UCLA was left shoe-gazing after an 0-and-3 weekend at the DodgerTown Classic.


Sorenson: The Ouch List, March 8th

Okay StitchHeads, you know why we’re here. While the rest of the college baseball media is spending large amounts of bandwidth praising all the successful teams out there, somebody has to point out the opposite end of the spectrum. So here is the no-holds-barred, no quarter given look at who had awful weekends in our sport, in no particular order.

– Texas Tech
This Weekend: Swept in three games at Cal State Fullerton
Today: Lost 6-5
Why it Hurts:
It’s another case of a team playing a lot of home games against (mostly) easy competition and then going on the road to disastrous results. Of course, it didn’t help that they played the suddenly boiling-hot Titans. Also, today, Dylan Dusek finally took a loss as a collegiate pitcher. After going 8-0 last season, he started this year 2-0 but then lasted just into the second inning as the Titans plated a pair of runs off him on four hits and a walk. Things don’t get easier for Double-T as they’ll now travel to San Diego State, where salvation or damnation awaits.

– Baylor
This Weekend: 0-3 at the Houston College Classic
Today: Lost 3-2 vs. Texas A&M
Why it Hurts:
The Bears went to the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park looking to make a statement about being back in the national picture, especially after dropping three games at Cal State Fullerton the week before. Instead, Steve Smith’s squad dropped all three games by the closest of margins. Look, the pitching did its job, holding Hawaii, LSU and Texas A&M to a combined seven runs. But the bats hit just .191 on the weekend.

– Mississippi State
This Weekend: 1-2 vs. San Diego
Today: Lost 9-6
Why it Hurts:
Okay, it has to be asked, are the Bulldogs legit or not? This weekend makes us wonder. What does losing twice to a West Coast team with a losing record say? I think we certainly gave them a pass after beating Arizona twice last weekend, but then this weekend’s result raises our eyebrows once again since we’re not sure either team is a Regional-type squad. Well we shouldn’t get too up in our heads about it, after all the wolves of the SEC will weed out the crybabies.

– Vanderbilt
This Weekend: 1-2 at the DodgerTown Classic
Today: Lost 4-2 vs. TCU
Why It Hurt:
Yeah, yeah, I know. I think we expect too much from these guys. Anything short of a 10-0 win over every team on the Commodores’ schedule and we start to freak out about how vulnerable they are. But it is hard to ignore the jog-off loss to USC on Saturday and then TCU’s come-from-behind win over VU on Sunday. Couple those losses with earlier losses to Santa Clara and Indiana State and you wonder if they can be consistent enough to win three levels of the post-season.

This Weekend: 0-3 at the DodgerTown Classic
Today: Lost 8-4 to USC
Why It Hurt:
Now what do we make of the Bruins? El zippo in the offensive department. They came into the weekend hitting .318 as a team, but hit just .189 in the three games, including just seven combined hits vs. Vandy and TCU. What made it even more painful was the fact that USC beat the Bruins in Sunday’s finale, 8-4. The Trojans went 3-0 this weekend, beating all three top-10 teams. Does this mean there has been a power shift in baseball here in SmogLand?

– Tulane
This Weekend: 1-2 vs. Gonzaga
Today: Won 3-0.
Why it Hurt:
Just when the Green Wave were starting to look like a team that could do no wrong by winning mid-major matchups with teams like Pepperdine, San Francisco and Creighton, their bats went silent against what was expected to be a middle-of-the-road Gonzaga team. The offense was the biggest culprit, gathering just 15 hits and striking out 31 times in the three games. Tim Yandel and Ian Gibaut salvaged the weekend with a combined three-hitter to get Sunday’s 3-0 win.

– Clemson
This Weekend: 1-2 at N.C. State
Today: Lost 14-6
Why if Hurt:
Aw crud. The Tigers started the week by winning the series with South Carolina, in Columbia no less. But then ACC play started and they got a pretty sound pair of beatings from the Pack, dropping 8-3 and 14-6 decisions. But both games were pretty much lost before they really got started as NC State jumped out to 7-0 and 8-1 leads through just two innings in both games. Now a much-improved Notre Dame comes calling this weekend.

– Missouri
This Weekend: 0-3 vs. Milwaukee
Today: Lost 3-1
Why it Hurt:
Holy cow. Just… holy cow Mizzou. An SEC team losing three games to a team from the great white North. And I mean truly a team from the great white North as Milwaukee has yet to practice outside on their home campus. And shockingly, the Tigers came into the weekend with a 10-1 record. Milwaukee surrendered just 15 hits in 27 innings, holding Mizzou scoreless in 23 of those innings. Now the Tigers open SEC play with a trip to Georgia.

– Massachusetts and New York Tech
This Weekend: All games rained out or snowed out.
Today: DNP
Why It Hurt:
The Minutemen and Bears are just chomping at the bit to get out on an actual diamond and start playing some ball, but Mother Nature keeps throwing up roadblocks. UMass got all its games at Kentucky cancelled, so the Wildcats ended up playing Northern Kentucky instead. Meanwhile NYT was supposed to play at George Mason, but that was cancelled, so the Patriots played Marshall in three games.

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