NCAA

One of the things that we do at Touching the Bases, as well as the CSTV broadcasts, is that we try to talk to everyone that plays a significant part in the event. Those of you who have watched the CSTV broadcasts have shared in the moments of Carter Blackburn's short-lived role as a Diamond Doll (or should I say, Diamond Dude). We've watched Tom Hart talk with the RBI Girls yesterday. Myself, I've stepped out of the press box to sit with fans on both sides and learn the new version of "Calling the Dogs" that Arkansas fans came up for Albany.

So I was figuring who else was there that was playing a huge part in this regional, when someone came to mind. She's been on the field, in the press box, in the media center, in the press conferences...this girl's been everywhere for everybody. So, we caught up with senior Claire Scruggs, a student volunteer in the Arkansas SID department, to find out what all goes on behind the scenes.

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Fayetteville: Wrapping Up Day 2

We're done with the second day here in Fayetteville, as Albany has left us, and OSU is sitting in the driver's seat. Here's some thoughts from today, as well as a look to tomorrow.

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Fayetteville: OSU Wins, Heads To Finals

Last year, at the Fayetteville Regional, it was the #3 seed Oral Roberts that won the regional. Now, another #3 seed is in the driver's seat, as Oklahoma State did everything right, Arkansas did EVERYTHING wrong, and the Cowboys won with surprising ease, 14-3.

We'll have more to come from Fayetteville, as the crowd leaves enormously disappointed tonight.

WP - Joe Kent (5-2)
LP - Jess Todd (9-3)

Arkansas will play Creighton tomorrow afternoon, with the winner facing the Cowboys tomorrow night.

Stay tuned to Touching the Bases for a wrap-up of today's action. Once again, OSU is one win away from a regional title.

June 02, 2007

Fayetteville: Getting Out of Hand

OSU is trying to nail the coffin shut, and Chris Rhoads has done little to stop him right now

Jordy Mercer laced a one-out single to start things for the Pokes. Rhoads then walked the bases loaded before Keanon Simon blooped a single to left, making it a 9-3 game.

Stephen Richards is the new pitcher for the Hogs, replacing Chris Rhoads.

The fans are departing like crazy here, and even the press have turned on the celebration for the Cleveland Cavs winning the Eastern Conference Finals. Even the visiting media (who aren't associated with OSU) are silent right now. Depression has set in here in Fayetteville.

**UPDATE** Okie State has blown this WIDE open, scoring on a walk, a sac fly, a double with an error, and a single by Matt Mangini. It's 14-3 Cowboys, and the fans are leaving in droves now. Arkansas just has not pitched well, fielded well....they haven't done anything well tonight. This is the worst I've ever seen the Razorbacks play.

Fayetteville: Stretching at Baum

Oklahoma State is six outs away from sitting in a great driver's seat, while the crowd at Baum is praying for some of the old stadium magic to come help the Hogs one more time.

It's still 8-3 Cowboys. Arkansas has been totally shut down over the last two innings, and even though they've silence OSU's bats in the last two innings, if you can't do damage in your own half, you're still in trouble.

Attendance tonight was listed at 9,572...MUCH lower than what anyone here projected by far. It is a record for a regional game in Fayetteville, but nowhere near the stadium record.

Rhoads is pitching to the 6-7-8 guys from Oklahoma State in the bottom of the seventh.

Fayetteville: Pokes Finally Shut Out

A standing ovation greeted the Razorbacks as they ran back to the first base dugout.

The reason....

ARK.....1.0.0...0.2
OSU.....1.2.1...4.0

It's still 8-3 Cowboys, but man oh man, did Arkansas need that zero to come up. Any chance of a comeback depends on that and a lot more zeros for OSU's line.

Hamblin, Jones and Walker are set to bat for Arkansas as we head to the sixth.

Fayetteville: No Hits, but Hogs Settle for Two

Helped by two walks and a missed toss to second base, Arkansas was able to load the bases with no outs, and scored twice on fielder's choice grounders by Ben Tschepikow and Logan Forsythe, making the score 8-3 in OSU's favor.

The huge question in the press box right now is who Arkansas would throw for a fourth, or fifth game. With just three known starters on the team, this is a huge dilemma facing the Hogs, unless they can keep scoring and shut down OSU for one inning.

Rhoads is back on the mound for Arkansas, and right away he gives up a hit to Ryan Flavell to open the bottom of the fifth. Arkansas DESPERATELY needs to put the first zero up on the Cowboy side of the board.

