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4/8/2011 11:20:48 AM
Topic:
Cal dropping bsb, UCSD going D-1

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Cal Baseball is officially back in business.

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/04/08/baseball-to-continue-at-cal/
Baseball program will continue at UC Berkeley
By Herb Benenson, Intercollegiate Athletics | April 8, 2011

BERKELEY — The University of California, Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future, as the result of a successful and ongoing fundraising effort on the part of alumni, former players, parents of current players and other team supporters, campus officials said today (Friday, April 8).

After a significant increase in philanthropic pledges in the last few days, commitments totaling $9 million were presented to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau yesterday by Stu Gordon, a former Golden Bear pitcher and leader of the fundraising effort. In light of the fact that the funds raised remain about 10 percent short of the previously identified $10 million goal, donors and the campus administration have agreed that the team’s formal reinstatement will be announced once the $10 million target is met through continued fundraising. Birgeneau said he is encouraged by and appreciative of the tremendous outpouring of support for the continuation of varsity baseball at UC Berkeley.

“The baseball team’s preservation is yet another example of how our alumni are stepping up to support their alma mater during a time of unprecedented financial challenges,” he said. “I am grateful, on behalf of the campus community, for what our alumni and supporters have accomplished, and pleased that Cal baseball will continue to represent the university in intercollegiate competition. Most especially, I want to thank Stu Gordon for his inspired leadership of this fundraising effort. It would not have happened without him. I have faith in the community’s ability not only to meet, but to exceed, the $10 million target in the near future.”

UC Berkeley officials announced that the team’s supporters have not only raised significant one-time funding, but are also working closely with the university to develop a strategic plan to raise significant additional annual resources, beginning with the 2011-12 season. This strategic plan will focus on improved game-day revenues, as well as additional annual gift and special event revenue. The plan being developed also calls for a substantial increase in the sport’s permanent endowment, seeded by some of the gifts already raised.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 4/8/2011
4/14/2011 11:27:22 AM
Topic:
Cal dropping bsb, UCSD going D-1

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Boyd, that is UCSD's call. They want their teams to play in a conference (and the collection of teams from coast to coast in the Great West isn't what they have in mind) when they make the move up to D-1.
4/15/2011 4:40:35 PM
Topic:
PG64: NCAA Postseason Projections (4/14) -HAVE Qs?

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
MoreCowbell23, only the top eight teams are seeded. That's it. The other #1 seeds aren't placed 9-16, they are matched up geographically with nation seeds and also 1 seeds from the same conf cannot play each other in a super. #2's, #3's and #4's have no priority in any way, shape or form except that they try to send them to a regional in their geographic area, if possible. That's why you have FSU or Miami playing Florida so much in the post-season. Same way with Fullerton and UCLA (used to be Fullerton and ASU but they've gotten away from that lately with both usually being national seeds).
4/28/2011 6:35:29 AM
Topic:
ACC Tournament...

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
The ACC and the SEC both split up the division winners, making them the 1 and 2 seeds even if a division winner has a worse record than teams in the other division - which will happen in the SEC this year. The other teams are then seeded 3-8 regardless of which division they were in.
4/28/2011 6:39:23 AM
Topic:
Cal State Fullerton pitcher Noe Ramirez

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Noe's not pitching this weekend. Serrano is being cautious with him. Also, here is the situation with Pacific's Friday starting pitching:

0-10 on Friday's. 58 runs allowed in the first game of Big West series. They have used Friday as a staff day the last 8 weekends. Their two regular SP's (Pointer and Hummel) go on Sat and Sun. Pointer started on Fri the first two weekends of the season, got shelled and bumped back and Sprague left the pitching in that order and hasn't changed it.

Fri will be staff day for Fullerton, probably Hurlbut because he's a LHP and Pacific has two LH and three switch hitters in their lineup. If Fullerton can't beat Pacific in a battle of staff day vs. staff day, there are bigger problems than you can imagine.

Pill and O'Connell will start the other two games.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 4/28/2011
4/28/2011 9:59:55 AM
Topic:
Cal Poly pitcher Jeff Johnson (4/27)

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Got overused in a 10 inning game against Riverside (3 2/3 IP, 64 pitches) and a 13 inning game at UCSB (4 2/3 IP, 83 pitches), which is what brought on the strain/inflammation. He hasn't pitched since the UCSB series.
4/28/2011 6:29:44 PM
Topic:
Cal State Fullerton pitcher Noe Ramirez

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
You're right on all counts. Pacific has been hot at the plate. .359 in their last ten conf games and seven of those were against LB, UCR and UCI. But, Pacific has still struggled to score runs against the better pitching they have seen because they hit lots of singles but don't have much power.

Serrano is pitching O'Connell tomorrow, Pill on Sat and TBA on Sun. There were lots of reasons why staff day didn't go well at USD, both on the mound and with the players in the field due to injuries but some of those guys will be back in the lineup this weekend. There are all sorts of options for Sun between Floro, Floethe, Hurlbut and Hernandez.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 4/28/2011
5/3/2011 9:25:23 AM
Topic:
Question about RPI

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Rankings are irrelevant in both the RPI and in how the selection process works. 50% of the RPI formula is your opponents win %. Miami has already played series against Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and FSU, all of whom are in the discussion for national seeds and regional hosting with RPI's in the top ten. A&M's best RPI series thus far are against OU and OSU (18 and 24) with the next two best RPI series against K State and Baylor (28 and 38) with Texas coming up later in May.
5/3/2011 12:50:50 PM
Topic:
Question about RPI

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
You asked an RPI specific question. The RPI doesn't care that Gonzaga is ranked in the polls so it doesn't do any good to bring that up, all the RPI notices is a team in the mid 50's.

