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May 31, 2010

LIVE Q&A BLOG w/Turtle; FIU vs. Texas A&M on Friday

Good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE Q&A BLOG with FIU's 2010 Sun Belt Champions coach TurtleTt Thomas. We will be getting underway about 1:45 p.m. because the celebration here in the FIU Stadium Club is going longer than expected.

Big crowd here for the FIU baseball team learning that they will play Texas A&M on Friday afternoon in Coral Gables. Likely a 2 p.m. game but that has not been confirmed yet.

Thanks to TT for taking time out to join us here. TT will be around for 45 minutes to answer your questions about the Panthers magical season thus far.

Around 1:45 p.m. you can start to submit your questions below. Unlike the live game blogs, there won't be all access to this blog in order to keep the blog from being cluttered with so many questions at one time. So post your questions and I'll move them over and TT will answer them.

FIU vs. Texas A&M on Friday

Start the car, ride a bike, jog or walk 9 miles east to Coral Gables, because that's where FIU will play itsLogo NCAA Regional beginning Friday against Texas A&M.

The Panthers and the Aggies will begin the CG regional with the first game of the double elimination tournament on Friday afternoon. Game time will be announced later, but likely that FIU would play the early game at 3 p.m.

This is a regional re-match as FIU defeated Texas A&M in a regional when Mike Lowell played at FIU.

Besides FIU and A&M, UM is also in the regional as well as Dartmouth.

FIU is the No. 3 seed. A&M is No. 2. UM is No. 1 and Dartmouth is No. 4 .

Packed FIU Stadium Club here for the watch party to see where the Panthers play this weekend.

Every time GW is shown on ESPN's selection show, the crowd erupts here.

LIVE Q&A BLOG with Turtle will get rolling soon at 1:30 p.m. today.

FIU Baseball 2010 Sun Belt Champs

Fiuchamps Yes, there are bigger games on the horizon and most likely they will take place in Coral Gables next weekend (more on that in a bit and you can vote in the poll question at the end of this post), but stop for a moment and take in the title of this post: FIU Baseball 2010 Sun Belt Champs.

It's been 11 years since the last one back in 1999 and like the 1999 season FIU is likely headed to Coral Gables for an NCAA regional beginning on Friday.

Before we get to that, check the previous post below this one for a party you're all invited to and for a LIVE Q&A BLOG with Turtle on Monday afternoon.

If you follow the history of the NCAA baseball tourney you'll see that teams that are conference champions usually are placed in regionals closest to home. And at-large teams usually travel to other regionals not as near.

Before this past weekend's SBC tourney, Florida Atlantic was expected to be placed in the CG regional, because they emerged from the regular season in first place in the conference. FIU was being projected for the Gainesville regional.

Now the latest is the teams have flip-flopped, because the Panthers are Sun Belt champs. So the HootersFiusbc appear headed up the Florida Turnpike to UF. Of course, if Elmer Fudd has anything to say about this, it might all change. Still, if FIU goes just 9 miles east there is talk from sebaseball.com that the Panthers first round opponent could be LSU in Coral Gables.

FIU secured their NCAA spot after defeating the Hooters in the SBC semfinal on Saturday. That plus, the newest ESPN star's long-as-hell hitting streak put the Panthers in the tournament.

What FIU was playing for against Troy -- besides the Sun Belt crown -- was whether it wanted to play 9 miles from FIU or up in north Florida.

FIU got the SBC trophy and is expected to play 9 miles from campus thanks to a team that showed some serious heart and became members of Company Jones when it mattered most. The Panthers could have called it a season after the loss to South Alabama on Wednesday, but each game a different Panther played like they weren't ready to come home to Miami.

PATTON GOES TO WAR WITH THE BASEBALL

Against Western Kentucky, Pablo Bermudez's RBI single in the 7th tied the score 3-3. Then SBCPatton Tournament Most Outstanding Player Jeremy Patton (right) belted his first of 4 HR in the tourney to put FIU ahead for good. Patton then had a 2-run double to provide insurance runs.

