College World Series team capsules


Published: Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 at 6:42 p.m.

OMAHA, Neb. — A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Friday at TD Ameritrade Park. (Coaches' records at current schools through super regionals):

FLORIDA (47-18)

Coach: Kevin O'Sullivan (223-100, 5th season).

Road to Omaha: Won Gainesville Regional: beat Bethune-Cookman 4-0, beat Georgia Tech 6-2, beat Georgia Tech 15-3. Won Gainesville Super Regional: beat North Carolina State 7-1, beat North Carolina State 9-8 in 10 innings.

2012 record vs. CWS teams: 7-3.

Last CWS appearance: 2011.

All-time record in CWS: 11-15 (eighth appearance).

Meet the Gators: C Mike Zunino (.322, 19, 64), 1B Vickash Ramjit (.264, 5, 20) 2B Casey Turgeon (.288, 4, 30), SS Nolan Fontana (.287, 9, 30), 3B Josh Tobias (.248, 0, 10), LF Justin Shafer (.275, 0, 26), CF Daniel Pigott (.323, 8, 41), RF Preston Tucker(.319, 16, 48), DH Brian Johnson (.314, 6, 41). Starting Pitchers: RHP Hudson Randall (9-2, 2.61), RHP Jonathon Crawford (6-2, 3.13), RHP Karsten Whitson (4-0, 3.51), LHP Brian Johnson (8-4, 3.56). Relievers: RHP Greg Larson (6-0, 1.42), LHP Steven Rodriguez (3-2, 2.19, 4 saves), RHP Austin Maddox (3-3, 2.50, 12 saves), RHP Johnny Magliozzi (4-3, 5.03).

All-Star Alumni: Al Rosen, David Eckstein, Robby Thompson, Brad Wilkerson, Mike Stanley, Mark Ellis, Josh Fogg, Matt LaPorta, Ryan Raburn, David Ross, Doug Corbett, Rob Murphy.

Short Hops: The Gators are in the CWS for a third year in a row, a first in program history. ... Randall is 5-1 with 49 strikeouts against eight walks in 57 2-3 innings in nine career NCAA tournament starts. ... Zunino, the No. 3 overall pick (Mariners) in the MLB first-year player draft, was the first of nine Florida players selected. The Gators tied for second-highest total of players drafted. ... Gators have hit a nation-leading 75 home runs. ... Austin Maddox needs one more save to tie the school single-season record of 13 owned by Danny Wheeler and Josh Fogg. ... Tucker has 57 career homers, including a school-record 11 in the postseason. ... The Gators are 5-0 in the postseason and have outscored their opponents 41-14. ...

Quotable: “We grind. We grind at practice. We grind at games. That's why we're going to Omaha again.” — Tobias.

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SOUTH CAROLINA (45-17)

Coach: Ray Tanner (734-313, 16th season)

Road to Omaha: Won Columbia Regional: beat Manhattan 7-0, beat Clemson 5-4 in 12 innings, beat Clemson 43. Won Columbia Super Regional: beat Oklahoma 5-0, beat Oklahoma 5-1.

2012 Record vs. CWS teams: 3-4.

Last CWS appearance: 2011.

All-time CWS record: 28-17 (11th appearance).

Meet the Gamecocks: C Dante Rosenberg (.212, 0, 7), 1B Christian Walker (.315, 11, 54), 2B Chase Vergason (.262, 1, 10), SS Joey Pankake (.286, 2, 26), 3B LB Dantzler (.264, 9, 45), LF Tanner English (.306, 0, 22), CF Evan Marzilli (.288, 2, 30), RF Adam Matthews (.240, 5, 25), DH Connor Bright (.240, 0, 9). Starting Pitchers: LHP Michael Roth (7-1, 2.50), RHP Colby Holmes (7-1, 2.80), LHP Jordan Montgomery (5-1, 4.05). Relievers: RHP Matt Price (4-4, 3.47, 11 saves), LHP Tyler Webb (6-1, 1.91), LHP Nolan Belcher (4-2, 2.17), RHP Evan Beal (4-4, 4.02), RHP Forrest Koumas (2-2, 4.56).

