USC Puts A Dent In Stanford’s Pac 12 LeadAt The Ballpark
LOS ANGELES, Ca. — I was watching a little bit of the Ole Miss-LSU game on TV today when color commentator Ben McDonald brought up the subject of top eight national seeds and who he would have for his personal top eight as of today. It included UCLA, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Louisville, Georgia, East Carolina and Georgia Tech. The first thing that came to my mind was, “No Stanford?… they are the Pac 12 leaders.”
Then, I rode out to USC to see the high-powered Cardinal in person. But guess what?… I caught ‘em at a baaaaaad time.
After taking the first two games of the series at Dedeaux Field in snappy 8-3 and 7-4 fashion, the bats cooled off today, as they dropped a 4-2 decision in the Sunday getaway game. Is this for real? I thought to myself as the game was going along today, “Is the top team in the Pac going to get beat by USC?”. Then I remembered… The last three times I saw the Trojans this year, they beat Arkansas on a jog-off home run, they beat Big 10-leading Michigan and they lost to UCLA at Dodger Stadium by a 7-5 count despite out-hitting the Bruins 11-6. Oh, and they also won series vs. both Arizona State and Cal. So this is certainly a team that is capable of beating anybody. I shouldn’t have been so stunned by today’s game.
However, thanks to UCLA not being able to close out a sweep at Arizona State, the Trees still maintain a claim at the top of the Pac 12, currently sitting tied with Oregon State at 17-4 with the Bruins right behind those two at 16-5. So Stanford’s chance to be the lone wolf at the top of the occidental ranks went by the wayside today, but they still hold a claim to the top spot.
Yet, I firmly believe that whoever wins the Pac 12 title has a legit argument and will get a good look from the selection committee for being a top eight national seed, regardless of the RPI. Especially if it’s the Cardinal, who are still at No. 2 in the D1Baseball.com rankings that were posted late Sunday night.
More on this game in a bit, first this…
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