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Picking the Super Regionals
bring back our prognosticators for a look at the upcoming Super
Regionals. Along with Phil and Sean we have Allen Brown, a
former pitcher from Rice who played from 1993-96 and covered the
Houston Regional; Joe Godri, the head coach at Villanova; and
Steve Hill, our favorite calculus teacher at Toms River North
High School in Toms River, N.J. We have one new predictor, Tracy
Woodson, the head coach at Valparaiso.
In case you weren’t
keeping score at home, Phil went 12-4 in regional picks,
followed by Sean and Tracy at 10-6, Allen and Steve at 9-7 and
Joe at 8-8.
Allen: Texas (as they do against any team in the
nation) has superior starting pitching to TCU. TCU is a better,
deeper, more diversified offensive team than Texas. Good
pitching beats good hitting in Austin as Horns advance.
Joe: I love these in-state battles, everyone in
the Lone Star knows which the better team is. Most of TCU
players grew up Longhorn fans only to be Frogs (Toads) at the
end of the day. As a Colorado State alum I am pulling for the
MWC and friend Jim Schlossnagle hard! Horns won earlier in year
6-Love. Horns woes continue at plate but arms pitch Texas to
Omaha. Texas 2-0
Phil: Texas got stretched by Boston College and
Army in its regional. The Longhorns have the better arms and win
in two close games.
Sean: Longhorns get back to Omaha, but it’s not
easy. Texas in three.
Steve: Texas in 2
Tracy: Texas - pitching wins and they do it well
Allen: These teams are fairly evenly matched on
offense and in starting ptiching with LSU holding an advantage
in the bullpen and Rice holding an edge on defense. This series
will be interesting and close with LSU prevailing at home in
Joe: 2008 CWS elimination rematch. My Cat's
opened the season at the new "Box." I assure you Wayne Graham's
Rice Owls have never witnessed what they are about to encounter
on the Bayou. Rice's Berry stuns the Bengal Tigers with a
complete game victory in Game 1. After that, Owls become Tiger
bait! One of the true genuine men in college baseball, Paul
Mainieri, makes the trip back to Nebraska! LSU in 3
Phil: The Tigers will take advantage of the home
turf and turn back the Owls in two.
Sean: Teams split first two, Tigers take third at
the new Box. (Can we order up a sky like last year’s Super
Steve: LSU in 3
Tracy: LSU - Rice struggled a bit in regional and
it catches up with them this time
Allen: These teams play each other regularly and
there will not be any secrets. The Pirates got through their
regional at home despite fairly poor starting pitching. That
won't cut it in Chapel Hill as the Heels win.
Joe: Here we go again! The battle for North
Carolina gets you a greyhound ticket to Omaha. I need to use the
same breakdown here as I did with the Lone Star regional. That
means the Pirates know the Tar Heels are better. My goodness
they call North Carolina the "Tar Heel State." ECU's Bill
Goodwin should be a Coach of the Year candidate but the BUC
Stops HERE! White & Warren and thanks for coming! UNC in 2
Phil: The Pirates can hit and should enjoy
hitter-friendly Boshamer. Heels have better arms and survive in
Sean: Alex White returns to form. Tar Heels win
in two close games.
Steve: North Carolina in 2
Tracy: UNC - might be best team in the field
Allen: The Titans continue to roll at home and
advance in two games over Louisville.
Joe: Tough handicapping here. I am a big fan of
the Titians style of play and my Wildcats are in the Big East
with the Redbirds! After 12 head-to-head match-ups with Dan
McDonald's Cards over the last three seasons I know all to well
about the Birds offense and LHPs. I say Cards Justin Marks gets
it done in his game and the Redbird offense of Dominquez,
Wunderlich, and Clark string a big inning together in Game 3 to
advance. Louisville in a real tight three games.
Phil: Louisville had played so well over the past
five weeks. The Cards keep it going and win in three close games
over the Titans.
Sean: Cardinals make it interesting, but the
Titans take it in two.
Steve: Cal State Fullerton in 2
Tracy: Fullerton - travel for Louisville will
Allen: The Gators played well at home last
weekend in a competitive regional. They play well again this
weekend and end the Corky Palmer victory tour.
Joe: Coach Corky Palmer's retirement party will
be held after a 2 & Q BBQ in OMAHA!! Eagles gore Gators in
two! Coach Palmer, congratulations on a wonderful career!
Phil: Gators shed crocodile tears for Coach
Palmer and win in two.
Sean: Gators end Golden Eagles run in two.
Steve: Florida in 3
Tracy: Florida - don't think Southern Miss has
enough to beat the Gators
Allen: Another SEC vs. ACC match-up. No team was
more impressive than the Cavs in the Regionals. With Scott
Bittle unavailable on the mound for the Rebs and with Drew
Pomeranz unable to pitch until Saturday at the earliest, UVa
advances to the World Series.
Joe: Toughest regional on board. Two of the best
young skippers in the game with Bianco & O'Connor. This is the
Rebels fourth Super Regional in five seasons with nothing to
show for it with better clubs. The Cavs have a lot of young
'CALF'S' running around on the diamond. Experience on this
stage, experience in the lineup, and a great flag-waving deep
south home field advantage all points to the Rebels
advancing.... So I will go with UVa & O'Connor to navigate
through a close three-game series. UVa in 3
Phil: Cavaliers got outstanding pitching and did
not commit an error in three regional games. Rabid Rebel fans
will try to rattle the Wahoos. Ole Miss outlasts UVa in three.
Sean: Cavaliers continue their odyssey to Omaha.
Virginia in three.
Steve: Virginia in 3
Tracy: UVa - The region they won shows just how
good they are
Allen: An intriguing match-up of SEC vs. ACC. I
doubt the Seminoles will score 37 in a game (or probably even in
the whole series) against the Hogs, but Florida State will
prevail at home in three games.
Joe: Never easy for Mike Martin’s Noles to
advance through. Over the past few seasons the NCAA certainly
has challenged the Noles by sending Georgia (twice), Texas and
now Arkansas to Tallahassee for these types of games. 37-6 vs.
Ohio State, Coach Martin better hope the baseball gods aren't
Buckeye fans!!! I had the Hogs to win in Norman on the plains
but now in the humidity in the swamp like conditions of north
Florida I have the Noles in 2.
Phil: Florida State is on a mission to prove it
should have been a national seed and sweeps the Hogs in two.
Sean: Seminoles slug past Hogs in three (in a
tossup for me).
Steve: Florida State in 3
Tracy: Arkansas - upset of these regionals even
though they are pretty good
Allen: Sun Devils roll into the World Series in
two straight behind Mike Leake and company.
Joe: Clash of two legendary college baseball
programs. Side bar, I believe both programs wear white spikes,
this might be only location that happens this weekend. Tim Esmay
one of the best guys I ever work for is on the Sun Devils
bench. Sun Devils won't need to stage a fight this year! ASU
declaw the Tiger's under a cactus! GO DEVILS......in 2!
Phil: Sun Devils look to erase memory of Super
Regional loss a year ago and tame Tigers in two.
Sean: Sun sets on Tigers’ season. Sun Devils in
two, but the games are close.
Steve: Arizona State in 2
Tracy: Arizona State - Clemson struggled to win
their regional and now they go to Tempe, I don't think so
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