Raleigh Regional Sunday


Rodon Rolling

Wolfpack Baseball (46-14) kept things rolling Saturday night on the power of Carlos Rodon’s left arm.  Rodon went the distance against William & Mary (38-23) as the Pack edged the pesky Tribe by a final score of 1-0.

And it was a good thing that Rodon was once again spectacular because the Tribe’s John Farrell kept the Pack’s bats mostly in check, going 7.1 innings, scattering 6 hits and yielding only a single run.  He struck out six, and walked three.

The Pack would have their chances early to break a scoreless tie, advancing a runner as far as third base in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, but Farrell was able to work out of trouble each time and preserve the goose eggs thru five innings.

In the top of the 6th however, Trea Turner would leadoff the inning with a double and then move to third on a Jake Fincher infield single.  Two batters later, Tarran Senay would receive a little respect with a 2 out intentional walk.  But Grant Clyde would follow him with a 2 out RBI single up the middle, scoring Turner from third for the game’s only run.

The rest of the way, it was the Carlos Rodon show.

On his way to the complete game shutout, Rodon would yield only 2 hits while striking out 10 and walking none.  BillnMary actually had more guys reach base by way of hit batsmen (3) than any other way (I seem to remember someone mentioning something about plunking batters in the preview).

Despite that however, Rodon was never in any serious trouble it seemed, and on the occasions when the Tribe did have a runner reach, or even advance to second, Rodon only became stronger and more determined.

Rodon Spins Gem in NCAA Regional Win over Tribe (GoPack.com)

Box Score

Earlier on Saturday, Ole Miss seemed to wake up a bit as they pulled away in the late innings to eliminate Binghamton by an 8-4 final score.

Sunday in Raleigh

Ole Miss and BillnMary face off in Sunday’s early game (1pm).  The loser of that one goes home while the winner is rewarded for their efforts with having to turn around and try to beat the Pack in Sunday’s nightcap (6pm), and then again Monday (7pm).

Bottom line:  If the Pack wins tonight, then they move on to super regionals and will await the results in Eugene to find out their opponent and/or destination (More on that later).  If the Pack loses tonight’s game, then the same two teams will tee it up again Monday evening at 7pm to determine who will emerge from Raleigh.

Today’s games will once again be only ESPN3 affairs.  Frankly, that’s starting to bug me but I suppose I should thankful for even that.  Will still have the Bases Loaded whip around on the big screen though.

Other Scores/Results of note

VT bounced back, defeating Coastal in the loser’s bracket in Blacksburg, 9-1.  They’ll face UConn in today’s early game with the winner of that one then faced with the task of beating Oklahoma twice.

GT also avoided elimination by beating ETSU 5-1 in Nashville.  They take on Illinois early, then if they win they must beat Vandy two straight.  Good luck with that.

After rebounding to beat the Bilikens (which still looks like the Grinch IMHO) of St Louis yesterday 10-2, Clemson’s road out of the loser’s bracket isn’t much easier than GT’s.  They’ll have to beat Liberty early today, then handle the ‘Cocks twice in Columbia.

Miami lost a thin 1-0 lead late and fell to the ‘Ville by a final of 6-4.  Today they’ll face Okie State early, then will have to top the Cards later today and tomorrow to survive their trip to Louisville.

UVa stayed perfect in Charlottesville, topping Elon 2-0, and now awaits the winner of today’s early game between UNC-W and Elon.

Carolina likewise moved to 2-0 in Chapel Hill by hanging on to beat Towson 8-5.  Towson and Fla. Atlantic play the early game there today for the rights to try to beat the Heels two straight.

FSU has things rolling.  In two games they’ve yet to give up a run in Tallahassee and have scored 21.  Yesterday they pounded Troy 11-0 and now await the winner of today’s early game between Troy and ‘Bama.

And don’t go using your super saver miles to book airfare to Eugene, Oregon just yet Pack fans…

In the battle of the birds, the Oregon Ducks fell to the second seeded Rice Owls last night 1-0.  Oregon must now beat San Francisco in today’s early game, then turn around and beat Rice tonight, THEN beat Rice again tomorrow.  With their history against top 50 RPI teams this year (Rice is #28, San Fran is #50), that may not be a good bet to happen.  Stay tuned……

So then, what happens if Oregon fails to win their regional?  Will the Pack host supers?

