June 04, 2007

Round Rock: Final Wrap -- Smells of Omaha

Before this weekend, I had only seen an anteater once, in a zoo. I saw what it looked like, I saw how it moved, but I wasn't close enough to pick up its smell. Now I know.

Anteaters smell like Omaha.

This bunch has ridiculous speed, flashy gloves, disciplined bats, two stud pitchers, and most importantly, supreme confidence in themselves and determination.

Baseball programs always advance in steps each season. (Oregon State's title came the year after an 0-and-2 Omaha visit.) Before this weekend, Irvine had never won a postseason D-I game, so it seems really stupid to expect much more than this from them.

Yet there I was after the press conference, congratulating Taylor Holiday and telling him, "See you in Omaha."

ZOT!

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Round Rock: Anteaters advance

California Smallball normally produces single-run innings. UC Irvine's brand produced three three-run innings to finish off Texas 9-6 and win the Round Rock Regional.

The three unearned runs they put up in the eighth compliments of two Texas errors really proved important, as Texas put on a furious rally in the ninth.

Taylor Holiday was named regional MVP.

Irvine will either play at Wichita State or Arizona in a super regional next weekend.

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Round Rock: Texas hands Irvine insurance runs

Two Texas errors helped Irvine plated three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. At the end of eight, it's 9-5 'Eaters.

With one out, 1B Chance Wheeless booted Bryan Peterson's grounder. UCI coach Dave Serrano pulled a surprise pinch hitter. Dillon Bell, who was 1-for-12 on the season, strode the plate, took a couple of pitches and an ugly swing, then lined a single into right. Kyle Russell charged the ball and despite having no chance to get the runner at third, uncorked a high throw that sailed into the Irvine dugout on the fly. Peterson headed home to make it 7-5, and Bell was awarded third base. Ollie Linton was hit by a pitch and stole second, and with two outs, 9-hole hitter Tyler Vaughn lined a two-run single to center to score two more.

9-1-2 are due up in the 9th for Texas.

Round Rock: Irvine is three outs away

Maybe the rain suspension helped Irvine's pitching, too.

It is ace Scott Gorgen on the hill for the Anteaters, and he mowed down three straight Texas hitters in the top of the eighth.

Texas will have Travis Tucker, Jordan Danks, and Kyle Russell up in the ninth.

Longhorn reliever Joe Krebs got through Irvine's 7th allowing only one baserunner on a HBP, and Randy Boone is on to pitch the bottom of the 8th for Texas.

Round Rock: Here we go again

The longest seventh-inning stretch in the history of baseball is about to end.

Texas' Jeff Boes popped up to end the top of the 7th at 8:22 p.m. last night. At about 1 p.m., UC Irvine's Taylor Vaughn will lead off the bottom of the 7th with the Anteaters leading 6-5.

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June 03, 2007

Round Rock: We're suspended until tomorrow, Augie speaks

We'll resume tomorrow at 1 pm with Irvine coming to bat in the bottom of the 8th leading Texas 6-5.

If Texas rallies for a win, we'll play a winner-take-all game one hour following the game's conclusion.

"Some things are beyond our control, and the weather is obviously one of them. I hope our crowd will come back and support this team, because they have given every ounce of energy trying to win this thing." -- Augie Garrido

See you tomorrow...

Round Rock: Lots and lots of rain

Fortunately, the tarp is on the field and this field is engineered to drain very well.

Word is that we're waiting this out, and they think the rain will be through by 10 p.m.

The NCAA guys want to wait it out.

Round Rock: Here's a long seventh inning stretch

We are in a weather delay at the seventh stretch. Irvine leads Texas 6-5.

It hasn't started raining yet, but there's a pretty impressive lightning show coming at us.

Round Rock: Anteaters dig in, take lead

Irvine responded to Texas' rally in the top of the sixth with one of their own in the bottom of the inning. After six innings, Irvine leads 6-5.

The rally ended when Ollie Linton was tagged out attempting a straight steal of home.

And unbelievably, Joseph Krebs is on the mound for Texas.

