It had been a long time since a major league baseball player born and bred in Nebraska became an All-Star. That is, until outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals was chosen for the American League squad over the weekend. And now, the fun for the Gordon family has only just begun.
The College World Series title for UCLA Tuesday night was its first. But for Dennis Poppe it was his last championship. From his NCAA office, Poppe has traveled to Omaha for the last 26 years as the supervisor of the event. He’s retiring at the end of this year after 40 years with the NCAA. But Poppe’s decision to step aside isn’t the only major behind-the-scenes change the last two years.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Pat Valaika's two-run double gave UCLA some cushion, record-setting closer David Berg survived a rocky ninth inning and UCLA defeated top-seeded North Carolina 4-1 Friday night to move to the championship round of the College World Series.