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Old 06-01-2014, 03:00 AM   #8
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Default Re: Who pitches tomorrow?

Maryland has already used their top 2 pitchers in the regional: Stinnett who threw 118 pitches Friday, and Shawaryn Saturday (111 pitches). So the same questions apply for them. They have Jake Drossner who is their 3rd pitcher who has decent numbers (4-1, 2.45 ERA in 58.2 IP)....after that they don't have anyone with major innings. Throwing Crowe against Drossner Sunday night would be the optimal matchup for USC...

Campbell used Bowers in the Fri game (98 pitches), and Cedano Saturday (100 pitches). They have their #3 starter Koopman who is a Sr. and threw 96.2 innings this season, going 8-1 with a 2.79 ERA, so if Scott goes up against Koopman it could be a tough matchup. Then again Bowers was 10-3 on the year too and we got 9 hits and scored 3 earned runs against him, so....

Thing in our favor is Campbell also heavily used their closer Ryan Thompson, who pitched against both USC (36 pitches), and against Old Dominian (62 pitches). Beyond Campbell's starters and their closer, they don't really have a ton of depth in their BP, so IMO they will be fairly low in the tank tomorrow. Plus they have to be thinking, "what if we beat USC - what then? Who do we pitch versus MD?" They will also have some tough questions to answer tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Widener may turn out to be an unsung hero for us this regional by his efforts Saturday, saving the Gamecock bullpen. Beyond him only Seddon has pitched, and he threw 20 pitches Friday. We're pretty much at full strength, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Wynkoop make an appearance tomorrow vs Campbell - he only threw 45 pitches Saturday, and his arm should be fairly fresh. Not for an entire game's length, but for 3-4 innings he could do fine, sure. If we can somehow save him for Monday then that would be very favorable for us, as MD would have to scrap something together for their pitching...

The thing is we need to start tomorrow's games - both of them - with some fire and a sense of urgency. We fell into a hole due to Widener not getting it going, but after those first 2-3 innings we really outplayed MD the rest of the way. We just didn't do enough to make up for the early jump they took on us. Hopefully we jump on Campbell first....

I sure wish Evan Beal was able to figure his issues out this season, as his experience could've been very helpful for us in this situation. He was left off the post-season roster: I doubt we'll be seeing him play for USC again....
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