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NCAA Super Regional Recap

by George Barclay
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NCAA Super Regional Recap
After the conclusion of the Super Regional Round of the NCAA Tournament on Monday, June 11, only eight teams remain in the hunt for the national championship. The teams advancing to the College World Series are Arizona, UCLA, Florida, Florida St., Stony Brook, South Carolina, Kent St. and Arkansas. Of the eight programs in the 2012 College World Series, three hail from the SEC, more than any other conference.

For Chatham, all of the past and present Anglers playing in the Super Regional Round saw their teams advance to the College World Series. The Anglers had seven players participating in this round.

Infielder Pat Valaika ('12) and outfielder Beau Amaral ('11) were both productive for the UCLA Bruins. Valaika went 2-5 with two RBI over the Bruins' two consecutive wins against the TCU Horned Frogs. While Amaral went hitless in the two games, he continued to flash the leather in centerfield, displaying his tremendous range. Rght-handed pitcher Eric Jaffe ('11) did not pitch against TCU, but could provide some strong innings of relief in Omaha.

Outfielder Evan Marzilli ('11) went 2-6 over the Gamecocks' two straight wins against the Oklahoma Sooners. The two-time defending national champions looked as dominant as ever, yielding just one run to Oklahoma in the two games.

For the first-seeded Florida Gators, Hudson Randall ('11) Steven Rodriguez ('11) and Greg Larson ('10) were active in the team's two wins against NC State. The right-hander Randall was a force in the first game for the Gators, throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out four batters. The lefty Rodriguez pitched one inning of relief, allowing one run on three hits and striking out one hitter. The tall right-hander Larson pitched 2.2 innings for the Gators, giving up one run and striking out two hitters. Although Randall and Rodriguez did not arrive in Chatham last summer and were only on the preseason roster, the duo represent the high-caliber talent manager John Schiffner is capable of recruiting.

Given the recent success of Chatham's alumni in the NCAA Tournament, it is quite likely that an Angler will possess a national championship ring by the end of June. Keep checking back for more updates as the College World Series begins on Friday, June 15.