UNCW Picked To Win CAA Baseball Championship

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  1. geewiz

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    NU returned home to Boston this weekend and swept a 3-game series vs. Niagara.

    Starters Nick Berger, Chris Carmain and Fr. Dustin Hunt combined to strikeout 28 batters in 20 IP allowing just 1 ER.
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    In the only CAA game played Sunday because of the inclement weather, NU beats CofC 5-3 to take 2 of 3 in SC.

    Freshman Dustin Hunt continues to impress tossing 7.1 IP allowing just 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB and 7K. He's now 3-0 with a 2.85 ERA.

    The 3-headed monster of Nick Berger, Chris Carmain and Hunt went 2-1 w/ 1.42 ERA in the series. 19 IP, 3 ER, 15 K.
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  3. Seahawk Nation 08

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    CAA seems to be pretty wide open this season.
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    I thought Charleston would maybe possibly run away with it.
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    Good weekend by hofstra taking two of three from uncw on the road.
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    Yeah, C of C was my early favorite to win the league and they've done nothing to dispel it. UNCW just isn't playing well right now. The "Baseball IQ" on our team is shockingly low and we've gotten zero consistency from our pitching or hitting. Can't pin it on injuries or any other excuses. We're just not playing well, period. Our lone saving grace is that our team defense is somehow better than last year's team, statistically.

    Props to Hofstra for coming in and taking the series, especially after losing the first game. They definitely won the series more than we lost it.
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    Tribe and Charleston seem to be front-runners, W&M hitting has been remarkable and is near the top in the nation. The Tribe's Mike Katz has twice been named Louisville Slugger College Baseball Player of the Week,
    the only player honored twice, and made the mid-season first-team All-America team at first base as well
    as one of fifteen players nominated for NCAA Player of the Year.

    Katz leads nation in homeruns (14) and RBIs (62), and slugging average while hitting .403.
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    Looking forward to the series in Boston this weekend.

    The best offense in the CAA against the best pitching in the CAA.
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    Tribe swept three close, tense games on the road at Northeastern over the weekend. While NE's strong pitching held the nation leading's Tribe at times during the three games, W&M's strong hitters got all the key hits late in each game. NE's pitching faltered against the W&M hitting pressure in late innings as the Tribe, as all good hitting teams do, took advantage of key NE errors to come up with the big hits.

    Mike Katz, the nation's leading HR, RBI and slugging average leader, had a very good series: no homers, but three key doubles and five rbis...along with five walks. His two-run double in the eighth inning yesterday with two out tied the game as the Tribe rallied for four runs against NE's top reliever.

    NE's coach had a rough series. Thrown out of the first game he had to sit out the second game as per CAA rules, and then watched his team blow a four run lead in the eighth inning yesterday. This W&M sweep is especially galling to NE since last year the Tribe, again on the road at Northeastern, won three consecutive
    1-0 games. This latest sweep makes it six straight close wins on the road at NE for W&M!
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    How many bids are the CAA looking at this year? Charleston and William and Mary?
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    We could possibly get 2 bids (W&M and CofC) but likely only one.

    NU bounces back from the tough W&M losses last weekend to take 2 of 3 at Notre Dame.

    NU takes the final two games as their pitching continues to dominate.

    Chris Carmain upped his record to 5-2 with a league leading 1.21 ERA Saturday and today Freshman Dustin Hunt went 7 inn. w/8 K's as NU blanked the Irish 4-0.

    Hunt, who should get strong consideration for ROTY, is now 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA.

    NU is now 4-1 vs. the ACC (2-0 vs. BC and 2-1 vs. ND) and have one more ACC game with Va Tech next week.
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    Definitely two bids MAX. A mediocre UD team took 2 of 3 from a disappointing UNCW this weekend.
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  13. Seahawk Nation 08

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    That doesn't really affect our league's chances at getting 2 bids. If C of C or W&M had lost a similar series, then it would have had an impact.
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    Disappointing is an understatement.
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    If William & Mary can roll through its remaining schedule, I think they have an at-large shot. The CAA is currently the 12th-ranked conference in the RPI (up from 14th at the midway point of the season), and W&M has some nice RPI-boosting matchups @ Virginia Tech and @ C of C remaining.

    15+ CAA wins and 35+ wins overall heading into the CAA Tournament could help offset their 0-3 record (1-5 if # 51 High Point climbs up) against the Top 50. Especially given that 2 of those losses came against # 1 Virginia.

