College Sports Morning Headlines-05/30/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 05/30/11.

OKC-Bound: Softball Headed to WCWS - Baylor will make its second trip to the Women's College World Series.  With its backs up against the wall after a 14-2 defeat in game two of the series, Baylor (45-13) bounced back with a 9-2 win over Georgia (51-14) to earn its second berth in the Women's College World Series on Sunday evening in Athens, Ga.  "This group of kids doesn't know how to quit and there are very few teams that could pull through what we did today," head coach Glenn Moore said. "Georgia is a great team and it took everything we had, but that is what we gave."  The Lady Bears will face Oklahoma State on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in WCWS first round action.   READ MORE

Secerbegovic Falls in NCAA Quarterfinals - The Baylor junior ends the season with a team-best 31 wins.  In a back-and-forth match that went down to the wire, Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic was ousted in three sets at the NCAA Singles Championship on Saturday in Stanford, Calif.  Secerbegovic got off to a strong start against the red-hot Stacey Tan of Stanford, getting a late break to take the first set 7-5. But in the second set, Tan found her stroke on her way to a 6-1 win.  The third set featured a roller-coaster ride for both players, with Tan striking the first blow. The Stanford sophomore broke Secerbegovic to start the match and went up 3-1 before Secerbegovic responded with three straight games to go up 4-3. From there, Tan once again came up with the finishing touch, taking the last three games to win the set 6-4.    READ MORE









As expected, UT baseball team one of 16 NCAA regional hosts - The full 64-team field will be announced at 11:30 a.m. today on ESPN. The NCAA will also release regional pairings and the top eight seeds — schools that will host super regionals if they win their regionals.   The full 64-team field will be announced at 11:30 a.m. today on ESPN. The NCAA will also release regional pairings and the top eight seeds — schools that will host super regionals if they win their regionals.  Texas A&M, TCU and Rice are also among the 16 regional hosts. The others: Georgia Tech, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina, Oregon State, Florida, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Florida State and Arizona State.   READ MORE

Horns get former Maryland hoops pledge Sterling Gibbs - Longhorns basketball coach Rick Barnes bolstered his thin roster Monday when he received a commitment from Sterling Gibbs, a point guard from Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J.  Barnes now has nine players on his roster, including six in a 2011 recruiting class that was ranked in the top five or six nationally before the addition of Gibbs.  Gibbs, a 6-foot-1-inch point guard, originally signed with Maryland but received a release last week when coach Gary Williams retired and Maryland hired Mark Turgeon.  Gibbs' older brother, Ashton, is a starting guard at Pittsburgh.   READ MORE









Aggie tennis duo advances to NCAA finals - Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo are the school's first ever doubles team to advance to the national finals at the NCAA Doubles Championship. The duo earned a finals berth after defeating Georgia Tech's Kevin King and Juan Spir in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7) Sunday in the national semifinals at Taube Family Tennis Center.   READ MORE

Aggies Win Big 12 Tournament Championship Game, 10-9 - After taking 11 innings to knock off Kansas State yesterday, the Aggies again took it to an extra period, this time needing 10 innings to take down Missouri, 10-9. The Aggies were leading Missouri 8-7, but a throwing error by Andrew Collazo turned a potential double play ball into runners at the corners with no outs. The Tigers then brought in two unearned runs with a groundout and two singles to take the lead, 9-7. A two-out pinch hit single by Gregg Alacazar in the bottom of the 9th tied the game, and set the stage for the final inning. After a leadoff walk, a strikeout and two ground outs put the Tigers down in the top of the 10th inning. Brandon Wood had a loooong flyout that was within a foot of reaching the outfield wall and ending the game, then Kenny Jackson ground out to first. Andrew Collazo took the first pitch for a strike, took a ball, fouled off two pitches, then knocked the next pitch into the right field bleachers to end the game and give the Aggies their third Big 12 Tournament championship in the last five years.   READ MORE









Tech Sending 16 to NCAA Outdoor Championships - The five combined 110M hurdlers and 400M hurdlers Tech has advancing is the most by one school.  The No. 5 Red Raiders and No. 18 Lady Raiders qualified a total of 16 student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after wrapping up competition at the NCAA West Preliminary.  "I was really pleased with the day," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "On the men's side we qualified everybody we needed to for the national meet. Our women competed really well in the relays and Kelly (Closse) in the discus and I felt like it was a good day."   READ MORE

