Sunday, May 20, 2007

Weekend wrap

Thanks to the Southland Conference and the Southeastern Conference playing Thursday-Saturday series this week I probably could have put this blog up yesterday. But I digress as we review what we learned in the final weekend of regular-season college baseball.

We learned Vanderbilt has no mercy and that's a good thing. By playing its regulars and sweeping LSU, the Commodores proved they weren't happy with just winning the SEC title. They want the No. 1 overall seed. Sorry LSU fans, your team just happened to be the last hurdle for what has become this year's chic pick to add another national title to the SEC's coffers.

We learned NSU's roller coaster of a season ended just short of a nice peak. Making the SLC Tournament with a million JUCO transfers would have been great, but at least the Demons have something to build on entering 2008. Winning a series at Lamar -- long a house of horrors for even the best Demons teams -- can do that for a program.

Finally we learned Centenary can't seem to make the Mid-Con Tournament without a little drama. The Gents lost the first game of a home series with Oakland before taking the final three to earn their postseason bid. That's the good news. The bad? Centenary opens with Mid-Con power Oral Roberts. Have fun with that one, Ed McCann. You'll need that ever-present positivity if your team sees Chance Chapman again.

An aside as we're exactly eight days from selection Monday -- my best (ahem) educated guess at this season's national top 8 seeds. In no certain order, Vanderbilt, Texas, Rice, Florida State, Arkansas, San Diego, North Carolina and Arizona State.


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