Sorenson: The Ouch List, March 21Columns
There was a lot of carnage in the D1baseball top 25 this week as 11 of the the teams in the rankings took on two losses or more.
The Ouch List certainly acknowledges the accomplishments of these Top 25 blue bloods and their foibles. We came really close to a couple other teams joining these with two-plus wins on the week. And yes, I did see that Texas lost two of three at home against Tulane. I saw the Saturday doubleheader in person, in fact. But I couldn’t bring myself to include the Longhorns for the third straight week. I don’t want to be accused of being a Longhorn Homer. They’ve had enough publicity – good and bad.
Here’s the Ouch List for this week.
Result: Lost a doubleheader to Alabama at home on Saturday
Why It Hurts: Because even Alex Lange took a loss.
For the first time since he was in junior high, All American Alex Lange lost a decision on the mound. Yes Alabama swept LSU in two games on Saturday, including handing Lange his L. Bama pitching and defense held the Tigers to 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position. We’ve seen the Tigers have some John Belushi-like single raised eyebrow results this year, including losses to Sacramento State, Ball State and Lamar, so this just added to the “Hmmmm” factor for the purple and gold.
Result: Lost two out of three at home to Mississippi State this weekend
Why It Hurts: Because we thought these guys were invincible.
First off, bully for you MSU. I thought I was looking at a rather average team when I saw them go 1-1-1 at the DodgerTown Classic. Scratch that. Saturday saw the Bulldogs take a pair of clutch one-run games at VU. The Dores have scored seven runs or more 13 times this season, but they were held in check in their 5-4 and 3-2 losses to MSU. It will be interesting to see how this team rebounds.
Result: Lost two of three games at Miami
Why It Hurts: Two games, two losses in the Hurricanes’ last at-bat.
Hurricane lumberjack Willie Abreau hits a bottom-of-the-ninth grand slam on Friday and a throwing error and a wild pitch led to the Cards game two loss to the Canes 6-3 on Saturday. On top of that, Friday ace Kyle Funkhouser continues to struggle, giving up three runs on four hits and issuing five walks. Yikes.
Result: Swept in three games at South Carolina
Why It Hurts: Because it was just as we suspected, right?
The Razorbacks came into the week with an RPI way down at No. 217. Yes, despite their stellar Houston College Classic performance and all. But that’s what a schedule rated at No. 278 will do to you. Sunday’s 8-6 loss saw the bullpen implode and waste away a 6-1 lead. Zach Jackson actually took his second loss this year, giving up four runs on three hits and five (yes, five) walks in 2.2 innings of work.
Result: Lost a home series vs. Utah
Why It Hurts: It’s Utah.
That “O” on the hats might just stand for “OOOOOh my.” Losing all three at Mississippi State last week wasn’t a huge shock, but dropping two of three to the Pac-12 bottom feeders? At home?! Again, ohhh my. In their two losses – by 4-1 and 2-0 count – the Ducks managed just one run and six hits in 54 outs.
Result: Lost all three games at Missouri State
Why It Hurts: The Hawkeyes had leads in all three games.
It hasn’t been a great start for a vastly experienced team like the Hawkeyes. Somehow, this weekend, the Hawkeyes managed to score in the first inning of all three games, and still lost. The worst loss was Sunday’s 8-6 result which saw Iowa lose a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Result: Lost two of three at home to Arkansas-Little Rock
Why It Hurts: This is the second year in a row the Cajuns have lost a series vs. The Rock.
Yes, two straight years now the Trojans have had the Cajuns’ number, capped by Sunday’s 7-1 beatdown. This also marked the first series loss of the season for UL-L. Little Rock’s Ryan Scott had a pair of towering home runs in Saturday’s 10-5 win in game two over the Cajuns.
– East Carolina
Result: Won two of three vs. Monmouth. However…
Why It Hurts: … because of the way Sunday went down.
Winning two of three from Monmouth isn’t too painful, sure. But nearly getting no-hit and then having a triple play pulled off against them just makes this one big thorn in the Pirates’ booty.
– Texas-San Antonio
Result: Lost two of three at home vs. Rice.
Why It Hurt: This series could’ve easily gone the Runners way.
In Sunday’s getaway game, the Roadrunners out-hit the Owls 6-3 but were out-scored 1-0. The Roadrunners committed two errors, one of which was responsible for Owl baserunner Ryan Chandler to score on a stolen base from second and then jogged home when a throw to third went awry into left field. Arrrrgh. So close yet so far.