Author Topic: BB: Milestone wins...20, 25, 30 or more  (Read 14762 times)

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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2009, 01:16:41 pm »
Millsaps moves to 27-4 this evening with a 12-10 win over MS College.  Millsaps plays at Louisiana College tomorrow and hosts Emory Friday and Saturday. 

The D-III leaders in wins, Millsaps and Texas-Tyler, play today.

follow UTT from a link from their schedule (http://www.uttyler.edu/athletics/baseball/schedule.html).

Coincidently UTT playes two away games this Thur and Friday against Millsaps's opponent today.

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Re: 20 win seasons so far
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2009, 12:34:07 am »
McMurry goes to 20-12 with an 11-3 win over Austin College.  McMurry used Chris Semchenko (Fr) as their "4th" starter.  That is now 10 wins in a row for McMurry.

Coach Byington is doing a very good job of bringing the team along in his first season.

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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2009, 06:46:39 pm »
Shenandoah University (26-5) picks up 2 wins in DH sweep of St. Joseph's, NY today 15-3 and 12-3 at Bridgeforth field in Winchester, VA.

It was SU's 18th straight in non-conference victories.
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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2009, 02:51:58 am »
Millsaps won at LA College Tuesday to go to 28-4 and they host Emory for games on Friday and Saturday so they have the opportunity to get to 30 wins before Easter.  That's not going to be easy against a 20-12 Emory team.

Millsaps at the moment is 15-0 against non-conference teams with two of those being wins over NAIA Belhaven College and I think one is out of region (Illinois Wesleyan).  Their losses are all in the SCAC, having lost 5-4 and 13-12 to Hendrix, 3-2 to Trinity, and 8-6 to Southwestern.  That's 4 very close losses, but of course their have had their share of close wins as well.

Millsaps has 8 to 11 games left and they are all tough:  hosting Emory for 2 games, another with Belhaven College, hosting Trinity 3 games, and then the SCAC Tournament where you could play anywhere from 2 to 5 games.  There's no doubt that this will be their toughest stretch of games for this season (unless is it topped by a stretch of games in NCAA regional play and at the World Series--it's way too early to be thinking about that possibility).
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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2009, 08:59:30 am »
You are correct.  Illinois Wesleyan is not an in-region game for Millsaps.

As for the LaCollege game, congratulations on the win, but I think that we saw 2 pitching staffs that have questionable 4th starters.  LaCollege used 10 pitchers, and their starter only faced 6 batters and pitched only 23 pitches.  Boxscore

LaCollege season stats

Millsaps season stats

That is where we southern teams run into trouble when facing a northern team.

I have no doubt about Millsaps making the NCAA tourney.  I just wonder what they do after Williams, Hendrix and Zemke.  Robertson gave 5 good innings to go 3-0, but his ERA is 8.89.
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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2009, 10:21:54 am »

I have no doubt about Millsaps making the NCAA tourney.  I just wonder what they do after Williams, Hendrix and Zemke.  Robertson gave 5 good innings to go 3-0, but his ERA is 8.89.

If you go 3-0 in an 8 team regional, you can bring back another one of the three pitchers for the final game.  It does not realy matter who you throw in the fourth game since if they win, you win.  If they lose, you have your number one ready to go.

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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2009, 11:43:02 am »
Drew Maddox pitched 8 innings of relief against MS College Monday evening and he was used as a starter at the end of last season and a little this season.  Also, Boomer Hudson has had two 6-inning outings lately and he has had an era right around 1.00 all year.  In a tournament situation, those guys can come in early if needed and carry on to the end.

This switch from 4-game series in the SCAC to 2-game and 3-game series has been a positive in my opinion, but it does mean that you can get by with less starters and therefore a team might not develop starters as rapidly in this new format.
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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2009, 11:54:45 am »
Drew Maddox pitched 8 innings of relief against MS College Monday evening and he was used as a starter at the end of last season and a little this season.  Also, Boomer Hudson has had two 6-inning outings lately and he has had an era right around 1.00 all year.  In a tournament situation, those guys can come in early if needed and carry on to the end.

