Great to hear. The NCAC representative needs to do well at the regionals. Nice to see them do well. they almost beat Cortland the other day.
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Not really a big shock about Wooster when you consider their SOS ranking was 237th. Scheduling wins didn't impress the committee. Same can be said for Northern as their SOS ranked 118th(ish). Sad to see ONU left home, but not making the OAC tournament hurt in more ways than one (Not getting the SOS points, Not getting the chance to win against good competition, not winning it outright, and the perception of not being good enough to make your own conference tourney)....Well it is easier to have a SOS playing in the OAC, Yes you have Cap, Muskee and Wilm. But then you have Berg, ONU, Matietta, and John Carroll. And some years you can include Mount. I know ONU used to not be on that list but I cannot see them dropping out anytime soon. Your SOS, I believe, and may be wrong, is against teams in your region. So having that lineup in your conference helps. Plus the fact you play round Robin DH. In the NCAC you are stuck with the teams in your division and you play them 16 times. That really hurts your SOS. I agree Wooster did not do themselves any favors. scheduling the likes of North Park, Pitt Bradford, and Olivet. But the way the NCAC is set up it can be hard to get an appropriate SOS. Especially since SOS is calculated against teams in your region:
I've said in years past, the OAC teams need to schedule more difficult opponents on a consistent basis.
Some thoughts about the OAC tournament.
BW is a dangerous team without a top tier pitcher. They can swing it a lot. But their pitching (despite only giving up a 3 run homer in their second loss) was probably the worst of the four teams. Waite's disappearance from that elite status from the prior year was a big difference in their season this year.
Berg has two arms and not much else on the staff. Motorman eluded to this earlier, and I completely agree. Manner has put up good numbers but he is far from dominant. He is a good #2 guy though and will make them a tough out in game two of any tournament. Beyond that, the Berg faithful better hope they can bash their way through a game after game three. Hendrixson is probably the best pitcher in the OAC. He is really good. You would have to feel pretty good about any game he starts being a W.
Marietta's pitching is so wildly inconsistent it is hard to know what to expect. Even Herstine had a less than optimal outing in his start in the OAC. Crowl is effective and solid one day, the next teams hit him quite easily. Same can be said for many of the other guys on the staff. One day they are great, the next day they are woefully mediocre. Fortunately for the Pioneers the bats came alive in a big enough way to get the wins needed (and once they stopped trying to give games away.....Have never seen the likes of outfield errors by a Marietta team. Very uncharacteristic).
Best of luck to all of the OAC schools as they head into Regional play.
Really disappointed the committee did not select Wooster for the post season. They had the second most wins in the country at 36. I realize their SOS was not good, but you still have to win games without slumping to get to that amount of wins. As Bishop stated, the NCAC conference schedule really weakened the overall SOS for the everyone in the conference. Their Florida schedule did not help much either, but Wooster's OOC schedule once they got back to Ohio was strong.OWU's schedule is very similar to Woosters against OAC teams. It is what it is. One of the problems I have with the SOS is it is against teams in your region. Ohio Wesleyan played ST. John Fisher, and while they started slow they finished strong with a decent win percentage, but OWU does not get the benefit of that because SJF is in the New York region. Also when you start winning, it can be tough to schedule good teams, in season. We had several games we could not make up against teams, on our schedule, with good win %, and ended up scheduling additional games against the likes of Cap. One team canceled a late season game with us, not weather related, and again all we could find to play us was Cap.
Wooster had the #1 scoring offense in the country, which should carry a little cache with the committee. You can say that had to do with their SOS, however, they played the top 5 teams in the OAC and those games help RAISE their runs per game average, scoring an average of 15.4 runs per game in those games. I guess beating the OAC regular season champion 16-8 and the OAC tournament champion 19-8 did not carry enough weight with the selection committee, either.
In the end, all they had to do was take care of business against Oberlin. I understand that point completely, it does not need to be re-stated. Oberlin took 2 out of 3 against #1 (West division) seed DePauw, beat #2 (East Div) seed Allegheny, and beat Wooster 2 out of 3. They are clearly playing significantly better than an 18-26 team. But it does not change the fact that Wooster had the opportunity to take care of business and did not do it.
So is Wooster a better team if they played the top 6 teams in the country and if they lost to them all to finish 30-15, but with a respectable strength of schedule? It does not seem logical, but that seems to be the message the committee is putting out. I know there are other factors involved, but the boys won 36 games, it's a tough pill to swallow.
Sour grapes. I know. You can call it that.
Wooster had to beat Oberlin twice. They won the first game 23-6, but could not come back and win the second.23-6 Wooster over the Obies. Get ready for another butt kicking
Who's butt? 4-2 Oberlin top of 4.
he said bad words.
Hard to believe this is what the world of College Athletics has come to.
“Ultimately, coach Cruise felt he needed some time to work on his own professional development and let emotions settle before returning to the field and the administration supported his decision. At this point in time, we want to place the focus back on baseball and winning games.”