Wednesday, June 26, 2013

College Baseball: UCLA Bruins Win CWS

Pitching was key as UCLA earned its first baseball national championship (Photo /

UCLA's 109th national championship was the first for its baseball team as the Bruins earned the 2013 title on Tuesday. The Bruins defeated Mississippi State, 8-0,  to seal the best-of-three final series at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

In the concluding series the Bulldogs underscored the overall lack of offensive punch at the CWS, mustering just one run in total in the final two games.

The Bruins finish the season with an overall record of 49-17, while the Bulldogs finished at 51-20. The second place finish is the highest in the school's history for MSU's baseball team.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

College Baseball: Ripken League and College World Series Updates

Oregon State and its five uniforms remain alive in the CWS (Photo / register-guard)

The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRBCL) has the Bethesda Big Train in first place after just under two weeks of play at 6-2. As reported, the Baltimore Presstman Cardinals are in their first year in the circuit and now are 4-6 after knocking off the defending champion Baltimore Redbirds (6-5), 6-3, tonight at Calvert Hall.

In Omaha at the College World Series, LSU and Louisville have exited the field, while Mississippi State, Indiana, Oregon State, North Carolina, NC State, and UCLA remain alive in double-elimination play.

Two teams will survive from the six remaining and play in a best-of-three championship series beginning on June 24.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

College Baseball: Grays Battle Rain, Cardinals, for 5-4 Win

On Thursday evening, under an increasingly steady downpour, the Baltimore Presstman Cardinals opened their inaugural season in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRBCL) at DC's Hoy Field.

The host Grays spoiled the Cardinals' debut with a 5-4 victory, as starter Henry Sisson (North Carolina) yielded three runs through six innings. Yahya Muhammad (Coppin State) gave up one run on a pair of walks and a base hit in the top of the ninth, but held on for the save.

"We've got a young team, and some junior college players," said Cardinals' coach Reggie Smith after the game. "This is high level competition and good experience for them."

The Cardinals host the Baltimore Redbirds at Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover, Maryland on Saturday after a Friday night rain out. The Grays host the Herndon Braves this evening at 5 PM.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

College Baseball: Redbirds and DC Grays Return, Presstman Cardinals Begin

The DC Grays return for their second year in 2013 (Photo /

The Baltimore Redbirds, the local entry in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL), proved that persistence prevails as they beat the Bethesda Big Train last summer for the league championship. Prior to 2012, Baltimore had fallen to the Big Train for three straight seasons in the deciding game. 

This summer they return as defending champions, while to the south in the District the DC Grays return for their second year in the collegiate wooden bat circuit. The Grays play at Gallaudet's Hoy Field in Washington while the Redbirds call Calvert Hall's Carl Crispino Stadium in Towson home. 

Both teams open their 2013 slate on Thursday evening. The Grays host the Cal Ripken League's latest entry, the Baltimore Presstman Cardinals. The Cardinals program dates back to 1962 and this season will be their first in the CRCBL.

The Redbirds will host the Big Train at Calvert Hall. migrated to

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