Monday Stuff - The Belated Ouch List From Sunday

First question: Has the SEC just lost any hopes for a national seeding? If Memorial Day rolls around and not a single SEC team gets a guaranteed home Super Regional, this past weekend might be the main culprit. All the higher ranked teams took in on the chin in the Southern super-conference this weekend.

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(Curt Casali and the Commodores will have to hustle more to rebuild from this weekend)

That's where we're going to start our Ouch List for this week. Because of attrition, it looks like the SEC is slowly becoming like it was last year, a lot of good teams, but no great teams. I know, that's certainly arguable. And, it's still early. Here are the hurtin' kind from this weekend.

- Vanderbilt.
Record:
31-13 overall, 11-9 in the SEC, 3rd place in the East.
Result:
Lost two of three at home to Kentucky, W3-2, L6-2, L3-1.
Why it hurts:
Vandy's chances for a national seed are wilting. Hell, maybe even a No. 1 seed period. With Pedro Alvarez back this was supposed to be a totally different offensive team. But not this weekend. The UK staff - No. 1 in the SEC - put the clamps to the 'Dore bats big time, holding them to six runs. Sunday's games saw VU out-hit the Cats 11-6, but four costly errors doomed them.

- South Carolina.
Record:
31-14 overall, 11-10 in the SEC, 4th place tie in the East.
Result:
Got swept in Baton Rouge by LSU, L11-3, L11-10 (11inns), L6-3
Why it hurts:
Can you name the last time an LSU team played over its head and beat a Top 10 team in three games at home? Plus, if a light hitting team like LSU (came in hitting .268 in SEC games) can out-slug the Cocks, what's going to happen in the post-season when they play someone with serious offensive skills? Hmmm. This just gives fodder to that whole "Does SoCar have the pitching?" question that the media-types love to ask about this team.

- Mississippi.
Record:
28-17 overall, 11-10 in SEC, 1st place in the West.
Result:
Lost two of three at home to Arkansas. W12-4, L13-11(10inns), L12-4.
Why it hurts:
The general rule of thumb in the SEC is that you take care of business at home and then try to play .500 ball on the road, or as close to that as you can. Well, the Rebels mystery team tour continued as the Hogs went into Swayze and pulled out a pair of wins on Saturday alone. This is the second time this year that the Rebs have lost twice at home in SEC play, losing two to Florida back in mid-March. The good news is that they are still in 1st in the SEC West at 11-10.

- Georgia.
Record:
29-14 overall, 15-5 in the SEC, 1st place in the East.
Result:
Lost the last two games at Florida
Why it hurts:
I don't think a lot of us are going to disparage the Dogs for dropping a pair of games at McKeithen Stadium, it's not an easy place to play. But coming in as the dominant team and having the highest national ranking (in one or two of the "polls"), they were carrying the torch for the conference. Now, after a 2-2 week, the Dawgs national profile took a hit this week, dropping them to No. 17 in the writer's poll.

- Arizona
Record:
28-13 overall, 7-8 in the Pac 10, 5th place.
Result:
Lost two of three at Oregon State, both losses by a single run.
Why it hurts:
This is a horrible result, no shame in going on the road to the two-time defending national champions and losing two close shaves. But - and this is a big but - when the NCAA selection committee decides to only dole out three or four regionals out West, if it comes down to a choice of these two teams, the Beavers got the drop on the Wildcats.

- Charlotte.
Record:
31-12 overall, 12-6 in the Atlantic 10, 2nd place tie
Result:
Lost two of three to Duquesne to fall into a second place tie with the Dukes.
Why it hurts:
With a record of 30-10, wins over South Carolina and Wake Forest, a close loss to North Carolina and an RPI of 53, the 49ers looked to take over the Atlantic 10 conference this weekend to further enhance the at-large resume. But getting roped for 16 and 18 runs in Saturday and Sunday losses, leaves the confidence shaken and the NCAA bid in serious jeopardy.

