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  1. For 2018, the NCAA has changed how they'll do the seeding for the CWS Tournament. See the article below from Kendall Rogers at www.D1Baseball.com ************************************************************************** Top Seeding Changes Coming To Tourney News Kendall Rogers - October 6, 2017 For years, college baseball coaches and fans alike have asked the same question about how the NCAA tournament field is assembled. “If softball can seed the top teams in the tournament 1-16, why can’t baseball?”. That’s the question that has been on everyone’s mind for at least the past decade. It was guaranteed to come up at every State of Baseball press conference in Omaha, and it has always been a topic of discussion at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention as well. That question no longer needs to be asked, as the NCAA baseball postseason format will include seeding the Top 16 teams and regional hosts in the field of 64 as opposed to just the Top 8 teams that we’re accustomed to, a measure that was approved this past week by the Division I Baseball Committee and subsequently by the NCAA Competition Oversight Committee. “This is a big deal for our sport. We have to continue making the tournament better and by going 1-16 with the top seeds, it makes our tournament more equal to all areas,” Sidwell said. “The committee felt strongly that this was something we should do. There were times when there were particular restrictions on travel, mileage and things like that, but we wanted to grow the game and make the tourney better. “So, now we’re at 1-16, and I think we get more of a true field,” he continued. “We will have true matchups in super regionals for the teams in the Top 16. My biggest thing is looking at our great sport and find ways that we can grow the game and make everything better, whether it’s pace of play or simply tweaking some things in regards to the postseason.” The best news? It’ll start in 2018 and the format will call for 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, and so on in the super regional round. Should one of those seeds get upset in the regional round, the winner of the regional would replace them as that seed and there would not be a reseeding process, a potential future change that many coaches are still in favor of. “This is a great step forward for our sport and long overdue,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “College baseball has grown to the point that regionalization of the NCAA tournament should be an afterthought to putting the best possible tournament structure together."Committee chairman Scott Sidwell has been a strong proponent of seeding 1-16. For the most part, the feeling from the NCAA had always been that it wants to help grow and promote the sport in different parts of the country, while also hoping to present supers that will be buzzy for television ratings and attractive matchups. Therefore, we have consistently ended up with outstanding super regionals such as Florida-Florida State, Florida-Miami, of course TCU-Texas A&M, and out on the West Coast, it was a virtual guarantee that some of those teams would be paired in the supers round. While exciting, it left a salty taste in the mouths of several coaches over the years. “I just think it’s going to be a different angle on the postseason. Instead of making it more regionalized like the past, it’s going to be much more national in scope,” Cal State Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook said. “This was a good day for the California schools, and frankly, other teams like Florida, Florida State and Miami, along with TCU and Texas A&M. Now, you’ll have multiple teams from multiple areas paired up in supers, which is good for the game. It makes this a national thing.” But the idea of shifting away from ranking the traditional 1-8 national seeds and moving to a 1-16 seeding format began to gain more traction this past summer in Omaha, thanks to NCAA Division I Committee chairman Scott Sidwell, the athletic director at the University of San Francisco, and others. Sidwell never budged when asked about the possibility of seeding 1-16. He would always say “absolutely”, and by the end of his trip to Omaha, he made it clear it was his mission to make sure that change occurred before his tenure was up. He and other members of the committee didn’t waste any time and college baseball will now see a much-needed change take place With the premier teams and regional hosts being seeded 1-16, the next question from many around the sport will be about potentially seeding 1-64. Though you can’t say never after today’s news, the likelihood of that occurring in the near future is small. There are some serious obstacles against seeding all 64 teams in the postseason. Unlike basketball, which has almost every game televised on some sort of platform, there are still some conferences where viewing games is a challenge. Of course, there are regional advisory committees, but I doubt the committee will want to rely solely on that and metrics to make those tough decisions in the 50-64 range. “Going to 64 at some point would be challenging because there are so many championships and the way we do our championship would in theory affect other championships,” Sidwell said. “There are some financial concerns with going to a 1-64 seeding, and some other items that we’d need to look at.” For now, consider it a win for Sidwell and the sport. We finally got 1-16.
