Big East: Clearwater Revival

By Barry Loudis - May 23, 2006

Under overcast skies, the Big East tournament has had its fair share of hits today in Clearwater, Florida. So much for the humidity slowing anything down on its way out of the ballpark (or in, for that matter).

Today's first game featured no. 3 seed Louisville and no. 6 seed Rutgers. Twenty-seven total hits in the game made for an interesting "see-saw" battle, but only after the first five scoreless innings by Rutgers. Louisville (pronounced "lul-vill" for those who don't know) lead 6-0 going into the 6th. Much of which I think can be credited to their cheering section. One fan, we'll call her "Mrs. #5," but only because that is what is said on the back of her white tank top, was quite an outspoken fan for the 10 a.m. game. Rutgers put the scare of defeat into the Cardinals after an impressive three-run homer by Todd Frazier in the sixth and a five-run eighth. Louisville battled back however and won the game 9-8. Needless to say, "Mrs. #5" was happy. Louisville will play tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.

Game two was a bit more tame, only eight hits for each team but still impressive. Cincinnati faced off against Connecticut and the Huskies came away with the win 6-2. Most interesting was the endurance of Connecticut pitcher Tim Norton. Norton threw his fourth complete game of the season retiring the last nine batters in a row. I don't care if you are throwing balls in a coach-pitch league, a complete game is a chore. This hurler has done it three other times this season. Pretty impressive to a novice fan like myelf. Superfan of the game (and early runner for the entire tournament) award has got to go to the Cincinatti fans who just loves his bearcats. More impressive was his ability to wear sweatpants in the process. This guy was great, cheered for every pitch, clapped along to the groovy stadium tunes and even had a chance to dance a few steps in the process. This is what the college game has that others do not: Superfans who will throw caution to the wind and wear sweatpants in the Florida humidity and the wonderful "Mrs. #5."

St. John's and West Virginia matched up in the third game of the day. I thought that no. 4 seed St. John's number early single home runs in the 2nd and 5th innings but I was proven that I really do not know much about college baseball in the top of the 8th. That is when WVA's David Carpenter did his best Pujos impersonation and hit a grand slam. That put the Mountaineers up 5-3, a score that would stick to the end of the game. West Virginia will play tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET and St. John's will play at 1 p.m. ET.

I need to do some checking, but I believe that this tournament, in Clearwater, Florida, is the southermost baseball conference tournament in the NCAA this year. Anyone care to verify?

Posted by Barry Loudis at 07:12 PM on May 23, 2006
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Sweatpants are appropriate for humidity but more importantly for hiding the blaring white legs of the wearer.

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