------------------------ from the boards. I can’t stand the posters who never have a good thing to say and who seem to have a feeding frenzy on the board when anything goes wrong. There are some out there that live to tear down and I am not a fan. So forgive me if all of my thoughts have already been hashed to death. I just need to get them out there for my sake.
NCState beat us with five pitchers. Wicklander and Kopps matched and/or exceeded them in talent but, due to injuries and development issues, we did not match up well with their other three pitchers. Several of those five were true freshmen playing much better than our true freshmen.
For most of the season, our hitting compensated well for when our pitchers struggled. Game after game we got behind early and fought back with timely hitting to win. Injuries slowed down and/or knocked out several of our top guys right when we really needed them and our other hitters tried to hard to make up the difference. Over and over, we heard the baseball commentators talking about never having seen a #1 team without outstanding starting pitchers at most of the three games in a series. That deficiency finally got exposed by our late season hitters’ injuries and slumps. I thought Clay’s summary was very well written but I think the contrast between our true freshmen pitchers and NCState’s may be the key factor in our not getting to Omaha.
I think our recruiting of both freshmen and transfers will continue to get better and that DVH is building a dynasty on the Hill and will get his CWS trophy in the very near future. Go Hogs.