2008 College World Series - Bracket One


1. Miami Hurricanes

Coral Gables, Florida

Automatic bid - won ACC Tournament, 3-0 in Coral Gables Regional, 2-1 in Coral Gables Super Regional

2008 record: 23-5, 52-9 (first in ACC Coastal)

Head coach: Jim Morris (Elon, 1973)

Record at school: 694-254-2, 15 years

Overall record: 1329-539-4, 30 years

Assistant coaches: J.D. Arteaga, Gino DiMare, Joe Mercadante

Team offense: .322 BA, 541 R, 100 HR, .544 SLG%, .421 OB%, 98/123 SB

Team pitching: 3.93 ERA, 549.1 IP, 522 H, 175 BB, 532 K

Top hitters: Jemile Weeks (.367/11/59/21-22 SB), Yonder Alonso (.367/23/71/.774 SLG%), Blake Tekotte (.357/11/47/26-32 SB), Ryan Jackson (.354/4/50/19 2B), Mark Sobolewski (.322/8/61/16 2B), Adan Severino (.318/4/22), Dave DiNatale (.304/9/43/12 2B), Dennis Raben (.298/10/49/14 2B)

Top pitchers: Kyle Bellamy (6-0, 3 SV, 1.97, 59.1 IP, 37 H, 12 BB, 69 K), Chris Hernandez (11-0, 2.62, 106.1 IP, 85 H, 17 BB, 112 K), Carlos Gutierrez (5-3, 13 SV, 3.02, 47.2 IP, 36 H, 18 BB, 70 K), Eric Erickson (8-1, 4.32, 73 IP, 76 H, 16 BB, 62 K), Enrique Garcia (7-2, 4.56, 81 IP, 89 H, 34 BB, 64 K) , David Gutierrez (5-0, 1 SV, 4.67, 52 IP, 49 H, 17 BB, 40 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2007 (1-2 at Columbia, Mo. Regional)

Notes: Miami is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This is the 23rd CWS appearance for the Hurricanes and 36th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Miami is 46-36 all-time in Omaha. Miami has won four national titles (1982, 1985, 1999, 2001). The Hurricanes won their first ACC Tournament title. Miami is 46-4 at home in postseason play under Jim Morris. The Hurricanes won their 25th Regional title in 37 appearances and are 10-1 in Super Regional home games. They have reached Omaha in 11 of Morris’ 15 years, and Morris has led Georgia Tech and Miami to 22 straight Regionals. Assistant coach J.D. Arteaga played on four straight CWS teams and graduated as the school’s leader in wins with 43. Freshman phenom Chris Hernandez (11-0) has the best freshmen record in school history and has one walk in his past 34.1 innings. He’s struck out 112 compared to 17 walks. Ryan Jackson was Most Outstanding Player in the regional, going 6 for 11 (.545) with two homers and four RBI. Miami is 43-0 when leading after eight innings. Dennis Raben was a Cape Cod all-star last summer and led the league with 35 RBI. Blake Tekotte played at home in 2007 in the Columbia, Mo., Regional and squared off against some familiar Tigers again in the 2008 Regional. Opponents hit .179 off reliever Kyle Bellamy, who’s K/BB ratio is 6 to 1. Thirteen Hurricanes hail from Miami. The Hurricanes are 21-6 in games decided by three or fewer runs. Miami is 45-0 when leading after eight. Miami fields .975 as a team and has made 59 errors in 61 games. The Hurricanes had eight players drafted, including three in the first round (Yonder Alonso, Cincinnati; Jemile Weeks, Oakland; Carlos Gutierrez, Minnesota). Miami is 2-2 all-time against Georgia. This will be their first meeting in Omaha.


4. Florida State Seminoles

Tallahassee, Florida

At-large bid from ACC, 4-1 in Tallahassee Regional, 2-1 in Tallahassee Super Regional

2008 record: 24-6, 54-12 (first in ACC Atlantic)

Head coach: Mike Martin (Florida State, 1966)

Record at school: 1,538-518-4, 29 years

Overall record: 1,538-518-4, 29 years

Assistant coaches: Mike Martin, Jr., Jamey Shouppe, Rod Delmonico

Team offense: .354 BA, 653 R, 101 HR, .568 SLG%, .460 OB%, 66/101 SB

Team pitching: 4.102 ERA, 580P, 552, 255BB, 495

Top hitters: Buster Posey (.460/26/92/20 2B), Stuart Tapley (.396/8/39/14 2B), Jack Rye (.381/7/52/15 2B), Tony Delmonico (.380/8/69/19 2B), Mike McGee (.348/6/36), Tommy Oravetz (.342/4/31/14 2B), Dennis Guinn (.324/18/74/18 2B), Tyler Holt (.320/3/40/15-24 SB), Jason Stidham (.317/10/59/13 2B), Ohmed Danesh (.290/3/29/11 2B)

