2010 College World Series Capsules

Capsules by Barrett Neale, Michael Perry, Matt Mullen, Andrew Woods, Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton


1. Arizona State Sun Devils

Tempe, Arizona

Automatic Bid - Won Pac-10 regular season title

Won Tempe Regional, Won Tempe Super Regional

2010 record: 20-7, 52-8 (first in Pac-10)

Head coach: Tim Esmay (Arizona State, 1987)

Record at school: 52-8, 1 year

Overall record: 260-242, 10 years

Assistant coaches: Travis Jewett, Ken Knutson, Mike Benjamin

Team offense: .338 BA, 513 R , 68 HR, .539 SLG%, .436 OB%, 134-176 SB

Team pitching: 3.14 ERA, 541 IP, 480 H, 160 BB, 537 K

Top hitters: Riccio Torrez (.399/10/53/27 2B/23 HBP/20-24 SB), Zack MacPhee (.394/9/64/14 3B/19-23 SB), Deven Marrero (.392/6/41/11 2B/11-12 SB), Johnny Ruettiger (.352/4/35), Zach Wilson (.352/8/45/17 2B), Drew Maggi (.335/5/39/10 2B/35-44 SB), Kole Calhoun (.327/17/59/11 2B), Raoul Torrez (.272/3/45), Austin Barnes (.262/1/22)

Top pitchers: Brady Rodgers (4-3, 3 SV, 2.03 ERA, 71 IP, 49 H, 11 BB, 66 K), Jordan Swagerty (2-0, 14 SV, 2.06 ERA, 35 IP, 32 H, 10 BB, 46 K), Mitchell Lambson (8-2, 3 SV, 2.10 ERA, 68.2 IP, 38 H, 18 BB, 90 K), Seth Blair (12-0, 3.35 ERA, 102 IP, 105 H, 24 H, 104 K), Merrill Kelly (10-2, 3.57 ERA, 98.1 IP, 89 H, 37 BB, 75 K), Jake Borup (11-1, 4.08 ERA, 81.2 IP, 79 H, 26 BB, 63 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 in Tempe Regional, 2-0 in Tempe Super Regional, 2-2 at College World Series)

Notes: The Sun Devils are making their 22nd appearance in the College World Series. ASU has reached Omaha for the second straight season and the fourth time in the past six years. It is their first time going in consecutive seasons since 1993 and 1994. The Sun Devils have won five national championships. ASU is third with 97 CWS games, 61 CWS victories and a CWS winning percentage of .629. ASU is the only school to have hosted a Super Regional each of the past four seasons. The Sun Devils are undefeated in the postseason, going 3-0 in its regional and 2-0 against Arkansas with a pair of 12-innings wins in the Super Regional. Tim Esmay has been named head coach after carrying the interim title during the regular season. ASU had 10 players taken in the 2010 MLB Draft, including right-hander Seth Blair in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals and righty Jordan Swagerty in the second round by the Cardinals. The Sun Devils had four players named to the College World Series Legends Team: Eddie Bane (1972, 1973), Sal Bando (1964, 1965), Bob Horner (1976, 1977, 1978) and Barry Bonds (1983, 1984).


Clemson Tigers

Clemson, South Carolina

At-large bid from ACC, Won Auburn Regional, Won Clemson Super Regional

2010 record: 18-12, 43-23 (second in Atlantic Division)

Head coach: Jack Leggett (Maine, 1976)

Record at school: 767-354-1, 17 years

Overall record: 1,144-644-1, 31 years

Assistant coaches: Tom Riginos, Dan Pepicelli, Michael Johnson

Team offense: .310 BA, 584 R, 93 HR, .500 SLG%, .407 OB%, 102-126 SB

Team pitching: 4.72 ERA, 591 IP, 651 H, 213 BB, 460 K

Top hitters: Brad Miller (.369/8/48/19 2B), Kyle Parker (.353/20/64/15 2B), John Hinson (.345/17/72/23-27 SB), Mike Freeman (.338/8/57/24 2B/11-12 SB), Jeff Schaus (.328/15/85), Wilson Boyd (.306/5/45), Will Lamb (.290/4/36/14-14 SB), Chris Epps (.225/3/16/15-22 SB)

