Beyond the highly-informative and always-entertaining Baldcast, here’s what else went on in college baseball today… read on.
Best of the day from what I saw.
1- COPPIN STATE
Beat North Carolina A&T, 7-3.
Yesterday the Eagles beat perennial tormentor Bethune-Cookman 10-8, then moved to 2-0 in the MEAC tournament with today’s win. And as college baseball legend Rick Rollins pointed out to me today, keep in mind this is a CSU team which went 1-52 last year and 24-249 over the last six years. But here they are a couple of upsets away from making it to the NCAA tournament. Unbelievable.
Let’s keep a close eye on things for Coppin the rest of the weekend.
2- THE ACC ROADIES
No. 7 Virginia goes to No. 4 North Carolina and wins 10-4.
No. 19 Clemson goes to No. 8 Florida State and wins 8-2.
The Cavs and Clems officially just improved their stock in the RPI, which means you have to like UVa’s chances at a National Seed now. And Clemson is putting forth a good argument for getting a home Regional as well, unless they win one of the two remaining games on the weekend, then they’ll be making a good case for a National Seed… even though they are way over-exposed in that ACC love-fest by the RPI. But I digress.
Beat South Dakota State, 6-0 to win the Summit League
Before you read any more here, just let it be known that the Movin’ Mavs were picked last in the pre-season coaches poll. first year in the Summit League and they ended up taking the regular season title by storm… or, well, at least they now have a share of the regular season title. Today’s 6-0 win over the 2nd place Jackrabbits out at Boys Town was a combined 4-hitter between starter Tyler Fox (3hits in 7.0 innings) and Cory Buckley (1hit in 2.0 innings). This marks the UNO athletic department’s first-ever title of any sport in their short history of Division 1.
- The Parr Brothers, Illinois.
Justin and Jordan Parr scored three of the Ilini’s six runs in their 6-2 win over Minnesota. With the win, UI pulled into 4th place in the Big 10, keeping them in the mix for a spot in the Big 10 Tournament. Of course, the bigger news is that they’ll improve their No. 39 RPI ranking and helping their at-large odds improve.
The worst of the day from what I saw.
The Longhorns 4-0 loss at TCU, coupled with Texas Tech’s blowout of Baylor officially ends the Burnt Orange’s season after this weekend and no post-season. How bad was UT’s offense against Frog starter Preston Morrison? The announcers for the Baylor-TTU game reported the score in Ft. Worth at 4-0 TCU in the 7th and were saying, “With Texas, that’s like a 10-0 lead.” Morrison only relented a pair of infield hits to Mark Payton, one of them a bunt single. With the loss, Texas officially will end the Big 12 season in last place. Hard to believe.
Texas media guide:
- 6 national championships
- 8 members of College Baseball Hall of Fame
- 11 Conference Players of the Year
- 11 Newcomers of the Year
- 34 CWS appearances
- 53 NCAA Tournament appearances.
2- THE AT-LARGE HOPEFULS OF THE BIG EAST.
Pitt lost to Louisville 5-2. (No big shame there)
Notre Dame lost at Cincinnati 9-5. (That’s 10th place Cincinnati)
Seton Hall lost at home to rival St. John’s 4-3. (The Hall’s 13-game win streak snapped)
The Golden Domers are the biggest losers of the three having seen their RPI drop into the 40s (knowing it will plunge even further by the time we all wake up Friday morning) and now having gone 11-13 since April 7th. Ack! What’s gone wrong with these guys? They were one of the best defensive teams I’d seen all year and had a great rotation and bullpen.
3- KENT EMANUEL, NORTH CAROLINA ACE
Gah! Now is not the time to get on a cold streak. But it looks like the Heels and their big horse are both doing so. Today, Emanuel gave up 10 hits, two walks and six runs in UNC’s 10-4 home loss to Virginia. This was Emanuel’s second straight start of giving up double-digit hit totals to opposing batting orders. If you want to hear more of what Mike Rooney and I think of the Tar Heels and their latest foibles, listen to the Baldcast we’re posting with this column.