All-Star Alumni: Mookie Wilson, Brian Roberts, Dave Hollins, Adam Everett, Justin Smoak, Landon Powell, Ed Lynch, Bill Landrum.

Short Hops: Two-time defending national champions have made it to the CWS six times in 16 seasons under Tanner. ... Gamecocks have won a record 21 consecutive NCAA tournament games and have won 26 of their past 27 in the national tournament. ... C Grayson Greiner has been out since May 30 when he tore his left lateral meniscus in practice. Greiner started 48 of his 55 games and is batting .236 with 31 RBIs. Rosenberg has been doing the catching in Greiner's absence. ... Koumas hasn't pitched since the SEC tournament since re-aggravating a stress fracture in his right (pitching) elbow. ... Price has 11 saves for the season and 41 for career, tying Georgia's Joshua Fields (2005-08) for the all-time SEC record. ... Gamecocks have made it back to Omaha with five new players in the lineup. Also gone are the last two CWS Most Outstanding Players — Jackie Bradley Jr. and Scott Wingo. ...

Quotable: “It's really cool. Coming in, everyone has high expectations. You don't want to let that get to you. You just want to come in, help out and play ball. It was cool watching them win two world series, and now I'm honored to be a part of the team going to Omaha and trying to do the same thing.” — English on going for three titles in a row.

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UCLA (47-14)

Coach: John Savage (274-205, eighth year)

Road to Omaha: Won Los Angeles Regional: beat Creighton 3-0, beat New Mexico 7-1, beat Creighton 13-5. Won Los Angeles Super Regional: beat TCU 6-2, beat TCU 4-1.

2012 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: 2010.

All-time record in CWS: 3-7 (fourth appearance).

Meet the Bruins: C Tyler Heineman (.343, 1, 27), 1B Trevor Brown (.328, 3, 51) 2B Kevin Williams (.305, 2, 19), SS Pat Valaika (.271, 1, 37), 3B Kevin Kramer (.274, 0, 12), LF Cody Keefer (.339, 0, 36), CF Beau Amaral (.313, 4, 45), RF Jeff Gelalich (.365, 11, 46), DH Cody Regis (.247, 1, 25). Starting Pitchers: RHP Adam Plutko (11-3, 2.56), RHP Zack Weiss (3-2, 4.04), RHP Nick Vander Tuig (10-3, 4.35), LHP Grant Watson (9-2, 4.41). Relievers: RHP Ryan Deeter (1-0, 0.94), RHP David Berg (5-3, 1.58), RHP Scott Griggs (3-1, 2.70, 15 saves).

All-Star Alumni: Jackie Robinson, Chris Chambliss, Ron Roenicke, Don Slaught, Shane Mack, Todd Zeile, Jeff Conine, Mike Magnante, Eric Byrnes, Eric Karros, Troy Glaus, Chase Utley.

Short Hops: UCLA has its second-highest win total in program history. The 2010 team won 51 games. ... The Bruins advanced to the CWS finals in 2010, losing to South Carolina in two games. ... David Berg has pitched in a nation-leading 47 games, tied for second all-time in Division I single-season appearances. Berg has pitched in 21 of the Bruins' last 22 games and earned his first career save by working three innings in the super regional-clinching win. ... UCLA has outscored its opposition 33-9 in five NCAA postseason games. ... The Bruins have won 16 of their last 17 games.

Quotable: “It's a lot of the same group that went to Omaha that showed no fear in 2010 and played for a national championship. We don't have the Cole/Bauer effect, but at end of the day, it's a strong-minded team that gets along with each other and has very good chemistry.” — Savage.

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STONY BROOK (52-13)

Coach: Matt Senk (623-388-3, 22nd season)

Road to Omaha: Won Coral Gables Regional: beat Miami 10-2, lost to Central Florida 9-8, beat Missouri State 10-7, beat Central Florida 12-5, beat Central Florida 10-6. Won Baton Rouge Super Regional: lost to LSU 5-4 in 12 innings, beat LSU 3-1, beat LSU 7-1.

2012 record vs. CWS teams: 0-0.

Last CWS appearance: None.

All-time CWS record: 0-0 (first appearance).

