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Beesball In NCAA Divisional (Gainesville) With Florida In The Way

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    Beesball In NCAA Divisional (Gainesville) With Florida In The Way

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    Damn - the trip to the CWS is through Florida (RPI=1). Oh well, we just beat FSU (RPI=3) and now have an RPI of 24. We'll need hot bats, few errors and decent pitching.

    College of Charleston (RPI=43) and Bethune-Cookman (RPI=184) are toast.

    First game for us is Friday against Charleston. I would expect Hall to save Farmer for Saturday when we will most likely play Florida for the first time.


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    Heck of a tough row to hoe, but if next week is like last week... then things will be sweet!

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    buzz -- I'll go ahead and say it. We took down #1 last weekend. There is a new #1 for us to take down this weekend.

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    Analyzing some of the selections from the Perfect Game:

    * Florida getting top national seed -- There are plenty of people out there that will have issues with the Gators getting the top overall national seed, but it was a good move on the committee’s part, it’s just one I didn’t think they’d do. The Gators didn’t win the SEC regular season title, but played a brutally tough non-conference slate to go with an always tough conference schedule. Furthermore, the Gators put together an outstanding resume. For instance, NCAA Selection committee chairman Kyle Kallander pointed to the Gators’ 21-10 record vs. RPI Top 25 as a reason they were the top national seed. Also note that Florida was 23-13 vs. RPI Top 50 and 33-16 vs. RPI Top 100. Those are astonishing marks, and good job by the NCAA to recognize them.

    * College of Charleston makes the field -- Here’s another classic case of a situation where I am fine with the committee’s decision. The Cougars probably didn’t deserve to reach the NCAA postseason based on overall resume, but how you finish in conference should have some bearing on your postseason pecking order, particularly if you hail from a conference with respect, such as the Southern Conference. The Cougars didn’t win the SoCon tournament, but finished the regular season tied with Appalachian State for the league lead, as well as having a 37-20. Other mid-majors with strong conference finishes that made the field include Missouri State, St. John’s, Indiana State and Sam Houston State.

    * South Carolina gets last national seed -- It wasn’t a fierce fight for the last national seed, but options included North Carolina State, Virginia and Purdue. N.C. State certainly would’ve had a strong case for a national seed had it finished a little stronger. However, the Wolfpack dropped a series to Florida State to end the regular season and failed to advance to the ACC tournament title game. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks didn’t play well in Hoover, but went 18-11 and finished a half-game behind LSU in the SEC standings during the regular season. Overall, the Gamecocks had an RPI of 11 and were 9-11 vs. RPI Top 25, 14-13 vs. RPI Top 50 and 21-14 vs. RPI Top 100.

    * Committee puts Clemson-South Carolina in same NCAA Regional -- Gamecocks and Tigers fans don’t like the idea of the two heated rivals playing against each other in an NCAA Regional, but doing so is fantastic for college baseball. The Gamecocks and Tigers were on a collision course last season, slated to meet in an NCAA Super Regional, before Connecticut broke up that quest. Now, the NCAA is making sure the two teams likely have to meet. The Columbia Regional is televised and the rest of the nation gets a taste of one of college sports’ great rivalries. Oh yeah, Coastal Carolina doesn’t exactly like Garnet and Black and Orange and Purple, either.

    * Giving Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State No. 2 seeds -- It was just over a week ago the Yellow Jackets were on the bubble to reach the NCAA postseason, but they played exceptionally well in the ACC tournament. As a result, the committee gave them a No. 2 seed in the Gainesville Regional. The Jackets are sizzling hot right now, and have overcome some brutally tough injuries to starting pitcher Matt Grimes and closer Luke Bard, among others. They’ve fought through a lot and still have 24 wins vs. RPI Top 100 programs.

    * Miami as a host … and especially a No. 1 seed -- We’re still trying to completely figure out the thinking behind the Hurricanes as a host and No. 1 seed. To say the least, Kallander and the committee didn’t give a legitimate-enough reason as to why the Hurricanes are at home in the first round. The Hurricanes reached the ACC tournament title game, but they put together a lackluster regular season resume. The ‘Canes finished fifth in the ACC standings. Furthermore, UM went 7-13 vs. RPI Top 25, 14-19 vs. RPI Top 50 and 23-20 vs. RPI Top 100. Kallander also pointed out that Miami played a tougher non-conference schedule than Kentucky, another potential No. 1 seed. However, Kallander also failed to point out the ‘Canes played a home-heavy non-conference schedule, something the committee hammered LSU for last season. It's obvious by this decision the committee has yet to decide -- does it penalize or reward teams that play home-heavy non-conference schedules? They haven't figured that one out.

