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Monday, May 27, 2013

NCAA Baseball Division I Tournament OMNICHATTER

Selection show is at noon today. Top 8 seeds and full bracket will be announced

Sixteen regional hosts are:

Cal State Fullerton
Florida State
Indiana
Kansas State
LSU
Louisville
Mississippi State
North Carolina
NC State
Oregon
Oregon State
South Carolina
UCLA
Vanderbilt
Virginia
Virginia Tech

Four team double-elimination this weekend, followed by eight super regionals which will be best-of-three between the sixteen survivors. CWS starts the weekend after next.

The automatic bids:

America East: Binghamton
Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
Atlantic Coast: North Carolina
Atlantic Sun: East Tennessee State
Big Ten: Indiana
Big 12: Oklahoma
Big East: Connecticut
Big South: Liberty
Big West: Cal State Fullerton
Colonial Athletic: Towson
Conference USA: Rice
Horizon: Valparaiso
Ivy League: Columbia
Metro Atlantic: Canisius
Mid-American: Bowling Green
Mid-Eastern Athletic: Savannah State
Missouri Valley: Wichita State
Mountain West: San Diego State
Northeast: Bryant
Ohio Valley: Austin Peay
Pac-12: Oregon State
Patriot: Army
Southeastern: LSU
Southern: Elon
Southland: Central Arkansas
Southwestern Athletic: Jackson State
Summit: South Dakota State
Sun Belt: Florida Atlantic
West Coast: San Diego
Western Athletic: Texas-San Antonio

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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM (#4452965)
Questions to be answered:

1. Does Big East get more than three bids? Louisville is a host, UConn has the automatic bid. Seton Hall has a good RPI and will likely be in despite losing 2 of 3 in the tourney. Do Notre Dame and/or Pitt get in? Most people say not.

2. Who gets the bottom national seeds? Vandy, UNC, LSU, Oregon State, and Cal State Fullerton are locks, but there's a lot of churn below that, with four ACC teams plus Louisville, Oregon, and Indiana all having arguments.

3. Does the Big 10 get more than Indiana? Illinois has a good RPI but didn't really play all that well in the tournament; Nebraska and Ohio State have the opposite problem.

4. The RPI was reweighted in the offseason in an effort to help more Northern teams get in. Will it have the desired effect?

-- MWE
   2. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM (#4452967)
UNC gets the top seed. Vanderbilt #2, Oregon State #3, LSU #4, Fullerton #5, Virginia #6, Florida State #7, Oregon #8.

-- MWE
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM (#4452970)
Chapel Hill regional: UNC, Florida Atlantic, Towson, Canisius.

-- MWE
   4. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM (#4452971)
Columbia SC: South Carolina, Clemson, Liberty, St. Louis. Tough one for the Gamecocks, will match up again the Chapel Hill regional winner.

-- MWE
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM (#4452973)
Raleigh: NC State, Old Miss, William & Mary, Binghamton
Eugene: Oregon, Rice, San Francisco, South Dakota State

-- MWE
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4452974)
Fullerton: Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State, New Mexico, Columbia
Los Angeles: UCLA, Cal Poly, San Diego, San Diego State

-- MWE
   7. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM (#4452976)
Blacksburg: Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Coastal Carolina, UConn
Baton Rouge: LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sam Houston State, Jackson State

-- MWE
   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM (#4452985)
Nashville: Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Illinois, East Tennessee State (little tougher than I would have thought for the #2 seed)
Louisville: Louisville, Miami Fl, Oklahoma State, Bowling Green (also a tough region)

-- MWE

   9. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4452987)
Bloomington: Indiana, Austin Peay, Florida, Valparaiso
Tallahassee: Florida State, Alabama, Troy, Savannah State

-- MWE
   10. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM (#4452990)
Charlottesville: Virginia, UNC Wilmington, Elon, Army
Starkville: Mississippi State, South Alabama, Mercer, Central Arkansas

-- MWE
   11. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4452992)
And Florida sneaks into the field. Huzzah!

