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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

Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM | 308 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:10 PM (#4457213)
Towson will have difficulty with UNC, who they will likely have to beat twice to get out of the regional. But getting a win was nice, even though they should have been seeded #4 instead of #3. NCAA politics had quite a bit to do with their seeding.

-- MWE
   102. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4457215)
Michael Davis just hit a three-run bomb for Austin Peay, putting the Governors back ahead of Florida 4-3.

-- MWE
   103. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4457743)
Upset of day 1: Connecticut 5, Virginia Tech 2. UConn finished eighth in the Big East and had to win the BE Tourney just to get in, but they dominated the Hokies as Carson Cross held VT to one run over 6 1/3 innings and the Huskies pumped out 16 hits (all singles) while taking advantage of some poor defense by the Hokies. The score of this one could have been worse.

Biggest surprise of day 1: a fair number of the top seeds had difficulty shaking the #4 seeds. In addition to Virginia Tech's loss, Indiana trailed Valparaiso 4-1 into the ninth before rallying for a 5-4 win; Oregon State also needed a ninth-inning rally to take down UT-San Antonio; Virginia had a very difficult time with Army, winning just 2-1; LSU had to hang on late over Jackson State; North Carolina had to go to closer Tyler Thornton in the eighth to hold off Canisius; San Diego State got the tying run to the plate before losing 5-3 at UCLA, as did Central Arkansas at Mississippi State; and NC State needed an outstanding defensive play by right fielder Jake Fincher and a questionable steal of home attempt by Binghamton's Bill Bereszniewicz to nail down their win.

Biggest non-surprise of day 1: Relatively poor showings by the ACC and SEC teams. VT was the only #1 seed to lose, UNC, NC State, and Virginia all were less impressive than anticipated, and #2 seeds Georgia Tech and Clemson lost. The SEC fared a little better, but still saw #2 seeds Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas A&M and #3 Florida go down.

-- MWE
   104. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4457751)
Elimination games going on now:

Alabama leads Savannah State 3-2 in the 9th.

Big early leads for UNC Wilmington, Oklahoma State, and Florida Atlantic.

Virginia Tech still isn't hitting, but Devin Burke is doing the job on the hill for the Hokies, who just took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI infield single by Mark Zagunis.

St. Louis takes an early 1-0 lead on Clemson. Ditto Valparaiso against Florida.

-- MWE

   105. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 02:48 PM (#4457759)
Crimson Tide hangs on against Savannah State to win 3-2. Tide will play the loser of Florida State/Troy tomorrow.

-- MWE
   106. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 02:50 PM (#4457762)
St. Louis starter Nick Bates loaded the bases in the top of the second on a hit batter, single, and walk, but worked out of it without allowing a run.

Personally I'd find it extremely amusing if Clemson went down in two games without ever facing South Carolina, after all the yelling that came out of Greenville about how it was unfair to make the Tigers go to Columbia for the second year in a row.

-- MWE
   107. Kiko Sakata Posted: June 01, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4457768)
Indiana trailed Valparaiso 4-1 into the ninth before rallying for a 5-4 win


So, so, so close!! Part of me is really pissed that I was busy and couldn't watch/listen to the game, but God I'm glad I missed the ninth inning.
   108. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4457769)
Andrew Rash leads off the seventh with a home run. Virginia Tech up 2-0 on Coastal Carolina in a game some people thought would be in the winner' bracket.

-- MWE
   109. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 01, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4457774)
[103] So #1s go 15-1 against #4s and it's a tough day for #1s because many of the games were close? I don't usually follow the NCAA tournament that closely but is this typical? Given the randomness of baseball, I would have figured #1s typically went 10-6 or so in the first game.
   110. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4457782)
VT now up 4-0 on Coastal Carolina on a Chad Pinder HR.

Florida takes 3-1 lead over Valparaiso on a two-run double by Cody Dent.

Clemson gets home runs from Steve Wilkerson and Shane Kennedy in the third to take a 3-1 lead over St. Louis. Daniel Gossett has thrown 73 pitches already through three innings for the Tigers.

-- MWE

   111. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 03:37 PM (#4457790)
Bitter: #1 vs #4 in the NCAA baseball tournament is akin to #1 vs #16 or #2 vs #15 (or perhaps #3 vs #14) in the NCAA basketball tournament. #4 seeds are virtually always teams from weaker conferences who are up against teams from power conferences that have substantially more talent. Usually there is a #1 seed or two that loses to a #4 on the first day of the tournament, but there are also a fair number of the types of games that you saw from Florida State vs Savannah State where the #1 seed wins easily. There were some of those this year - Florida State vs Savannah State, Vandy vs ETSU, Kansas State vs Wichita State (which wound up 20-11) - but not nearly as many.

