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Mid-Winter Thrills! - And Beyond - 2019
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forloveofthegame



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PostPosted: Fri 4/12/19 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know, that is horrible news!

Linda, where is our weekly rankings update?

By the way I finally did get out to a Toreros game this week. Since they were playing the Dirtbags at home on Tuesday, we hit the road to Fowler Park. USD has a 21-12 record now but they lost games to 2 of the strongest teams on their schedule. One was UCI a couple of weeks ago. They really got slaughtered in that game, 17-7 in Irvine but will get to meet them again in San Diego on May 7. In the game we went to they lost to LBSU, 5-4 but at least they were in the game and kept it close. This weekend they are playing at LMU.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/14/19 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for keeping me honest, Cath! I've really fallen behind this week!
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PostPosted: Tue 4/16/19 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that we have another rankings update, I'll be back with it in awhile!
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PostPosted: Tue 4/16/19 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UCLA has been playing some pretty good competition. Oregon State, Stanford and East Carolina were all top 10 teams and they won series from them.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/21/19 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We enjoyed a lazy afternoon out at Tony Gwynn Stadium yesterday and watched our Aztecs beat Air Force, 5-4, to move into second place in the MWC standings.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/22/19 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I talked to someone else who was at that game--sounded like a bullpen start!

Meanwhile, the latest rankings from BA.com are as follows:

1
UCLA


2
Stanford


3
Georgia


4
Oregon State


5
Vanderbilt


6
Arkansas


7
Louisville


8
UC Santa Barbara


9
Mississippi State


10
Texas A&M


11
East Carolina


12
Georgia Tech


13
Arizona State


14
Louisiana State


15
Texas Tech


16
North Carolina State


17
North Carolina


18
West Virginia


19
UC Irvine



20
Auburn


21
Tennessee


22
Oklahoma State


23
Mississippi


24
Baylor


25
Indiana
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PostPosted: Tue 4/30/19 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If Oregon State can survive the loss of such a key pitcher as Kevin Abel and still be ranked No. 4 a few weeks later, they must be deeper than I thought, or doing something right.

But meanwhile, UCLA remains ranked No. 1, followed closely by Stanford at No. 2, which has been the case for several weeks now. Vanderbilt has moved up to No. 3 in this week's BA.com rankings, as follows:

1
UCLA



2
Stanford



3
Vanderbilt



4
Oregon State



5
Arkansas



6
Mississippi State



7
Louisville



8
Georgia



9
East Carolina



10
Georgia Tech


11
Texas Tech



12
Louisiana State



13
UC Santa Barbara



14
North Carolina



15
Texas A&M



16
Baylor



17
West Virginia


18
Mississippi


19
UC Irvine


20
Arizona State



21
North Carolina State


22
Indiana


23
Miami


24
Missouri


25
Brigham Young
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PostPosted: Mon 5/6/19 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even as busy as this weekend was down in the Gaslamp Quarter and with the Dodgers visiting Petco, I did not want to have the Aztecs overlooked! They swept San Jose State this weekend.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/7/19 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely noticed that. Smile

From this week's BA.com rankings, no change in the team atop the heap, but Vanderbilt has leapfrogged Stanford to take over at No. 2. And poor Oregon State has taken a mighty tumble, to No. 12.


1

UCLA


UCLA still hasn’t suffered a losing weekend this season, most recently capturing two out of three on the road against Arizona State. The Bruins didn’t get a ton of offense Friday night, as their three runs were scored on a pair of infield singles and a sacrifice fly, but they didn’t need a ton of scoring with righthander Ryan Garcia throwing well. He threw seven innings, giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and eight strikeouts. The offense did explode on Saturday, however, as UCLA pounded out 22 hits on the way to scoring 18 runs. They launched seven home runs as a team, including two from DH Jake Pries, and catcher Noah Cardenas went 5-for-5 out of the nine spot in the lineup, including a homer of his own. All of those runs came in support of righthander Jack Ralston, who didn’t need that much help, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.



2

Vanderbilt


3

Stanford


4

Arkansas


5

Mississippi State


6

Louisville


7

Georgia


8

East Carolina


9

Texas Tech


10

Georgia Tech


11

Mississippi


12

Oregon State


13

UC Santa Barbara


14

North Carolina


15

Baylor


16

Louisiana State


17

North Carolina State


18

Miami


19

Texas A&M


20

Missouri


21

West Virginia



22

Oklahoma State



23

Michigan


24

Arizona State



25

Brigham Young
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PostPosted: Thu 5/9/19 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BYU at 25 - some surprises this week.
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PostPosted: Sun 5/12/19 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So we went to Fowler Park on Friday for Mothers Day to see the game between the USD and Pacific. Toreros won, 12-4. After today they have one more home game to go now and then play in the WCC tournament. Their record is 30-21.
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PostPosted: Thu 5/16/19 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know, I know, I haven't updated this thread for the weekly rankings!

Sunny, thanks for the Toreros report. Let's see if they go anywhere from here. The Aztecs lost a big series last week to Fresno State, and the Bulldogs made it into the Baseball America poll at No. 25 this week.