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Round Rock: Longhorns lead, crowd believes

Texas has got another two-run double in the sixth from an unlikely source and has taken a 5-3 lead over Irvine into the middle of the sixth.

Whoops, update. 5-4 Texas. Bryan Peterson just delivered an RBI double for Irvine. Tying run on second with one out.

Brad Suttle led off the sixth with a single and an out later, Chaise Fuller followed with a single, his third hit of the night. After a pitching change and the second out, both runners moved up on an uncharacteristic passed ball by Aaron Lowenstein, who has been a brick wall all weekend. Texas' seldom-used backup catcher Brett Lewis, playing because of injury to starter Preston Clark, got into an 0-2 hole, but then poked the next pitch opposite-field into the right field corner for a double.

That small storm cell that was very near the park fizzled out, but the big line of storms is coming our way. I'll be very surprised if we finish this tonight.

Round Rock: Rain, rain, come this way, let us play another day


At least that's what the ridiculously-depleted Texas pitching staff is saying. It's starting to drizzle a bit, and a smaller storm will hit in a few minutes. The umpires have already talked with NCAA officials and the grounds crew, so we'll most likely be having a short storm delay within 20 minutes.

The big stuff is still on the way.

After five innings, Texas and Irvine are still tied 3-3.

Round Rock: IT'S ALIIIIIIIVE!!!

In the top of the fourth, Texas got a huge two-run, two-out two-strike pinch-hit double to tie it. After four innings, it's 3-3 between Texas and Irvine.

Chance Wheeless singled to lead off the fourth, and two outs later Chais Fuller delivered his second double of the day. Kyle Lusson, a seldom-used freshman who's playing because of Nick People's injury was due up next, but Texas sent up Josh Prince in his place. Prince, who didn't play at all in the Big 12 tournament, smacked a 2-2 pitch into the left-center gap that even Ollie Linton couldn't run down.

Reliever Keith Shinaberry got the Anteaters in order in the bottom of the fourth.

The crowd is back in the game in a big way. Let's see if the Texas bullpen can pull off their share of a miracle.

Round Rock: 'Vine 'Eaters getting it cranked up

Irvine got their game on in the third inning and have already gotten into Texas' wafer-thin bullpen.

The Anteaters have taken a 3-1 lead after three innings and are now only six innings away from a super.

The Longhorns are now praying for the storms to get here SOON.

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Round Rock: Irvine finally trails, storms on the way

Texas gets potentially two things going their way.

First, they got a run in the second to take a 1-0 lead. It's the first time Irvine has trailed this weekend.

Second, storms are on the way. There's some nasty lightning visible to the north that's not going to get us, but there is a big cell to the west that's growing bigger and coming right at us. If Texas starter Austin Wood can keep the Longhorns in the game until those storms get there, we could be done for the night and the Texas bullpen studs could be ready when we resume tomorrow. (BTW, we're just below GRK on that radar.)

Texas scored their run in the top of the second on a walk and a Chais Fuller RBI double.

After two complete, Texas leads Irvine 1-0.

Round Rock: Game 6 Preview, Game 5 Quotes

Texas is alive, but Dr. Tanner is giving them nine innings to live.

The Longhorns' 7-4 win over Wake Forest earlier today provided them with little reason to be optimistic. They played 12 innings in the hot sun. They burned through the only two relievers they trust, with Joseph Krebs throwing 77 pitches (making his three-day total an arm-killing 141) and Randy Boone throwing 33 pitches over 2.1 innings. Heck, they even threw their planned starter for tonight, Austin Wood, in the final inning, and he needed 30 pitches to get through that. Plus, for the second time this week they lost a position starter to injury, as center fielder Nick Peoples broke his clavicle making a diving catch.

What may be worst of all is that their opponent is UC Irvine, a team that's loaded with speed, great gloves, a rested bullpen, and supreme confidence. And even if the Horns beat them tonight, they'd have to beat them again tomorrow.

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Round Rock: Texas stays alive, Irvine benefits

Texas blew a three-run lead in the ninth, but put up their own 3-spot in the 12th to survive with a 7-4 victory over Wake Forest.

