By: Michael Lemaire
The college baseball season hasn’t even reach its halfway point yet, but losing 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning of its rubber match with Maryland, North Carolina looked lifeless. So pitching coach Scott Forbes took matters into his own hands and showed both teams and the 557 fans in attendance, just how much yesterday’s game meant to the Tar Heels.
Upset with home plate umpire Phillip Talent’s rather generous strike zone, Forbes started hollering at Talent from the first base coaching box after shortstop Ryan Graepel struck out looking on an outside pitch for the second out. Talent remained nonplussed. Unfazed, Forbes decided to make first base umpire Raymond Green the target of his ire. Green wasted no time tossing Forbes, and the Tar Heels’ pitching coach was escorted from the field. But not before both he and head coach Mike Fox gave all three umpires their two cents.
It has already been pointed out on this site at length, but this weekend reinforced the mediocrity of the teams in California. Only UC Irvine and UCLA have played well enough to host a regional and the bracket reflects that. If teams like Cal State Fullerton and San Diego don’t start to pick up the pieces, the committee will have their hands full with trying to accommodate for travel and avoiding seeding teams from the same conference in a regional together…trust me, it was hard enough this week. Continue reading
I have to start with an apology for last week. Last week’s bracket has several large omissions, including the inexcusable absence of Arizona State from the initial bracket. I have revamped my efforts and hopefully come up with a set formula to avoid mistakes like last week. Hopefully this week there will be less comments pointing out faults, and more discussing the merits of the teams in the field of 64. Continue reading
And you thought last week featured some marquee match-ups…
There were the showcase tournaments like the Big East/Big Ten Challenge, Baseball at the Beach, Dodgertown Classic, and the Rice Invitational. Then there were premier out-of-conference match-ups like Texas v. Stanford and East Carolina v. South Carolina. I have to say I grew up in the right era for college baseball. Fan, scouts, and scribes were spread out across the country and they were treated to some fantastic baseball.
By: Michael Lemaire
The season is now one week old and while its still very early to be jumping to any rash conclusions, there was a lot of moving and shaking in the brackets. Instead of boring you all with long sentences strung together to form paragraphs, I thought it might be fun to introduce my new way of unveiling the brackets called “7 things we learned”.
Although the season has yet to begin, it is never too early to begin speculating about which 64 teams will make it to Regionals and potentially Omaha. Keep in mind nobody has played any games yet All of this is based on preseason expectations, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to do for discussion.
Feel free to email me if I am blatantly off the mark or if any team is missing. Just be gentle, after all, this is the best time of the year.