I was listening to some more George Strait this morning and heard the song "How 'Bout them Cowgirls?". It talks about how no matter where you travel and what you experience there still is nothing to compare to "them cowgirls". I thought about those words but subbing in "Bull Dawgs".
I believe we will all be taking some deep breaths when this weekend is over but still smiling as we sing "How 'Bout Them Bull Dawgs (maroon flavor)". I am sure detailed scouting reports have been mined and prepared for consumption. The better you know your opponent the better you can match up your pieces to theirs and hopefully overcome them. Make no mistake, anyone can get hot and make a run but I believe we are in position to take the next step to Omaha.
Here are some comparisons and nuggets I found this morning.
Team W/L RPI BA HR Fielding % Errors SBs
Miss. State 41-16 11 .312 42 .974 59 50/62
SE. Mo. St 39-19 54 .310* 59* .964 78 74/90
Cal. St. Full. 35-21 42 .273 47 .973 62 62/?
La. Tech 40-18 31* .273 47 .973 61 89/120 Run like Deer from DAWGS!
So as you can see, statistically all of us are pretty close. Note SE. Mo. State's team BA and HRs. They will hit the ball and put it in play.
Nuggets or Dangers:
Miss. State -- Our ss (Ridley) and 3rd baseman (Collins) have combined to make 26 errors!! The rest of the team only has 23. Our pitching stats were a little eye opening also and I can see why we threw the kids in at Hoover that we did.
Pitcher ERA Record Saves IP BB K op. avg
Zac Houston 1.93 5-0 x 32.2 16 32 .216
Ryan Rigby 1.76 5-1 x 41 12 35 .203*
Dakota Hudson 2.35 9-4 x 103.1 30 107 .244
Austin Sexton 3.83* 7-3 x 89.1 23 88 .264
Konner Pilkington 2.08 3-1 x 43.1 15 42 .229
Blake Smith 3.18 2-1 4 22.2 11 24 .264
Reid Humpheries 5.48 0-1 7 21.1 6 28 .286
Our pitching is deep and talented but had some unexpected twists to me. I think we go with Zac or Ryan the first game then come back with Dakota or Austin depending on the opponents batting line-up (lefties and righties). Relief work goes to Konner, Blake and also Ryan Cyr (1.01 ERA in 17 IP) or Jacob Billingsley (1.80 ERA in 10 IP). The others I think you take a tranquilizer if they come in. I had thought Reid would be a strong reliever but the stats don't lie. He's been roughed up pretty good.
We are also 29-5 when we score 1st. So get on and play small-ball to score 1st!
SE Mo. State -- Chris Osborne .373 BA with 15 HR This whole team will and can hit!
Brandon Boggetto .335 BA 10 HR but this kid made 16 errors! (Find him guys) 78 team E's
Joey Lucchesi 10-4 1.87 ERA (The kid is OUTSTANDING! We will have to get his counts UP)
Justin Murphy 4-2 5 Sv 3.00 ERA These are their best pitchers, get into their BP and runs
come by the bucket full.
Cal. State -- They come in having won 6 of their last 8. They have a chip on their shoulder (look at their FB page) because they thought they would host a regional out west until Hawaii (snicker) swept them near the end. They plan to come here to enjoy the atmosphere (they know the reputation Dudy Noble has) then go play ULL after they slide through Starkvegas.
They beat 2 out of 3 this year and KNOW they got them covered! Caution -- when they get on base these guys can run!!! 89 stolen bases this year! They have their whole INF and OF back from last year so they are experienced but amazingly they have made 61 errors!
La. Tech -- Chase Lunceford (Clinton HS) .325 BA 11 HR 49 RBI
Raphael Gladu .365 BA 12 2b 2 HR
Cody Daigle .281 10 HR 37 RBI
Adam Atkins 6-0 1.1 ERA 9Sv 10 BB 53 K
Casey Sutton 7-1 1.63 ERA 0Sv 20 BB 42 K
Ok, so that is my scouting report. Remember, "If you don't plan for success your destined for failure."
Play our game and we'll move on singing "How 'Bout them Bull Dawgs!"