    * Not putting in Wake Forest, not considering Southeastern Louisiana in last five -- Color me a little surprised the Demon Deacons weren’t part of the NCAA’s field of 64. Sure, the Demon Deacons didn’t put together a great conference record, but you’re talking about a team that hit the road at times in non-conference, namely to New Mexico State to all places. On top of that, they finished decently strong, ending the regular season by sweeping a three-game series from Clemson. Wake Forest 15-19 vs. RPI Top 50 and 17-23 vs. RPI Top 100. In other words, it had a better resume than ECU, for instance, which was a No. 2 seed in the field. Meanwhile, Southeastern Louisiana is another team that won some solid games against good competition, finishing 13-7 vs. RPI Top 100 and 5-1 vs. RPI Top 50, while also finishing near the top of the Southland Conference, and reaching the tourney title game. We feel like the Lions probably fell victim to the stigma that the Southland Conference isn’t worthy of three bids. That’s disappointing, though, because Jay Artigues had a very solid club this season.

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    Thanks. I just looked at Florida's record and don't feel as bad. Florida is a better team for the entire season than we are .....But ......

    Month of May Florida was 9-6 and GT was 10-4 (Embarrassing loss to Samford)
    Last 10 games Florida was 5-5 and GT was 6-4 (Embarrassing loss to Mercer)
    I see why some people would still question Florida being #1 seed. But its really academic since they are top seed in their bracket. Would be about the same whether they were #1 or 2 or 3 or 4.

    We HAVE to beat Charleston and Florida the first time to have a reasonable chance. Beat Charleston and lose to Florida and we are looking at two games on Sunday with Florida only having one (Florida will win their first game.)

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    http://media.790thezone.com/Podcasts...%205-29-12.mp3

    Danny Hall talks about the ACC and upcoming NCAA. 1PM Friday it starts. Glad we have the early game. Just beat Charleston and then Farmer / Cruz against Florida.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga Tech Navy Nuke View Post
    http://media.790thezone.com/Podcasts...%205-29-12.mp3

    Danny Hall talks about the ACC and upcoming NCAA. 1PM Friday it starts. Glad we have the early game. Just beat Charleston and then Farmer / Cruz against Florida.
    Don't forget the "BATS", that's a great help to our pitching and fielding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga Tech Navy Nuke View Post
    Thanks. I just looked at Florida's record and don't feel as bad. Florida is a better team for the entire season than we are .....But ......

    Month of May Florida was 9-6 and GT was 10-4 (Embarrassing loss to Samford)
    Last 10 games Florida was 5-5 and GT was 6-4 (Embarrassing loss to Mercer)
    I see why some people would still question Florida being #1 seed. But its really academic since they are top seed in their bracket. Would be about the same whether they were #1 or 2 or 3 or 4.

    We HAVE to beat Charleston and Florida the first time to have a reasonable chance. Beat Charleston and lose to Florida and we are looking at two games on Sunday with Florida only having one (Florida will win their first game.)
    The Charleston game could be a slugger's fest. The cougars are fifth in the nation in home runs (63). They also have a pair of power-arm pitchers that can throw in the mid-90's. We love the fast ball! Our bats are hot right now and we have momentum on our side more so than Charleston (momentum is as good as your next day's starting pitcher). We need to match them hit-for-hit if that's how the game goes, will see. I'm hoping that we don't go deep in our pitching and save them if we play the Gators. Florida is loaded with pitcher's.

    The Jackets are underdog's, mainly against Florida. But this could help us stay loose, confident and dangerous I'm thinking.

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    Breakdown of out region: GT is playing with house money!!! BaseballAmerica.com: College: Regionals: 2012 Gainesville Regional Preview

    Pitts to start tomorrow against Charleston: Best quote "‘The players have already talked about it. They want to pitch Pitts on Friday,’” Hall said. “I said, ‘Well, I guess I made the right decision.’” Tech to pitch Pitts on Friday, hold back Farmer | Georgia Tech

    Saving Farmer for Saturday was a no-brainer if you want to win it all. We just need to keep the hitting going.

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    Breakdown of out region: GT is playing with house money!!! BaseballAmerica.com: College: Regionals: 2012 Gainesville Regional Preview

    Pitts to start tomorrow against Charleston: Best quote "‘The players have already talked about it. They want to pitch Pitts on Friday,’” Hall said. “I said, ‘Well, I guess I made the right decision.’” Tech to pitch Pitts on Friday, hold back Farmer | Georgia Tech

    Saving Farmer for Saturday was a no-brainer if you want to win it all. We just need to keep the hitting going.

 

 
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