The College World Series

LonghornRob

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The College World Series

The CWS was just won by the Cinderella of Cinderellas, the Fresno State Bulldogs. They were 34-26 heading into their WAC conference tournament. They would not have made the NCAA tourney if they did not win the WAC, but they did. They were ranked 89th in the RPI when the tourney started. By comparison, the 89th ranked basketball team lost in the first round of the NIT this year. They were never at any point ranked in the top 25. They lost the first game of the best of 3 championship series to the Georgia Bulldogs, meaning they had to win the next two in a row to win it all. And they just did. They could very well have just scored the biggest upset in college sports history.
 

BobCox2

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Nice Job Bulldogs!
I'm Always rooting for My Local Teams, Cal State Fullerton and Cal-State Long Beach.
Our records in Baseball and Basketball are pretty good.

Cal State Fullerton participates in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. They have 12 national championships in seven different sports. (1970, Women's NIT Basketball; 1971, 1972, 1974 Men's Gymnastics; 1971 Cross country team; 1973 Women's Fencing; 1979, Women's Gymnastics; 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004 Baseball; 1986; Softball)

Baseball is Cal State Fullerton's strongest athletic program; the Titans have won four national championships in the College World Series since 1979 and are consistently rated among the nation's elite baseball programs. It is the home of four-time NCAA Men's Baseball College World Series champions, 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004. Home games are played on campus at Goodwin Field. The team is currently coached by Dave Serrano. As of the end of the 2007 season, there had been 43 MLB players that have also played for the school.

In 1978, the Men's Basketball team - coached by Bob Dye - made it to the Elite 8 in basketball in the NCAA Tournament and were considered the year's Cinderella story as a #7 seed (out of 8). The team defeated New Mexico at Tempe, AZ, and then defeated USF before losing to Arkansas in regionals at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fullerton was led by Greg Bunch, a CSUF Hall of Famer. Since then, the team has been to the NIT three times. In 2008, the team finished the season 24-9, defeated UC Irvine 81-66 in the Big West Conference Championship. They qualified for their second NCAA tournament (first in 30 years), where they faced the (#3) Wisconsin Badgers as a #14 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing the game 71-58.

An NCAA division 1 member, Long Beach State has 18 sports teams and plays competitively in baseball, cross country, softball, track and field, women's tennis, and women's soccer, as well as both men's and women's basketball, volleyball, water polo and golf teams. The university is a founding member of the Big West Conference and also competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

In addition to NCAA-sanctioned sports, Long Beach State also fields numerous competitive club sports teams, such as rugby, ice hockey, ultimate, soccer, crew, and many others.

In the realm of sports the school is referred to as "Long Beach State." The official name of Long Beach State sports teams is "The 49ers" in honor of the year the university was founded and for the prospectors of the California Gold Rush one hundred years before then. Unofficially, "The Beach" is used to refer to Long Beach State and its sports teams as it is the only university on the West Coast with the word "Beach" in its name. One can see the cheer "Go Beach!" written on many CSULB products around campus and on the large water tower near the entrance to the campus.

The Beach has several rival schools when it comes to sports. In addition to being located in close proximity to each other, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton have competed heavily as conference rivals in baseball for nearly 20 years. More recently, specifically since 2006, Long Beach State and UC Irvine have participated in the annual "Black and Blue Rivalry Series." In this challenge, each school earns points for its collective conference championships and head-to-head victories against each other (across all NCAA sports in which both schools participate). The totals are added up at the end of the season and a winner is declared: Long Beach leads the all-time series 2-0. Finally, Long Beach State also has a long-standing "beach school" rivalry with UC Santa Barbara.

Unlike all other Long Beach State sports teams, the baseball team unofficially goes under the moniker "The Dirtbags." After the hiring of Dave Snow as head coach in 1989, the LBSU baseball team has become one of the most successful teams in the school's athletic history. The Dirtbags are consistently ranked in the national top 30 and have appeared in 17 of the last 20 NCAA tournaments. Along the way, the team has won 9 Big West conference championships, hosted 4 NCAA regionals (plus 1 super regional), and appeared in 4 College World Series.[22] The school has also produced a number of prominent professional players over the years, including former American League MVP Jason Giambi and former American League Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby. Many more ex-Dirtbags have participated in the prestigious MLB All-Star Futures game, such as rookie phenomenons Jered Weaver and Troy Tulowitzki.[23]

Long Beach State is home to one of the top women's volleyball teams in the nation. Seasonally ranked in the national top 25, the team plays one of the most competitive schedules in the nation year in and year out. Long Beach has won three national titles in women's volleyball in 1989, 1993 and 1998. In 1998 the women's team took the national #1 rank from Penn State and went on to win the NCAA finals as well as the World finals against China, claiming the #1 spot in the World.[22] Additionally, in 2004 LBSU alumna Misty May won the Olympic Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball.

