After traveling thousands of miles for games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, it was time to go just 1.2 miles for today’s game; The Pepperdine-at-LMU game three.
The Ouch List.
It’s getting more and more painful as we go people. Medics, get the electric paddles ready, there are some teams that are lying on the gurney and in need of a shock and jump-start. Even though it may be too late for some.
Here is this week’s Ouch List.
Swept in three games at home vs. Mississippi State, getting outscored 18-1.
Why it hurts:
Auburn was pretty shaky coming in anyway, sitting at No. 48 in the RPI. After two losses and going into Sunday’s finale the Plainsmen were shoved down to No. 63. It’ll only get worse when Boyd releases a new list tomorrow. In other words, it may be time to put dirt on their post-season hopes.
2- UC Santa Barbara
Winless in three games at UCI.
Why it hurts:
The Gauchos were a little shaky in the RPI, sitting at No. 50 entering the weekend. After three straight losses to the Anteaters, their RPI will fall out of at-large consideration. This despite the fact that the Big West is notoriously under-estimated in the much-hated RPI rankings.
3- Texas Tech
A rather stunning 0-3 performance at Kansas
Why it hurts:
Be it correct or not, Tech entered the weekend on the fringe of arguing for a National Seed with a No. 10 RPI. The first two losses saw the Red Raiders drop to No. 14. In addition, they also dropped below Kansas in the Big 12 standings, falling to fifth place at 11-10.
4- Arizona State
0-for-3 in a non-conference series at Oklahoma State
Why if hurts:
Considering they were playing a Top 40 RPI team this week, the Sun Devils have slowly dipped down into the 40s. On top of that, they fall to 24-20 overall. But this is the Pac 12 we’re talking about, so redemption is just a week away, as they’ll host Oregon net weekend.
Lost all three games to Florida in Tuscaloosa.
Why it hurts:
Winning a game or two over the No. 3 RPI team in the country would’ve helped their chances at getting into the No. 1 seeding discussion. But three straight losses is a top-seed killer. The three game sweep also showed the Tide isn’t quite up to snuff with the top of the SEC… at least not yet.
6- Utah’s pitching staff.
The Utes lost all three games to visiting Washington, which isn’t a big surprise. But to give up 40 runs on 46 hits? Aye-yaye-yaye. The Huskies lost Sunday’s Arena ball-fest 21-17.
7- Sunday baseball.
Result: Speaking of Arena Football-style scores, day was the triumphant return of what we used to see in college baseball in 2008 or 2009 before the much-needed bat changes came around.
Why it hurts:
Because it’s a bummer to see scores like this…
- Florida 13, Alabama 3
- TCU 21, Kansas State 7
- Pepperdine 16, LMU 3
- Oklahoma State 14, Arizona State 12
- Washington 21, Utah 17
- Pitt 16, Boston College 11
- Florida Gulf Coast 22, Northern Kentucky 13
- Illinois 11, Michigan State 10
- Illinois State 22, Western Illinois 4
- Eastern Kentucky 17, Eastern Illinois 11
- Samford 14, UNC-Greensboro 7
- Sam Houston State 16, Stephen F. Austin 7
Lost the one-game playoff for the Rolfe Division of the Ivy League at Dartmouth 11-4.
Why it hurts:
The Bulldogs were looking for their first Rolfe Division title in 19 years. And after leading the division the entire season, they lost the one-game playoff at Dartmouth, 11-4, assuring they will go without hardware for another season.
Lost two of three in College Station to Texas A&M.
Why it hurts:
The Tigers losing two games at Texas A&M isn’t a total shock, but it is a small tremor on the college baseball landscape. What is even bigger though is the fact that the Bayou Bengals are one amazing outfield catch away from being swept by the Aggies, who have been a little on the “meh” side of baseball this year.
Here’s THE catch of the year in college baseball so far:
Click your mouse here to see Jared Foster’s incredible white-man-CAN-jump catch.
10- Bad Uniforms.
That whole one-shot specialty uniform is getting out of hand. Every team has a fatigues uniform to honor the armed forces. But the problem is we’ve seen them all now, so we can move onto another uni style. And the pink uniforms? Fuggedaboutit! Every one in sound mind and body knows about breast cancer awareness by now. But here is Indiana’s idea of a throwback uniform, very spot-on, even though it’s got to be uncomfortable wit 3/4s sleeves and rising temperatures.
WHAT I SAW AT PAGE STADIUM
Have to admit, I came home from my early morning flight from Houston and ended up having a complete crash, napping until well after the Pepperdine-LMU game had started. So I shook the cobwebs outta my brain and got on my bicycle to make it to the wicked-beautiful Loyola campus for the last few innings.
P’dine – 090 102 220 – 16 15 1
L.M.U. – 000 000 012 - 3 9 2
WP: Aaron Brown, 9-1
LP: J.D. Busfield, 0-1
- Austin Davidson, 3-for-6, 2RBI
- Aaron Brown, 1-for-3, HR
- Brandon Caruso, 1-for-2, 3RBI
- Tommy Cheek, 2-for-4, RBI
- Kevin Garcia, 2-for-4
- Pepperdine: 32-12, 15-6 WCC
- LMU: 28-20, 15-9 WCC
IN A NUTSHELL:
Okay, so because I was having a much-needed visit from the Sandman, I missed the brunt of the story as Pepperdine pushed across nine runs in the second inning alone to turn this one into a boat race. And this was a game the Waves really needed, having come into Sunday on a three-game losing streak and seeing their RPI drop from No. 38 going into the weekend, down to No. 41 on Sunday morning.
Aaron Brown was one of the many heroes for the Waves, having gone 7.0 innings and giving up just five hits and no runs on the mound, and then having smashed a 4th inning solo home run as part of a 1-for-3, three runs scored kind of day. Fellow partner in crime 1Bman Brad Anderson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a bases-loaded walk and a double to help pace the 15-hit attack from the usually light-hitting Waves.
Chris Fornaci added a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the 8th inning as part of a 1-for-1 day. Eleven of the 16 players to take a bat to the dish ended up with a hit today as Pepperdine never stopped racking up the offense.
Caught up with Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez after the game. And as I like to do, it’s cool to point out the Waves head coach also once blasted a grand slam off of Texas All American Brooks Kischnick at the 1992 College World Series as Pepperdine won the national title
Anyway, here’s what the Waves big kahuna had to say about today’s game vs. LMU.
- On the previous two losses in this series
“Well first off, LMU is a really good team. Make no mistake about that. They were just really close games both days and it seemed when we got up to the plate with the bases loaded or runners in scoring position, we just couldn’t get that key hit. Today we did.”
- On what he told his team before today’s game:
“I just told them to play their game. They don’t need to change anything, other than to be a little more aggressive at the plate. And we had kicked the ball around a little bit in the previous three games, so I knew we could play better defense. Our pitching was not the problem, it was the execution of the offense and the defense which cost us. But I wasn’t too concerned.
- On getting the nine-run cushion.
“It’s certainly huge and it just relaxed us and let us play better. But after the way we hit the previous three games coming in, we needed to break out the bats today and we were getting good swings and playing loose. This is the way we wanted to come out and play today.”
- On Aaron Brown getting it done on the mound and at the plate.
“He’s a special talent. He doesn’t get fazed by anything. I think if you had talked to anyone in our dugout they would expect a performance like this from Aaron. When he comes off the mound he just grabs his batting gloves and says, ‘Okay, what do we got next? Oh, a lefty, what are his tendencies? What is he going to throw?’ He’s just a natural athlete. He can run a 6.4 60, he can throw a 93 mile per hour fastball, he can hit for average and for power. He’s got it all.