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MLB Players Go Back To School

Sixteen College Baseball programs go head-to-head
By Michael Schneid, Whatifsports.com
October 27, 2010

The 2010 World Series features several players who played college baseball. Guys like Cliff Lee (Arkansas), Buster Posey (Florida State), Pat Burrell and Aubrey Huff (Miami), Julio Borbon (Tennessee) and Barry Zito (USC) were all stars in college and now the majors.

Unlike in the NBA and NFL, most baseball fans don't know where their favorite players attended college.

So, WhatIfSports did some research and we created the 16 best college baseball teams using MLB players' best seasons from each respective school. The 2010 World Series' participants mentioned above are all included in this unique, one-of-a-kind tournament.

Over the next three weeks, Whatifsports.com will use its free baseball simulation technology to play-out MLB University's Sweet Sixteen. We simulated each best-of-7 series 51 times. In the tables below, you will find each team's chances of advancing to the next round and how often they win in 4, 5, 6 or 7 games. Game Summaries and boxscores with full play-by-play are also included.

Don't see your alma mater on the list? No worries -- use our MLB Dream Team tool to build your own roster of college legends. Any big league player dating back to 1885 is available.


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Bulldogs emblem vs Trojans emblem
51 Simulations Round 1 of Best of 7 Series
16. Mississippi State100 0 1
1. USC503112 52
Mississippi State Notable PlayersRafael Palmeiro, Will Clark, Sammy Ellis, Jeff Brantley
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USC Notable PlayersMark McGwire, Bret Boone, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito
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Game 1: Mississippi State 7 - USC 9


This is your typical David vs Goliath series. The powerhouse that is USC against the "little engine that could" Mississippi St.

All it took was a grand slam by Mark McGwire and three other Trojan homeruns to power USC to a 9-7 win in Game 1.

Neither starting pitcher fared very well in this one, and their stats were very similar. Sammy Ellis (0-1) allowed 9 hits, 8 ER in 6 innings. Steve Busby and Pete Redfern combined to go 6 innings, 10 hits, 7 runs. Busby started for USC and could not get out of the 5th inning.

The Bulldogs got some offense from the middle of their order as Rafael Palmeiro had 2 hits, including a solo homerun, and Will Clark went 4-5, with an RBI. Mississippi State will need more production out of the rest of their lineup if they intend to compete in this series starting with facing Tom Seaver in Game 2. The Bulldogs send Paul Maholm to the mound as they try to even up the series.

Player of the Game: Mark McGwire, USC - 1-3, GS

Game 2: Mississippi State 0 - USC 2


Game 2 was decided early, even if you did not know if at the time.

McGwire would provide the game's only 2 runs in the first inning. With Jeff Cirillo on third base and Bret Boone on second base, McGwire singled off Paul Maholm allowing both runners to score. USC took an early 2-0 lead, which would also be the final score.

This was a great pitcher's duel with USC winning thanks to a big McGwire hit for the second straight night. In Game 1, McGwire homered in the 7th with USC trailing. This time, the game had barely begun and McGwire had already become the hero.

Tom Seaver went 8 innings and allowed just 3 hits (all in the 5th inning). Randy Flores pitched the 9th inning for the save. Paul Maholm settled down after allowing 2 runs in the first three batters to pitch 8 innings, allowing 8 hits and only those 2 runs while striking out 7.

USC has come through in the big moments so far which Mississippi State has failed to do. Randy Johnson and Barry Zito are in line to start the next two games for the Trojans as they try to finish off the Bulldogs.

Player of the Game: Tom Seaver, USC - 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K

Game 3: USC 4 - Mississippi State 3


McGwire once again provided the heroic drama for the Trojans.

It has become a trend following a Game 1 go-ahead Grand Slam and providing Game 2 with it's only 2 runs on one swing of the bat. It seems fitting that Big Mac would once again come through in the clutch.

This game was scoreless until the 7th inning, as both team's, for the second straight game, got strong starting pitching. In the 7th inning, guess who? McGwire blooped a double off of Jonathan Papelbon into left field allowing Jacque Jones to score. With Randy Johnson pitching as well as he was (only 3 hits allowed through 6) it seemed inevitable McGwire may again provide the game with its only run.

Not so fast! The Big Unit had a big melt down in the 7th inning. A Jon Shave double scored 2 runs for Mississippi State and Johnson was than pulled mid-inning. Fred Walters singled and Mississippi State managed 3 runs in an inning for the first time since they scored 5 in the 2nd inning of Game 1. It was also their first runs period since the 7th inning of Game 1.

Bobby Thigpen came in for the save in the 9th with Mississippi State up 3-1. With Jacque Jones on third, McGwire doubled into left to put USC within 1 run. The next batter, Dave Kingman would crush a 2-run homerun that gave USC the lead.

Despite trying to rally in the 9th, Tom House closed out his second game of the series, despite the fact Mississippi State stranded 2 runners including the tying run on third. USC sends Barry Zito to the mound in Game 4 looking for the sweep.

Player of the Game: Dave Kingman, USC - 1-5, HR (2), 2 RBI

Game 4: USC 14 - Mississippi State 1


There would be no drama, no late inning heroics, or McGwire clutch hits. There was just simply domination. USC scored in all but the 1st and 4th innings and would complete the sweep of Mississippi State with a 14-1 victory.