The loss eliminated the 3rd-seeded Deacons, who will head home with a 34-29 record.

Texas will rest for a couple of hours, then at 6 pm, get a rematch with UCalifornia Irvine, who had to be absolutely loving this long, draining, bullpen-depleting battle.


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Round Rock: Nothing Suttle about it

Texas just took a 7-4 lead in the top of the 12th on a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Jordan Danks led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Chance Wheeless followed by bouncing an infield single off the pitcher's glove. Up came Brad Suttle, who lined a 1-2 pitch into the right-center gap to score both runners.

Russell Moldenhauer just followed with another double in almost the same spot to add another run.

Texas is still batting with one out.

I was rooting for someone/anyone to score this inning because my scorebook only goes to 12.

Round Rock: "This one goes to eleven."

Each team had chances in the 10th, but Texas and Wake Forest are still tied 4-4.

Texas had a runner at 2nd with only one out, but then could only muster a couple of weak groundouts.

Wake's Allan Dykstra blasted a high fly to center, but it didn't quite reach the warning track. Then with two outs and a man on first, Tyler Smith ripped one down the right field line that bounced inches foul.

Randy Boone and Josh Ellis are still the pitchers, and I have the feeling they're going to decide it.

Meanwhile, UC Irvine is loving this.

Round Rock: Free Baseball! Wake gets 9th-inning miracle

Leading 4-1 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Texas looked in control. But Wake rallied for three runs, the final two on pinch-hitter Brett Linnenkohl's two-out, two-strike, two-run homer.

Tyler Smith led off the inning with a single and, two outs later, scored on Andy Goff's single.

That run brought closer Randy Boone in from the Texas pen, and Linnenkohl from the Wake dugout.

Boone got ahead 1-2, then threw a pitch that just about everyone but the home plate umpire and Linnenkohl thought was strike three. (Texas fans are noted for complaining about every pitch, but this one did look extremely similar to a lot of pitches that have been called strikes today.) Linnenkohl then blasted Boone's next pitch into the RF bullpen to tie it.

Round Rock: Can a middle reliever be regional MVP?

At the end of seven innings, Texas leads Wake Forest, 4-1.

Wake scored their run in the sixth on Tyler Smith's homer, a deep blast that cleared the bullpen behind the right field wall.

Joseph Krebs is still on the hill for Texas. He has gone 3.1 innings, allowed two hits and a run, and has struck out three and walked none. And no one is warming in the Texas pen.

His three-game totals: 8 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, no walks, and 12 Ks.

Round Rock: Texas finally gets good news -- runs!

Texas finally broke through in the top of the 5th and now leads Wake Forest 4-0 with five innings in the books.

Both teams have already gone to the bullpen, and the current pitcher of record for Texas is a very familiar face.

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Round Rock: Ollie Linton wouldn't have caught this one

After three and a half innings, Texas leads Wake Forest 1-0.

Russell Moldenhauer just hit one out of the park. Literally.

Moldenhauer blasted a 3-2 pitch over the wall, over the bullpen, and over the berm in right-center.

The ball landed on the walkway behind the berm, bounced through an open gate, and into the parking lot with lots of kids in chase.

I'm estimating it was a 430-foot blast, 900 feet if you count the roll.

Nick Peoples is back from the hospital. Between innings, he walked in from an outfield gate with his upper body heavily wrapped and got a standing ovation as he walked around the infield track to the Texas dugout.

Round Rock: Maybe I should be an M.D.

After three innings, Texas and Wake Forest are scoreless. Each team has had a runner to third with one out, but came up empty. Wake's Willy Fox led off the bottom of the second with a double and moved to third on a flyout, but a comebacker and a strikeout stranded him. Jordan Danks ripped a one-out triple in the top of the third, but after a walk, Chance Wheeless scorched a one-hopper right back at Wake pitcher Brad Kledzik, who turned it into a 1-6-3 double play.

Official word from the Texas SID: CF Nick Peoples has a fractured left clavicle.

That's an injury that will take a while to heal, so he's done for the year.

