02.Jun.2011 Baseball: Arkansas-Little Rock @ Oregon State
There's a cliche in sports that it's not what happens, but how you react to what happens. With that in mind, it's time to begin our second season.
Game time is 6pm, and the pitching match up is as follows:
James Nygren (8-3, 3.18) vs Travis Henke (1-5, 5.12)
ALR went 18-32 during the regular season. They pitch to a 5.84 team ERA (247th nationally). The short of it is that ALR is not a very good team. They caught a fire late and won the Sun Belt Conference tournament, earning the automatic bid as an unprecedented 8 seed. Now, they did beat some decent teams in Florida International (#27), Troy (#50), and Florida Atlantic (#51). So, they are likely riding that high and feeling a mix of confidence and "nothing to lose" swagger.
Even so, I am not concerned about this game. ALR has earned respect, but there's no reason to fear them. The Beavers have a large talent mismatch, and I just have a sixth sense that things are going to click tomorrow. I'm more worried about Creighton…they've won 9 of 10 down the stretch, have two great arms at the top of their rotation, and a diverse, efficient offense.
Predictions: Oregon State 7, Arkansas-LR 1 | Creighton 6, Georgia 3
Video Stream: ESPN3