Monday, March 27, 2023

NCAA Tournament Champion Bulldogs in danger to defend

Defending national champion Mississippi State, which has made it to the final three College World Series as one of the last eight teams, will be working hard to make it an NCAA regional this year, losing three straight at home to Florida over the weekend. After. ,

Mississippi State (25–23, 9–15 SEC) have lost five in a row and are last in the SEC West and 102nd in the RPI, with the remainder of the conference series against Texas A&M on the road and Tennessee at home.

MSU is in danger of becoming the fifth national champion since 2007, and the first since Coastal Carolina in 2017 not to make the following NCAA tournament.

“We all know we have to go into a crazy race and we are more than capable,” said second baseman RJ Yeager. “I think everyone believes we can and we’re ready to come back after that.”

MSU has faced difficulties on many fronts. 1 starter after a sensation from the bullpen last year, was the first of three pitchers to sustain elbow injuries requiring Tommy John surgery. Stone Simmons and Brooks Auger followed. Healthy relievers combined for a 6.98 ERA.

The Florida series portrayed the conflict. The teams were tied 1-1 on Sunday before the Bulldogs lost 6-2 for a combined five runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Saturday’s game was tied 3-3, entering the ninth, before the Bulldogs conceded six runs and lost 9-3.

“We haven’t been to that bullpen late,” said coach Chris Lemonis. “It comes back to get you. It’s been tough. Sometimes when you play a good game you lose and then you lose it in the end. It’s a little demoralizing.”

MSU is the top defensive team in the SEC, and has put up good power numbers. Yeager, the graduate transfer from Mercer, and the new Hunter Hines have combined for 30 of the Bulldogs’ 84 homers in 48 games. MSU scored a total of 75 runs in 68 games last year.

However, there has been a lack of timely hitting. The Bulldogs were 7 out of 32 (.218) and were in runners-scoring position in three games against Florida; He left a combined 19 runners at base in Friday and Saturday’s losses.

The Bulldogs lost their top two hitters from the championship team to Tanner Allen and Rowdy Jordan. He lost first-round draft pick and CWS Most Outstanding Player-in-Staff ace Will Bedner and another 100-strikeout pitcher to Christian McLeod.

“It’s hard for people who have had to step into a different job,” Lemonis said. “When you lose someone, it pushes everyone forward and puts everyone in a different place. There’s been some adjustment to that and we probably don’t adjust as much as we should.

in election

Oregon State has held the top ranking in two major elections, ending Tennessee’s six-week run as Consensus No. The Volunteers (42-6) are still at the top of their ratings after dropping two out of three to lose their first series of the season in Kentucky. Oregon State (38-9) is No. 2 after extending their winning streak to six games with a sweep of Oregon. Oklahoma State (34-13) is No. 3 after extending the Cowboys’ winning streak to seven in a row after a non-conference sweep of Southeast Missouri State.

Baseball America and collegiate baseball The newspaper has Oregon State, Tennessee and Oklahoma State as their top three.

deal with the mess

Juaron Watts-Brown pitches Long Beach State’s first nine-inning no-hitter in a 4-0 win over UC Riverside on Sunday. Watts-Brown scored 16, one shy of the school record and the most runs scored by a dirtbags pitcher since 2004. The only baserunner allowed him to run in the fourth inning.

LBSU has got another no-hitter in 2015 by Chris Mathewson and Darren McCaughan.

Mashing Melendez

Evan Melendez of Texas hit home three times in a doubleheader sweep in West Virginia on Saturday to bring his season total to 25. With five regular season games and the Big 12 and the NCAA Tournament, Melendez is set to break Kyle Russell’s record of 28 in 2007. ,

lion roar

Colombia’s three-game sweep at Cornell extended its nation-best winning streak to 19 games and qualified the Lions for the Ivy League playoffs for the third time in a row. The Lions were 7-13 years old when their program-record streak began on April 2. They have won five consecutive Ivy League weekends, and their 15 straight conference wins are also a school record.

one ball cardinals

Ball State (32-14) continues to dominate with 11 wins in a row. The Cardinals have led the competition 100-30 and opponents batted just .193 during the streak.

Junior left-hander Tyler Schweitzer (8-2) earned a run in 20 1/3 innings and scored 22 in his last three starts.


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