From Ugly Frogs To Handsome Princeton

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 17th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

PRINCETON, N.J. — Seven wins. If you’re looking for a feel-good story for the 2016 season, look no further than the ugly frog that turned into the handsome Princeton Tigers. On May 15th of last year, that’s what Princeton had on the left side of the ledger for the entire 2015 season. Seven freaking wins. Fast [...]

 
 

The Top 20 Power Rankings, May10th

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 12th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The 'Ville is looking good still. Louisville has the second-ranked team in the power rankings with strong pitching, a stout bullpen and a diverse offense.

The ‘Ville is looking good still.
Louisville has the second-ranked team in the power rankings with strong pitching, a stout bullpen and a diverse offense.

Welcome to the dog days of the college baseball season as injuries pile up and psyches get worn down. This is where championships are won as those who grind it out push their way to the NCAA tournament. Yes, there is actually something to the old adage of only the strong survive.

All this bunching up of SEC and ACC teams at the top of the polls and rankings has made for some monster matchups. This past weekend saw Vanderbilt and Texas A&M make for great theater. And once left-for-dead, Clemson pulled out another big time series win on the road to their recovery, this time over North Carolina State.

Let’s see how all this carnage translated in the power rankings for this week.

 
 

10 Places To Be This Weekend

Miami has a tough road assignment at Georgia Tech this weekend.

Miami has a tough road assignment at Georgia Tech this weekend.

 

TEN PLACES TO BE THIS WEEKEND.
Time to load up the Easton Learjet once again and hit the friendly skies to these top locales where the most important games of the weekend will be played. If I have enough fuel in the jet and enough of this magic dust I traded the family cow for, I should be able to hit all ten.

 
 

Ten Things We Learned From April

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 29th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 1

Teams like Stanford need to get their spit together to improve things in the West.

Teams like Stanford need to get their spit together to improve things in the West.

What we learned from the month of April in college baseball.

1- THE SEC AND ACC STILL HAVE A LOCK ON THE TOP. 
Just like at the end of March, the two monster conferences just aren’t letting anyone else in to crash their party.

 
 

Weekend Primer – April 15th

MSU has a huge test this weekend with Texas A&M coming to town. Can they keep up the intensity of last week's series win at Florida.

MSU has a huge test this weekend with Texas A&M coming to town. Can they keep up the intensity of last week’s series win at Florida.

Five Series I’m Looking Forward To This Weekend:

 
 

Top 20 Power Rankings, March 30

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 30th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 1

Miami is the No. 1 team... for now.

Miami is the No. 1 team… for now.

Man alive, this was a rough two weeks for the teams in the ESPN Power Rankings. There was carnage up and down the ranks and even top flight Florida showed some vulnerability by losing a pair of games at low-profile Kentucky and fell from college baseball grace. This just goes to show you that nothing is a lead-pipe cinch in our sport. So enjoy your lofty status now while you can guys, if history is any indication it won’t last.

 
 

The Top 20 Power Rankings, March 15

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 16th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 0

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In case you happened to miss my ESPN Power Rankings for this week, here is something to remind you.

The ESPN Power Rankings, March 15th.

 
 

The Week Four Wrap

"We know your pain" UCLA players know what it's like to be on the Ouch List, just like Texas was on this week.

“We know your pain”
UCLA players know what it’s like to be on the Ouch List, just like Texas was on this week.

There were several near-misses for the Ouch List this week, particularly USC, Rice and UCLA.

 
 

Who Is Feeling The Pain, March 7th

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 8th, 2016 in National Stuff Comments: 1

Texas was feeling the pain after this weekend's action.

Texas was feeling the pain after this weekend’s action.


Man, some weeks are tougher than others here on The Ouch List. This one was particularly bad. Whether it was Texas having a lost weekend for the ages, or whether it was New Mexico hemorrhaging runs like it was a dam burst, or some big time upsets coming hair-of-the-chin from happening.

The Ouch List is never easy. So let’s just jump into it and get it over with quickly. Like hastily ripping off of the Band-Aid, here we go…

 
 

The College Baseball Oscars Edition

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“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
“I’ll get you my little pretty. And your little dog too.”
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the all the world, she walks into mine.”
“You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
“I could’ve been a contender. I couldn’t had class and been somebody, instead of a bum.”
“SAY HELLO TO MY LI’L FRIEND!”
“C’mon blue! That was a strike!”

Ahhhh, the most memorable lines that always come up at this time of year.

What, you don’t know that yesterday was Oscar Sunday? You aren’t in one of those ubiquitous Oscar pools? Okay, I’m being a little facetious, because I know this is more of a Tinseltown thing. None-the-less, I thought today would be a good day to eschew the Ouch List for a week and hand out some Academy Awards of our own. So get gussied up in your best tuxedo or in your evening gown with the plunging neckline. It’s Oscars time.