Men's volleyball won the 1991 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship and has been runner-up five times. They also won the 2008 regular season title in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

The women's tennis team ('Beach Tennis' has made quite a name for itself in recent years. Since 2002, Long Beach State has won five consecutive, and six of the last seven, Big West Conference tennis titles and appeared in as many NCAA tournaments over the same period.[22] The 2006 team reached #18 in the ITA National Rankings; then peaking at #26 in 2007. Head Coach Jenny Hilt-Costello has won five Big West Conference Coach of the Year awards (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008) and was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year and a finalist for the national award in 2004. Three 'Beach Tennis' players have earned Big West Conference Player of the Year honors, including star player Hannah Grady who was named Big West Player of the Year three consecutive years (06, 07, 08). Three players (Stephanie Bengson, Hannah Grady, Stephanie Jeanes) have been named Conference Freshman of the Year since the award was incepted in 2005. An all new 12-court Rhodes Tennis Center will open on campus in Fall 2008; soon to be joined by the new $70 million camapus Student Rec Center immediately next to the tennis center. The tennis center is dedicated to 49er alumnus Terry Rhodes following his $1.25 million gift to the women's tennis program. Mr. Rhodes gift is the largest single sport give in university history.

The CSULB Men's basketball team has also enjoyed success in recent times. In the 2006-07 season, the 49ers finished with a 24-8 (12-2) record, the Big West conference championship, and the school's first trip to the NCAA tournament in 12 years. Star guard Aaron Nixon was named Big West player of the year, as well as being selected as an AP Honorable Mention All-American. On April 6, 2007, it was announced that Dan Monson (formerly of Gonzaga University and the University of Minnesota) would become Long Beach State's next head Men's Basketball Coach, succeeding Larry Reynolds.

Further information: Long Beach State 49ers men's basketball
The Women's basketball team had its greatest success during the 1980s when coached by Joan Bonvicini for 12 years. During that time the team went 325-71. The 49ers won 10 Big West Conference titles, made 10 straight NCAA appearances, had 12 consecutive winning seasons, and never won fewer than 24 games in a season. Bonvicini guided the 49ers to Final Four appearances in 1987 and 1988.

Long Beach State has had the honor of having at least one of its own athletes participate in every Summer Olympic Games since 1952, (the first Olympiad after the school's founding).[24]

Long Beach has also had a number of nationally prominent coaches, including Tex Winter, Jerry Tarkanian and Lute Olson in men's basketball, George Allen in football, Frances Schaafsma in women's volleyball and basketball, Joan Bonvicini in women's basketball, and Jon Urbanchek and Don Gambril in swimming.

Long Beach State competed in Division I football for a number of years (1969-91), producing a number of professional players, including Terrell Davis and Mike Horan, among others. George Allen, the famed Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins coach, had a short one-year tenure at Long Beach State. Long Beach State discontinued its football program after the 1991 season due to budget constraints. Prior to going Division I in 1969 the football team competed in the old "College Division" of the NCAA from 1955 through 1968.
 
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AeroJonesy

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Congrats to Fresno State!

Bob, you live eerily close to my cousins. They are a 5 minute drive away from Cal St. Fullerton.
 

BobCox2

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UCI is the most local but everyone in my family went to those 2 schools,
lots of sibling rivelee, I went to the beach.
Tell me if you come to town.
 

Syxx

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Hi,

Just curious ... what's with this American fad of calling events "World", when no one outside the US is included. I knew this was done in major league baseball ... but I see it also extends to Colleges.

Regards
Syxx
 

AeroJonesy

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Canada has teams in Major League baseball.

But considering the World Series was created before the Wright Brothers first flight, and considering the US had the most developed (if not only) baseball league, it sort of made sense at the time.

From wikipedia:
The title of this championship may be confusing to some readers from countries where baseball is not a major sport (or even where it is), because the "World" Series is confined to the champions of two baseball leagues that currently operate only in the United States and Canada.
The explanation is that when the term "World's Championship Series" was first used in the 1880s, baseball at a highly-skilled level was almost exclusively confined to North America, especially the United States. Thus it was understood that the winner of the major league championship was the best baseball team in the world. The title of this event was soon shortened to "World's Series" and later to "World Series". "The Series", by itself, capitalized, is understood to mean "The World Series", in the appropriate context.
 

BobCox2

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Basically you guys didn't matter, The Caribbean is North American as well., Japan is is doing OK but the rest of you - not so much.
 

Holysinner

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Canada has teams in Major League baseball.
Sadly, the plural is no longer true, as you know AJ. To clarify for others, the Montreal Expos (1969-2004) became the Washington Nationals in 2005, so the Toronto Blue Jays are the only remaining Canadian MLB team. There are still Canadian teams at various levels of the Minor Leagues.

Good explanation on the origins of the name of the series. It is also generally true that the best players in the world come (or aspire to come) to play in the MLB.



 
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