CWS opening ceremony set for Friday, tourney begins Saturday
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The College World Series opening ceremonies are set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at TD Ameritrade Park.
ESPN baseball analyst and former major-league pitcher Orel Hershiser will be the featured speaker, and the participating teams will be introduced after an Olympic-style grand entrance.
Oregon State and Mississippi State will kickoff the 8-team, double elimination tournament, which will be held annually in Omaha for at least another quarter of a century. All of the opening-round games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
Day/Date Matchup Time(CDT)
Sat., June 15 Oregon State vs. Miss. State 2 p.m.
Indiana vs. Louisville 7 p.m.
Sun., June 16 No. Carolina vs. NC State 2 p.m.
LSU vs. UCLA 7 p.m.
Juggling family and golf, Mickelson leads US Open
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — So much for getting a good night’s sleep.
Phil Mickelson arrived at Merion Golf Club about four hours before his 7:11 a.m. tee time and still managed to shoot a 3-under 67 for the clubhouse lead at Thursday’s opening round of the U.S. Open.
“I might have used just a little caffeine booster at the turn just to keep me sharp,” Mickelson said. “But that was our ninth hole or so, and I just wanted to make sure I had enough energy.”
Mickelson flew overnight from San Diego after watching his oldest daughter’s eighth-grade graduation, where she was one of the featured speakers. At first, he was a little shaky. But after rolling a birdie putt 8 feet past his first hole and putting his tee shot in the rough at his second, he settled himself —helped by a little more sleep during a rain delay.
It was his lowest opening round since 1999 in a championship he’s never won, even though he keeps coming close. He’s been runner-up a record five times.
“If I’m able — and I believe I will — if I’m able to ultimately win a U.S. Open, I would say that it’s great. ... But if I never get that win, then it would be a bit heart-breaking,” Mickelson said.
By the time Mickelson tapped in a par to complete his round, the sun had replaced clouds, and putters had long replaced squeegees. Drenching storms caused a 3½-hour delay, halting play less than two hours after it began.
The rains returned while the marquee group of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy were on the front nine, and play was stopped again at 6:11.