The Ouch List: April 10Analysis
I personally saw a pair of very legitimate Ouch List candidates this week in person as Arkansas lost two of three to LSU, one of which was a complete stunner of a comeback on Saturday night, and Dallas Baptist lost all three games at Missouri State. The Hogs’ losses were much more stunning considering how dominant they started the weekend. DBU? Well, they are a youthful team that hadn’t quite lived up to hopes this year. Though we weren’t looking at the Patriots as being a Regional host this year anyway, losing three at MoState was not a total disgrace or anything.
Still, who all deserved the mention on the much-hated Ouch List for this week? Well I will say this, there were certainly more candidates than the 10 teams that are listed here. (Sorry if I missed your most hated rival here. Send me hate mail if you want.) These are the ten we settled for. Enjoy…
What Happened: Lost two of three at home vs. LSU
Why It Hurts: It turned into another “Rally Possum” weekend vs. the Tigers.
Last year, Arkansas blew a 9-4 lead in the seventh inning of a game at LSU in which a possum ran onto the field and became the purple and gold rally cry. This year, after I showed up at Baum Stadium on Saturday night after making the drive from Springfield, the Tigers rallied from a 9-2 deficit in the eighth inning and got the go-ahead run on a routine grounder that was overthrown by Razorback shortstop Jax Biggers, just his second error of the season. LSU then notched a 2-0 win on Sunday. So that means after UofArk outscored the Tigers18-5 through the first 16 innings, the Tigers outscored Arkansas 11-to-zip.
What Happened: Lost on Friday and Saturday to Tennessee.
Why It Hurts: Because nobody loses to the freakin’ Volunteers
Nobody could see this one coming, not with the Vols coming into the weekend with a 1-8 mark is SEC play. But here we are with the Big Orange going into Gainesville and winning a series off one of the preseason favorites to make it to the second weekend of the CWS, both of which came in 10 innings. Yowza. The biggest shock was Gator ace Alex Faedo giving up 10 hits and six runs in 5.2 innings of a 7-6 loss on Friday. With the crumbling defeats, UofF falls to 6-6 in SEC play.
– FLORIDA GULF COAST
What Happened: Went 1-4 this week.
Why It Hurts: Because they lost a series at Stetson, raising eyebrows everywhere.
Great Scott! The Eagles are on a major skid right now, having lost six of their last seven games, including this weekend’s series loss at Stetson, a team ranked No. 221 in the RPI. I am not a big alarmist by any stretch but I suppose it does give baseball writers everywhere a reason to suddenly take a jaundiced view of the Eagles now. It’s never a good time for a mid-major to have a cold skid, but this is extra tough. And get this, four of the six losses this past week came by a single run, including both mid-week losses at Florida State. And a fifth loss was in 10 innings vs. Jacksonville.
What Happened: Lost two of three at UMass-Lowell
Why It Hurts: Boney-armed offense and a crappy weather.
Man, bad week for the Great Danes. They were supposed to open the home portion of their season with this weekend’s series vs. the RiverHawks. But horrible weather in the forecast forced the series to be moved to the UM-L home park. In the end, the Danes lost two of three and were shut out in both losses, 4-0 and 18-0, in which they combined to have just nine hits. Albany also has gone 3-8 in their last 11 games.
– ST. JOHN’S
What Happened: Lost three of four very RPI-unfriendly games this week.
Why It Hurts: They can’t afford weeks like this.
Apparently St. John’s does NOT like teams with the abbreviation “CU” after having lost a mid-week game to Columbia and going 1-2 at Creighton in TD Ameritrade over the weekend. The biggest problem is in their RPI where the ranking started at No. 26 and then sat at No. 38 on Sunday morning, which was before Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Jays. Ed Blankmeyer and the boys have to rebound immediately, or risk saying g’bye to their post-season hosting hopes.
What Happened: Lost two of three at Nebraska
Why It Hurts: Aw dude, we just got into the Top 25. Now this.
Bummer man. To be honest, yes, a series loss in Lincoln isn’t a huge “ouch” by any stretch, but the Fighting Tortoises just made their way into the rankings and now will probably fall out thanks to these two losses in corn country. But it’s not a be-all and end-all result for the Terrapins, who actually saw their RPI rise from No. 47 up to No. 32 despite the losses. So now that I think of it, take Maryland off this Ouch List. Now.
What Happened: Swept in three at Oregon State
Why It Hurts: Because two of them were in jog-off fashion.
Geez, how much can a team suffer in back-to-back games? The Utes could’ve – maybe even should’ve – won both Friday and Saturday games, but dropped them both by identical 5-4 scores in nine and 16 innings, respectively. Then on Sunday, the Utes lost by 5-1, getting just one hit off of OSU’s Jake Thompson and Mitch Hickey. It just seems like last year’s U.U. squad would’ve won those games. With the three losses the Utes drop to 3-9 in Pac 12 play. Last year at this time, they had the first place spot in the standings.
What Happened: Lost two of three at Villanova
Why It Hurts: It’s all about Friday’s loss.
The big brain behind D1baseball.com, Jeremy Mills, wrote to me on Friday evening and his Email had the subject line of: “OUCH!” It involved the Xavier loss to Villanova in game one of their weekend series. Xavier starting pitcher Zac Lowther had a perfect game going through 8.0 innings. In the ninth, Lowther walked the first batter to end his bid at a perfect game. Lowther then got pulled for relief pitcher Taylor Williams, who got two outs but then lost the no-hitter. But it got worse, because Williams ended up walking three and gave up two single to lose the game 3-2. Aye-yaye-yaye.
– EAST CAROLINA
What Happened: Dropped three straight at Houston
Why It Hurts: Multiple reasons, mostly ‘cause it sucks to lose three straight.
Well, make that “it sucks to lose SEVEN straight” which is what the Pirates have done here of late. All three losses to the Cougars were particularly painful because ECU actually had a lead in each game and then went on to lose by a combined 34-10. The Pirates, again a preseason Top 15 team, had now tumbled down to No. 62 in the RPI Sunday morning. Oi vey.
– SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
What Happened: Lost all three at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Why It Hurts: Those one-run losses pile up.
Ack! This is pain. The Lions dropped Friday and Saturday games by 3-2 and 5-4 counts. Both being winnable, of course. And that’s usually what championship teams do is win the close ones, even on the road. The Lions began the weekend at No. 28 in the RPI, but this trio of losses to the No. 217 team will cause their rating to circle the drain at a quick pace. As of Sunday morning, SLU had seen their ranking drop down to No. 44. Check back for an update on the RPI here soon.