A Day For The Davids Out There.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 12th, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 3

I flew back from Oklahoma City today, then immediately went into the Cave. See, I had TiVo’d the hockey national championship between Union College and Minnesota. Luckily, none of you StitchHeads out there ruined the ending for me by tweeting, texting or sexting me the final score before I finished watching it. My sincere thanks.

 
 

Saturday is a Scream.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 5th, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 0

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This is getting out of hand people. Once again, a lot of the top teams in the country suffered brow-beating defeats to lesser teams than themselves. (or so we’re led to believe) as seven of the Top 13 teams went belly-up. In other words, it was just a typical Saturday in the 2014 season.

 
 

Lose A No-Hitter, Gain A Championship Hockey Game.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 29th, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 1

As you can see, there were many interested MLB scouts taking in today's showdown between Frankie Vanderka and Sean Newcomb, who is show pitching here.

As you can see, there were many interested MLB scouts taking in today’s showdown between Frankie Vanderka and Sean Newcomb, who is show pitching here.

 

As much as I complain about Eastern Time Zone and how it’s so gawd-awful early for me, I was glad that the Stony Brook-Hartford doubleheader had such an early start. The 10am first pitch made it possible for me to catch the opening game and then still make it down to Bridgeport for the East Regional final between Providence and Union.

 

And lawd-have mercy, what a showdown on the mound I saw in the insurance capital of the world.

 
 

Shock The Monkey

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 15th, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 3

Hats Off to the Shocks. Chase Simpson tips his cap to his teammates after his three-run ding-dong vs. UC Santa Barbara.

Hats Off to the Shocks. Chase Simpson tips his cap to his teammates after his three-run ding-dong vs. UC Santa Barbara.

Remember when Wichita State used to abuse everyone and blast their way to Omaha with an intimidating offense and deft pitching? Well, from what I saw today it looked like the Shockers of old were back again.

 
 

Short Trip To The Bay Area To See The Upset Specialists

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 8th, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 2

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Considering I woke up in Tucson Saturday morning, flew to San Francisco, watched a few games and now I’m back in San Francisco airport 15 hours later awaiting another flight home, you could say this was a wicked-fast quick trip. I decided to fly from Tucson to San Francisco this morning so that I could see Arkansas, Tulane and San Francisco, who all played at the Cal Baseball Classic with and against the host Bears. I had to find out about a few teams here.

 

It was a good day at the yard. Quick, but good.

 
 

Put On This Backward Robe, the Doctor Will See You Now

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 1st, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 3

Bears love cold weather. Here, the Bruins huddle after taking down highly-regarded N.C. State.

Bears love cold weather. Here, the Bruins huddle after taking down highly-regarded N.C. State.

Today, I made the drive from Arizona back to Smogland, which was being pelted with rain upon my arrival. Luckily, the Doctor of College Baseball told me he was going to the much-anticipated UCLA-N.C. State game which was being played at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, North Carolina. So I could just sit my fat ass on the couch while the Doctor made his rounds in frigid North Carolina.

 
 

Anteaters Just Don’t Believe In Devils

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 22nd, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 2

UC Irvine took the big dive and came out looking golden.

UC Irvine took the big dive and came out looking golden.

These aren’t your father’s Sun Devils, nor are theses your cousins Anteaters. Both teams came in with 2-3 records and some curious losses. ASU came off a putrid 11-0 blanking at what I thought was a pretty average Long Beach State team. And UC Irvine came in off a curious 3-1 loss to a team they might not’ve ever heard of in Wright State.

 

Boy, did these teams need some redemption. One of them got it too.

 
 

Sometimes Joel, You Just Have to say ‘What the F#@%’

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 15th, 2014 in Saturday statements Comments: 3

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As you my faithful readers know, I don’t use curse words often. But today was totally cuss-worthy. I decided to take the ’64 Dodge Dart with the coat-hanger for the antenna and drive down to San Diego to see game two of the New Mexico-San Diego series. That was my first mistake.

 
 

Super Regionals – Day Two

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 8th, 2013 in Saturday statements Comments: 3

Carlos Lopez walks back to the Titan dugout as the Bruins celebrate the big win behind him.

Carlos Lopez walks back to the Titan dugout as the Bruins celebrate the big win behind him.

 

The Tally So Far:  Two CWS veterans – one old school, one more recent – scan their tickets for Omaha: LSU and UCLA, in that order. And yes, they “scan” their tickets now. No more “punching” them. Welcome to the computer age.

 

The Purple Tigers disposed of Oklahoma 11-1 and the Bruins went into the Titan den and won a hard-fought 3-0 shutdown. Both wins finalized 2-0 Super Regionals for each and sent them to the promised land in middle America. And oh by the way, these two will play each other on Saturday night at The Big Tiddy in downtown Omaha.

 

 
 

The Regionals – Day Two

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 1st, 2013 in Saturday statements Comments: 6

A typical scenario on the Bases Loaded channel. They're in the middle of bouncing around three different games, all of which have a bases-loaded situation.

A typical scenario on the Bases Loaded channel. They’re in the middle of bouncing around three different games, all of which have a bases-loaded situation.

One of the advantages of working for ESPN during the NCAA tournament is that you get all the tournament notes and stats from Jeremy Mills in the ESPN research department. So I just wanted to start tonight’s column with acknowledgement that Jeremy is THE MAN.