For the tourney, The General went 12 for 23 (.522 average) with 4 HR and 10 RBI.

Keeping FIU in that game was Scott Rembisz with 7 solid innings. There should be an investigation as to why Rembisz was not named to the All-Tournament Team. In a tournament that was all about the ping! bats with football scores being put up, Rembisz had a 3.21 ERA with one win and 11 Ks in 14 IP. Plus, he shut the door on Troy in the 9th inning of the title game.

This Sun Belt voting is weird. First, the conference names one player to both the 1st and 2nd all-conference teams at 3 different positions ((SBC voting)  and now leaves SR off this team.

MARTINEZ FIELD GOAL IS GOOD

In the re-match with South Alabama, Mike Martinez and Rudy Flores each had a HR and 3 RBI to spark the offense. Martinez's HR went through the uprights for a field goal at Floyd Stadium. 510 feet away from home plate.

Junior Arrojo had 3 hits, 2 RBI and 2 steals to add to the FIU offense. Jr. was another FIU player missing from the all-tournament team. Jr. only hit .545 (12 for 22).

Eric Berkowitz shut the door on the Jaguars in the final two innings.


AND HE CAN PITCH TOO -- JUST NOT 54 STRAIGHT INNINGS

Gwitt The first game with the Hooters rivaled the intensity and drama of the 2008 Don Shula Bowl that ended with a 57-50 OT win for the Hooters. There were so many twists and turns to the Friday game.

Pablo (grand slam and 3-run double) with 7 RBI certainly fueled the FIU lineup. As did Rudy and Yoandy Barroso, who each went 4 for 7. Yoandy had 3 RBI. Rudy will bat in the middle of the FIU order next season.

Garrett Wittels (left) has been coming up big at the plate all season, but this time came up big on the mound allowing 0 earned runs in 3 innings. GW  pitched the 8th, 10th and 11th innings. Not often you see a pitcher pitching that order of innings. But GW did and got a vital double play in the 10th with the bases loaded and 1 out.

GW picked up the W and FIU seemed destined for the Sun Belt title. Or as an FIU team member texted me after that game: "This win is going to turn this program around."

HOOTERS IS CLOSED FOR THE SBC TOURNAMENT

With the way Rembisz (right) pitched in relief, the Hooters had no chance in the semifinal game and re-match onRemb Saturday. Six more quality innings from SR and just 2 earned runs.

SR's work gave the FIU bats time to get going later in the game. Like he has so often this season, GW got a hit to spark the Panthers. This time off FAU pitcher and All-Sun Belt closer Andy Mee. The line drive nearly put a dent in Mee's chest and went past him for No. 53.

Patton followed with a 3-run bomba to give FIU a lead it would not relinquish.

FIU = THE CLOSERS

Like they did when they closed out the last game of the Orange Bowl with a win and the crosstown baseball series with a win, FIU seems to be good at finishing.

The Panthers scored 30 of their 61 runs in the tournament in the 7th inning or later. With the 7th inning being the favorite inning. FIU scored 13 runs in the 7th inning in the tourney.

In Sunday's championship game against Troy, FIU got 6 runs in the 7th. RBI doubles by GW and Patton and a 2-run single by Raiko did the job.

However, Sunday's game was won just as much with Corey Polizzano's solid 4 1/3 innings of relief work. CP quieted the Troy bats when the Trojans looked like they would explode. Then Rembisz came in to finish it in the 9th.


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Aaapaw Thanks alt7787, FIU Fanatic, DIehardFIUFan.

Time to go polling....



May 30, 2010

Selection Watch Party Monday & LIVE Q&A with Turtle

Followed the Sun Belt Tournament by watching the Sun Belt Network and CSS all throughout and will haveTt a Sun Belt Champs blog for you after this one, plus where FIU will likely play the regional and why.

