MBD's Keys to Victory in Game 2

USA TODAY Sports

Here are a few things I think we need to accomplish to win the game tonight

  1. Get an early lead, just one run in the first two innings will do the trick.
  2. Do not walk or HBP their leadoff hitter of the inning.
  3. Attack the stike zone - do not nibble as much as Game 1.
  4. Make the umpire call the letter-high strike before swinging at it.
  5. Stay within yourself on defense - do not make off balance throws unless absolutely necessary.
I would be tempted to start Sam Frost at 3B. He has a couple of base hits in the CWS and plenty of mobility at third. The defense needs to be perfect, and maybe even make some not so routine plays.

I've gone back and forth, should we start Graveman or Pollorena. It seems like most State fans want Graveman - backs against the wall, go with the best. I would kind of rather see Pollo because I don't know how effective Graveman will be on short rest, but he is a sinker-ball pitcher so it will probably work out, and he only threw 74 pitches on Friday. If Kendal and Ross can get through this game with a win we I think we've got plenty of arms for Game 3. The magic number is 2. If we give up any more than that it will be hard to win, but we've got a great shot to win if that's all we give up. Only give up one run I'd say there's a 95% chance we win.

Since the College World Series went to the best of three format in 2003, the team that loses Game 1 is 4-6 in Game 2. They have gone on to win the series twice (2006 Oregon State, 2008 Fresno State).

It's not impossible. It can happen. Keep the faith Bulldog Nation.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker