Sunday, May 31, 2015

College Baseball Update

We are two days into the 16 Regional Tournaments, and here's where everything stands.  (Regional seeds in parentheses).  These are double-elimination tournaments.  Teams in italics have been eliminated:

Los Angeles:
(3) Maryland:  2-0
(1) UCLA:  1-1 (No. 1 overall seed)
(4) Cal-St. Bakersfield:  1-1
(2) Mississippi:  0-2

Lake Elsinore, Calif.:
(3) Virginia:  2-0
(2)  USC:  1-1
(4)  San Diego St:  1-1
(1) UC-Santa Barbara:  0-2

Springfield, Mo.
(1) Missouri St:  2-0 (No. 8 overall seed)
(2)  Iowa:  1-1
(3) Oregon:  1-1
(4) Canisius:  0-2

Stillwater, Okla.
(2) Arkansas:  2-0
(1) Oklahoma St:  1-1
(4) St. John's 1-1
(3) Oral Roberts:  0-2

Gainesville, Fla.
(1) Florida:  2-0 (No. 4 overall seed)
(2) Florida Atlantic:  1-1
(3) S. Florida:  1-1
(4) Florida A & M:  0-2

Tallahassee, Fla.
(1) Florida St:  2-0
(2) Coll. of Charleston:  1-1
(3) Auburn:  1-1
(4) Mercer:  0-2

Coral Gables, Fla.
(1) Miami (Fla.):  2-0 (No. 5 overall seed)
(3) Columbia:  1-1
(4) Florida International:  1-1
(2) E. Carolina:  0-2

(2)  Oregon St:  1-0
(4)  Virginia Commonwealth:  1-0
(1)  Dallas Baptist:  0-1
(3)  Texas:  0-1

Baton Rouge, La.
(1) Louisiana St:  2-0 (No. 2 overall seed)
(2) UNC Wilmington:  1-1
(3) Tulane:  1-1
(4)  Lehigh:  0-2

(1)  Houston:  1-0
(3)  La-Lafayette:  1-0
(2)  Rice:  0-1
(4)  Houston Baptist:  0-1

Fort Worth, Tex.
(2)  N. Carolina St:  2-0
(1)  Texas Christian:  1-1 (No. 7 overall seed)
(3)  Stony Brook:  1-1
(4)  Sacred Heart:  0-2

College Station, Tex.
(3)  California:  2-0
(1)  Texas A & M:  1-1
(2)  Coastal Carolina:  1-1
(4)  Texas Southern:  0-2

Louisville, Ky.
(1)  Louisville:  2-0 (No. 3 overall seed)
(2)  Bradley:  1-1
(3)  Michigan:  1-1
(4)  Morehead St:  0-2

Fullerton, Calif.
(1)  Cal-St. Fullerton:  2-0
(2)  Arizona St:  1-1
(4)  Pepperdine:  1-1
(3)  Clemson:  0-2

Champaign, Ill.
(1)  Illinois:  1-0 (No. 6 overall seed)
(2)  Notre Dame:  1-0
(3)  Wright St:  0-1
(4)  Ohio:  0-1

Nashville, Tenn.
(1)  Vanderbilt:  2-0
(2)  Radford:  1-1
(3)  Indiana:  1-1
(4)  Lipscomb:  0-2


  1. St. John's beat Oklahoma State 2-1, and the Cowboys are the second number-one seed to be eliminated.

  2. Dallas Baptist had not beaten Texas since 1997, and had lost to the Longhorns 10 straight times. But Dallas Baptist won today -- 8 to 1 -- and the Longhorns are eliminated.

    Texas and UNC are my two least favorite teams in college baseball. I can't ever remember both of them being out this quickly before.

  3. Michigan beat Bradley 4-3, so the Braves are eliminated.

  4. Rice eliminated Houston Baptist by a score of 3-1.

  5. Texas A & M eliminated Coastal Carolina by the score of 8 to 1.

  6. Wight State beat Ohio 8-3, so the Bobcats are eliminated. And then Illinois beat Notre Dame 3-0, so the Illini are only one victory from the Super Regionals.

  7. Louisiana Lafayette gets 2 runs on 2 hits to beat Houston 2-1. The Ragin' Cajuns are now one game from the Super Regionals.

  8. Iowa beats Oregon 2-1 in 11 innings to eliminate the Ducks.

  9. Florida Atlantic eliminates South Florida by the score of 8 to 4.

  10. Texas Christian eliminates Stony Brook: 8 to 3.

  11. On a rainy afternoon in Nashville, Radford eliminates Indiana 5-3.

  12. Eric will be glad to know that Louisville, the number-3 overall seed, is the first team to qualify for the Super Regionals. In front of a huge and boisterous crowd, the Cardinals crushed Michigan 13-4 to win their region.

  13. Florida joins Louisville in the Super Regionals. The number-4 seeded Gators punch their ticket with a 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic.

  14. In the Supers, Louisville will host the champion of the Fullerton Region, which will probably be Cal-St. Fullerton -- a traditional power.

    The Gators will host the winner of the Tallahassee Region, which will almost certainly be Florida State. That should be exciting.

  15. They just showed the Champaign Regional, and you could see a bunch of cars and trucks parked in the grass out beyond right field. This made me very happy.

  16. Virginia Commonwealth -- the number 4 seed in the Dallas Region -- beats Oregon State 5-1, and is now only one win away from the Supers.

  17. In College Station, Cal and Texas A & M are putting on an epic battle. Last night, they battled for 14 innings before Cal finally pulled out a 2-1 victory. Tonight, with the Aggies facing elimination, the teams are tied 1-1 in the top of the 7th.

  18. In the top of the 7th, A & M finally gets a two-out hit, and the Aggies take a 2-1 lead over Cal.

  19. But in the bottom of the 7th, Cal immediately ties the score at 2. The Bears have runners on first and third with 1 out.

  20. The College of Charleston beats Auburn 3-2, and the Tigers become the second SEC team to be eliminated from the Tournament.

  21. OK, Cal has the bases loaded with 2 out in the bottom of the 7th and the score tied at 2. But the next batter STRIKES OUT, and the threat is over. The Bears and Aggies remain tied at 2.

  22. Now the Aggies have men on 1st and 3d in the top of the 8th -- still tied at 2.

    But wait -- ESPNU switches to Coral Gables, where Columbia drives in a run to build a 3-0 lead over Miami in the top of the 7th.

    Now back to College Station. 2-2 count on the batter. Two outs. Two men on. Score tied at 2. Here's the wind-up, here's the pitch -- a grounder right at the second baseman. The inning is over, score still tied at 2.

    Now we go to Fullerton, where Pepperdine and Arizona State are tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th of an elimination game.

    And then over to Lake Elsinore, where San Diego State leads USC 9-7 in the bottom of the 7th of another elimination game.

    And then back to Fullerton, where Pepperdine has men on 2d and 3d with two outs.

    This is amazing stuff!

  23. In College Station, everyone goes to sleep for the Aggies. First, the left fielder completely loses a ball, which falls safely. It takes him so long to find the ball that the batter almost gets an inside-the-park home run. But the runner overruns third base just at the same time the third baseman finally gets the ball. The third baseman could have tagged the runner out, but instead starts to throw home -- thus allowing the runner to get safely back to third.

    Those mistakes have probably doomed the Aggies, who have to win this game to survive. The next Cal batter hits a sacrifice fly to put the Bears up 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th.

  24. That's all for me tonight, but what a great event this is. And congrats to ESPN for figuring out how to cover it.