Five Red Raiders Earn Preseason Accolades From Phil Steele Magazine - Senior offensive lineman Lonnie Edwards named to the first team.  Senior offensive lineman Lonnie Edwards was one of five Red Raiders honored by Phil Steele Magazine as 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 selections, the publication announced on Friday morning.  Edwards led the way for the Red Raiders as he was Texas Tech's lone first-team selection. Edwards was key to Texas Tech's sucess in 2010 and a bowl win over Northwestern on New Year's Day. He will anchor an offensive line group that returns completely intact from last season and will be the focal point of Tech's wide open offense.   READ MORE









Baseball Falls To Rice In C-USA Championship - Jared Ray Pitches Eight Innings With Four Strikeouts.  The University of Houston baseball team battled the Rice Owls for 10 innings but in the end they would fall one run short, 4-3, of taking home the 2011 Conference USA Championship title Saturday night at Trustmark Park.   READ MORE

NCAA Tournament: Houston Rally Falls One Run Short Against No. 25/22 Oklahoma State - Cougars hit two homeruns to battle back against Cowgirls after forcing game three in the NCAA Super Regionals, but fall 6-5.  The University of Houston softball team refused to accept back-to back deficits as the Cougars rallied within one run of reaching the Women's College World Series before falling to No. 25/22 Oklahoma State at the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional, 6-5.  After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, Houston (44-18) rallied to put two runs on the board in the Cougars' half of the first and scored two more on a Jennifer Klinkert homer in the third to take a 4-3 lead. A three-run fifth for OSU put the Cowgirls back in front before a solo shot from senior Baillie Lott in Houston's final at bat nearly retook the lead once again.   READ MORE









Rice Awarded NCAA Baseball Regional - Owls will play host to tournament beginning on Friday.  The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced 16 regional sites for the 65th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Sunday afternoon, and for the ninth time in the past 11 years, Rice's Reckling Park will serve as a site for the opening round of The Road to Omaha. The Owls defeated Houston 4-3 in 10 innings Saturday night to win the Conference USA Baseball Championship and earn C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.  With Saturday's victory, Rice has now qualified for its 17th-consecutive NCAA Baseball Championship.  Each regional field features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 3, to Monday, June 6.   READ MORE

Owls top Cougars for C-USA title - As Rice ran its buzz saw through Cougar Field three weeks ago, capping yet another season sweep of the Silver Glove Series while tightening its stranglehold on this alleged cross-town rivalry with Houston, first-year Cougars coach Todd Whitting assessed the series with brutal honesty.  Given the turn of events on Saturday night at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., what Whitting opined then proved prophetic, ominous even.   READ MORE









Four Mustangs Advance To NCAA Track and Field Finals At Drake University - du Toit qualifies in two events; Leads four Mustangs to Championships.  Junior Simone Du Toit leads four Mustangs to the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.  du Toit, who won her third straight Conference USA shot put and discus titles, qualified for the finals in both events. Her first attempt with the discus Saturday, a throw of 51.25 meters, was good enough for 10th at the preliminaries at the University of Oregon, while she threw the shot put 16.33 meters on Thursday to qualify in sixth. du Toit advanced to finish sixth overall in the discus last year.   READ MORE

W-Tennis: No. 9 Marta Lesniak Finishes 42-7, Second For Season Wins At SMU - Lesniak Falls 6-4, 6-4 In First Round Of The NCAA Singles Championship.  No. 9 Marta Lesniak finished the season 42-7 overall and 18-6 against ranked opponents after falling in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Taube Tennis Center on Wednesday. Lesniak rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to tie it 4-4 before dropping the match 6-4, 6-4 to No. 49 Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor.  Lesniak helped the Mustangs to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record third consecutive season and earned her third-straight NCAA Singles Tournament bid. The team finished 23-6 after advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time since 1988. The Mustangs fell in the second round of the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Championships.   READ MORE









Men's Relays Advance to Des Moines - The UTEP track and field team qualified for four events following the three-day west preliminary at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.  The men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays closed out the NCAA West Preliminary on a good note qualifying out of the preliminary round and into the semifinal round of the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships set for June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.  “Our men had a great last day of the meet,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “Both relays advanced to Des Moines qualifying two individuals and two relays according to our expectations.”  The UTEP track and field team qualified for four events following the three-day west preliminary at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. All-American Dimitrios Fylladitakis advanced in the men’s hammer throw, while freshman Richard Olsson qualified in the men’s javelin.   READ MORE

Troupe Garners Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region Accolades - The honor is the second of Troupe's career, she received first team all-region accolades as a freshman in 2009.  UTEP softball's Chelsea Troupe has been selected to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region First Team as voted by the organization's coaches.  The junior set three school records during the 2011 campaign including a season-best 14 home runs ranking 31st amongst NCAA Division I hitters. She registered a new slugging percentage standard of .885 that ranked 10th nationally and was perfect with 11 stolen bases setting a UTEP all-time career stolen bases attempts.   READ MORE









