Down to the Final 4 in the CWS: 1 Pac12 & 3 SEC teams
by Domerduck (2018-06-22 13:41:27)

The ACC underperformed in the NCAAs in baseball vs over performing in softball (see link) where they only got two teams in (including ND) and won it all. In baseball the ACC got 6 in with only 2 moving on to SRs despite 4 Seeded home teams in the regionals. Then only North Carolina made it to the CWS and again got eliminated by the PAC12's Beavers before the Final4 . Their win % record was only 54.8% worse than the Big 12 at 57.1% who had 5 teams in with their two seeded teams making it to the CWS but both Texas and TTU are out before the final 4. As usual the Big 10 still sucks in with their 4 teams having a 42.9% win rate. I know our coach Aoki isn't even as good as many of the Big10 coaches (especially Minnesota's) which I am sure is still Jack's standard given his inaction.

As usual the SEC is the top performing conference in baseball and now has the best chance to win the championship with only the OSU Beavers with a chance to stop them, but it will require 4 more wins with the next two against MSU must-wins. With more to play the Pac12 is currently at 66.7% vs the SEC at 67.8%. As fort he CWS the PAC 12 is on expectations as they got 2 as expected per seeds with Washington replacing Stanford. The SEC has 4 top 8 Seeds but only got 3 in tot he CWS, but they are still alive and only top seeded Florida has 1 loss. The SEC has been in 9 of the last 10 championships (since OSU won their back to back against North Carolina 2006 & 2007. The Sec has won 5 of those, the PAC12 two, the ACC (Virginia) 1 with Fresno State & Coastal Carolina breaking up the Power 5 domination in 2008 and 2016. This year the CWS was all Power 5 but probably the Big10 shouldn't count when it comes to baseball. Much like ND.

Arkansas eliminated Florida to make the finals
by ShermanOaksND  (2018-06-23 10:06:02)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

If Mississippi State beats Oregon State, it will ensure a first-time CWS champion for the sixth straight year.

Here in Corvallis we are definitely going for the Beavers &
by Domerduck  (2018-06-23 12:46:56)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I hope we can get ND fans to support as well. Pat Casey is coaching the most successful Northern school since the CWS expansion and three National Championships would be awesome. Plus we need to stop this SEC domination of College baseball. Given the anti-Catholic nature of the SEC and surprisingly the ACC (see link on softball discussion) rooting for a good Catholic like Pat Casey is a good thing.

But if MSU beats OSU tonite I will root for the Bulldogs over the Hogs. They have never won any NCAA championship let alone baseball. We were reminded that when the ND women's team beat their women in the basketball NC.

Is the admitted child molestor still on the mound for OSU?
by tar  (2018-06-23 13:32:53)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

If so, I’ll pass

Pat did a Rosary in the dugout so they are on to the finals
by Domerduck  (2018-06-24 12:58:19)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Nice article in which commented on "after a scary ninth inning that had Casey doing a Rosary in the dugout" as they got the last out with the base loaded and the winning run at bat. I did see him cross himself on TV. He is an intense coach but a great guy.

The Heimlich story is a complicated one which the kid now says his plea agreement was a means to reduce the stress on his family (see SI and Wall Street Journal recent articles). With him being already at OSU, Casey did not know about this until the NCAA's last year after Heimlich was already PAC12 POY. Still he did not pitch and it certainly affected the team. Pat I think handled it as well he could and I am sure in the future the will avoid this as policies and disclosures have been changed. I am sure a lot of schools have learned from this. The Heimlich kid has certainly had a pretty severe financial punishment given that he wasn't drafted the last two years and most would have projected him as a 1st rounder.

I still plan on rooting for the Beavers against the Hogs Monday.

I will be rooting for the Beavers. Anybody but an SEC team. *
by hibernianangst  (2018-06-24 17:25:20)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post