Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Lineup: (4/28)

 

You do a lot during the day. It's hard to keep up with all things Auburn baseball. Here's a handy rundown of what you may have missed (with some extras thrown in from time to time).

 

1. Tigers beat Tigers (and the rain)

"It's good to get a good win before we head to South Carolina and try to take care of business there," Gamache said. "We have struggled getting ahead early lately and we went out with a plan and got it done (tonight)."

Justin Fradejas singled twice and hit a solo homer in the second, finishing the night scoring four runs, as Auburn improved to 23-18 before heading to Columbia, S.C., this weekend.

(via AuburnTigers.com)

 

2. Tornados, Tuscaloosa, and Toomer's

Playing off the name of Tide For Toomer’s, a grassroots charity formed by Alabama fans to raise money for the efforts to save the poisoned Toomer’s Oaks, a Facebook group calling itself “Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa” is hoping to return the goodwill gesture.

Just hours after a catastrophic tornado plowed through Tuscaloosa, the page had logged more than 8,000 “likes” most of those earned by midnight; the page was created at 8 p.m.

Group organizer and Auburn fan Warren Tidwell said he’s overwhelmed by the response.

“I’m amazed by the support.,” said Tidwell, 32, the manager of an Opelika auto service center. “I’d hoped for an outpouring of support, but I don’t if I really truly thought it’d be like this.”

(via The War Eagle Reader)

 

3. Bianucci Sparks Riot, Ejection, Misunderstanding

According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, several fans were detained for their role in the fracas between a small crowd and the RoughRiders bench following a ninth-inning incident. The ruling on a potential game-changing home run by the RoughRiders' Mike Bianucci went against Frisco and led to the ejection of manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Jeff Andrews. The RoughRiders bench then got into a shouting match with fans.

"I was standing there, and all of a sudden, a trash can came flying out of the dugout," said San Antonio Missions president Burl Yarbrough. "I've been here 24 years, and I've never seen anything like this."

(via Dallas Morning News)

4. Trent Mummey: Smooth Criminal

From the home team's point of view, there was nothing grand about the theft the Frederick Keys pulled off to beat the Winston-Salem Dash 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark.

Trent Mummey executed a rare straight steal of home plate to score what proved to be the winning run in the sixth inning, sending the Dash to their second loss in three games against the Keys and their eighth setback in the past 10 games.

Mummey's run was the first of a two-run rally that extended the Keys' lead to 4-1, and both teams had to wait through a 59-minute rain delay before relievers Chris Petrini and Sean Gleason cleaned up for starter Ryan O'Shea.

(via Winston-Salem Journal)

 

5. Bo's Silver Draft Anniversary

Bo Jackson was drafted first overall in 1986 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Auburn.

Jackson never played a down for the Bucs, who wanted the two-sport star to choose between baseball and football. Instead, he signed with the Kansas City Royals.

Tampa Bay’s rights to Jackson were forfeited when the 1987 draft rolled around. He then was taken by the Los Angeles Raiders, with whom he played until 1990.

(via Lost Letterman)

 

6. The Cold Truth

The SEC West remains wide open, with three teams tied for first place at 9-9 (Arkansas, Mississippi and Auburn), and two other teams within two games of first (Alabama and Mississippi State). All of those teams have RPIs in the top 40, and all but Ole Miss are inside the top 31. Arkansas (No. 16) and Auburn (No. 12) are in the best shape; the other three teams need to firm up their resumes down the stretch to feel comfortable, but right now there aren't enough teams with better credentials to shoulder them aside. Auburn's 22-18 overall mark gives it less wiggle room as it, like Georgia (or any school), can't nab an at-large berth with a sub-.500 record.

(via Baseball America)

 

7. If you live in Houma, a down year in the SEC means LSU is tanking

With so much success over the years, one would think the SEC is having another dominant season.

Guess again.

The SEC is having one of its rare down seasons.

With four conference series remaining, only three teams — Florida (31-10 overall), South Carolina (31-8) and Vanderbilt (35-5) — are guaranteed a spot in the NCAA tournaments. They are all tied atop the SEC East standings at 14-4 and are ranked in the Top 5 in the major polls.

Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt have to like their chances of not only reaching Omaha but winning the College World Series.

After that, it’s anyone’s guess because the SEC is a conference of the haves and have nots.

(AUPPL Note: There is so many things wrong with this article that it would take a point/counterpoint the sort them out. The SEC has the Top 3 teams in the nation, will get 8 teams in the NCAA tourney, and probably {barring seeding} send 3 or 4 teams to the CWS. Yeah, that's a down year)

(via Houma Today)

8. Good News? Aqua Teen is back. Bad News? No more catchy rap jingle theme song.

According to the below video announcement from a Meatwad puppet, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is changing its name to Aqua Unit Patrol Squad One, reviving its old premise of having the cartoon crew work as detectives, and also relocating to Seattle. There, that wasn’t so bad, right? We’ve learned to accept these sorts of things, we rational observers of cartoon bullshit.

(via The AV Club)

9. Finally, if you'll excuse me, I have to do this to the Kroger on Dean.

(via Comics Alliance)

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