Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weekend wrap

Another week of college baseball has come and gone. What did we learn?

We learned Northwestern State still owns brooms. It wasn't the prettiest sweep ever, but the Demons got three very important victories over Nicholls State.

We learned Tulane isn't infallable. Not that the Wave ever claimed to be, but getting swept at home removes some aura.

We learned the road isn't kind to teams who load up on a heavy home schedule. That's you, Centenary. Playing road games No. 6, 7, 8 and 9 on the season, the Gents suffered road losses Nos. 6, 7 and 8 against Valparaiso.

We learned Louisiana Tech's trip to paradise was anything but spectacular. The Dogs lost two of three and their outright lead in the WAC. Thankfully Brian Rike delivered the biggest save of the weekend, closing out Saturday's win after homering earlier in it.

Finally, we learned Paul Mainieri is a pretty good mad scientist (and not-too-shabby a baseball coach.) He's found a way to maximize the talent in a roster he inherited in complete shambles. Thanks to a guy who loves to hit in the clutch (Michael Hollander) and a guy who can pitch anywhere (Jared Bradfor) , the Tigers took two of three from Mississippi State on the weekend and you can just about paint the Tigers in Birmingham (Sorry, Tracy Lawrence fans, I've been waiting to use that line for a while) and the SEC Tournament.


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