Top pitchers: Buster Posey (0-0, 6 SV, 0.00, 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K), Bo O’Dell (5-1, 3.62, 54.2 IP, 61 H, 20 BB, 37 K), Matt Fairel (12-2, 3.74, 106 IP, 101 H, 38 BB, 97 K), Jimmy Marshall (6-2, 2 SV, 3.74, 45.2 IP, 41 H, 31 BB, 54 K), Elih Villanueva (7-3, 3.79, 97.1 IP, 83 H, 38 BB, 94 K), Mike McGee (7-1, 4.04, 55.2 IP, 50 H, 24 BB, 33 K), Ryan Strauss (10-1, 4.25, 82.2 IP, 69 H, 32 BB, 67 K) , Geoff Parker (6-2, 4.42, 59 IP, 65 H, 20 BB, 55 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2007 (2-2 in Tallahassee Regional)

Notes: FSU has made 31 consecutive NCAA appearances, second to Miami’s 36 straight, and 46 overall. The Seminoles are the all-time leaders in regional and Super Regional wins with 130. FSU is making its 19th CWS appearance and first since 2000. The Seminoles are 25-36 in Omaha. As a team, FSU has more walks (424) than strikeouts (414). The Seminoles have drawn double-figure walks 12 times, including a season-high 14 at Virginia Tech on March 22. FSU is 39-0 when leading after eight innings. FSU has scored 106 runs in eight NCAA tourney games, 10 away from the school record set in 1999. Buster Posey has raised his batting average to .460. Posey is tied for the national lead with 26 home runs, even with Georgia’s Gordon Beckham, LSU’s Matt Clark and Michael Harrington of College of Charleston. Tony Delmonico, a transfer from Tennessee, had a fantastic year after hitting .329 with 12 homers in two years with the Vols. He’s the son of coach Rod Delmonico, the former Vols coach who joined FSU’s staff this year. Jack Rye has been a four-year starter in the outfield - his father Alan pitched at UCLA. Coach Mike Martin has led the Noles to the College World Series 13 times and 29 straight regionals. He’s amassed more than 50 wins an incredible 23 times. FSU is 9-8 all-time against Stanford, including 2-1 in 1999 CWS, their only meeting in Omaha. Florida State drew 202,132, an average of 4,930 in 41 home dates. Both attendance figures set school records.


8. Georgia Bulldogs

Athens, Georgia

At-large bid from SEC, 4-1 in Athens Regional, 2-1 in Athens Super Regional

2008 record: 20-9-1, 41-23-1 (first in SEC East)

Head coach: Dave Perno (Georgia, 1991)

Record at school: 247-182-1, seven years

Overall record: 247-182-1, seven years

Assistant coaches: Jason Eller, Brady Wiederhold, Justin Holmes

Team offense: .309 BA, 473 R, 92 HR, .485 SLG%, .392 OBP, 71/94 SB

Team pitching: 4.82 ERA, 581 IP, 599 H, 222 BB, 486 K

Top hitters: Gordon Beckham (.41/26/72/17-18 SB), Rich Poythress (.370/15/67/19 2B), Bryce Massanari (.343/11/65/12 2B), Ryan Peisel (.335/10/49/21 2B), Matt Olson (.331/8/43/12 2B), Matt Cerione (.307/7/28/12 2B)

Top pitchers: Joshua Fields (2-2, 16 SV, 2.76, 32.2 IP, 14 H, 20 BB, 59 K), Dean Weaver (5-1, 2.71, 43.2 IP, 41 H, 18 BB, 45 K), Nick Montgomery (4-2, 4.06, 57.2 IP, 51 H, 15 BB, 56 K), Stephen Dodson (5-4, 4.25, 91 IP, 93 H, 13 BB, 48 K), Trevor Holder (8-4, 4.34, 87 IP, 100 H, 24 BB, 59 K), Nathan Moreau (4-3, 5.27, 68.1 IP, 71 H, 32 BB, 53 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2006 (4-1 in Athens Regional, 2-1 in Athens Super Regional, 0-2 in College World Series)