No guarantees there.  The NCAA will not announce sites for the super regionals until Monday night (I think…it might be Tuesday morning).  Since the Pack did not receive a national seed they are of course not guaranteed any consideration.

Rice has an excellent baseball tradition and they have outstanding facilities with a significantly larger capacity than Doak.  So it’s not beyond comprehension why the NCAA might opt to give them the supers (On the other hand, San Fran plays in a hole so THAT ain’t gonna happen at least).

Having said that however, given the fan support in Raleigh this weekend and the controversy of giving the Ducks the national seed nod in the first place, I would think it likely that the Pack would stay home for supers if the Ducks fall.

And even if not, at least Houston is closer than Eugene.

[UPDATE] – My information (or lack thereof) was in error on this.  Despite not having received a national seed, presuming the Pack has submitted the proper proposal for super regional hosting, the higher seeded Pack WILL host super regionals over Rice should the Oregon Ducks fail to advance from Eugene.

Tip of the cap to Dr.BadgerPack for correcting my stupidity on this issue.

We’ll be doing the same thing around here today as yesterday (good Lord willing and the crick don’t rise).  So if you’re stuck without ESPN3, feel free to use us as your update central.  And again, please do talk it up in the comments section.  It’s way more fun that way.

Go Pack!!! (And…GO Dons and/or Owls!!!!!)






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223 Responses to Raleigh Regional Sunday

  1. IrishPackFan 06/02/2013 at 11:51 AM #

    Is there any other way to watch the game? I have Windstream which doesn’t have ESPN3 available…bastards. I’ve been following the games via Twitter and it’s getting old real fast.

  2. nav 06/02/2013 at 11:53 AM #

    Only the incredible will power of NC State shit can prevent a positive outcome now. I foresee Rice hosting a super regional against W&M. That’s the NC State way.

  3. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 12:07 PM #

    Not that I know of Irish.

    Anytime a game (and not just baseball) is an ESPN3 exclusive and not on broadcast TV somewhere, I’ve never been able to find any other link where it’s streaming.

    If anyone knows of another link to a stream, please do post it however.

  4. mak4dpak 06/02/2013 at 12:23 PM #

    I have followed many of the games on gametracker, which doesn’t show it live, or uses screen characters for the plays, as well as clicking the listen to button on the top corners of the screen, once on the gametracker.

  5. redcanine 06/02/2013 at 12:59 PM #

    And Heywood crushes one towards South America!

  6. old13 06/02/2013 at 1:21 PM #

    “Today’s games will once again be only ESPN3 affairs. Frankly, that’s starting to bug me but I suppose I should thankful for even that. Will still have the Bases Loaded whip around on the big screen though.”

    It doesn’t stop there. Trying to find anything on almost any prime sports web site (ESPN, SI, etc.) about college baseball is nearly impossible. What’s the deal! Most of the sites have direct links to college football and basketball, with secondary access to many non-rev sports. You’d think that college baseball would fall just behind FB and M/WBB wouldn’t ya, with in-season coverage comparable to FB and BB!

  7. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 1:54 PM #

    Miami down 3-1 in the 7th to Okie St.

    Clemson and Liberty scoreless in the 3rd.

    BM up 1-0 on Rebs after 3

  8. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 1:57 PM #

    And yes….College Baseball is definitely NOT an easy sport to follow. One must be fairly dedicated and go to all the individual schools’ websites and educate themselves because the mass media largely ignores it until the CWS gets going.

    I suppose it’s the nature of the beast. With MLB having so many games daily and taking center stage, not many folks even consider the college game.

  9. BJD95 06/02/2013 at 1:59 PM #

    Looks like we might get another round of BM tonight, eh?

  10. 13OT 06/02/2013 at 2:09 PM #

    So now we learn that Raleigh may not be the site after all for the Super Regional if Oregon loses out? You mean that there’s not a system in place to determine where these games will be played if not in Eugene? You mean it could be in Houston? Or even San Francisco?

    If that’s indeed the case, then it’s quite clear to me that the NCAA has handed control of its tournament over to ESPN.