FIU baseball will hold an NCAA Tournament Selection Watch Party on Monday at 12:00 p.m. at the FIU Stadium Club. Been told it's free admission and everyone is invited and there will be food and drinks.

Also, if you can't make the watch party, afterwards Turtle Thomas will join me on the GPP for a LIVE Q&A BLOG with you good people. The coach of the 2010 Sun Belt Champions will be taking your questions for about 45 minutes.

The LIVE Q&A with TT is expected to begin around 1:30 p.m. depending how long the ESPN selection show goes. The selection show is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. on ESPN but ESPN had the softball selection show go 1 hour a couple of weeks ago, so check here for updates on when TT will be on.

LIVE BLOG: Sun Belt Tournament Championship Game

It's on, Golden Panthers fans. FIU is just nine innings away from its second Sun Belt championship and a trip to the Regionals. But first: Troy, which beat Arkansas State twice yesterday. These teams are as evenly matched as possible. The starters: FIU's Aaron Arboleya (5-2, 4.72) vs. Troy's Tyler Ray (8-4, 5.19), who has thrown just five innings this tournament. He's as fresh as pitchers come this week.


May 29, 2010

LIVE BLOG: SBC Tourney/FAU vs. FIU, Take 2

And so it comes down to this: Four teams left, all with a loss: FIU, FAU, Troy and ASU. It's a true semifinal, starting with the Golden Panthers and the Owls. Starters: FAU -- Taylor Everist (2-7, 6.60 ERA); FIU -- R.J. Fondon (5-3, 3.93). First pitch is 1:47 p.m. If FIU wins, it will play in the title game Sunday at 11 a.m.


May 28, 2010

LIVE BLOG: SBC Tourney/FIU vs. FAU

A very long day for FIU has gotten even longer. A weather delay is in effect at Reese Smith Jr. Field, with lightning all over the area.

The game was supposed to start at 5 p.m., but that projection was shot when FIU's opener with USA went three-and-three-quarters hours. Now, it'll start no earlier than 6:45. My guess is it'll be more like 8. I'll keep you posted.

UPDATE 1: Well, 6:45 has come and gone, and the tarp remains on the field. My guess of 8 might have been optimistic. Sigh.

UPDATE 2: Tarp is off. Players are starting to get loose. I hear first pitch will come at 7:40 p.m.


LIVE BLOG: SBC Tourney/USA vs. FIU (Take 2)

It's deja vu, all over again. FIU vs. South Al. 10 a.m. start. But if the Golden Panthers want a shot at FAU later in the day, they better hope history doesn't repeat itself. The Jaguars beat FIU 7-1 in the tournament opener on Wednesday. Starting pitchers: USA's Garrett Harris (5-4, 4.74 ERA) vs. Aaron Arboleya (5-2, 4.67).


May 27, 2010

Friday morning's opponent: South Alabama

FIU gets a quick chance at redemption.

USA, which beat the Golden Panthers 7-1 Wednesday, fell to FAU 10-9 Thursday night, dropping into the loser's bracket.

FIU-USA is set for 10 a.m. Friday -- although it's really not a big deal. For FIU to get to Saturday, it knew it would have to beat both the Jaguars and the Owls Friday. The only question was the order in which the Panthers would face those teams.

Naturally, live blog tomorrow.

GW on Sportscenter at 6:15 p.m.

Gw Garrett Wittels will be interviewed on Sportscenter tonight at 6:15 p.m. after extending his hitting streak to 50 games this morning.

Like I posted on "Why GW is Sun Belt Player of the Year", GW is just the third player in baseball history to reach a hit streak of at least 50 games. Only NCAA leader Robin Ventura (58 games) and MLB leader Joe DiMaggio (56 games) have more.

LIVE BLOG: SBC Tourney/FIU vs. WKU

Back at it again from beautiful Reece Smith Jr. Field, where your Golden Panthers are looking to stay alive against Western Kentucky in the SBC Tournament's losers'  bracket. Starters: FIU -- Scott Rembisz (7-4, 5.03 ERA); WKU -- Shane Cameron (4-2, 4.89).