Fayetteville: Grand Slam, Pokes Routing Hogs

Fayetteville is falling apart at the seams.

Oklahoma State is taking the Hogs to the woodshed, as Tyler Mach just belted a grand slam over the center field fence, making this an 8-1 Cowboy blowout in the bottom of the fourth.

This crowd isn't only disappointed...they are shocked and they are angry. Nothing has gone UA's way tonight, and it's looking to be a long night and longer day for the top seeded Razorbacks.

Keuchel is headed out after retiring just one batter. Chris Rhoads is the new pitcher for the Hogs.

It's all Oklahoma State tonight in a shellshocked Baum Stadium.

Fayetteville: OSU Benefits from Umpire

Just as I finished the last post, Rebel Ridling again stepped up for OSU, doubling to left field past a diving Casey Coon, and it's 4-1 Cowboys with runners at second and third.

The boos are echoing through this park in a big way. Maybe it'll fire Arkansas back up. We'll have to find out.

By the way, it was Rule 6, Section 2F that gave OSU the runner on first on the ump play. If a fair ball hits the ump, it's considered a dead ball and the batter automatically gets first base. \

Still, what a gift run for Oklahoma State.

Fayetteville: Ump Gives Cowboys HUGE Break

Arkansas fans, you have a legitimate gripe against these umpires tonight.

With Ty Wright at first, Matt Mangini hit a shot towards second that hit second base umpire Jim Garman. It rolled towards short, where Tim Smalling stepped on second and fired to first for what seemed to be a double play.

However, the umpires, citing NCAA rules, called a dead ball, awarding Wright second and Mangini first for the play.

The fans are howling and Dave Van Horn walked out for an oh-so-friendly chat with the umpires.

Needless to say, OSU got a huge gift from Garman for getting in the way of that one. That shouldn't happen in regional play. For the sake of fairness, let's hope Arkansas gets out of this inning unscathed.

Fayetteville: Kent Rolling Along for OSU

Arkansas is having trouble with LHP Joe Kent. The Hogs went down in order, and still trail the Cowboys 3-1 as we move to the bottom of the third.

Kent's pitch count stands at 49 through 3.0 innings pitched. He only has one strikeout, but he has yet to walk anyone, and he's getting a lot of shallow fly outs and ground outs. Meanwhile, Arkansas has GOT to quit swinging at ball four! Kent is getting behind most every batter he faces, and yet, with a three ball count, Arkansas swings away at pitches that would guarentee them walks.

Todd just plunked Ty Wright to start the bottom of the third. He desperately needs to put up a zero on the Cowboy side of the scoreboard. This is a potentially huge inning ahead of us.

Fayetteville: Simon Adds to Cowboy Lead

Jess Todd is finally out of the inning, but not before Keanon Simon singled to bring home Jordy Mercer, making it a 3-1 game in favor of Oklahoma State.

The crowd here is getting a bit restless. Granted, the Hogs have plenty of time to make a comeback, but in this house, in front of this crowd, they want the Razorbacks to rise to the occasion. Meanwhile, the press box is abuzz about Mississippi State's win over Florida State tonight. Couple that with the Ole Miss win tonight, and the SEC is currently 7-0. No doubt that Arkansas wants to grab win number eight.

The top of the order for the Hogs faces Kent in the third.

Fayetteville: Ridling Gives Cowboys Lead

Jess Todd seems a little rattled right now, and the crowd at Baum Stadium has grown silent, as Oklahoma State 1B Rebel Ridling sent one deep and over the 375 mark in left center, giving the Cowboys the early 2-1 lead.

Todd just plunked Jordy Mercer in the back, and Razorback pitching coach Dave Jorn is out to talk to Todd. This might be one of the most crucial talks of the night. Todd's been red hot in his last six starts, going 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA. He needs to get back to his bulldog attitude, or it could be a very disappointing night for the masses here at Baum.

Fayetteville: Pokes Answer Back

I mentioned earlier that the keys to the game would be the pitch count of Joe Kent, and how OSU hit in the early innings against Arkansas P Jess Todd.

The Cowboys are losing the pitch count stat, but winning the early hitting, and that's why we're tied at 1 after the first.

OSU started the same way Arkansas did, as leadoff man Keanon Simon doubled to left center. Corey Brown singled to right, moving Simon to third, and would score on a grounder to short by Ty Wright. Brown successfully stole second, and advanced to third, but Jess Todd got the next two batters to end the inning.