    Gotta go 6-1 or 7-0 down the stretch and reach the CAA finals.
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    Another major feature, this time in Baseball America, on Tribe outfielder/first baseman, Mike Katz (see
    article below...Katz is third ball player from top.

    Big Michael is having one of the greatest offensive years in CAA history...in the top ten in every
    offensive category but triples, including first in doubles, slugging average and rbis. He has just been named
    to the final list of twenty for the Dick Houser Award given to the best player in college baseball

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/three-strikes-week-12-4/
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    At this point I think we're secured as a 1-bid league. Just not enough top 50 wins for W&M (0-3) or Charleston (2-5) to offset some of the bad losses.

    If W&M or C of C win it I think the champ definitely deserves a 3-seed (and possibly if UNCW wins it). But everyone will enter the CAA Tournament with the same mentality: Don't expect help from the committee; win the tournament or go home with nothing.

    Final CAA tune-ups occurring this weekend, where it will be determined which school will be the odd man out among Northeastern (8-10), JMU (7-10) and Hofstra (7-11). NU faces UNCW in Boston, JMU is @ Delaware and Hofstra sits and waits as they play a non-conference series.
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  18. masonhoopsfan

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    Sad times. Hopefully next year with Elon CAA can bounce back to a 2 or 3 bid league.
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    I think that will be the case. The league is going to be as strong as ever next year. UNCW has lots of help coming in so I expect a bounce-back year, even with Mat Batts (who will win his 2nd straight CAA Pitcher of the Year honors this year) graduating,
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    I was just looking at stats and know little about both but couldn't Ober Bailey from Charleston take the CAA pitcher of the year honors this year. He is 7-2 over 10 starts (13 appearances) with a 1.41 ERA and .182 avg against. That is very good and appears to lead the conference for starters in those categories.
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    Batts has faced a much tougher schedule; UNCW has the # 45 ranked SOS to C of C's # 196 (with non-conference starts against RPI # 64 San Diego, # 83 VCU, # 17 Indiana St, and # 29 West Virginia...3 of those 4 starts resulted in wins) and won 4 CAA Pitcher of the Week honors to Ober's 2. He also owns a K/BB ratio of 95:17, one of the best in the country.

    It would be a surprise if Ober took the honors over him despite his stellar season, especially when you consider that Ober, a Freshman, wasn't the Friday starter for the Cougars and therefore wasn't battling opposing teams' top starters on a weekly basis. Batts has been the Friday starter all year for the Seahawks.
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    Hell, Ober's not even a sure bet for ROTY.

    Dustin Hunt is 6-0 and his 2.20 ERA is second to Ober's and he's won ROTW 4 times.

    Hunt has beaten CofC, Notre Dame, Villanova and left the W&M start with a 4-run lead before the bullpen blew it.

    The Sunday start thing is overrated because your facing a lineup, not who's on the hill.
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    Granted, but every time a Friday starter takes the hill, he has to pitch knowing he might only get a couple runs of support. Which is exactly what happened to Batts all season. Hence why he "only" has 5 wins in 13 starts on the season despite many quality outings. The margin of error tends to be a lot smaller for a Friday starter than a Sunday starter.
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    Couldn't disagree more. When you know you are facing the top pitcher every time out, your margin for error is smaller, much much more pressure.
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    Beat you to it, Hoops. Great Seahawk minds think alike.
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    I thinkClarke and Ingram will give Batts a run for Pitcher of the year. I give a slight edge to Ingram. They have both won 9 games to Batts 5 and Clarke has been our Fri starter for most of the season. As for rookie of the year it could be Hunt or Ober with a slight edge to Hunt the way I see it.
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    You're lending too much credence to the least important pitching stat: Wins. Should Batts be punished for having 6 no-decisions despite quality outings because his offense and bullpen couldn't provide enough support?
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    If wins were that big a deal Felix Hernandez would never sniff the cy young!
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  29. geewiz

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    OK so you don't agree.

    NU's Friday starter all year has been Nick Berger and he hasn't been NU's best starter.

    If you have a team that can swing the bats, then a pitcher doesn't and shouldn't worry about who's pitching on the other side.

    A bad hitting team, slightly different thought process.
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    The Seahawks have struggled mightily at times scoring runs, you just made my point for me
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