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Texas Ousted From The #1 Spot & Virginia Claims It For Themselves

 

The College Baseball national polls shifted drastically in its latest release .The Texas Longhorns who were sitting comfortably in the #1 spot since April 26th. The Big 12 conference is like Hip Hop’s Rakim because it’s absolutely no joke. So when the Longhorns entered the Big 12 conference championships games on May 26, their work was more than just cut out for them. They were in for some slicing, chopping, sawing, and even sanding. The Longhorns were so confidant about beating Missouri on the first day of the tournament, that they held back their big pitching guns. They sent out Hoby Milner who has had a tremendous season as a relief pitcher. Milner had only started in 3 of his 18 appearances. Slim and short as they might have been, in his 31 innings in the 2010 season he posted a 1.97 ERA with a record of 3-1.

The freshman stepped out into a game he expected to win, but instead was touched for 4 earned runs in his 4 innings of work. The Missouri Tigers pulled off an epic upset on the Longhorns with the arm of pitcher Nick Tepesch by the score of 7-3. Tepesch completed the game on 10 hits and 2 earned runs. In the next game against Texas Tech, the Longhorns called on their ace Taylor Jungmann. With a large workload of 104 innings pitched in this 2010 season, he’s managed to keep his ERA at 2.16. As one of the highly recognized college pitchers, Jungmann was unable to take his team to another victory on an otherwise well pitched game. He went 6 innings and gave up 8 hits and only 1 earned run. Two errors marked Jungmann’s demise and the 2 nd worrisome loss in a row for the Longhorns by the score of 4-2. Then the in the elimination game, the Longhorns experienced their 3rd consecutive loss with a complete pitching meltdown. Cole Green, another one of the Longhorns pitching sparks was touched up with 7 earned runs in 4 innings. The Longhorns offense was unable to produce any sort of comeback and fell to the Texas A&M Aggies 9-3.

 



These are surprising facts ranks as the best pitching team in all of college baseball. But, with an 0-3 showing in conference play, the Longhorns fell from the #1 spot to #4. Meanwhile, the Virginia Cavaliers, who had been holding the #2 spot behind Texas for some time, moved up to #1. Although Virginia did not win their Atlantic Coast Conference title, they did post a 2-1 record in the tournament. While that may not sound like an incredible feat, consider for a moment how many highly ranked teams are in that conference. The ACC have 8 teams within their conference ranked in the top 30 which now is a league record. Running off the arms of a pitching staff led by Danny Hultzen and Robert Morey, the Virginia Cavaliers have the 12th best team ERA in the nation. On the offensive side Virginia doesn’t rank as highly. But in their last game against Miami, the Cavaliers Phill Gosselin and Steven Proscia each contributed 3 RBI’s and rallied them to a12-8 victory. Those runs saved the game and their ace pitcher Hultzen after he gave up 5 earned runs in his limping 6 innings of work.

The volatile world of national polling is as flexible and changing as the universe around us. Attaching yourself to a single position is not a natural task so we must expect reconstruction. Teams have off days, and others have moments of untapped supremacy. So as we are anticipating the first regional tournaments of the 2010 season, we should expect some capsized expectations and some underdog glory.

 

By: Adrian Nevarez
College Sports Fans Staff Writer

 

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