  2. I'll just leave this right here
  3. Update as you see fit. 4 VCU 5 1 DBU 0 B4 1 LSU 6 4 Lehigh 3 T7 3 UVA 3 2 USC 1 B8 4 Mercer 4 1 Florida St. 4 T8 3 Clemson 2 2 AZ St 6 B8 4 Morehead St 2 1 Louisville 5 T8 3 Maryland 3 2 Ole Miss 0 T5 4 St. Johns 3 1 Ok State 3 B5 4 FIU 0 1 Miami 6 T6 4 Florida A&M 0 1 Florida 6 B5 4 Texas Southern 0 1 Texas AM 2 T6 4 Houston Baptist 4 1 Houston 0 B2 4 Sacred Heart 0 1 TCU 1 T3 4 Ohio U 2 1 Illinois 4 B2 4 Lipscomb 0 1 Vandy 0 B2
  4. Here are the unis today; As was mentioned in the Gameday thread, Vandy starting 3B has been suspended by the NCAA for the remainder of the CWS. He was leading the team in stolen bases. His replacement is a rarely used soph from Portland, OR. .133 AVG. Hook Em!
  5. I won't be doing much PBP today, but I'll be following along and chiming in when I can. Got a big grad party going on here today. Here's the lineups:
  6. CWS preview

    Bracket 1 UC Irvine ISR: 22 Scouting Report: The Anteaters are more Texas than the Horns – in other words, this team plays small ball and manufactures runs with almost no extra base hits at all. They get creative and shift on defense a lot, but are excellent in the field and on the mound. Their road to Omaha: Beat the No. 1 overall seed in their own park twice when they won the Corvallis Regional, then went to Stillwater and beat Oklahoma State in consecutive games. They’re in the CWS Final if…they play from ahead. Even if it’s only one run, this team is built on pitching a defense and has the ability to make a single run the difference in a game. Projected first week: 1-2 – The Anteaters will send Louisville packing in an elimination game, but won’t be among the last four standing at TD Ameritrade. Texas ISR: 5 Scouting Report: Not the best pitching, bullpen, offense or defense in Omaha, but this is an extremely confident bunch. The one thing on this team that is the “best of” for the Horns is their coach – Augie Garrido knows how to win this tournament. Their road to Omaha: Built emotion and confidence in wins over Rice and A&M at the Houston Regional and leveraged that psychological boost into back-to-back wins over Houston in the Supers. They’re in the CWS Final if…they continue to believe in themselves and each other. Projected first week: 3-1 – A replay of the Houston regional – a win over UCI in the opener and again in a winner’s bracket game, but then dropping one before winning a decisive game to go to the Finals. Vanderbilt ISR: 6 Scouting Report: This isn’t the most talented Vanderbilt team in the last 5 years, but they’re very balanced in all phases. The Commodores aren’t going to Wow anyone with their season stats, but they don’t do anything poorly. Vanderbilt loves to pressure a team by stealing bases. Their road to Omaha: Vandy didn’t drop a game in the Nashville Regional. The Commodores lost a game to Stanford in Super Regional play. They’re in the CWS Final if…they find consistency and an emotional boost. Vandy doesn’t lack much, but needs a little extra help in order to emerge from Bracket 1. Projected Outcome: 3-2 – Vanderbilt wins the loser’s bracket and then beats Texas in the first game of the bracket finals, but that’s as much noise as they make. Louisville ISR: 20 Scouting Report: Louisville is built on power pitching and athleticism. Their team size, speed and strength show up on the base paths, in the batter’s box and on defense. On the mound, they have an embarrassing abundance of guys that can throw gas. Their road to Omaha: Louisville wasn’t seriously challenged in either the Regional or Super Regional they hosted. After sending home their in-state rival, UK, in the first round, the Cardinals then ended the Cinderella story of Kennesaw State in Super Regional play. They’re in the CWS Final if…they’re ready to elevate