Top pitchers: Casey Harman (7-3, 3.73 ERA, 108.2 IP, 101 H, 31 BB, 95 K), Alex Frederick (7-2, 2 SV, 3.90 ERA, 57.2 IP, 59 H, 25 BB, 50 K), David Haselden (4-4, 2 SV, 4.54 ERA, 37.2 IP, 43 H, 12 BB, 29 K), Dominic Leone (3-1, 4.39 ERA, 55.1 IP, 64 H, 20 BB, 40 K), Scott Weismann (8-2, 5.09 ERA, 92 IP, 99 H, 30 BB, 69 K), Tomas Cruz (3-3, 3 SV, 5.79 ERA, 37.1 IP, 48 H, 16 BB, 24 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-2 at Clemson Regional, 0-2 at Tempe Super Regional)

Notes: This will be the 13th trip to the College World Series for the Tigers. Clemson last appeared in Omaha in 2006 and senior Wilson Boyd is the only remaining player from that team. The Tigers are still looking for their first national championship. Clemson is the only team to reach Omaha after being a regional #2 seed. Richie Shaffer hit two home runs in the 8-6 win over Alabama to win the Super Regional. Clemson, winner of the ACC’s Atlantic Division, is the only school in conference history to become division champions in football and baseball during the same academic year. Head coach Jack Leggett was a captain on the 1976 University of Maine College World Series team and also played three years of football for the Black Bears. Representing Clemson on the All-ACC Baseball Team were junior outfielder Kyle Parker, a first-team selection, and senior second baseman Mike Freeman and junior outfielder Jeff Schaus on the second team. Parker – whose father, Carl, played six seasons in the NFL – also plays quarterback for the Tigers’ football team, and his grand slam on April 21 made him the first Division I athlete to throw 20 touchdown passes and hit 15 home runs. He has now reached his goal of 20 touchdown passes and 20 home runs. Schaus is from a family of college athletes: his parents went to Canisius, where Michael played football and Carolyn played basketball, and his sister, Kristen, struck out a school-record 833 batters from 2005-08 as Princeton’s softball pitcher.


3. Florida Gators

Gainesville, Florida

At-large bid from SEC, Won Gainesville Regional, Won Gainesville Super Regional

2010 record: 22-8, 47-15 (first in SEC East)

Head coach: Kevin O'Sullivan (Virginia, 1991)

Record at school: 123-61, 3 years

Overall record: 123-61, 3 years

Assistant coaches: Brad Weitzel, Craig Bell, Don Norris

Team offense: .300 BA, 431 R, 81 HR, .480 SLG%, .381 OBP%, 92-126 SB

Team pitching: 3.96 ERA, 548 IP, 572 H, 130 BB, 441 K

Top hitters: Matt den Dekker (.358/13/49/23-30 SB), Preston Tucker (.339/11/46/16 2B), Austin Maddox (.333/17/71/16 2B), Tyler Thompson (.298/6/28), Nolan Fontana (.281/3/23/15 2B), Mike Zunino (.274/9/41), Daniel Pigott (.274/1/22/10 2B), Josh Adams (.226/8/41/12 2B)

Top pitchers: Kevin Chapman (3-0, 11 SV, 1.48 ERA, 42.2 IP, 28 H, 7 BB, 43 K), Hudson Randall (8-3, 2.95 ERA, 94.2 IP, 98 H, 19 BB, 68 K), Alex Panteliodis (11-2, 3.26 ERA, 96.2 IP, 81 H, 22 BB, 80 K), Jeff Barfield (4-0, 2 SV, 3.31 ERA, 35.1 IP, 27 H, 2 BB, 23 K), Brian Johnson (6-4, 3.97 ERA, 70.1 IP, 82 H, 14 BB, 48 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Gainesville Regional, 0-2 in Gainesville Super Regional)

