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Who is in the hunt?

Posted by cuorange on May 5, 2009

Here are the teams as of May 4, that have a chance to win in Omaha. The first three are tried and tested teams, that no one would question. The last two? Virginia and Kansas State? Not exactly.

Virginia has cooled a bit since getting off to a 19-0 start and they haven’t exactly played a who’s who in non-conference. However, the Cavs crushed Florida State in the one game they played (two others rained out) and just missed winning a series in Chapel Hill by a run. They are for real.

Kansas State has played a much better schedule. The Wildcats have beaten Houston (3 times), San Diego State, Arizona State and Wichita State (twice) in non-conference. In conference K-State has beaten Texas A&M 2 of 3 and went 2-0-1 in Austin vs. Texas.

Both of these teams has some issues defensively, and I think that will ultimately catch up with them and the same goes for North Carolina.

Fullerton has to be the favorite at this point, as their pitching and fielding are in the top 5%, while batting and slugging are certainly respectable.

The numbers in red are areas of concern for each team.

Team Record Fielding ERA Batting Slugging
Cal State – Fullerton 32-12 11 4 61 101
LSU 36-12 26 37 88 33
North Carolina 35-11 36 7 109 71
Virginia 35-9-1 38 3 14 48
Kansas State 35-11-1 41 14 66 85

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