their game. Playing in the AAC, and a Super Regional against Kennesaw State is not on par with games against the other 7 teams in Omaha. Projected first week: 0-2 – Somebody has to go 2 and Que. Any team from North of the Mason-Dixon line and East of the Mississippi River is normally a safe bet for an early exit. photo credit: stadiumjourney.com Bracket 2 Texas Tech ISR: 12 Scouting Report: Texas Tech has improved throughout the season. Their pitching has stolen the postseason show for them. Even though the offense has been quiet during Regional and Super Regional play, the Red Raiders always seem to produce a run when needed. Their road to Omaha: The Red Raiders won the Coral Gables Regional and their Super Regional against College of Charleston thanks to unbelievable starting pitching. They’re in the CWS Final if…their pitching stays hot. This is pretty simple – Tech has only allowed four runs in six postseason games. If that kind of dominance continues, the Red Raiders will contend. Projected first week: 0-2 – Their inexperience will catch up to them in Omaha. It’s been a great run, but the other seven teams at the CWS aren’t a No. 4 seed (College of Charleston). TCU ISR: 4 Scouting Report: Longhorn fans are familiar with the Horned Frogs – there’s no need to tell you that they excel in all areas. TCU has no real weakness and enters the tournament as one of the favorites to win it all. The only question is whether their MLB draftees are affected by being picked. Their road to Omaha: One of only two national seeds to make it to Omaha, TCU cruised through the Fort Worth Regional with a 3-0 record. The Horned Frogs then hosted Pepperdine in the Supers and needed a two-run rally in the 9th inning of the decisive game to advance to the CWS. They’re in the CWS Final if…they don’t get cute. Players and teams feel pressure to go ‘above and beyond’ when they get to Omaha. Most that press themselves end up playing at a level beneath their capability. TCU needs to trust their abilities and not fall into this trap. Projected first week: 3-1 – Welcome to the Finals, Frogs. They’ll drop their second or third game along the way, but emerge from Bracket 2. Virginia ISR: 8 Scouting Report: Virginia has no real weaknesses as a team. They are the outright favorites for good reason. The main question for UVA fans is whether they have enough pitching depth to win it all. Their road to Omaha: The Cavaliers were test in both rounds of postseason play, but answered the bell repeatedly. Maryland proved particularly tricky in the Super Regional round, but UVA slowly squelched that fire. They’re in the CWS Final if…they play from the winner’s bracket. Virginia has the talent to win it all, especially if they don’t play any extra games and get quality starts from the pitching staff. Projected first week: 3-2 – Virginia will win a game in the bracket finals before finally succumbing to TCU in a decisive game to go to the finals. Mississippi ISR: 7 Scouting Report: Ole Miss is a veteran team that does everything well. There aren’t elite draft picks on their roster, so their preseason pick to finish 6th in the SEC West suited them fine and allowed them to play underdogs all season. Their road to Omaha: Hosted a Regional and beat Washington in the finals. Then went to Lafayette, dropped the first game against ULaLa and rebounded to win two straight. They’re in the CWS Final if…they can relax and just play baseball. Ole Miss struggled for years to get over the Super Regional hump and make it to the CWS. Now that they’re in Omaha, the tendency will be to try to do too much. Projected first week: 1-2 – The Rebels will not be an easy out in any game and will account for themselves well. Their first CWS in over 30 years will be memorable, but it won’t include a trip to the Finals.
