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May 30, 2011

Dawgs to Corvallis

Quick breakdown on the Corvallis regional.

TeamW-LConf Record
Oregon State
RPI and SOS are from Warren Nolan

Baseball is a very different game than basketball, but if you see a team seeded 12 in the basketball tournament carrying a 16/1 RPI/SOS facing a bracket that had no better than the 26th RPI and 73rd SOS, you'd probably pick that team to the second weekend, right?

Oregon is a regional host on the strength of their 2.96 ERA, which was third best in the Pac-10. Apparently, West Coach chicks dig pitchers. They stumbled down the stretch, ending on a five game losing streak in which their bats needed hats, only scoring 8 runs in those games.

Creighton didn't put up big numbers anywhere but in the W column. They won the regular season and the MVC tournament championships, ending the season on a 9-1 run. They will be looking to go home to Omaha, where they play some home games at TD Ameritrade Park, the new home of the College World Series.

Georgia didn't do anything particularly well this season. They faced top 50 competition in 45 of their 62 games, garnering 21 wins in those games. They didn't do well on the road, have a pedestrian 4.99 ERA and a less than pedestrian .277 BA. However, win or lose, Georgia won't be intimidated by the competition in Corvallis.

Arkansas-Little Rock is very happy to be here. They have the worse record of any team in the tournament, but got hot at the Sun Belt conference tournament to secure their first bid.

Hopefully, the tough schedule that put Georgia on the bubble will pay dividends in Corvallis.



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