-- MWE

EDIT: And in my earlier recap I also left out Oregon, which trailed South Dakota State 2-1 going into the 8th before Ryon Healy's 2-run double gave the Ducks a 3-2 win.
   112. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 03:41 PM (#4457796)
Oklahoma State eliminates Bowling Green 7-3 in Louisville; the Cowboys move on to face the loser of Miami/Louisville.

-- MWE
   113. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 01, 2013 at 05:41 PM (#4457898)
Valpo gets its NCAA win, knocking Florida out by a 5-4 score.

-- MWE
   114. SoSH U at work Posted: June 01, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4457913)
Valpo gets its NCAA win, knocking Florida out by a 5-4 score.


Excellent. Not an alum like Kiko and Steve, though they are in the proverbial backyard.

   115. Kiko Sakata Posted: June 01, 2013 at 10:16 PM (#4458062)
Valpo gets its NCAA win, knocking Florida out by a 5-4 score.


Woo-hoo! Go Crusaders!!
   116. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 01, 2013 at 10:19 PM (#4458067)
Sweet, my alma matter, Cal Poly, is up 3-0 on UCLA in the winner's bracket. Also, my current school Oregon State (PhD program) is tied in the 7th, also in the winner's bracket.
   117. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 01, 2013 at 11:45 PM (#4458141)
slightly OT: WCWS going on right now as well. Florida v Nebraska is in the 14th inning as we close in on 11 pm central time, and Arizona State and Michigan is going to play after the conclusion of this one. OU is taking names in this tourney so far.
   118. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 01, 2013 at 11:57 PM (#4458145)
Wow, the Mustangs sure fell apart quickly. But there is still time left to rally.
   119. bfan Posted: June 02, 2013 at 08:23 AM (#4458192)
One factor not considered yet, on #1 vs. #4. Many (most?) #1's save their #1 pitcher for the next game (championship in the winner's bracket), against presumably the #2 seed, while the 4 seed will pitch their ace, in game 1. A distinguishing feature of big college baseball programs is pitching depth; a #4 seed can often find 1 guy who is very effective as a pitcher, but not much after that. So the 1 vs. 4 match-up is closer than the talent levels would otherwise suggest, but the 1's have enough to win the game.
   120. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: June 02, 2013 at 09:13 AM (#4458204)
Yes.
This phenomenon skews the matchups in lots of ways... I root for GT, a #2 with an excellent ace but no clear second starter. We saved our ace for a potential matchup v. the #1, but lost against the #3 accordingly. We then faced a #4 that saved their ace, wanting to win at least one game rather than having a quick two-and-out postseason and used our ace against them (having prepped him for a day two game and not wanting to risk our own elimination against a worthy opposing pitcher.
   121. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 02, 2013 at 11:51 AM (#4458279)
Yesterday was a definite "chalk day"; the only upsets (by seeding) were Valparaiso over Florida (although their games were close, I stand by my earlier comment that the Gators didn't belong in the tournament in the first place), Columbia over New Mexico, Central Arkansas over Mercer (which wasn't really an upset; Central Arkansas shouldn't have been a #4) and Rice over Oregon. Most of the #1 seeds won fairly easily (with Oregon the only loser), although William and Mary threw a scare into NC State, which needed everything Carlos Rodon had to pull out a 1-0 win, and North Carolina let Towson back into the game late and once again had to call on closer Tyler Thornton to pitch more than an inning at the end.

Upset of the day was definitely Columbia over New Mexico. The Lions were down 5-0 at one point, came roaring back with five runs in the eighth (including three with two outs), pushed across the go-ahead run in the 13th, and fought off the Lobos in the bottom half when D. J. Peterson, a likely first-round draft pick next week, struck out to end the game with the tying run on third.

The early games today are all losers' bracket finals, and most are rematches. The winners in the early games will have to win out in order to make it to the Super Regionals next weekend - they'll have to win the early game and the late game today to force a deciding game tomorrow.

San Francisco probably has the toughest task. The Dons lost their opener to Rice in 11 innings, using six pitchers, then played a 13-inning game with South Dakota State in which they again used six pitchers to advance. Their reward is to play an Oregon team that was two-hit by Rice's Jordan Stephens yesterday, at the Ducks' home field, against another tough pitcher in freshman lefty Cole Irvin, and then have to come right back should they win that one against an Owls' team that was able to rest its bullpen.

