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02 June 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Rice 13, Kansas State 4  
On to the NCAA super-regionals.
In the mood: blahblah
Aifebruaryfour on June 2nd, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
When are the finals?
┌∩┐{◣_◢}┌∩┐: LOL WUT?chocotaku on June 2nd, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on June 2nd, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, be nice, I'm not sure she's ever even seen an American baseball game in person, much less college.

ETA: what with not living in the US all that long and all. She's seen a lot more Japanese games than you have.

Edited at 2009-06-02 02:10 pm (UTC)
Aifebruaryfour on June 2nd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
You're right, the first baseball game I ever saw was in Meiji Jingu. Swallows vs. Yokohama Baystars, and the Swallows lost 1-10. (Edited for different team name.)

Edited at 2009-06-02 02:48 pm (UTC)
Douglas Triggs: rice owlsdoubt72 on June 2nd, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Finals... Well, that was the regional final, and eventually there will be a College World Series final, but that's a couple weeks from now.

It works like this: 64 teams make the NCAA tournament. These are broken up into sixteen four-team groups (the regionals) which play a double-elimination tournament. The teams that win each of the regionals (the top sixteen teams) then face off against each other in a best-of-three series (the super-regionals, i.e., another double-elimination tournament of two teams each). The top eight teams then advance to the College World Series proper.

The College World Series actually has two brackets of four teams each -- each bracket plays a double-elimination tournament, and the top two teams meet in the championship series (best-of-three).

It's actually the tournament format that the World Baseball Classic was modeled on (AFAIK), and it's not quite as complicated as it seems. The idea is that because baseball is, shall we say, such an random sport, no single loss alone is enough to eliminate a team at any step of the way; somebody would have to beat them twice to knock them out (hence, in this case, in the regionals, Rice met Kansas State three times, but K State wasn't able to beat Rice twice, so K State is out, Rica advances).

Anyway, Rice has now made the top 16; if they beat LSU in the super-regionals, they advance to the CWS proper for (I think) the fourth straight year.
Aifebruaryfour on June 2nd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Actually, that was a really clear explanation. ♥ Got it. GOOD LUCK RICE!
┌∩┐{◣_◢}┌∩┐: Who's on firstchocotaku on June 2nd, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
See, I lol'd cuz explaining the college baseball playoff system is harder than describing the college football BCS system or differential equations to a 5 year old. XD I knew you'd explain that, which was why I lol'd, not to be mean or anything.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on June 3rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh, okay. Carry on then.
┌∩┐{◣_◢}┌∩┐: SAW EM OFF!chocotaku on June 2nd, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
How did you like Texas' 25 inning monster game? When your best hitter goes 2 for 12 in a game with the winning it and you have a winning pitcher/reliever go 13 innings with 12 and a third innings of no hit ball? #1 SEED!!!! XD
Douglas Triggs: zombie jesusdoubt72 on June 2nd, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
I heard about it, it just sounded completely insane.

Hopefully this will wear them out and they'll lose quickly in the next round. :-P

No, actually, I hope they advance so Rice can beat them personally. :-P
┌∩┐{◣_◢}┌∩┐: ZOMBIES AHEADchocotaku on June 2nd, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Only one pitcher took the brunt. And they have plenty of ammo, we are fine.