2007 Baseball Wrap-Up
July 12, 2007
For the second consecutive year, OREGON STATE did the unimaginable and swept North Carolina to capture their second College World Series title, marking the third NCAA team title in school history. OSU who received an at large bid into the tournament, reached the championship series with 10 straight wins, including a sweep of the NCAA Super Regionals in Corvallis. The Beavers (49-18) won all five of their CWS games, including a sweep of the Tar Heels in the best-of-three finals, and trailed for only one of 45 innings they played in Omaha. North Carolina was runner-up for the second straight year after the first CWS finals rematch since Arizona State and USC met in 1973. Oregon State is the first back-to-back champion since LSU in 1996-97 and the fifth overall.
Oregon State, whose only loss in the tournament came to No. 8 Virginia during the NCAA Regional, became the first team seeded in the lower half of the original NCAA Tournament field to win the CWS in the 20 year-history of the event. The Beavers also became the first team in history to win a national championship in a season during which they posted a losing conference record (10-14, tie-6th, Pac-10).
The Pacific-10 Conference has produced a CWS participant each year since 1997, and the Beaver's trip marked the 57th year (of a possible 60) that the Pac-10 has sent at least one team to Omaha. Six of the Conference's nine teams have combined for 26 national championships, 15 more than the next conference (Big 12, 10).
Joining OSU in postseason play were ARIZONA STATE, ARIZONA and UCLA, making 2007 the 11th consecutive season the Conference has qualified at least four of its nine teams for the NCAA Tournament. In 1992, six teams made the postseason, while five teams were selected in 1990, 1997, 2004 and 2005.
The Sun Devils, who earned the outright league title for the first time since sharing the title with Stanford and UCLA in 2000, made their eighth consecutive postseason appearance, 31st all-time. The club's trip to Omaha marked ASU's 20th CWS appearance in school history and their first CWS appearance since 2005 when they placed third. UCLA made its 14th postseason appearance in school history and made an appearance in the NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2000, while Arizona's trip to Wichita marked the Wildcat's first postseason appearance since 2005, their 33rd all-time.
Arizona State's Brett Wallace was awarded Player of the Year honors and the Sun Devils also received honors for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Eric Sogard and Pac-10 Coach of the Year Pat Murphy. Arizona's Preston Guilmet was named Pitcher of the Year, while UCLA's Gabe Cohen and USC's Grant Green were named Co-Newcomers of the Year.
2007 ALL-COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAM
Darwin Barney, Jr., OSU, SS
Mitch Canham, Jr. , OSU, C
Mike Lissman , Sr., OSU, DH
Jorge Reyes, Fr., OSU, RHP*
Scott Santschi , Sr., OSU, OF
Joey Wong, Fr., OSU, 2B
* Most Valuable Player
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Sat., June 16
No. 3 ARIZONA STATE 5, No. 4 UC Irvine 4
No. 6 OREGON STATE 3, No. 9 CS Fullerton 2
Mon., June 18
No. 5 OREGON STATE 12, No. 3 ARIZONA STATE 6
Tues., June 19
No. 4 UC Irvine 8, No. 3 ARIZONA STATE 7
Wed., June 20
No. 5 OREGON STATE 7, No. 4 UC Irvine 1
Best of three.
Sat., June 23
No. 5 OREGON STATE 11, No. 2 North Carolina 4
Sun., June 24
No. 5 OREGON STATE 9, No. 2 North Carolina 3
NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Sat., June 9
No. 3 ARIZONA STATE 4, No. 13 Ole Miss, 3
No. 25 CS Fullerton 12, No. 20 UCLA 2
Sun., June 10
No. 3 ARIZONA STATE 7, No. 13 Ole Miss, 1
No. 16 OREGON STATE 1, No. 15 Michigan 0
No. 25 CS Fullerton 2, No. 20 UCLA 1
Mon., June 11
No. 16 OREGON STATE 8, No. 15 Michigan 2
Fri., June 1
No. 17 ARIZONA 4, Oral Roberts, 3
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 5, Monmouth 3
OREGON STATE 5, No. 23 Rutgers
UCLA 7, No. 24 Pepperdine 3
Sat., June 2
No. 17 ARIZONA 9, New Orleans 8
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 9, No. 19 UC Riverside 2
No. 8 Virginia 7, OREGON STATE 4
UCLA 3, Illinois-Chicago 1
Sun., June 3
No. 15 Wichita State 4, No. 17 ARIZONA 3
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 9, Nebraska 7
UCLA 7, No. 21 Long Beach State 4
Mon., June 4
No. 15 Wichita State 3, No. 17 ARIZONA 0
OREGON STATE 5, No. 23 Rutgers 2
OREGON STATE 5, No. 8 Virginia 3
Tues., June 5
OREGON STATE 7, No. 8 Virginia 3
NOTE: All rankings according to Baseball America.