-- MWE
   122. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 02, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4458298)
i caught a bit of the women's softball game that went 15 innings.

those young ladies were playing 80 percent softball and 20 percent field hockey. lots of big time collisions

goodness
   123. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 02, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4458537)
Liberty beats Clemson for the second time, 3-1. Tigers are bounced without ever getting to play South Carolina. I love it.

Valpo blows 2-0 and 4-2 leads to lose to Austin Peay 5-4. Crusaders gave a good accounting of themselves in this regional, though.

-- MWE
   124. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 02, 2013 at 05:58 PM (#4458596)
Virginia Tech knocks out UConn 3-1. Central Arkansas does the same to South Alabama, 3-0.

-- MWE
   125. TerpNats Posted: June 02, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4458616)
Upset of the day was definitely Columbia over New Mexico. The Lions were down 5-0 at one point, came roaring back with five runs in the eighth (including three with two outs), pushed across the go-ahead run in the 13th, and fought off the Lobos in the bottom half when D.J. Peterson, a likely first-round draft pick next week, struck out to end the game with the tying run on third.
Based upon this and the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the Lobos must hate the Ivy League.
   126. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 02, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4458617)
Georgia Tech comes from behind with 4 in the ninth to knock out Illinois 6-3.

Elon with an early 2-0 lead on UVa. Cavs have been surviving with their pitching so far, will need to generate some offense to avoid a Monday finale.

-- MWE
   127. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 02, 2013 at 07:36 PM (#4458662)
Louisville becomes the first team to make it to the second weekend of the tournament, defeating Oklahoma State 12-3.

-- MWE
   128. TerpNats Posted: June 02, 2013 at 09:12 PM (#4458709)
And the Cavs did generate some offense -- a six-run third, and in the eighth they lead Elon 10-3.
   129. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 02, 2013 at 11:24 PM (#4458779)
And Oregon State advances!
   130. neck Posted: June 02, 2013 at 11:43 PM (#4458787)
BCI, fellow corvallisite here. beavs' starting pitching is looking real good. let's hope the arms show up next week against KState, too.
   131. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 03, 2013 at 12:05 AM (#4458794)
Oh cool, didn't realize there were any other Corvallisites here. Did you make it to any of the games? I was at the game on Friday.
   132. neck Posted: June 03, 2013 at 12:29 AM (#4458803)
i watched all three games here at home. wish i could have made it out. i just assumed that there would be no walkups available and that the scalpers' prices would be prohibitive. maybe i should have joined the people in the trees. looked like a great crowd. next weekend maybe!
   133. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 09:51 AM (#4458905)
11 of the 16 regionals were decided yesterday. NC State, UCLA, Cal-State Fullerton, LSU, Oklahoma, Louisville, Florida State, Indiana, Virginia, Oregon State, and Kansas State advance; only Oklahoma was not a #1 seed.

Liberty's game with South Carolina was suspended due to heavy thundershowers in Columbia and is scheduled to be resumed this afternoon; the Gamecocks lead 4-2 in the 5th. Should the Flames win, the teams will play again at 7.

Upset of the day yesterday: Florida Atlantic's 3-2 win over tournament top seed North Carolina. The Tar Heels stranded 15 runners and the Owls' #8 hitter, Ricky Santiago, belted a three-run homer in the 7th to force a Monday finale.

Upset of the day #2: Georgia Tech sophomore right-hander Josh Heddinger, who wasn't even in the weekend rotation for the Yellow Jackets, threw a two-hit shutout against national #2 seed Vanderbilt. The win was even more impressive considering that neither Daniel Palka nor Sam Dove was able to play; both were injured in GT's 6-3 win over Illinois earlier yesterday.

The other two regionals that have yet to be decided are Eugene (Oregon vs Rice) and Starkville, where #4 seed Central Arkansas remained alive with their third win at Mississippi State this year.

-- MWE
   134. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: June 03, 2013 at 10:17 AM (#4458917)
didn't get to see gt/vandy (thanks espn3 for being wonky again), but heddinger's performance didn't shock me. he's erratic (and his stats are unimpressive), but skilled.
palka got hurt giving up the go ahead run in the earlier win v. illinois when he collided with another fielder, allowing an itp homer. that was aggravating.
   135. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 10:59 AM (#4458964)
I expect to see Farmer on the hill for GT tonight. Yes, he started Saturday, but he threw only 58 pitches in six innings and I suspect he was pulled precisely in anticipation of the need for this game.