UF and IU actually played a three-game series in Gainesville this year. Indiana took two of three.
   12. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM (#4452993)
Manhattan: Kansas State, Arkansas, Bryant, Wichita State
Corvallis: Oregon State, Texas A&M, UC Santa Barbara, UT-San Antonio

-- MWE
   13. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4453005)
Florida's getting rewarded for strength of schedule, obviously (as is Texas A&M), but I think it's ridiculous that they're in. They have three good road wins all year (at Vandy, at Miss St, at Florida St) and while they did sweep South Carolina at home they also lost to Auburn at home, lost at Georgia, and then lost their play-in game in the SEC tournament. Both Seton Hall and Notre Dame have at least as good a case as the Gators.

-- MWE
   14. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4453009)
I'm also scratching my head over UC Santa Barbara. They got swept at Texas (a not-very-good Longhorns team), split four games at Hawaii, had no home sweeps until their last series, lost a game at home to Pacific, were at 55 in the RPI. Yeah, they won a game at Fullerton and they played UCLA tough. How's that enough?

-- MWE
   15. Pirate Joe Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:28 PM (#4453024)
I know a lot of people had Notre Dame out, but I don't understand that. They had a better RPI than 11 teams that got at large bids. They had a better SOS than 9 of those 11, and one of the two that was better than them was the Florida team that ended up 29-28. You mention Texas A&M, and Notre Dame had a higher RPI than A&M (to be fair, by one spot) and against the top 100 Notre Dame was 17-14 and A&M was 10-22. Sure, it's great that they played the more difficult schedule, but at some level don't you have to win at least a decent number of those tougher games? I guess not.

Also, I agree that UCSB is a real head scratcher. Again, to compare them to Notre Dame their records were almost identical (34-24 versus 34-23), Notre Dame's SOS was tougher (46 versus 83), Notre Dame was better in top 50 games (8-7 versus 8-10), and Notre Dame was better in top 100 games (17-14 versus 14-16). I really don't get UCSB at all.



   16. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:32 PM (#4453027)
I thought Notre Dame's run to the BE final was enough to get them in. Apparently the committee disagreed.

John Manuel thinks the RPI is biased against Western teams. There's a point to that, but you've got to win the games you do play against the good teams, and UCSB didn't do that.

-- MWE
   17. Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:55 PM (#4453033)
As usual, I'm rooting for as many colder-climate teams as possible.
   18. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:59 PM (#4453035)
Vanderbilt really got hosed, I think. They get to face one of the best pitchers in the country in ETSU's Kerry Doane in the first game of their regional, they get perhaps the best #2/#3 seed combo in Miami and Oklahoma State, and they're going to face a very good team coming out of Louisville. If the Commodores get to Omaha they will definitely have earned it.

-- MWE
   19. Pirate Joe Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4453050)
John Manuel thinks the RPI is biased against Western teams.



How so? All the changes are trying to do is to quantify something that everyone already knows, namely that it is harder to win a road game than a neutral site game and it is harder to win a neutral site game than a home game. Without looking into it too deeply, I can see arguing that the adjustment they are making is incorrect (I've made that argument about the basketball RPI for a long time), but surely everyone ought to be able to agree that there should be some adjustment for home games versus road games.

   20. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4453052)
It still blows my mind that there are now two good college baseball teams in Oregon.
   21. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4453054)
Think Mississippi State will remember that Central Arkansas came to Starkville in March and won two of three there?

That's probably the toughest region. South Alabama is a solid #2, Mercer had a good argument for a #2 seed (although the committee doesn't think so, because Mercer was apparently the last team in), and Central Arkansas is much better than a typical #4.

Oklahoma State going 0-3 (including a bad loss to TCU) in the Big 12 tournament probably got them sent to Vandy, but I still think the Cowboys are dangerous.

-- MWE
   22. Kiko Sakata Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4453062)
Bloomington: Indiana, Austin Peay, Florida, Valparaiso


Woo-hoo! Go Crusaders!! Second year in a row in the tourney for my alma mater. Hopefully they can even win a game this time.
   23. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4453079)
All the changes are trying to do is to quantify something that everyone already knows, namely that it is harder to win a road game than a neutral site game and it is harder to win a neutral site game than a home game. Without looking into it too deeply, I can see arguing that the adjustment they are making is incorrect (I've made that argument about the basketball RPI for a long time), but surely everyone ought to be able to agree that there should be some adjustment for home games versus road games.


