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The Ouch List: Teams With Weeks To Forget

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If there was a theme to this week’s Ouch List watch, it would have to be that some teams that had hot starts to their season cooled down significantly this week. And we’re talking about some Power Five Conference members that went ice cold, leading to their seats on this week’s Pain Train.

But overall, there weren’t too many daggers to the heart or season-wreckers, so it’s almost as if the Ouch List has a heart this week. Heavy emphasis on the word “almost.” We’re still not going soft on anyone here, that’s for sure.

The Ouch List… 

– ARIZONA STATE
What Happened: Went 1-3 on the week
Why It Hurts: People are going to put them on “fraud alert”
I’m not saying the Sun Devils are a fraud. I’m saying that detractors will start saying that. But yes, a bad week, dropping a mid-week game to Long Beach State (who was No. 252 at the time) and then losing two of three at USC. The Devils (26-4) saw their RPI drop from No. 8 to No. 23 in a five day span. But in the Pac 12, redemption comes quickly as they’ll host Oregon State (No. 3) this coming weekend. 

– CONNECTICUT
What Happened: Went 2-3 on the week.
Why It Hurts: Three RPI-anchor losses
Dude, it was NOT a good week for the Huskies (19-12, No. 30 RPI). They started out at No. 13 in the RPI but then lost a Tuesday game to Fairfield by a surprisingly bad 10-3 margin, then beat UMass-Lowell 9-4 and finished up the weekend by losing two of three to fellow AAC member Cincinnati. The biggest problem was that these three opponents had RPIs of Nos. 223, 198 and 195 at the beginning of the week. So not only playing them hurt, but losing to them? Major ouch. 

– ILLINOIS
What Happened: Lost two of three to Maryland
Why It Hurts: This was a series they should’ve won.
Man it’s hard to figure out the Illini (20-10, No. 22). This is the second consecutive week they are featured here on the Ouch List, as last week they lost three straight games at Iowa. This week started out great with a pair of wins over RPI No. 27 Coastal Carolina, but then came the weekend. The Terrapins came in with an RPI of No. 118 and won on Friday by scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning, two on safety squeeze bunts and two others on a wild pitch and an errant relay throw. They also took the Sunday game, 8-4, by scoring four runs in the seventh inning to break up a 4-4 tie, then holding the Illini to three-up, three-down innings in the eighth and ninth.

– AUBURN
What Happened: Went 1-3 on the week
Why It Hurts: Starting pitching foibles.
In their three losses to Georgia Tech (9-3) and Arkansas (9-6 and 8-0), the Tiger starters went a combined 10.1 innings and gave up 11 runs, 13 hits and 10 walks. Granted, the middle game vs. the Razorbacks came in 15 innings and had many ebbs and flows, so the Plainsmen came very close to avoiding the Ouch List altogether. But even in the Ouch List, it’s a game of inches. But the good news is they are still in the top eight of the RPI (at No. 8) and a trip to Texas A&M is a good opportunity to right the ship. 

– FLORIDA
What Happened: 0-3 at Ole Miss
Why It Hurts: Lost all three in ugly fashion
Let me start with this, life on the road in the SEC is tough. Not like a two-dollar steak at Sizzler kind of tough, I mean like 30 days in the hole kind of tough. But I don’t think anybody could’ve foreseen this Gators pitching and defense lose all three games by giving up 12, 16 and 12 runs respectively. The starters had a particularly tough time as game one starter Tommy Mace gave up six runs and 10 hits in 3.1 innings and game two starter Tyler Dyson gave up five runs in 3.2 innings, but none of them were earned. Game three saw the Gators blow an 8-0 lead before losing 12-10. By the way, despite this awful weekend, the Fighting O’Sullivans stayed at No. 32 in the RPI.

– INDIANA STATE
What Happened: Lost two of three to Michigan State
Why It Hurts: Could be dropping out of At-LargeLand
The Sycamores (23-6) took a pretty big dive this weekend in losing twice to the 156th-ranked Spartans, dropping down to No. 46 in the RPI. But you can’t blame the pitching, as they held the Big Green to just eight runs in the 28 innings (game one went 10 innings). But the sticks went silent. The Sycamores were held scoreless in both losses (1-0 and 6-0) and in the middle game they scored two runs in the opening frame, then did not score again. So yes, ISU scored in only one of the 28 innings this weekend. And nobody is going to confuse the Spartan arms with UCLA or Georgia or anything. 

– FLORIDA STATE
What Happened: Went 1-3 this week
Why It Hurts: Reality might be setting in.
As of today, it does not look good for 11 getting to his 40th straight NCAA Tournament. By dropping an 11-inning game to Jacksonville and then losing two of three at Miami, the Seminoles are now 19-12 and more importantly, still stuck down at No. 97 in the RPI. Granted there are plenty of opportunities to pick up quality wins in the ACC, but they need to get on a serious run before it gets to be panic time. 

– OKLAHOMA STATE
What Happened: Lost three of four this week
Why It Hurts: Dropped out of Top 25. 
And I mean they dropped out of the Top 25 of both the D1 rankings AND the RPI, plummeting from No. 19 at the beginning of the week to No. 29. Losing a series to RPI No. 17 West Virginia isn’t too bad, but it was a home series (and I was there to see the worst of the three games, an 11-1 loss on Friday) and if not for a big rally with five runs in the eighth inning on Saturday which resulted in a 9-5 win, they could’ve been swept by the Mountaineers. 

– STANFORD
What Happened: Lost two of three to UCLA
Why It Hurts: After Friday, battered pitching staff. 
As we do from time to time, we include teams on the “Ouch List” that received bruises instead of broken bones, which is the case here for the Cardinal. Losing two of three to the Bruins is not a head-slapper or anything, I mean that IS the No. 1 team in the country. But it is worth noting that the Trees pitching staff gave up 21 runs on 25 hits in Saturday and Sunday’s games. And this was the top ERA team in the country at 2.34 coming into the weekend. 

– WASHINGTON
What Happened: Swept in three games at Arizona
Why It Hurts: Continues the Husky slide. 
The Huskies have been as cold as Mt. Rainier of late, dropping their last seven games in a row: one at Gonzaga, three vs. Oregon State and all three this weekend at Arizona. While last week’s three losses to the defending national champs were pretty close (two one-run games), the three losses in the desert weren’t, dropping 9-3, 14-2 and 7-4 decisions. The Huskies also dropped 16 slots in the RPI. 

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