Without further ado:

1
UCLA

UCLA made quick work of the first two games of its series at Washington State. A 6-2 win in the opener featured another great start from righthander Ryan Garcia. He tossed eight innings, giving up five hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts. Right fielder Garrett Mitchell, second baseman Chase Strumpf and first baseman Michael Toglia each had two-hit games to lead the offense. The 10-0 win Saturday was led by seven
scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts from righthander Jack Ralston and four homers from the Bruins’ offense, one each by shortstop Ryan Kreidler, Strumpf, Toglia and center fielder Matt McLain. The home run was part of a 3-for-4 day with a walk and three RBI for Kreidler. The Sunday win was a wild one, as the Bruins came back from 8-6 down after six innings to score five in the seventh, with single insurance tallies coming home in the eighth and ninth. McLain went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI. With the sweep, UCLA moves into a three-way tie atop the Pac-12 standings alongside Oregon State and Stanford.

2

Vanderbilt

3

Stanford took home a road series win against a good Cal team. Friday’s win featured a late comeback. Down 6-4 heading to the sixth, the Cardinal scored one in the sixth, two in the seventh to take the lead and two more in the eighth to add some insurance. Left fielder and leadoff man Kyle Stowers went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Not to be outdone, second baseman Duke Kinamon was 4-for-5 with a double and two home runs. The Stanford pitching wasn’t as good as it has been all season in the first two games, but that changed Sunday, when lefthander Erik Miller set the tone with 5.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. Stowers and Kinamon were a big part of things offensively again, with the former going 3-for-5 with a double and the latter enjoying a 2-for-4 day with yet another home run. Shortstop Tim Tawa also chipped in by going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI. Stanford is now part of that three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12, along with Oregon State and UCLA.


4

Arkansas

5

Mississippi State


6

Georgia

7

East Carolina


8

Georgia Tech


9

Texas Tech


10

Louisville


11

Oregon State


12

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara swept Long Beach State, as it continues to take care of business in the Big West. The Gauchos pounded out 15 hits Friday, led by a 4-for-5 day from catcher Eric Yang and a 3-for-4 showing out of center fielder Tommy Jew. Saturday, Jack Dashwood and four UCSB relievers combined to hold the Dirtbags to one run on five hits. Dashwood threw five innings, giving up five hits and one run with no walks and five strikeouts, while four relievers combined to hold LBSU hitless over the final four innings. In the finale, UCSB jumped out to a 6-0 first-inning lead, capped off by a two-run home run off the bat of third baseman Marcos Castanon, and it never looked back. The pitching performance of the day came from righthander Shea Barry, who threw 2.2 hitless, scoreless innings of relief with five strikeouts. The Gauchos will look to clinch a Big West regular season title this weekend in Hawaii.

13

North Carolina State


14

Miami

15

Baylor


16

Oklahoma State


17

Mississippi


18

Texas A&M


19

West Virginia


20

North Carolina


21

Missouri


22

Louisiana State


23

Dallas Baptist


24

Brigham Young


25

Fresno State
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PostPosted: Tue 5/21/19 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's hard to believe, but here we are less than a week away from Selection weekend!

As the days of the 2019 regular season wind down, following are the current rankings from Baseball America:


1
UCLA


2
Vanderbilt


3
Stanford


4
Arkansas


5
Mississippi State


6
Georgia


7
East Carolina


8
Georgia Tech


9
Texas Tech


10
Louisville


11
Oregon State


12
UC Santa Barbara


13
North Carolina State


14
Miami


15
Oklahoma State


16
Louisiana State


17
Texas A&M


18
Baylor


19
West Virginia


20
Indiana


21
Mississippi


22
Dallas Baptist


23
Fresno State


24
BYU


25
Creighton

Meanwhile, the Aztecs, at 32-23, will face UNLV in the MWC tournament starting this Thursday afternoon, in Reno.

Across town, the Toreros sport a nearly identical 32-21 record and will play in the WCC tournament this weekend. The game site is in Stockton. USD will play on Friday, but their opponent has not yet been determined.

And of note is that it snowed yesterday in both Stockton and Reno. Warm up!
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PostPosted: Thu 5/23/19 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Game time at 2 p.m. today. Go Aztecs!
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PostPosted: Fri 5/24/19 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was very disappointed in that game yesterday. Since there's no update here, I will post they lost 9-3. It wasn't a strong effort.
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PostPosted: Sat 5/25/19 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks...and now I'll just say "two and done." Very disappointed after the Aztecs lost their second game of the MWC tournament on Friday--that's it for their 2019 season. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon 5/27/19 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a sad ending. Sad USD is out of postseason play too. On the other hand in D2 play UCSD has made it back to the finals!

The real excitement starts next weekend - where is our brackets thread?
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PostPosted: Tue 5/28/19 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol, yes where is it? Are we having any kind of get together for Regionals weekend?
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PostPosted: Fri 5/31/19 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunny I just posted in the June Madness thread.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/31/19 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In news from the Pac, both Oregon and USC have fired their head coaches.
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