This has the makings of a back-and-forth game all night long here in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville: Good Start for Razorbacks

Arkansas got their bats going in the first, and they have drawn first blood.

Ben Tschepikow started with a perfect double to the power alley in left center. He advanced to third on a wild pitch from OSU's Joe Kent, and scored on Casey Coon's single that bounced off the pitcher's mound and up the middle. Coon advanced to second on an error by Keanon Simon, but the Hogs couldn't get him home.

Nevertheless, the Razorbacks are doing a good job of getting the bat on the ball, and working the count to make Kent throw a lot of pitches. I've got Kent's pitch count at 21 right now, which is an awful lot for one inning.

1-0 Hogs as Oklahoma State comes to bat to face Jess Todd.

Fayetteville: This Place Is PACKED

As the hog calls fill the night air here at Baum Stadium, you've got to be amazed at the crowd here tonight. It's a packed house at the ballpark tonight!

We've got the seats filling up, the concourses jammed with fans, the Hog Pen in left field filled to the brim, and even the temporary bleachers are starting to fill up.

School records are likely to fall tonight...not to mention NCAA Regional attendance records. This place is rockin'!

Fayetteville: A Pig and a Poke

Sounds like a good barbecue sandwich doesn't it?

Instead, it's a good matchup in the winner's bracket of the 2007 Fayetteville Regional. Arkansas will attempt to win in front of a huge home crowd, while Oklahoma State tries to play the spoiler at Baum Stadium. One thing's for sure...whoever wins is in very good shape come Sunday night.

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Fayetteville: Post-Game from Creighton-Albany

The post-game ended with praise and thanks from Albany, and disappointment from Creighton, despite their 21-11 win tonight over the Great Danes.

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Fayetteville: And The Runs Kept Coming

It seems as if Creighton is physically unable to stop from scoring today.

The Bluejays promptly loaded the bases...again, and scored on Andrew Small's single to right, and a sac fly by Brett Mieras, making the score 19-9 in favor of CU.

Fans are growing VERY impatient outside. The Arkansas-Okla. State game was supposed to start in six minutes. That game isn't going to start ANYTIME soon.

Well, make that 20-9 now, as PH Brandon Knox just got walked. And as I just typed that, Ross Sinclair was hit by a pitch, making it 21-9.

Coach Mueller just walked out to the mound for Albany, to the shouts of "NOOOOOOOOO!!!" in the press box. Another pitching change coming up for the Great Danes.

This one might go five hours...for a nine-inning game, that's amazing.

Fayetteville: Great Danes Won't Die

You would think, with the score being 17-3, that Albany's morale would be so low that the last inning and a half would go quickly.

Ah, how I was so wrong.

Albany responds to Creighton's five-run half with a six-run half of their own. The Great Danes were able to do it on just four hits, and while lines of Razorback and Cowboy fans wait outside, we head to the ninth inning in this marathon of a baseball game, with Creighton leading 17-9.

How big are the crowds outside? The grassy spots outside of the stadium are covered. The parking lot across the street is full, so cars are packing along the side of 15th Street (behind the right field fence), and in grassy lots across the stadium.

Gradoville led the ninth for Creighton and reached base on Albany's fifth error of the game. Yikes.

We're reaching the four hour mark in this game...this has been one lonnnnnnnnnnng nine-inning game!

Fayetteville: Jays Can't Stop Scoring

This one keeps getting uglier, as flashbacks of Creighton-Bradley in the MVC Tournament are coming to mind.

Have mercy, Bluejays. The coffin has been nailed shut and buried six feet under.

Albany just can't get anything to work in the eighth. Chris Ott loaded up the bases for Albany, bringing up Darin Ruf. Ruf walked AGAIN (5 AB, 0-0, 4 walks, 1 HBP), this time scoring Robbie Knight from third, and the Jays led 13-3. Two sacrifice fly balls made it 15-3, and then singles by Andrew Small and Brett Mieras brought home Ruf, making this a 16-3 game in favor of the Jays.

Mieras is just red-hot today, going 4-for-6 today. What a great move by Ed Servais.

With runners on the corners, Michael Lam was walked, and the fourth ball got past Tom Hill, scoring Small, and making it a 17-3 game.

This is a Creighton bloodbath...what a horrible way for Albany to go.

Fayetteville: Fear the Bird

I know there are Creighton fans asking themselves where on Earth were these bats yesterday when they needed them?

