Hogs rule extra innings
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Arkansas' 4-3 win over Virginia in 12 innings Wednesday improved the Razorbacks' record to 7-1 in extra-inning games this season. Arkansas has won 2 of 3 extra-inning games all-time at the CWS.
The Hogs might not have won had shortstop Tim Carver not started an inning-ending double play on Danny Hultzen's hot smash in the ninth. Carver took over for Ben Tschepikow, who broke the ring finger on his left hand when hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said he didn't know if Tschepikow, a fifth-year senior, would play today against LSU.
LSU's Mikie Mahtook, batting .500 at CWS, keeps memory of late father alive
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The College World Series has a scheduled off day Sunday, which will allow players to spend time or call their dads on Father's Day. LSU's Mikie Mahtook hasn't had that chance in 16 years.
Mahtook's father, Michael, died of a heart attack at age 32 when Mikie was just 4 years old, but he's old enough to have cherished memories.
Mahtook's dad and an uncle, Robbie Mahtook, played football for LSU.
Mikie Mahtook, drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 39th round last year, has played in 59 of LSU's 69 games. His .328 average is fourth-best on the team, and he's gone 4 for 8 in two CWS games with a homer and three singles.
Though he lost his dad 16 years ago, Mahtook keeps his dad close to the heart.
Virginia coach says players' dreams crashed down
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Virginia coach Brian O'Connor was hoping his homecoming to the College World Series would last longer than three games, but his Cavaliers let a win slip away Wednesday night when Arkansas eliminated them 4-3 in 12 innings.
O'Connor, who grew up in nearby Council Bluffs, Iowa, and played for Creighton University in the 1991 CWS, conducted a lengthy meeting after his team finished 49-15-1. The Cavs set a school record for wins and made it to the CWS for the first time.
O'Connor said he told the players he couldn't take the hurt and pain away from them. He said the team felt it could win the national championship.
Cavalier third baseman Steven Proscia said he and his teammates made a statement in Omaha.
Leagues scrapping football media days to cut costs
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) - An early rite of college football season is falling under the budget ax.
Media Day, when conferences bring together coaches and top players to talk with reporters, is an expense some leagues are dropping to save money.
Kyle Schwartz is assistant commissioner at the Ohio Valley Conference. He says the league's job is distributing revenue back to schools and any money saved can go back to them.
The OVC is not alone in scrapping its annual media days.
The Big Sky Conference has cut media days as has the Southern Conference, home to Chattanooga.
The Sun Belt Conference, home to Arkansas State, is replacing the traditional meet & greet with a video teleconference. So is Conference USA, home conference to Memphis.