By Steve Parkhurst
June 30, 2021

OMAHA — The third and final game of the 2021 College World Series final brought two aces together in a battle between Mississippi State (49–18) and Vanderbilt (49–17) to see which team could get their 50th win of the season. The team to do it would also achieve baseball supremacy.

Kumar Rocker (14–3) and Will Bednar (8–1) will both be drafted on day one of the Major League Baseball amateur draft in eleven days, but Wednesday night they faced each other both on short rest and with everything on the line.

Rowdey Jordan hit…


Jay Johnson introduced as the new head coach at LSU on Monday afternoon

By Steve Parkhurst
June 28, 2021

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University made it official in recent days, but the announcement press conference took place Monday afternoon as Jay Johnson was introduced to the Tigers community and fan base.

“We’ve started that process, being on the phone with them, initial contact, getting to know guys, diving into that from the very first day of school. What they’re doing right now in summer ball is all going to be part of the journey to lead them to being the very best player that they can be,” said Johnson.

“We’re not going…


By Steve Parkhurst
June 26, 2021

OMAHA — The College World Series has provided many things this year, up to and including drama off the field, but walk-offs have been rare. The second season-ending walk-off game of the week sent Mississippi State to the series final with a 4–3 victory on Saturday night.

Will Bednar for Mississippi State and Tristan Stevens for Texas both worked a scoreless first inning that set the tone for the night.

After a lead off walk to Ivan Melendez and a sacrifice bunt, Cam Williams, facing an 0–2 count, hit a two-run home run to…


By Steve Parkhurst
June 25, 2021

OMAHA — A rain delay of nearly four hours pushed back the start of Thursday night’s elimination game between Texas and Virginia. The storm rolling over Omaha provided some pastels and scenery that was perfect for the game that was about to unfold once the storm moved out.

Mike Vasil took the mound for Virginia while Pete Hansen opposed him for Texas.

Ivan Melendez (2-for-5) led off the second inning with a double down the left field line. One out later, a walk put two runners on base. …


Stanford catcher Kody Huff catches a key pop-up in the fifth inning Saturday

By Steve Parkhurst
June 12, 2021

LUBBOCK — When the Stanford Cardinal went into the NCAA Super Regional in Lubbock on Friday and dominated offensively and with Brendan Beck on the mound in a 15–3 victory, it was hard to imagine that the encore for the Cardinal would be better.

Alex Williams took the ball for Stanford in the Texas heat on Saturday with his ball club one win away from going to Omaha, and with a powerful Texas Tech team on the verge of elimination.

Williams opened up the game by striking out the side.

With two outs in…


By Steve Parkhurst
June 10, 2021

PITTSBURGH — The sun was shining on PNC Park in Pittsburgh when an early afternoon affair between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates got underway on Thursday.

Mookie Betts with a 2–0 count hit the third pitch of the game from Mitch Keller over the wall in center field for a lead off home run.

“He kind of fell behind there and I knew he had to come in the zone. I was ready for it,” Betts said.

Julio Urias (9–2) was on the mound for the Dodgers. In the second inning…


By Steve Parkhurst
June 7, 2021

Arizona State University fired head coach Tracy Smith less than twenty-four hours after they were eliminated from postseason in the NCAA Austin Regional . . . Smith was with the Sun Devils for seven seasons . . . Arizona State did not advance to a Super Regional in those seven seasons.

Arizona State was 1–2 in the Austin Regional . . . They were walk-off winners against the Fairfield Stags on Friday night, taking the game in the bottom of the ninth . . . They were soundly defeated by the Texas Longhorns (as…


By Steve Parkhurst
June 7, 2021

AUSTIN, TX — The NCAA Austin Regional came to an end Sunday night as the Texas Longhorns defeated the Fairfield Stags 12–2

Jack Erbeck, making his first appearance of 2021, got the start for Fairfield, he was up against left-hander Pete Hansen for Texas.

Mike Antico (2-for-2) led off the game by taking a four-pitch walk as Erbeck tried to settle in. Erbeck would load the bases with a walk. The fourth walk of the inning gave Texas a 1–0 lead with two outs. After 28 pitches, Fairfield went to the bullpen. …


Justin Guerrera greeted by teammates at home plate after a three-run home run Sunday.

By Steve Parkhurst
June 6, 2021

AUSTIN, TX — The Fairfield Stags and Arizona State Sun Devils played another thriller on Sunday at the NCAA Austin Regional as both teams had the end of their season on the line with a defeat.

This was a rematch of a game Friday night which Arizona State won on a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. After Fairfield eliminated Southern on Saturday, Texas defeated Arizona State to send the Sun Devil’s to the elimination bracket.

Bryson Cafaro (4–0) started for Fairfield and Jared Glenn (6–2) took the mound for Arizona State.

In…


By Steve Parkhurst
June 6, 2021

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Longhorns and Arizona State Sun Devils played a winner’s bracket game Saturday night in the NCAA Austin Regional. Weather forced delays that pushed the start of the game back just over two hours.

Ty Madden for Texas took on Justin Fall for Arizona State as the two looked to put their team in control of the regional headed into Sunday.

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the third. Fall walked three of the first four Longhorns batters he faced in the frame. With the bases loaded and…

Steve Parkhurst

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