Morgan Ensberg would start the party in the 2nd inning with a 3 run homer and USC never looked back.

Barry Zito went 6 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run.

McGwire is the MVP of the series hitting .429 with 9 RBI in the 4 games.

Mississippi State gave it all they had for 3 games but just ran out of gas as they had no fight in them in Game 4. USC just simply had more talent than Mississippi State.

Everything seemed to go right for USC in this series except one bad pitching performance by Steve Busby in Game 1. That, however, was offset by the offense.

Player of the Game: Morgan Ensberg, USC - 2-4, HR, 3 RBI

Volunteers emblem vs Razorbacks emblem
51 Simulations Round 1 of Best of 7 Series
9. Arkansas18227 7
8. Tennessee3368 127
Arkansas Notable PlayersJeff King, Cliff Lee, Eric Hinske , AJ Burnett
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Tennessee Notable PlayersTodd Helton, Joe Randa, Rick Honeycutt, Bubba Trammell
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Game 1: Arkansas 9 - Tennessee 2


Cliff Lee is a big time pitcher. One of the best in baseball the past few years and the ace of the Arkansas pitching staff. Well that is exactly how Lee pitched in Game 1...for 7 innings at least...

Through 7 innings, Lee allowed 7 hits and 0 runs but could not get out of the 8th inning unscathed. He surrendered two straight hits including a Chris Burke RBI single to get Tennessee their first run and to knock Lee out of the game. Les Lancaster replaced him and quickly gave up a double to Todd Helton allowing the Volunteers to tie the game at 2-2.

Starter Mike Smithson was great for 8 innings for Tennesee allowing 2 runs on 7 hits but a high pitch count (123) forced him out in the 9th. Than the Tennessee bullpen "volunteerily" imploded.

Rich Rodriguez came in looking for the save. He would be the one needing to be saved. Rodriguez was shelled for 5 runs before even recording an out. He was replaced by Mike Lincoln who allowed 2 runs but also recorded 2 outs. Rodriguez and Lincoln combined to allow 7 runs to Arkansas in the 9th inning.

Player of the Game: Tom Pagnozzi, Arkansas - 3-4, RBI

Game 2: Arkansas 8 - Tennessee 5


How would Tennessee recover from an epic bullpen fail? Sort of the same...

For the second straight game Tennessee's bullpen did not do them any favors. Although in this case Joe McClain, who started for the Vols, should get some blame too.

McClain gave up just 1 run through 6 innings until Arkansas put up 4 runs thanks to back-to-back hits by Johnny Ray and Scott Pose.Luke Hudson replaced McClain and gave up 3 runs of his own as Tennessee's pitching woes continued in Game 2.

Tennessee has now lost both games at home due to late-game pitching collapses. How will the Volunteers recover?

Player of the Game: Tim Lollar, Arkansas - 8 IP, 8 H, 5 ER

Game 3: Tennessee 3 - Arkansas 1


In a 2-0 hole on the road, Tennessee needed something big. Well, the 6 foot, 1 inch, Rick Honeycutt can be considered big enough.

Honeycutt pitched great for Tennessee giving the Vols bullpen a much needed rest as well. He went 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run.

The only mistake Honeycutt made came in the 4th inning allowing a solo homerun to Eric Hinske.

Dick Hughes pitched very well for Arkansas too but in a 1-1 game in the 6th inning, made a couple mistakes. Chris Burke and Ed Bailey each had an RBI hit that put Tennessee up 3-1, which would end up being the final score.

Bailey went 2-4, with a homerun and 2 RBI. He now has 5 RBI in the first 3 games of this series.

Rich Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 8th inning, this after giving up 5 runs in 0 innings in Game 1. And Greg McMichael got the save in the 9th as Tennessee tries to get back in this series now down 2-1.

Player of the Game: Rick Honeycutt, Tennessee - 7 IP, 4 H, ER

Game 4: Tennessee 11 - Arkansas 9


Starting pitching was not the theme of this game.

AJ Burnett was horrible (being nice) for Arkansas. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 9 ERs, on 10 hits, walking 5 and threw 103 pitches.

In Burnett's defense, Rich Delucia pitched for Tennessee and was also unimpressive. Delucia went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 7 runs on 6 hits.

Tennessee actually took a 9-4 lead into the 6th inning and looked to be on pace to even up this series. But a walk here, double there, double here, single, and homerun would lead to a 5 run inning for Arkansas (their second inning of 5 or more runs this series).

Delucia was pulled in the middle of the inning and Mike Lincoln managed to give up a couple of runs as well. Lincoln's ERA through 2 games (0.2 IP) is 54.00. Not sure it will be wise to use Lincoln again in this series.

With the game tied at 9-9 the battle of the bullpens would go to extra innings.

Chase Headley would be the hero with a go ahead single in the 10th inning off Mike Oquist allowing Joe Randa to score. Phil Garner added a single as well to give Rocky Top an 11-9 lead, which was protected by Luke Hochever who went 3 innings, allowing 1 hit and got the win.

Tennesee fights back to even the series at 2-2 thanks to timely hitting and a tremendoes relief appearance by Luke Hochever.

