Sunday Summations from my favorite stadium

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Obviously, another beauty of a day at Pepperdine.

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I gotta say, it wasn't the most marquee weekend of the young season. Just not that many blue-ribbon series between ranked teams, except for Arizona-Fullerton and a trio of west vs. central matchups; Stanford-Texas, Pepperdine-Wichita State and Long Beach State-Rice (according to the NCBWA poll). And each of those saw a 2-to-1 result.

The Miami-Florida series was obviously an intriguing one and you could say the same for Evansville-Ole Miss. But other than that, it was full of a bunch of dog matchups, some of which ended up being competitive only because the ranked team appears to be over-rated. All I can say is, the sooner we get to next weekend, the better.

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What I saw out at Eddy D. Field Stadium---
Wichita State - 3
Pepperdine - 2
In a showdown between teams I projected to go to the College World Series during the SoCal Media Day show on CSTV, I saw some great pitching for a Sunday game. WSU starter Rob Musgrave pitched well, going seven innings and giving up just four hits and one run. Getting out of a bases-loaded situation in the 6th was a great curtain call to his day. His counterpart Robert Dickmann of Pepperdine did pretty well for himself too, going six full innings, with six hits, two runs and six Ks before getting saddled with the loss. Not too many offensive stars on the day, but WSU's Conor Gillaspie nailed a two-out double that plated two runs in the 7th inning accounting for the winning runs. A well-played, well-pitched game. Nice work on the part of both teams.

It was good to see the Shockers get one W out of the three, before they head off to the islands for games with Hawaii-Hilo. Because their RPI will take a hit by their four-game series with the Vulcans. And might I commend Wichita State SID Tami Cutler for one of the best design jobs I've seen in a media guide. Cool stuff man.


What I saw part of at Jackie Robinson Stadium---
East Carolina - 6
UCLA - 7
The Bruins complete the sweep of ECU in close fashion. I got there just in time to see Bruin pinch hitter Cody Decker slap a three-run double down the left field line in the 6th inning to put UCLA up 7-2. It was one of those shots that kicked up a dust of chalk as it hit terra firma. It was just enough to subdue the Pirates as they came all the way back to make it a one-run game. Tall timber Brant Rustich picked up his third save of the season by throwing a single pitch in the 9th, which went as a game-ending double-play.

Good crowd, by UCLA standards, as the chairback seats section was relatively full. A good bit of purple-clad ECU fans made the west coast trek as well.

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Avoiding the sweep---
Miami - 10
Florida - 7
Gotta admit, I didn't know what the hell was going to happen in this series and the surprises never stopped. But the Canes saved face with this one, utilizing the speed and power combo of Jemile Weeks (hit for the short cycle, going 4-for-5) and Yonder Alonso (3-for-4 with 4 RBI). In fact, 13 of the U's 26 hits on the weekend came from these two fab sophs. But UofF's Matt LaPorta couldn't be contained either, hitting two bombs and getting five RBI on the day.

Stanford - 10
Texas - 8
This game was nuts. A 6-6 tie was broken in the top of the 9th inning by a pair of bases-loaded singles from Brendan Domaracki (a name that the Sunken Diamond p.a. announcer pronounces "Dome-are-ski") and Brent Milleville. The top four of the Trees batting order went 10-for-19 with 8 RBI, led by Milleville's 2-for-4 with 4 RBI day.

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The best state to be in today---
South Carolina. Here's why:
South Carolina - 6
The Citadel - 7
Dogs come all the way back from a 6-1 deficit to hang an L on tough reliever Wynn Pelzer. Attendance: 5,055 at Joe Riley Park in Charleston.

George Mason - 4
Clemson - 5
Tigers rally as well, avoiding an embarrassing series loss by scoring three runs in the 7th and 8th innings to beat the Patriots. Attendance: 4,571 in Clemson.

Virginia Tech - 5
Coastal Carolina - 6
Don't look now, but CCU is now 7-0 after rallying to get two runs across in the bottom of the 9th to pull out the W. Derek Martin bounced a bases-loaded shot off the pitcher's leg and into left field for the game-winning hit.

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Best series of the weekend---
Long Beach State - 1
Rice - 2
I mentioned Evansville-Ole Miss last night, but game three at Reckling Park has to trump anything that series could produce. A play at the plate on a throw from Rice CF Tyler Henley saved the game for the Owls in dramatic fashion, as Dirtbag T.J. Middlestaedt was trying to score from first base on a hit by Allen Woods. Great ending to a great series. Rice takes it two games to one.

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File these under the Wayne Graham "if you play teams that don't have a chance to beat you, it's boring" department---
Seton Hall - 2
North Carolina - 13
Every year the Pirates schooner down to Chapel Hill for a three-game flogging and walk of the plank. Nothing new here.

Ohio - 1
Vanderbilt - 11

Ohio - 1
Vanderbilt - 5
After sweeping through the Houston Classic, this amounts to a bye week for VU. Among the many stats that were padded here, Pedro Alvarez goes 5-for-9 with two home runs in the DH and David Price strikes out 12 in 6.2.

George Washington - 1
Virginia - 11
Cavs have outscored lowly GW 22-1 in first two games of series. Just wait until the "bad" pitchers throw tomorrow.

Hofstra - 3
Florida State - 11
Have I told you about my prediction that the Seminoles will start the season 28-3? I would've guessed 31-0, but you've got to have an off-day sometimes, even against marginal teams.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 3
Arkansas - 8

Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 2
Arkansas - 28
Good news for the Panthers? They've finally been able to be outside and practice/play for once this season.

Canisius - 5
Alabama - 8
Griffins cut the loss margin from 16-to-six-to-three in the three games this weekend.

Kentucky - 13
Furman - 4
Bat Cats outscore the Furman 41-8 in three games. But at least they did it on the road. Now they have to go home and admit to friends and family that they beat a team called the Paladins.

Grambling State - 1
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 24
Don't look now, but that team with the unwieldy long name is now 9-0. The row of tomato cans ends here though as Nebraska, Florida Atlantic and Rice await next weekend. Check back with us next Sunday.

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Okay, back with our Teams of the Week stuff tomorrow night. Until then, just remember, the next weekend of games is only five days away.

G'night.

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Eric Sorenson Eric Sorenson
Eric Sorenson is CSTV.com's National Baseball Columnist, and also appears on CSTV as a baseball expert