Notes: The Gators are making their sixth appearance in the College World Series and their first trip since 2005. Florida is looking for its first national title and was runner-up in 2005, falling to Texas in the championship series. The Gators are undefeated in the NCAA postseason, having gone 3-0 in their regional and 2-0 against Miami (Fla.) in the Super Regional. UF drew a school-record crowd of 5,783 fans at McKethan Stadium Saturday evening against the Hurricanes in the Super Regional finale. Florida had six players selected in the MLB Draft, including lefty Kevin Chapman in the fourth round by the Kansas City Royals and Matt den Dekker by the New York Mets in the fifth round. Preston Tucker was the NCBWA freshman hitter of the year last year, the first Gator to ever win the honor. Florida had four players named Freshman All-Americans: shortstop Nolan Fontana, lefty/DH Brian Johnson, third baseman Austin Maddox and right-hander Hudson Randall.


Florida State Seminoles

Tallahassee, Florida

Automatic bid – won ACC Tournament,

Won Norwich Regional, Won Tallahassee Super Regional

2010 record: 18-12, 47-18 (first in Atlantic Division)

Head coach: Mike Martin (Florida State, 1966)

Record at school: 1,626-556-4, 31 years

Overall record: 1,626-556-4, 31 years

Assistant coaches: Jamey Shouppe, Mike Martin Jr., Brian Hoop

Team offense: .301 BA, 527 R, 81 HR, .497 SLG%, .413 OB%, 96-114 SB

Team pitching: 4.38 ERA, 572.2 IP, 565 H, 255 BB, 524 K

Top hitters: Tyler Holt (.352/12/46/26 2B/30-33 SB), Sherman Johnson (.332/9/57/15 2B), Mike McGee (.328/15/68), Jayce Boyd (.327/8/36), James Ramsey (.294/9/62/5 3B), Stephen Cardullo (.276/10/50/20-21 SB), Stuart Tapley (.274/7/38)

Top pitchers: Mike McGee (4-0, 12 SV, 1.37 ERA, 26.1 IP, 11 H, 16 BB, 33 K), Brian Busch (5-2, 3.97 ERA, 77 IP, 64 H, 33 BB, 70 K), Hunter Scantling (3-2, 4.30, 44 IP, 44 H, 13 BB, 39 K), Geoff Parker (4-1, 3 SV, 4.85, 78 IP, 79 H, 40 BB, 71 K), Sean Gilmartin (9-7, 4.89, 108.2 IP, 126 H, 31 BB, 107 K), John Gast (7-3, 5.61, 67.1 IP, 80 H, 26 BB, 59 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Tallahassee Regional, 0-2 at Tallahassee Super Regional)

Notes: FSU is making its 20th appearance in the College World Series and first since 2008. The Seminoles are looking for their first national title. The Seminoles have played in the NCAA tournament and had at least 40 wins for 33 straight years, spanning Mike Martin’s entire head coaching tenure. Their streak of tournament appearances is the second-longest in the country – fellow ACC team Miami has 38. Florida State was the only No. 1 regional seed to get sent on the road, winning the Norwich Regional. Martin is one of only three coaches – the others are Augie Garrido of Texas and Gene Stephenson of Wichita State – to win 1,600 games. Juniors Tyler Holt, an outfielder who played for Team USA during the summer of 2009, and Mike McGee, a two-way player, were selected to the All-ACC First Team. Holt has started all 196 games of his career and holds the nation’s longest active streak for consecutive starts. McGee – whose younger brother Stephen also plays baseball for the Seminoles – is one of 25 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy. Stephen Cardullo, who joined the team as a walk-on in 2007, is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Sophomore outfielder James Ramsey is the son of two former Florida State athletes: his mother Mary played tennis and his father Craig played baseball and captained the 1980 College World Series team.


