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Purdue’s Plawecki named finalist for Dick Howser Award


Keith Plawecki (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

The Purdue Boilermakers baseball team has enjoyed a great season, going 41-11 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten.

The program has achieved a season-record for wins as well as their first regular-season title since 1909.

One of the reasons is junior catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Plawecki has been named as one of 35 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in college baseball.

Purdue is 13th-ranked in the country in baseball.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

The Dick Howser Trophy winner is determined by two rounds of national voting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The award will be presented on Friday, June 15, the opening day of the 2012 College World Series.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979, after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

Plawecki has started all 52 games for the Boilermakers. The clean-up hitter leads the team in doubles with 19, extra-base hits with 26, a .455 on-base percentage,.562 slugging percentage. He is second in runs scored with 48, walks with 23, in batting average at .366 and is the most difficult hitter to strike out in the Big Ten with eight in 200 at bats.


Info compiled from Purdue University & Big Ten Conference


2011 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: South Carolina beats Florida in Game 1


(courtesy of NCAA)

With their 2-1 win on Monday night against the Florida Gators, the South Carolina Gamecocks won their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament game and 10th in a row in the College World Series, both tied for the longest streaks all-time.

Christian Walker, cleared to play with a broken wrist a half-hour before the game, scored from first base on two throwing errors in the 11th inning and defending baseball champion South Carolina won game 1 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The 54-14 Gamecocks played well defensively, throwing out two runners at home plate in the bottom of the ninth and one in the 10th to give them a chance for the win.

John Taylor (8-1) was the winning pitcher, and Matt Price notched his 19th save.

Nick Maronde (0-1) took the loss for Florida (53-18).


compiled from staff, NCAA, South Carolina & Florida athletics

Despite 337 wins in baseball, Anderson fired by Nebraska


Mike Anderson (courtesy of Nebraska athletics)

In a shocking move, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have fired baseball coach Mike Anderson.

The Cornhuskers were 30-25 this season, but were only 9-17 in the Big 12 Conference.

Anderson was very succesful, with an overall record of 337-196-2 in nine years with Nebraska. The Cornhuskers won two Big 12 titles and appeared in the 2005 College World Series under Anderson.


Info courtesy of Nebraska athletics

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Game 2, South Carolina 2 UCLA 1 in 11; Gamecocks win first baseball title

compiled from NCAA, South Carolina and UCLA news

The South Carolina Gamecocks will go down in the history books for closing out 61-year-old Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska winning its first baseball title with a brand of come-from-behind baseabll.

The Columbia, South Carolina school provided the stadium with the perfect send-off. The stadium has been home to college baseball’s biggest stage since 1950. The 2-1 2 in 11 innings over UCLA on Tuesday night was a classic for the ages.

In 2011, the College World Series will move to a new stadium in downtown Omaha next year.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. (U of South Carolina photo)

Matt Price (U of South Carolina photo)

The Gamecocks, 54-16 trailed in the middle innings of all three of its NCAA regional games and had to win two one-run games in the super regionals to make it to the College World Series.

Once they arrived in Omaha, the Gamecocks lost their first game and had to hold-off elimination four times to reach the finals, even winning one game after being down to their very last strike.

In the end to a fantastic season, South Carolina came from behind again Tuesday night, tying the game in the eighth inning and beating UCLA (51-17) in the 11th on Whit Merrifield’s RBI single.

The Gamecocks won six straight games after losing their CWS opener against Oklahoma, and became the third first-time champion since 2006 after sweeping the best-of-three series.

This was the fifth championship decided in an extra-inning final, and first since Southern California topped Florida State by a 2-1 score in 15 innings in 1970.

Jackie Bradley, Jr., was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

Matt Price, 5-1 was the winner allowing one hit over 2-2-3 innings for South Carolina, who also went to the College World Series in 1975, 1977 and 2002, but ended up with no title.

Dan Klein, 6-1 took the loss for UCLA after working 3-1-3 innings.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: GAME 1, South Carolina 7 UCLA 1; Gamecocks one win from title

compiled from staff, wire, NCAA news, South Carolina news and UCLA news

Blake Cooper has put his South Carolina Gamecocks in position to win their first baseball national championship.

Pitching with three days of rest for the second straight time at the College World Series, Cooper allowed three hits in eight-plus innings and Bobby Haney drove in a career-high three-runs, moving the Gamecocks within a game of the title in NCAA Division I with a 7-1 victory over UCLA on Monday night in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bobby Haney Gamecocks (U of South Carolina photo)

Blake Cooper Gamecocks (U of South Carolina photo)

Cooper struck out 10 and carried a one-hitter into the ninth inning before running into trouble. The Gamecocks’ fans cheered him wildly as he left the game after throwing 136 pitches and the bases loaded with Bruins. Reliever John Taylor finished, but not before the Bruins broke up the shutout when Cody Regis scored on a double play grounder.

The 53-16 Gamecocks and 51-16 Bruins will play game 2 of the best-of-three finals on Tuesday night.

South Carolina collected 11 of their 14 hits and six runs, four earned, in seven innings against UCLA starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (11-4). Cole surprisingly only had two strikeouts.

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