It’s Tourney Time!

Gotta love it, college conference tournaments as far as the eye can see. I’ll try to keep things updated here as much as possible with draft-related performances. Let’s start in the SEC, mostly because I’m going there on Friday and there are several top 10 talents in Birmingham.

Game 1 saw South Carolina blow a four-run lead in the ninth inning and lose to LSU in the 10th. USC SS Reese Havens went 1-for-4 with an RBI. 1B Justin Smoak, a top 10 pick candidate, went 0-for-2 and walked three times. 3B James Darnell went 1-for-4 with a run scored. All in all, nothing that jumps off the page. Game 2 has Vanderbilt and Pedro Alvarez against Florida. He’s 0-for-1 so far. Ole Miss and Georgia (Gordon Beckham) is at 5 p.m.

In the ACC, the first game didn’t have too much draft prospect firepower, though NC State lefty Eric Surkamp did throw well (even though State went on to lose to Georgia Tech, 10-9). Surkamp went six innings and allowed one earned run (two total) on seven hits, two walks and nine strikeouts. More eyes are probably on Miami taking on Clemson now, and Mark Sobolewski has a two-run double in the early going.  I’m sure plenty will be watching FSU vs. Wake Forest as possible No. 1 pick Buster Posey plays at 5 p.m. ET. The day in the ACC finishes with North Carolina taking on Virginia.

The Big 10 tourney will mostly be about seeing Zach Putnam of Michigan pitch. That should happen tomorrow as he continues to come back from an illness that saw him lose nearly 20 pounds.

In the Big 12, Missouri beat Texas, 5-2, to open things up, but it wasn’t Aaron Crow on the mound for Missouri. The Longhorns OF combo of Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell went 1-for-7.

There’s an upset brewing in Conference USA play. Top-seeded Rice is losing to #8 UAB. RHP Matt Langwell started for the Owls and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. Reliever Bryan Price, who’s been mentioned as a possible first-rounder, gave up three runs, two earned in 1 2/3 IP and UAB has a 7-2 lead… Not sure if Shooter Hunt will be on the hill, but his Tulane club plays in the final game of today against Marshall.

Ill be back with more as time permits…


Was keeping up with the WVU/ND game till the game tracker crashed. We lit Phelps up again in the first but I have no idea what has happened after the top half of the 2nd.
Some interesting results in the Big East tourney. I know it doesn’t get to much coverage because everyone thinks it stinks (people say that for all sports) but I was really surprised St. Johns went down in game one and then fell to Setan Hall today. Might give Louisville (who beat a pretty good Setan Hall team) a chance or even Cincinnati who has crushed us every time we played them.

Keep in mind, this is a draft blog and not a college blog, which is why I left the Big East out of that last post. Not that they don’t have any draftable talent — you mentioned Phelps out of ND; there’s Barnes from St. John’s; a couple of others — but it doesn’t have the star power of, say, the SEC.

No I wasn’t speaking negatively about their omission just commenting in general.

WVU ended up beating ND 13-6 on a 4-5 day from Kuhn, and 2-5 from Parks, Gyroko (Had a GS) and Markel (had a 3 run shot). Tagged Phelps for 12 ER in 5.1 IP.

Of course as fate would have it, we have to play Cincinnati again who have really put it on us every time we faced them this season. Maybe we will come up with a win when it’s needed the most and keep going. /me shrugs

I made a mistake earlier…Phelps actually dominated us when we saw him during the season. I was thinking of Korpi who we lit up earlier.

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