Collarbone trivia: The collarbone is broken more often than any other bone in the body. About 64 out of every 100,000 people in the United States break their collarbones every year.

Round Rock: More bad news for Texas

Texas isn't losing, but they have lost another player.

After an inning, the Longhorns and Wake Forest are scoreless.

CF Nick Peoples made an incredible diving catch of Dustin Hood's blast into the left-center alley, but didn't get up. The trainer rushed out, and Peoples immediately walked off the field holding his left arm across the front of his body.

Between innings, they carted him out of the stadium. He had wrap going diagonally across his right shoulder, down to where it held his left forearm across his stomach.

I'm not a doctor, but that looks like a collarbone injury.

Round Rock: Deja Vu all over again?

Gosh, this looks familiar.

Three years in a row now, Texas has lost the Saturday night game of their own regional. Last year, they lost that game to a California team (Stanford), then came out Sunday afternoon and laid an egg against an ACC team (NC State).

Last night, the Longhorns lost to a Cali team (Irvine), and now they'll try to stave off elimination against another ACC team (Wake Forest).

But at last night's post-game press conference, Augie Garrido was adamant that the similarities ended there.

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June 02, 2007

Round Rock: Saturday wrap

Tomorrow's action:

Texas and Wake Forest will play an elimination game at noon.

The winner of that game will get Irvine at 6 p.m.

If Irvine loses, Monday will see a winner-take-all game.

I don't think we'll see a Monday. If I could find an online sports book that would take bets on who will get to Omaha, I'd take out a home equity loan and put the proceeds on Irvine. They're fantastic.

Quotes after the jump...

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Round Rock: Fear the Mighty Anteater

Scott Gorgen and his UC Irvine teammates quieted a huge orange-clad crowd with a 3-1 win over Texas.

The win puts the Anteaters into the regional championship round, needing only one win in two games to advance to the supers.

Irvine will be tough to beat twice. They have shown great pitching, great speed, and great defense. They're just an extremely solid team that doesn't make mistakes. They'll be hard to keep out of Omaha.

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Round Rock: Insect Munchers add to lead

UC Irvine just added to their lead and knocked out Adrian Alaniz. At the stretch, the Anteaters lead Texas, 3-1.

Leading 2-1, Irvine's Aaron Lowenstein led off the 7th with a single, moved to second on a sac bunt, and scored when Taylor Holiday blasted a double to the wall in right. The Anteaters eventually loaded the bases with two outs on a walk and HBP, and Alaniz was done after 103 (?) pitches.

Amazingly, Joe Krebs, who pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief last night, trotted out of the bullpen and got a quick final out.

Alaniz's line: 6.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks, and 7 Ks.

Holiday is an offensive terror out of the leadoff spot. He has been on base three times tonight and has scored twice. In addition to his recent double, he also tripled to lead off the game.

Round Rock: Pitchers' Duel

Same story here... After six innings, Irvine still leads Texas 2-1. Hits are 5-4 in favor of Texas.

They've wedged an extra 26 people in the park tonight -- attendance = 9,256, but they've been fairly quiet because Irvine's Scott Gorgen has really shut down the Texas offense. After allowing Brad Suttle's homer in the third, Gorgen retired eight batters in a row. Plus, he has gotten help from CF Ollie Linton, who ran down a deep blast in right-center with two on in the first, and ran down a deep blast in left-center with a runner on in the sixth.

At 90 pitches through six innings, Texas starter Adrian Alaniz has worked much harder for outs. Texas has made three errors, but Alaniz has struck out seven to minimize the damage.

Round Rock: Irvine out on top

Playing the brand of baseball that Augie Garrido made famous, UCalifornia Irvine leads Texas 2-1 after three innings in front of another huge crowd.

Irvine looks extremely poised and confident. Texas has already committed two errors.

There's a good chance that a lot of people are going to be leaving the park unhappy tonight.

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Round Rock: Game four preview, game three quotes

If you believe Baseball America, our second game of the day is the nation's marquee game of the weekend, pitting two top-10 teams.

Baseball America ranks UC Irvine 9th in the nation and puts Texas at #5.