First pitch is 10 a.m.


May 26, 2010

FIU's next opponent: Western Kentucky

If there's a silver lining to FIU's 7-1 loss to South Alabama Wednesday morning, it's this: The Golden Panthers' opponent Thursday suffered an even more demoralizing defeat.

Western Kentucky blew a two-run lead to Florida Atlantic in the 13th inning, allowing a three-run walk-off home run to Mike Albaladejo to lose 9-8. The No. 8 seed burned through its bullpen in the five-and-a-half-hour affair, sending seven pitchers out to the mound, and has just half a day to regroup for Thursday's elimination game.

First pitch is 9 a.m. local time, 10 o'clock back east.

LIVE BLOG: SBC Tourney/USA vs. FIU

Good morning from Murfreesboro -- and we mean morning. FIU (31-22) opens the SBC Tournament against South Alabama (31-25) at 9 a.m. local time. The wakeup call for the Golden Panthers this morning: 5 a.m. On the mound: USA's D.D. Hanks (9-6, 4.58 ERA) vs. FIU's R.J. Fondon (5-2, 3.78). First pitch in a bit.

But first, the game advance.




May 25, 2010

GW is SBC Player of the Year; Jabari wins Freshman of the Year

Gwit Maybe they read THIS or whatever the case, the Sun Belt coaches got it right by voting Garrett Wittels as the 2010 Sun Belt Player of the Year.

GW (left) was handed the hardware Tuesday night in Murfreesboro after putting together thus far one of the most extraordinary seasons in college baseball history with a 48-game hitting streak and counting. Need to know more about GW's season, then click the THIS link in the previous paragraph.

The SBC coaches also chose the right player for 2010 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in FIU left fielder Jabari Henry.

JH led the Panthers with 11 bombas and a .585 slugging percentage. JH was second to GW on the teamHenry with 50 RBI.

In the field, JH (right) had 5 assists as he displayed the hose he has attached to his right shoulder gunning down base runners that tried to take the extra base and played a superb left field -- such as this catch made at the wall against South Alabama in the first game of the 3-game series in mid-May. (thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo)

As far All-Sun Belt teams, FIU had GW on the 1st team and Mike Martinez (.382 avg, 7 HR, 47 RBI, .574 slug pct. and a team-leading 117 total bases) on the 2nd team.
 

Aaapaw FYI, if you are not in Murfreesboro, you can watch the entire Sun Belt Tournament for $10 on www.sunbeltsports.org. First pitch for FIU's first tournament game vs. South Alabama is at 10 a.m. (eastern time) on Wednesday morning.

BRIGHT AND WELL-MANNERED

Former FIU forward Marlon Bright won the 2010 Sun Belt Male Sporting Behavior Award. It is the second consecutive year an FIU athlete takes the award as former FIU quarterback Paul McCall won it last year.

May 24, 2010

Why GW is Sun Belt Player of the Year

Sun Belt coaches, pay attention before casting your vote for Sun Belt Player of the Year.

The Sun Belt Conference will announce the Sun Belt Player of the Year during Tuesday's night's Sun BeltGw Home Run Derby and Awards ceremony in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

With the exception of FIU coach Turtle Thomas, who cannot vote for his own player, the rest of you Sun Belt coaches your choice is an easy one: FIU infielder Garrett Wittels.

Here's why:

Tell me something you coaches have done for 48 consecutive days that is as hard as getting a base hit.

Hitting a round ball squarely on the bat and having it find a hole -- where if you do it just 3 out of 10 times throughout your career, you become a Hall of Famer. 

Only 2 other players in baseball history (major league and Division I) have hit in at least 48 consecutive games: Joe DiMaggio, who holds the MLB record with a 56-game hitting streak and former Oklahoma State 3rd baseman Robin Ventura, who hit in 58 consecutive games and is the NCAA record holder.