Player of the Game: Phil Garner, Tennessee - 3-7, 2B, 4 RBI

Game 5: Tennessee 10 - Arkansas 2


A tremendous pitching performance by one team's starter helped win this game to give his school a 3-2 lead. Cliff Lee was on the mound for Arkansas. Did you connect the dots yet?

RA Dickey pitched for Tennesee and the knuckleballer was great. Dickey went 7 innings and gave up just 2 runs and helped give Tennessee their 3rd straight win in this series.

As for Cliff Lee? He could not pitch out of the 6th inning allowing 14 hits and 7 runs. Certainly not the same Lee we saw pitch beautifully in Game 1. This Cliff Lee was just roughed up from the first inning on and Tennesee never looked back en route to a 10-2 win.

Player of the Game: Chris Burke, Tennessee - 4-5, 3 RBI

Game 6: Arkansas 5 - Tennessee 6


Julio Alberto Borbon is now a hero.

Born in Starkville, Mississippi, became a man playing baseball in Knoxville, Tennessee, Julio Borbon is now a celebrity in Rocky Top Nation.

With Ed Bailey on third base and 2 outs in the bottom of the 13th inning, Borbon came to the plate against Dan Wright, who had just entered the game. Wright replaced Mike Oquist who went 3 1/3 innings and was responsible for the runner on 3rd.

Wright struck out Chase Headley, the Game 4 hero, and up to the plate would come Julio Borbon.

In 51 simulations, Borbon hit .270, 2.1 RBI, and 2.8 runs scored. In 1 at-bat, Borbon got the only hit he ever needed...

A single into centerfield allowed Bailey to score easily from third giving Tennessee the win 6-5. It also meant Tennessee wins the series and would advance to the next round, after trailing in the series 2-0 after losing the first two at home.

Mike Smithson pitched 8 innings for the second time this series giving up 10 hits and 5 runs. But did not get a win either time. Rich Rodriguez and Mike Lincoln combined for three scoreless innings and Luke Hudson pitched the last two innings scoreless and got the win.

Player of the Game: Julio Borbon, Tennessee - Game-Winning, Walkoff Single

Wildcats emblem vs Hurricanes emblem
51 Simulations Round 1 of Best of 7 Series
13. Arizona42891312
4. Miami91242
Arizona Notable PlayersJ.T. Snow, Kenny Lofton, Joe Magrane, Trevor Hoffman
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Miami Notable PlayersRyan Braun, Pat Burrell, Greg Vaughn, Danny Graves
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Game 1: Arizona 9 - Miami 6


Arizona jumped out to an early lead. Than tried to blow it. Than broke the game open later and won.

Neal Heaton got rocked from Miami giving up 6 runs in the first inning and unable to escape the 3rd inning.

Joe Magrane started for Arizona and despite getting the win got roughed up in the 3rd inning giving up 4 runs as Miami cut the lead to 6-4.

Later, a Pat Burrell double got The U to within 1 run. But Kenny Lofton with come through with a 2 RBI single in the 8th to extend Arizona's lead to 8-5. Both teams tacked on a run in the 9th and Arizona won by the final 9-6.

Trevor Hoffman, who played shortstop back in the day for Arizona, got the save, pitching a far from perfect 9th inning.

Player of the Game: Brian Anderson, Arizona - 1-4, HR, 3 RBI

Game 2: Arizona 3 - Miami 4


Arizona stuck with Scott Erickson just a little bit too long and got rocked by a hurricane.

Erickson pitched 8 scoreless, 4 hit innings. Than came the 9th, with Arizona up 3-0. Erickson walked Pat Burrell with 1 out to load the bases. Greg Bargar came in to pitch and Wayne Krenchicki hit a 2 run single to get Miami within 1 run. Bargar than struck out Charles Johnson for the second out of the inning. Bobby Hill pinch hit for Jason Michaels and walked to again load the bases. Nelson Santovenia than came up to bat for Mike Pagliarulo and Rich Hinton in to pitch with Arizona needing just 1 out.

Santovenia doubled to left scoring Burrell and pinch runner Rob Murphy and Miami would go on to win in walkoff fashion 4-3.

Player of the Game: Nelson Santovenia, Miami - GW RBI

Game 3: Miami 6 - Arizona 8


Rob Murphy, after scoring the game winning run in Game 2, started Game 3 and was ineffective.

Gil Heredia, starting for Arizona was ineffective as well. Heredia gave up 6 runs in 4 innings while Murphy gave up 5 runs in 2 innings.

This game took a turn for the worst for Miami in the 5th inning when Charles Johnson allowed a passed ball with the bases loaded on a pitch from Mike Neu allowing Jason Bates to score the go ahead run. That run and error by Johnson would be the difference in this game.

JT Snow added a late homerun and Arizona takes the series lead 2-1 and Hoffman locks down his second save in as many chances.

Player of the Game: George Arias, Arizona 1-4, HR, 3 RBI

Game 4: Miami 12 - Arizona 8


The Miami bats came alive in Game 4 and they were able to even up the series with ease.

Greg Vaughn hit his second homerun of the series and drove in 3 runs. Alex Cora also drove in 3 and Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell each drove in 2.

Despite poor pitching from Miami, their offense was good enough in this game to carry them.