The computer rankings love these teams, too. Boyd Nation's ISR has Texas 4th and Irvine 7th. Ken Massey's ratings have the Longhorns 4th and the Anteaters 9th.

So why are two top ten teams meeting in the regional round? Simply because the RPI doesn't like Irvine, putting them 26th in the country.

Based on what I saw yesterday from Irvine, the RPI is dead-as-a-dodo wrong.

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Round Rock: Wake and Brown's bullpen eliminate Brown

Though the game dragged to a halt with one of the strangest ninth innings ever, Wake Forest eliminated Brown by a 4-2 score.

Starting pitcher Ben Fuller had a career day for the Deacons.

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Round Rock: Looking for Brown Alums

This might be the quickest game I've ever worked.

At the seventh inning stretch, Wake Forest leads Brown 2-1, and we've only played an hour and a half.

I expect the batters to start slowing things down and working the count soon, though, because the loser goes home.

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Round Rock: Crusing right along

After four innings in bright, warm Round Rock, Wake Forest leads Brown 3-1.

It's going very quickly, as the four innings have passed in less than an hour.

The crowd is very small, and many are lurking under the overhang to escape the sun, but with teams facing elimination, the play has been hard and crisp.


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Round Rock: Here's hoping today's as great as yesterday!

First, how freakin' great was yesterday across the nation? It was honestly the best opening round I can remember since the tournament expanded to 64, mainly because of the competitiveness of the 1-4 games. Consider...

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June 01, 2007

Round Rock: Wrap and Quotes

Tomorrow's schedule first...

Noon -- Wake Forest-Brown; Wake was dominated today but you have to figure that they'll play better. Brown burned through their one playoff-caliber pitcher tonight, so I'd expect Wake to send the Bears home. You can bet, though, that any spectators wearing burnt orange will be rooting for the Ivy Leaguers, because they really won some hearts tonight.

6 p.m. -- Irvine-Texas; Irvine played about as flawlessly as I've ever seen a team play in their 13-0 win over Wake. Seriously, that team could have beaten any team in the country today. "Awesome" is an overused word, but the Anteaters were absolutely awesome today. Plus, they have ace Scott Gorgen ready for tomorrow. Texas came out flat tonight and really got tested by Brown. You can argue that the tight game helped the Longhorns, but burning through lefty reliever Joseph Krebs for 3.1 innings didn't help them. The key to tomorrow's game may be Texas catcher Preston Clark's injury. Backup Brett Lewis played well tonight behind the dish, but with 130 stolen bases this season, Irvine's a whole 'nother story.

Quotes from game two below...

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Round Rock: Texas busts it open late

The final score goes into the record book as Texas 8, Brown 2, but that score won't reflect what a fight this was for the first seven innings.

Brown starter Jeff Dietz pitched his tail off for 7+ innings and left trailing only 4-2, but the bullpen showed why the Bears were riding Deitz so hard, as Texas plated four runs in the eighth.

Nice moment at the end of the game... As Texas and Brown went through the post-game handshake line, most of the 9,000+ in attendance gave the teams a standing ovation.

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Round Rock: OK, now Dietz is done

Brown ace Jeff Dietz faced one hitter in the 8th and was basically lobbing the ball up there compared to the stuff he was throwing earlier. Travis Tucker lined the final one of those lobs for a single.

On his walk to the dugout, Dietz got a standing ovation from the 9000+ in attendance.

Rob Hallberg is on to replace him and faces the top of the order.

Round Rock: Texas adds a run

Actually, I'm not positive he's done, but he's at 125 pitches and he struggled to get out of the 7th, leaving the bases loaded. Pitched his tail off. Incredibly courageous performance.

Oh yeah, Texas added a run and leads Brown 4-2 after seven innings.

Update: Whoops. Dietz is out to start the 8th. I've compared him to Brooks Kieschnick already tonight, and like Kieschnick, he'll apparently pitch till his arm falls off.

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Round Rock: Texas leads, Brown history

Heck of a game here! Texas has finally retaken the lead. At the end of six, it's Texas 3, Brown 2.

