Tournament Rotation & Regional Hosting Hopes

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Let's cut to the chase and reveal the Owls' rotation for the C-USA Baseball Championship:

So. LHP Taylor Wall (4-5, 4.66 ERA, .238 BAA, 1.29 WHIP) against No 6 East Carolina.

Sr. RHP Mike Ojala (4-2, 3.70 ERA, .196 BAA, 1.14 WHIP) against No. 5 UH.

Sr. RHP Jared Rogers (7-1, 4.50 ERA, .284 BAA, 1.33 WHIP) against No. 4 Marshall.

Jr. RHP Boogie Anagnostou (3-3, 4.10 ERA, .276 BAA, 1.42 WHIP) in the C-USA title game.

The OG on the decision behind the sequence of his Conference USA Baseball Championship rotation: "Obviously you want your most potent pitcher at this time (Ojala) to pitch against Houston. And of course Rogers is pitching well, and of course the most important games are the ones in your bracket (UH, Marshall). We're going to try to win the first one because we not only have a good pitcher (Wall) going, but one that needs to right his ship if we're going to go on. Boogie is not ready to pitch early, so Wall is the obvious choice to me to pitch that game."

With the Owls posting a 9-4 record since their return from their final exams hiatus and 40 victories prior to the NCAA Tournament no longer a reality, most everyone has given up on the notion of Rice hosting the Houston Regional and has accepted the Owls' fate as a traveling No. 2 seed. That list does not include The OG, who remains optimistic that a C-USA Baseball Championship added to a regular-season title might keep the Owls in the hosting discussion.

"It's a possibility for the simple reason of the double championship, and the fact that there are so many teams from two leagues in the top 20," The OG said, referring to the ACC and SEC. "Now they (the NCAA baseball selection committee) can't give them all a regional. It's pretty far fetched (for the Owls to host), but you don't want to give up any chance that you have."

According to the latest RPI released by the NCAA, the ACC (Virginia, Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina) and SEC (Florida, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama) each have six teams in the top 20. The Owls (RPI: 28) would have a significant amount of leapfrogging to do in order to host a regional at The Reck, but a sweep of the C-USA Baseball Championship would represent one leap in the right direction.

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Thanks for the info MK. Had my answer formulating before I could answer the question.

Going to miss this good info when that time comes...hopefully not until the end of June with the Owls doing something a bit improbable.

Sorry to jam your inbox, but a question just ran into my mind. Say that Rogers or Wall struggles...the OG is going have no qualms using Boogie out of the pen, correct? I know Wednesday would be early for him to come out of the pen after his extensive work in the heat Saturday, but he'd definitely be rested by Friday, right?

Just trying to appease the baseball gods for declaring a starter for a game we aren't guaranteed for...lol.

Russell: In order to succeed, one must plan for success. I'd imagine someone else would emerge from the bullpen should Wall struggle early on Wednesday. - MK

MK - any word on how Reckling and Evers are looking in the practice environment? These guys fell off the face of the Earth, but we all know they have unharnessed talent and could perhaps help the squad.

wheredidmypantsgo: Evers hasn't pitched since May 7 at Marshall; Reckling since May 4 against Texas State. I don't think you'll see either one this week outside of a blowout situation. - MK

Rotation makes sense to me. Wall hasn't fared well out of the bullpen, and we need him to pitch like he can. The hope for a regional is pretty optimistic, though. Let's hope this is time of year everything comes together!

Given the outcome of the first two games, I think hosting a Regional is still a reasonable possibility.

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