This now becomes a best of 3 series with one more in Arizona and back to Miami for two games (if necessary).

Player of the Game: Greg Vaughn, Miami - 3-run HR

Game 5: Miami 3 - Arizona 4


This game was a mirror image of Game 2.

Neal Heaton pitched 8 scoreless, 4 hit innings until the 9th inning where Miami would hold a 3-0 lead - 3 outs away from returning home needing just 1 more win to close out the series.

Arizona would load the bases in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. John Moses doubled to right and than emptied the bases and Arizona tied the game.

Damon Mashore would bat against Oscar Munoz. Mashore singled to center. Ryan Braun's throw goes home, but Moses avoids the tag and Arizona walks off to victory 4-3.

This is exactly how Game 2 played out but with roles reversed. And now Arizona heads to Miami with a 3-2 lead in the series.

Player of the Game: Damon Mashore, Arizona - 2-5, GW RBI

Game 6: Arizona 9 - Miami 8


The weather is usually very nice in both Arizona and Miami. But on this day a little bit of Snow would be a good thing for Arizona, not so much for Miami.

JT Snow hit a homerun in the 9th inning with the game tied at 8-8 and Hoffman pitch a 1-2-3 botton half of the inning for the save, his third of the series, and Arizona advances past The U to round 2.

Arizona actually started this game the same way they ended Game 5, with 4 runs in the first inning. Down 7-3 in the 7th inning, Miami showed some resiliancy as Pat Burrell hit into a fielder's choice allowing 1 run to score and Charles Johnson than cracked a 3 run homerun to tie the game. Chip Hale gave Arizona a temporary lead in the 8th but Dave Berg tied the game right back up in the bottom of the inning.

Player of the Game: JT Snow, Arizona - 2-4, HR, 4 RBI

Wolverines emblem vs Tigers emblem
51 Simulations Round 1 of Best of 7 Series
12. LSU19135 10
5. Michigan32611 69
LSU Notable PlayersAlbert Belle, Ryan Theriot, Todd Walker, Paul Byrd
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Michigan Notable PlayersBarry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Hal Morris, Tim McCarver
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Game 1: LSU 2 - Michigan 5


Larry Sorensen pitched very well and Chris Sabo hit very well and led Michigan to a Game 1 win.

Sorensen went 6 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs and bullpen allowed 1 hit, 0 runs the rest of the way. JJ Putz picked up the save pitching the 9th.

Sabo, hit a 2-run homerun in the 7th with Michigan already up a run to put this game away for good.

Player of the Game: Larry Sorensen, Michigan - 6.2 IP, 7 H, ER, 3 K

Game 2: LSU 3 - Michigan 4


Despite out-hitting Michigan and getting a very good pitching performance for 8 innings from Paul Byrd, LSU lost Game 2.

The 9th inning did not work out wel for LSU. Trey Hodges came in to replace Byrd, who had thrown 111 pitches. After walking leadoff batter Rick Leach, Hodges threw a wild pitch and Leach advanced to second.

Leon Roberts blooped a single to center field allowing Brian Simmons to score the game's winning run after Albert Belle could not make a clean throw for LSU.

Belle did have an RBI for LSU despite going hitless. Barry Larkin tripled home 2 runs in the 4th inning.

Player of the Game: Leon Roberts, Michigan - 2-4, GW RBI

Game 3: Michigan 4 - LSU 3


Leon Roberts drove in the game winning run for the second straight game to put Michigan up 3-0 in the series.

Roberts singled home Brian Simmons in the top of the 10th to give Michigan a 4-3 lead. JJ Putz came in and got his second save of the series.

Geoff Zahn pitched wel for Michigan going 7 innings allowing just 1 run but Steve Howe blew it in the 8th. Back-to-back RBI singles by Todd Walker and Aaron Hill allowed LSU to tie the game 3-3.

Michigan had a chance to win in the 9th following a leadoff triple by Barry Larkin by Russ Springer battled and got out of the inning unscathed.

Springer, however, gets the loss because he was responsible for the base runners in the 10th even though Curt Leskanic gave up the hit to Leon Roberts.

Nobody has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in MLB U history.

Player of the Game: Leon Roberts, Michigan - 2-5, GW RBI

Game 4: Michigan 3 - LSU 4


Todd Walker saves the season...for now.

Michigan and LSU played 10 innings for the second consecutive game and this time it was LSU prevailing with the walkoff single by Todd Walker.

LSU jumped out to an early 2-0, than 3-0 lead through 5 innings.

Michigan, of course, had to make it interesting in the 7th. Chris Getz drove in 2 runs and than Chris Sabo singled scoring Getz which tied the game at 3-3.

Sabo went 2-5, 2B, RBI and a stolen base. Aaron Hill went 3-4 raising his average for the series to .438.

Player of the Game: Todd Walker, LSU - 1-5, GW RBI

Game 5: Michigan 5 - LSU 3


Chris Sabo's big offensive series continued...and will continue into round 2.

Good pitching from Larry Sorensen and JJ Putz's third save of the series helped Michigan knock off LSU in 5 games.

Sabo went 2-5, with a solo HR in the 5th inning.

LSU was just out matched all series and was never given an opportunity in which they could even capitalize on. Michigan has more talent, got better pitching and better hitting and took the series from LSU in 5 games.

