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    LJS: Norris baller Reetz will sign pro contract

    Jakson Reetz, a two-time Journal Star Super State co-captain from Norris, will sign a contract with the Washington Nationals, his high school coach said Tuesday morning.

    Reetz is the second Nebraska baseball recruit to accept an offer from the pros this season. He was the 93rd player taken in the 40-round Major League draft that concluded Saturday.

    Jason Cullison, coach at Norris, said Reetz was given a good deal and will be flying to Washington, D.C., to meet with team officials on Wednesday.

    Monte Harrison, a second-round pick out of Lee's Summit, Missouri, has already signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers for a reported $1.8 million.

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    PG - Super Regionals roundup: Monday

    Charlottesville Super Regional


    Game 3: Virginia 11, Maryland 2 -- Box score
    Virginia advances to the College World Series

    Player of the game: Josh Sborz, rhp, Virginia

    Roundup: Virginia righthanded pitcher Josh Sborz has one of the biggest arms in college baseball, but consistency has been an issue for him throughout the 2014 campaign. That wasn't the case Monday night in a dominant 11-2 win over Maryland to advance to the College World Series. Sborz struck out nine, walked three and allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings, while the offense took care of the rest in the victory. Virginia was led at the plate by third baseman Kenny Towns, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs, while young shortstop Daniel Pinero went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Brandon Downes and Joe McCarthy each finished the contest with two hits, while Maryland starting pitcher Bobby Ruse allowed six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.

    What's next: With the win over the Terrapins, the Cavaliers, who began the season preseason No. 1 in the Perfect Game College Top 25, are headed to the CWS for the third time in school history. The Cavaliers last made the tourney in 2011.





    Fort Worth Super Regional


    Game 3: TCU 6, Pepperdine 5 -- Box score
    TCU advances to the College World Series

    Player of the game: Kyle Bacak, c, Texas Christian

    Roundup: What a magical finish it was in the Fort Worth Regional. In the decisive series finale on Monday, Pepperdine held a 5-4 lead heading to the top of the ninth inning with sure-handed closer Eric Karch on the mound to close things out. However, TCU responded with a Dylan Fitzgerald RBI double and an incredibly gutsy squeeze bunt by catcher Kyle Bacak to take a 6-5 lead. Bacak, by the way, finished the contest with two hits and two RBIs, while hard-throwing TCU righthanded pitcher Riley Ferrell closed out the contest in the bottom of the ninth inning to punch the Frogs' ticket to Omaha. Though in the losing cause, Pepperdine two-way star Aaron Brown put together another memorable offensive performance, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

    What's next: With the win over the Waves, the Frogs, who finished near the bottom of the Big 12 last season, are headed back to Omaha next weekend. TCU began the season with high expectations, and certainly hasn't disappointed.




    Lafayette Super Regional


    Game 3: Mississippi 10, Louisiana-Lafayette 4 -- Box score
    Ole Miss advances to the College World Series

    Player of the game: Austin Anderson, 3b, Ole Miss

    Roundup: The Ole Miss Rebels might've had a history of not taking care of business in these situations, but boy, did Mike Bianco's club flip the script on Monday. Ole Miss third baseman Austin Anderson went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs, and Auston Bousfield went 2-for-6 with a double. There were other special contributions offensively in the win over the Cajuns, such as pinch hitter Holt Perdzock putting the exclamation point on the victory in the ninth inning with a base-clearing three-RBI triple. On the mound, Ole Miss starting pitcher Sam Smith battled his way through 3 2/3 innings, while the bullpen was just terrific with Scott Weathersby allowing just two hits in two shutout innings and Josh Laxer allowing just a run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings. For the Cajuns, lefthanded starting pitcher Cody Boutte allowed four runs on five hits in four innings, while star second baseman Jace Conrad struggled offensively for the second-straight day.

    What's next: With the win over the Cajuns, Ole Miss is making its fifth trip to the College World Series, but just its first since 1972. Meanwhile, the Cajuns had an incredible season despite the loss and finish the year with a 58-10 overall record.

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    BA - Super Regional Roundup: Frogs, Cavs, Rebels Complete CWS Field

    The final day of super regionals delivered more compelling drama in a pair of games, a dominating performance in another, and some fantastic storylines heading into Omaha?which no longer stands for Ole Miss At Home Again, as Mississippi State fans like to taunt. The other two teams that won Monday are national powers that have emerged in the last decade; Virginia will make its third trip to the College World Series (2009, 2011), and Texas Christian will make its second (2010).

