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Monday, May 28, 2007

MU baseball Arizona bound/from the MU web site/also NEC NCAA and play-in results/NEC


The Monmouth University baseball team, the 2007 Northeast Conference Champions, will travel to Tempe, Arizona to compete in one of 16 Regional sites that comprises the 64-team NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

The Hawks will face the number-one seed in the region and the fifth-ranked team in the nation in Arizona State (43-13) in their first game on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m., at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark on the ASU campus.

“We are going to go out and play baseball and try not to get caught up in everything,” said head coach Dean Ehehalt.

“We are playing a program with a storied history and we are in a real strong region. This is going to be a great experience for our kids.”

Monmouth (36-22-1), which set a school-record for wins this season, earned the NEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regional by virtue of its 7-1 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon. Monmouth is making its third NCAA appearance in its program history (1998, 1999).

The other match-up in Tempe will pit No. 2 seed UC-Riverside and No. 3 seed Nebraska. Arizona State won the 2007 Pac-10 Championship, finishing the season with a 43-13 overall record and a 19-5 conference record.Monmouth will practice at home on Tuesday, May 29th at 11 a.m.

NCAA Tournament Results (from NEC web site)

NEC teams are 0-22. Can MU pitching pull one off here??

1994 Miami def. Rider, 17-4, West Virginia def. Rider, 19-7

1997 Florida State def. Marist, 4-2, Western Carolina def. Marist, 8-3

1998 Florida def. Monmouth, 12-8, Illinois def. Monmouth, 12-2

1999 Texas A&M def. Monmouth, 6-0 Mississippi def. Monmouth, 12-3

2000 Miami def. Wagner, 19-5 Florida International def. Wagner, 10-1

2001 East Carolina def. UMBC, 7-0 Winthrop def. UMBC, 6-0

2002 Texas def. Central Connecticut State, 7-2 Lamar def. Central Connecticut State, 9-4

2003 Arizona State def. Central Connecticut State, 14-2

UNLV def. Central Connecticut State, 22-3

2004 Florida def. Central Connecticut State, 12-1 Oklahoma def. Central Connecticut State, 6-1

2005 Texas 20, Quinnipiac 2 Miami (OH) 35, Quinnipiac 82006 Georgia 11, Sacred Heart 0 Jacksonville 4, Sacred Heart 3

2006 Georgia 11, Sacred Heart 0 Jacksonville 4, Sacred Heart 3

NCAA Play-In Results

1994 Yale 5, Rider 3 Rider 3, Yale 1 Rider 6, Yale 2

1995 Penn 13, Rider 3 Rider 6, Penn 1 Penn 2, Rider 1 (10 inn.)

1996 Princeton 9, Rider 6 Princeton 7, Rider 6

1997 Marist 7, Siena 6 Marist 9, Siena 7

1998 Monmouth 5, Navy 1 Navy 11, Monmouth 4 Monmouth 8, Navy 4


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better take plenty of suntan oil and a lot of Powerade (or whatever MU uses)- forecast is for a high of 104 Friday and 110 Saturday! They say it's dry heat out there, but that's hot!

7:44 PM, May 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

0-22 all-time for NEC teams in the Tourney... doesnt look good but wouldnt it be fitting that MU (the most dominant athletic department) in the NEC be the first! Lets go Deano and company.

12:03 AM, June 01, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Some writers in our office give MU little chance of making this game remotely respectable..sort of like MU men's hoops vs. Duke.

My stance is - with Brad Brach on the mound they may have a chance to keep it competitive.

12:10 AM, June 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was tied 1-1 in the fifth, now it is 4-1.. i'd say thats pretty respectable.

12:33 AM, June 02, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Without knowing much about the game as of 1:15 AM or so..I did some fast research.

In now 23 first game NEC losses in the NCAAs the two-run margin ties Marist (1997) for the closest first game, a 4-2 loss to I think it was Fla. State.

The average first game loss by the NEC in those games has been 8.4 runs.

I felt Brach and MU pitching would make it competitive. As I said, some in our office were predicting a ridiculous blowout score.

But one of the pundits is a track guy..what would you expect??

Anyway..good job by MU in this one certainly in comparsion to most NEC showings..maybe they can steal the second game behind Buch.

I would imagine full details, etc. will be up soon on the MU web site.

I will not be (up when that happens, however!).

By the way..was this game on MCX??? On my way home tonight I tried to tune it in..but couldn't find it...

1:23 AM, June 02, 2007  

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