-- MWE
   136. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4458975)
He left due to rain delay but, yes, I'm hopeful that we can use him.
   137. bfan Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:21 AM (#4458993)
Any word on whether Palka can play today, at least as a DH?
   138. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4459018)
bfan: Haven't heard, but I'm sure if he can he will. I sent out a tweet to the BA guys.

Der_K: I think it'll be an upset if Farmer "doesn't" pitch.

-- MWE
   139. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 01:35 PM (#4459170)
Tanner English executes a perfect squeeze, 6-2 South Carolina after 5 1/2.

-- MWE
   140. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4459172)
Just watched a clip of the GT postgame press conference. Coach Hall listed Cole Pitts, Alex Cruz, and Farmer, in that order, as the players under discussion to start tonight. Nothing said about Palka or Dove.

-- MWE
   141. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4459217)
Liberty Flames get an eighth-inning double from pinch-hitter Danny Grauer to pull within 6-3. Gamecocks go to closer Tyler Webb (1.17 ERA, 57 K in 38 1/3 IP) to get four more outs.

-- MWE

EDIT: Make that 58 in 38 2/3. Going to the bottom of the 8th in Columbia.
   142. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4459236)
Liberty scores in the ninth (double, walk, passed ball, infield out). 6-4, runner on 3B, cleanup hitter Aanderud hitting, 2 out.

-- MWE
   143. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 02:29 PM (#4459242)
Aanderud with an RBI single. Flames within a run.

-- MWE
   144. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4459245)
South Carolina hangs on, 6-5 over Liberty, moving on to face either UNC or Florida Atlantic.

-- MWE

EDIT: Make that 6-4, I misread what happened on the Aanderud single.
   145. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM (#4459432)
No Palka, no Dove for the Yellow Jackets tonight. Farmer is starting vs Vandy's Philip Pfeifer. Zach Evans is DH'g again with walk-on Mitch Earnest catching in case Evans has to pitch.

-- MWE
   146. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:56 PM (#4459439)
Ben Bracewell makes the fifth start of his college career for Mississippi State tonight. He'll be opposed by Central Arkansas's Bryce Biggerstaff, who was the winning pitcher on Saturday in the Bears' 6-5 win over Mercer.

-- MWE
   147. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:58 PM (#4459441)
UNC/FAU delayed start due to thunderstorms in Chapel Hill. Chris Munnelly goes for the Heels, Jeremy Strawn (the starter and loser Friday against Towson) for the Owls.

-- MWE
   148. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:21 PM (#4459453)
Aggressive baserunning costly in GT/Vandy so far. Kyle Wren gets doubled off 2B on a liner by Evans to end the top half; Tony Kemp gets thrown out stealing in the bottom half, followed immediately by a pair of walks. Farmer isn't sharp, but then I wouldn't have expected him to be.

-- MWE
   149. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:24 PM (#4459455)
Conrad Gregor RBI single gives the Commodores an early 1-0 lead.

-- MWE
   150. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4459462)
NC/FAU will start at 8:05.

-- MWE
   151. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:45 PM (#4459465)
Vandy small-balls to a second inning run; two singles, sac, intentional walk, infield out. 2-0 Commodores.

-- MWE
   152. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:43 PM (#4459504)
Wild one early in Chapel Hill. UNC struck first on an RBI double by Colin Moran in the first, FAU came back with a two-run HR by Corey Keller in the top of the 2nd, but the Heels loaded the bases with none out in the bottom half. #9 hitter Matt Roberts struck out, now it's back to the top.

Mississippi State has an early 3-0 lead on Central Arkansas.

-- MWE
   153. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4459506)
Alex Cruz replaces Farmer in the fifth, and immediately yields a run to Vanderbilt on singles by Mike Yaztrzemski, Connor Harrell, and Rhett Wiseman to make it 3-0.

-- MWE
   154. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:48 PM (#4459513)
Tar Heels pick up a run on a fielding error by Brendon Sanger, but couldn't capitalize on a golden opportunity to break the game open early. 2-2 after 2. This has been the story of UNC's NCAA tournament so far - missed opportunity upon missed opportunity.

-- MWE
   155. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:51 PM (#4459517)
Alex Cruz has had such a disappointing year
   156. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 09:12 PM (#4459536)
Rice and Oregon under way. Zech Lemond for the Owls, Jake Reed for the Ducks. Reed went seven in Oregon's tourney opener on Friday; Lemond threw four innings in relief in the 11-inning win over San Francisco on Friday.

