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  D1Baseball Top 25 Chat: April 16 (04/16/2018) 
9:56
Kendall Rogers: 

We will be here to answer your questions at 2 PM ET, but go ahead and leave them now!

Monday April 16, 2018 9:56 Kendall Rogers
2:01
[Comment From PiratePirate: ] 

Any concerns about ECU moving forward after losing that home series to USF?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:01 Pirate
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Pirate — Not really, unless the Pirates make it a trend. Clearly, the Pirates didn’t finish the weekend on a great note from a pitching standpoint, but this team has been very consistent throughout the season. So, let’s see how they do this weekend moving forward. Great series win for USF, which bolstered its postseason chances with a road marquee series win.

  Kendall Rogers
2:03
[Comment From Andrew ElswickAndrew Elswick: ] 

Is here a chance Coastal Carolina will host a regional? Also, why is Tennessee Tech not ranked?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:03 Andrew Elswick
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Andrew — Coastal Carolina could absolutely host. RPI is within range and the Chants have some solid wins. They’ll need to be consistent the rest of the way, but the chances of hosting are definitely solid at this point. Not anywhere near a slam dunk over other teams, though. As for Tennessee Tech, we featured those guys last week in Under The Radar, and we really like Matt Bragga’s club, but they simply lack upper echelon wins at this point. Still, we like them a lot.

  Kendall Rogers
2:03
[Comment From AlanAlan: ] 

Tim Cate was shut down recently. Do you think he gets drafted high enough to sign or do you believe he will be back next year?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:03 Alan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Alan — Even if he needed Tommy John surgery, which I’m being told he doesn’t and he’ll be fine with some rest, he’d still be a high-round pick. Cate is a very good lefty with a hammer curve. He’s as good as gone barring some incredible surprise.

  Kendall Rogers
2:04
[Comment From SamSam: ] 

Once the season is over, how hot of a name will ECU’s Cliff Godwin be? Are ECU chances to host still high after this weekend?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:04 Sam
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Sam — Cliff would be very very high on my list if I am Mississippi State. Terrific coach and a really good, hard-nosed fella. Hosting chances for ECU are still very good right now. RPI and resume look very, very solid right now.

  Kendall Rogers
2:05
[Comment From AndersonAnderson: ] 

Where will Duke’s regional be if they host?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:05 Anderson
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Our Aaron Fitt just spoke with Chris Pollard, they’ll try to host at home at Jack Coombs Field. Not sure how that exactly is going to work. I actually really like the setting there, but there’s definitely not a ton of room for more seating. I’m intrigued to see how this will work.

  Kendall Rogers
Aaron Fitt: 

Actually I think there’s plenty of room for additional seating, especially down the first-base line. They’ll also bring in additional bathroom facilities and such. Apparently they already went down this road in 2016, and they’ve got a detailed plan already built, so this isn’t something they’ve thrown together haphazardly.

  Aaron Fitt
2:06
[Comment From JoshJosh: ] 

Pick one for Big 12 hitter of the year: Kody Clemens, Steele Walker, Luken Baker or Shea Langliers?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:06 Josh
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Josh — Without a doubt for me, Kody Clemens. He’s been the straw that stirs Texas’ drink so far this season, and he’s doing a terrific job of hitting lefthanded pitchers, too. He’s got power, he can go opposite field, and he’s just an overall terrific player. His draft stock is really rising right now.

  Kendall Rogers
2:08
[Comment From Grant GohlkeGrant Gohlke: ] 

Thoughts on the Pokes chances of being a host come regionals? Team seems to be surging and are only getting healthier.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:08 Grant Gohlke
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Grant — Pokes still have a lot of work to do with an RPI of 32, but they’ve got a nice Big 12 slate of games left AND they have a nice RPI series at Iowa still left. Take care of business in strong fashion the rest of the way and it’s absolutely not out of the question. OSU was right on the cusp of our rankings this week. We had lengthy discussion about the Pokes, whom we like.

  Kendall Rogers
2:08
[Comment From RebelRebel: ] 

Is there any cause for concern with Ole Miss? Starting pitching, hitting, and closer seem to be in good shape, but the bullpen continues to be an issue. No one else in the bullpen seems to be able to get an out and worried about Caracci getting burnt out.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:08 Rebel
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I’m not concerned about the bullpen — the Rebels have really talented personnel back there. It’s a long season, and bumps in the road are inevitable, but I still feel really good about Ethridge and Miller and Woolfolk and company.

