2013-14 college season comes to an end

2014-06-25T21:43:00Z 2014-06-25T21:59:28Z 2013-14 college season comes to an endBy STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

The college sports season came to an end on Wednesday night as Vanderbilt defeated Virginia to win the College World Series.

It was Vanderbilt’s first national title as they picked up a 3-2 win in the third game of the championship series.

For all the talk of how hard it is to hit home runs at TD Ameritrade Park — I even got in on the subject last year when I was in Omaha covering the Beavers and you can read about it here — it is ironic that Vanderbilt took a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning on John Norwood’s solo blast.

It had to be tough for Oregon State fans to watch this year’s CWS as the Beavers were the No. 1 overall national seed.

But the Beavers couldn’t make it out of their own home regional, falling to UC Irvine, which wound up reaching the CWS.

It’s interesting that Vanderbilt won since the Commodores were the No. 1 overall national seed in 2007 when the Beavers won the second of their back-to-back titles.

Since 1999, when the NCAA expanded the tournament field to 64 teams, only one No. 1 national seed has won the CWS — Miami in 1999.

Vandy’s win gives the SEC four titles in the last six seasons, with the Pac-12 winning the other two.

Since 2006, the Pac-12 has won four — OSU with two, along with Arizona and UCLA — the SEC four (Vandy, South Carolina twice and LSU) and the WAC (Fresno State in 2008).

While the season has ended, the cold water challenge started by Arizona women’s basketball coach Niya Butts to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, is still going strong.

Oregon State has been participating as players Sydney Wiese, Breanna Brown and Ruth Hamblin — all the way from Canada —have taken the challenge.

Assistant coach Eric Ely and new assistant coach Jonas Chatterton have also taken part in the sensation known as Chillin4Charity that has gone viral.

The most recent Beavers to accept the challenge were head coach Scott Rueck and assistant Mandy Close. They weren’t alone as Rueck’s daughter, Kate, and son, Cole, also took part. Check out the video to watch.

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at steve.gress@lee.net.

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