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beardownbaby
05-22-2005, 01:39 AM
This is from Greg Hansen's Sunday notes column in the Daily Star. It seems ASU's Pat Murphy is the school's biggest hoser. I thought Rob Evans had that title secured, but apparently not.

There's also a note about the UA's chances of hosting a regional.

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ASU baseball coach dealt dose of humility

Opinion by Greg Hansen

Irascible Arizona State baseball coach Pat Murphy — in this case, “irascible” is a polite substitute for “jerk” — said that the UA “tried to embarrass us” after the Sun Devils’ 18-1 loss Monday.

Pardon if no tears are shed for the King of Embarrassment, Pat Murphy.
He is the coach who piled on one of Jerry Stitt’s Arizona teams, winning 32-3 and 24-10 in the same season. Murphy is the coach who beat Jerry Kindall 16-3 in Kindall’s final game as the UA baseball coach.

More? Murphy embarrassed the Wildcats 16-0 and 15-2 in 2003, in Andy Lopez’s second year.

What goes around comes around in sports, especially in a long-memories rivalry such as UA-ASU. In 1980, Darryl Rogers rolled up an unnecessary 44-7 victory on Larry Smith’s first Arizona football team.

Smith thereafter put special emphasis on a game that needed no special emphasis. The Wildcats then scored historic, memorable, program-turning upsets over ASU in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986, twice knocking the Sun Devils out of the Rose Bowl.

Arizona’s baseball organization has at last fought back to regain its status as a top-10 program, and beating ASU four times in five games had everything to do with it.

Road warriors
**Do not expect Arizona to be awarded a host site for the NCAA baseball playoffs that begin June 3. Oregon State and Cal State-Fullerton are almost sure to get the West’s two sites.

The Beavers, having a historic 40-win year, drew 2,200 Friday night, capacity, for a victory over USC. They will surely sell out every playoff session in a community suddenly gone nuts for college baseball. Fullerton drew 3,354 Friday night against Long Beach State. In Arizona’s most recent Pac-10 series at Kindall Field, against USC, it drew a disappointing 1,326, 893 and 1,253.

The cash-short UA athletic department cannot realistically bid as much as either OSU or CSF in an attempt to acquire a post-season tournament. But at least it has some positive history as a playoff road team; the Wildcats won series at Notre Dame and Long Beach State last year to reach the College World Series.

Class of 1990
05-22-2005, 01:59 AM
Road warriors
**Do not expect Arizona to be awarded a host site for the NCAA baseball playoffs that begin June 3. Oregon State and Cal State-Fullerton are almost sure to get the West’s two sites.

The Beavers, having a historic 40-win year, drew 2,200 Friday night, capacity, for a victory over USC. They will surely sell out every playoff session in a community suddenly gone nuts for college baseball. Fullerton drew 3,354 Friday night against Long Beach State. In Arizona’s most recent Pac-10 series at Kindall Field, against USC, it drew a disappointing 1,326, 893 and 1,253.

The cash-short UA athletic department cannot realistically bid as much as either OSU or CSF in an attempt to acquire a post-season tournament. But at least it has some positive history as a playoff road team; the Wildcats won series at Notre Dame and Long Beach State last year to reach the College World Series.

The SC series had all three games shown live plus Sat and Sun were played at 12 or 1 pm starting time.

A commitment to bid on a post season tournament should be expected from the U of A. It shows Lopez that U of A baseball will be taken seriously. UCLA which is bottomed out will always cast an eye to Lopez.

I'm not saying we deserve it but I'm not saying we don't. The Texas series here probably averaged over 4,000 a game. NCAA has got to look at the capacity of our field also.

WilmasPimp
05-22-2005, 02:51 AM
Road warriors
**Do not expect Arizona to be awarded a host site for the NCAA baseball playoffs that begin June 3. Oregon State and Cal State-Fullerton are almost sure to get the West’s two sites.


Since when does the West only get 2 sites?

Two years ago Fullerton, the Beach, Stanford, and ASU all hosted Regionals.

SnowCat
05-22-2005, 03:15 AM
Wow!

NCAA Baseball is incredibly like NCAA 1AA Football in that stadium capacity, ratings, bid money, etc. is the all encompassing factor on home bids.

Really crappy. And I hate the Montana Griz, cause UM rapes the taxpayers and still has their campus closed to the public. That just doesn't seem right.

Rant over - here's hoping for another good showing from the BatCats!!





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