Monday Stuff - The Belated Ouch List From Sunday

And now, with a little bit of adieu, here is the Ouch List for Sunday April 13th:

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(Cal coach David Esquer, with his Bono-like specs, must have concern about the direction of his team)

The Bears head our list of unfortunate Ouch List members. More

- California.
Result:
Lost two of three at USC. L17-1, L11-5, W13-11.
Why it hurts:
If not for the bloodlettings that Texas suffered at Mizzou, we might be talking about how poorly Cal played this weekend. The pitching staff came in with an ERA just over 3.00, but they looked nothing like that in L.A. this weekend. It might just be one of those weekends though, this team is still way too talented. At least I'm sure that's what David Esquer is hoping.

- Texas.
Result:
Lost two of three at Missouri. No, I mean really LOST two of three, like 31-12 and 13-2.
Why it hurts:
Like a car wreck on the side of the road, you can't help but stare at those two losses where the Longhorn arms gave up 31 and 13 runs to Mizzou. Sure UT won game three in the weekend series (9-2), but what do you think people are going to remember more come selection Monday?

- Kentucky.
Result:
Got swept in three games at Georgia. L3-2, L13-4, L6-4.
Why it hurts:
The Wildcats needed to prove something to all of us this weekend. But the SEC leaders in batting average, team ERA and fielding took it on the chin. I've been pretty harsh on UK so far this season (well... now that I think about it, not really, but I could see where people might think that), but redemption is always just around the corner in SEC play.

- College of Charleston.
Result:
Got swept in three at Furman, L11-9, L5-3, L9-5.
Why it hurts:
A seven game winning streak coming to a screeching halt is the least of the Cougars worries. The Paladins just swept CofC right out of first place in the SoCon, as they entered the weekend at 8-1. The Cougars committed 10 errors and issued 15 walks on the weekend. But a home weekend with new leader Elon may just be the tonic.

- Clemson.
Result:
Got swept at home by North Carolina L8-2, L4-3, L8-4.
Why it hurts:
This just doesn't seem like a Jack Leggett team. The fireballing arm staff got their ego bruised, especially by Heel second baseman Kyle Seager, and has a team ERA of 4.70. But the offense isn't keeping pace either. Only three players are hitting above .300, and a lot of key experienced bats are struggling, including Stan Widmann, who's hitting in the .260 range. CU has now lost nine straight and stand at 18-17 and 6-12 in ACC play.

- Illinois.
Result:
Lost all four games at home to Michigan, L9-5, L14-4, L14-6, L7-4.
Why it hurts:
The Illini had been the surprise of the Big 10 (that torch now passes to Purdue) and had the Maize and Blue coming to their place, right where they wanted them. But the talent of the Wolverines was just too much. Now IU falls from second place to the middle of the pack at 6-6.

- The East Division leaders of the Southland.
Results:
Lamar lost all three at home to Sam Houston State, L14-3, L9-8, L15-12.
Northwestern State lost all three at home to UT-San Antonio, L10-4, L11-9, L12-2.
Why it hurts:
The two Eastern leaders saw first hand how much ground they need to make to keep pace with the toughies in the West. Lamar is the bigger surprise, letting the BearKat bats have their way, especially in the Friday night game which was a run-rule finish in the 8th. NSU has some arm issues too, having now lost five straight and giving up eight runs or more in each loss. Neither team lost their standing in 1st and 2nd place, but both team ERA's ballooned above 5.00 now.

- San Francisco.
Results:
Lost three at Pepperdine, L11-2, L11-10, L8-5
Why it hurts:
Well, that was short-lived. The Dons entered the weekend at the top of the WCC and winners in 13 of their last 14 games (including Ws over Stanford, Fresno State and San Jose State). But Pepperdine brought them back to reality. Eric Thames went 9-for-14 with six RBI to pace the Waves.

- Long Beach State.
Results:
Lost two of three at home to UC Irvine, L10-5, W5-1, L4-1.
Why it hurts:
The 1-9 road trip was one thing, but now losing two of three at home to the Anteaters has really put the Beach behind the eight ball, even though Big West play is only two weeks old. Getting Danny Espinosa - hitting just .287 now - back to early season form is job one to help alleviate the putrid .268 team batting average.

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(Danny Espinosa needs to step up his game a tid bit more to help the Dirtbags excel.

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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