-- MWE
   157. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4459549)
Shane Hoelscher with a two-run triple in the first, scoring himself on an error to put Rice up 3-0 early.

Skye Bolt with an RBI single in the third for North Carolina, which adds a run on a wild pitch to take a 4-2 lead.

Stretch time in Nashville: Vanderbilt 4, Georgia Tech 1.

Mississippi State still leads Central Arkansas 3-0 in the fourth, but the Bulldogs have already dipped into their bullpen; senior lefty Chad Girodo is in.

-- MWE
   158. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 09:27 PM (#4459552)
Tar Heels playing for keeps; closer Tyler Thornton is on in the fourth.

FAU also changes pitchers, going to Kevin Alexander.

-- MWE
   159. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4459572)
7-1 Vanderbilt over GT after 7 1/2. Commodores look like they'll advance to play Louisville at home.

Tar Heels extend their lead to 5-2 in the fifth, RBI single by Mike Volk.

Mississippi State up 5-0 on Central Arkansas, also in the 5th.

Oregon picked up a pair in the bottom of the first, Rice batting in the second with a 3-2 lead.

-- MWE
   160. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4459583)
Game over in Nashville. Vanderbilt moves on, defeating Georgia Tech 7-1. 12 of 13 #1 seeds have advanced.

-- MWE
   161. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 03, 2013 at 09:56 PM (#4459586)
Oregon with the quick hook out tonight as well. Christian Jones in for Jake Reed, bases loaded, two outs into the second.

-- MWE
   162. Mike Webber Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:49 PM (#4459679)
Stephenson out at WSU after 36 years

I guess when you become the second best team in Kansas it is time to change coaches.
   163. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: June 04, 2013 at 12:27 AM (#4459693)
Top national seed UNC down 11-8 to FAU in the 12th in an elimination game... then loaded the bases and scored two (each on walks) with no outs.
   164. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: June 04, 2013 at 12:32 AM (#4459700)
line out, then run scoring single with the would-be winning run thrown out at the plate. 11-11, 2 out, winning run at 2nd.

edit: 4-3 groundout, to the 13th
   165. Bull Pain Posted: June 04, 2013 at 12:39 AM (#4459702)
FAU hit a 2-out grand slam in the top of the ninth to take a 2-run lead. They trailed by 4 entering the inning. UNC countered with 2 in the bottom of the inning.

It looked like the runner beat the tag, but his foot never actually touched home plate. Kind of looked like the Francisco Cabrera hit but Sid Bream was nowhere to be found.
   166. Bull Pain Posted: June 04, 2013 at 01:09 AM (#4459720)
UNC wins it in 13. Epic game from the 9th inning on. Four ACC teams will host in the supers. Can they finally get someone to win the whole thing?
   167. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: June 04, 2013 at 01:44 AM (#4459723)
of course not!
   168. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 04, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4460162)
14 of 16 top seeds advance. Rice and Oklahoma the only #2 seeds to move on. Oregon the only top-8 seed to be eliminated (and many thought they weren't deserving of a top-8 seed anyway).

Super regionals (all best-of-3):

Starting Friday:

South Carolina at North Carolina (1)
Rice at North Carolina State
UCLA at Cal State Fullerton (5)
Oklahoma at LSU (4)

Starting Saturday:

Kansas State at Oregon State (3)
Mississippi State at Virginia (6)
Indiana at Florida State (7)
Louisville at Vanderbilt (2)

I'd really like to see Indiana or Louisville come through; I just don't think either the Hoosiers or the Cardinals have the pitching depth to compete with the Seminoles and Commodores.

LSU gets Cody Glenn back from suspension, giving the Tigers their one-two punch of undefeated Aaron Nola and Glenn to battle the Sooners' tandem of Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton. Should be a great series, but LSU's hitting is stronger than Oklahoma's and it should be enough for the Tigers to advance.

At some point someone is going to beat South Carolina before Omaha, but the way that the Tar Heels have been playing lately I'm not sure this is the year that it will happen. If I had to pick an upset this would be the one that I would pick.

-- MWE
   169. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 04, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4460204)
Couple of notes from various Twitter feeds:

UNC catcher Matt Roberts broke a thumb in last night's game; he's done for the season.

South Carolina's Tanner English has a strained oblique, which might prevent him from switch-hitting against UNC this weekend. Coach Holbrook didn't specify which side was limited.