Well, 1.3 for road vs .7 for home does seem to be too high. The problem for the Western teams, in general, is that it's hard to schedule good road games because the travel distances militate against them. It's a lot harder for a team like San Francisco or San Diego to schedule midweek games on the road than it is for most of the ACC and SEC teams, and even for some of the Big East teams like Louisville - the Cardinals, for example, played midweek games at Indiana and Kentucky, both of which were top-50 RPI, plus at Ohio State which was top-100. There isn't that much flexibility in the West.

-- MWE
   24. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4453083)
Hopefully they can even win a game this time.


Valpo did win a game at Arizona State this year, which was easily their best win of the season. Winning a game here will be hard; Austin Peay is an underrated team (although I was surprised to see how little they actually have out of conference) and Florida (even though they don't deserve to be here) is still an SEC team.

-- MWE
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4453088)
- the Cardinals, for example, played midweek games at Indiana and Kentucky, both of which were top-50 RPI, plus at Ohio State which was top-100.



All of which are easier for Louisville than playing a road game against all but one Big East rival.

   26. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4453100)
All of which are easier for Louisville than playing a road game against all but one Big East rival.


which was my point about the Western teams. Louisville can do that because they happen to be close enough to do it, and they get extra credit from the committee for doing it.

Florida had, according to the committee, the strongest schedule in the country, which was the primary justification Dennis Kendall offered for putting the 29-28 Gators in. That was almost entirely a function of their conference scheduling their three toughest opponents (Vandy, LSU, and Mississippi State) on the road - games in which they went 2-7, by the way. Florida didn't play a single road game out of conference outside of the state of Florida. They played Florida State, as they always do, home and home plus a "neutral-site" game in Jacksonville. Their other non-conference road games were at Central Florida, at Jacksonville, and at Florida Gulf Coast.

-- MWE
   27. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:50 PM (#4453103)
Woo-hoo! Go Crusaders!! Second year in a row in the tourney for my alma mater. Hopefully they can even win a game this time.


Same here. Tracy Woodson has really turned the program around.
   28. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:27 PM (#4453138)
Tracy Woodson was a terrific minor league manager, and it's not surprising to me that he's done well as a college coach.

-- MWE
   29. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:58 PM (#4453273)
It's fascinating (to me anyway) how college baseball and MLB seem to operate in completely different universes. The NFL and college football share many of the same fans on a more-or-less national basis; same thing with the NBA and college hoops. But to most MLB fans, especially in the northeast, college baseball is that weird thing they do down south and out west. I mean, you'll often see a Jets or Knicks fan salivating over getting a potential star out of the college ranks, but no Mets fan ever says, "Didya watch that kid from Northern Arizona go 5-for-5 against Grand Canyon? Oh, baby, I can't wait for next year's draft!"

Of course, college baseball's not as big as college basketball or football, and probably never will be. Biggest problem: baseball season is incompatible with the school year, so the season is too short...especially in the north and east, which is where the bulk of the baseball fans are. What can they do? Split the season into spring and fall seasons? Let them play a few games in the summer? Let them play *all* summer?
   30. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4453297)
I haven't gotten in bed with the numbers in a few years, but: Isn't the simplest argument that the RPI is biased against the west that other measures which better correlate w performance hold the west in higher esteem?
   31. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 09:53 AM (#4453480)
I loathe Kansas State and Indiana, but I like seeing non-traditional powers and northern schools host tourney sites, so kudos to them.
   32. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4453535)
Upset possibilities - 3/4 seeds with a decent shot at winning their regionals:

1. San Diego at UCLA.
2. Mercer or Central Arkansas at Mississippi State.
3. Coastal Carolina at Virginia.

-- MWE
   33. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM (#4453547)
Mid-American: Bowling Green
Roll along!

BG just might win the whole thing...if they can sneak Orel Hershiser, Roger McDowell, Doug Bair, Nolan Reimold, and Grant Jackson onto the roster.
   34. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM (#4453550)
Isn't the simplest argument that the RPI is biased against the west that other measures which better correlate w performance hold the west in higher esteem?