Notes: After going 16-10 through March, Georgia won 11 of 13 to begin April and captured the SEC regular-season title. Their 20-9-1 mark was their best ever conference record. Georgia has made nine NCAA Tournament appearances and reached the CWS six times. The Bulldogs were national champions in 1990. The Bulldogs have reached Omaha in three of Perno’s five trips to the NCAA postseason. UGA is 16-0 in NCAA tourney elimination games at Foley Field. They improved on that mark after getting upset by Lipscomb on Friday by rallying to win four straight against Louisville, Lipscomb and Georgia Tech (2). Senior outfielder Matt Olson went 5 for 6 with four runs and three RBI in the final win, going 18 for 26 (.692) with 10 runs and six RBI to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. Nick Montgomery gave the Dawgs a lift, tossing a complete-game shutout of the Yellow Jackets on Sunday. The powerful Georgia offense is led by SEC Player of the Year Gordon Beckham, whose 26 home runs set a school record. He’s tied for the national lead with Buster Posey of FSU, Matt Clark of LSU and Michael Harrington of College of Charleston. Beckham crossed the plate 90 times, most in Bulldogs history. He is also a finalist for Dick Howser trophy, the SEC scholar-athlete of the year and a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. All-American senior closer Joshua Fields is also a Golden Spikes semifinalist and was voted the SEC Pitcher of the Year. He was named Stopper of the Year by the NCBWA. Perno completed the Bulldogs' sweep of the top awards by winning the SEC Coach of the Year award. Georgia is 2-2 all-time vs. Miami. This will be their first meeting in Omaha.


Stanford Cardinal

Stanford, California

At-large bid from Pac-10 Conference, 4-1 in Stanford Regional, 2-0 in Fullerton Super Regional

2008 record: 14-10, 39-22-2 (second in Pac-10)

Head coach: Mark Marquess (Stanford, 1969)

Record at school: 1,324-667-7 (32 years)

Overall record: 1,324-667-7 (32 years)

Assistant coaches: Dean Stotz, Dave Nakama, Jeff Austin

Team offense: .299 BA, 469 R, 76 HR, .476 SLG%, .375 OB%, 47/63 SB

Team pitching: 4.37, 568.1 IP, 601 H, 232 BB, 402 K

Top hitters: Jason Castro (.379/13/69/17 2B), Cord Phelps (.349/13/53/14 2B), Randy Molina (.340/5/40/15 2B), Joey August (.316/1/21), Brent Milleville (.297/10/52), Sean Ratliff (.295/21/66/13 2B)

Top pitchers: Jeremy Bleich (3-2, 1 SV, 0-92, 39 IP, 26 H, 23 BB, 31 K), Drew Storen (4-3, 8 SV, 2.79, 51.2 IP, 45 H, 14 BB, 45 K), Danny Sandbrink (2-1, 1 SV, 2.85, 53.2 IP, 54 H, 18 BB, 27 K), Austin Yount (6-3, 1 SV, 3.38, 61.1 IP, 62 H, 17 BB, 34 K), Jeffrey Inman (7-2, 4.34, 66.1 IP, 79 H, 26 BB, 40 K), Erik Davis (7-3, 4.67, 98.1 IP, 93 H, 36 BB, 96 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2006 (3-0 in Austin Regional, 0-2 in Corvallis Super Regional)

Notes: Stanford went 5-0 against Cal State Fullerton after the two-game sweep of the Fullerton Super Regional. This was the seventh Super Regional for the Cardinal. After losing in the opening round of the Stanford Regional to UC Davis, the Cardinal won four straight to win the regional title. Head coach Mark Marquess is 10th on the all-time victory list for Division I with 1,324 and sixth among active coaches. Marquess is two games away from coaching 2,000 at Stanford. The Cardinal have been to the College World Series 16 times, with a 38-27 record in Omaha. Stanford has won at least one game in each of its previous 15 CWS trips. The Cardinal has won two national titles, 1987 and 1988. Jason Castro is a finalist for the Johnny Bench award. Closer Drew Storen was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Austin Yount is the nephew of Major League Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount. His father, Larry, pitched in the minors for the Houston Astros and made it to the major leagues, but was injured during warm-ups prior to an inning. He did not get into a major league game, but is credited for one appearance. Cory Bannister’s father, Floyd, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1976 draft by the Astros and pitched in the majors for 15 years. His brother, Brian, is a pitcher with the Kansas City Royals and his brother, Brett, is in the Seattle Mariners’ farm system. Stanford had seven players drafted, including Jason Castro in the first round, 10th overall, by Houston. Stanford is 8-9 all-time against Florida State, including a 1-2 record in Omaha.