-- MWE
   170. winnipegwhip Posted: June 04, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4460254)
Unbelievable that Mike Martin has the Noles on the doorstep of Omaha again. He lost a big part of his offense last year. Mike Compton is out for the year. SS Justin Gonzalez gets injured early on. Yet they host Indiana and are in good shape to get to the CWS.

A couple years ago I thought he was like Bobby Bowden and kept around to long. He is still producing teams that surpass pre-season predictions. I think pitching coach Mike Bell should get a lot of the credit for how Scott Sitz and Luke Weaver have turned out.
   171. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: June 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4460267)
UNC won their mostly meaningless Friday game in the ACC tournament in 14 innings, then won the semifinal against NC State in 18 innings (in a game in which Carlos Rodon gave up 1 run over 10 innings). Then the craziness last night. I know that it all means that they are just barely getting by teams, but the fanboy in me thinks they look like what a friend of mine used to call a Team of Destination. Maybe this is the year they get CWS revenge on Oregon State.
   172. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 04, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4460341)
I know that it all means that they are just barely getting by teams, but the fanboy in me thinks they look like what a friend of mine used to call a Team of Destination.


Cody Stubbs has been mostly a one-man band in the postseason; Colin Moran has done very little, and Skye Bolt had done so little before last night that he was dropped to seventh in the lineup.

That was about as bad a job of coaching by Mike Fox last night as you could see. He ran Tyler Thornton, his closer, out for four innings beginning in the fourth, and then yanked him with a four-run lead after the first two hitters reached in the eighth in favor of Kent Emanuel, who'd thrown 124 pitches two days earlier against Towson and predictably ran out of gas in the ninth. He later used Benton Moss (91 pitches on Friday) and Hobbs Johnson (89 pitches on Sunday). Fox showed little patience when any of his pitchers not named Emanuel got into trouble during the regional, and that doesn't bode well for the weekend. South Carolina doesn't have a great offense beyond Dantzler, but it's well balanced and their guys do get on base.

-- MWE
   173. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 07, 2013 at 03:38 PM (#4463733)
Tropical Storm Andrea is blowing through the Triangle, things are a mess at the moment.

UNC and South Carolina have been postponed until tomorrow. Rice and NC State have been delayed until 7 PM (at the earliest).

-- MWE
   174. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 08, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4464304)
Last night's Super Regional results - one favorite, one upset.

Classic pitching matchup in Baton Rouge - #3 overall draft pick Jonathan Gray for Oklahoma against undefeated LSU ace Aaron Nola - panned out as advertised. Gray and Nola exchanged zeroes for 7 1/2 innings before the Tigers capitalized on a mistake by Gray, who left an 0-2 fastball out over the plate for JaCoby Jones to crush for a triple. Tyler Moore followed with a double to KO Gray, and Mark Laird added an RBI single off reliever Ralph Garza. Nola finished off the Sooners in the ninth to complete a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 win.

UCLA's ace closer David Berg blew just his second save of the year against Cal State Fullerton in the eighth, when the Titans came back from a 3-1 deficit, but the visiting Bruins picked up two runs in the 10th and Berg fanned Titans' star Michael Lorenzen with the tying runs on in the bottom half as UCLA took the first game 5-3. Eric Filia had four hits for UCLA including the tiebreaking RBI hit in the 10th.

Today's games:

South Carolina has a two-run single from Grayson Greiner and a solo HR from Joey Pankake to take an early 4-2 lead over North Carolina. The Heels got an RBI double from Colin Moran in the first, his 87th RBI of the season.

Indiana and Florida State are scoreless through 3. Mississippi State and Virginia are about to get under way. Lousiville and Vanderbilt play at 3 eastern, Rice and NC State at 4.

-- MWE

   175. Gamingboy Posted: June 08, 2013 at 01:38 PM (#4464330)
Fun game in the battle of the carolinas so far...
   176. Bull Pain Posted: June 08, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4464370)
Skye Bolt with the GW single with 2 outs in the 9th for UNC. The other two ACC teams are not faring as well. Indiana and Mississippi State with solid leads.
   177. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 09, 2013 at 04:10 PM (#4465040)
Yesterday's wrapup:

LSU and UCLA became the first two qualifiers for the College World Series. The Tigers put Oklahoma away with a six-run ninth inning in an 11-1 win to sweep the Sooners. UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig danced in and out of trouble for 6 1/3 scoreless innings while the Bruins took advantage of errors by Carlos Lopez and Matt Chapman to plate three runs in the first, and made them stand up for a 3-0 win to punch their ticket for Omaha.