  7. OK, one more to get to Omaha. House money, folks. Let's get this done! Same lineup for the Horns today. Marlow Johnson Payton Tres Carter CJ Shaw Clemens Gurwitz French on the bump Houston: Survance-9 Vidales-4 Ratcliff-6 Pyeatt-7 Montemayor-DH Grayson-3 Hollis-5 Barker-2 Fulmer-8 Garza on the hill Game time is 1 PM CST
  8. Taking a look at the profiles of the 16 teams left in the Supers...here's my ranking from Most Likely to Least Likely to win it all in Omaha. FAVORITES: 1. TCU - Interesting to see if the long innings last weekend come back to haunt, but I think this team has the best overall profile of the remaining teams, now that all those national seeds have already exited the dance. The best ERA in college baseball in 2014 (Team ERA of 2.14). This is the one team I would absolutely not want to face right now. 2. Virginia - They blew it in the Supers last year as a national seed. They've also got salty pitching (2.29 Team ERA). Virginia feels like the kind of team that's been knocking on the door for years and is ready to kick the sonofabitch down. LOTS OF POTENTIAL: 3. Vanderbilt - Like UVA, Another perennial underachiever but a strong team...I am VERY nervous about having UVA and Vandy ranked #2 and #3 on this list btw. Last year the Dores were the #2 national seed and got pushed to Game 7 by Georgia Tech and then got 1-2-BBQed by Louisville at home in the Supers. I like Vandy's potential draw if they get by Stanford. Potential revenge against Louisville, or they'd draw the tourney's cinderella Kennesaw State. Would potentially avoid TCU/Virginia/ULaLa until the final series. 4. Houston - On one side you could say that Houston is the hottest team in the tourney after taking 2 of 3 at LSU. On the other side you could say that Stony Brook did the same in 2012 and then got smoked in Omaha. But Houston was impressive in February, they're playing even better now, and they'll be a tough out. 5. Texas - Really, UH and Texas should be 4a and 4b. The fact that they have to play each other should inherently push them both down on this list because I think this Super will be a total 50-50 toss up. Texas has arms for days even with Peters out. Timely hits, and the lack of errors (mental or otherwise) decide whether this team is good or great. Chances for a title have increased dramatically thanks to the early exits of teams like LSU, OR STATE, FLA STATE, FLA... 6. Louisiana-Lafayette - 66 team HRs and a team batting average of .319. But since the bats were changed I don't think mashers have done jack squat in Omaha. Even LSU rode more speed and arms to get their last title. The Cajuns have a Team ERA of 3.31 which doesn't sound bad, but it's good for 67th in the country. I've got my "FRAUD" sticker ready to slap on these guys' helmets at any moment. A PUNCHERS CHANCE: 7. Louisville - A return to Omaha would be Louisville's 3rd in 8 years. The Cards avoid a trip to Tallahassee and get a bonus home Super Regional. Combine that with a relatively weak regional draw (Kentucky was a garbage 2 seed) and this is a gift wrapped trip to the CWS. 8. Pepperdine - I will always respect, and probably overrate California teams. I have seen enough Stanford, Fullerton, Pepperdine, UC Irvine baseball to know these guys play like winners. If Pepperdine can escape Ft Worth they can do anything. 9. UC Irvine - Any Texas fan worth his salt knows what the UC Irvine anteaters are capable of. They just beat the overall #1 ranked team in the country on the road, Stillwater won't scare them. My most likely Supers upset. 10. Oklahoma State - Ok State took 4 of 6 from Texas but they just didn't ring my bell as a title contending team. I think they're good across the board but not dominating anywhere. 11. Texas Tech - I think the Red Raiders are a year or two ahead of schedule. But if the young pitchers can win on the road in their first regional appearance, maybe they can do anything. Most likely they can do enough to beat CoC at home, but then stage fright would set in at TD Ameritrade. 12. Stanford - Stanford had a lousy year that they've salvaged with the upset win in Bloomington. But this is not the typical Stanford team...they've given up 6+ runs in 17 of 58 games (34-24 record overall). That's almost 30% of their games. That's not winning baseball in NCAA 2014. LONG SHOTS: 13. College of Charleston - The best #4 seed in the country coming in, and they drew probably the best possible Super Regional matchup since Texas Tech also upset Miami. They could make it to Omaha, but they won't win in Omaha. 14. Ole Miss - Haha. Come on now. Look up their history, this ain't happening. It's been 42 years since Ole Miss made it to Omaha. 15. Maryland - Maryland's making some noise, and they can finish their F-U-ACC tour by breaking UVAs hearts in the Charlottesville Super Regional. They CAN. They WON'T. 16. Kennesaw State - Sorry Owls. Nice run in Tallahassee though. You'll always have Tallahassee.
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