With all due respect to George Mason University and the Edmonton Oilers, there are upsets and there what-the-fuck-just-happened upsets. If the glass slipper fits, wear it. For the Jaspers to beat Nebraska in Lincoln isn’t merely the big shocker of the first day of this year’s NCAA tournament, it’s the biggest win for Manhattan’s baseball program since the discovery of fire. Or more accurately, since I discovered that Manhattan College had a baseball program.
Manhattan’s Chris Cody (above) threw 142 pitches for his 9th complete game of the year. There’s no truth to the rumor the Cubs are eager to draft him if he can demonstrate he has a little more stamina.
Texas are currently avenging a regular season loss to UT-Arlington, as the Longhorns are leading 8-1 after 7 1/2 innings. Other than a blast over the right field fence allowed to the Mavs’ Daniel Rieder, Texas’ Ken Kasparek allowed no further damage in 7 1/3 innings of work. Texas catcher Preston Clark hit a 2-run HR to left field in the bottom of the 4th.
The Longhorns are likely to face Stanford tomorrow at 4pm EST. The Cardinal beat NC State, 7-2, earlier today in front of a sparse crowd in Austin. Stanford’s Greg Reynolds struck out 7 in the complete game victory, though there is some consolation for the Wolfpack (besides getting to face UT-SA at noon EST tomorrow) ; DYS’ MySpace page is closing in on 1300 friends.