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June 29, 2011

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College World Series:
It's South Carolina (Eric Sorenson)
South Carolina repeats history (Kendall Rogers)
Palmetto Dynasty (Aaron Fitt)
Gamecocks repeat at CWS (Omaha World-Herald)
Missouri River’s reach grows (Omaha World-Herald)

Rice Baseball:
Owls Add Clay Van Hook to Coaching Staff (Rice Owls)
Graham finalizes coaching staff (JD's Blog)

College Baseball:
The 2011 All-Fitt Team (Aaron Fitt)

June 28, 2011

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College World Series:
College World Series Day 8 (Eric Sorenson)
Another drama-filled triumph (Kendall Rogers)
Never Say Die (Aaron Fitt)
Gamecocks scratch out win over Gators (Omaha World-Herald)
Some bail out in north downtown (Omaha World-Herald)

Rice Baseball:
Field set for 2012 Houston Baseball Classic (JD's Blog)

June 27, 2011

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College World Series:
On Friday, Florida (N2) and South Carolina (N4) won to set up a best 2-of-3 championship series beginning today.

National title comes down to two (Kendall Rogers)
CWS Finals Preview (Aaron Fitt)
Shatel: Small ball is now CWS’ biggest factor (Omaha World-Herald)
NCAA ponders adding a step in the postseason (Omaha World-Herald)
Storm water in downtown streets (Omaha World-Herald)

Fans Adjusting to a New Address and Ambience in Omaha (New York Times)
CWS all-time top 10 plays (ESPN)
Eight for Omaha in 2012 (Eric Sorenson)

Rice Baseball:
Owls miss grandeur at College World Series (MK)

2011 All-Greater Houston Baseball Teams:
The following Rice signees were recently named to the Houston Chronicle 2011 All-Greater Houston baseball teams: Evan Rutter (Pitcher First Team), Jordan Stephens (Pitcher Second Team), Carter Burgess (IF Second Team) and John Williamson (OF Second Team).  Also, Beau Rathjen was named to the First Team and Stanford signee Wayne Taylor was named Offensive Player of the Year.

June 16, 2011

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Coach Pierce:
Pierce named head baseball coach (GoBearkats)
Shooting even higher (Huntsville Item)
Stint on Rice staff prepares Pierce (Houston Chronicle)
1-on-1 with new Sam Houston coach Pierce (MK)
Pitching coach Pierce leaving Rice (MK)

Rice Baseball:
Rendon & Cingrani Earn NCBWA All-America Honors (Rice Owls)

Mark Appel:
Stanford pitcher Mark Appel (who is the nephew of Natalye Appel '80/'82) was selected to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.  Click here for the roster.

College World Series:
The Baldcast at Mach 1 Speed (Eric Sorenson)
Breaking down the nation's best (Kendall Rogers)
10 CWS players selected for Team USA (Omaha World-Herald)
Childress says A&M welcomes any local support (Omaha World-Herald)

Shatel: Going once … Rosenblatt seats, memories (Omaha World-Herald)
Weather and Flood Information (CWS)
The latest on flooding (Omaha World-Herald)

June 15, 2011

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Coach Pierce:
Rice assistant Pierce to take Sam Houston State job (Houston Chronicle)
Pierce Takes Over Sam Houston St. Baseball (Fox 26 Sports)

College World Series:
Serious star power in Omaha (Kendall Rogers)
CWS Statistical Comparison (College Baseball Insider)
The Carolina Fan’s Guide to Omaha (Tarheels)
Ballpark good to go, crews say (Omaha World-Herald)
Eppley fights off floodwaters (Omaha World-Herald)

June 14, 2011

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Super Regionals:
Yesterday, Virginia (N1) defeated UC Irvine and Texas A&M defeated Florida State (N5) to round out the field of 8 in Omaha.

Therefore, the field is comprised of California, Florida (N2), North Carolina (N3), South Carolina (N4), Texas (N7), Texas A&M, Vanderbilt (N6) and Virginia (N1).

The two national seeds eliminated are Florida State (N5) and Rice (N8).

Super Regional Results (
College World Series field set (
Monday Roundup (Aaron Fitt)
Around the Super Regionals (College Baseball Insider)
Aggies are Omaha-bound for first time in 12 years (Houston Chronicle)

College World Series:
Schedule/Results (Kendall Rogers)
Omaha Sticks Around For CWS This Time  (Baseball America)
Rains could create pools at CWS (Omaha World-Herald)

June 13, 2011

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Super Regionals:
After 3 days of play, the 6 super regional winners are California, Florida (N2), North Carolina (N3), South Carolina (N3), Texas (N7) and Vanderbilt (N6).