It’s not too late for UNC – obviously – but there are some issues we need to discuss here before we move on.
HOW THE BUBBLE TEAMS DID
Here’s a quick snapshot of the Baker’s Dozen of Bubble Teams I discussed in my weekend preview posted earlier on Thursday.
Lost 5-2 at Louisville.
Panthers actually got to starter Chad Green pretty well today, notching eight hits in 5.0 innings and also out-hit the Cardinals 13-9. But the UofL had too much in the long run and made more key plays. There’s still two games left here, but UP needs a win desperately.
- MICHIGAN STATE
Drowned Penn State in a sea of runs 16-1
Talk about a team that was on a mission. The Spartans jumped on JoePa U. and never let up, knowing they’ll need to sweep to get into the Big 10 tournament and to save their RPI from plummeting. Jimmy Pickens had easy pickins today, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two walks and 4RBI. Leadoff man extraordinaire Cam Gibson was 2-for-3 with 3ribs.
- UC SANTA BARBARA
Did not play. Will take on Pacific in three games starting on Friday.
Blew a late lead, lost 7-5 at home against Michigan.
The light is fading fast for the Cornhuskers. They allowed the Big Blue to score four runs in the 7th inning a blow past them for a huge series-opening loss. At 24-27 overall, the Mendoza Line is getting heavier and heavier for the Big Red.
Lost 2-1 at home to bottom-feeding Boston College.
Okay, this has to be the last straw. Done. End. Finis. Losing to a team which had won just three ACC games entering the weekend has to be the final straw. I don’t care if their No. 24 RPI is a shining beacon or not.
Did not play. At K-State starting on Friday.
- SAN DIEGO.
Did not play. Won’t play again until the West Coast Conference tournament in Stockton next week.
Won at Georgia 4-2.
Harrison Bader was the hero, stroking an RBI single in the top of the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie.
- NOTRE DAME
Lost to 10th place Cincinnati.
As described above, this is a crusher. Like, worse-than-Manti-Te’o's-girlfriend kind of crusher.
Beat No. 11-ranked Arkansas 3-0.
Conner Kendrick and Terrance Dedrick combined on a five-hitter against the punchless Hogs.
beat Missouri State, 4-3.
This could very well have been the game of the day in college baseball. A crowd of 9,537 watched at TD Ameritrade Park as the Bluejays fell behind 3-2 in the top of the 9th inning, but did get out of a bases-loaded jam without further damage. The Jays rallied as pinch hitter Tommy Clouthier knocked in Reagan Fowler with a sac fly to center field and a batter later Kevin Lamb singled in Michael Blatchford. The big part was that the Jays were able to beat MoState with All American starter Nick Petree on the hill.
- NEW MEXICO
Bomboarded San Diego State 14-6.
The Lobos stalked Montezuma Meas and came away with a huge win. D.J. Peterson and Luke Campbell combined for five RBI and the Lobos knocked 100mph-fireballer Michael Cederoth around enough to get a series-opening win.
Lost at SEC weak-sister Missouri, 4-2.
Hard-luck hurler A.J. Reed fell to 2-8 on the mound and Tiger pitching held the Bat Cats to just five hits as they dealt a huge blow to UK’s at-large hopes.
PLAY OF THE DAY:
- Raph Rhymes inside-the-park home run.
LSU went all mid-90s Gorilla Ball on Ole Miss, smashing three home runs in their 7-1 win over the visiting Rebels. But one of them was Raph Rhymes scintillating four-bagger that never went over the wall. Rebel center-fielder Auston Bousfield tried to make a diving catch of a Rhymes pop-up but missed and the ball ended up going to the warning track. Rhymes never stopped running and eventually collided with Rebs catcher Stuart Turner as the relay throw went awry.