    That’s almost as good as ESPN3.

  11. Dr. BadgerPack 06/02/2013 at 2:15 PM #

    Wufpacker- Unless the rules have changed I believe we would host against Rice. As long as we have submitted a hosting proposal and guarantee a certain financial threshold* and have an appropriate facility, the higher seed gets the host. If the advancing teams are equally seeded (2s, 3s, 4s) the proposals are weighed.

    *The last championship rulebook I have is from 2011- the threshold was $35,000. So, this information may have changed.

  12. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 2:17 PM #

    Leave it to DBP to humble me. My understanding was always that the NCAA could basically do what they wanted there regardless of seeding.

    I always learn something when you come around 😀

  13. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 2:26 PM #

    BM now up 3-1 going to the 6th

    Clemson down 2-1 now in the 5th

    Miami now down big to the Cowboys, 7-1 in the 8th

  14. Dr. BadgerPack 06/02/2013 at 2:26 PM #

    Hey- I could be wrong, my info IS two years old 🙂

    It was the same in ’10 and ’11 (I have both handbooks). For the truly sick:

    Regarding the super-regional tournaments, with the criteria listed in Bylaw 31.1.3,
    the Division I Baseball Committee also follows the additional criteria:
    a. Super regional competition shall take place at on-campus sites or alternate sites
    approved by the baseball committee.
    b. Prospective host institutions must submit a minimum financial guarantee of
    $35,000, which shall be 75 percent of the estimated net receipts as submitted on
    the hosting proposal (online proposed budget). The $35,000 minimum applies to
    both two-day and three-day super regional competitions.
    c. Consideration for hosting shall be given to the higher seed, including the eight
    national seeds, if a suitable hosting proposal has been received (e.g., meets financial
    guarantee and quality of facility criteria). If the higher seed has not submitted a
    proposal, the lower-seeded team will host if their proposal is acceptable.
    d. If the super regional match-up is between equally seeded teams, the committee
    shall review the hosting proposals according to the site selection criteria (e.g.,
    quality and availability of the facility, revenue potential and other available
    accommodations) to determine the host. If only one of the teams has submitted a
    proposal, that team shall host if the proposal is acceptable.
    e. Lights are highly recommended at all prospective super regional sites. These
    lights should meet the NCAA standards found by clicking on the “NCAA
    Broadcast Manual and Policies” link at http://www.ncaa.com/broadcast.
    f. The committee will consider previous crowd control and behavior of the
    prospective host institution.

    Bylaw 31.1.3 deals with stadium size and I think we addressed this.

  15. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 2:35 PM #

    Miami loses, they’re out.

    Somewhere, theCOWDOG is smiling.

  16. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 2:36 PM #

    @DBP…no, I’m sure you’re right. Never known you not to be when it came these sorts of issues.

    The human rulebook (that’s NOT an insult btw).

    Like I’ve said before, I wish you’d come around more often bcuz I always learn from you when you do.

  17. Dr. BadgerPack 06/02/2013 at 2:41 PM #

    I think I’ll be able to stick around for today’s game.

    heh- I used to sit on Babe Ruth League protest committees due to the whole “human rulebook” thing.

  18. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 2:45 PM #

    Pertinent info in this entry has been updated to reflect your awesomeness, btw 😀

  19. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 2:54 PM #

    BM now up 4-1 going to the 8th

    Clemson still trails Liberty, now 3-1 in the 6th

  20. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 2:55 PM #

    UNC-W with a one run lead on Elon, 4-3 in the 6th. Elon threatening though.

  21. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 3:13 PM #

    Troy trying to break ‘Bama’s heart. Heckuva game so far.

    Tying run in scoring position.

  22. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 3:13 PM #

    Rebs down to their last out in Raleigh.

  23. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 3:15 PM #

    Nice play by BM’s SS Williams to end it.

    Pack will have to deal with BM again tonight.

  24. Wufpacker 06/02/2013 at 3:16 PM #

    Troy ties it against ‘Bama. Still batting with men on 2nd/3rd, one away.

    And now they’re loaded for the Trojans….

  25. Pack78 06/02/2013 at 3:18 PM #

    And the Ducks are underway with USF…no score with USF coming to bat in the bottom of the 1st.

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