Both UNC and NC State tallied in the ninth inning to take 1-0 leads in their super regionals. Kansas State's Tanner Witt drove in the tying run in the ninth against Oregon State's Jace Fry, and the Wildcats scored four in the top of the 10th to take a 6-2 win over the Beavers in the opener of the Corvallis super regional. Indiana held off Florida State 10-9 in Tallahassee to take the first game of that Super Regional, and visiting Louisville (just for Sam M!) came from behind with three in the seventh and one in the eighth to take down national #2 seed Vanderbilt 5-3. Mississippi State blasted 20 hits off five Virginia pitchers and were aided by four Cavalier errors in an 11-6 win at Charlottesville.

So far today:

South Carolina evens up its series with North Carolina at 1 game apiece with an easy 8-0 win over the Heels. Jordan Montgomery threw a complete game four-hitter for the Gamecocks while UNC's Hobbs Johnson lasted just an inning and two-thirds, allowing five runs.

Indiana is batting in the bottom of the 8th with an 11-5 lead over Florida State. The Hoosiers are within three outs of their first-ever trip to the CWS.

Rice and NC State are under way at Doak Field. Louisville and Vanderbilt are starting up in Nashville.

-- MWE

   178. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 09, 2013 at 04:20 PM (#4465049)
There's a great pitching matchup in Nashville today - Jeff Thompson (10-1, 2.03) vs Tyler Beede (14-0, 2.19).

-- MWE
   179. Bull Pain Posted: June 09, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4465070)
29 year B1G drought is over! The right side of the bracket is wide open as things stand.
   180. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 09, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4465269)
Barry Larkin was at Michigan the last time we've seen a BIG team in the CWS.
   181. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: June 09, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4465320)
Louisville becomes the first school with a BCS Bowl, Final Four Appearance and a College World Series appearance in the same year.
   182. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 09, 2013 at 10:26 PM (#4465360)
Bwahaha, Beavers KO the Kansas State starter in the first inning!
   183. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 09:04 AM (#4465576)
Louisville beats Vanderbilt 2-1, knocking out the #2 national seed and returning to the CWS for the second time.

For the second straight day NC State comes from behind in the ninth inning, this time to tie, and wins 5-4 in 17 innings on an RBI single by Tarran Senay to punch a ticket for Omaha for the first time since 1968.

Indiana, as Tulo notes, becomes the first Big 10 team since Michigan in 1984 to advance to the CWS with an 11-6 win over Florida State.

Oregon State takes home a 12-4 win over Kansas State, knotting their Super Regional at a game apiece.

Virginia and Mississippi State were suspended due to rain with the Bulldogs leading the Cavaliers 5-3 in the seventh. A win for MSU will move them on to Omaha; if Virginia comes back Game 3 will follow the conclusion of Game 2.

-- MWE
   184. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 09:15 AM (#4465582)
For all the talk about just a handful of elite teams this year, we've already seen the #2, #5, and #7 seeds eliminated, the #1 and #3 seeds pushed to a third game, the #8 seed not making it out of regionals, and the #6 seed on the ropes. And while LSU is undefeated in postseason, the Tigers had to come from behind in two of their three regional wins and had to hang on for dear life against Jackson State, which got the tying run to the on-deck circle in the ninth inning of the regional opener.


-- MWE
   185. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4466121)
Mississippi State adds a run in the seventh to go up 6-3 on Virginia, Bulldogs batting in the bottom of the 8th now, three outs from an Omaha trip.

-- MWE
   186. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:36 PM (#4466124)
UNC and South Carolina have been postponed until Tuesday at noon.

-- MWE
   187. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4466126)
Going to the ninth in Charlottesville. 6-3 MSU over UVa.

-- MWE
   188. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:47 PM (#4466148)
Leadoff single by Kenny Towns, infield out, wild pitch, walk to Mike Papi. Cavaliers with runners on the corners, 1 out, tying run at plate in Jared King.

-- MWE
   189. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4466154)
King down on strikes. Freshman RF Joe McCarthy looks to extend Virginia's season.

-- MWE
   190. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4466157)
McCarthy with an infield single to make it 6-4. Brandon Downes, with a HR yesterday, up for UVa representing the go-ahead run.

-- MWE
   191. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:54 PM (#4466162)
Ouch. P Jonathan Holder with an error on Downes' GB hands another run to UVa. Now 6-5, runners at 2nd and 3rd for Derek Fisher.

