Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Big XII Baseball Fever.

"Cheap Seats Radio"

In order to counter the perception that all I listen to is
Romanian pop music, I have included my a link to my personal LAUNCHcast station at left. It's got a lot of rock from different genres and eras. It may put up an occasional 80's song too, which is one of my guilty pleasures, but it's mostly rock of some sort.

P.S. No I'm not podcasting. Don't have the time or technology to pull something like that off, at least not yet. If someone else decides to podcast, I'd be willing to be a semi-regular contributor.

Baylor finally wins a title

Congrats to Kim Mulkey-Roberston and Baylor Lady Bears' Basketball
on winning the school's first ever national championship.

(Lessee... Underground bunker... check. water.... check. 50 years of canned goods and batteries... check. flint and tinder... check. flashlight... check...)

All kidding aside, Mulkey-Robertson, a point guard on Louisiana Tech's 1982 national championship team, becomes the first women's player to have won a national title as a player and a coach (Bobby Knight was on Ohio State's 1960 NCAA national championship team)

Big XII Baseball.

Haven't had a chance really to talk about this with all the March Madness going on, but the Big 12 baseball conference schedule is about halfway over.

Here's the rundown of the season so far:

1. Nebraska (25-4 overall, 5-1 conference) - Not hard to figure out why this team is currently tied for first. Starters Johnny Dorn (1.71), Brian Duensing (1.72), and Zach Kroenke (1.93) are in the top 6 in conference ERA (no, I don't know what their VORP is). 3B Alex Gordon leads the Big 12 in runs scored and home runs, and is second in batting.
2. Missouri (23-5 overall, 5-1 conference) - Missouri is keeping pace with the second highest team ERA. Haven't seen any victories of importance on their schedule so far, though.
3. Baylor (19-12 overall, 6-3 conference) - Another Baylor team ranked and in the mix? Yes. Despite
yesterday's loss to Houston the Bears are having a great baseball season, something they have made a habit of since joining the Big XII.
4. Texas (27-5 overall 4-4 conference) - So-so start through 8 games, including dropping a whole series to Baylor. However, they have a chance to pull it together this weekend at conference leader Nebraska, which Cheap Seats will be following.

5. Oklahoma (17-11 overall, 3-3 conference) - another team starting .500 that could come on late
6. Oklahoma State (23-11 overall, 4-5 conference) - Falling fast after a weekend sweep at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
7. Texas A&M (22-10 overall, 4-5 conference) - Record hurting from losing 2 of 3 to both Texas Tech and Oklahoma. They have chances to improve that beforer OKC
8. Texas Tech (19-10 overall, 3-5 conference) - What ails the Red Raiders? Pitching. They are dead last in team ERA.
9. Kansas (22-12 overall, 2-4 conference) - I wish I had better news for the Phog Blog folks, but there is no hope.
10. Kansas State (15-12 overall, 2-7 conference) - Despite taking a game from Texas last weekend, K-State can't seem to put it together in conference.

(Note: Colorado and Iowa State don't field baseball teams. Never mind that the Air Force Academy, Colorado State and the University of Iowa somehow find the money for it.)

Tomorrow: A tradition unlike any other
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