ARIZONA (42-17, 15-9): The 2007 Wildcats completed a season in which they became the first team since 1989 to win 40 or more games, returned to the postseason after a one-year absence and were just one victory away from winning a second regional title under head coach Andy Lopez ... The Wildcats finished the year with a 42-17 overall record and a 15-9 mark in the Pac-10, good enough for second place ... UA was a No. 2 seed in the Wichita Regional in the postseason ... The Cats won their opening two games in the postseason, but couldn't get over the hump with the necessary third victory to get out of the regional round ... The Wildcats won 16 straight games in a row from March 11 through April 14 ... The streak was the longest for Arizona since opening the 1998 season 16-0 and tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history ... The 2007 regional invitation marked Arizona's return to the postseason after a one-year absence ... In six seasons under head coach Andy Lopez the Wildcats have participated in four regionals (2003-05, 2007) ... The 2007 postseason marked the 33rd time UA advanced to play past the regular season.
ARIZONA STATE (49-153, 19-5): Arizona State's 2007 season came to an end in Omaha, as UC Irvine came from behind in the final two innings to eliminate the Devils 8-7 in ten in front of 29,034 at Rosenblatt Stadium, the second largest crowd in CWS history ... The Sun Devils finished the season 49-15 ... Although the Devils fell short of their ultimate goal, a national title, it was still a memorable year for ASU. In addition to their 20th College World Series appearance, the Pac-10 championship was the first since 2000 and the first outright title since 1993 ... Pat Murphy was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, while Brett Wallace picked up Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and Eric Sogard was named the Defensive Player of the Year ... Seven Devils were named First Team All-Pac-10 and Wallace was a consensus First Team All-American ... The team boasted three pitchers with double-digit wins and a closer with double-digit saves.
CALIFORNIA (29-26, 12-12): The Golden Bears finished with a final regular season record of 29-26 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10 ... Cal finished alone in fourth place in the league standings ... Freshman outfielder, Jeff Kobernus, was named a 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, joining a list of three other Golden Bear who have been selected Freshman All-Americans - second baseman Brian Oliver in 1996, second baseman Xavier Nady in 1998 and second baseman Josh Satin in 2005. Nady was also tabbed National Freshman of the Year in 1998 by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America ... Adding to his list of 2007 accolades, sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award. This was the inaugural season of the ABCA naming a Gold Glove Team for collegiate baseball ... Sophomore standouts, David Cooper and Ross, were selected second-team All-West Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Players on the All-Region teams were nominated and selected by the 34 West Regional Division I coaches.
OREGON STATE (49-18, 10-14): Despite finishing 10-14 in Conference play, he Beavers finished the season with a record of 49-18 and their second national title ... The Beavers, who were nearly left out of the 64-team national tournament field after struggling in the Pacific-10 Conference, finished the season with 10 straight wins and became the first to win four CWS games by six runs or more ... The Beavers lost six position players, two-thirds of their starting rotation and the closer from last year's team. They almost were left out of the NCAA tournament after they went 4-8 in May and finished tied for sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Beavers never trailed in any of their first four games at the CWS ... Their closest game here was their first, a 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton. Victories of 12-6 over Arizona State and 7-1 against UC Irvine got them into the finals ... For the second straight year, Head Coach Pat Casey of Oregon State. University has been named National Coach of The Year by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
STANFORD (28-28, 9-15): Stanford finished its 2007 season by extending its second longest win streak of the campaign to six games and won nine of its last 10 games overall ... Stanford won three straight series for the first time in 2007 and the first time since the Cardinal won three series in a row versus Arizona State and California, and at Washington from April 28 - May 14, 2006 ... Stanford's late season run allowed the Cardinal to record its 14th consecutive season with at least a .500 record as the Cardinal finished at an even 28-28 ... Stanford climbed out of the Pac-10 cellar on the final day of the season and has still not finished last in the conference since 1993 ... Stanford closed the 2007 campaign with a season-long five-game road win streak ... In their final series of the season, the Cardinal finished the three-game series versus USC with 40 runs and 58 hits ... Stanford recorded double digit hits for the 11th straight game and the 20th time in the final 22 contests of the season to finish the campaign with a season-high .305 batting average that marked the first time the club hit .300 or better as a team since the 2004 squad hit .324 ... Stanford finished the season with 43 homers to extend its string of 40-homer campaigns to 20 in a row.
