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 [...]
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.