Sunday Summations - The Ouch List makes its debut

The good, the bad and the Ouch List, it's all here on a Sunday full of college baseball games across the country.

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(Wake Forest had itself a good weekend, including a series win vs. Clemson)

Onto today's Ups and Downs:

THREE UP---
The best of a busy Sunday.

1- The ACC Upset Kings.
- N.C. State.
Beat No. 12 Virginia two out of three.
- Wake Forest.
Beat No. 14 Clemson two out of three.
These two are providing hints that maybe the ACC is even deeper than we expected with great first weekends in conference play, both going 2-1 against their ranked foes.

2- The Three-letter Acronyms.
- TCU: Beat Ole Miss 2-1 to take the series.
But it really seemed more like a weekend between two very even teams, both teams scoring eight runs and the Rebs out-hitting the Frogs 22-20. Wonder if the rankings will reflect this?
- ECU: Swept the Keith LeClair Classic field with a 9-3 win over Georgia Southern.
After a 1-4 start that included losses to Elon and Manhattan, the Pirates have won seven straight.
- LMU: Beat San Diego 13-3.
Unheralded Lions beat No. 19 Oregon State, San Diego State and the No. 21 Toreros on successive days. Only a bases-loaded strikeout in the 9th prevented the Lions from beating Oklahoma State on Thursday as well.
- UCI: Beat Tulane 5-1.
Anteaters complete series win to improve to 10-1. Leadoff man Ollie Linton has the dueces wild, going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases. In other words, two much for Tulane.

3- Arizona pitching (again)
Held Notre Dame to three hits in a 16-0 win.
Well I'll be Lou Pavlovich'd! Last week it was UC Irvine, this week it's the Wildcats who do the wicked pitching. In three games at the Whataburger Classic, the UofA arms corps hold the Irish, Islanders and Jaguars to 11 combined hits and give up just three walks all weekend. Oh and don't forget about the 38 Ks. Mercy!


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THREE DOWN---
Some low points of Sunday's action.

1- Travel curfews.
This will be the first of many times I mention this I'm sure, but why can't administrators and baseball coaches just go ahead and agree to start games an hour or so earlier on Sunday's? Today's third game of the Stanford-Texas series was cut short after eight innings with the Cardinal anointed the winner by a 12-9 count. Too bad we were robbed of this.

2- Virginia bats.
Lost to North Carolina State 4-2.
Since lacing Wolf Pack pitching for 12 hits in Saturday's 5-3, 10-inning win in game one of the series, UVa's bats went from heavy metal to a soft girl band dancing in unison. The Pack held the Cavs to three hits in game two yesterday (a 2-0 NCSU win) and just four hits today. Keep in mind, the Cavs hit .314 as a team last season.

3- Iowa.
Lost twice to Missouri State, 8-3 and 12-5.
After beating No. 3 Vanderbilt last week, we thought this would ready the Hawkeyes for bigger and better things, but instead they succumbed in all three games to the Bears. Biggest problem? The Hawks committed eight errors in today's DH.


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THE OUCH LIST---
After making a regular appearance every Sunday last season, this list makes its triumphant return for the 2008 season. I wanted to wait a while because the season is still so young. But here are a few to add to the Three Down list above.

- The Rice arm staff.
The Owls got blown out by Michigan State on Friday, 9-3, then gave up 11 runs to Western Carolina on Saturday and then had to make a late inning comeback to beat Creighton today 7-6.

- Michigan.
The Wolverines saved some face today with a 7-0 win over Pitt. But prior to that, the losses to Georgia Southern and East Carolina meant two more shots to the ego. Guess they'll have to prove themselves in June once again.

- Southern Miss.
Not sure if anyone expected the Eagles to win a game or two (or three) out at Fullerton this weekend, but going after the third inning of game one, USM never led the whole weekend long. Sunday's 19-6 lambasting was a shot to the solar plexus. But the Eagles will be back.

- Purdue.
For the fourth time in seven losses, the Boilers lost by a single run to a big-conference team, going down 3-2 at Kentucky today. They led most of the game until surrendering the final run in the bottom of the 9th, despite having UK down to its last strike and last out before an RBI single by Keenan Wiley.

- Richmond.
Lost to Princeton twice, 10-2 and 10-7.
Despite having all the weekend starters back from a team that won 32 games last season, the Spiders went 0-3 vs. the Ivy Leaguers with little outside experience so far this season. A rough ride so far for coach McQueen.

- Winthrop.
Lost to USC 7-1.
The Eagles lost a lot from last year's team, but still could have used a better showing this weekend against USC, but they were outscored by a combined 23-6 to drop to 3-8 on the young season.

- Delaware.
Lost a pair of one-run games to Old Dominion, 3-2 and 9-8.
The Blue Hens and Monarchs were two of the four teams that tied for the Colonial crown last season, but UD lost all three this weekend to ODU, including leads in both of today's games and had to withstand the pain of stranding three runners in the 9th inning of game two.

- Georgia State.
The Panthers were one of my "teams to watch" in the Thursday Thoughts column, but sure enough, the small, minute spotlight was too bright as they dropped all three games to James Madison at home this weekend, 16-5, 5-1 and 8-3.

- Eastern Michigan.
Lost at Tennessee, 8-7 (10inns.) and 5-1.
The Hurons... er, sorry, I mean, Eagles (yawn), are expected to challenge for the MAC title after going 21-4 and winning the regular season last year. But with the two losses today, EMU is now 0-13. Have to wonder if/when the lack-of-confidence factor comes into play.

- Mississippi.
Lost 2-1 at TCU.
Dropped two-of-three in Ft. Worth this weekend. It's not a big disgrace or anything, but this IS the No. 2 ranked team in the country. Plus, Fullerton already took two of three at Lupton this season, setting a higher standard. The Rebs could've used a series win here to help their reputation.


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I've still got to get used to this time change thing. Hope you all had a great college baseball weekend. More later.

G'night.

Comments

Hey Eric, do you think Virginia's series loss at NC State is a sign of things to come or just a blip for Brian O' Connor's lads?

Hey Eric, news around here in Huntington, WV is how Marshall University Officials should be ashamed for having our midweek games vs Valpo moved to a High School (yes, C-USA goes HS) in Kentucky, 20 min away. (Can you imagine proposing that to Wayne Graham?) Have you ever heard of a College Baseball team having to play virtually every conference game away? Thats what the Herd does every year as their Conference home games are 45 minutes away resulting in hotel stays almost every weekend. Talk of a stadium comes and goes and people around here are becoming irritated. Maybe a story from a respected College Baseball Analyst would cause a stir around here and embarass the AD and school officials into taking some action. If you need anymore information, just e-mail me.

Just a side note, Princeton also beat Delaware in a four game series 3-1 a week ago, scoring 44 runs against the blue hens' pitching staff

I love the USC GAMECOCKS!!

KEEP IT CLEAN & PLAY HARD!!

Hello. And Bye.

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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