CWS: So, is anyone surprised by Oregon State?

By Eric Sorenson - June 21, 2006


Okay, that title line is kind of baiting you, sure. Of course most would be surprised by their CWS rebound, especially after how the Beavers played on Saturday against Miami. THAT was ugly.

But look people, I've said all along, this team was legit. I admit that the west was down a little bit this year, but Fullerton and OSU were the two best teams west of the Rockies, and now they're proving why. The thing that stopped the Beavers was the cold pitching of Dallas Buck. Talking to CSTV blogger Lindsay Schnell, she told me that even in their 4-3 game one win over Stanford in the Super Regionals, Buck wasn't sharp and was hit pretty hard.

But back to the matter at hand. Look, if there was EVER a reason go take the RPI out behind the barn and humanely shoot it in the head, Oregon State is the perfect example as to why. They're RPI going into the NCAA tournament was somewhere in the 35-40 range. Right now, as we type, the Beavers have a rating of No. 22. What a glistening pile of dung! This team is proving its worth.

Just for kicks, here's a list of some of the teams that are rated in front of them:
Pepperdine
Troy
Arkansas
College of Charleston
Winthrop
Nebraska
Texas
Florida State

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 12:40 AM on June 21, 2006
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Sorenson is right on. Yes, I'm surprised Oregon State has rebounded so successfully after the 11-1 drubbing by Miami. As recently as two years ago, if someone had told me OSU could beat teams like Miami and Georgia in the CWS, I would have laughed them out of the ballpark! Even this year, I had my doubts about OSU, and I'm a FAN! Sorenson hit the nail on the head all season long. Even if OSU loses to Rice, it has still been an astounding record-breaking year for the Beavers. Go OSU!

The good thing about a tournament system is that the RPI, in the long run, means nothing. OSU might've been #22, but they proved otherwise by making it here.

They also weren't #22 in the eyes of the selection committee, who saw the Beavers dominate out west and justly awarded a regional to Corvallis (as well as Fullerton I might add).

In the long run, RPI just doesn't matter if you're among the best teams, b/c you'll make it anyway. However, take the RPI and shoot it anyways, because the selection committee should just pick/rank the best 64 teams with the stats in front of them...nothing more, nothing less.

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