Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tucson Regional: Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!!!

A big Thank You to the Louisville baseball team, for making the Tigers feel just a little better for losing 15-3 to the Arizona Wildcats in Round 1.

Last night, after the Tigers dispatched the NMSU Aggies, 6-2, Louisville took on the Wildcats and literally 1-upped the Tigers by losing 16-4.

Which means that today at 6:00 Mizzou and Louisville get to play.  The loser goes home.  The winner gets the privilege of immediately turning around and going back into battle with the Wildcats at 10 PM.  Oh, and if they beat Zona in the nightcap, they get to play them yet again tomorrow, since it's a double-elimination tournament.

So it's Tweety Bird vs. Jerry the Mouse, to find out who has what it takes to face the big bad wild cats yet again.

But don't forget who was always the the ultimate winner in those cartoons.

According to the ESPN schedule, today's games are NOT scheduled to be on ESPNU, but will be on ESPN3 online and on  On the other hand, according to, today's game WILL be on ESPNU.  Considering that ESPN has been bouncing around and switching games on and off their networks according to where the action is, we probably will just have to wait and see.

I'll be listening to Tex and Hunter on  KTGR  like I always do, no matter where I can or cannot find the Tigers on video.

Sunday, June 3
Game 5: Missouri vs. Louisville - elimination game (ESPN3, 6 p.m.)
Game 6: Arizona vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN3, 10 p.m.)

Monday, June 4
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser (ESPNU/ESPN3, 6 p.m.) (if necessary)

TOUR DE FORCE:The Arizona Junior Brigade (College Baseball Today)
With all apologies to Ryan Arrowood and Nick Vander Tuig, who were both stellar in their no-hit attempts today, the funnier super-heroes known as Robert Refsnyder, Joey Rickard, Alex Mejia and Seth Mejias-Brean have been putting on a clinic in Tucson. In the two wins over Missouri and Louisville, they’ve combined to go 22-for-38 and are responsible for 16 runs batted in. In essence, they’re a demolition squad. ESPNU should run a placard before each of their games saying “Hard hats required when tuning into these games.”

MU 6, NMSU 2

♦ Just-the-facts reports:
♦ The Columbia Tribune's Matt Nestor has more, though, in Missouri contemplates pitching options (including a good look back at the last time Mizzou and Louisville met in a Regional)
It would not be unprecedented for the Tigers to turn to a freshman in this situation.

At the Malibu, Calif., Regional in 2006, Missouri lost the opener to host Pepperdine and survived a 14-inning marathon to beat UC-Irvine in the second round.

Then-freshmen Rick Zagone and Aaron Crow pitched the Tigers through the losers bracket.

NMSU eliminated from tournament by Missouri (Fox Sports Arizona)
"It was just baseball luck," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We had a 2-1 lead and we had momentum early in the game. We left a lot of people on base, and the No. 2 offense in the nation never showed up. That's the bottom line. We couldn't get the breakthrough hit we needed to carry momentum late in the game."
Backs against the wall? Mo. doesn't care (Arizona Daily Star)
"We saw (the team's resolve) in the Big 12 tournament," Jamieson said. "Pretty much every game was an elimination game, so they're used to that.

"The first seven innings were frustrating offensively, but that's why you play nine."
UofA 16, UofL 4

Louisville baseball falls to host in regional (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Saturday night must have felt like getting thrown to the bottom of the mountain.

The Cardinals were walloped 16-4 by regional host and top seed Arizona, which battered UofL pitchers for 23 hits that were sprayed to all corners of Hi Corbett Field's ample outfield.

"That's not a fun one to recap," Cardinals coach Dan McDonnell said. "We struggled on the mound and struggled at the plate. It was just a disappointing night all around."

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