Creighton is not taking any chances, so the Jesuit school is giving no mercy to Albany today. Chris Gradoville doubled to left center, and scored on Steve Winkelmann's bloop single to center. Chad Odgen singled to advance Winklemann to center, and when Winkelmann tried to steal third, Tom Hill's throw went into left field, scoring Winkelmann and making it an 11-3 Creighton lead. Ogden just advanced to third on another wild throw by Hill that found its way to center field.

Mieras is at the plate right now...this guy is a triple away from the cycle. He's 3-for-3 today with a double, a single, and an inside-the-park home run.

**UPDATE** - Mieras didn't get a triple, but he did reach first on an error by Al Barbato, scoring Ogden. It's now 12-3 Creighton, and Mieras continues his outstanding day at the plate.

Fayetteville: The Bleeding Ends

Albany has finally gotten themselves out of the top of the sixth. However, Creighton added another great small ball move in an inning dominated by power hitting.

Michael Lam, aka the Flying Hawaiian, singled past second to get on base. A passed ball by Beaulieu sent Lam all the way over to third (that's why he's the Flying Hawaiian), and Lam would score on a single by Robbie Knight, making it a 9-2 Bluejay lead.

Six runs on seven hits by Creighton in the inning...three of those hits being homers.

Albany's got their work cut out for them, or it'll be a long flight home to New York.

Fayetteville: C-U Later!!! Again...and Again!

In a game where both teams have been scratching for every run they can get, the Creighton Bluejays have suddenly kicked the door wide open, and with it, have seized control of this game.

It started with a one-out triple to the right field wall by Chris Gradoville, which got the good-sized contingent of Creighton fans on their feet. After Darin Ruf was hit by a pitch (more on Ruf in just a second), Steve Winkelmann sent a hot air balloon shot to left that kept floating up until it landed over the left field wall for a three-run homer. The Jays flew out of their dugout in celebration, and just like that, Creighton pushed their lead to 6-2.

It wasn't over yet though. Andrew Small sent a HUGE blast over the left field wall and into the picnic area just over the left field seats, making it a 7-2 game, and then, to add to the dramatics, Brett Mieras hit a shot that bounced off the NCAA Regionals sign in left center. The ball rolled past the outfielders, and Mieras raced home for an INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN!

WOW!

The Creighton power this inning has been nothing short of impressive. 3 homers, 1 triple, and still only 2 outs as Albany has sent Sean Gregory to the showers. The new pitcher for the Great Danes is RHP Alexander Beaulieu, who's typically their closer.

On a sidenote, Robbie Knight has tied an NCAA record by being hit 33 times this season while at bat (thanks Mark for the comment). However, Darin Ruf today has made getting to first look as easy as it gets. Ruf has been up to bat four times, with three walks and once being hit by the pitch. On-base of 1.000 with no hits.

Thanks to a power display this inning though, it's all Creighton, as they lead 8-2.

Fayetteville: Here Comes Albany

One thing about it...the America East champs are not ones to give up easily.

Zak Moore seemed to be rolling along for Creighton, but Albany has found their bats in the bottom of the fifth. Three straight singles by Steve Nyland, Tom Hill, and Sean Donovan have given the Great Danes new life. Nyland scored on the single by Donovan, cutting the Creighton lead to 3-2.

Scott Reese, the biggest 6'6'' guy you'll ever see, took over pitching duties for the Jays, and in one pitch, he saved the Jays from what could've been a catastrophic inning. Mike Konstanty grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, and Creighton trots off the field with a one run lead in tact.

You have to feel for Konstanty a little. This guy's had a rough regional. Last night, he caught a fly against the wall in left, but as he was coming down, dropped the ball over the fence, giving a three-run homer to Arkansas. Now, in a chance where he could rise to the occasion, he's come up short again.

Creighton comes up to bat in the sixth, needing some insurance.

Fayetteville: Creighton Tempo In Full Swing

During yesterday's press conference, Creighton emphasized the importance of having the tempo set at just the right pace. After 3 1/2 innings, the Jays seem to have things at a desired pace.

Creighton's scored a run in each of the last three innings, including the top of the fourth, as a deep sac fly by Steve Winkelmann brought home Robbie Knight from third, making it a 3-1 lead for the Bluejays.

A key stat today is already shaping up: Runners Left On Base. Creighton's left nine so far in four innings, while Albany has left five in three innings.