  Aaron Fitt
2:08
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 

With the move of Hilliard to Saturday and Gilbert back to the pen, should LSU fans be worried about the Sunday starter again? Are there enough pieces in the bullpen to piece it together?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:08 John
 
Kendall Rogers: 

John — At this point, I think I have to give Paul and Alan Dunn the benefit of the doubt. They always seem to find the right mix on the mound when it comes to the rotation. I think they’ll do that again, too.

  Kendall Rogers
2:12
[Comment From KevinKevin: ] 

What are your thoughts on South Alabama? They seem to have turned the corner after a rocky couple of weeks against a brutal schedule non-conference.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:12 Kevin
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, I like the Jags — but I’ve had to revise my overall assessment downward a bit, because they are not quite the offensive juggernaut I expected them to be in the preseason. Losing LaBounty, Thomas and Paparella really changed the complexion of that lineup a bit. I figured it was only a matter of time before Brendan Donovan and Wells Davis got hot, and we started to see that this weekend — this can still be a very dangerous offensive club. I think the Jags are a little light on the mound, but they should hit enough to get into a regional.

  Aaron Fitt
2:13
[Comment From Deshon walkerDeshon walker: ] 

Who wins CUSA in your opinion? Pretty much wide open at the top

Monday April 16, 2018 2:13 Deshon walker
 
Kendall Rogers: 

I like USM’s chances of winning that league, especially if Sandlin comes back in due time as expected.

  Kendall Rogers
2:14
[Comment From AustinAustin: ] 

Halfway through SEC conference play, the teams at the top in the overall standings are Florida, Arkansas, Vandy, Georgia, and LSU. Who is your top 4 at the end of the season?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:14 Austin
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I’ll go with Florida, Arkansas… Ole Miss… and… man, who knows? It’s so wide open. Vandy, Georgia, LSU, A&M, even Kentucky — could see any of them making a strong run down the stretch.

  Aaron Fitt
2:14
[Comment From Baseball fanBaseball fan: ] 

How about wake forest allowing only 1 run and sweeping Boston college. Seems like freshman Bobby Seymour and Chris Lanzilli are taking the offensive load. Do you think their regional chances are still there?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:14 Baseball fan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Baseball,
Fitt and I discuss Wake Forest on the podcast today. Wake will need to win its midweek games the rest of the way to have a legitimate chance to earn at-large bid. The Deacs are at 94 in the RPI right now with a long way to go to get into the at-large mix. With that said, they are clearly a solid club on the weekend, and they clearly struggle in midweek games.

  Kendall Rogers
2:16
[Comment From 4th Street4th Street: ] 

Should USM fans be worried about an at-large bid? Top 15 in the polls but RPI #55, 2-6 top 50 seems very iffy for a bid.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:16 4th Street
 
Kendall Rogers: 

4th Street — I’ll go on record in saying that a team that’s a consensus Top 25 club by a decent margin will not be left out of the postseason, even if the RPI is iffy in the 50s. The committee will simply just look at it as an issue where the C-USA RPIs are so bad, that it’s dragging USM’s down.

  Kendall Rogers
2:16
[Comment From Shockers FanShockers Fan: ] 

How likely is it that Wichita can still host a regional? Losing 2/3 to UCONN was a tough hit especially since they now have back-to-back road series against Houston and UCF, but is there still a chance there’s a regional at the Eck?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:16 Shockers Fan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, I think the Shockers still have a hosting shot — they’re still 15th in the RPI, and they’ve got some nice series ahead at UCF and vs. USF. Those are must wins, and certainly Wichita needs to take care of business in its three remaining series against teams outside the top 100. Because of that, there’s not a lot of margin for error — Shockers definitely need to finish hot in order to host, but they’re very much in the mix.

  Aaron Fitt
2:18
[Comment From MarkMark: ] 

Certainly this is far from the top 25, but how long can things keep going south at Arizona State? Tracy Smith has totally lost the fanbase over the last 2 years, but the administration has thus far been quiet. Can he survive a 2nd straight losing season at a school that is more accustomed to being CBB royalty?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:18 Mark
 
Kendall Rogers: 

I really really like Tracy, but I’m perplexed by this ASU team this year. Several games under .500 with virtually no chance to make the postseason without some incredible and miracle run to the end the season. You definitely have to wonder about the direction of the program. But, I will say this, this young class for ASU is really good, so I could see a reason for optimism in the near future. It’s a tough decision for the ASU admin for sure.

