May 21, 2007

Gopher Baseball to Ann Arbor

The Golden Gopher baseball team's regular season is officially over, but their 2nd season is hopefully just beginning. The conference tournament is set and Minnesota has a bye and is the #2 seed set to face the highest remaining seed after Wednesdays first round games.

1. Michigan (bye and host)
2. Minnesota (bye)
3. Penn State
4. Iowa
5. Illinois
6. Ohio State

Personally I feel fortunate that we are guranteed to not face Ohio State in our first game. I like their chances to upset Penn State in round 1 as they will put Cory Luebke (7-1, 1.94 ERA) on the mound. It'd be nice if they could throw Luebke again to face Michigan in round 2, but let's take this 1 round at a time.

I like our chances against Iowa or Illinois (assuming my OSU upset), getting that first win on Thursday looks to loom large. If you drop that game you are forced to 2 games just to get back to the Championship game where you have to beat the undefeated team twice. Even losing Friday isn't quite as daunting. Win Thursday then let's have fun taking on Michigan for a Championship game birth.

Good luck to Coach Anderson and all of his boys. We have a 6 year Championship game streak on the line so lets take care of business, get to the Championship game then win it and take the Omaha trip out of the committee's hands.

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