Wednesday, June 18, 2014

College Baseball Update

We've already talked about how college players can't hit home runs at the new baseball stadium in Omaha.  Well, yesterday the teams struggled to score at all.  Ole Miss scratched across a run in the bottom of the ninth to eliminated Texas Tech 2-1, and in the nightcap UVA and Texas Christian went 15 innings before the Hoos finally pulled out a 3-2 victory.

So far we have had no home runs at the College World Series, in part because the stadium was built to face the wind, which constantly blows into the batter's face at around 20 miles per hour or more.  If you've ever wondered what the dead ball era was like, this is your chance to find out.  Check out the scores in Bracket Two below -- they look like soccer scores.

UC Irvine 3, Texas 1
Vanderbilt 5, Louisville 3
Texas 4, Louisville 1 (Louisville eliminated)
Vanderbilt 6, UC Irvine 4
Texas playes UC Irvine today at 7 P.M. Central

Texas Christian 3, Texas Tech 2
Virginia 2, Mississippi 1
Mississippi 2, Texas Tech 1 (Texas Tech eliminated)
Virginia 3, Texas Christian 2
Texas Christian plays Mississippi on Thursday at 7 P.M. Central


  1. After that 15 inning pitcher's duel last night, ESPN is on the warpath about the lack of hitting. Right now, they are grilling the administrator who runs the NCAA Tournament. He says that they're going to try a new ball next year, but other than that he's not promising many changes.

  2. One big issue appears to be that the new ball park is oriented differently from Rosenblatt Stadium, which hosted the CWS for so long. The new ball park faces straight into the wind, so any fly ball gets knocked down by the wind. Rosenblatt was set at a different angle, and you would get different winds in different games.