  Kendall Rogers
2:19
[Comment From West Coast AstroWest Coast Astro: ] 

Since we’re getting closer to the postseason, who is a likely 4 seed that you do not want to see in your regional if you’re a host. Same question for three seed. Same question for 2 seed. Thanks guys!

Monday April 16, 2018 2:19 West Coast Astro
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think Saint Louis will be a very dangerous 4-seed if it can win the A-10 tournament, because that starting pitching is quite talented, led by the Miller Hogan-Jackson Wark duo. If Fullerton can find its way in, that’s a 3-seed I don’t want any part of, because again, there are some obviously legit arms on that staff. For a 2-seed, I’d go with one of the SEC powers that doesn’t wind up hosting; for instance, if Kentucky doesn’t host, I sure as heck would hate to have the Wildcats as my 2 seed.

  Aaron Fitt
2:20
[Comment From BeaverBeaver: ] 

Who wins the Pac-12? OSU, Stanford, and Ucla all in the mix with UW sitting right there.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:20 Beaver
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Once Madrigal is back, which most likely will be this weekend, I think it’s a total tossup between Stanford and Oregon State. I really, really like both of those clubs. I think UCLA is solid, too, but I like the Beavs and Cardinal more. That’s going to be an epic series in Corvallis in a few weeks.

  Kendall Rogers
2:21
[Comment From ThomasThomas: ] 

USF swpt on the road, LMU is not very deep on the mound and Saint Mary’s has under-performed. Who win the WCC?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:21 Thomas
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, good luck trying to figure that one out… ultimately, I still like Saint Mary’s talent the best, and I’m going to stick with those guys. But this seems like a crapshoot.

  Aaron Fitt
2:23
[Comment From TannerTanner: ] 

What is it going to take for the Hurricanes to get an at-large bid? Are they practically at the point where they have to get the auto-bid to get in?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:23 Tanner
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Nah, I don’t think we’re at that point yet, Tanner. Basically, Miami needs to find a way to finish with a winning overall record — which won’t be easy, since they’re 15-20 right now. But if they can do that, I suspect they’ll have the RPI and the ACC record to snag an at-large, because they’re currently 9-9 in the league, and in the 60s in the RPI. But the remaining schedule is pretty favorable, on paper: home series vs. Pitt, Bethune-Cookman and BC, plus a road trip to Virginia Tech, and of course at FSU. Four of those five series feel quite winnable for Miami. I am certainly not writing off their chances.

  Aaron Fitt
2:25
[Comment From Adam CAdam C: ] 

How wild is the AAC? any idea how it shake out? Also, What do you guys think of the 1,2 punch of McClanahan and Strzelecki. Could Shane’s recent struggles lead to Friday, Saturday swap?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:25 Adam C
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Adam — It’s definitely wild. As usual, it’s a crazy race for the regular season title. You have Cincinnati and Houston, both teams with RPIs well into the 100s, tied for first, and you have Wichita State next to the last and just 1 1/2 games out of first. I think I still like ECU here. As for USF, I would be shocked if they move McClanahan out of the Friday role — he was terrific two weekends ago against Houston.

  Kendall Rogers
2:28
[Comment From UCLA 43UCLA 43: ] 

With 4 road series at Cal Poly, Arizona, Washington and Oregon State and 2 more home series Oregon and USC, how would UCLA need to finish in these series to host a regional? Would a series win vs. Oregon State clinch a top 8 seed as well, especially after taking the series vs. Stanford?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:28 UCLA 43
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think if UCLA gets to 19 or 20 Pac-12 wins, it would be hard to deny the Bruins a hosting spot — and considering they’re 11-4, I see a very reasonable path to 19 or 20. Even 17 or 18 Pac-12 wins could be enough, but we’ll see — a mid-30s RPI isn’t ideal, but West Coast teams do get more leeway, and I could see UCLA hosting with an RPI in the 20s if it finishes near the top of the Pac. If the Bruins finish really strong and cap it with a series win in Corvallis, sure, I could envision them getting a top 8 — especially since under that scenario, they’d probably win the Pac-12.

