Day One NCAA Baseball Notes

The first day of the NCAA Baseball Tournament is in the books and for once every game (all 32 of them) got played (almost) as scheduled. With 32 teams facing elimination today -- and 16 of them will get bounced -- here are some tidbits that you may find interesting.

No. 1 seeds go 15-1 ---- Top seeds never lose in the NCAA Basketball Tournament but they do in baseball. That's in part because there are 16 of them. Cal State Fullerton dropped a 3-1 decision to Minnesota and faces elimination at home this afternoon. There may never have been more of a big name loser's out showdown on day two than the Fullerton/Stanford game that will send one of those powers home.

No. 2 seeds go 8-8 ---- You would expect more situations where a No. 3 beats a No. 2 but when it happens half the time it show you there's probably pretty little different among those teams. Stanford is just one of those No. 2 seeds that could have its season end tonight.

SEC goes 8-0 ---- The SEC got the most respect from the selection committee with eight bids and all eight teams seeded No. 1 or No. 2. Well in this case the selection committee looks pretty good since every SEC posted a win on day one. It wasn't easy. LSU needed 11 innings to outlast Cal-Irvine 11-10 and Vandy had to play 13 innings before getting the better of Illinois State 8-7. Auburn edged Jacksonville State 9-7 and South Carolina had to rally past Bucknell 9-5.

Florida "Big Three" advances ---- Each of the big three in the state of Florida earned a No. 1 seed and each one lived up to it. Florida and FSU seem to have favorable draws in their Regionals and will face No. 3 seeds but Miami got no favors from the committee. The Hurricanes play today against what I think is the best No. 2 seed in the entire tournament, Texas A&M. The Aggies have a couple of big time arms and a slew of bats and have a great chance of taking that Regional.

Garret Wittels keeps hitting ---- The FIU hitting machine was the lone bright spot in his team's 17-3 drubbing at the hands of the aforementioned Aggies. A sixth inning double extended Wittels' hitting streak to 55 games, just two shy of the NCAA record held by Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State). Wittels needs a hit today and for FIU to beat Dartmouth to have to chance to continue his assault on the mark. It would be really something if he eventually gets a chance to tie or break the record against Miami.


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