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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Quote Originally Posted by Topcat
    I am Louisville Cardinal Fan and I loathe (copyright infringed from Puffy) Anything that is the Kentucky Wildcats
    The Cardinals have a baseball team? I thought the only meaningful baseball being played in Louisville involved the Bats...
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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Here's the post-mortem for all those UK Wildcat fans who could not be present at the autopsy...

    http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/14742524.htm

    Cats doomed from start

    By Mark Maloney
    HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER

    Opportunity knocked, then knocked again on Kentucky's door last night.

    Try as they might, and buoyed by a Cliff Hagan Stadium crowd of 3,317, the Wildcats could not answer.

    Stranding a season-high 15 runners, the Cats fell 7-4 in an NCAA Regional final to the College of Charleston.

    "Every time we got runners in scoring position, we just didn't have the at-bats we wanted," UK Coach John Cohen said. "And even when we did get the at-bats we wanted, we hit the ball right at people. That's the nature of the game."

    So it will be the second-seeded Cougars (46-15), who went 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament, going on to next weekend's Super Regional. Charleston will take a seven-game winning streak.

    "This team has, from day one, played with so much heart, so much desire," Cougars Coach John Pawlowski said. "They are a very tough group of baseball players."

    UK, the top seed, beat Ball State earlier yesterday but bowed out at 44-17 -- a school record for victories -- and 2-2 in the tournament.

    The Wildcats averaged seven homers a series over five regular-season conference home series. But, even with a fourth game, they hit only two this weekend.

    UK left men on base in the first seven innings.

    Charleston made quick work of Aaron Tennyson (4-3), scoring six in the top of the first with six of their 14 hits. The capper was Phillip Coker's grand slam.

    "There was no question that Aaron Tennyson, after the first two hitters of the game (strikeouts), really couldn't get to the top of his fastball and it really flattened out," Cohen said. "... It's just a shame that the first inning got away from us a little bit. But I was really proud of the way our kids came back and competed."

    Zach Dials replaced Tennyson to open the second and gave UK a chance with eight innings of one-run ball.

    "I just wanted to do my best to keep Charleston where they were and give our offense a chance to get back in the game," Dials said. "I just wanted to throw strikes and try to keep the ball down, and let our defense work for us."

    The offense did respond with 11 hits. Included was a three-run homer by Antone DeJesus that made it a 6-4 game through two innings.

    "I was just trying to put the ball in play and create some kind of pressure," DeJesus said. "It was an inside pitch and I just turned on it. The crowd was back into it at that point."

    Two more runners got on with two outs.

    Michael Bertram hit a gapper, but center fielder Larry Cobb made the catch in full sprint before crashing into the wall in left-center.

    That was a sign of things to come. The Cats left the bases loaded in the third and seventh innings, and stranded two each in the first, second and fourth innings.

    Besides the homer by DeJesus, the only UK run came on Bertram's bases-loaded fielder's choice in the first.

    The Cougars got 62/3 shutout innings of relief. Quinn Monsma (7-2) threw 41/3, and Josh McLaughlin closed for his 15th save.

    "I take some serious pride from this year," Bertram said. "This group of guys we have on this team has completely changed the face of baseball in this state, at this university and this town. It's been an unbelievable experience.

    "I couldn't be any more proud to be a part of this team. Ten years down the road, I'm going to be able to look back and say, 'I was on that team, and we were the reason why Kentucky baseball got put back on the map, and we turned the corner for this university.'"
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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Quote Originally Posted by SandyD
    Note: I just want to say why I'm doing this. For years, college basketball has lured sports fans in with March Madness. A lot of people only pay attention to the sport during tournament time. College baseball, on the other hand, doesn't even get much attention from all the baseball fans out there. Accessibility is one reason. Aluminum bats another. Double elimination is yet another. It's still really fun to watch these guys. I've been trying to think of a way to make it easy for people to get excited about the college baseball postseason, even if they don't have a horse in this game.
    Sandy - here's hoping you keep us updated. Usually don't follow the college ranks until the CWS, but I think that will change this year. Besides, what else do I have to follow when the Reds aren't playing - NASCAR?!?

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    moved to 'down on the farm' per Sandy's request.
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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Thanks, ochre.

    GoReds, I plan on keeping this thread updated as much as possible. I will be out of town the weekend of father's day, which will be the first weekend of the CWS, so I hope others will pick up the slack.

    I'm also hoping people will share their thoughts, feelings, and observations about the teams and players involved. Let's have some fun with this.

    Rice, South Carolina, and Missouri advance. Two games in progress to determine the final two spots in the super regional field.
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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Clemson vs Oral Roberts (at Clemson)
    Rice vs Oklahoma (at Houston)
    Stanford vs Oregon State (at Corvalis, I believe)
    Alabama vs North Carolina (at Tuscaloosa)
    Cal State Fullerton vs Missouri (at Fullerton)
    Miami vs Ole Miss (at Oxford)
    Georgia vs South Carolina
    Georgia Tech vs College of Charleston (at Atlanta)
    Okla leads Wichita State 7-4 in the 8th, but there's still plenty of time.

