Saturday Statements - Top 10 carnage

At the conclusion of net-cutting ceremony for UCLA's cagers at the West Regional final between the Bruins and Xavier, I made my way out to Packard Stadium lucky enough to see the final two innings of another Arizona State bloodletting. Sheesh! What's new?

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(This pretty much tells you what I walked into at Packard Stadium tonight)

Man, this is one ugly weekend for USC and Chad Krueter's rebuilding project in Troy. But the good news is that this is the only time all season that the Trojans will have to face off with the Sun Devils.

Speaking of ugly, check out what happened in the Top 10 today. We'll address them in the Three Down. First this...

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THREE UP---
The cool side of the day in college baseball.

1- The two schools that share the same fight song.
No. 28 Cal defeated No. 5 Long Beach State 10-6.
No. UCLA beat No. 6 Arizona 20-8.

Former Cal State Fullerton Titan David Cooper blasted a pair of home runs to ensure that the Beach would finally lose its first weekend series of the season. (Of course, in a strange twist, former Cal Bear Jason Corder, now the Dirtbag right fielder, also managed a grand slam against his old team.)

UCLA jumped all over Saturday starter David Coulon for nine runs and eight hits in 2.1 innings of work making this a no-brainer from the word go. Casey Haerther went 7-for-7 and got four hits from Jermaine Curtis and Brandon Crawford as well. This was ugly.

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(It was good news all the way around for UCLA today)

And yes, for those of you not too familiar with the UC system, Cal and UCLA do indeed have the same fight song. Never understood that one.

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2- Another no-hitter.
Kennesaw State - 0
Lipscomb - 4
Brandon McClurg tossed 113 pitches in a complete-game, 10K no-hitter today to beat the Owls and help LU improve to 13-11 and 9-5 on the season. McClurg also improved to 4-0 with the win and is now sporting a 1.59ERA with a 34-10 K-to-BB ratio.

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3- UNC-Wilmington setting the new CAA win streak mark.
Under a cold, gray 48-degree sky, the Seahawks spread a lot of warmth in their program with today's 3-2 win over Virginia Commonwealth. They just set the new conference-best winning streak mark at 19, eclipsing the old mark held by VCU (1998) and Old Dominion (2006). The win also means UNCW ties this season's national best of 19 straight wins held by Kentucky and Arizona State. They both lost last weekend.


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THREE DOWN---
The bummer side of the day in college baseball.

1- The Top 10.
Seven of the nation's Top 10 lost on Saturday.
No. 3 North Carolina lost to N.C. State 8-6.
No. 4 Florida State lost at Wake Forest 4-2
No. 5 Long Beach State lost at Cal 10-6
No. 6 Arizona lost to UCLA 20-6.
No. 8 Missouri lost at Texas Tech 3-2.
No. 9 UC Irvine lost at Cal Poly 4-2.
and No. 10 Texas lost to Nebraska 2-0.

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2- Texas.
Lost 2-0 to No. 30 Nebraska.
The Longhorns, with all their expected high draft choices on the roster, could muster only two hits against NU's Thad Weber. The Cornhuskers' Saturday starter struck out five and walked only two. In case you were wondering, Jordan Danks, Brandon Belt, Preston Clark and Kyle Russell went a combined 0-for-12 after going just 2-for-12 in yesterday's loss.

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3- The (former) leaders of the SWAC.
Alcorn State, lost 5-3 at Jackson State.
Prairie View lost at Southern 6-3 and 4-2.

Both schools came into the weekend leading the East and West divisions respectively but leave with their tails between their legs. Alcorn was 7-2 coming in, but with today's loss to the Tigers, they lost two of three to allow JSU to take over the East lead.

In PV's two 7-inning losses at SU, the Panthers allowed seven of the 10 runs in unearned fashion. The Panther D also committed six errors and blew leads in both games.


Have a good Sunday in college baseball land.

G'night.

Comments

UCLA and Cal have the same fight son because when UCLA was established, it was merely a 2 year teacher's college and called the Southern Branch of the University of California.

They began playing athletics as it changed to a four year university and was no longer a teacher's college, but it was still the sister school of Berkeley and the UC was ademant that it stay that way. UCLA was forced to use blue and gold as colors (something the UC system has forced every UC to do), was given the nickname the Cubs and use the same fight song.

As time went on, UCLA became the biggest UC school and developed it's own identity (changing the blue to a different shade and becoming the Bruins), but the fight song was ingrained in the school's fabric so it stayed. They attempted to change it a few times in the 30's and 40's, but it didn't fly.

Nebraska's success is great for all the Big Red fans.
But for those of us who go to the College World Series each year and have to scramble for tickets, the prospect of the Huskers playing in Omaha is baaaaaaad news.

The Huskers are looking like a team that could compete for one of the top 8 national seeds. Your thoughts?

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