The next longest hitting streak in the major leagues is by Willie Keeler of Baltimore in 1897 when he hit in 45 straight games. No one else in the bigs has reached more than 45 games, except Joe D.

GW is 2nd all-time in the NCAA record books with his 48 and counting.

Gww Need more from GW to have you put a check mark next to the Panthers infielder's name?

GW won the Sun Belt batting title with a .415 average, was 5th in hits with 85 -- despite missing 5 games due to injury and FIU having another game rained out. Give GW those 6 extra games and he leads the conference in hits.

GW also led his team with 53 RBI and was sixth in the conference with a .463 on-base percentage.

You want to talk fielding?

How about GW, who played three different infield positions (2B, SS, 3B) this season and racked up 112 assists, while committing just 7 errors.

Not sure how many of you coaches actually played the game (and I don't mean to sound like Hanley Ramirez with that statement), but switching around from 3 different positions is not an easy task, especially in the infield where each position has a different throw to make and the ball comes off the bat differently at each spot around the infield.

And when each of your teams played FIU this season, I'm sure there was play that GW made in the infieldGwf that made you say "aw, shucks, great googly, moogly". Yeah, you probably didn't use those words, but this is a PG-13 blog.

Finally, if you want to talk about the intangibles, then let's go back to May 2 at FIU's ballpark.

ULM vs. FIU in the series finale.

Bottom of the 8th inning, FIU down 7-4 and GW's hit streak is on the line with him being hitless thus far.

Jabari Henry [who if you haven't voted already, you need to vote this kid for Sun Belt Freshman of the Year -- he will be one of the Sun Belt's highest MLB draft picks before he leaves FIU] doubles and GW comes up knowing he is NOT the tying run and that the dangerous Jeremy Patton is on deck as the possible tying run.

So what does GW do? Instead of reaching for a pitch to try and get that hit to keep the streak going, he takes a 4-pitch walk to bring Patton up.

FIU would eventually tie the score 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th on....you guessed it....a Wittels RBI single.

If that is not a team player, then please show me who is?

If you need more intangibles, then spend 5 minutes talking to GW about the streak or any other baseball-related topic you will hear how he credits his teammates and coaches for his success.

And it's not Bull Durham-related "cliches are your friends"--speak. When GW says that he owes his success this season because of hitters like Pablo Bermudez and Henry in front of him and Patton, Mike Martinez, Tim Jobe and others behind him in the lineup, GW means it.

Because think about it, if those players were not hitting what they are hitting, then why would any sane pitcher pitch to GW? The sane pitchers would take their chances with other batters if that was the case and intentionally walk GW. Sort of like what opponents used to do to Albert Pujols before Matt Holliday arrived in St. Louis.

Relax, Crazy Cane, I am not comparing GW to Pujols.

So Sun Belt coaches, I hope you all did the right thing when they hand out the Player of the Year hardware on Tuesday night.

Remember when you take the trophy to the engraver, there is no I in Garrett and Wittels is spelled with 2 Ts.  

The Sun Belt Player of the Year has to be Garrett Wittels.

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Aaapaw From the where are they now file: former FIU baseball coach Danny Price is the leading candidate to become the head baseball coach at Miami Dade College. Wonder if this will have any impact on FIU's pipeline from MDC?

Aaapaw Like he did last season at the SBC Tournament, catcher Doug Joyce will represent FIU in the HomeJoyce Run Derby.

Aaapaw ESPN now is projecting FIU to be playing in the Gainesville Regional with Florida, Florida State and Bethune Cookman. Take a look: FIU in NCAA Tournament

Aaapaw Yeah, there are other candidates for Sun Belt Player of the Year and we might already know the answer to this poll question, but check your ballot anyway....




 

FIU/USA leads off SBC Tourney

Wittel16 fiubase SPTS ADD Better hope the Golden Panthers are early risers. Because the Sun Belt Conference Tournament is going to start at 9 a.m. Central whether they are or not.

