June 2, 2012
CBI Live: #3
Appalachian State 5, #2 Oklahoma 4
Around the Regionals
Scores & Schedules
Rider Coach Barry Davis at Charlottesville
the second year in a row, Rider coach Barry Davis (left) will
supply thoughts during the Charlottesville Regional. Davis, who
grew up in Charlottesville and starred at Bridgewater (Va.)
College, is 212-215 in eight years with the Broncs and 783-382
Game 1 – Virginia 9, Army 1
A game that has two starting pitchers returning day after
throwing one inning (Virginia's Branden Kline) and one batter
(Army's Chris Rowley), the concern may have been, how will their
Kline pitched into the sixth, giving way to the
bullpen. Kline did a great job holding Army's potent running
game in check. Quick to the plate combining with numerous picks
Army's Rowley struggled with command at times.
Five walks and four hit batsmen, but he battled. A Branden
Cogswell two-out, bases-clearing double gave Virginia the
cushion it needed. Going from 3-1 to 6-1 in one swing in the
sixth was huge.
Virginia has always been a great two-out scoring
machine. The first three runs came with two outs as well.
Following a bases-loaded hit batsmen, Stephen Bruno's two-out
single gave the Cavs a 3-0 lead. The interesting thing here, it
was a 3-0 count. I am not sure I would have done it, but it
worked. Bruno, Virginia's leading hitter and second in RBI
showed why he hits third. He ended with three RBI on the day.
By extending the lead to 6-1 then 9-1, the Cavaliers allowed
coach Brian O’Connor to save his pen. That is a major factor in
these tournaments. Especially when you have this region
condensed due to the weather.
Army played well. As with most games, there are
always three to five plays that make a difference. To me, the
3-0 green light and the bases-clearing double were the obvious
Another that may go unnoticed was the successful
hit and run by Brandon Downes (3 for 4, 2 R) to spark the
Army must regroup for Sunday’s game vs. Oklahoma at 11 a.m.
Rowley gave them a solid performance, leaving the Black Knights
rested in the pen. They should be ready to go.
Game 2 – Appalachian State 5, Oklahoma
This is a classic game that pits up-and-coming Appalachian State
dnd perennial power Oklahoma.
Outside of the obvious fact that App State
outplayed the Sooners in every phase, it was a game where one
swing by Oklahoma's No. 3 hitter Max White could have won the
game. How did that happen?
Ryan Arrowood pitched a terrific game, taking a no hitter into
seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth. Leading 3-0,
pitch-count climbing, you could clearly see he was losing his
As a coach what do you do? Bring in the situation righty or
lefty to get you to the closer? Bring in the closer knowing you
may burn him so he cannot pitch tomorrow? Stick with the
Here are a few rules I try to follow late in the game. 1) Don’t
let the starter lose a game he deserves to win because you left
him in. 2) Is the starter better than the guys in the pen? Why
bring in a guy that is not as good as the starter? 3) Bring the
closer in a must-win game. And all tournament games are must
win. 4) Go with your best guy...I sleep better knowing I did
that. Win or lose.
Of course, all of this is based on your knowledge
of your team. AND who knows better?
Coach Chris Pollard gave Arrowood a chance to finish. Two
two-out walks and a single plated one. Enter Nathan Hyatt (15
Maybe a batter too late, but a Coach Pollard
knows his personnel. Hyatt gets the fly out.
After adding two insurance runs, a 5-1 lead seemed to be enough.
Well, it wasn't. Two walks, a hit batter and a balk brought the
score to 5-2. Enter lefty Ryan Frankoff. Zero saves, but solid
numbers. He gets a ground out, a strike out and fly out. Mixed
in between all of that was a passed ball and wild pitch. Tying
run at second when the final out was made by White, Oklahoma’s
Tournaments are about winning and advancing. Ugly or pretty,
doesn't matter. So what! Virginia and App State did just that.
Bullpens rested and ready.
Army and Oklahoma will rebound. Teams making it
this far are resilient.
(photo courtesy of Rider Media Relations Office)