  Aaron Fitt
2:28
[Comment From Cowtown BillCowtown Bill: ] 

I know TCU had a good week but still have a long ways to go. To me, the encouraging sign besides the pitching is there are some other bats coming around besides Luken. While I think the RPI will keep them from hosting this year, can the Frogs still make a run?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:28 Cowtown Bill
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Cowtown — I’m with you. I feel like the Frogs have played a much better overall brand of baseball the past few games, so maybe, just maybe, TCU is starting to figure things out. I’ll see them against Tech in two weekends .With that said, the Frogs are still at 56 in the RPI. I could see them potentially getting back in that mix if they won series against Texas Tech, Texas and WVU, while also making a strong run in the conference tournament.

  Kendall Rogers
2:29
[Comment From MizzouFanMizzouFan: ] 

Is Michael Plassmeyer the most underrated pitcher in the SEC/Country this year? 1.96 era 71/10 strikeout rate. He has truly gotten better every year mostly pitching behind Houck. What have you guys seen/heard about him? Lefty up to 92 with 4 pitches on either side of the plate. Working his way up into the top 10 rounds area? And if he returns, would you consider him one of the 3 best arms in the SEC going into 2019?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:29 MizzouFan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Mizzou — Not underrated for us. We made a pretty bold move with Plassmeyer in our latest College Top 150, here: https://d1baseball.com/pros…

He’s definitely a very good lefty, who has some velocity, but who ultimately has very very good pitchability. I wouldn’t expect to see him back at Mizzou next season, personally.

  Kendall Rogers
2:31
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ] 

NC State keeps winning weekend series despite dropping the 1st game. With 2 big weekends ahead for them what will it take to keep it going or even get a sweep against Duke or UNC? Side question: if there was a tournament of the top teams in North Carolina right now, who wins it?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:31 Andrew
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Hard to envision the Wolfpack sweeping Duke or UNC considering its starting pitching issues (which explains why they keep losing on Fridays). Obviously the Wolfpack is an elite offensive club that plays very good defense, and they’ve got a lot of toughness and resilience, but I continue to harbor some concerns about the starting pitching. I would love to see a four-team tournament between NC State, Duke, ECU and UNC — I like all four clubs, but they all have some flaws, and it’s very tough to handicap it. Ask me again next week after I get a chance to bear down more on NC State and Duke…

  Aaron Fitt
2:32
[Comment From SportsfanSportsfan: ] 

Why didn’t DBU enter the Top 25 with being on the bubble last week and a 4-0 week which included beating Texas Tech?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:32 Sportsfan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Once again, DBU was right there on the cusp, but when we looked at the big picture, we liked UConn’s and Minnesota’s bodies of work more than DBU’s. Still love DBU’s talent, but they’re still a bit light on high-end wins.

  Aaron Fitt
2:34
[Comment From Mashed PotatoesMashed Potatoes: ] 

How do other coaches around the country/SEC talk about Kevin O’Sullivan and the machine he’s continuing to build at Florida? The Gators are obviously rolling again this year just as they typically have since Sully’s arrival in Gainesville, but with the championship ‘monkey’ now off of his back and a brand new stadium on the way, is this viewed as perhaps just the beginning of a truly dominant run for the Gators?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:34 Mashed Potatoes
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, at this point I think everybody pretty much views Florida as a juggernaut that is never going away. The Gators have been the most consistently excellent program in college baseball since O’Sullivan’s arrival, and as you point out, this may be just the tip of the iceberg, given the new stadium on the way, and now that they’ve won the big enchilada. Sully has earned tremendous respect from among his peers.

  Aaron Fitt
2:35
[Comment From Mashed PotatoesMashed Potatoes: ] 

Having never seen Wil Dalton and Harrison Bader in the same place at the same time, is it possible they are in fact the same person, simply mashing homers and doubles as a powerfully built righty for the Gators a few years apart? Is this sort of trickery how Sully is ‘recruiting’ so well?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:35 Mashed Potatoes
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Mashed — It’s funny you mention that. In the fall, Sully told me straight up “I think I’ve got the next Harrison Bader”. A few months later, he does, in fact, have the next Harrison Bader. Dalton has been terrific and has provided some support for guys like India as well. Florida, for me, is a better team for sure than last year’s national title club. Now, whether that translates …

  Kendall Rogers
2:35
[Comment From USMFanUSMFan: ] 

Southern Miss’s chances to host are gone in my opinion, even if we win out and sweep the conference tourney. What do y’all think and where do you think they land?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:35 USMFan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

USM — Probably out of the hosting mix, thanks to the Conference USA having some God awful RPIs. But never say never, I guess.