FIU (31-22, 17-13 SBC) opens the SBC Tourney Wednesday morning against South Alabama (31-25, 17-13 SBC), which the Panthers swept at home just two weekends ago, outscoring the Jaguars 25-5.

Much, much more to come on the matchup Tuesday.

But first, one last glance at the Player of the Year race before the award is given out at the conference bash in Murfreesboro Tuesday night. Word is FIU's Garrett Wittels, which you may have heard is riding a 48-game hitting streak, is one of five finalists for the award. The other four, as we understand it: Troy's Adam Bryant, Middle Tennessee's Blake McDade, South Alabama's Jake Overstreet and Florida Atlantic's Andy Mee.

Compare their stats:

Adam Bryant, Troy: .361, 19 HR, 58 RBI, 61 runs scored
Blake McDade, MT: .400, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 62 runs scored
Andy Mee, FAU: .390, 8 HR, 50 RBI, 11 saves
Jake Overstreet, USA: .345, 11 HR, 69 RBI, 48 runs scored
Garrett Wittles, FIU: .415, 2 HR, 53 RBI, 37 runs scored

Looking purely at the numbers, Bryant would probably win it in a normal year. But there's nothing normal about Wittels' season. He won the batting title by a full 15 points over McDade. Then there's the matter of 48 straight.

My guess is the voting will be razor-close.

Here's Turtle Thomas' take: "In my book he's player of the year, and if we could vote for our own players, I'd certainly vote for him. And I hope a lot of other coaches will do the same."

May 22, 2010

GW on SC; FIU Softball Advances to Final

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Congratulations to Garrett Wittels on having the second longest NCAA all-time hitting streak with a hit in today's game against the Hooters.

Gw GW (left, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) is at 48 right now and passed Phil Stephenson of Wichita State, whoSc hit in 47 consecutive games in 1981.

You can catch ESPN News for GW's interview that aired on Saturday's 6 p.m. Sportscenter.

In Friday's SC, GW's hit in his 47th straight game was the No. 10 Top 10 Play.

Let's see what the worldwide leader thinks of No. 48 in tonight's Top Plays.

Followed the action in the last 2 games in Boca Raton from up here in Port St. Lucie as I was sent to the state high school baseball championships where there is an FIU presence here both on the field and in the stands scouting.

David Vazquez, FIU signee and FIU pitcher Andre Vazquez's brother, just won a state championship. Vazquez is the cleanup hitter for McCarthy High and he hit .409 with 4 HR this season.

FIU also got a verbal commit from Deltona Trinity Christian shortstop Chino Vega, who hit .494 this season with 5 HR.

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FIU softball won 2 games today in Gainesville defeating Bethune Cookman 2-0 in 10 innings and Central Florida 7-0 to advance to Sunday's regional final against Florida.

Kasey Barrett (right, thanks AJH photo) threw 10 shutout innings against the Wildcats and Jennifer Gniadek tossed the shutout against the Knights.

Ashley McClain went 4 for 9 in the two games and Jenny Welch hit a two-run HR against UCF.

The Panthers will need to beat the Gators twice on Sunday to advance in the NCAA Tournament. The first game is at 1 p.m.

LIVE BLOG: FIU vs. Florida Atlantic Game 3

Can Garrett Wittels keep his remarkable streak going? We'll soon find out, as FIU (31-21, 17-12) wraps up its three-game set -- and its regular season -- against FAU (32-20, 20-9). Starters: FIU's Aaron Arboleya (5-2, 4.61 ERA) vs. FAU's R.J. Alvarez (3-1, 3.80). First pitch is 1 p.m.


FIU locked into SBC's fourth seed

Well, this is a bit anticlimactic. FIU entered this weekend's series with FAU hoping to secure the conference crown on the last day of the season. Now, thanks to Friday night's loss and results elsewhere in the SBC, Saturday's finale is all but meaningless -- at least as far as conference seedings.