TCU Is Hosting A Regional Again, But What Next? - It was announced this afternoon that the Frogs will be hosting a Regional for the 3rd straight year. A monumental achievement for a program that 3 years ago had never hosted a Regional, the Frogs can now claim themselves as one of 6 programs in the entire country to host 3 straight years. But hosting is only part of it, the matchups can be the kicker in all of this. Those matchups will be announced in roughly 12 hours when ESPN unveils the field of 64 at 11:30AM central time Monday.   READ MORE

TCU Baseball Invites Fans To Selection Show Party - Jim Schlossnagle radio show follows at Buffalo Bros.  Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle and the rest of the Horned Frog baseball team invites the public to celebrate TCU's eighth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The selection show party begins at 11 a.m., Monday, May 30, in the club area of the Meyer-Martin Academic Center. The Jim Schlossnagle radio show will follow at Buffalo Bros. beginning at 1 p.m. Join the team in finding out who will be coming to Fort Worth for the NCAA Regional.  Fans unable to make it to the viewing party can watch the selection show live at 11:30 (CST) on ESPN.   READ MORE









South Park on "student-athletes" and the mailbag - A lot of you guys out there probably saw this, either on TV or the clip on the net, but I thought it was worth posting the South Park scene on "student-athletes".  It's comic genius, and it's a topic in the news.  There is a lot of talk about either raising the amount of money in scholarships in one way or another to give the guys on the field more money.  I haven't really thought enough about it to give an opinion, but I'm sure of this -- there is a chance it would crush the little guys in college athletics. I'm talking the colleges in non-Big Six leagues.   READ MORE

Adams Advances to Quarterfinals In Eugene - Mean Green senior hurdler Alysha Adams advanced to the quarterfinals of the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on Friday at Hayward Field.  Adams, who came in with the fifth fastest time in the NCAA West with a 13.08, finished first in heat six, recoding a time of 13.63 seconds.  That time ranked No. 13 in the prelim, trailing Nia Ali of Southern California who ran a 12.82 to capture the top spot.  The quarterfinal for the 100-meter hurdle will be run Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. PT. The top three from each heat along with the next three fastest times will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Ia.   READ MORE









Bobcat Baseball Captures Fourth Southland Conference Tournament Championship - Texas State wins SLC Tournament for the first time since 2000.  In his first career start, senior pitcher Joseph Dvorsky fired a four-hit shutout in the Southland Conference Tournament championship game to lead the Bobcats to a 9-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin for the program's fourth-ever SLC Tournament title and first since 2000.  With the win, Texas State secured a berth in the NCAA Regionals, which will take place June 3-6. The Bobcats will find out their regional destination on Monday with a live selection show that will air on ESPN at 11:30 a.m. CST.  The regular season and tournament champion Bobcats became just the second No. 1 seed to win the Southland Conference Tournament and the first team to come back and win five games in the tournament after losing an opening-round game since the tournament was changed to an eight-team format.   READ MORE

Men's Basketball Adds Mergerson to Signing Class - Luke Mergerson signed a national letter of intent to play with the Texas State men's basketball program head coach Doug Davalos announced today. Mergerson is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Duncanville, Texas that will add depth to the current roster.  Mergerson, a Duncanville HS product and two-time all-district honoree helped lead the Panthers to a 26-7 overall record. The Panthers finished ranked 11th in the state of Texas and 58th nationally. Mergerson also played AAU ball for the Dallas Mustangs, the same select team that current Bobcat John Bowman was a member of before coming to Texas State.   READ MORE









Bond qualifies for NCAA Championships semifinals on Saturday - Senior All-American Devon Bond finished sixth in the triple jump on Saturday at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds at historic Hayward Field and he advanced to the national semifinals.  With the entire field battling blustery conditions, Bond was able to skip to a 52-1 ¼ (15.88m) measurement on his third and final attempt of the first round. That was good for sixth place and he moved on to the quarterfinals, where he passed on his proceeding three jumps without dropping in the standings.   READ MORE

Roadrunners season ends on Friday with 2-1 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Bobby Buckner hit a walk-off solo home run with two out in the ninth to propel No. 3 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi past sixth-seeded UTSA, 2-1, in an elimination game on Friday morning at the Southland Conference Tournament. The loss ended the Roadrunners' season at 27-32, while the Islanders improved to 36-23 and advanced to play No. 2 Stephen F. Austin later today at 4 p.m.  The son of 22-year Major League veteran Bill Buckner deposited an 0-2 offering from senior right-hander Kevin Clarke (3-5) just over the wall in right center for his first homer of the season.   READ MORE


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