The Ouch List: Who Had Weeks To Forget?Analysis
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It’s not a good week to be a team in the Bourbon Belt.
The two best programs within sipping distance of the Jack Daniel’s distillery probably wish they could have an unlimited supply of the delicious elixir right about now as both Vanderbilt and Tennessee had a rough ride this weekend. Super Regional participant Tennessee Tech lost their first road trip in Ohio Valley Conference play. And of course further up north, Kentucky wasn’t such a great place to be either as the Wildcats got busted up a good bit at LSU.
We don’t mean to pick on the two states that make the most spirits in our country. They are only a couple among the many casualties of our sport worthy of being labeled as a major “Ouch!” this week. So let’s see who climbs aboard for a ride on the pain train.
The Ouch List…
What Happened: Lost two of three at Texas A&M
Why It Hurts: No. 1 no longer.
This was the second time the Commodores took to the road for a three-game weekend. The first time, they went 2-1 at the MLB4 Tournament in Arizona and the pitching staff gave up 28 runs combined. This weekend, the Dores lost Saturday and Sunday by giving up 15 runs on 20 hits and issued 11 walks. The bullpen was a bit of a liability this weekend as they gave up a combined 13 runs on 11 hits and eight walks. But look at the bright side, nobody wants to be ranked No. 1 right now. Get back to us in late June.
What Happened: Lost all three games at Auburn
Why It Hurts: More road woes
This was the first weekend that the Vols went on the road and, whoa mercy! Was this ever a tough trip or what? The Plainsmen pitching was too wicked, especially Tanner Burns, who struck out nine and walked just one in his 6.2 innings. The bullpen was a bear for the Volunteers to handle as AU relievers threw 13.1 innings and gave up just two runs, despite giving up 11 hits. In 27 innings, the Vols scored five runs. The good news is that 13 of their next 17 games will be at home.
What Happened: Lost all three at LSU
Why It Hurts: The Power Five Blues.
The Ouch List stays in bourbon country as the Wildcats went on the road and took it on the chin against the Tigers, getting outscored 25-7 along the way. The Big Blue is now 13-7 on the season, but get this, they are now 13-0 in games against non-Power Five conference teams and 0-7 in games against Texas Tech, Boston College and LSU. But you know how the SEC is, redemption is just five days away as the Cats will host Texas A&M this coming weekend.
– Cal State Fullerton
What Happened: Lost two of three to James Madison
Why It Hurts: The zeroes
As Fletch would say, “Aw for GOSH DOG DON!”. Here we go with the Titans again. The last few years they have limped out to a rough start, but have always rebounded to make the NCAA Tournament and even make it to Omaha too. Well the two losses on Friday and Saturday to the Dukes were stunning. After losing 1-0 and 2-0, JMU did something no team has done in the history of Titan baseball; they blanked the Titans on back-to-back days at Goodwin Field. The good news? Well Fullerton lashed back with a 12-3 win on Sunday and also, Hank LoForte continued his on-base streak which now stands at 62 games.
– William & Mary
What Happened: Went 1-3 this week
Why It Hurts: It was a “prove it or lose it” weekend. They lost.
In my Off The Top Of My Head column on Thursday I named William & Mary as one of seven teams in the “Prove it or Lose It” weekend. Playing a pretty good West Virginia team this weekend saw the Tribe lose two of three. The two losses were pretty bad in Friday’s 9-1 rout and Sunday’s 12-2 woodshed job. In between that, the Tribe did pull off a 6-4 win which included scoring five runs in their last three at-bats, overcoming a 4-1 deficit. Including the 6-3 midweek loss to Old Dominion, the Tribe was out-hit in all four games.
– Utah Valley
What Happened: Lost all three games to UC Irvine
Why It Hurts: Double digit run totals.
The Wolverines aren’t a great team to begin with, so that’s one thing. But in three losses to the Anteaters, they gave up 49 runs and 45 hits while also doling out 27 walks in the process. In Saturday’s 17-4 loss, believe it or not that was a 10-inning game. Yes, the ‘Eaters scored 13 runs in one inning. The Anteaters sent 18 batters to the plate and had the first eight batters to reach base. UVU also walked six and plunked two in that fateful frame. By the way, of their 16 losses this season, eight have been with the opposing team scoring in double digits.
What Happened: Lost three of four this week.
Why It Hurts: Lost their No. 1 ranking
No, I didn’t mean Oregon State here. I am referring to the fact that the Ducks were ranked No. 1 in the way-way-way-way-way-too-early-to-take-it-completely-serious RPI rankings. After losing a midweek squeaker to the Beavers (7-to-6), the Ducks got hit pretty hard in the first two games of the series to Washington, dropping 9-3 and 19-3 decisions. In those two games, the Green & Gold gave up 28 runs, 31 hits and issued 14 walks. Sunday saw a real gem as the Ducks pitched like we’re used to seeing in a 10-inning 1-0 win.
– Louisiana Tech
What Happened: Swept at home by Southern Miss
Why It Hurts: This was there chance to make a statement
I thought this weekend’s series vs. the Eagles was one of the better off-the-radar mid-major matchups in the country between two solid teams. That’s why I found this sweep to be so shocking, especially with the Bulldogs giving up 27 runs in the process. Tech came into the weekend with an RPI ranking at No. 20. Their last two wins have come against Arkansas and Sam Houston State, so you’d think they’d get a win or two against the Eagles. But in the end, they couldn’t get within three runs in any of the games.
– South Carolina
What Happened: Swept by Georgia
Why It Hurts:
This was a weird one, for sure. Think about what we knew about the Gamecocks coming into this past weekend; They were 14-3, owned a series win over Clemson and were in the top 25. But Mark Kingston’s charges did not see this coming. The Gamecocks struck out 41 times and collected just 17 hits in the 27 innings of play. Coach Kingston bemoaned his team having too long of swings against the Bulldog power arms. I think we can all agree that the SEC is not the place to have long swings.
– Tennessee Tech
What Happened: Lost all four games this week
Why It Hurts: The bats have dried up.
Remember the Eagles last year? Going into the NCAA Tournament they were hitting something like .342 as a team, far and away the best in the country by about 25 points. Well don’t look for anything close to that this year. In four straight losses this week – one at Lipscomb and three at Austin Peay – the Eagles scored just six runs and managed 22 hits. By the way, the team batting average is now at .261.