Well, yes. Western teams have done extremely well in the tournament of late. The question isn't so much that the RPI is biased, but *why* - and the simplest answer to the *why* is the one I gave earlier, that it's really hard for Western teams to play good road games outside of conference.

-- MWE
   35. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4453683)
As to why - I agree. However, some still argue on 'is'.
   36. stanmvp48 Posted: May 28, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4453848)
I assume you guys are familiar with boydsworld.com; a college baseball site. He has a rating system other than the RPI which tends to rate the western teams higher. I remember he explained it once but I didn't really understand what he was doing differently.
   37. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 29, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4454683)
I assume you guys are familiar with boydsworld.com; a college baseball site.


I am, and I know Der_K is. There's also the Massey Ratings, which is my go-to site since Ken Massey has a summary of all of the various ratings out there in addition to his own.

-- MWE

   38. MM1f Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4454822)
The Towson as a #3 seed thing still just blows my mind. It isn't the biggest deal in the world, but it just makes my head hurt that think that someone on this planet looked at that resume and thought it wasn't one of the 16 worst resumes in the field (hell, one of the 8 worst resumes in the field). Only explanation I can think of is that the committed boosted them from a 4 to a 3 for purely geopgrahic reasons. Which is bullshit.

And the committees explanation (a few coaches they knew told 'em to) for picking Coastal over Campbell is equally awful.
   39. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4454838)
Didn't realize ASU was in the same regional as the nation's No. 2 team, according to Boyd's World and Massey, in CSU-Fullerton.
   40. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 29, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4454965)
The Towson as a #3 seed thing still just blows my mind.


The CAA had a representative on the selection committee, which explains a lot of it; unlike in the D1 basketball selections there are still a lot of internal politics involved in the baseball process. There's no question that on merit Towson should have been a #4 and Central Arkansas a #3. I mean, Central Arkansas beat Mississippi State two of three at Starkville on a weekend.

The differences between North Carolina and Vanderbilt, on the field, are minimal at best. Yet the committee gave the Tar Heels the equivalent of a 3 seed and two 4 seeds, and set them up opposite a team that, while it has been good in the past, is a mid-echelon SEC team this year, while giving Vandy a good #2, a good #3, and a #4 with an ace pitcher who'd front the rotation at some bigger schools, and set them up opposite a team that was in the running for a top-8 seed until their meltdown in the Big East tournament.

Picking Coastal instead of Campbell is defensible. Except for NC State Campbell really didn't play anyone worthwhile out of conference and while that wasn't entirely their fault (UNC refused to play the Camels), a lot of it was. Coastal did play a much better schedule than Campbell, although a large part of that was that they play their home games in Myrtle Beach and were able to attract some quality teams to their in-season tournaments as a result. No one *really* wants to travel to Buies Creek (I used to live near there - trust me on this one). I still think Campbell deserved to go over a team like Florida, though, and the committee's explanation does, in fact, smell pretty awful.

-- MWE
   41. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 30, 2013 at 06:52 PM (#4456208)
Add Wichita State to the list of 3/4 seeds that could win, at K-State.

Regionals in which I wouldn't be shocked if anyone won: K-State, UCLA, Mississippi State
Regionals in which I would be shocked if the home team didn't win: North Carolina, LSU

National seed primed for a possible upset: Virginia. On paper, this looks relatively easy, but the Cavalier rotation isn't especially impressive, and UNC Wilmington has some good arms and a fairly balanced lineup. I don't expect the Cavaliers to lose, but it would not be a total surprise to me if they did.

Dark horse: Austin Peay (Indiana). Experienced team, good offense, solid bullpen. Not sure about the rotation, but the Hoosiers have a lot of the same questions.

-- MWE
   42. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 30, 2013 at 06:54 PM (#4456209)
   43. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 09:47 AM (#4456692)
   44. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4456834)
Troy vs Alabama about to get underway at noon to open the tournament (on ESPNU), pretty much an offense vs. pitching and defense pairing. The Trojans are starting their #2 pitcher, Shane McCain, against the Tide's ace, Charley Sullivan. Not a huge surprise on Troy's part, the idea being to save Tanner Hicks for either Florida State or an elimination game rather than using him against Alabama's lesser hitting (the Tide has no one hitting over .300).