- New Mexico.
Record:
27-19 overall, 11-4 in the MWC, 2nd place
Result:
Swept in three straight at home to UC Irvine.
Why it hurts:
All that stuff we just said about Charlotte goes double for the Lobos. They had an RPI of 52 and could've used a marquee series win in a rare visit from a Top 10 team. All went for naught after a tough loss on Friday (5-3), they fell apart on Saturday and Sunday, relenting 23 runs. They also lost twice in the mid-week to Arizona. All is not lost though, as UNM is still just a half-game out of 1st in the Mountain West and has TCU coming to Albuquerque to end the regular season.

- Missouri.
Record:
29-14 overall, 9-9 in the Big 12, 4th place.
Result:
Lost all three games at Texas A&M, L9-8, L15-0, L3-2 (10inns)
Why it hurts:
It still may be a tad early to say this, but the Tigers may have just shot themselves in the foot for getting a home regional. Again, it's early. And I love the way Aaron Fitt put it, going into the 7th inning on Friday, Aaron Crow had squelched the Aggie attack, and Mizzou was sitting pretty with an 8-2 lead. An hour later, the Ags had come back to win it from the Tiger bullpenners who couldn't stem the Maroon tide and eventually lost in the 9th inning on a balk call. From there, the Tiger arms were a major problem, losing 15-0 on Saturday and then, as Aaron also pointed out, sending Rick Zagone out for the 10th inning on Sunday, 142 pitches into his outing, only to give up a home run on pitch No. 143 to Kyle Colligan.

- Florida State
Record:
35-7 overall, 19-5 in ACC, 1st in Atlantic Division.
Result:
Lost two of three at North Carolina, L11-4, W13-5, L2-1.
Why it hurts:
You have to like FSU's bounce-back ability for the second week in a row. But you still have to think, they lost two of three to a high-profile team again. Will it cost them in the national seeds department? It could. But there's still time to make amends, namely, the ACC tournament.

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(Despite the Sunday loss, you had to be impressed by Elih Villanueva's 9-inning, 2-hit performance)

- California
Record:
27-13 overall, 7-8 in Pac 10, tied for 5th.
Result:
Lost all three at Arizona State, L11-7, L11-7, L18-2.
Why it hurts:
Barring an incredible hot streak to end the season, this will almost assuredly knock the Bears out of a possibility of a No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament. But even more alarming for the Bears has been the ineffectiveness of Friday ace Tyson Ross, who got roped at USC two weeks ago and gave up eight earned runs and five walks in 5.1 innings of work vs. the Devils on Friday. Not a good sign.

Comments

Eric, you getting out to Malibu this weekend for the USD series?

You bet your sweet Waves I am, Will. Not sure which day I'll show up for, but I have to make it out for at least one of them. Then again, if things get in the way, I can always watch the games on CBS College Sports. But nothing beats an afternoon at Eddy D. Field man.

I need the advice of someone familiar with LA area college baseball. I'll be in LA the weekend of May 17th and noticed that Oregon State will be at USC, Washington State at UCLA, and that Monday Oregon State will be at Long Beach State. Any suggestions as to which games to go to? Do you think OSU is on a roll again late like they did last year? Can they win it again without Darwin Barney?

Welcome to Smogland KC. Lots of Beaver-watchin' to do that weekend. I think OSU is starting to hit its stride now (despite the mid-week losses at Gonzaga). The performance frosh hurler Tanner Robles gave against Arizona on Sunday was a stunner. Don't know if they'll change the rotation for that Long Beach game on Monday.

Now, can OSU win it all again without Darwin Barney? Sure, there's a chance. My hope is that they can win it all without Erin Andrews milking their feel-good story at the expense of the opposing team again.

On another note, too bad Pepperdine is out of town that weekend. But that's okay, you'll see plenty of Baseball Stars anyway.

How come Clemson isn't on here and Flordia State is on there?

Ummmm, Clemson didn't make the Ouch List from last weekend because they went 3-0 vs. Virginia Tech.

Meanwhile, FSU lost some ground for losing the second series in a row, so they get a small ouch.

C'mon Brett, try to keep up here. I can only help you out so much. But thanks for readin' and writin'.

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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