Oklahoma Sooners

Norman, Oklahoma

At-large bid from Big 12, Won Norman Regional, Won Charlottesville Super Regional

2010 record: 15-10, 49-16 (second in Big 12)

Head coach: Sunny Golloway (Oklahoma Christian, 1984)

Record at school: 219-114-1, 6 years

Overall record: 554-270-1, 14 years

Assistant coaches: Tim Tadlock, Mike Bell, Russell Raley

Team offense: .312 BA, 515 R, 100 HR, .523 SLG%, .401 OB%, 95-126 SB

Team pitching: 3.79 ERA, 579.2 IP, 570 H, 207 BB, 562 K

Top hitters: Garrett Buechele (.371/16/64/16 2B), Cody Reine (.341/10/42), Danny Black (.333/5/48/14-20 SB), Chris Ellison (.335/4/32/23-26 SB), Caleb Bushyhead (.325/5/36/16 2B/12-19 SB), Cameron Seitzer (.311/15/52/15 2B), Max White (.307/15/43/13 2B)

Top pitchers: Ryan Duke (3-1, 11 SV, 3.41 ERA, 34.1 IP, 30 H, 13 BB, 37 K), Michael Rocha (7-2, 3.57 ERA, 68 IP, 62 H, 19 BB, 53 K), Jeremy Erben (7-1, 5 SV, 3.65 ERA, 69 IP, 64 H, 26 BB, 75 K), Bobby Shore (10-4, 3.86 ERA, 91 IP, 88 H, 31 BB, 77 K), Zach Neal (8-3, 4.65 ERA, 98.2 IP, 107 H, 23 BB, 88 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (2-2 in Norman Regional)

Notes: OU is making its 10th appearance in the College World Series and first since 1995. The Sooners have two national championships, in 1951 and 1994. The 1951 title came in the fifth NCAA Baseball Championship and the second in Omaha. OU is 14-14 in 28 games in Omaha. OU head coach Sunny Golloway was an assistant coach on the Sooners’ 1994 national championship team. Assistant coach Mike Bell was a pitcher and first baseman at Florida State in 1994 and 1995 as the Seminoles made consecutive CWS appearances. The Sooners have back-to-back 40-win seasons for the first time since 1988-89. Max White homered in his first official at-bat as a Sooner on Feb. 27. Sophomore Garrett Buechele leads the team in batting average and homers - his father is former major leaguer Steve Buechele. Cameron Seitzer's father is former big leaguer Kevin Seitzer. Jeremy Erben was the Sooners' opening day starter in 2008 but has turned into a splendid reliever He and reliever Michael Rocha have combined to go 14-3 over 137 innings.

South Carolina Gamecocks

Columbia, South Carolina

At-large bid from SEC, Won Columbia Regional, Won Myrtle Beach Super Regional

2010 record: 21-9, 48-15 (second in SEC East)

Head coach: Ray Tanner (North Carolina State, 1980)

Record at school: 628-281, 14 years

Overall record: 1,023-454-3, 23 years

Assistant coaches: Chad Holbrook, Mark Calvi, Sammy Esposito

Team offense: .302 BA, 464 R, 90 HR, .493 SLG%, .396 OBP, 45-66 SB

Team pitching: 3.61 ERA, 566.2 IP, 482 H, 208 BB, 568 K

Top hitters: Jackie Bradley, Jr. (.371/11/51/11 2B), Whit Merrifield (.32712/38/12-18 SB), Brady Thomas (.322/8/28/12 2B), Adam Matthews (.318/7/31/12 2B), Christian Walker (.315/7/46), Jeffery Jones (.300/8/29), Adrian Morales (.286/8/52/15 2B)

Top pitchers: Jose Mata (7-1, 2.34 ERA, 42.1 IP, 33 H, 10 BB, 36 K), Matt Price (3-1, 10 SV, 2.54 ERA, 46 IP, 30 H, 18 BB, 68 K), Blake Cooper (12-1, 2.81 ERA, 118.1 IP, 98 H, 35 BB, 102 K), Sam Dyson (5-5, 4.35 ERA, 89 IP, 85 H, 20 BB, 93 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2009 (2-2 at Greenville Regional)

