How hacked off does A&M have to be right now? This is the third straight year that the Purple Gang has eliminated the Maroons in the post-season. The previous two came in the Super Regionals. So the Aggies join Cal State Fullerton in going home after two games. Instead of two-and-a-que, it’s two-and-a-zoo, since I’m sure Henry Doorley Zoo was their destination for one of the days they weren’t playing.
Anyway, in the nightcap, the home run ball came back to the Florida arsenal as the Gators supplanted two Kade McClure pitches into touch-em-all land, one by Austin Langworthy off the left field fair pole and one by Deacon Liput into the right field bullpen. Those two dingers, and the pitching of Brady Singer, helped the Gators pull out a 5-1 win over the Cardinals, pushing them within one win of the title series.
The Cal State Fullerton Titans and the LSU Tigers both walked their opposing batters so much, as Rick Vanderhook said in the post-game press conference, “Our players are going back to California with a nice suntan because we were out in the field for so long.”
In the Titans’ 6-4 loss to Florida State, their pitchers issued eight free bases and one hit batsman. They also gave up a pair of bases-loaded walks to account for the winning margin as part of a three-run seventh inning.
It’s good to be home.
This is the first time since 2007 that the CWS has seen the designated “home” team win all four of the first round games as Louisville doubled-up Texas A&M 8-4 and Florida put down TCU 3-0. And if you like what you’ve seen offensively, the 35 runs that have been scored in the first four games of the CWS is the second-most scored since 2010, trailing only 2015’s 39 runs.
So how was YOUR first day of the College World Series? You happy? Angry? Bummed that your team is 0-1? Ecstatic that your team is 1-0?
A pair of scintillating one run games took place on Day One in TD Ameritrade Park, and both of them were come-from-behind affairs. Oregon State edged Cal State Fullerton 6-5 and LSU outlasted Florida State 5-4.
Well take heed StitchHeads, just remember in the last 36 years only three teams have lost their first game and then come back to win the national championship; South Carolina in 2010, Oregon State in 2006 and USC in 1998. How about the teams that won today? Well you should be happy, because 23 of the last 27 national titles have been won by teams that started 2-0.
Here are some of the images and views from today’s first two games of the CWS from my lens and Lady StitchHeads lens…
Okay StitchHeads, here we go. The field of 64 has been announced and big wigs of the sport have been given the red carpet treatment while the angst and anger of those mistreated ones has begun being aired. (Don’t worry, I’ll join in on that below). For starters let’s put on the tweed jacket with the patches on the elbows, get out the red pen and grade the NCAA Selection Committee on their layout of the Big Dance for 2017.
(To check out more of my work, a whole bunch of it can be found four times a week on D1baseball.com)
Okay StitchHeads, we are now fully immersed in the month of May. In other words, it’s put up or shut up time in college baseball. From here on out the season becomes like a hard-driving Metallica song, brutally honest, incredibly raw and no excuses for crybabies.
You’ll hear an awful lot about National Seeds, No. 1 seeds, at-large bids and of course, the omni-present bubble watch that kicks into high gear. So lets put our toes on the end of the board and dive into it.
This season is already flying by, ain’t it? I’ve been doing a little bit of flying myself, making it out to some far flung locations to see as much college baseball as I can in this early part of the season. And here are a collection of some of my favorite images I’ve been able to snap in these first five weeks of the 2017 campaign. Hope you dig ‘em.