Louisville Regional BreakdownAnalysis
|Louisville||47-12||22-8 (1st ACC Atlantic)||At-Large||Roster||Statistics|
|Ohio State||43-18-1||15-9 (3rd Big Ten)||Automatic||Roster||Statistics|
|Wright State||44-15||23-6 (1st Horizon)||Automatic||Roster||Statistics|
|Western Michigan||20-31||11-13 (5th MAC West)||Automatic||Roster||Statistics|
Most Exciting Player: Corey Ray, Louisville
Not only is this five-tool talent a great player, he’s also a human highlight film. He leads the Cards with 15 homers, 39 stolen bases and has knack for utilizing his mercurial speed in making the big grab out in the meadow.
Best Hitter: Nick Sergakis, Ohio State
The Buckeye slugger lead the team with a .344 average and has also hit 10 homers, 18 doubles, 35 walks and has 17 plunkings, good for a team-best .461 on base percentage. Oh, and once he gets on, Sergakis also has 14 stolen bases.
Best Defender: Mitch Roman, Wright State
The Raider middle-infielder has committed just 14 errors but also has 221 putouts. Ironically, he has the most errors on the team (the next closest is seven) but he has great range and doesn’t let an error turn into two.
Best Pitcher: Brendan McKay, Louisville.
The reason that McKay is the best pitcher in this Regional is because he is 11-3, 2.25 and holds opponents to a .219 average. But I really could’ve put his teammates Drew Harrington or Kade McClure in here and gotten no argument.
X-Factor: If momentum means anything
It could be argued that Ohio State could be the hottest team in the country. Seven weeks ago the Buckeyes were ranked at No. 153 in the RPI. A piping hot 17-3 finish put the Bucks at No. 35 as they went 5-1 in the Big 10 tournament in Omaha this past week.
Best Starting Rotation: Louisville
This is the working definition of a no-brainer. The ‘Ville has a team ERA of 2.85 and has 518 strikeouts as opposed to just 199 walks and an opposing batting average of just .218. The four-man rotation of Drew Harrington, Brendan McKay, Kade McClure and Kyle Funkhouser all hold their opponents to a .233 average or worse. Strong.
Best Bullpen: Louisville
C’mon, the red birds have got Zack Burdi coming in from the ‘pen and throwing triple digit heat, while striking out 45 and walking just seven. That’s enough for me.
Best Offensive Team: Louisville
Eight of their nine regulars hit .300-plus as the Cards go .321 as a team and hit 57 home runs and 92 stolen bases. They are the most complete team in the Regionals, to say the least.
Best Defensive Team: Western Michigan
This one is pretty easy to call. See, the Broncos and their 22-32 record, don’t have a lot to hang their hats on this weekend, except their exemplary defense, which is a Regional-best .978 and they have committed just 45 errors.
Louisville’s Win Probability (1-to-10): 9.5
If not for the College Station Regional, the ‘Ville probably has the easiest route to the Supers. Yes, we remember that the Cards lost on their home field in the post-season last year, but they’ve learned their lesson.
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