We'll see if the Great Danes can start knocking some guys in as we head to the bottom of the fourth. Since the first inning though, Creighton's Zak Moore has found his groove.

Fayetteville: Jays Take First Lead

Ed Servais just smiled for the first time since this regional started, as Creighton has worked the small ball well in the top of the third, and the Bluejays now have their first lead of the regional.

The Jays used two walks from Warrings to set up Brett Mieras. Mieras singled, advancing Andrew Small to third and scoring Darin Ruf, giving Creighton a 2-1 lead.

The Bluejays are the last team in the regional to have taken the lead in a game...but I'm sure they don't mind as long as they win. Their crowd is starting to get into it, which is something their team definitely needs right now. Kudos to Servais, though, for putting in Mieras today at DH. He's 2-2 with a double and a stolen base to his credit. Not bad at all for three innings of work.

Fayetteville: Fans Enjoying Ugly Baseball

It's not been the prettiest baseball, but it IS close baseball, and the fans are really enjoying what's been an interesting two innings here at Baum Stadium.

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Fayetteville: Calling the....Dogs?

We've got creative juices flowing in the stands at Baum already, as a group of about five or six Arkansas fans have united behind the Danes and are rallying the small band of Albany fans. This included "Calling the Dogs", in which "Pig" was replaced with "Dog".

The reaction from the UAlbany fans? They love it..loud cheers are being given down the third base line for this small group of Arkansas fans.

Meanwhile, both pitchers have faced some difficulty in the first.

Albany's Cory Warrings retired the first two batters, before walking the next two to give the Jays a runner in scoring position. However, the Creighton spark was doused on a ground ball to short by Steve Winkelmann.

Albany responded with some bite to their newfound barks. Al Barbato was walked, and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Leo Corvino. Steve Wyland got an infield single, but a great defensive stop by 2B Michael Lam saved a run on the play. The Danes would score on a fielder's choice to third that scored Barbato.

So Creighton's fallen into a hole again after one, albeit a small one. We head to the second with Albany up 1-0, and I'm going to head to the stands to get some fan reactions.

Fayetteville: Back for Day 2 - Creighton v. Albany

It's a warm, overcast day here at Fayetteville's Baum Stadium, as we get set for the second day of action here at the 2007 NCAA Fayetteville Regional.

We open off with the elimination game, with Jim Mueller and his Albany Great Danes looking for their first ever NCAA Regional victory. Standing in their way are Ed Servais and the Creighton Bluejays, who look to bounce back from a somewhat surprising loss to Oklahoma State.

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Fayetteville: Day One Wrap-Up

We've finished up play in the first day of the 2007 NCAA Fayetteville Regional, where Oklahoma State and Arkansas claimed victories, and either Creighton or Albany will end their season tomorrow afternoon at Baum Stadium.

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Fayetteville: Hogs Looking Ahead

Arkansas did little celebrating in their 9-0 win over Albany. Rather, they focused on what lies ahead for them tomorrow night: a winner's bracket game against Oklahoma State.

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June 01, 2007

Fayetteville: Hogs Cruise to Winner's Bracket

No surprises here.

Arkansas was in control from the beginning, and Albany had no answer for the Razorbacks' pitching tonight. In front of a rain-soaked 8,372 fans at Baum Stadium, the Hogs breezed past the Great Danes 9-0.

NOTE: This win is Dave Van Horn's 200th at Arkansas. In his fifth season, he is now 200-108 at Arkansas.

Arkansas (42-19) will rest up for what should be a great showdown with Oklahoma State, while Albany (29-28) will try to stave off elimination against Creighton in the afternoon game tomorrow.

WP - Duke Welker (7-5)
LP - John Maples (8-3)
S - Evan Cox (2)

We'll be back with post-game thoughts and a wrap-up from this first day of action here at the Fayetteville Regional. Once again, the Razorbacks have claimed victory over the Albany Great Danes, 9-0.

Fayetteville: Shutout Continues....Barely

The key weakness for Arkansas is their bullpen, so some eyes raised when little-used Evan Cox entered the game. Cox gave up a triple to Mike Konstanty with one out, struck out Dave West, but then promptly loaded the bases for Leo Corvino. Corvino hit a grounder to short that appeared to be a hit, as Razorback SS Tim Smalling had to dive for it to grab it. However, Smalling fired a bullet to Logan Forsythe at third, beating a sliding Chris Wood, and Arkansas, by the skin of their teeth, kept their shutout in tact.