-- MWE
   45. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4456950)
Trojans put up a five-spot on the Crimson Tide in the fourth. Trae Santos with a three-run shot, Ali Knowles with a two-run single.

Coastal Carolina with a quick pair off Jonathan Gray (yes, the potential 1-1 draft pick) in the first. RBI singles by Jake Kane and Colin Hering.

Rain delay in Bloomington holding up the start of Florida vs Austin Peay. Liberty and Clemson tied at 1 in the 2nd. Army and UVA scoreless in the second as are Towson and Florida Atlantic.

-- MWE

   46. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4456962)
Jacob May with an RBI double off Gray in the 2nd extends Coastal Carolina's lead to 3-0.

-- MWE
   47. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4456977)
For the Clemson fans who were kvetching about having to get by South Carolina at Columbia for the second year in a row - you've got to get by Liberty first! Trey Wimmer with a two-run double to put the Flames up 3-1 in the third over the Tigers.

-- MWE

EDIT: So far, at least, the mid-majors are sticking it to the power conferences.
   48. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4456984)
10-pitch plate appearance yields a walk for Hering against Gray in the third; he then gets picked off first to end the inning. Gray at 54 pitches through 3.

-- MWE
   49. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:02 PM (#4456987)
Clemson comes back with a run in the bottom of the 3rd, second RBI single of the game for Steven Duggar.

-- MWE
   50. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:06 PM (#4456992)
Austen Smith with home run #7 on the season, chopping Troy's lead to 5-2 in the 7th.

-- MWE
   51. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:08 PM (#4456995)
Liberty gets the run right back, leadoff home run for Alex Close in the 4th.

-- MWE
   52. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4457014)
Tidy 9-pitch fourth for Gray, but he's still 3 runs behind. Coastal Carolina's Tyler Herb loaded the bases with 2 outs for the Sooners' best hitter, Matt Oberste, in the third, but Oberste lined to left.

-- MWE
   53. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4457018)
Towson breaks on top of Florida Atlantic 1-0 in the fourth, on a double steal no less. Army scores the first run of the game against Virginia in the fifth, on a squeeze bunt. Small ball uber alles!

-- MWE

   54. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4457024)
Oklahoma breaks through in the fourth. Walk, hit batter, double by Colt Bickerstaff. Herb, who is just back from an injury, might be running out of gas for the Chanticleers. He's fallen behind on each of the last seven Sooner hitters.

-- MWE

EDIT: And as soon as I said that, on comes Patrick Corbett for CCU.
   55. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4457030)
Corbett wins a battle with Taylor Alspaugh. Nine-pitch strikeout.

-- MWE
   56. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4457032)
Virginia comes alive in the bottom of the 5th. Kenny Towns double, Nate Irving single, Mike Papi single to tie.

-- MWE
   57. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:42 PM (#4457036)
Garrett Carey RBI groundout brings Oklahoma within a run. Tying run at third with 2 out.

-- MWE
   58. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4457038)
Miami becomes the first higher seeded team to take a lead in the tournament on a Garrett Kennedy HR in the second against Oklahoma State.

-- MWE
   59. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4457039)
Joe McCarthy puts Virginia up 2-1 with an RBI single. Cavs have bases loaded, no outs, threatening to break the game open in the 5th.

-- MWE
   60. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:46 PM (#4457041)
Craig Aikin grounds out to end the fourth, Chanticleers still up 3-2 on the Sooners.

-- MWE
   61. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4457048)
First final is in: Troy takes down Alabama 5-2. Trojans will face Florida State/Savannah State winner tomorrow.

-- MWE
   62. Gamingboy Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4457059)
Danny Graves?
   63. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4457060)
Virginia fails to capitalize against Army's Chris Rowley: Brandon Downes and Derek Fisher with Ks and Reed Gragnani with a fly ball to center. 2-1 Cavaliers through 5.

Liberty extends its lead to 7-2 against Clemson in the sixth on a 3-run homer by Wimmer. Towson extends its lead to 3-0 over Florida Atlantic on a single by Peter Bowles and a double by Dominic Fratantuono, with the possibility of more (runners on the corners and 1 out).

