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Okla. St. rides Buffett’s gem to 1-0 CWS win over Arizona

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June 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tyler Buffett limited Arizona to three hits over eight innings, and Oklahoma State took command of its bracket in the College World Series with a 1-0 victory Monday night. The Cowboys, who beat UC Santa Barbara by the same score on Saturday, became the first team in the CWS’ 70 years to win back-to-back 1-0 games.

Buffett (9-3) allowed three singles in the first five innings, walked two and struck out six. Trey Cobb took over in the ninth and earned his sixth save. Oklahoma State scored in the fourth when Donnie Walton doubled and came home on Garrett Benge’s single. Otherwise, Buffett and Arizona starter Bobby Dalbec (10-5) matched zeroes through eight innings the same way the Cowboys’ Thomas Hatch did with UC Santa Barbara’s Shane Bieber on Saturday.

The Cowboys (43-20) on Friday can clinch a spot in next week’s finals with a win. Arizona (45-22) plays UC Santa Barbara in an elimination game Wednesday.

Cardinals stop 5-game slide with 3-2 victory over Cubs

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June 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta homered against John Lackey, and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped a five-game slide by holding off the Chicago Cubs for a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

Aledmys Diaz added an RBI single and Jaime Garcia (5-6) pitched into the seventh inning as the Cardinals got back on track following their first winless homestand of at least two series since 1983. It was their first trip to Wrigley Field since they were eliminated by the Cubs in the NL Division Series last year.

Seung Hwan Oh got four outs and Trevor Rosenthal worked a shaky ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. Catcher Yadier Molina made a great play to throw out rookie Albert Almora Jr. trying to take third on a ball in the dirt, and Jason Heyward popped out with runners on the corners to end the game.

Gauchos’ 5-3 victory brings rare early exit for Miami at CWS

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June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Pinch hitter Ryan Cumberland’s two-run single broke a tie and Noah Davis and Kyle Nelson combined to hold down No. 3 national seed Miami’s offense in UC Santa Barbara’s 5-3 victory in a College World Series elimination game Monday. The Gauchos (43-19-1) kept their first CWS appearance going and will play Wednesday against the loser of Monday night’s game between Oklahoma State and Arizona. The Hurricanes (50-14) went 0-2 for only the second time in their 25 CWS appearances. Their other two-and-out was in 1979.

Santa Barbara struck for four runs after a 1-hour, 2-minute rain delay in the sixth inning. Cumberland made it 3-1 with his one-out single down the first-base line, and the Gauchos used back-to-back squeeze plays for two more runs. Miami opened the scoring on Zack Collins’ 16th homer of the season in the first inning off Davis (7-4), and the Gauchos’ JJ Muno singled in the tying run in the bottom half off Danny Garcia (9-5).

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Cardinals activate RHP Maness from DL

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June 20th, 2016 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 19, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to Sunday’s game that they have activated right-handed pitcher Seth Maness from the 15-day disabled list (right elbow inflammation) and optioned left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer to Memphis (AAA).

Maness , 27, went on the disabled list May 13 after going 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in 13 games (12.2 IP) to begin the season.   He combined to go 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five games (5.0 IP) with Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA) during his injury rehabilitation assignment.   He pitched a scoreless inning last Thursday (June 16) at Nashville in his most recent appearance.

Kiekhefer, a rookie, was 0-0 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 games (11.0 IP) with St. Louis.

Nice start: Chanticleers stun No. 1 Florida 2-1 in CWS debut

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June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Andrew Beckwith matched his career high with seven strikeouts, Zach Remillard doubled and tripled in runs, and Coastal Carolina upset No. 1 national seed Florida 2-1 on Sunday night in the program’s first College World Series game.

The Chanticleers of the Big South Conference pulled the stunner against the vaunted Florida pitching staff that sent to the mound two first-round picks, a second-rounder, third-rounder and 10th-rounder.

