Dec. 30, 2011


CBI Looks Back: 2011


By Phil Stanton and Sean Ryan Co-Founders or @roadtoomaha or @collbaseball


The 2011 college baseball season started with Wake Forest coach Tom Walter donating a kidney to Demon Deacons freshman Kevin Jordan (pictured right). It ended with South Carolina opening TD Ameritrade Park the same way the Gamecocks closed Rosenblatt Stadium – as national champions.


In between, there were complaints about new bats, a perfect game, the near death and spectacular re-birth of the Cal baseball program and many, many other great moments.


Here’s a look back at our most viewed stories of 2011, our 10th year of covering Division I baseball on a national level. We thank you for all of your support and wish you nothing but the best in 2012.


1. College World Series Championship Series Game 2: Roth pitches Gamecocks to second national title (June 28)


2. College World Series Championship Series Game 1: Walker scores game-winner in 11th for South Carolina against Florida (June 27)


3. The State of College Baseball – Part 5: Coaches (Feb. 25)


4. CBI All-America Teams: Roth named National Player of the Year (July 14)


5. A Happy Sign at Virginia by Tyler Carrico (Nov. 18)


6. SEC Preview: Sonny Gray latest great ace at Vandy (Feb. 14)


7. Patriot Games: Dallas Baptist relishes trip to Super Regionals (June 8)


8. Big East Preview: Huskies determined to back up preseason hype (Feb. 7)


9. CBI unveils Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award (August 10)


10. Virginia and Vanderbilt are Mirror Images of Each Other (June 16)


(photo courtesy of WFU Media Relations Office)