Friday, March 16, 2007

Late night

The big story from the Judi Garman Classic at Cal State Fullerton is that highly ranked Arizona State (No. 2 and 4 in the national polls) dropped two games. The Sun Devils lost first to Fresno State by a 6-1 score, and then to Louisiana-Lafayette, 2-0 in eight innings.

There's one more game still going on tonight, between Notre Dame and Louisiana-Lafayette. This game evidently has implications for the standings of Pool B, which are needed to complete tomorrow's schedule. This can be seen in the schedule below, which I've copied and pasted from the tournament website.

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET (Field 1)
GAME 1: Michigan (A1) vs. Arizona (D2), Saturday 9 a.m.
GAME 2: Pool B First Place vs. Penn State (C2), Saturday 11:15 a.m.
GAME 3: Oklahoma (D1) vs. Cal State Northridge (A2), Saturday 1:30 p.m.
GAME 4: DePaul (C1) vs. Second Place Pool B, Saturday 4 p.m.

CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET (Field 2)
GAME 5: Florida State (A3) vs. NC State (D4), Saturday 9 a.m.
GAME 6: Third Place Pool B vs. Cal State Fullerton (C4), Saturday 11:15 a.m.
GAME 7: Pacific (D3) vs. Washington (A4), Saturday 1:30 p.m.
GAME 8: Texas (C3) vs. Fourth Place Pool B, Saturday 4 p.m.


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An item I just discovered tonight, but should have noticed earlier, is that No. 1 Tennessee suffered its second loss of the season on Wednesday, a 5-4 setback to the University of Mississippi. I'd like to say you can chalk this omission up to a serious case of March Madness. In reality, though, I tend to approach upcoming games by scanning schedules and trying to pick out games that match two big-name teams with each other. That's probably why I missed this Tennessee game; even with the win, Ole Miss is just 10-16.

Morning

In late action Thursday night in the Judi Garman Classic at Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma took a big step toward inclusion among the nation's elite teams, knocking off Arizona, 6-2. The Sooners are now 30-1.