UCLA (33-28, 14-10): UCLA baseball head coach John Savage helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2000. UCLA posted a 33-28 overall record and a third-place Pac-10 finish (14-10 conference mark). The 2007 Bruins turned around an 8-14 start by winning 12 of their first 14 Pac-10 games and five consecutive Pac-10 series ... UCLA's trip to the postseason marked the Bruins' 14th appearance and the program's second Super Regional berth ... Eight of UCLA's 10 starters will return to the team in 2008 ... UCLA outfielder Gabe Cohen and right-handed pitcher Garett Claypool earned All-Ping! Freshman Team accolades. Cohen was one of three outfielders named to the All Ping!Baseball freshman first team, and Claypool gained All Ping!Baseball freshman second-team honors ... The duo also captured Rivals.com Freshman All-America honors. Cohen was one of three outfielders to earn Freshman All-America first-team honors, and Claypool gained Freshman All-America second-team accolades as a relief pitcher ... Cohen also earned Freshman All-America First-Team honors from Baseball America, becoming just the eighth Bruin in school history to have been named to Baseball America's Freshman All-America first team.
USC (27-29, 8-16): The Trojans finished the season at 27-29, with a 8-16 mark in Conference play ... USC shortstop Grant Green earned 2007 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors as released by Collegiate Baseball. Green batted .316 (72-for-228) this season for the Trojans with 14 doubles, 10 triples, two home runs, 24 RBI and six stolen bases with a .966 fielding percentage. His 10 triples set a school single-season record, breaking the previous mark of eight triples ... Green and right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger earned 2007 Rivals.com All-America second team honors. Boxberger finished the season as the Trojans' No. 1 starter, the first true freshman to do so since Ian Kennedy accomplished that feat in 2003. All seven of Boxberger's quality starts came on the road this season.
WASHINGTON (29-27, 11-13): Washington finished alone in fifth at 29-27 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10, as junior Matt Hague went 4-for-5 with a game-tying home run as the Huskies rallied for a 5-4 win over California at Husky Ballpark in the final game of the 2007 season ... Husky pitcher Nick Hagadone was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 55th overall pick in today's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. As the 55th overall pick, Hagadone became the fourth-highest selection ever for a player out of the UW. Last season, Lincecum was the 10th overall selection by the Giants. In 1999, the Mariners chose Jeff Heaverlo with the 33rd pick and in 1991, shortstop Kevin Stocker was drafted by the Phillies with the 53rd selection ... Along with the seven current Washington baseball players who were selected in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, seven high-school athletes who have signed National Letters Of Intent to play baseball at the UW were also chosen.
WASHINGTON STATE (28-26, 10-14): WSU ended its 2007 campaign with a 28-26 record, 10-14 in Pacific-10 Conference play, ending in a two-way tie with defending national champion Oregon State for sixth place ... Senior Jeff Miller ended his career in eighth place on the all-times games played list with 208 while fellow senior Wayne Daman Jr. ended his four years in Pullman ninth on the career strikeouts list with 197 ... Junior Jim Murphy moved to the top of the career putouts list with 1,398 while sophomore Ross Humes also sits atop the single-season saves list with 12 ... Junior Steve Kost moved into a tie for sixth on the games pitched list with 65 ... As a team the Cougars recorded back-to-back winnings seasons for the first time since the 1993-94 seasons while the 64 combined wins in consecutive seasons is the most since WSU won 69, also in 1993-94 ... The Cougars pitching staff set a single-season record with 18 saves, one better than last season's total.
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