Meet the Seawolves: C Pat Cantwell (.296, 1, 32), 1B Kevin Courtney (.296, 4, 38), 2B Maxx Tissenbaum (.389, 3, 51), SS Cole Peragine (.314, 0, 39), 3B William Carmona (.399, 12, 72), LF Steven Goldstein (.344, 4, 34), CF Travis Jankowski (.422, 5, 46), RF Sal Intagliata (.264, 2, 16), DH Kevin Krause (.335, 3, 40). Starting Pitchers: RHP Tyler Johnson (12-1, 1.94), RHP Frankie Vanderka (3-3, 2.37), RHP Brandon McNitt (8-3, 2.50). Relievers: RHP James Campbell (5-0, 3.09), RHP Joshua Mason (3-1, 3.34), RHP Jasvir Rakkar (6-2, 3.83).

All-Star Alumni: Joe Nathan.

Short Hops: The Seawolves are the second No. 4 regional seed to reach the CWS since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999. The other No. 4 was Fresno State, which won the national championship in 2008. ... The Seawolves are the first school from the Northeast to make it to Omaha since Maine in 1986. The NCAA went away from geographic regionals in 1987. ... Stony Brook moved up to Division I in baseball in 2000. ... Seawolves' 52 wins are most in the nation, and they've won 28 of their last 31. ... Seven players were taken in the MLB first-year player draft. Jankowski was the highest pick, going No. 44 overall to San Diego. ... Seawolves have three of the top 24 batters in the nation, with Jankowski fifth (.422), Carmona 12th (.399) and Tissenbaum 24th (.389). ... Jankowski leads the nation with 78 runs, 109 hits and 11 triples. ... Carmona is 18 for 34 (.529) with 12 RBIs in the NCAA tournament. ... Johnson's 12 wins is tied for most in nation. ... The roster is made up of 15 players from New York, four from California, two from Pennsylvania, two from Connecticut, one from Florida and four from Canada.

Quotable: “The only thing I know is we're trending on Twitter right now, and that's pretty cool.” — Jankowski.

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FLORIDA STATE (47-15)

Coach: Mike Martin (1,720-592-4, 33rd season).

Road to Omaha: Won Tallahassee Regional: beat UAB 2-1, beat Samford 8-1, beat Samford 5-2. Won Tallahassee Super Regional: beat Stanford 17-1, beat Stanford 18-7.

2012 record vs. CWS teams: 0-3.

Last CWS appearance: 2010.

All-time record in CWS: 26-40 (21st appearance).

Meet the Seminoles: C Stephen McGee (.243, 0, 38), 1B Jayce Boyd (.389, 3, 57), 2B Devon Travis (.316, 7, 40), SS Justin Gonzalez (.238, 8, 35), 3B Sherman Johnson (.268, 3, 30) LF Jose Brizuela (.229, 2, 38), CF James Ramsey (.390, 13, 57), RF Josh Delph (.263, 0, 19), DH John Holland (.250, 0, 8). Starting Pitchers: LHP Brandon Leibrandt (8-2, 2.58), RHP Mike Compton (11-2, 2.78), RHP Peter Miller (5-2, 3.98), RHP Scott Sitz (3-3, 3.99). Relievers: RHP Gage Smith (4-0, 2.70), RHP Hunter Scantling (5-1, 3.91), RHP Robert Benincasa (4-1, 1.29), RHP Mack Waugh (3-2, 2.42).

All-Star Alumni: Dick Howser, Deion Sanders, J.D. Drew, Buster Posey, Stephen Drew, Terry Kennedy, Doug Mientkiewicz, Paul Wilson, Luis Alicea, Matt Diaz, Johnny Grubb, Rick Langford, Eduardo Perez, Paul Sorrento, Jody Reed, Marshall McDougall.

Short Hops: The Seminoles have never won a national title in 20 appearances in Omaha, the most of any team in CWS history. ... Coach Mike Martin has taken all 33 of his FSU teams to the national tournament. ... Seminoles' 35 runs against Stanford are most ever in a two-game super regional. ... All three of Seth Miller's home runs have been grand slams. ... Sherman Johnson has started 196 games — at third, second and shortstop — the past three seasons. ... Freshmen pitchers have combined for 22 of FSU's 48 wins. The record is 25 by the 2009 freshman class. ... Ramsey is the fifth Seminole to be named ACC player of the year and the first since Buster Posey in 2008. ... FSU has never had a losing season in the program's 65 years. ... Benincasa is 15 for 18 in save situations.

