Stories by Eric Olson

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sweet 16 features most teams ever with 10 or more losses

The NCAA Tournament has never had so many teams with so many losses make it so far.
By Eric Olson

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Coach wants to change the start of baseball season

The college baseball season would run from April to August instead of February to June under an ambitious plan by West Virginia coach Randy Mazey.
By Eric Olson

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Flat-seam ball already showing results in college game

The new flat-seam ball appears to be doing what was intended in a college game starved for offense.
By Eric Olson

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Commodores, Cavs among favorites for title

OMAHA, Neb. - No one would be surprised if the Commodores and Cavaliers were to meet again in late June in the College World Series finals.
By Eric Olson

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Interim coaches for bowls are in tough spot

LINCOLN, Neb. — Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska’s interim head coach.
By Eric Olson

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Big Ten West setting up for wild finish

There's high drama in the Big Ten West. Four of the seven teams are still alive in the division race with two weeks to go and, by chance, the November schedule set up as a round-robin for the ...
By Eric Olson

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Teams are taking advantage of tracker in practice

Teams are using a tracking device that relays biomechanical data to a laptop in real time that shows if a player is overexerting himself and at greater risk for injury.
By Eric Olson

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vanderbilt never cracked en route to crown

OMAHA, Neb. - Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin figured last year was his program's chance to win its first national championship. Yet it was the 2014 team that got the job done.
By Eric Olson

Vanderbilt wins College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - John Norwood's home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 for their first national championship.
By Eric Olson

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cavaliers force Game 3 in CWS finals

OMAHA, Neb. - Brandon Waddell limited Vanderbilt to five hits in his first nine-inning complete game and the Cavaliers evened the series finals with a 7-2 victory.
By Eric Olson

Vanderbilt hangs on for win

OMAHA, Neb. - Vanderbilt capitalized on Virginia starter Nathan Kirby's sudden loss of control to score nine runs in the third inning, then held off the Cavaliers to win 9-8.
By Eric Olson

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cavaliers coach bids for crown in hometown

OMAHA, Neb. - Brian O'Connor has done just about everything at the College World Series except win a national championship. He's got his chance now. 
By Eric Olson

Friday, June 20, 2014

Texas blanks Vanderbilt in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss combined for Texas' second consecutive shutout, and the Longhorns forced a second-bracket final against Vanderbilt with a 4-0 victory Friday in the ...
By Eric Olson

Tobacco use still high among college players

The death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who battled oral cancer believed to be connected to long use of chewing tobacco, has led to calls for players to stop using the substance.
By Eric Olson

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ole Miss stays alive in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. - Will Allen drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Mississippi relievers held Texas Christian University without a hit after Kevin Cron's homer in the fifth, and the Rebels ...
By Eric Olson

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Virginia wins marathon College World Series game

Daniel Pinero's sacrifice fly scored pinch runner Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th to give Virginia a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over Texas Christian University.
By Eric Olson

Virginia wins in 15th, ties for longest College World Series game

OMAHA, Neb. - Daniel Pinero's sacrifice fly scored Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Virginia a 3-2 victory over Texas Christian early Wednesday in a game that matched the ...
By Eric Olson

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ole Miss ousts Texas Tech at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Pinch hitter John Gatlin's single into short right field over a pulled-in, five-man infield in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Mississippi a 2-1 victory over Texas Tech in a ...
By Eric Olson

Monday, June 16, 2014

Texas wins elimination game

Parker French and Travis Duke limited the Cardinals to four hits, and Texas manufactured runs in three consecutive innings to win 4-1 in an elimination game.
By Eric Olson

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Anteaters coach says bat changes are too drastic

OMAHA, Neb. - Count UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie among those who say the lords of college baseball overreacted when they implemented the bat standards that have resulted in this era of low offense.
By Eric Olson
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