JP's Weekly Walk-Off: Corvallis Regional 4

JP's Weekly Walk-Off: Corvallis Regional Part 4

Final Thoughts

The Beavers got what I would have to call a favorable draw, and that national consensus seems to agree.

Keys for the Beavs:

  • Continue to pitch and defend at an elite level.
  • Get started early!  For reasons unknown, opening games in Corvallis regionals have been slow starts for the Beavs against the 4-seeds.  Get after Holy Cross - build a little confidence and momentum!
    • 2005: 4-3 over Ohio State
    • 2006: 5-3 over Wright State (tied through 7.5 innings)
    • 2011: 7-4 over UA-LR (trailed through 5.5 innings)
    • 2013: 5-4 over UTSA
    • 2014: 2-1 over North Dakota St.
  • Hope to see Madrigal and Harrison quickly get back in the groove after seeing limited action of late due to injury.  As we saw vs. Abilene Christian, the Beavers are a different team without them – simply getting them back should be a huge lift.
  • Simply continue the mission you’ve been on – winning the conference was the first piece, putting together an undeniable resume for the selection committee was the next. Now, take that next step to win the regional and move forward to the next goal.
  • Couldn’t hurt to somehow convince Cadyn Grenier these are road games.  Surprisingly his average at home (.224) is 137 points lower than his average (.361) on the road.

All told, if I seem somewhat dismissive of Yale and Holy Cross… I am.  Honestly, the guys coming from the #14 (Ivy) and #30 (Patriot) RPI (of 32) conferences simply have not faced the level of talent (particularly the caliber of pitching) they’ll see from Nebraska and particularly OSU.  As an aside, while I understand how the formula works, I’m still at such a loss to figure out how Yale’s RPI is as low as it is.  It is so counter-intuitive to me that you play just two games against sub-100 RPI teams (lose them both), yet somehow can craft a sub-50 RPI.  But, I digress….   

I do think the Nebraska – Yale opener will be interesting with NU hoping to move up their Sunday starter (albeit their starter with the best numbers) into the opener after being scratched from his last start and Yale will (I can only assume) throw the one good starting arm they have.  The way Hohensee has pitched of late I don’t particularly mind them saving their usual #1 for their second game.

When you open with a guy that is 12-0 on the season vs. a team with a sub-.500 record… follow that with a guy that beat out the first guy for conference pitcher of the year… then have a third guy that may in fact have the best arm (albeit working back from injury) of the three – that seems to be a pretty good recipe for advancing, particularly when coupled with a great defense and an offense that, while not the most dangerous in the land, is more than adequate.

For those interested in keeping an eye on the Clemson regional, Friday’s games will both be on ESPN3 (Vandy vs. St. John’s @9am PDT  & Clemson vs. UNC-Greensboro @4pm PDT).  Same game times Saturday and I assume ESPN3 will again be the carrier.   

Team Offensive Comparison

 

OSU (1)

Nebraska (2)

Yale (3)

Holy Cross (4)

Runs/Game

5.81

5.91

7.10

5.30

Batting Ave.

.289

.282

.291

.257

OB%

.382

.364

.366

.341

SLG%

.401

.383

.433

.377

HR/Game

0.43

0.43

0.83

0.72

BB Per Game

4.77

3.93

3.46

3.46

K’s Per Game

5.96

7.48

7.06

7.38

Stolen Bases

57 – 71

41 – 47

39 – 54

19 – 29

 

Team Pitching & Defense Comparison

 

OSU (1)

Nebraska (2)

Yale (3)

Holy Cross (4)

Team ERA

1.84

3.64

5.51

5.18

Opponent Bat Ave.

.198

.262

.282

.280

Team WHIP

0.98

1.34

1.59

1.51

HR Allowed/Game

0.34

0.48

0.83

0.92

BB Per 9 IP

2.53

3.63

4.26

3.63

K Per 9 IP

8.05

6.71

6.83

7.89

Fielding %

.978

.977

.973

.964

Stolen Bases Allowed

16 – 28

23 – 39

40 – 52

55 – 77

 

Tournament Schedule

Game 1

Yale vs. Nebraska*

Friday – 1:00pm PDT

Game 2

Holy Cross vs. Oregon State**

Friday - 8:00 pm PDT

Game 3

Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2*

Saturday – 1:00pm PDT

Game 4

Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2*

Saturday – 7:00 pm PDT

Game 5

Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4*

Sunday – 1:00pm PDT

Game 6

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5*

Sunday – 7:00 pm PDT

Game 7 (if necessary)

Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6*

Monday – 8:00pm PDT


*Game will be broadcast on ESPN3; ** Game will be broadcast on ESPNU


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