Notes: South Carolina is making its ninth appearance in the College World Series and first since 2004. The Gamecocks are looking for their first national title. South Carolina has a record of 17-16 in Omaha. The Gamecocks advanced to Omaha for three consecutive years from 2002-04. South Carolina is undefeated in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, going 3-0 in the Columbia Regional and 2-0 against Coastal Carolina in the Myrtle Beach Super Regional. The Gamecocks have finished first or second in their division in the SEC regular season in 10 of coach Ray Tanner's 14 years. Tanner previously was the boss at NC State. USC finished unbeaten (14-0) in non-conference midweek games for the first time and is one of eight teams to win 40-plus games each of the past 11 seasons. The Gamecocks were CBI's Team of the Week earlier this year. Opponents hit only .229 off the USC pitching staff. The Gamecocks are 37-1 when leading after six innings and 22-0 when scoring 10 or more runs.  

TCU Horned Frogs

Fort Worth, Texas

Automatic bid – won Mountain West Tournament,

Won Fort Worth Regional, Won Austin Super Regional

2010 record: 19-5, 51-12 (first in Mountain West)

Head coach: Jim Schlossnagle (Elon, 1992)

Record at school: 302-132, 7 years

Overall record: 379-179, 9 years

Assistant coaches: Todd Whitting, Randy Mazey, Ryan Shotzberger

Team offense: .340 BA, 543 R, 92 HR, .558 SLG%, .415 OB%, 71-104 SB

Team pitching: 3.46 ERA, 564.2 IP, 532 H, 182 BB, 521 K

Top hitters: Jason Coats (.373/13/66/22 2B), Josh Elander (.360/2/33/16 2B), Brance Rivera (.358/6/26), Bryan Holaday (.350/13/48/23 2B), Matt Curry (.346/17/60/26 2B/.702 SLG%), Taylor Featherston (.338/7/45), Jerome Pena (.320/9/49), Aaron Schultz (.303/9/52/11-14 SB)

Top pitchers: Kaleb Merck (2-1, 3 SV, 1.08 ERA, 25 IP, 16 H, 5 BB, 19 K) , Tyler Lockwood (6-2, 7 SV, 1.97 ERA, 59.1 IP, 53 H, 17 BB, 36 K), Steven Maxwell (11-2, 2.41 ERA, 100.2 IP, 83 H, 34 BB, 89 K), Kyle Winkler (12-1, 2.84, 114 IP, 103 H, 33 BB, 90 K), Matt Purke (14-0, 3.23 ERA, 103 IP, 84 H, 28 BB, 133 K), Trent Appleby (3-1, 1 SV, 4.70 ERA, 38.1 IP, 45 H, 11 BB, 24 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Fort Worth Regional, 1-2 at Austin Super Regional)

Notes: TCU is the only team in this year's CWS field that is making its debut in Omaha. TCU and Florida are the only two schools to play in a BCS bowl game and reach the College World Series. The Horned Frogs remain the only team in D-I that didn't lose a weekend series all season. In the Super Regionals, Kyle Winkler pitched into the eighth as TCU eliminated Texas, the top pitching team in the country. In the first game of the series, Matt Purke shut down the Longhorns into the eighth. Tyler Lockwood saved both games. Over the past seven years, TCU has averaged 43 wins. The team set single-season records for home runs with 90 and doubles with 170. The Horned Frogs are coming off of a Mountain West conference championship, their fifth during the past six years, and a fifth-consecutive regular-season conference title. Junior Steven Maxwell was named Pitcher of the Year, pitcher Matt Purke was chosen as Freshman of the Year and Jim Schlossnagle was awarded Coach of the Year for the fifth straight time. Bryan Holaday, the team captain and MVP of the MWC tournament, is one of 16 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Purke, the 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft, and Winkler have both accepted invitations to compete in the 2010 USA National Team Trials in July. Matt Curry's brother Josh played at Dallas Baptist. There has been a recent run of Horned Frogs in the major leagues: Andrew Castner; Jake Arrieta, Chad Huffman and Sam Demel each have made their debut in the past two weeks. Scott Atchison is a rookie for the Red Sox. Head coach Jim Schlossnagle was the associate head coach at Tulane and then spent two years as the head coach at UNLV before arriving in Fort Worth.


