Let's jump back two months ago. We're a week away from the start of practices. We're nationally-ranked across the board, oh Aaron Fitt you're smarter than us, we return a team absolutely loaded with talent, and on paper should be favored in every game except the two with Louisville.
It was a time when we were making fun of the schedule with no other top-50 teams on the schedule beside the Cardinals. It was something that prompted me to ask Coach Todd if the schedule would prepare his team and put them in a position to host a Regional.
We wondered alloud why would you travel to Florida and play a NAIA school? This before we knew Rollins would make another appearance on the schedule. Playing Eastern Illinois, Dartmouth, Cornell, Bethune-Cookman, Army, and Bucknell was bad. Playing those five with the two non-DI schools is awful. Still it would give the team a chance to stat-build pump up those All-American resumes, and get more players into games. Right?
Ohio State returns to Columbus 4-3 on the tip, getting one-run wins against Eastern Illinois, Dartmouth, and Bucknell. While falling to Bethune, Rollins, and Webber International.
And this team is headed to Omaha?
I'll return later with actually analysis, and a breakdown of what went wrong, and thoughts of mine. Until then, YOU tell me your thoughts on the trip.
Here's a big question of mine... why/how do you possibly throw a recovering Eric Best out to the mound FOUR times within seven days? Was nothing learned from over-extending pitchers in 2009?