Long Beach Mike
This season should shed some light on the question of how much of last season's defensive success was Shoop and how much was thanks to a roster of very gifted players. I'm sure both were factors but I'm anxious to see how Shoop's coaching translates to this group.
Hit me with that again when you can write a coherent sentence.
Wish we could have won that one over Vandy. But I will be pretty happy with #2 in the SEC in ANY sport...except wbb.
No one is commenting on the 8.5 pick for MSU. Probably because no one knows what the hell to expect from this mystery team. They could be surprisingly good or disappointingly bad. We don't even know who will start at QB, or if JoMo is the the offensive genius he seemed to be at PSU or out of his depth in the SEC.
Come on, Arkansas. We want an all-SEC final.
Pulling for Auburn tomorrow. Lets kick that non-SEC intruder out of the bracket. As for Auburn collapsing, they can be forgiven for that. They are a very young team and MSU has done that to a lot of good teams this year, keeping the pressure on until the other team finally cracks.
I can't argue with your rankings, cd. But I would put Smart ahead of Fisher by a whisker. Just hoping Moorehead moves up the list this fall.
Roger that, UG. (Can I call you "UG"? MSU will face Auburn and one of those teams may have to take out Vandy to reach the finals, where Arkansas may be waiting. It's anybody's Pool to win on the "B" side.
"We compromised, and ended up with a corgi." I predict you will enjoy a long and happy marriage.
What wonderful moments MacNamee, Mangum and Cole Gordon (and we) got to enjoy in each of the players' last appearances in front of the home crowd at the New Dude. Jake's last home at-bat of his college career was a typical seeing eye single to start the 9th. MacNamee, who as struggled a little recently, got to do what he does and parked one in the left field stands. Then Gordon finished things off with a ground out and a couple of strike outs, fanning the last hope for the Cardinal on a nasty breaking ball. It was an emotional finish for all the Seniors and the entire team. Now it's on to Omaha.
Per Coach Lemonis in game interview, Jack was watching the game "on TV". He may not have been in the dugout but I bet he was pretty pumped when his team punched their ticket to Omaha.
LSU...One good reliever away from Omaha. Really good team, otherwise. I'll be pulling for them to win on Sunday and send the Semi-holes home on Monday.
Banner year for SEC baseball for sure. Getting 4 or 5 teams to Omaha would be spectacular. I will be rooting for all the SEC teams except Ole Miss. Can't root against Arkansas, after all.
In case anyone missed it, MSU takes on Stanford, not Duke, in the Starkville Super Regional.
They do ok in Starkville and Oxford considering that these are both small town campuses and are splitting the small state fan base.
Just to clear up the confusion, LSU had the highest total attendance for all games this year. Arkansas has plenty of attendance numbers to brag about as does Georgia. MSU holds the top five or six single game attendance records. But these are based on ticket sales rather than turnstile counts. Not sure how other schools are quoting attendance numbers, except that the NCAA mandates using actual turnstile counts when reporting attendance at regional and super regional tournament games.
Oh, Ethan also ended up with a no decision in a 1-0 loss to Southern Miss early in the season.
That 9-2 record is a lot more impressive when you consider that one of the losses came in a 1-0 game against Vandy and the other was in a 5-3 loss to Arkansas where Small gave up 3 runs in 6 innings of work to the hottest offense (at the time) in the SEC. With more run support, Ethan could have been 10-0 or 11-0 for the season. He did manage to put together a 1.88 ERA and recorded 160 K's in just 96 innings. We'll miss you, Ethan, even if none of the other SEC teams will. Good luck in the pros.
One could argue that SEC baseball dominance is far greater than that of the conference's football programs. SEC football remains all about Alabama and some other teams that range from OK to pretty good. Meanwhile, the SEC is sending five teams to Omaha, any one of which could win it all.
It was a close call. But the catcher moving his glove to the inside didn't help the pitcher's case. Call was reasonable, not horrible. But the ejection was, unless it came on the heels of a warning in this or the previous inning during which McAvene reportedly was barking about strike/ball calls. So does anyone know if such a warning was issued before McAvene got the boot?
Kansas State graduate transfer WR Isaiah Zuber announces he will finish his collegiate career at Mississippi State
I like it. I like it A LOT.
Joe Moorhead shares insight into what Mississippi State is getting in grad transfer QB Tommy Stevens
"...it was a validation that the margin of error is meniscal and every single week..." Somebody doesn't know how to spell "miniscule". Don't know if it was Michael or someone who transcribed the show for ESPN, but SOMEBODY needs a spell checker. Good summary of the interview, though.
Li'l ol' MSU made the list. Sweet.
Congrats to the Diamond 'Dores on sweeping the SEC regular season and tourney. That's a really good ball club that should be a serious threat in Omaha. Ole Miss deserves a ton of credit as well for the run they made in Hoover. They, and the rest of the SEC, should be fun to watch in June.
Well done, 'Dores.
Oh, boy. We get the late game on Wednesday. It will probably be a short visit to Hoover. I would love it if SC or Tennessee won it all and got another SEC team into the NCAA tourney.
I like Kentucky. People I've met from there are cool and there is a lot of pretty country up that way. But that derby thing...
I see Stevens winning the job. I see him struggling to complete passes. After all, his limited history was probably mostly against second string defenses in garbage time and even then he was limited to 58%. Also this receiving corps won’t make his job any easier. I see him running a lot and with success in early non conference games but less successfully (but still a lot) against SEC teams. I see a second coming of Fitzgerald’s senior season. I sure hope I am wrong.
Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State players react to program’s addition of graduate transfer QB Tommy Stevens
I see Stevens winning the job. I see him struggling to complete passes. After all, his limited history was probably mostly against second string defenses in garbage time and even then he was limited to 58%. Also this receiving corps won't make his job any easier. I see him running a lot and with success in early non conference games but less successfully (but still a lot) against SEC teams. I see a second coming of Fitzgerald's senior season. I sure hope I am wrong.