    We'll peek ahead to the CWS field shortly, but first a recap of Monday's action.

    Will Allen blocks Tyler Girouard from scoring the tying run in the seventh inning Monday.
    Will Allen blocks Tyler Girouard from scoring the tying run in the seventh inning Monday.
    ? In their fifth super regional appearance, the Rebels finally broke through to the College World Series for the first time since 1972, ending one of college baseball's most notorious streaks. Mississippi had to beat the top-ranked team in the country (Louisiana-Lafayette) on the road to do it?after losing the series opener. But the Rebels followed up Sunday's 5-2 win with a 10-4 victory Monday, breaking open a close game with four runs in the ninth.

    The game tilted back and forth for the first eight innings, and Ole Miss carried a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With two on and two out in the ULL seventh, Seth Harrison doubled into the left-field corner, scoring one run, but Ole Miss shortstop Errol Robinson made a lightning-quick transfer and perfect relay throw to the plate to throw out Tyler Girouard, preserving a one-run lead for the Rebels. Will Allen blocked the plate with his leg to prevent Girouard from scoring on the play. The Rebels added a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly, then busted the game open on Holt Perdzock's two-run double in the ninth. Early on, back-to-back homers by Austin Anderson and Sikes Orvis spotted Ole Miss to a 3-1 lead, setting the tone for the game. Scott Weathersby (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Josh Laxer (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) did a fantastic job holding the explosive ULL offense at bay in the middle and late innings, with help from the defense.

    Kevin Cron
    Kevin Cron (Photo by John Williamson)
    ? The first game of the day was one of the most exciting contests of the postseason, a tug-of-war that ended with TCU scoring twice in the ninth to earn a come-from-behind 6-5 win against Pepperdine. The Waves kept surging ahead in the game, and the Frogs kept battling back to tie it. After the Frogs scored twice in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4, Pepperdine regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly. But the Frogs rallied again in the ninth against closer Eric Karch, tying the game on Dylan Fitzgerald's RBI double and scoring the go-ahead run on a perfect squeeze. Of course, Pepperdine made the Frogs sweat again in the bottom of the ninth putting runners on the corners against Riley Ferrell before he ended the game by striking out Bryan Langlois. Kevin Cron homered and hit a key RBI double in the sixth for TCU, while Aaron Brown continued to terrorize the Frogs, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

    ? Virginia's offense picked up steam as the weekend went on, and the Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead Monday and cruised to an 11-2 win against Maryland. UVa. scored three runs in the first and three more in the third?Kenny Towns had two RBIs in each of those rallies. And Josh Sborz (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K) sparkled in his first start since May 10 against Georgia Tech. I'll have a report from Charlottesville shortly.

    So the College World Series field is set. Here are the opening-round matchups (all times Central):

    Saturday:

    2 p.m.: UC Irvine vs. Texas

    7 p.m.: Vanderbilt vs. Louisville

    Sunday:

    2 p.m.: Texas Christian vs. Texas Tech

    7 p.m.: Virginia vs. Mississippi

    ? All four matchups offer plenty of intrigue. The field features three teams from the state of Texas?each of them a member of the Big 12 Conference, which sent three of its five NCAA tournament teams to Omaha, and a fourth to super regionals. The Southeastern Conference landed just two of its 10 postseason teams in Omaha, while the ACC went 1-for-7 and the Pac-12 went 0-for-5. The Big West sent one of its four teams to Omaha, and the American Athletic Conference sent one of its two, with the second losing in a super regional.

    ? Just two national seeds (No. 3 Virginia and No. 7 TCU) made it to Omaha, the fewest since the NCAA tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1999. In the last three years, just nine of 24 national seeds have reached the CWS.

    ? Super regional hosts won six of eight series this weekend, the most since 2011 (when seven of the eight hosts won).

    ? Five teams that were No. 1 seeds in regionals reached Omaha, along with a pair of No. 2 seeds (Texas Tech and Texas), and one No. 3 (UC Irvine).

    ? Five members of the CWS field were ranked in the Baseball America preseason Top 25: Virginia (No. 1), Vanderbilt (No. 10), Texas (No. 18), Texas Christian (No. 19) and Louisville (No. 20). The other three teams did not even crack our preseason field of 64 projection. But if baseball were predictable, it would be a whole lot less fun.

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