  Kendall Rogers
2:36
[Comment From ChristopherChristopher: ] 

Can there really be four Regional sites all within an hour and a half of one another with Duke, UNC, NCST and ECU? Any history on cross-town regionals?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:36 Christopher
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Chris — Could absolutely happen. If those teams deserve it, they’ll host.

  Kendall Rogers
2:36
[Comment From TTU RRTTU RR: ] 

What’s your projection for some of the Tech stars in next year for little and jung in the MLB draft? Also do you think Gingery stays another year or just goes ahead and leaves for draft this year?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:36 TTU RR
 
Kendall Rogers: 

TTU — Both guys are going to be pretty high picks, I think. Little is getting some really good buzz, and you know we love Jung around these parts. As for Gingery, he will still be a very high pick, so I would be shocked if he returned to school another season.

  Kendall Rogers
2:37
[Comment From JBJB: ] 

Should KY look at startimg Harper on Saturdays and move Haake to midweek till Thompson gets back? Are these Saturday woes a concern for the regionals?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:37 JB
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, at this point it doesn’t seem like Haake is the answer in the weekend rotation, so you’d think they probably need to make some kind of adjustment, and maybe flipping Harper to the weekend is the answer. Assuming Thompson is back by the time regionals get here, I’m still not particularly concerned; I do like the depth on that staff.

  Aaron Fitt
2:40
[Comment From As a Clemson fan, Ive had reservations about this years team due to lack of upside/depth across the roster. Do you think theres enough talent to host a regional? It just seems a lot of the roster is less talented than a program like Clemson should be troAs a Clemson fan, Ive had reservations about this years team due to lack of upside/depth across the roster. Do you think theres enough talent to host a regional? It just seems a lot of the roster is less talented than a program like Clemson should be tro: ] 

As a Clemson fan, I’ve had reservations about this year’s team due to lack of upside/depth across the roster. Do you think there’s enough talent to host a regional? It just seems a lot of the roster is less talented than a program like Clemson should be trotting out.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:40 As a Clemson fan, Ive had reservations about this years team due to lack of upside/depth across the roster. Do you think theres enough talent to host a regional? It just seems a lot of the roster is less talented than a program like Clemson should be tro
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I hear where you’re coming from, and I share some of your concerns — I’ve said all year long that I’m really not in love with that weekend rotation. I think the lineup has plenty of talent, but the truth is talented guys like Davidson, Williams and Cromwell have underachieved. It’s kind of amazing Clemson has won as many games as it has consider how those guys have underperformed offensively and how seldom they seem to get deep outings from their starting pitchers.

  Aaron Fitt
2:42
[Comment From rcrrcr: ] 

what was the reasoning behind dropping ole miss six spots after a 2-2 week on the road against two top 15 teams? granted, it was b2b series losses, but it seemed a bit harsh given the previous body of work before losing two seven inning games by a combined two runs.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:42 rcr
 
Kendall Rogers: 

RCR — We obviously like Ole Miss a lot, but we felt some other teams needed to jump up. For instance, Vandy, who had won back-to-back series and Duke, which is now 30-7 and has been very very consistent and won a series at Florida State this past weekend. The Rebs are just fine, though.

  Kendall Rogers
2:43
[Comment From FrogTalkFrogTalk: ] 

I have a sense TCU is very close to getting back on track. Defense is cleaning itself up. The lineup is getting going. Luken Baker and Josh Watson have become the elite 3/4 hitter combo that they were expected to be. And Schloss has tweaked the weekend rotation schedule and it has seemed to help Wymer get going. My question is, do you see this TCU turning it around similar to how they did in 2014? Also, a more interesting question: TCU has had 5 games weathered-out this season. Very atypical for a Texas school. Do you think that will come back to hurt them?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:43 FrogTalk
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I’m with you — I think it’s starting to come together for the Frogs. Kendall and I have both said repeatedly that we believe there was too much talent on this club for the Frogs to keep struggling, and it felt like only a matter of time before they made a run. Feels like that run is underway now… As for the weather — I think most of those games were re-scheduled, and only a couple have been outright canceled, unless I’m mistaken — so I don’t think it will be a huge factor.