The Hog offense is quieting down a bit, as Albany's Jeff Kaier became the first Great Danes pitcher to just face three batters in an inning.

We head to the eighth, with the Razorbacks comfortably on top 9-0.

Fayetteville: Arkansas Continues Scoring Barrage

Checking the scoreboards, we know some #1 teams are in dogfights. Ole Miss is in a close one. So is Texas. So is Vandy.

That's not the case here.

Arkansas has come out of the rain delay and just taken Albany to the woodshed. Jacob Julius got a double on an infield pop fly that no one called, and Wayne Hrozek extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single to right to score Julius. Tim Smalling added another single to right field, and Arkansas is simply blowing this thing out of the water, leading 9-0 after five innings.

The Hogs are playing the style of baseball that suits them best...lots of base hits and stolen bases, with the occasional big hit now and then. Make no doubt, Frank Anderson is taking notes.


Fayetteville: Paging Jose Canseco

We've had a Jose Canseco blooper moment here in Fayetteville.

Arkansas took a 4-0 lead on a single by Ben Tschepikow, scoring Tim Smalling and moving Jake Dugger to third. Logan Forsythe then came up and hit a towering shot to left. Albany's Mike Konstanty chased after it and leaped for the catch. The ball landed in his glove, but Konstanty slammed the glove against the top of the fence, and the ball dropped into the bullpen in left.

Count it as a 3-run homer for Forsythe, and the Razorbacks now lead 7-0 here after four innings.

Fayetteville: Welker Survives Albany Threat

The chants of "Duuuuuuuuke" are echoing through rain-soaked Baum Stadium right now, as Duke Welker got himself out of a potentially huge inning.

Welker started the inning bad, walking Leo Corvino on four straight pitches, and Steve Wyland got Albany's first hit of the game with a rope to center. Tom Hill bunted to advance the runners, but that's as far as they would get. Sean Donovan hit it right back to Welker, who held the runners in place before firing it to first for the out, and then smoked a 1-2 fastball right past Steve Sayre to end the Albany inning.

A huge momentum boost for the Great Danes is snuffed out cold, and Arkansas heads to the bottom of the fourth with a 3-0 lead.

Fayetteville: Julius Pushes Hog Lead

Jacob Julius is making the most of his first regional game.

Slotted tonight as the designated hitter for the Razorbacks, Julius smacked a double down the right field line, scoring Casey Coon from second and Danny Hamblin from first. Julius was tagged out at third to end the inning, but the damage has again been done.

Julius is 2-for-2 tonight, and has driven in all the runs in this game so far.

Maples can't get an easy inning out of Arkansas, and Duke Welker now has a 3-0 cushion to work with as we move to the top of the fourth here in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville: Game, Welker Are Back On

The Sooie Shuffle is being played on the JumboTron, as the game has resumed from a 50 minute rain delay, and Duke Welker wasted no time in showing he hasn't cooled off just yet. With one pitch, Welker finished striking out Chris Wood, and then Al Barbato's bloop to shallow center was caught on a great hustle play by Tim Smalling to end the Albany half of the third.

Maples is back on the mound for the Great Danes. It's been over an hour since he's pitched, so we'll see if the rain delay has had any effect on his pitching.

1-0 Arkansas as the Hogs bat in the bottom of the third.

Fayetteville: Rain Delay/Fayetteville Flashback

With lightning in the area, we've got a weather delay here in Fayetteville. Arkansas leads 1-0 in the top of the third, and Arkansas pitcher Duke Welker will be pitching to Albany's Chris Wood with one out and no one on when we resume.

With the weather delay, I figure we'll go to a Fayetteville Regional Flashback.

This one takes place in 2004. Arkansas, needing to beat Wichita State twice, trailed the Shockers 9-7 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. However, they were also down to their last out of the season. Up to the plate stepped Arkansas C Brady Toops, and the rest...well...click below and enjoy.

Fayetteville Flashback: Arkansas vs. Wichita State - 2004

Fayetteville: Arkansas Threat Slips Away

It's starting to rain here...and it's only going to get worse, according to NOAA Weather Radar.

The rain has already cost the Razorbacks dearly, as a Jake Dugger blast to the right center wall was bringing home Wayne Hrozek from second. As Hrozek rounded third, however, he slipped, falling on the grass, and what would've been a 2-0 lead ended up being an out on the play.

