Conference Tourney Time!
I know I’ve been college heavy of late, but that’s just the way it is. I promise to have more in the way of high school stuff later in the week, particularly in my next Draft Notebook.
But today is a great day for draft — and college baseball — fans. While some may have started yesterday (though rain interrupted the Big East), most of the big college tournaments start in earnest today. Here are some highlights:
5 p.m. CT: Vanderbilt vs. LSU
You get lefty Mike Minor against top-seeded LSU (Jared Mitchell, DJ LeMahieu, etc) right off the bat.
4 p.m. CT: Missouri vs. Texas A&M
I was hoping for a Kyle Gibson vs. Brooks Raley game, but you’ll have to deal with just Gibson. Raley will pitch for A&M on Friday.
3:35 p.m. ET: Indiana vs. Purdue
Eric Arnett should get the ball for the Hoosiers. There was some concern when he didn’t pitch over the weekend, their last regular-season series. From what I’ve been told, there’s nothing to worry about. Arnett had thrown a LOT of pitches in his previous few starts and while college coaches don’t worry too much about abusing arms to get wins, when the Big 10 regular season title wasn’t up for grabs when Arnett’s usual turn came up, they decided to let him rest to put all of the proverbial eggs in the conference tourney basket. It should be interesting to see how he does with the extra rest, and if he’ll pitch more than once in the tourney should the Hoosiers get that far.
3 p.m. ET: Lipscomb vs. Mercer
Lipscomb is the No. 2 seed and will send Rex Brothers to the mound in the opener against the fifth-seeded Mercer. His last start was washed out by rain in the early going. Could be the last look at him and he’s the type teams are probably still trying to figure out a bit.
3 p.m. CT: San Diego State vs. New Mexico
You didn’t think I could get through a post about college baseball and not mention Stephen Strasburg, did you? SDSU won their first game yesterday to move into the winner’s bracket. The 4th-seeded Aztecs take on No. 2 seed New Mexico and give the ball to Strasburg. The Lobos have the best offense in the conference and have five .400 hitters in the lineup. That didn’t seem to bother Strasburg when he faced them in Albuquerque during the regular season. He tossed a seven-hit shutout with 14 K’s.