The Golden Panthers (31-21, 17-12), will either end up tied for third with Middle Tennessee State, or in a logjam in fourth. Either way, they are locked into the fourth seed in next week's SBC Tournament.

FAU's Mike Brown explains:

At this point, only FAU controls its destiny, as ULL would need assistance from FIU to win the regular season championship.  Neither FAU nor ULL can finish lower than the 2nd seed

MTSU will be the 3rd seed, as though FIU could tie, with would be a 2-way tie and MTSU holds the tiebreaker.

There could be a 3-way tie for 4th should FIU lose to FAU, ASU win over UALR, and then either USA or Troy would join the others. If FIU should lose to FAU, there will be at least a 2-way tie for 4th, with the winner of USA and Troy.  Should ASU win, this would be a 3-way tie.  FIU would take over 4th in a 2-way tie with either USA or Troy.  In a 3-way tie including Troy, it would go to the 2nd tiebreaker, and FIU would take 4th regardless of how FAU andULL finish.  In a 3-way tie including USA, FIU would take 4th on the 1st tiebreaker. Should FIU lose, ASU is the only team that could match it record that holds the head-to-head tiebreaker. However, that would be excluded as the winner of Troy/USA would be involved in a 3-way tie, giving FIU the 4th seed.  In short FIU is the 4th seed.

If FIU should win tomorrow, securing the 4th seed outright, and ASU win over UALR, ASU would be in a 2-way tie for 5th with either USA or Troy but would lose the tiebreaker, finishing as the 6th seed.  Should ASU lose, and WKU lose, ASU would be tied for 6th seed with the loser of Troy/USA, lose the tiebreaker, and be the 7th seed.  ASU looks to be either the 6th or 7th seed.

There could also be a 3-way tie for 6th with the loser of USA and Troy, ASU should it lose to UALR, and WKU if it should win over MTSU In a 3-way tie for 5th with USA, ASU, and WKU, regardless of how FAU and ULL finish, the seeding works out to USA 6th, ASU 7th, and WKU 8th.

If a similar 3-way tie for 6th, but with Troy, ASU and WKU, the seeding would be Troy, ASU, WKU for 6th through 8th.

Should WKU win and ASU win, WKU would tie with the loser of USA & Troy for 7th.  If ties with USA, WKU would win the tiebreaker and finish as the 7th seed.  This is the only way WKU can finish higher than the 8th seed.  If tied with Troy for 7th, WKU would be the 8th seed.

WKU needs ASU to win over UALR, Troy to win over USA, and must defeat MTSU itself to finish higher than the 8th seed.

The #1 seed will most likely face WKU, but has an outside chance to face USA.

In the current 3-way tie for 5th, Troy wins on the first tie breaker, and USA wins over ASU in the 2nd tiebreaker.

Summary:

1st and 2nd seed will be FAU and ULL, but the order is not yet decided
3rd seed is MTSU
4th seed is FIU
The winner of USA/Troy will likely be the 5th seed and face FIU in the 1st round.
ASU will finish in a tie with at least one other team
WKU is likely to finish as the 8th seed


Of course, that's not to say FIU has nothing to play for. The Golden Panthers have their eyes on more than the SBC Tournament. They want a spot in the Regionals, and taking two of three at FAU would certainly look good in the eyes of the selection committee. The Golden Panthers' RPI is 60, indicating more work needs to be done both Saturday, and next week in Murfreesboro. Plus there's the matter of a certain hitting streak...

Live-blog at 1, ladies and gents.

May 21, 2010

LIVE BLOG: FIU vs. Florida Atlantic Game 2

You know the story. One down, two to go for FIU to have a shot at the regular season crown. Tonight's starters: FIU's Scott Rembisz (7-4, 4.61 ERA) vs. FAU's ace, Mike Gipson (7-1, 3.30). First baseman Tim Jobe is back in the lineup after missing Thursday night's game with a back injury, while outfielder Jabari Henry remains sidelined.

First pitch is 6:30 p.m.



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