June 23, 2007

College World Series Capsules

College World Series Schedule and Recaps


Random Thoughts


By Sean Ryan

CollegeBaseballInsider.com Co-Founder


OMAHA, Neb. - A few random thoughts a few minutes before first pitch…

North Carolina will try (again) to become the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to win college baseball’s national title since 1955. Wake Forest is the only ACC team to take home the title.


Oregon State allowed four or fewer runs in 39 of its 65 games; North Carolina allowed four or fewer in 46 of 71 games. The Beavers lost consecutive games twice all year – a three-game sweep at Arizona and a three-game sweep vs. Arizona State after a loss to Washington State. The Tar Heels also lost consecutive games twice, dropping two in a row to Virginia and two to Florida State after a loss to Campbell.


The rematch for the college baseball title is the first since USC and Arizona State played each other in 1972 and 1973.


Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham’s grandfather played quarterback at Michigan. Third baseman Lonnie Lechelt’s first two at-bats in college produced home runs; he’s hit two in 151 at-bats since. Infielder Jason Ogata is a transfer from Louisiana State. Pitcher Alex Sogard’s brother is Arizona State’s Eric Sogard. Associate head coach/pitching coach Dan Spencer contributed a journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2007.


North Carolina coach Mike Fox played in the College World Series and also won a D-III title, leading North Carolina Wesleyan to a crown in 1989. Ace Robert Woodard never lost a game at home and is the only pitcher in school history to rank in the top 10 in wins, winning percentage, innings and strikeouts. Frosh Dustin Ackley leads the nation with 116 hits, a school record. Leading hitter Josh Horton has walked or been hit by a pitch 48 times compared to 21 strikeouts.