Feeling Pretty Cavalier About the ‘Hoos.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 18th, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 3

The No. 1 team may not have won a back-slapping, white-flag waving blowout tonight. But they did enough to impress me, especially with their whiff-inducing pitching and spotless defense. If their offense gets a little more shot of adrenaline, playing in the second week in Omaha is completely within reason.     This is my [...]

 
 

Yep, Even the Celebrations are Big in Texas

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 11th, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 0

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Before I get started on tonight’s write-up, the boys at ESPN.com got a little behind on things and just posted my weekend preview earlier in the day on Friday, instead of the usual Thursday. So here it is…

Click here for the preview.

 
 

Once Again UCSB Looks As Good As Anyone I’ve Seen In Person This Year.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 4th, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 5

 

Robby Nesovic gets the three-lids salute after his 3rd inning yard call.

UCSB’s Robby Nesovic gets the three-lids salute after his 3rd inning yard call.

UCSB coach Andrew Checketts said it best. “We’ve gotta get you to more of our games.”

 

This was the second time I’d seen the Gauchos in a road game, and once again they made minced meat of another high-quality pitching staff. In March I saw the last few innings of their 17-5 blowout of Mississippi State in Tucson. Tonight, it was an 8-6 win on the strength of 10 hits and two home runs at Cal Poly, who had projected top-round pitcher Matt Imhof on the hill.

 
 

Hey, I Asked Them to Prove It.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 21st, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 3

Chase Simpson gets high-fives after he parked a no-doubter to the berm in right field vs. Missouri State tonight.

Chase Simpson gets high-fives after he parked a no-doubter to the berm in right field vs. Missouri State tonight.

I love this.

 

In my latest column for ESPN I asked five teams taking on the Top Five in the polls to prove their worth or forever hold their peace. I think we got some answers today, StitchHeads. Like a mother-humper too.

 

Here’s how the five teams I talked about in the Prove It or Lose It piece turned out on Friday:

 
 

You’ve Been Dirtbag’d.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 14th, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 4

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Without going into a long story, I was supposed to head out to the LSU-Vanderbilt series in Nashville this weekend, but because of some overbooked flights and some delays, I am “forced” to stay here in SoCal and enjoy the Sunny and 72 weather once again. Not a total loss, I got to see an incredibly intriguing Indiana-Long Beach State game at Blair Field. Nice consolation.

 
 

Disaster on the High Desert Sands

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 7th, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 2

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The Lusitania, the Andrea Dorea, the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Titanic.

 

We’ve seen some major shipwrecks in our modern sea-faring times. But the MMS Cowbell might rank right up there as one of the worst.

 

Mississippi State came to the Hi Corbett Classic on a seven-game winning streak, looking like the Dogs had straightened the ship. Today in the desert, they saw its hull blasted with repeated shots to the starboard side, until it finally split in two and nestled on the ocean floor in pieces.

 
 

Day Two From Alice Coopers’town

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 28th, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 2

 

The Alice Cooper Band from the early 70s. Trendsetters in showmanship, even back then.

The Alice Cooper Band from the early 70s. Trendsetters in showmanship and good straightforward rock-n-roll, even back then.

I had almost forgotten that this was Alice Cooper’s hometown. The shock-rocker turned golf addict was originally Vincent Furnier and from Phoenix, where he ran track in high school and played little league baseball, much to the delight of his preacher father.

 

Thankfully, then rock-n-roll took control of his life. And he and his bandmates became the live act that would change the industry. Performers like KISS, Motley Crue and Marilyn Manson owe their careers to the master of the macabre with the black eye makeup.

 
 

Ummm, looks like the same old UCLA to me.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 21st, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 8

An ominous sight for opponents. David Berg warms up in the bullpen.

An ominous sight for opponents. David Berg warms up in the bullpen.

Lets see, the last time we saw UCLA, they were grabbing early leads, pitching like madmen and just constricting teams to death in Omaha. So much so, they were causing some people to want to change the ball, lower the mound, bring in the fences and powerize the bats in our fair sport. I think there were even some wanting to allow the free use of human growth hormones in order to increase the offense.

 

Tonight, guess what? Yep, I saw nearly the same thing from the Sons of Westwood. An early lead is held for the rest of the game thanks to some solid starting pitching, steady defense and a late-game appearance by super-closer David Berg.

 
 

Happy VanHalentine’s Day StitchHeads.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 14th, 2014 in Friday first-takes Comments: 6

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Here’s how you know it was a good opening day… it took me till almost noon before I realized it was VanHalentine’s Day. You know, that day that Hallmark created and over-marketed in your face for years in order to sell a lot of flowers, chocolates and cards to weak backboned dudes who feared for their life if they didn’t buy something for their sweetheart in order to keep them happy. Pfft. Pussy-whipped lemmings.

 
 

Super Regionals – Day One

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 7th, 2013 in Friday first-takes Comments: 2

As you can see, tropical storm Andrea had the Research Triangle area covered all day today.

As you can see from the continual bands of rain storms that were moving across the Carolinas today, tropical storm Andrea had the Research Triangle area covered all day today.

Ugh. Crappy day in the Carolinas, as witnessed by the radar above. So the opening games of the South Carolina-North Carolina and Rice-North Carolina State Super Regionals being lost to weather means that only two games were played today.

 

But they were two really good games to take in.