Sunday, April 29, 2007

Weekend wrap

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

We learned Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State can rebound. Both teams dropped Friday night games before winning the next two in pivotal conference series. It's not a pattern either team wants to follow, but college baseball is all about winning series.

We learned LSU is a big tease. Just when the Tigers look to have put their youthful indiscretions behind them, they pop up again. Take Sunday. LSU uses a six-run fifth to erase a five-run deficit. Four innings later, the Tigers are saddled with an extra-inning loss. Too bad Paul Mainieri can't clone Jared Bradford.

We learned Centenary still needs to learn how to close. The Gents were 2-0 at the midpoint of their weekend series at Western Illinois. Two more one-run losses and the Gents left Macomb, Ill., with a 3-5 Mid-Con mark. One-run defeats have been the Gents' cross to bear this year and, should Ed McCann's team figure it out, they could make a run at the Mid-Con tourney title.

Finally, we learned college baseball season in Louisiana may end earlier than usual this year. With Tulane's struggles -- six straight conference defeats -- Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette are carrying the flag for the state. Tech is in second place in the WAC while the Cajuns lead the Sun Belt Conference by two games. ULL's RPI checked in at 19th in the country on Wednesday, making the Cajuns a likely at-large team if the regionals began today.

Tech, on the other hand, is probably staring at a WAC Tournament title-or-bust scenario as the Bulldogs' RPI is at 114 as of Wednesday.


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