June 14, 2007
By Mark Etheridge
Special to CSTV.com from SEbaseball.com
"Nobody likes to hear it, because it's dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same - pitching." -- Earl Weaver
Don't believe it? Look back to last season's College World Series.
Does anyone in this year's field have the pitching to claw back from the losers' bracket? And are there teams with such good pitching they can stay in the winners' bracket?
The answers are yes and...yes.
The pitching numbers for this year's field are very imposing. There are great starters, accomplished closers and a couple of teams with more options than John Daly in confession.
The best pitching staff in
After Rice, the next deepest staff is likely Pat Casey's Beavers. The defending champions have four quality starters and a versatile, dependable bullpen.
If anyone can pitch their way out of the losers' bracket, it is Rice and
Sometimes pitching depth is more important than others. If a team can find two starters and a couple of dependable relievers, the days off in
UC Irvine's duo of RHP Scott Gorgen (12-2/2.68) and RHP Wes Etheridge (12-4/2.49) have to be considered the top 1-2 punch. Right there with them is Rice with LHP Joe Savery (10-1/2.78) and Ryan Berry (11-2/2.71), Louisville with RHP Zack Pitts (10-3/2.23) and Justin Marks (8-2/2.54), Oregon State with LHP Joe Patterson (10-6/3.77) and RHP Mike Stutes (9-4/4.05), Fullerton with RHP Wes Roemer (11-6/3.24) and RHP Jeff Kaplan (11-3/3.16), and Arizona State with RHP Mike Leach (13-1/3.59) and LHP Josh Satow (13-3/2.41).
Opening game matchups present some gems as
Friday's nightcap pits a veteran righthander who hurled a three-hitter in
Saturday has some superb pitching matchups. Gorgen has shutdown
The nightcap has
The casual fans will point to the ping and yell for the long ball. But the hardcore fans realize in college baseball -- just like the pros - games are won on the mound. That scenario will unfold with a bevy of talented gunslingers in Rosenblatt Stadium the next two weeks. As coach Weaver said, these games will be won or lost with a toe on the rubber.
Game 1 RHP Zack Pitts (10-3/2.23)
Game 2 LHP Justin Marks (8-2/2.54)
Game 3 RHP Colby Wark (3-3/3.63)
Game 1 LHP Joe Savery (10-1/2.78)
Game 2 RHP Ryan Berry (11-2/2.71)
Game 3 RHP Matt Langwell (8-1/1.70)
Game 1 RHP Robert Woodard (10-2/3.01)
Game 2 RHP Alex White (6-5/4.22)
Game 3 RHP Luke Putkonen (7-1/4.74)
Game 1 RHP Chad Crosswhite (8-4/4.24)
Game 2 LHP Justin Pigott (7-6/4.40)
Game 3 RHP Josh Johnson (3-3/6.21)
Game 1 RHP Mike Leach (13-1/3.59)
Game 2 LHP Josh Satow (13-3/2.41)
Game 3 LHP Brian Flores (11-1/3.74)
Game 1 RHP Scott Gorgen (12-2/2.68)
Game 2 RHP Wes Etheridge (12-4/2.49)
Game 3 RHP Dylan Axelrod (5-4/4.13)
Game 1 RHP Wes Roemer (11-6/3.24)
Game 2 RHP Jeff Kaplan (11-3/3.16)
Game 3 RHP Justin Klipp (2-0/2.15)
Game 1 LHP Joe Patterson (10-6/3.77)
Game 2 RHP Mike Stutes (9-4/4.05)
Game 3 LHP Jorge Reyes (5-3/3.13)