This switch from 4-game series in the SCAC to 2-game and 3-game series has been a positive in my opinion, but it does mean that you can get by with less starters and therefore a team might not develop starters as rapidly in this new format.
Thanks, Frank.  That is hard to glean from the season stats.  Millsaps may have the pitching that it needs.

Millsaps might be shipped to a "Central Region" venue or one in the South.

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Re: 20 win seasons so far
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2009, 02:00:52 pm »
Coach Matt Palm has guided Heidelberg U. to a 21-5 record at this juncture of the season. This is the 10th year in a row that he has accomplished this feat.  Congrats to him and his team.

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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2009, 09:25:40 pm »
SU moves to (27-5) with 12 to 2 win over EMU in Winchester.

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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2009, 02:04:52 pm »
It should be a good matchup this afternoon at 3:00 Central when Emory (20-11) plays at Millsaps (28-4).  The game will be webcast at:

http://www.atwsportscast.com/Colleges/Players/Millsaps%20College.htm

There will also be a webcast when these two teams meet again Saturday at 1:00. 
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Re: 20 win seasons so far
« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2009, 09:54:16 pm »
NC Wesleyan get to the 20 win mark with a 16-3 Shallacking of #20 Shenandoah...not to bad for a team that has gone under the radar all year.

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Re: 20 win seasons so far
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2009, 10:15:29 am »
I would like to get everyone's opinion on Millsaps pitching. Their stats are not impressive, and assuming they get a Pool A or C bid, do you all think they have the pitching to get through a regional?

I am not sure on their pitching, but their offense has been fantastic. I am convinced the regional format favors the cold-weather teams that are forced to rely on their 4th and 5th starters weekly to get them big wins. It might depend on which regional they get into, if any.

I'm with you on pitching for Millsaps, I've watch a few of their games online and you can't judge location or movement on the pitches but you can see batters reactions and that says a little in itself and do think they need to be deeper. They sure can hit it though. I do think they are a really good team from what I've seen online and enjoy watching them when I could before our season started.

 Agree the compact game schedule helps teams that use 4 and 5 starters, so is it that the south and west just don't have that pitching depth or do they not want to use those guys as much during the regular season in fear of losing those games?  Couldn't they start a little later in the spring and develope a staff like the cold teams?  Some conferences as a whole I'm sure could do that, no?  It would at least be something to talk about I would think.

Dgilblair--It's a tricky balance between trying to develop pitchers and trying to win games.  In 2007 and 2008, the SCAC West played 4-game series so you had to have a lot of starters to play 4 games in less than 48 hours.  In addition, you had to have another couple of guys who could start the weekday games.  In my opinion, it made it almost impossible for a team to put together a season good enough to win an at-large bid for three reasons:

First, it was hard to sweep a conference weekend because a weaker team might save their 1 and 2 starters to go up against your number 3 and 4.  Second, the weekday games were so tough when a team was pitching their 5th or 6th starter or doing a pitch by committee deal.  And third, even in the early going prior to the conference season, there would be a few games that might be lost while developing a 4th and 5th starter when one of your top three could have pitched.

I don't think Millsaps would be 29-4 right now if the SCAC West was still playing the 4-game weekends.  It's hard to image that they would be 16-0 on non-conference games if they had to throw so many starters on conference weekends and then go even deeper into the staff on Mondays and Tuesdays.  On the other hand, Millsaps did open the season with 6 wins in 6 days, and in early March they won 5 games in 5 days, so there are guys who can get the job done when called upon, especially when the offense and defense are clicking behind them. 
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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2009, 03:54:56 pm »
Millsaps moves to 30-4 with a 6-0 win over Emory this afternoon.  The shutout was a combination of 6 innings by Tait Hendrix and 3 by Shelby Robertson.
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Re: 25 or more Wins
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2009, 12:30:53 am »
Quality win for Millsaps and a defeat for Pool B Emory!