-- MWE
   192. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 04:56 PM (#4466165)
That will do it as Fisher grounds out. Mississippi State eliminates Virginia 6-5, and becomes the sixth team (and fifth non-seeded team) to move on to Omaha.

-- MWE
   193. OCF Posted: June 10, 2013 at 05:22 PM (#4466186)
I was watching that game where I was just eating lunch. With a runner on 2nd, one out, and a three run lead, the Mississippi State closer was checking the runner on 2nd and throwing curve ball after curve ball (eventually walking the next batter). And that pitcher seemed to have a 90+ MPH fastball. Is there any good reason why he wasn't just ignoring the runner and pounding the strike zone with his fastball?

Oh, and that third baseman has something of a rag arm. Which mattered on one play and which made the final out closer than it should have been.
   194. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 07:14 PM (#4466282)
OCF, Holder has a nasty, nasty curve ball; it's probably his best pitch. And college teams obsess about baserunners, for reasons I don't entirely understand.

-- MWE
   195. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 10, 2013 at 09:46 PM (#4466425)
Kansas State has made an interesting decision, to say the least - freshman righthander Jake Matthys, who was the Big 12 newcomer of the year as a relief pitcher and who was the winning pitcher in Game 1, will start the final game of the super regional against Oregon State's all-Pac 12 lefty Ben Wetzler. The Wildcats have had trouble finding consistent starting pitching all year, but Matthys's longest outing this year was 4 1/3 innings and they're really thin in back of him in the bullpen. Looks like advantage Oregon State, but you never know.

-- MWE
   196. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM (#4466670)
I can't really say that K-State's decision backfired, even though they lost the deciding game 4-3 to Oregon State. Matthys didn't pitch badly, except for one mistake that was hammered over the wall by the Beavers' Danny Hayes. The other two runs OSU scored off him were unearned. This is just an example where pitching depth in the tournament made a huge difference. The Beavers were able to run three quality starters out there; the Wildcats couldn't.

-- MWE
   197. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM (#4466686)
It's also fair to point out that OSU's Pat Casey, like UNC's Mike Fox, made a somewhat dubious decision to use Game 1 starter Matt Boyd out of the bullpen on one day's rest after he threw 123 pitches on Saturday. Unlike Fox, he mostly got away with it; Boyd picked up a save while throwing only 21 pitches. But at some point some pitcher is going to get badly hurt as a result of this type of usage, so it might be a good idea for the NCAA to step in sooner rather than later.

-- MWE
   198. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM (#4466745)
NCAA has posted the schedule for the CWS (all times EDT):

Saturday: Mississippi State vs Oregon State at 3, Indiana vs Louisville at 8.
Sunday: North Carolina/South Carolina winner vs NC State at 3, UCLA vs LSU at 8.

On Monday, the Saturday losers will play at 3, the Saturday winners will play at 8.
On Tuesday, the Sunday losers will play at 3, the Sunday winners will play at 8.

One game each on Wednesday and Thursday matching the remaining one-loss teams.
Two games Friday matching the survivors from Wednesday and Thursday against the undefeated teams.

Two games if necessary Saturday to determine the bracket winners, who will then face off in a best-of-three beginning Monday, June 24.

-- MWE
   199. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4466750)
South Carolina vs North Carolina about to get under way. Freshman lefty Jack Wynkoop for the Gamecocks, sophomore right Benton Moss for the Heels. Consensus seems to be that South Carolina is a slight favorite. UNC hasn't lost two in a row all season.

-- MWE
   200. bunyon Posted: June 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4466752)
It's also fair to point out that OSU's Pat Casey, like UNC's Mike Fox, made a somewhat dubious decision to use Game 1 starter Matt Boyd out of the bullpen on one day's rest after he threw 123 pitches on Saturday. Unlike Fox, he mostly got away with it; Boyd picked up a save while throwing only 21 pitches. But at some point some pitcher is going to get badly hurt as a result of this type of usage, so it might be a good idea for the NCAA to step in sooner rather than later.

I've long thought that most minor league and early MLB arm injury could probably be traced to usage in college, high school and summer leagues. We don't have reliable stats for those things but that time of usage isn't all that uncommon. So, for a few years a guy is exposed to that sort of treatment and then, all of a sudden, we're upset that he gets left in for an 8th inning once in awhile. It really is crazy how some coaches at the lower levels use their guys (at least with teams I've followed).
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