Staff Roundtable: Regional Quick TakesAnalysis
With the NCAA tournament just a few days away, our staff takes an in-depth look at a variety of topics. Our Kendall Rogers, Aaron Fitt, Eric Sorenson, Shotgun Spratling and Mark Etheridge give their picks and analysis for these items:
• Toughest Regional
• Softest Regional For 1 Seed
• Biggest Surprise
• They Got Snubbed
• Best Opening Pitching Matchup
• National Champion
• Omaha Sleeper
• Eight For Omaha
• Most Intriguing Storyline
Check it out …
Toughest Regional: Stanford. Somehow, the No. 2 national seed ended up with the toughest regional in the NCAA tournament. Wright State has earned strong marks from scouts, while Ryan Weiss is as legit of a Friday night ace as anyone in college baseball. Oh yeah, should Stanford get past the seasoned Raiders, it’ll also have to get past Baylor, which might be the hottest team in our sport, and familiar foe Cal State Fullerton. I’m not really sure what the committee was thinking with this pairing.
Softest Regional For 1 Seed: Florida. The Gators earned it. They put together outstanding metrics throughout the regular season. And yes, the Gators finished the season on a negative note, losing six of seven games, but the overall resume warranted the top national seed. UF is familiar with FAU and Jacksonville, while Columbia, though not a pushover, shouldn’t knock off Jackson Kowar or Brady Singer. UF desperately needs to get JJ Schwarz, who missed the SEC tournament with a cracked knuckle, back in the lineup. Still, I’m not seeing any losses from the Gators this weekend.