Quotable: “We wanted very much to make it last year when the darned thing opened. I'm excited because I haven't seen the finished product. I'm excited just to get back to visit old friends in Omaha. It's a special place. It's elation for me because the guys will never forget this. As long as they live they'll never forget it.” — Martin.

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ARIZONA (43-17)

Coach: Andy Lopez (398-246-1, 11th season)

Road to Omaha: Won Tucson Regional: beat Missouri 15-3, beat Louisville 16-4, beat Louisville 16-3. Won Tucson Super Regional: beat St. Johnson's 7-6 in 10 innings, beat St. John's 7-4.

2012 record vs. CWS teams: 1-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2004.

All-time record in CWS: 33-27 (16th appearance).

Meet the Wildcats: C Riley Moore (.292, 1, 38), 1B Joseph Maggi (.333, 0, 18), 2B Trent Gilbert (.280, 0, 37), SS Alex Mejia (.361, 3, 52), 3B Seth Majias-Brean (.366, 1, 57), LF Johnny Field (.383, 3, 43), CF Joey Rickard (.326, 1, 31), RF Robert Refsnyder (.354, 6, 61), DH Bobby Brown (.356, 4, 54). Starting Pitchers: RHP Kurt Heyer (12-2, 2.28), RHP Konner Wade (9-3, 4.49), RHP James Farris (7-3, 4.18). Relievers: LHP Tyler Crawford (1-1, 3.09), RHP Mathew Troupe (4-1, 3.90, 6 saves), RHP Stephen Manthei (6-4, 4.29), LHP Vincent Littleman (0-1, 6.26), RHP Lucas Long (2-2, 7.20).

All-Star Alumni: Casey Candaele, Trevor Crowe, Scott Erickson, Terry Francona, Ron Hassey, Gil Heredia, Trevor Hoffman, Craig Lefferts, Kenny Lofton, Joe Magrane, J.T. Snow.

Short Hops: Arizona is trying for its fourth national championship (1976, 1980, 1986). ... Lopez, the Pac 12 coach of the year, is in his fifth CWS with his third different team. He led Pepperdine to the 1992 national championship, brought Florida in 1996 and ‘98 and Arizona in 2004. .. The Wildcats' 43 wins are the program's most since winning 45 in 1989. ... In five postseason games, Wildcats have hit .420 and outscored the opposition 61-20, including a 19-4 margin in two-out RBIs. ... Wildcats are the highest-scoring team in the CWS, at 7.5 runs a game. ... Mejia, Mejias-Brean, Refsnyder and Rickard each have over 200 career hits. It marks the first time in school history four active players have had 200 or more career hits.

Quotable: “I've been there on both ends. I've been there as a 7 seed and won a national championship, and I've been there as a 1 seed in the nation and didn't win a national championship. I like our chances because we like to compete.” — Lopez.

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ARKANSAS (44-20)

Coach: Dave Van Horn 362-197 (10th season).

Road to Omaha: Won Houston Regional: beat Sam Houston State 5-4, beat Rice 1-0, beat Sam Houston State 5-1. Won Waco Super Regional: lost to Baylor 8-1, beat Baylor 5-4, beat Baylor 1-0 in 10 innings.

2012 record vs. CWS teams: 3-3.

Last CWS appearance: 2009.

All-time CWS record: 9-12 (seventh appearance).

Meet the Razorbacks: C John Clay Reeves (.281, 0, 4) or Jake Wise (.248, 1, 22), 1B Dominic Ficociello (.301, 6, 40), 2B Bo Bigham (.261, 1, 18), SS Tim Carver (.304, 2, 30), 3B Matt Reynolds (.338, 7, 43), LF Derrick Bleeker (.252, 6, 23), CF Matt Vinson (.208, 0, 10), RF Brian Anderson (.287, 2, 10) DH Jacob Mahan (.266, 0, 18) or Joe Serrano (.321, 0, 6). Starting pitchers: RHP Ryne Stanek (7-4, 2.91), RHP DJ Baxendale (7-5, 3.18), LHP Randall Fant (2-2, 3.00). Relievers: LHP Tyler Wright (1-0, 2.60), RHP Brandon Moore (5-2, 2.71), RHP Nolan Sanburn (4-1, 2.52), LHP Trent Daniel (2-0, 5.23), RHP Colby Suggs (7-0, 1.22), RHP Barrett Astin (3-5, 2.15, 10 saves).

