It’s good to be home. This is the first time since 2007 that the CWS has seen the designated “home” team win all four of the first round games as Louisville doubled-up Texas A&M 8-4 and Florida put down TCU 3-0. And if you like what you’ve seen offensively, the 35 runs that have been [...]
So how was YOUR first day of the College World Series? You happy? Angry? Bummed that your team is 0-1? Ecstatic that your team is 1-0?
A pair of scintillating one run games took place on Day One in TD Ameritrade Park, and both of them were come-from-behind affairs. Oregon State edged Cal State Fullerton 6-5 and LSU outlasted Florida State 5-4.
Well take heed StitchHeads, just remember in the last 36 years only three teams have lost their first game and then come back to win the national championship; South Carolina in 2010, Oregon State in 2006 and USC in 1998. How about the teams that won today? Well you should be happy, because 23 of the last 27 national titles have been won by teams that started 2-0.
Here are some of the images and views from today’s first two games of the CWS from my lens and Lady StitchHeads lens…
Okay StitchHeads, here we go. The field of 64 has been announced and big wigs of the sport have been given the red carpet treatment while the angst and anger of those mistreated ones has begun being aired. (Don’t worry, I’ll join in on that below). For starters let’s put on the tweed jacket with the patches on the elbows, get out the red pen and grade the NCAA Selection Committee on their layout of the Big Dance for 2017.
(To check out more of my work, a whole bunch of it can be found four times a week on D1baseball.com)
Okay StitchHeads, we are now fully immersed in the month of May. In other words, it’s put up or shut up time in college baseball. From here on out the season becomes like a hard-driving Metallica song, brutally honest, incredibly raw and no excuses for crybabies.
You’ll hear an awful lot about National Seeds, No. 1 seeds, at-large bids and of course, the omni-present bubble watch that kicks into high gear. So lets put our toes on the end of the board and dive into it.
This season is already flying by, ain’t it? I’ve been doing a little bit of flying myself, making it out to some far flung locations to see as much college baseball as I can in this early part of the season. And here are a collection of some of my favorite images I’ve been able to snap in these first five weeks of the 2017 campaign. Hope you dig ‘em.
Johnny Rosenblatt is my father. Annie Savoy is my mother. And I’m their bastard son.
Happy February StitchHeads. As you know, the season will be here in no time flat and that sweet smell of horsehide will be in the air. Is the adrenaline kicking in for you yet? I hope so.
To get you ready, I’ve prepared a small list of teams to watch for the 2017 season. As you’ve read in the past, I’m not a big fan of Top 25 lists. Or top 40 lists. I like a list that goes to 299. I’m all-inclusive here. So here’s the lay of the land in college baseball for this year, from good to bad, pretty to ugly, soup to nuts. One through 299.
Check the list out. Dig your cleats in. Grip it and rip it.
Okay StitchHeads, here you go. Here is my Top 25 as it will appear in Athlon’s Preseason magazine. And of course, chances are quite strong that this is NOT how the teams will end the season in June. Just sayin’.
THE TOP 25
1- TCU, 49-18
2- LSU, 45-21
3- Florida State, 41-22
4- Texas Tech, 47-20
5- Cal State Fullerton, 36-23
6- Vanderbilt, 43-19
7- Clemson, 44-20
8- Coastal Carolina, 55-18
9- Florida, 52-16
10- UC Santa Barbara, 43-20-1
11- Oregon State, 35-19
12- Arizona, 49-24
13- South Carolina, 46-18
14- Miami, 50-14
15- Stanford, 31-23
16- Louisiana, 43-21
17- Virginia, 38-22
18- Ole Miss, 43-19
19- Oklahoma State, 43-22
20- East Carolina, 38-23-1
21- North Carolina, 34-21
22- Nebraska, 37-22
23- Louisville, 50-14
24- Texas, 25-32
25- Mississippi State, 44-18-1
Ten to Watch (alphabetical)
North Carolina State
The Southern California-based Brewers team made Area Code Games history today.
Not only did they secure the first-ever no-hitter in ACGs history, but they also became the first team in the 29 years of the games to win twice on the final day to procure the Area Code Games championship. The Brewers downed the Midwest-based White Sox with an 8-0 skunking in the afternoon and then rallied to pull out an unlikely 7-6 win over the Royals in the nightcap. That’s some pretty heady stuff.