6. UCLA Bruins

Los Angeles, California

At-large bid from the Pac-10,

Won Los Angeles Regional, Won Los Angeles Super Regional

2010 record: 18-9, 48-14 (second in Pac-10)

Head coach:  John Savage (Nevada, 1991)

Record at school: 171-164, 6 years

Overall record: 277-248-1, 9 years

Assistant coaches: Rick Vanderhook, Steve Pearse, P.C. Shaw

Team offense: .307 BA, 438 R, 61 HR, .464 SLG%, .401 OB %, 97-128 SB

Team pitching: 2.97 ERA, 564 IP, 454 H, 189 BB, 639 K

Top hitters: Dean Espy (.353/8/48), Beau Amaral (.352/4/29), Justin Uribe (.329/3/27), Tyler Rahmatulla (.328/7/45/19 2B/13-21 SB), Blair Dunlap (.323/5/23/20 2B), Cody Keefer (.318/2/31), Cody Regis (.317/8/42/16 2B), Brett Krill (.284/7/36/13 2B), Niko Gallego (.264/3/30/13 2B/16 HBP/26-27 SB), Steve Rodriguez (.255/8/35)

Top pitchers: Dan Klein (6-0, 9 SV, 1.93 ERA, 46.2 IP, 37 H, 9 BB, 50 K), Garett Claypool (8-3, 2.05 ERA, 79 IP, 46 H, 19 BB, 72 K), Rob Rasmussen (11-2, 2.73 ERA, 99 IP, 76 H, 28 BB, 117 K), Trevor Bauer (10-3, 3.02 ERA, 116.1 IP, 111 H, 37 BB, 141 K), Gerrit Cole (10-3, 3.25 ERA, 108 IP, 76 H, 49 BB, 138 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2008 (2-2 in Fullerton Regional)

Notes: UCLA is headed to Omaha for the first time since 1997 and third time overall - in two previous trips to the CWS, the Bruins are 0-4. The Bruins have set a school record for wins, an increase of 21 wins from last year, and boast the nation's second-best pitching staff with a 2.97 ERA (Texas). They also boast a Pac-10 record 639 strikeouts, which topped the 2009 mark set by Arizona State. UCLA pitchers have limited opponents to two or fewer runs in 30 games (29-1). The Bruins are 19-4 away from Jackie Robinson Stadium. Super Regional hero Tyler Rahmatulla, who plays second and bats third for the Bruins, will miss the CWS after fracturing his wrist in the post-game celebration against Cal State Fullerton. UCLA's top three starters - Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and Rob Rasmussen - combined to go 31-8 and each has topped 100 strikeouts. Bauer (141) is nine short of the single-season strikeout record held by Pete Janicki (1992), and Cole is 12 short. Rasmussen pitched a complete-game gem in the do-or-die game against Fullerton. Dan Klein has appeared in 36 games, three short of the school mark (Bruce Baranick, 1972). Former Bruins playing in the major leagues include Chase Utley and Troy Glaus. Center fielder Beau Amaral is the son of former big leaguer Rich Amaral, and shortstop Niko Gallego is the son of former big leaguer Mike Gallego. Coach John Savage, who previously coached UC Irvine, has led the Bruins to four postseason appearances in six years. The Bruins had 11 players selected in the MLB draft, led by Rasmussen by Florida in the second round and Klein by Baltimore in the third round.