Illinois jumps out to a 2-0 lead over Georgia Tech in the fourth thanks to the Parr brothers (single by Justin, HR by Jordan).

-- MWE
   64. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4457066)
Andrew Parker hits his 11th of the season for Towson with two mates aboard, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead over Florida Atlantic.

-- MWE
   65. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4457069)
Dang it Isaacs (guy who gave up the hr). Leave my screen for two minutes and it's 3-0.
   66. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4457071)
Couldn't keep Matt Oberste down a second time; two-run single in the 5th gives Oklahoma a 4-3 lead over Coastal Carolina.

-- MWE
   67. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4457081)
Garrett Kennedy delivers again for the Hurricanes, RBI single to make it 2-0 over the Cowboys in the 4th.

Der_K, don't leave your screen!!

-- MWE

EDIT: I should note that Georgia Tech has already run into two outs on the bases. Yes, that is part of their game.
   68. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4457091)
Wichita State grabs a 2-0 lead over Kansas State, the #1 seed in the regional, in the top of the first. Casey Gillaspie (Conor's brother) drove in the first run with a groundout, then Johnny Coy doubled in a second tally for the Shockers.

-- MWE
   69. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4457094)
Jonathan Gray's settled down; he's allowed only 2 hits since the second inning (both runners were later caught stealing) and is at 93 pitches through six.

-- MWE
   70. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4457097)
Max White with an RBI single, Sooners extend lead to 5-3.

-- MWE
   71. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4457106)
William and Mary scores four runs in the fifth without benefit of a hit - two errors and four walks by Ole Miss pitcher Mike Mayers.

Kansas State quickly ties the score with Wichita State on a two-run single by Jon Davis.

UC-Santa Barbara takes a 1-0 lead over Texas A&M on a Luke Swenson single.

-- MWE
   72. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4457109)
Jordan Parr's second HR of the game puts the Illini up 4-0 on Georgia Tech.

-- MWE
   73. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4457111)
South Alabama quickly up 3-0 on Mercer (a popular upset pick). Nick Zaharion with a sac fly, then a two-run single by Dustin Dalken.

Rain delay in Baton Rouge. Jackson State and LSU.

-- MWE
   74. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4457118)
Quick out for Wichita State's Cale Elam, as K-State tallies six runs in the first.

-- MWE
   75. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:47 PM (#4457121)
Austin Peay scores the first run of the rain-delayed contest with Florida in Bloomington in the fourth, on a double by Jordan Hankins and two groundouts.

-- MWE
   76. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:50 PM (#4457124)
Jackson State gets an early 2-0 lead on LSU (and that would be a HUGE upset); two-run double by Charles Tillery.

Georgia Tech gets on the board in the 6th on a Daniel Palka triple, driving in Zach Evans. Sam Dove follows with a second triple to make it 4-2 Illini.

Kansas State adds two more runs to its lead, still batting in the first, now up 8-2.

-- MWE
   77. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:52 PM (#4457128)
Liberty bumps Clemson to the losers' bracket in Columbia, final 8-3.

-- MWE
   78. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4457134)
Kyle Crockett closes out Army with a flourish, striking out the side in the ninth as Virginia wins a surprisingly tough 2-1 game over the Black Knights.

Max White drives in his second run of the game for Oklahoma, extending the Sooners' lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Gray through 8 complete is at 117 pitches.

-- MWE
   79. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4457140)
Wichita State finally closes out Kansas State in the first, after the Wildcats sent 15 batters to the plate and scored nine runs.

LSU comes back to tie in the bottom of the first on this sequence: single, stolen base, flyout, hit batter, sacrifice fly, stolen base + throwing error, fielding error.

-- MWE
   80. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4457144)
Oklahoma adds a run on this sequence: Max White steal of third, Matt Oberste bunt single (this is a guy hitting .382), double steal. Sooners take a 7-3 lead to the ninth.

-- MWE
   81. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4457147)
i left my screen again! dang that parr!
now he's batting and i've got to go to a meeting in 30 seconds or so... rooting for a quick out and/or an absence of magic in the world.
   82. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:09 PM (#4457150)
Gray closes it out for the complete-game 7-3 win for the Sooners. 129 pitches.