Player of the Game: Elliot Maddox, Michigan - 2-5, HR, RBI

Bruins emblem vs Cardinal emblem
51 Simulations Round 1 of Best of 7 Series
14. Stanford130139
3. UCLA38518 69
Stanford Notable Players Jeffrey Hammonds, Carlos Quentin, Mike Mussina, Rick Helling
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UCLA Notable PlayersTroy Glaus, Chase Utley, Tim Leary, Eric Karros
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Game 1: Stanford 5 - UCLA 10


UCLA's offense dominated and Tim Leary threw a complete game as the Bruins won Game 1 with ease.

Shane Mack, Troy Glaus, Eric Byrnes, and Chris Chambliss all had 2 RBI for UCLA. Chase Utley was the lone UCLA starter not to record a hit.

Stanford got 3 hits, including a homerun from Jody Gerut, but that was about the extent of their offensive efforts.

Tim Leary gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits and threw 127 pitches.

Player of the Game: Tim Leary, UCLA - 9 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 7 K

Game 2: Stanford 6 - UCLA 1


Fans of UCLA at Dodgers Stadium were yelling "boooo." Stanford fans at Dodgers Stadium and at home were yelling "moooose." Both sounded similar and both had same meaning. It meant Mike Mussina was pitching really well.

Mussina went 8 innings and gave up just 1 run and 3 hits and just cruised through UCLA's potent lineup.

The game was actually tied at 1-1 entering the 8th and Stanford put up 5 runs off Matt Young and Mike Magnante.

Jody Gerut, Ryan Garko, Frank Duffy, and Bob Boone each had RBI in the 8th inning. Garko went 3-4, 2 RBI in the game.

Chase Utley went hitless for the second straight game but did manage UCLA's lone run in the 6th on a fielder's choice.

Player of the Game: Mike Mussina, Stanford - 8 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K

Game 3: UCLA 4 - Stanford 3


Eric Byrnes watched Carlos Quentin sail a homerun over the fence in right field over his head. Todd Zeile watched the ball leave the park from his crouched catcher's position.

Something must have gone through Zeile's head because in the next inning he returned the favor and Quentin watched Zeile sail a homerun over his head to left field. That homerun by Zeile was with UCLA trailing 2-1 and with a runner on base. UCLA never looked back.

Jim Parque was efficient for the Bruins pitching 8 innings allowed 3 hits on 7 runs. Floyd Chiffer got the save in the 9th.

Player of the Game: Jim Parque, UCLA - 8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 K

Game 4: UCLA 9 - Stanford 5


Rick Helling, Stanford starting pitcher, was rocked hard early on, and Stanford is on the brink of elimination against their archivals from Los Angeles.

With UCLA already up 1-0 in the 4th inning, Chris Chambliss hit his first homerun of the series, a 3-run shot to put UCLA up 4-0. That was it for Rick Helling at that point.

David Huff got threw 5 innings for UCLA and gave up just 1 run and Josh Roenicke got the save.

A throwing error by Chase Utley, who has had a rough series, led to 3 unearned runs in the 6th inning for Stanford. UCLA's bullpen allowed just 1 earned run in 4 innings of work.

Player of the Game: Chris Chambliss, UCLA - 1-4, HR, 3 RBI

Game 5: UCLA 25 - Stanford 3


Stanford simply gave up.

That is the only way to desribe giving up 25 runs, 17 of which by one pitcher. Jack McDowell was bad for the second time in this series giving up 8 runs on 7 hits for Stanford falling to 0-2.

He was replaced in the 6th inning by Mike Gosling who was horrible, allowing 17 runs on 16 hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched. He threw 115 pitches in a little more than 3 innings.

Tim Leary, who pitched a complete game in Game 1, was pulled in the 9th due to a high pitch count (136) and after allowing a 2-run homerun to Ed Sprague. Apparently, UCLA was worried about a Stanford comeback with the score now 25-3 at that point. Leary won both of his starts and finished the series with a 3.57 ERA in 17 2/3 IP.

UCLA's offense came from everywhere. Troy Glaus hit 2 homeruns. Glaus, as well as Don Slaught and Shane Mack, had 5 RBI each.

UCLA wins the series with relative ease. Mike Mussina shut them down in Game 2 but other than that the offense just clicked and the pitching was effective.

Player of the Game: Troy Glaus, UCLA -3-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Long Beach emblem vs Seminoles emblem
51 Simulations Round 1 of Best of 7 Series
11. Florida State20443 9
6. Long Beach3129 128
Florida State Notable PlayersStephen Drew, Buster Posey, Deion Sanders, JD Drew
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Long Beach Notable Players Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria, Jason Giambi, Jered Weaver
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Game 1: Florida State 0 - Long Beach 2


As the old saying goes, "nobody is perfect." But Jered Weaver was very, very good.

Weaver did not allow a hit through 5 2/3 innings and allowed a 2nd hit in the 9th inning as he led Long Beach to a Game 1 win with one of the best pitching performances we have seen in the first round.

Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki combined to go 0-9 for Long Beach, and they still had 7 runs and 15 hits. You have to wonder how much better this lineup gets if those two guys hit in this series.

Long Beach send Steve Trachsel to the mound in Game 2 and should be feeling pretty confident.