Beckwith (13-1), never drafted, put on a dazzling and efficient performance mixing sidearm and overhand deliveries. The Gators’ only run came on Jeremy Vasquez’s pinch single in the fifth. Beckwith allowed two singles the rest of the way and retired the last 10 batters in the first complete game of his career.

He set down the Gators’ 3-4-5 batters in the bottom of the ninth. Peter Alonso popped out and JJ Schwarz grounded out. That prompted the Chanticleers’ fans to start chanting “C-C-U! C-C-U!” and “Let’s go Coastal!” before Mike Rivera grounded out, with shortstop Michael Paez double-pumping on his throw to first.

The biggest victory in Coastal Carolina’s history comes in the third stage of its incredible postseason run. The Chanticleers beat host North Carolina State in the regional final and swept No. 8 national seed LSU on the road in super regionals to advance to Omaha.

 

TCU beats Texas Tech 5-3 at CWS on Baker’s 9th-inning homer

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Luken Baker hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth and TCU beat No. 5 national seed Texas Tech 5-3 on Sunday in a College World Series meeting of Big 12 rivals. The Horned Frogs (48-16) trailed by a run after Hunter Hargrove’s tiebreaking double in the bottom of the eighth. But after reliever Robert Dugger issued a walk to start the ninth and gave up a single to Evan Skoug, Baker sent a towering shot just inside the left-field foul pole into the seats above the bullpen.

Freshman closer Durbin Feltman came on and pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save. TCU, in the CWS for the third straight year, will play a Bracket 2 winners’ game Tuesday night against the winner of Sunday night’s game between Coastal Carolina and No. 1 Florida. The Red Raiders (46-19), who went 0-2 in 2014 in their only other CWS appearance, will try to stay alive against the Coastal Carolina-Florida loser on Tuesday afternoon.

Cam Warner homered for the third time in the NCAA Tournament and sixth time this season to put TCU up 2-1 in the fifth, but Tanner Gardner doubled in a run in the bottom half to tie it.

Rangers rally to beat Cardinals

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jurickson Profar hit a two-run, bases-loaded pinch-hit single in the eighth, lifting the Texas Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. It was Profar’s first pinch-hit at-bat this season.

Texas swept the three-game series and has won six in a row and eight of its last nine games. The Rangers are 14-4 this month and they improved to an MLB best 16-4 in one-run games this season. St. Louis has lost five in a row — all at home. It was the first winless homestand of at least two series for St. Louis since 1983.

With two outs in the eighth, Rougned Odor doubled off reliever Matt Bowman (1-2). An intentional walk and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases. Profar hit for reliever Tony Barnette. Batting left-handed, Profar lined a 2-2 pitch into left to drive in the winning runs. Barnette (4-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings in scoreless relief for the win. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Sam Hornish Jr. wins Xfinity race in Iowa

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Sam Hornish Jr. led 183 of 250 laps in his first race of 2016 and cruised to victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at the Iowa Speedway. Hornish, driving the No. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing, picked up his first win in two years — which also came at Iowa’s 0.875-mile oval.

Hornish was briefly pushed by Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski on a restart with 27 laps to go. But Hornish held on to the outside groove for his fourth career Xfinity series win. Dillon was second, followed by Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman. Pole sitter Erik Jones had issues with the No. 20 car all afternoon. He finished 27th.

Trojan Boys Soccer players shine at East-West All Star Cup

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June 19th, 2016 by Chris Parks

A pair of Atlantic players came up large in the East vs. West All-Star Cup senior All-Star Soccer Game on Saturday at Valley Stadium in Des Moines.  Atlantic’s David Thomsen scored two goals and Ryan Hawkins had two assists in the West team’s 4-1 win.

The other two West team goals were scored by local athletes as well with Jake Dotterer notching a tally along with Ethan Knudson of Harlan.

The West team was coached by Ben Schekirke of Storm Lake.

The Girls All-Star Cup is set for next Saturday, June 25th.