A&M played one game against Fullerton, one game against TCU and two games against Rice. It helps when you mention the number of games a team played against somebody when you list their opponents. Once again, Miami has played twelve games against the RPI top ten. A&M hasn't played any.

OpihiMan nailed it in his last paragraph.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 5/3/2011
5/13/2011 9:32:19 AM
Topic:
PG 64: Latest NCAA Projections (HAVE Q'S?) -- 5/12

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
"I'm curious and also ignorant on the subject, why don't they recognize 9-16 seeds? If they don't recognize 9-16 do they not seed 17-64 according to some sort of ranking formula?"


The NCAA selection committee chooses to keep the baseball tournament as regionalized as possible. Obviously, in some instances, it is unavoidable but they want as little travel as possible. That's why the NCAA doesn't seed 9-16 (only assigning them 1 seeds in their regionals) and don't seed 17-32 (only giving them 2's), 33-48 (only giving them 3's) or 49-64 (only giving them 4's).

Fullerton has played UCLA in three of the last four years (and it wouldn't be much of a surprise if they played again this year) and before that ASU in four out of five years from '01-'05. Same thing goes for the TX schools like Texas-TCU in '09-'10 supers and Rice-A&M in '07-'08 supers, the FSU-UF-Miami triumverate in FL, etc.

Some schools have to travel due being geographically isolated, like Hawaii (duh) or Oregon State (when they aren't hosting). Everybody else is much more likely to play in a regional in their own area unless there isn't enough room (like LSU last year going to UCLA) and regional hosts are much more likely to be paired up with other regional hosts in their geographic area.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 5/13/2011
5/14/2011 11:49:48 PM
Topic:
USF, Gonzaga, and WCC Race

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Tough break for USF losing Lujan for the season a couple of days ago.

Gonzaga will be a 3 seed at Corvallis if they take care of business the rest of the way with a mid 50's RPI going into today.

The all LHP of Gonzaga of Carpenter, Gonzales and Olson will be trouble for a team that has lots of LH hitting. Their catcher Edman will probably get strong consideration for WCC player of the year.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 5/14/2011
5/22/2011 8:35:40 AM
Topic:
Kendall/Anyone: Question related to Georgia

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Another team to watch in the SEC is Auburn. If they go 0-2-BBQ at Hoover, they won't be eligible at 29-29 and it's not like they have a strong case if they end up 30-29 by winning a game with an RPI of 36 going into the SEC tournament. Interesting half of the bracket at Hoover is SC-Aub and FL-UGa.

IMO, I don't think LSU needs to worry about what either Auburn or Georgia do. The Bayou Bengals will get into a regional with a 26 RPI and a 36-20 record. Very similar situation to UNC last year in terms of overall record and RPI.

Ole Miss wasn't mentioned but they are toast. 30-25, tied for last in their division at 13-17, lost the series to LSU, 41 RPI, bad records vs. top 50 and top 100.

My guess is the SEC gets "only" seven teams into regionals - big three, Ark, Bama, MSU, LSU.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 5/22/2011
5/22/2011 8:37:22 AM
Topic:
Kendall - FL Regionals?

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Agree with Josh. Four TX teams with top 15 RPI's. Stetson and Fresno kicked away chances to host this weekend.
5/22/2011 9:01:08 AM
Topic:
When will host sites be announced?

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Next Sun around 3:30 EDT on the crawl on the bottom of the screen on the ESPN networks. Only the host sites will be announced that way, not the national seeds or the rest of the field.
5/22/2011 4:44:05 PM
Topic:
When will host sites be announced?

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Nope, the regional host sites are officially announced next Sun at 3:30 p.m. EDT on the crawl at the bottom of the screen. Most schools are told a week ahead of time that they will be hosting if they are dead cinch locks like the big three in the SEC, UVa, UNC, Texas, etc. Some schools are told that they could be hosting and they should begin preparations if they are chosen to host a regional, which is the situation Southern Miss is in.
edited by FullertonBaseballFan on 5/22/2011
5/22/2011 6:12:38 PM
Topic:
When will host sites be announced?

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Josh, out with Stetson and in with Arkansas and that is probably the list of three teams fighting for the last hosting spot.
5/24/2011 11:49:33 AM
Topic:
PG 64: Latest NCAA Projections (HAVE Q'S?) -- 5/24

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Daweez, he uses the pseudo RPI that Boyd's World uses. Boyd's RPI's include the bonuses for non-conf road wins at top 25/50/75 RPI opponents that the NCAA's RPI does. Warren Nolan only uses the basic RPI formula and doesn't include the bonuses.
5/24/2011 11:50:56 AM
Topic:
Tennessee coaching search update (5/24)

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
H2O, FWIW the same thing could be said about Serrano. He and his wife have strong ties to the OC/LA area.
5/24/2011 5:54:12 PM
Topic:
Kendall, Surprises & Disappointments for 2011

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Didn't help Stanford that they didn't have Mooneyham.
5/27/2011 9:52:12 AM
Topic:
WCC Championship: USF v. Gonzaga

FullertonBaseballFan
FullertonBaseballFan
Eric Sorenson mentioned it in his Easton Baseball preview on ESPN.

http://blogs.eastonbaseball.com/collegebaseballtoday/2011/05/26/espns-week-15-preview/

Should be a good series. Stinks for USF that Lujan got hurt. USF is playing a little better ball than Gonzaga right now but I like the Bulldogs chances playing at home in Spokane.
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