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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday: Who helped/hurt cases

Kendall Rogers        

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Helped their case

New Mexico: After reaching the NCAA tournament last season, the Lobos put together a rough regular season campaign that had many doubting them entering the Mountain West tournament. Well, the Lobos captured the league's automatic bid with a win over TCU. UNM's record? 20-39.

Georgia: One thing is for sure, and that's the simple fact the Bulldogs are tough as nails. They looked horrible two nights ago against Vanderbilt, but have responded in impressive fashion with back-to-back wins over Auburn and top-ranked South Carolina. Now the 30-29 Bulldogs must beat Florida once on Saturday to be eligible for the NCAA tournament.

Kansas State: The Wildcats need to take at least one game from Texas A&M on Saturday to be sure, but they likely punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament on Friday with their second win over Oklahoma at the Big 12 tournament. Give coach Brad Hill credit for keeping this team together the past couple of weeks.

Rice: The Owls showed what they're made of the past two days. After taking a step back in their C-USA tournament opener against UAB, the Owls earned back-to-back wins over Memphis and Central Florida, certainly keeping their national seed hopes alive and well. Rice needs to finish the job on Sunday against rival Houston, a team it has dominated this season.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks have kept their NCAA Regional host chances alive and well the past two days. They suffered a tough setback to Alabama to begin the SEC tournament, but have since earned wins over Mississippi State and 'Bama in an elimination game. The Hogs likely are in good shape to earn a host spot, but winning at least one game against Vanderbilt would be a huge plus.

Cal State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners need an incredibly strong weekend against Cal Poly to have any chance of reaching the NCAA tourney. They started the weekend on a positive note with a 3-1 triumph over the Mustangs. However, they still have much work to do with an RPI of 63.

Texas State: The Bobcats took a step back two days ago with a tough loss to Nicholls State, but they bounced back in a huge way on Friday. They crushed Sam Houston State to begin the day before cruising past the same Nicholls club that bested them the previous day. The Bobcats likely are in no matter what happens, but reaching the SLC tourney title game would be a step forward.

Hurt their case

Arizona State: The Sun Devils aren't playing in a tournament this weekend. Instead, they're hosting UCLA for a crucial three-game set in the Pac-10. ASU dropped a 10-3 decision to the Bruins to begin the series. ASU needs to bounce back in Games 2 and 3 to feel confident about its national seed chances.

Oregon State: The Beavers entered the weekend with plenty of work to do from an RPI standpoint. They didn't do themselves any favors on Friday with a disappointing loss to rival Oregon. OSU likely is out of the national seed mix with another loss to the Ducks this weekend.

Southern Mississippi: The Golden Eagles' host spot appeared to be a done deal just a few days ago. But after going 1-2 at the C-USA tournament and getting shutout Friday by East Carolina, the Eagles might just be in trouble. It'll boil down to how their resume looks later this weekend.

Missouri State: The Bears appeared to be in business after earning an opening win over Creighton at the Missouri Valley tournament. However, they took steps back with a pair of losses to the Bluejays since that contest. MSU is out of the NCAA tournament mix barring a huge surprise.

Louisiana-Lafayette: The Ragin' Cajuns were in bad shape from an NCAA tournament standpoint entering the weekend, and haven't exactly done much to help their case. The Cajuns dropped a bout to South Alabama to begin the Sun Belt tournament before losing 3-0 Friday to Arkansas State. ULL is done barring a Selection Monday surprise.

Hawaii: The Rainbows don't have an incredibly strong resume and likely needed to at least reach the WAC tournament title game to have a chance at reaching the NCAA tournament. Instead, the 'Bows dropped a bout to Fresno State and now must fight back and either play for the tournament title crown or win it to make the postseason.

Oklahoma: It now would be a shock if the Sooners were granted an NCAA Regional host. They started the Big 12 tournament with a setback to Kansas State before beating Texas Tech and again losing to K-State on Friday. OU simply didn't take care of business against some of the better teams on its schedule this spring.

Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Perfect Game USA and has covered the sport for over 10 seasons. He can be reached at

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