  Aaron Fitt
2:44
[Comment From HogInIdahoHogInIdaho: ] 

11 of the Hogs’ final 18 games are against ranked teams (Texas Tech, @LSU, Texas A&M, @Georgia), and the other 7 games are by no means easy (MO State, @Miss State, Alabama). How do you see Arkansas finishing the regular season? And do you think their personnel are well suited to make a deep run in the postseason? Thanks!

Monday April 16, 2018 2:44 HogInIdaho
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Indeed, it’s not an easy schedule — but at this point, Arkansas has proven it can hold its own against anybody. I just think Arkansas has elite personnel, and I expect the Hogs to finish strong, because I think they’re really, really good. For me, Arkansas is right there with Florida on the short list of top national title contenders.

  Aaron Fitt
2:46
[Comment From Jordan LJordan L: ] 

Thoughts on the Canes making regionals??

Monday April 16, 2018 2:46 Jordan L
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Jordan,
Unlikely for now, but we talked about this on the Podcast. The Hurricanes’ RPI keeps going up, so they need to be watched. With that said, they are still five games under .500 and would need to finish incredibly strong to make the postseason. They are at least within striking distance though.

  Kendall Rogers
2:48
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 

Some pretty dominant stat lines from pitchers in the northeast that have been overlooked. Do you know anything about these guys from St. John’s, Uconn, Fordham, Manhattan, Hofstra aside from the obvious, mooney, cate, feole.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:48 John
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I wrote a big piece on John Rooney at Hofstra this weekend, I’d urge you to check that out — he’s very good, a physical lefty who seems like a strong bet to be drafted in the top 5 rounds. Great performer with a 1.13 ERA and a very nice three-pitch mix. Kevin MaGee at St. John’s has had a great year too — he’s a quality four-pitch lefty whose velocity has climbed into the 87-91 range now, after arriving on campus as a low-80s guy.

  Aaron Fitt
2:49
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 

What did you think of what the Beavers did to the pitching in the first 11 innings of their series with Missouri State? 8 HRs to 0 and 27 runs. I think Beaver fans are mad at the fact that the weather kept us from playing the 3rd game.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:49 Chris
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Chris — It was a loud weekend for the Beavers, and I liked the fact it was a wholesome approach as opposed to just a couple of guys getting it done. Tyler Malone had some big hits and so on. The Beavs should get Nick Madrigal back later this week, which will make this offense even more dangerous.

  Kendall Rogers
2:50
[Comment From KyleKyle: ] 

Reiss Knehr has been a big follow throughout his career. How come there has not been much talk about him this season? What do you know about him?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:50 Kyle
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Big-bodied righty who pitched at 91-93 and bumped 94 in the Cape last summer, still needs to develop his changeup and breaking ball and refine his control. But definitely a prospect of interest in the Northeast, and having a nice year, even making a contribution with the bat again.

  Aaron Fitt
2:50
[Comment From wpwellswpwells: ] 

Knight finally took an L (as Arkansas left the bases loaded four times) but Kacey Murphy, Isaiah Campbell, and Matt Cronin combined for 14 shutout innings to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday. Is this finally the rotation that Arkansas has been looking for that could make a run to the championship?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:50 wpwells
 
Kendall Rogers: 

I think the rotation of Blaine Knight, Isaiah Campbell and Kacey Murphy is a solid group for the postseason. Obviously, Campbell needs to stay healthy, but Murphy is a solid arm, and Cronin is electric out of the bullpen. Everything from him moves.

  Kendall Rogers
2:51
[Comment From OwlsOwls: ] 

What are your thoughts on the upcoming weekend series of Florida Atlantic @ Rice? Owls vs. Owls.

Monday April 16, 2018 2:51 Owls
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Owls — I like FAU, and I’ll actually be there on Saturday to check out Tyler Frank and the Owls.

  Kendall Rogers
2:52
[Comment From HawkTalkHawkTalk: ] 

Gents, Vandy is now 14-8 against teams in the D1 Top 25 (ranking when played). But they’re 3-4 against the RPI 151+. They’re a young team that is still working on their identity, and appear to play to the level of competition (unless that competition is Florida, in which case please just look away… oh the humanity). What does Corbs need to do to get the team to click, and if they do is Omaha in the cards?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:52 HawkTalk
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think you pretty much nailed it. That’s a fascinating body of work — not many teams in the country can match Vanderbilt’s collection of high-end wins, but a few bad losses mixed in there take a little of the shine off the apple. Ultimately I think it’s just a young team that is continuing to grow and gain confidence, but Corbin always seems to get his teams to peak at the right time down the stretch, and I expect that again from this young, talented group. The talent in that freshman class has been well documented, on the mound and in the lineup. Eager to see what those guys look like at the end of the year.

