Here are some of my thoughts from action on March 22nd.
- The LSU Tigers are officially in a slump as they lost their fourth straight home game as Louisiana came in to beat the Tigers 11-5. Greg Fontenot led the offense for the Ragin Cajuns as he went 4-6 while scoring three runs and driving in two runs. Mike Petello also chipped in by going 2-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. I think we are starting to see the true colors of the LSU team as they were very inexperienced especially on the mound and it has started to show over the last four games. We should see how they rebound against a much improved Georgia squad in the second weekend of SEC play.
- Jacksonville State picked up a nice non-conference victory on Tuesday night as they defeated Auburn by a score of 5-4. They were led by freshman Michael Bishop who went 3-3 while Blake Seguin drove home the winning run to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the eighth. The victory was the Gamecocks first over a ranked squad this year.
- The Stanford Cardinal had 15 days off before Monday’s game against UC-Davis. The Cardinal have picked right back up though by picking up the victory on Monday over UC-Davis 3-2 before dismantling Santa Clara 9-1. They will continue their three games in three day scenario on Wednesday by taking on Pacific.
- The UConn Huskies delivered another poor performance as the Holy Cross Crusaders were able to tie the Huskies at 2 through 16 innings before the game was called for darkness. The Huskies have been one of the biggest disappointments in the entire country this season and need to wake up soon as they open up Big East play this weekend when the Pittsburgh Panthers come to visit. The Panthers were not much better today dropping a 4-3 decision to Akron while Louisville took care of business against Kent State 11-2 win.
- Cal State Fullerton continued to rebound from their rough road trip from a week ago, beating the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils 7-3. Jake Floethe gave up four hits over 7.1 IP giving up two earned runs and striking out five, while Nick Ramirez and Austin Kingsolver each drove in two for the Titans. Both teams continue their two game set tomorrow.
- Long Beach State picked up a good win at Loyola Marymount tonight with a 3-2 victory, improving to 11-9 on the season. Troy Buckley’s squad has turned it around after a tough start to the season, and even though they might not be tournament worthy, there looks to be hope again for that program. The Dirtbags travel up to Sunken Diamond this weekend to take on the Cardinal, and hope to get the entire series again as rain is again expected in the Bay Area.
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