Monday, June 13, 2005

Challenge of the Super Regionals

I had hoped to have a full super regional post here, but unfortunately because of Tropical Storm Arlene and wacky scheduling, that didn't happen.

What we do know is that Tennesee and Florida were among the first teams to punch their tickets to Omaha, having dispatched Georgia Tech and Florida State respectively on Saturday.

Big XII co-champs Nebraska had little trouble with Miami in their Super Regional. They beat the Hurricanes in 2 straight.

Sadly, Defending champion Cal State-Fullerton will not be making a return trip to Omaha, as they lost 2 of 3 to Arizona State.

That leaves these four games today:

Texas at Mississippi (6:00 PM ESPN2): The Longhorns were forced to play 1 1/2 games yesterday because of Tropical Storm Arlene, and the Longhorns split the "doubleheader". Texas closer Brent Cox nearly cost them both games, however.

Clemson at Baylor (noon ESPN): After a strange let up in game 1, the Baylor Bears stormed back in Game 2 behind the brilliant pitching of Matt McCormack to set up today's deciding game

Rice at Tulane (noon ESPN2): Each team has laid the wood to the other in consecutive games. It will be interesting to see if this one will be any closer.

USC at Oregon State (3:00 PM ESPN2): It will be interesting to see which team recovers the fastest after last night's 10 inning affair. There was a lot of controversy over whether or not Oregon State should have gotten a Super Regional in the first place. This is the Beavers' chance to prove their critics wrong.
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