Brown pitcher Jeff Dietz is absolutely pitching his huevos off, but his pitch count is into the 90's and the Bears don't have much behind him.

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Round Rock: Stunner!

Brown strung together five consecutive two-out hits in the top of the fourth and now leads Texas 2-1 after three and a half innings.

Texas starter James Russell induced two flyouts to Brown's 3-4 hitters, but then hit parade began.

Matt Nuzzo, Bryan Tews, Robert Papenhause, Dan Shapiro, and Brian Kelaher delivered back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back singles.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Texas CF Nick Peoples charged Kelaher's hit hard and made a perfect throw to the plate to nail Papenhause.

The Bears have seven hits against Russell, who has only struck out one.

Round Rock: Russell gets 28th, Brown hangs in

Weird start to the second game of the night.

Brown had a chance at a big inning in the top of the first, but couldn't score.

Texas got on the board in the bottom of the inning on Kyle Russell's NCAA-leading 28th homer.

After three innings, Texas leads Brown 1-0.

Huuuuuuuuge crowd here tonight, probably pushing 10,000.

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Round Rock: Game two preview, game one wrap

Anyone who watched game one of the Round Rock Regional has to be in awe of the performance UC Irvine put on in their 13-0 hammering of Wake Forest. Even head coach Dave Serrano admitted they played perfect baseball. (See quotes below.) The Anteaters did everything right and seemed to catch every break. Wake allowed four runs in the first and basically had no chance today.

Texas and Brown will battle in game two at 7 p.m.

There should be over 7000 in attendance, which is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of Brown's total home attendance on the season.

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Round Rock: Anteater Mauling

2-seed UC Irvine scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-0 win over 3-seed Wake Forest.

The win sets Irvine up for a date tomorrow night with the winner of tonight's much-anticipated Brown-Texas game.

Wake gets the loser tomorrow at noon.

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Round Rock: Pining for the Mercy Rule


Cal Irvine added two more runs in the bottom of the 7th and leads Wake Forest 10-0 heading to the 8th.

Unfortunately, there's no mercy rule in the NCAA postseason, so this one keeps going even though it has been long decided.

The Anteaters have outhit Wake 14-4 and have only struck out once.

Wes Etheridge is back on the mound to start the 8th even though he's over 100 pitches, and no one is warming up behind him. He has struck out 10 and walked 4.

Round Rock: Anteater History

Fear the Anteater.

After five and a half innings, 2-seed Cal Irvine leads 3-seed Wake Forest 7-0.

Irvine has outhit the Deacons 11-3.

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Round Rock: Anteaters all over Deacons

Whew.

Irvine has announced their presence with authority.

Wes Etheridge worked himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, then his teammates plated four runs in the bottom of the inning. After an inning and a half, the Anteaters lead Wake Forest 4-0.

Update... Irvine has already added two more in the bottom of the second on a Tyler Vaughn double and a two seeing-eye singles. 6-0 'Eaters.

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Round Rock: Ready to Rock & Roll

2-seed Irvine (40-15-1) has pulled the day's first surprise in Round Rock. Scott Gorgen, their 1st-team All-Big West pitcher, had opened every series of the regular season for the Anteaters, but he won't be kicking off this weekend's action.

Instead Dave Serrano has handed the ball to Wes Etheridge (11-4, 2.88 ERA in 109.1 innings). Etheridge and Gorgen could be called co-aces of the staff, but Etheridge has more of a rubber arm, as he has frequently started on Saturdays and relieved in midweek games. This decision gives a strong hint that we'll see Etheridge again this weekend.

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May 31, 2007

Round Rock: Preview

Poor UC Irvine. Some clueless administrator in the athletic department fired the first shot in the war with Texas. Check out the regional announcement that ran on the UCI webpage...

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It's doubtful that you could come up with a term that's more degrading, insulting, and derogatory to Longhorn Nation than that.

So while 4-seed Brown and 3-seed Wake Forest will be joining the festivities at the Round Rock Regional, it's 2nd-seeded California Irvine that will draw the most attention.

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