The last post at this site was on Thursday the 28th. Everyone needs something fresh to read; thus, I am writing this post.
First I will comment on last night's 3-2 win over Maryland. My comments will touch on whether Avent left Rodon at the mound too long. Here is an eight inning recap:
Maryland 8th - White, C. grounded out to ss (1-2). Wade, L. struck out looking (1-2). Convissar, K walked (3-2). Hockaday, K. singled through the left side (1-1); Convissar, K advanced to second. Kiene, T. hit by pitch (0-2); Hockaday, K. advanced to second; Convissar, K advanced to third. Wilkins to p for Rodon. Schmit, B. hit by pitch, RBI (0-0); Kiene, T. advanced to second; Hockaday, K. advanced to third; Convissar, K scored. Cleary, J. struck out swinging (2-2). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.
Rodon was near a 130 pitch count late in the top of the eight; however, he retired the first two batters. As such, it looked like he could easily get the third batter out, but he did not. As shown above he gave up a walk, a hit and hit a batter. At that point Avent removed him. Of course, Wilkins immediately hit a batter pushing a run across for Maryland. Luckily, Wilkins retired the side by striking out Cleary.
In watching the game, I thought that Avent should have removed Rodon at 100 or so pitches, or after the top of the seventh.
How about Kansas blowing a 14 point lead to lose in overtime? Kansas led by 14 with seven minutes left and by 5 with 21 seconds left and lost. When Trey Burke of Michigan was hitting all of the shots he made, I was thinking:
Just cross half court, close your eyes, and throw it up; it will go in.
State is not the only team which can fold big time. Some teams such as Marquette against Davidson and Michigan against Kansas are just destined to win-just like our 83 team.