Former local baseball players help college teams through NCAA tournament
With the NCAA baseball tournament kicking off in the last two weekends, many rosters of the 64 teams competing for a chance to play in Omaha had familiar faces. A handful of college players had ties to the Temecula Valley area, which has been a hotbed for baseball talent for many years. Names like Andrew Mosiello, Zach Arnold, Jake Moberg, Chance Hroch, Zach Rodriguez and Ryan “Woody” Hadeen are just a few of the local talents who have already shown their skills in high schools in Temecula and Murrieta.
The NCAA regional games were scheduled for June 4-7 and consisted of 16 four-team pools, with one qualifying for the Super Regionals in each pool. One of the funniest clashes for local fans was when University of Oregon pitcher Andrew Mosiello (Chaparral High School) took on LSU’s Zach Arnold (Great Oak High School) on ESPN 2. Mosiello failed Arnold twice and retired 7 straight batters in his first career start for the Ducks.
When the dust settled, the No. 14 seed Oregon lost to LSU 9-8 in a regional win-win final. Arnold played a huge role for the Tigers last season scoring .277 with 43 hits in 155 batting, including 7 homers with 26 RBIs.
The Ducks (39-16) led 7-6 after 7.5 but gave three points in the end of the eighth to the Tigers (38-23) who avoided elimination four times and beat the Ducks twice to qualify. for a Regional Super at # 3 in Tennessee last weekend. Tennessee ousted LSU, 15-6, to clinch their first place in the College World Series since 2005.
Chance Hroch, a former Vista Murrieta pitcher, who looked more like Rollie Fingers in the NCAA tournament with his mustache match on point for the Arkansas Razorbacks, gave his all with his teammates but fell to Nebraska during the their last regional championship game. player. Hroch, who went 8-6 this season with a 4.15 ERA, was named Pitcher of the Week in late May by the Big Ten Conference and scored some big moments in the NCAA tournament. .
The UCLA Bruins baseball team, which included Jake Moberg (Vista Murrieta), headed to the Lubbock (Texas) Regional and UC Irvine, which included Ryan “Woody” Hadeen (Temecula Valley) went to Stanford Regional while that UC Santa Barbara, along with fellow Vista Murrieta sophomore alumnus Zach Rodriguez, continued to perform in Tucson, Arizona.
Hadeen and the UCI Anteaters (40-16) made their first playoff appearance in seven years, but none of the aforementioned three teams were able to qualify for the best of three Super Regionals, which took place from 11-14. June. The first-year infielder hit .294 with 15 hits in 51 at sticks for the UCI and is expected to see a valuable increase in his role in his second season. Moberg has done his best with his role this season, reaching .297 with 11 hits in 37 at bat, including 1 homer, 2 doubles and 10 RBI. Rodriguez, a freshman for the Gauchos, saw his role deepen considerably as the 2021 season wore on, with his bat. Zach hit .348 with 77 hits on 221 at bat, had 7 home runs and led the UCSB with 55 RBIs.
At the time of printing this story, the 2021 College World Series pitch was almost ready, with six teams having already secured their spots in Omaha and the final two super-regional games will be played on Monday, June 14.
The state of North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arizona and Stanford each won their Super Regionals to clinch places in the CWS. All are nationally seeded except North Carolina State, which knocked out seeded Arkansas in Game 3 of their regional super on Sunday.
On Monday, Virginia will face Dallas Baptist in a third win-win game in Columbia, South Carolina, and Mississippi State meet Notre Dame for a decisive third game in Starkville, Mississippi.
For the College World Series, which begins on Saturday, June 19, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Stanford and North Carolina State will be in Bracket 1. Texas, Tennessee and Monday’s two winners will be in Bracket 2. Updates from game can be found on http://www.ncaa.com. Contributions of articles made by Craig Johns.
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