    Shockers scored two in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough. Sooners advance.
    Last edited by SandyD; 06-06-2006 at 06:49 AM.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Interesting matchups, including 2 conference rivalries.
    When all is said and done more is said than done.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    The following four super regionals will be played Friday, June 9, Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11 (if necessary). The four winners will play their first MCWS games Friday, June 16.

    All times are Eastern
    Oral Roberts (41-14) at No. 1 Clemson (50-14)
    3 p.m. (ESPN), 4 p.m. (ESPNU), 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

    Col. of Charleston (46-15) at No. 8 Georgia Tech (48-16)
    Noon (ESPN), 1 p.m. (ESPNU), 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU)

    Missouri (35-26) at No. 5 Cal St. Fullerton (46-13)
    10 p.m. (ESPN2), 10 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 10 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

    North Carolina (48-13) at No. 4 Alabama (44-19)
    7 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 4 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU)

    The following four best-of-three super regionals will be played Saturday, June 10, Sunday, June 11, and Monday, June 12 (if necessary). The four winners will play their first MCWS games Saturday, June 17.

    All times are Eastern
    Oklahoma (44-20) at No. 2 Rice (53-10)
    7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU), 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU)

    South Carolina (40-23) at No. 7 Georgia (45-20)
    11 a.m. (ESPN2), 4 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU), 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU)

    Miami (Fla.) (39-21) at Mississippi (43-20)
    7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

    Stanford (33-25) at Oregon St. (42-14)
    10 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 10 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)
    When all is said and done more is said than done.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    I'm not sure I can do this for all 16 teams, so if someone wants to take one and run with it, please do so. Just PM me so I don't do one you're working on. Also, I'm not all that familiar with some of these teams/players, so if I miss a key player, please let me know. And if you have anything to add, please do so.

    Hosting Oral Roberts in SuperRegional (Best of 3, starting Fri)
    Profile: Clemson Tigers (50-14)
    Rank: #1 seed overall.
    '05 finish: Lost to Baylor in the Super Regional round (2 games -1)
    Coach: Jack Leggett, 13th season

    Team stats:

    BA .306, Opp BA .240
    OBP .382, Opp OBP .319
    SLG .487, Opp SLG .336
    ERA 3.18, Opp ERA 6.66

    Key Players

    Stephen Faris, Jr, RHP 9-2, 2.34, Rd 12, Padres
    Jason Berken, Jr, RHP, 9-3, 2.72, Rd 6, Orioles
    Josh Cribb, Sr, RHP, 9-0, 3.09, Rd 8, Royals

    Herman Demmink, 3b, Sr
    Brad Chalk, cf, So
    Taylor Harbin, 2b, So
    Tyler Colvin, of, Jr, Rd 1, Cubs
    Andy D'Alessio, 1b, Jr, Rd 10, Dodgers
    Travis Storrer, of, Sr
    Stan Widman, ss, So
    Adrian Casanova, c, Sr
    Tanner, Leggett, inf, coach's son
    Ben Hall, dh, inf, Sr

    Other players drafted on Day 1
    Steve Richard, rhp, Rd 8, Mariners
    Drew Fiorenza, rhp, Rd 15, Mariners
    Against the Field:

    Clemson has faced 5 of the other superregional teams:

    College of Charleston 2-0
    So Carolina 3-1
    Georgia 1-1
    Miami 3-0
    GA Tech 3-3 (including 3 games in ACC tournament)
    Last edited by SandyD; 06-06-2006 at 09:41 PM.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Facing Clemson in SuperRegional (Best of 3, begins Friday)

    Profile: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (41-14)
    Won the Fayetteville regional, where they were the third seed.
    '05 finish: Lost to Clemson in the Regional finals
    Coach: Rob Walton, 3rd Season

    Team stats:

    BA .327, Opp BA .247
    OBP .419, Opp OBP .331
    SLG .498, Opp SLG .333
    ERA 3.47, Opp ERA 7.39

    Key Players

    Sean Jarrett, rhp, Sr
    Chris Ashman, rhp, Sr
    Daniel Greenwalt, rhp, Jr
    Nick Jones, rhp, Sr

    Andy Bouchie, c, Jr
    Brendan Duffy, of, So
    Chad Rothford, inf, Jr
    Jake Kahaulelio, inf, Jr
    Brian Aguailar, c, Sr
    Tim Torres, inf, Jr
    Carter McQuigg, inf, Jr
    Kelly Minissale, of, So
    Travis Debondt, of, Sr
    Against the Field:

    Oral Roberts has not faced any of the other SuperRegional teams.
    Last edited by SandyD; 06-06-2006 at 08:12 PM.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Hosting Oklahoma in the superregional (Best of 3, beginning Sat)

    Profile: Rice Owls (53-10)
    #2 overall seed
    '05 finish: Lost to Tulane in the SuperRegional
    2003 National Champions
    Coach: Wayne Graham, 15th Season

