May 31, 2013

Follow along at home...

Big win for the Hoos today.  Army ace Chris Rowley pitched a gem, but the gem turned in by our freshman bulldog battler Brandon Waddell was sparklier.  More sparkly?  Oh, and Kyle Crockett slammed the door shut hard en route to a two-inning, six-out save.  The offense was so-so, plenty of hits, but too many scoring chances pissed away.  Credit to Rowley, but it's nice to survive a senior stud starting pitcher with your true freshman warriorballer on the mound.  And yes, I just invented the term "warriorballer."  It applies to Waddell, so suck it.


We move forward to face the winner of Elon / UNC-Wilmington tomorrow evening at 6:00.  By then, Army will have been eliminated or will survive to face the loser of tomorrow evening's game on Sunday.  Either way, tip of the hat to Army -- they are a solid, scrappy ballclub.  Pulling for them to play well in the loser's bracket.

Follow all of the action in the NCAA Baseball Tournament...

Scores catching my eye as of 7:45 PM:

Oklahoma 7, Coastal Carolina 3, Final -- Oklahoma is going to own the Blacksburg regional, I suspect.

UConn 4, Virginia Tech 1, B7 -- The Hokies are better than this, but maybe they aren't quite ready for all of the commotion and distraction that comes with hosting a regional?

Austin Peay 4, Florida 3, Final -- This year's Gator team isn't great, but this is still a fairly big upset.

Towson 7, FAU 2, Final -- If you're pulling for any other team this postseason, it should be Towson.

Liberty 8, Clemson 3, Final -- Not the best Clemson club ever, but this is still a shocker.  Maybe they spent too much time bitching about being placed in the rival Gamecocks' regional two years in a row?

UC Santa Barbara 6, Texas A&M 4, Final -- Another big upset.

Miami 7, Oklahoma State 0 -- Good for Miami.  The Canes took down a good opponent today, and they did it in convincing fashion.

Kansas State 20, Wichita State 11, Final -- Bet this was a fun game to watch.

Illinois 6, Georgia Tech 4, Final -- It's a mixed bag for the ACC on day one.  Lots of struggling against inferior opponents.  Anything can happen when staff aces take the mound.

William & Mary 4, Ole Miss 2 -- Big-time upset for the Tribe.

Troy 5, Alabama 2 -- Bama was a 2-seed I was terrified about seeing in the Charlottesville regional.  We dodged them, and now Florida State's path to the supers got a lot cakier today.

North Carolina 4, Canisius 3, T6 -- UNC might just be the favorite to win it all this year... yet is struggling with Canisius right now.  Interesting.  Just goes to show that anything can happen in the college baseball postseason.


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