Player of the Game: Jered Weaver, Long Beach - CG 2-hit shutout

Game 2: Florida State 17 - Long Beach 10


Typically, when you see Florida State 17, other team 10 you associate that with football. In this case 17-10 is Florida State winning in baseball.

After just 2 hits and being shutout in Game 1, Florida State came out with a vengeance and immediately went to work with their bats.

Steve Trachsel gave up 6 runs and 5 hits recording just 1 out before being pulled. Trachsel was not able to replicate Jered Weaver.

Paul Wilson, who started for Florida State, did not replicate Jered Weaver either. Wilson allowed 6 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings but still got the win because of the great hitting from the Seminoles.

Florida State went up 6-1 after 1st inning and 9-1 after 2nd and never let Long Beach get in the game.

The series now heads to Florida tied up.

Player of the Game: Buster Posey, Florida State - 4-5, HR, 5 RBI

Game 3: Long Beach 13 - Florida State 9


The hit parade continued in Game 3 for boths teams, but Long Beach's offense was just too much for Florida State pitching to handle in the end.

Florida State, again, jumped out on top early as they held a 9-2 lead entering the 5th.

Termel Sledge homered in the 5th to cut the lead to 9-4 and than the bottom fell out in the 6th for FSU. Long Beach mananged 4 runs to get within 1.

Than finally in the 7th, Jeremy Reed hit into a fielder's choice which allowed Danny Valencia to score the go-ahead run.

After trailing 9-2 through 4, Long Beach pounded out 9 runs over the next 4 innings, allowing no runs to steal Game 3 from Florida State.

Long Beach did it with a balanced offensive attack as 8 different players recorded an RBI.

Buster Posey, JD Drew, and Terry Kennedy continue to hit for Florida State but until they can get consistent pitching in this series it will not matter.

Player of the Game: Danny Valencia, Long Beach - 4-5, 2B, RBI

Game 4: Long Beach 3 - Florida State 4


Florida State finally pitched well enough to contain Long Beach's offense and take Game 4 to even the series at 2-2.

Scott Proctor started for the Seminoles and was effective. He pitched 4 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 BB, 4 K and the bullpen allowed just 1 run over the final 5 innings, including a hitles, 2 K for Mac Scarce, who recorded his first save of the series.With the game tied a 2-2 in the 7th inning, Danny Valencia hit a solo homerun off Mike Loynd and it looked like Long Beach was again going to sneak out a win due to timely hitting.

George Throop pitched the 7th for Long Beach replacing Rocky Biddle (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). Throop would walk Luis Alicea and than allow a 2 run homerun to Doug Mientkiewicz, an unlikely source of power, to give Florida State a 4-3 lead, which would be the final score.

Timely hitting has been the theme of this series as both team's have found clutch when they need it.

Player of the Game: Doug Mientkiewicz, Florida State - 2-4, GW HR, 2 RBI

Game 5: Long Beach 11 - Florida State 9


The Giambino hit his hirst homerun of the series in Game 5. He also hit his second - which would be the biggest hit of the series so far.

In the 8th inning with the game tied 6-6, Jeremy hit an infield single to score Darrell Sherman and give Long Beach it's first lead of the game.

Following a Termel Sledge walk, Jason Giambi ensured that the lead would remain with Long Beach by hitting a grand slam to put Long Beach up 5 and help secure an 11-9 win.

Florida State tried to make things exciting in the 9th as Luis Alicea hit a 3 run homerun to cut the lead to 2. Steve Trachsel than came in and recorded 1 out earned the first save of his career.

More clutch hitting by Long Beach has them 1 game away from advancing.

Player of the Game: Jason Giambi, Long Beach - 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Game 6: Florida State 5 - Long Beach 6


Long Beach is going on to the next round after beating Florida State 6-5.

The Seminoles made it interesting in the 9th getting a 3 run homerun by Doug Mientkiewicz but JD Drew followed that up by flying out to shallow right field ending the game and series.

Long Beach did not get very good pitching but they got homeruns from Jason Giambi, Jeremy Reed, and Jeff Liefer.

Troy Tulowitzki hit just .136 in the series. Termel Sledge (.481), Jeremy Reed (.444), Jeff Liefer (.478), Danny Valencia (.462)

Player of the Game: Jeremy Reed, Long Beach - 1-4, HR, 3 RBI

Sun Devils emblem vs Cowboys emblem
51 Simulations Round 1 of Best of 7 Series
10. Oklahoma State51112
7. Arizona State461314 118
Oklahoma State CowboysRobin Ventura, Jeromy Burnitz, Adam Kennedy, Scott Baker
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Arizona State Sun DevilsBarry Bonds, Reggie Jackson, Andre Ethier, Dustin Pedroia
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Game 1: Oklahoma State 1 - Arizona State 2


A game dominated by pitching will only be remembered for one play and one player - Alvin Davis.

In a tie game in the bottom of the 9th inning and Barry Bonds on third base, Alvin Davis stepped to the plate against Mike Henneman. Davis would rip a single into centerfield, his third hit of the game, and lead the Sun Devils to a walkoff victory 2-1 over the Cowboys.

Larry Gura started for Arizona State and pitched very well going 7 innings, allowing 7 hits and 1 run, a run he allowed in the first inning.