Towson takes a 7-2 lead to the bottom of the ninth against Florida Atlantic.

-- MWE
   83. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4457155)
South Alabama moves out to a 4-0 lead, Zaharion's second RBI of the game.

Mississippi picks up a run in the 6th but still trails William and Mary 4-1 after 6 1/2. The Colonial Athletic Association is looking really good right now, as Towson's Nik Nowottnick strikes out the side in the ninth to seal the Tigers' 7-2 win over Florida Atlantic.

-- MWE
   84. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4457157)
Jordan Parr K looking in the 7th (just for you Der_K).

-- MWE
   85. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4457159)
meeting got bumped back a few minutes - take that, um, illinois-people.
(this is all moot, of course, we're no good in the tourney even in our good years.)
   86. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:19 PM (#4457163)
Justin Shafer launches a three-run homer off Austin Peay's Lee Ridenhour to give the Gators a 3-1 lead over the Governors in the 6th.

Ole Miss picks up a run in the 7th to get within 4-2 of William and Mary. As we used to say back in the day, it's time for William to make an appearance :)

-- MWE
   87. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4457166)
Garrett Kennedy drives in his third run of the game in the middle of a four-run inning as the Miami Hurricanes open up a 6-0 lead on Oklahoma State.

UC-Santa Barbara adds two runs in the fourth, knocking Texas A&M starter Daniel Mengden out and taking a 5-1 lead.

-- MWE

   88. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4457170)
Georgia Tech gets a solo HR from #9 hitter Thomas Smith, cutting the Illini lead to 4-3 after 7.

-- MWE
   89. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4457177)
Casey Gillaspie's two-run double pulls Wichita State to within 9-4 in the third. Kansas State makes a pitching change, going for Jared Moore to replace Levi MaVorhis. Pitching has been a problem for the Wildcats.

-- MWE
   90. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:40 PM (#4457187)
William and Mary leads Mississippi 4-2 after 8. The Tribe's Jason Ingrham (#3 starter most of the year) has given them everything they could have wanted, and they've saved ace John Farrell for the next game.

LSU's Ryan Eades, a projected high draft choice, didn't last long; Paul Manieri pulled him one out into the third after back-to-back walks sandwiched around a wild pitch. Think the Tigers aren't under some pressure?

-- MWE
   91. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4457191)
Illini add a run in the eighth to lead GT 5-3. Daniel Palka, who doubles as a late-inning reliever, comes in from right field to pitch.

-- MWE
   92. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:43 PM (#4457193)
Chris Diaz, who struggled against NC State in the ACC tournament, was outstanding today: 7 innings of 3-hit ball with 10 Ks. Miami up on Oklahoma State 7-0 in the 8th.

-- MWE
   93. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:50 PM (#4457198)
Justin Parr with an RBI single off Palka, Illinois goes up 6-3. Parr for the course? Ronnie Muck comes in after a solid seven-inning outing for Kevin Duchene.

-- MWE
   94. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4457201)
Mason Katz sac fly, Christian Ibarra double puts LSU up 4-2 on Jackson State after 3.

GT gets an eighth-inning run on a Mott Hyde sac fly, into the ninth trailing 6-4.

-- MWE
   95. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4457203)
K-State giving no quarter. 12-4 over the Shockers in the bottom of the fourth.

Illinois takes a 6-4 lead to the bottom of the ninth.

Mercer gets a run in the fifth on doubles by Chesny Young and Nick Backlund, but trails South Alabama 4-1.

Senior lefty closer Matt Wainman closes out William and Mary's 4-2 upset over Ole Miss, although a two-out single and HBP made it interesting.

-- MWE
   96. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4457207)
Daniel Palka with a chance to win the game for himself, two on, two out.

-- MWE
   97. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:06 PM (#4457208)
Palka lines out to first. Ballgame. Illinois 6, Georgia Tech 4.

-- MWE
   98. Gamingboy Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4457209)
Saw that Towson won. Good. Hope they go far.
   99. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4457210)
booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
(not towson, though they were an overseed)
   100. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4457211)
I am headed for the DBAP for live (non-NCAA) baseball tonight, but will throw in some tweets on @MWEinNC.

-- MWE
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