I watched this over the weekend and this looks like 8 offensive powerhouses. FSU has Buster Posey probably the best hitter in the NCAA. N. Carolina makes another return trip. LSU has a power offensive but pitching is suspect. As much as I want LSU to win this I believe FSU has the bats and pitching to win it all.
I've been having fun(and heart attacks) following FSU this season. Posey is such a stud. When they need a hit, he just does it. It's never any doubt. He's that good.
But they lost the opener of their region to the worst team there 8-0, then had to work back through the losers bracket which they obviously did, scoring in the teens most games. Then they lose the first of a three game set to Wichita and have to win the next two, which again they pull off. No more room for slip ups.
I see FSU beating Stanford, Miami beating Georgia, Rice over Fresno St and North Carolina over LSU in the first matchups. Probably a little predictable but that's what I expect.
Miami vs FSU will be a complete tossup, and hopefully a great game. NC should beat Rice, but Rice has been on a roll of late so again great matchup.
Hoping for a good weekend. FSU has always been good, but never actually won one of these.
FSU lost for two reasons: their shortstop, who has been a defensive liability all season, made errors at critical points and also their bullpen is suspect. Miami lost for the same reason, except replace "shortstop" with "catcher".
I would contend FSU's biggest mistake is having a guy catch the whole game and then thinking it's a good idea to bring him in to pitch the ninth inning of a tie game. I realize Posey is a stud, but that's just stupid.
But hey at least the track team won a third straight national title. And maybe we get to pound Miami today so it's not all bad news. :)
Here's the short form method of figuring out Win Shares: 1. Figure out Runs Created for all players on a team. 2. Figure out Outs Made by each hitter. 3. Divide Outs/12 and subtract that from Runs Created. 4. Divide that number by 3.