On the other side, John Farrell pitched well for Oklahoma State going 6 2/3 IP, 8 hits, 1 run but 6 walks.

One thing that Arizona State was fortunate not to let hurt them was errors. They committed three errors (Reggie Jackson, Fernando Vina - 2) despite winning.

Player of the Game: Alvin Davis, Arizona State - 3-4, GW RBI

Game 2: Oklahoma State 11 - Arizona State 12


Power is the rate at which work is performed or energy is converted. This game featured a lot of energy and work being converted into runs.

Coming off a game in which both teams combined for 3 runs, Game 2 was an absolute shootout. And also saw yet another walkoff win.

Power was the story of this game for both teams as Oklahoma State hit 4 homeruns and Arizona State hit 5.

Josh Fields, who also played quarterback back in the day, hit 3 of the 4 homeruns for Oklahoma State. Fields' third homerun of the game came in the 6th inning with the Cowboys leading 11-6.

Arizona State would come back, and they would do so with power. Alvin Davis, the hero from Game 1, hit a solo homerun to lead off the 7th and hit another in the 8th inning. The Sun Devils would trail 11-10 heading into the 9th.

Scott Williamson was on the mound trying to close out the game for Oklahoma State. And following a walk to Andre Ethier, Barry Bonds, the all-time leader in homeruns, came through with a 2-run, walkoff homerun to lead the Sun Devils to their second straight walkoff victory and take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Dave Mlicki started for Oklahoma State and could not get out of the second inning allowing 5 runs before the Cowboys pulled the plug and went to the bullpen. Arizona State's starter Floyd Bannister went 4 innings and gave up 7 runs. Neither starter was effective and both bullpens struggled as well.

Player of the Game: Barry Bonds, Arizona State - 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Game 3: Arizona State 3 - Oklahoma State 4


Scott Baker pitched 8 very effective innings for Oklahoma State to help them get their first win of the series.

There would be no dramatic walkoffs in this one as Oklahoma State took a 4-3 lead in the 5th inning which would be the final score.

Scott Williamson, who gave up the walkoff homerun to Barry Bonds in Game 2, got the save in relief of Baker.

Josh Fields provided more power hitting his 4th homerun of the series. For Arizona State, Reggie Jackson woke up and hit his first homerun.

Despite being outscored by 1, Arizona State had 10 hits to Oklahoma State's 4. The Cowboys just got better timely hitting than the Sun Devils.

Oklahoma State has a chance to even the series sending Tim Pugh to the mound in Game 4 going up against Lerrin Lagrow.

Player of the Game: Luke Scott, Oklahoma State - 2-3, HR, 3 RBI

Game 4: Arizona State 25 - Oklahoma State 4


This was on of those games where everything goes right for one team and wrong for another.

With so many great hitters in the Arizona State lineup everything just clicked. The Sun Devils put up 25 runs on 29 hits. Seven players had 3 or more hits and they hit seven homeruns, including two homeruns each for Andre Ethier, Paul Lo Duca and Ike Davis. Ethier and Ike Davis each had 6 RBI.

Barry Bonds, Reggie Jackson, and Alvin Davis - the heart of this Arizona State lineup - combined to go 11-17, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI.

For Oklahoma State, four pitchers gave up 5 or more runs, including starter Tim Pugh to did not record an out.

Arizona State's historic offensive night puts them 1 game away from advancing to the next round.

Player of the Game: Ike Davis, Arizona State - 3-6, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Game 5: Arizona State 9 - Oklahoma State 1


Arizona State easily advancing to the next round as they turn to their ace Larry Gura.

Gura pitched great in Game 1 and again in this game gave up just 1 run on 5 hits in 6 innings.

A 1st inning Reggie Jackson homerun gave Arizona State a 2-0 lead and they never looked back en route to winning the series and eliminating the Cowboys.

Player of the Game: Larry Gura, Arizona State - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K

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15. Cal State Fullerton81133
2. Texas43127 1014
Cal State Notable Players Aaron Rowand, Ricky Romero, Tim Wallach, Phil Nevin
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Texas LonghornsRoger Clemens, Greg Swindell, Shane Reynolds, Drew Stubbs
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Game 1: Cal State Fullerton 6 - Texas 1


With 2 hits as a team entering the 7th inning and down 1-0, Tim Wallach changed everything for Cal State Fullerton.

Wallach hit a grand slam off Roger Clemens as Cal State would go on to win 6-1 handing "The Rocket" the loss for the Longhorns.

Mark Kotsay also provided a 2-RBI triple. All 6 runs came on two swings of the bat for Cal State.

Greg Matthews allowed just 1 run in a complete game effort.

Player of the Game: Tim Wallach, Cal State Fullerton - Grand Slam

Game 2: Cal State Fullerton 1 - Texas 6


Same score. Different result.

Texas evened up the series at 1-1 with a 6-1 win behind a strong effort from starting pitcher Greg Swindell. Swindell gave up 1 run in 8 innings.

Omar Quintanilla carried the offense for Texas with a 3-run homerun in the 5th inning that helped put this game away for good.

Ricky Romero started for Cal State Fullerton and was roughed up. Both teams have gotten great pitching in their respective wins.

