April 24, 2007

Gopher Baseball Bandwagon

I'm officially on the bandwagon and calling all citizens of Gopher Nation to jump on!

Baseball in midwest and northern schools is very often ignored and treated like the red-head step children of the southern and western schools. National attention to a Big Ten school or the conference is very rare, but HERE is a blog post by Aaron Fitt on Baseball America concerning the Golden Gophers and HERE is a link talking about the Big Ten as the IT conference from Eric Sorenson of CSTV.com.

One of (in not THE) biggest challenges to midwest and northern schools is of course the weather. While southern schools have been able to practice and play outside for months we have been experienceing predictable-unpredictable and usually cold/rainy weather during that time. This makes it tough to get better and more importantly it makes it tough to recruit. So of course teams from up here always spend the early part of their schedules heading south and west.

Anyway, back to the gophers. They too made a trip south and a trip west. And they did very well beating some very good teams in Virginia Tech, The Citadel, Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara. They also hosted 2 ranked teams at home and split with both Arkansas and Mississippi. All of this adds up to a 26-7 season and a few people around the nation starting to notice the always good but rarely great Golden Gopher program.

Only 4 weekend series left, a favorable schedule, a chance to win the Big Ten and a chance to get an at large berth in the NCAA tournament should they not capture the Big Ten Tourney.

Calling on Gopher Nation to take notice!


Brian P. Foley said...

Tough to call the 10th or 11th team in the ACC a quality win in Va Tech who is still in the first year with a new head coach in Peter Hughes. I also think you are reaching on your comments about The Citadel they have struggled most of the year in the Southern Conference. Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara are one man teams in terms of pitching with first round capable players on the staff.

Good site though.

Tom said...

I was basing this on what I read, not what I know. You are probably right, I was just plagerizing!

"That mark didn’t come against patsies–it includes wins against The Citadel, Virginia Tech, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri State, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine." CSTV.com.

Brian P. Foley said...

I see but I saw Va Tech this year and they are nowhere near an NCAA team.