Sunday, May 13, 2007

Weekend wrap

One more weekend of play is all we have left in college baseball's 2007 regular season. Here's what we learned from the second-to-last weekend of conference play:

We learned LSU isn't dead in the water, despite its own best efforts. Former Haughton star T.J. Forrest saved the Tigers' postseason hopes for at least one more weekend with four scoreless innings of relief Sunday. LSU still needs an inspired effort next weekend at Vanderbilt or help from a couple of teams if the Tigers plan on being more than spectators at the Hoover Met.

We learned NSU isn't quite ready to give up on the season. The Demons took two of three from Lamar in a place that hasn't exactly been kind to them over the years. Still NSU is in desperate need of help to make the Southland Conference Tournament, which, oh by the way, the Demons will host.

We learned Louisiana Tech still has some bug-a-boos in California. The Bulldogs need to shake those and hope an open weekend before the WAC Tournment is the restful tonic that equals a tourney title and an NCAA regional bid.

We learned Tulane has fallen a couple of pegs in the Conference USA pecking order. Two years ago, the Wave dropped Rice in the New Orleans Super Regional after losing the first game. This year, in Houston, Tulane dropped all three games, continuing its late-season swoon.

Finally, we learned Centenary is still struggling on the road. Granted the Gents' four straight road losses came to the class of the Mid-Con -- Oral Roberts. Still, until Sunday's 3-2 finale, none of the games were close. It's time for the Gents to start making some progress in the standings or start looking in a different direction philosophically.


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