    Team stats:

    BA .320, Opp BA .227
    OBP .414, Opp OBP .317
    SLG .510, Opp SLG .313
    ERA 3.02, Opp ERA 7.35

    Key Players

    Eddie Degerman, rhp, Sr
    Craig Crow, rhp, Jr
    Bobby Bell, rhp, So
    Cole St. Clair, rhp, So

    Only 7 players on the Owl roster had more than 150 AB's.
    Brian Friday, inf, So
    Josh Rodriguez, inf Jr
    Greg Buchanan, inf, Sr
    Tyler Henley, of, So
    Joe Savery, inf/lhp, So
    Aaron Luna, inf, Fr
    Jordan Dodson, utl/rhp, So

    The next three in AB's:

    Danny Lehmann, c, So
    Chad Lembeck, of, So
    Travis Reagan, c/inf, Jr
    Against the Field:

    Rice has faced 2 of the other SuperRegional teams:
    Oklahoma 1-1
    Cal State Fullerton 2-1
    Last edited by SandyD; 06-06-2006 at 08:41 PM.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Facing Rice in Houston:
    Profile: Oklahoma Sooners (44-20)
    Won Norman Regional, where they were top seed
    '05 finish: Lost to Ole Miss in Regional Finals
    Coach: Sonny Galloway, first season

    Team stats:

    BA .325, Opp BA .284
    OBP .401, Opp OBP .352
    SLG .467, Opp SLG .417
    ERA 4.89, Opp ERA 6.31

    Key Players

    Steven Guerra, rhp, Sr
    Daniel McCutecheon, rhp, Sr, drafted by Yankees in Rd13
    PJ Sandoval, rhp, Sr

    Ryan Rohlinger, 3b, Sr, drafted by Giants 6th round
    Chuckie Caufield, of, Sr
    Russel Raley, inf, Sr
    Aaron Reza, inf, So
    Freddy Rodriguez, inf, Sr
    Kevin Smith, inf, Sr
    Kody Kaiser, of, So
    Jackson Williams, c, So
    Joe Dunigan, of, So
    Aaron Ivey, of, Jr
    Against the Field:
    Oklahoma has faced two other clubs who reached the super regional field, including their opponent.

    Rice 1-1
    Missouri 3-1. The loss came in the Big-12 Tourney
    Last edited by SandyD; 06-06-2006 at 10:30 PM.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    I promise, these next two will be my last tonight. (I'm getting tired.) I will go back edit these profiles with draftees from the appropriate schools when I get them.

    Profile: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (48-16)
    '05 finish: Lost to Tennessee in SuperRegional
    Coach: Danny Hall, 13th year

    Team stats:

    BA .320, Opp BA .275
    OBP .419, Opp OBP .352
    SLG .500, Opp SLG .388
    ERA 4.44, Opp ERA 8.18

    Key Players

    Blake Wood, RHP, Rd 3, Royals
    David Duncan
    Lee Hyde, LHP, Rd 4 Braves
    Tim Gustafson, RHP, Rd 9 Braves

    Wes Hodges, 3b, Rd 2, Indians
    Whit Robbins, 1b, Rd 4, Braves
    Jeff Kindel, of, Rd 14, Rockies
    Danny Payne, So, Of, LHP
    Matt Wieters, c, rhp, So
    Luke Murton, 1b, Fr
    Wally Crancer, of, Jr
    Mike Trapani, Sr, Inf
    Steven Blackwood, of, Sr
    Michael Fisher, ss, So
    Andy Hawranick, Sr, from Akron, Ohio
    Against the Field:

    Georgia Tech has faced 3 teams in the super regional field:

    Miami 4-1, including ACC tourney
    Georgia, 1-2
    Clemson 3-3
    Last edited by SandyD; 06-06-2006 at 10:41 PM.

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Facing Georgia Tech in the SuperRegional

    Profile: College of Charleston Cougars (46-15)
    '05 finish: Lost in the Clemson Regional (3rd team from that regional in the 2006 superregionals)
    Coach: John Pawlowski, 7th season

    Team stats:

    BA .326, Opp BA .235
    OBP .393, Opp OBP .326
    SLG .451, Opp SLG .318
    ERA 2.87, Opp ERA 5.43

    Key Players

    Nick Chiggs, Jr, rhp
    Jeff Beliveau, Fr, lhp
    Danny Meszaros, So, rhp
    Graham Godfrey, So, rhp

    Alex Garabedian, So, c
    Larry Cobb, Jr, of
    Jess Easterling, Sr, 3b
    Joey Friddle, Sr, of
    Phillip Coker, Sr, of
    Chris Campbell, Jr, 2b
    Oliver Marmol, So, ss
    Ben Lasater, Jr, inf
    Against the Field:

    Clemson 0-2

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    Re: College baseball tourney update

    Anybody know if Redzoner "Clemson" is still playing for Clemson U.?


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