Heading into the third, it's Arkansas 1, Albany/Mother Nature 0

Fayetteville: Hogs Draw First Blood

Albany got out of what could've been a big inning, but not before surrendering an early run to the Razorbacks.

With just one out, Logan Forsythe singled to left to start the Arkansas rally. Casey Coon followed with a bloop single that was bobbled by the center fielder. With the shortstop and second baseman both in center to catch the fly, Coon raced to second, and Forsythe to third. Brian Walker popped to short for the second out, but Danny Hamblin was walked, and Jacob Julius singled to right to score Forsythe. Coon, however, was called out on a play at the plate.

The crowd is beginning to fill in a little, but I still see cars trying to park. That's good, because I see some empty seats, and at Baum, every seat needs to be filled for this one.

1-0 Arkansas as we head to the second.

Fayetteville: Previewing Hogs vs. Dogs

Cars are filling the lots...and the sides of the road...and the grassy lot across the street, as a huge crowd is expected to be in Baum Stadium for tonight's second game, as Dave Van Horn's #1 Arkansas Razorbacks take on John Mueller's #4 Albany Great Danes. The lineups are being announced as we speak here, and the crowd is still trying to find its way into the stadium.

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Fayetteville: Post-Game from OSU-Creighton

Creighton's Ed Servais would be a bad poker player; as his facial expressions don't include bluffing. As he walked into the press conference following his team's 6-4 loss to Oklahoma State, Servais showed the face of a frustrated, beaten man.

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Fayetteville: Pokes Gun Down Jays, 6-4

Creighton goes down in order in the bottom of the ninth, and Oklahoma State has snapped their six-game losing streak with an impressive 6-4 win over the Bluejays in the first game of the 2007 Fayetteville Regional.

Oliver Odle pitches his first complete nine-inning game of the season (he had an eight-inning complete game earlier in the season), and the Cowboys (40-19) send Creighton (44-15) to the brink of elimination.

The Cowboys aren't doing much celebrating though. It's a very calm high five going on at the pitcher's mound.

This had to take some serious wind out of CU's sails, as the Jays were red hot coming into this tournament. No doubt they'll have their work cut out for them for the rest of the weekend.

WP - Oliver Odle (7-4)
LP - Marc Lewis (8-3)

We'll be back with post-game coverage, as well as a preview of tonight's nightcap between #1 Arkansas and #4 Albany. Once again, #3 Oklahoma State has defeated #2 Creighton today, 6-4.

Fayetteville: What Can Brown Do For You?

Pat Venditte had only given up one run in his last 49 innings pitched. Unfortunately for Creighton, that number has come to a halt.

Corey Brown, the most dangerous power hitter in the Cowboy lineup, sent a missile into right and trotted around the bases for his 20th homer of the season. The OSU players came out to greet him, more relieved than thrilled, and the Pokes now have insurance on Creighton, leading 6-4.

The key to this one late is going to be whether Oliver Odle can go the distance for OSU, or can Creighton chase him out of the game and start hitting the baseball again?

Meanwhile, the Arkansas RBI Girls are dancing on the tops of the dugouts, as the NCAA has allowed them to perform as long as they do not wear any school logos. The RBI Girls didn't get to perform last year, so this is the first time in at least nine years, or perhaps in NCAA history, that a cheer squad gets to routinely perform during a NCAA baseball regional.

Fayetteville: Odle Survives CU Threat

Forgotten in Venditte's shutdown of the OSU squad has been the pitching performance of Cowboy starter Oliver Odle. The Cowboys are a team with a patchwork rotation and a suffering bullpen, and Odle is giving the Pokes everything they could ask of him.

Creighton managed to get Chris Gradoville to third, as he singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and moved up to third on the fielder's choice by Darin Ruf. However, Steve Winkelmann's grounder to short was fielded cleanly this time by Jordy Mercer, and the Bluejay comeback isn't complete just yet.

5-4 Pokes as we head to the eighth.

Fayetteville: The Venditte Factor

Before Creighton's Pat Venditte took the mound, OSU scored five runs on seven hits, and it looked like the Cowboy offense had found new life. Since Venditte took the mound, OSU hasn't mustered a hit in 2.2 innings, and he's keeping the Bluejays in this game.

Gotta give props to SS Chad Ogden, who made a terrific backhand stop on a grounder by Rebel Ridling, and managed to turn a 6-4-3 double play on the Pokes, which fired up the Creighton fans big time. I went down to sit with the Bluejay boosters in the top of the fifth, and CU's fans are a small but raucous group. Even the smallest of kids were yelling "COME ON PAT!" and trying to rally their squad.