  Aaron Fitt
2:55
[Comment From MattVandyBoyMattVandyBoy: ] 

Hey guys, Awesome work as usual. I’m sure this question gets asked in various ways around this time of year every year, but given 6 SEC teams inside your top 16 and recognizing the need for parity, what’s the most hosts you think the committee will award the SEC (assuming they’re deserving)? And if it’s only, say, 4, who do you think are those teams are given current records and looking at remaining schedule?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:55 MattVandyBoy
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I really think the SEC could get 6 hosts — it’s happened before, and given the strength of the league, I think it can happen again. Right now I see 8 or 9 SEC teams with a reasonable path to hosting resumes, and I would be surprised frankly if fewer than 5 end up hosting. My money is on 6, but obviously a lot can change between now and Memorial Day.

  Aaron Fitt
2:56
[Comment From AginOmahaAginOmaha: ] 

Do you see the Aggies hosting a regional given the 6 game win streak since changing pitching and the batting lineup?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:56 AginOmaha
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Ag — The Aggies are in the mix right now with a climbing RPI and solid SEC record, but they’ll need to continue winning with some tough series remaining, namely Arkansas in Fayetteville and Florida at home in College Station. Those two series will decide their fate as long as they go chalk the next two weekends.

  Kendall Rogers
2:56
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 

Indiana has been an incredible team all season long yet I dont hear too much about them. How can you sum up what that team is all about?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:56 John
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Indiana is just a really good, balanced, veteran team, and they’ve been very steady all year, but they haven’t had a chance to win any real marquee series, so they haven’t earned any huge headlines. They’ve just taken care of business against everybody they’ve played. I’m going to see them in two weeks against Illinois, looking forward to watching them and writing about them.

  Aaron Fitt
2:59
[Comment From RW McNeeshRW McNeesh: ] 

Any possibility on the A-Sun getting 3 teams to regionals?

Monday April 16, 2018 2:59 RW McNeesh
 
Kendall Rogers: 

RW — I would say the A-Sun is a two-bid league right now. An A-Sun team with an RPI in the 50s would need to have a pretty solid resume to get into the tournament.

  Kendall Rogers
3:00
[Comment From Glenn – NYCGlenn – NYC: ] 

What’s your overall thought on the CAA? Especially with Northeastern, CofC and UNCW I terms of at-large bids after this past weekend? Any doubts that NU and CofC can maintain their good RPI pace?

Monday April 16, 2018 3:00 Glenn – NYC
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I like the CAA this year; notwithstanding their triple-digit RPI rankings, I think Elon and UNCW are quality clubs as well, both teams that could be very dangerous in a regional if they can win the CAA’s automatic bid. But Northeastern and CofC are the only teams with at-large chances thanks to their RPIs, and I feel like both teams are building strong at-large resumes. Feels like probably a two-bid league. Charleston does need to continue winning at a high pace to stay in the top 45 (the RPI Needs Report at Boyd’s World estimates they need to win about 14 of their last 18 games), and I suspect Northeastern will slip some, but the Needs Report says it can still finish in the top 45 with about 12 wins in its last 20 games.

  Aaron Fitt
3:01
[Comment From UTguyUTguy: ] 

Guys…David Pierce has been an excellent hire for Texas (in my opinion), not an easy spot for anyone to come into and fill those shoes…RIP AG! With that being said, how are you guys looking at Texas’ chances of hosting a regional? If they can keep this up and win the Big 12, or even finish top 3, I would think it would be close to automatic, no?

Monday April 16, 2018 3:01 UTguy
 
Kendall Rogers: 

UT — If UT won the Big 12 regular season title, it would probably have a Top 20 RPI, which would certainly put the Horns in terrific shape for a regional host. Right now, I have them down for a series loss at Tech, and around 50/50 against TCU. Take one of those two, go chalk in other series, and do well in OKC, and I would like the ‘Horns chances.

  Kendall Rogers
3:02
Kendall Rogers: 

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Monday April 16, 2018 3:02 Kendall Rogers
 
 

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