ACC in the CWS Breakdown: FSU vs. Arizona, pt. 2

Posted by Brandon Rink on June 21, 2012 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

College World Series

Schedule/TV

6/21 Arizona (45-17) vs. Florida State (50-16), 5 p.m. ET ESPN2

Arizona scouting report

Season notables: Arizona is the Pac-10 co-champ, winning three of their final four regular season series and 13-of-15. The Wildcats routed their regional 47-10, but edged St. John’s in the Supers, 7-6 and 7-4. Arizona shut out UCLA, 4-0, with a complete game from Konner Wade to advance on to a game away from the CWS final.

Top Bats: LF Johnny Field (.377 BA/3 HR/44 RBI), RF Robert Refsnyder (.352 BA/6 HR/63 RBI), 3B Seth Meijas-Brean (.357 BA/59 RBI).

Starters: Wildcats RHP Kurt Heyer (12-2, 2.22 ERA, 7 CG) vs. Seminoles LHP Brandon Leibrandt (8-2, 2.65 ERA).

Top Reliever: RHP Matthew Troupe (5-1, 3.60 ERA/6 saves).

Notes/How It Goes

  • Here we go again, FSU v. Arizona…Heyer v. Leibrandt. Arizona’s rubber-arm ace Heyer went 7.2 innings, allowing three runs (one earned), with eight strikeouts for a no decision in the first matchup. Leibrandt didn’t fare as well, going 4.1 IP allowing three runs (2 earned) and six hits.
  • Leibrandt has the advantage of facing a Wildcats lineup that’s been chilling in Omaha since Sunday, while Arizona has Heyer to cool the Seminoles’ bats (20 hits/16 runs in the last two games).
  • Arizona hasn’t lost yet this NCAA Tourney and have their ace on the mound going for the CWS final…but I think the layoff will affect them a bit – FSU just has to take advantage. I say the ‘Noles at least force a winner-take-all and we’ll see from there.

Pick: FSU.

ACC in the CWS Breakdown: FSU v. UCLA

Posted by Brandon Rink on June 18, 2012 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

Jayce Boyd's bat could be the difference between advancing on or going home Tuesday night (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

College World Series Loser’s Bracket

Schedule/TV

6/19 UCLA (48-15) vs. FSU (49-16), 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

UCLA scouting report

Season notables: UCLA dropped the home series opener against Maryland and then went on to win 19 of their 22 games, with a 12-game winning streak in the mix. After playing one PAC-12 co-champ last week (Arizona, who the winner of this one must beat twice to advance), FSU meets the other Tuesday here, which has won 20 of their last 23 games.

Top Bats: RF Jeff Gelalich (.357 BA/11 HR/48 RBI), 1B Trevor Brown (.322 BA/52 RBI/13 2B), CF Beau Amaral (.311 BA/46 RBI).

Starters: UCLA RHP Zack Weiss (3-2, 4.04 ERA) vs. FSU RHP Scott Sitz (3-3, 3.99 ERA)

UCLA Top Reliever(s): RHP Scott Griggs (35 appearances: 3-1, 2.70 ERA/15 saves)/RHP David Berg (49 appearances: 5-3, 1.51 ERA).

Notes/How It Goes

  • With UCLA, think Arizona, but with better overall pitching…though that may not even be true after the Wildcats shut the Bruins out and held FSU to three runs in 12 innings so far this CWS. UCLA is the No. 2 national seed, and with Florida’s exit, the top-ranked team left in the NCAA Tournament. Like Arizona, they’re not a power team, but hit for average and don’t strikeout often.
  • UCLA sophomore righty Zack Weiss gets the ball Tuesday night, who hasn’t pitched since the regionals – going 5 IP allowing 7 hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts in a 13-5 win over Creighton. Opposite him is FSU senior RHP Scott Sitz, who is in a similar spot when it comes to time between starts, going 4.1 innings allowing 6 hits, but striking out 8 and surrendering a single run in the opener against UAB (a 2-1 win).
  • The Seminoles shook the cobwebs off the bats against Stony Brook Sunday with 12 runs on 11 hits, but are still looking for a base knock from 1B Jayce Boyd this CWS (0-for-9, 2 runs scored), who ranks 1-2 with CF James Ramsey in the ACC in batting (Boyd, .375 BA/4 HR/59 RBI; Ramsey, .382 BA/13 HR/58 RBI). Both starters appear hittable so it could be a battle of the bullpens – it’s a question of when those runs come. If FSU can jump on UCLA early, they win, but the later it’s close or the Bruins lead, UCLA might have the edge with a couple of reliable arms in the ‘pen.

Pick: FSU

ACC in the CWS Breakdown: FSU v. Stony Brook

Posted by Brandon Rink on June 16, 2012 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

FSU righty closer Robert Benincasa went 4 innings on Friday, taking the loss after giving up back-to-back doubles (the only hits he allowed) in the 12th (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

College World Series Loser’s Bracket

Schedule/TV

6/16 Stony Brook (52-14) vs. Florida State (48-16), 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Stony Brook scouting report

Season notables: The Seawolves have lost just 6 games since April, dominating the America East, battling out of the loser’s bracket at the Coral Gables Regional and winning two-straight elimination games at the LSU Super Regional. UCLA jumped all over Seawolves ace Tyler Johnson (2.1 IP/5 H/7 R/7 ER/4BB) to put Stony Brook behind the 8-ball with a 9-1 decision.

Top Bats: 3B William Carmona (.393 BA/12 HR/72 RBI), CF Travis Jankowski (.416 BA/5 HR/46 RBI), 2B Maxx Tissenbaum (.391 BA/3 HR/51 RBI).

Starters: Seawolves RHP Brandon McNitt (Starter: 8-3, 2.50 ERA) vs. Seminoles RHP Mike Compton (11-2, 2.86 ERA)

Stony Brook Top Reliever: RHP Frankie Vanderka (20 appearances: 3-3, 2.37 ERA/5 saves).

Notes/How It Goes

  • Stony Brook has been the story of the NCAA Tournament, conquering the ‘Canes in a road regional and sweeping the final two in Baton Rouge to make the CWS, while FSU’s road has been much easier up to the extra innings loss to Arizona Friday. But with ace Tyler Johnson having suffered his first loss in four starts this NCAA Tourney – does Stony Brook have enough pitching to even make it past the ‘Noles?
  • Seawolves starter Brandon McNitt pitched seven innings at LSU, leaving with a no decision and allowing only an unearned run and three hits in the game that stretched over two days due to rain. FSU’s Compton wasn’t exactly sharp in his last start against Stanford, giving up 11 hits (but just 2 runs) in 4 innings in the 18-7 CWS-berth clincher. Before that, Compton went six strong innings in a winner’s bracket victory over Samford at the regional, striking out five and allowing an earned run with no walks.
  • FSU has the vets to recover from the late innings loss, and Stony Brook definitely has the confidence (and you know, hitting and pitching) to stick around in Omaha. This game comes down to who can jump out early and the Seminoles channel what helped in Compton’s last start to stay alive.

Pick: FSU