All-Star Alumni: Darrel Akerfelds, Eric Hinske, Jeff King, Cliff Lee, Les Lancaster, Tim Lollar, Kevin McReynolds, Mike Oquist, Tom Pagnozzi, Johnny Ray.

Short Hops: Van Horn is taking Arkansas to the CWS for the third time in 10 years. He also coached Nebraska in the CWS in 2001-02. ... Razorbacks' 10 shutouts are most since 1980. ... Razorbacks' 2.90 ERA is tied with Florida for lowest among CWS teams. ... Arkansas has been without its top left-handed reliever, Cade Lynch, for three weeks because of migraine headaches. His status for the CWS is unknown. ... Wise has not made an error all season. ... Hogs have four one-run wins in the postseason. ... Razorbacks have three players drafted in the first 10 rounds — Reynolds (New York Mets, 2nd), Sanburn (Oakland, 2nd) and Baxendale (Minnesota, 10th). A total of eight Hogs were drafted.

Quotable: “At this level, 1-0 and extra innings to go to Omaha — I do not know if it gets any better.” — Van Horn, after the super regional-clinching win over Baylor.

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KENT STATE (46-18)

Coach: Scott Stricklin 313-163 (eighth season).

Road to Omaha: Won Gary Regional: beat Kentucky 7-6 in 21 innings, beat Purdue 7-3, beat Kentucky 3-2. Won Eugene Super Regional: beat Oregon 7-6, lost to Oregon 3-2, beat Oregon 3-2.

2012 record vs. CWS teams: 0-0.

Last appearance: None.

All-time CWS record: 0-0 (first appearance).

Meet the Flashes: C David Lyon (.279, 10, 41), 1B George Roberts (.368, 8, 64), 2B Derek Toadvine (.255, 0, 15), SS Jimmy Rider (.364, 5, 56), 3B Sawyer Polen (.271, 4, 30), LF Alex Miklos (.260, 2, 21), CF Evan Campbell (.327, 7, 40), RF T.J. Sutton (.305, 3, 30), DH Nick Hamilton (.347, 1, 35). Starting pitchers: LHP David Starn (11-3, 2.21), RHP Ryan Bores (9-3, 3.35), RHP Tyler Skulina (11-2, 3.63). Relievers: LHP Brian Clark (5-0, 1.59), RHP Josh Pierce (1-0, 2.93), RHP Ryan Mace (2-3, 3.27), RHP Casey Wilson (1-0, 3.74, 7 saves), LHP Michael Clark (3-4, 5.45).

All-Star Alumni: Thurman Munson, Steve Stone, Dustin Hermanson, Matt Guerrier, Gene Michael, Emmanuel Burriss, Andy Sonnanstine, Bill Laskey, John Van Benschoten.

Short Hops: The Golden Flashes are in the CWS for the first time. ... Kent State is first Mid-American Conference team to make it to Omaha since Eastern Michigan in 1976. ... The Flashes lead the nation with 162 doubles. Rider is second in the nation with 29 doubles and third in hits with 103. ... Starns' 123 strikeouts are the most of any pitcher in CWS. ... Five of the Flashes' six NCAA tournament wins have been by one run. ... Stricklin actually thought 2011 would be Flashes' breakthrough season. A Kent State team that lost at Texas in the regional finals had four players taken in the first 10 rounds of the draft. This year's team had to overcome the loss of six players to pro baseball. ... Hamilton is the son of Cleveland Indians radio play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton. ... Kent State had six players taken in this year's draft.

Quotable: “It's good for our game. The more people who are involved, the better. If you could write in who would be in Omaha every year, what's the excitement in that?” — Stricklin, on Kent State and Stony Brook making the CWS for the first time.

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