Player of the Game: Omar Quintanilla, Texas - 2-5, HR, 3 RBI

Game 3: Texas 3 - Cal State Fullerton 4


Mike Harkey was very effective through 7 innings and helped keep Texas' bats quiet to lead the Titans to a Game 3 victory.

Harkey gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits and got the win for Cal State Fullerton. For Texas, Shane Reynolds lasted only 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 12 hits.

Cal State's bullpen was effective using three relievers after Harkey, including Chad Cordero who got the save.

Phil Nevin, Mark Kotsay, and Mike Lamb all had RBI for Cal State.

OmarQuintanilla hit another homerun and Drew Stubbs hit one as well for Texas.

Player of the Game: Mike Harkey, Cal State Fullerton - 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9 K

Game 4: Texas 12 - Cal State Fullerton 4


The Texas bats went off in Game 4 and Cal State never had much of a chance.

Texas was able to even the series at 2-2 by recording 19 hits and 12 runs off five Titans pitchers, including starter Jeff D. Robinson who 7 runs (4 ER) in 4 1/3 innings.

Omar Quintanilla, Dave Chalk, Drew Stubbs, and Mike Brumley each recorded 3 hits for the Longhorns.

Player of the Game: Drew Stubbs, Texas - 3-6, HR, 3 RBI

Game 5: Texas 2 - Cal State Fullerton 3


Cal State Fullerton is 1 win away from pulling off a huge upset thanks to the bat of Jeremy Giambi.

Giambi went 3-4 but his biggest hit came in the 8th inning. Down 2-1 with Jim Acker coming in to pitch for Texas, Giambi crushed a 2-run homerun that gave the Titans a 3-2 lead, a score that would be the final.

Acker came in to replace Roger Clemens, who pitched much better than his poor Game 1 outing. Clemens gave up just 1 run in 7 innings and than Texas turned to the bullpen for 6 outs. The bullpen did not record one out before blowing the lead.

Player of the Game: Jeremy Giambi, Cal State Fullerton - 3-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game 6: Cal State Fullerton 1 - Texas 11


A 5-run first inning allowed Texas to jump all over Cal State Fullerton and send this series to a Game 7.

Drew Stubbs hit a 2-run homerun in the first inning and Omar Quintanilla and Mike Brumley combined for 3 RBI as well to give Texas an early advantage.

Greg Swindell pitched well and got his second win of the series. Assuming he does not pitch in relief in Game 7, Swindell ends the series with a 1.20 ERA.

Texas also got 5 runs combined in the 4th and 5th innings and complete the route. It did not help Cal State starter Greg Matthews that his defense committed 4 errors. Matthews allowed 11 runs, only 5 of which were earned.

Player of the Game: Drew Stubbs, Texas - 3-4, HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB

Game 7: Cal State Fullerton 2 - Texas 9


Texas comes back down 3-2 to win the series in 7 games.

The Longhorns jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning.

With the score, 3-2 in the 7th, Texas finally broke through for 5 runs, essentially putting the game out of reach for Cal State, whose bats have been relatively quiet all series.

The defense, again, was not good for Cal State committing 3 errors in this game. Simple mistakes like that is what will cost a team in a crucial do-or-die game.

Player of the Game: Omar Quintanilla, Texas - 3-4, 3 RBI


Round 2 Preview

1. USC vs. 8. Tennessee

USC's biggest strength is their starting pitching but they also have a potentially dominant offense.

Tennessee's bullpen let them down several times against Arkansas and also need to sure up their starting pitching, which needs to come close to perfect against the USC offense.

Tennessee needs to get after USC pitching early and cannot let them in a groove. As well, USC cannot let Tennessee hang around and need to put them away early.

13. Arizona vs. 5. Michigan

Neither team has very strong starting pitching and the offenses will dictate this series.

Both teams's also have strong closers, Trevor Hoffman (Arizona) and JJ Putz (Michigan), so this series may lack late-game drama.

It will be up to the starting pitchers to control the game early and get quick leads with timely offense and let the bullpen finish out the games.

3. UCLA vs. 6 Long Beach

Long Beach has shortened their rotation so Jered Weaver could pitch more than once if necessary.

UCLA has plenty of offensive weapons but so does Long Beach. Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria struggled for the 49ers but Chase Utley struggled for the Bruins. This series could be very high scoring if those three players snap our of their respective funks.

Long Beach also has a mix of veterans, like Jason Giambi, who will help lead them. UCLA has scrappy hitters like Eric Byrnes, Eric Karros, and Chris Chambliss to guide them.

This could be a pretty even series and will come down to the pitching.

2. Texas vs. Arizona State

Texas was taking to the brink of elimination, trailing Cal State Fullerton 3-2 in the first round, before coming back to win.

Roger Clemens started 2 games and did not record a win in either and Texas went 0-2 in games started by Clemens.

Clemens, as well as Greg Swindell and Shane Reynolds will be crucial for Texas to contain an Arizona State lineup that features Reggie Jackson, Barry Bonds and Alvin Davis.

Arizona State also has Andre Ethier and Dustin Pedroia atop their lineup and could do some damage to the Texas pitching.

The question will be whether Arizona State has the pitching to pull off the upset.

Check back Wednesday November 3rd for Round 2 Results.

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