Today, the rest of the Omaha field will be set as UC Irvine/Virginia (N1) and Texas A&M/Florida State (N5) play decisive game threes at 3 pm CT and 6 pm CT, respectively.

Super Regional Schedule/Results (
Texas, Florida advance to College World Series (
Only two Omaha bids outstanding (Kendall Rogers)
Sunday Roundup (Aaron Fitt)
Around the Super Regionals (College Baseball Insider)
Texas beats Arizona State 4-2 (Austin American-Statesman)
FSU routs Aggie baseball to force Game 3 (The Eagle)

College World Series:
The latest on flooding (Omaha World-Herald)

Texas High School Baseball Playoffs:
Congratulations to Derek Hamilton’s alma mater Brazoswood who won the 5A state championship on Saturday, capping an undefeated playoff run, including knocking off Lamar (John Williamson), Memorial (Carter Burgess) and Klein (Evan Rutter) in consecutive rounds.

June 12, 2011

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Super Regionals:
After 2 days of play, the 2 super regional winners so far are North Carolina (N3) and Vanderbilt (N6).

Super Regional Schedule/Results ()
Top seeds take care of business (
Saturday Recap (Eric Sorenson)
Two tickets to Omaha punched (Kendall Rogers)
Saturday Roundup (Aaron Fitt)
Around the Super Regionals (College Baseball Insider)
Texas beats Arizona State 5-1 (Austin American-Statesman)
Aggies take game 1 against FSU (The Eagle)

College World Series:
Rivers part of CWS fans’ planning  (Omaha World-Herald)
How bad could flood get? (Omaha World-Herald)

Owls in Summer Baseball:
Summer collegiate baseball is underway and I am very pleased to announce that avid Rice baseball fan James Hajovsky will cover the Owls in Summer Baseball for the Rice Update.  Stay tuned for his periodic reports!

Nick Natale:
Former Owl Nick Natale, who now plays for Palm Beach Atlantic, was named to the All-ICAA 2nd-Team.

June 11, 2011

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Super Regionals:
Super Regional Schedule/Results (
Friday Recap (Eric Sorenson)
Four move closer to CWS berth (Kendall Rogers)
Friday Roundup (Aaron Fitt)
Around the Super Regionals (College Baseball Insider)
2011 Super Regional Capsules: Part II (Aaron Fitt)
A&M catcher feels right at home plate (Houston Chronicle)

College World Series:
CWS fans urged to use shuttles (Omaha World-Herald)

David Pierce:
Bearkats interview Rice coach

Texas High School Baseball Playoffs, State Tournament:
Yesterday, Brazoswood defeated Klein, 4-3, in the 5A semi-finals.  Rice signee Evan Rutter was the losing pitcher for the Bearkats.

June 10, 2011

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Super Regionals:
In the Chapel Hill Super Regional at 2 pm today on EPSN2HD, Mark Appel (who is the nephew of Natalye Appel '80/'82) is the probable pitcher for Stanford against North Carolina.  Interestingly, he could be the first pick in next year's draft, per a story posted online yesterday.

Super Regional Schedule (
31 Flavors – What we learned from the regionals (Eric Sorenson)
2011 Super Regional Capsules: Part I (Aaron Fitt)
For A&M, it’s Omaha or bust (Houston Chronicle)
Tallahassee SR: Who has the edge? (Kendall Rogers)
Austin SR: Who has the edge? (Kendall Rogers)
Austin SR: Many story lines, one goal (Houston Chronicle)
Wood has no regrets about his 13-inning outing in 2009 (Houston Chronicle) 

College World Series:
Missouri River sets post-dam record (Omaha World-Herald)

Texas High School Baseall Playoffs, State Tournament:
Texas high school baseball playoffs conclude this weekend with the state tournament at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.  As previously reported, of the 11 Rice signees who qualified for the Class 4A and 5A playoffs, only Evan Rutter (Klein) remains in action.

In the 5A semi-finals today, Klein (31-10) faces Brazoswood (32-8) at noon and Corpus Christi Carroll (34-6) faces Lubbock Coronado (32-15) at 3 pm.  Click here for a preview in Wednesday's Chronicle and here for one in today's Chronicle.
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