5-4 Pokes as we head to the top of the sixth.

Fayetteville: The Venditte Factor

Before Creighton's Pat Venditte took the mound, OSU scored five runs on seven hits, and it looked like the Cowboy offense had found new life. Since Venditte took the mound, OSU hasn't mustered a hit in 2.2 innings, and he's keeping the Bluejays in this game.

Gotta give props to SS Chad Ogden, who made a terrific backhand stop on a grounder by Rebel Ridling, and managed to turn a 6-4-3 double play on the Pokes, which fired up the Creighton fans big time. I went down to sit with the Bluejay boosters in the top of the fifth, and CU's fans are a small but raucous group. Even the smallest of kids were yelling "COME ON PAT!" and trying to rally their squad.

5-4 Pokes as we head to the top of the sixth.

Fayetteville: Here Comes Creighton

The action is fast and furious here at Baum Stadium.

Creighton answers in the third off of OSU's Oliver Odle. Darin Ruf singled to open the inning, and then Steve Winkelmann grounded one to deep short. Jordy Mercer was able to get a glove on the ball, but his throw sailed into the stands, sending Winkelmann to second and scoring Ruf. Winkelmann promptly stole third, and scored on Chad Ogden's fielder's choice to short.

It's already been a rough day out in the field for Jordy Mercer...two errors in three innings. Ouch.

OSU will head to the top of the fourth, now clinging to a 5-4 lead.

Fayetteville: Left, Right, Left, Right

Creighton's Pat Venditte is known best for being the only ambidextrous pitcher in college baseball. So much so, in fact, that people forget he's one heck of a pitcher, no matter which hand he's using.

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Fayetteville: Rebel With A Cause

It looked like Creighton P Marc Lewis was settling down after that wild first. Lewis retired the Cowboys in order in the second, and had the first out in the third when OSU's Rebel Ridling came back to the plate.

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Fayetteville: Creighton Responds

One thing I learned from watching the Bluejays at the Missouri Valley Tournament last week is that you never, ever count Creighton out of anything. CU has a good team, and when good teams face adversity, they answer right back.

Creighton did just that in the bottom of the first, staging a two-out rally. After Chris Gradoville was nailed in the left shoulder, Darin Ruf and Steve Winkelmann responded with consecutive singles, scoring Gradoville. Chad Ogden then laced the third straight base hit, scoring Ruf from second. Andrew Small then hit a grounder to short, but OSU's Jordy Mercer bobbled the ball, and Small reached first to load up the bases.

The Cowboys were fortunate to snuff the threat before their lead completely vanished, as Oliver Odle managed to strike out TJ Roemmich to end the inning. CU leaves the bases loaded, but they cut the State lead in half.

4-2 OSU as we head to the second.

Fayetteville: Orange Power Early

The key of the game was if Oklahoma State could hit off of Creighton's pitchers early.

Question asked, question answered.

Ty Wright opened things off in the first with a single up the middle, and then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Keanon Simon. After Tyler Mach reached base on what was a gift of a hit (it bounced up and over Creighton SS Chad Ogden), Rebel Ridling came up and smoked a pitch into the picnic area in left field, giving the fans from Stillwater something to shout about early.

Lewis is still in trouble early. After the Ridling blast, he's hit Matt Mangini and walked Jordy Mercer, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Ryan Flavell smoked a single up the middle, scoring Mangini and moving Mercer to third. For OSU, a team that scored just 10 runs in three Big 12 Tournament games, this is the perfect medicine for a slumping team.

4-0 Cowboys early on.

Fayetteville: Getting Set for Jays-Pokes

The sun is shining, the gates have opened, and fans are starting to make their way inside Baum Stadium, as we get set to open off the 2007 NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Our first game features Ed Servais and the #2 Creighton Bluejays against Frank Anderson's #3 Oklahoma State Cowboys.

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May 31, 2007

Fayetteville: Previewing the Regional

Fayetteville, Arkansas might not seem like the center of the world, but come tomorrow, it'll be as close as it can get.

As the eyes of the business world focus in on Wal-Mart's stockholder meeting at Walton Arena, the eyes of the baseball world will shift half a mile over to Baum Stadium at George Cole Field, where four of the nation's premier college teams will do battle for a chance to move one step closer to a date at Rosenblatt Stadium and the College World Series.

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