Iowa Baseball . . . approaching end of non-conference play

AuroraHawk

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Here's hoping that yesterday's win was a much needed shot in the arm. Iowa moved up 18 spots in Warren Nolan's RPI ratings - due in large part to the win. Now sitting at 89. ELO Rankings have Iowa at #67; up 19 spots after beating Tech.

Can't afford to stumble against the mid-week teams this week (St. Thomas and Grandview). Then taking at least 2/3 against Central Michigan is a must.

That leads them into a mid week game against #33 RPI Illinois State and the B1G opening weekend in Ann Arbor against #22 Michigan.

Some particularly lackadaisical play on defense, awful control from the pitching staff and inability to put the ball in play have combined to put the Hawks in a hole. Any of the good "ju-ju" from the first 3 games was almost immediately lost and there really isn't a ton of room for further error if this team is going to try to earn a NCAA Regional bid.

After the basketball teams flamed out more quickly than expected, we need the baseball team to heal our wounds!
 

AuroraHawk

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Injuries piling up for Iowa. Iowa losing to St Thomas. They are almost dead last in RPI. It'd be a disasterous loss. Worse than Loras actually.
Just landed in Charlotte. Have about 75 minutes before next flight. Tuned into the radio broadcast. Stunned to hear them down 4-2 but they are rallying with the bases juiced and no outs. Truly need to put up a big inning here.

According to the Warren Nolan site, Iowa will lose 81 RPI points even if it pulls out a win. They'll fall to either 101 or 102. If they don't win, they'll lose 245 RPI points. They'd fall into the 130s.

Now 4-3. 1 out; runners on corners.
 

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Just landed in Charlotte. Have about 75 minutes before next flight. Tuned into the radio broadcast. Stunned to hear them down 4-2 but they are rallying with the bases juiced and no outs. Truly need to put up a big inning here.

According to the Warren Nolan site, Iowa will lose 81 RPI points even if it pulls out a win. They'll fall to either 101 or 102. If they don't win, they'll lose 245 RPI points. They'd fall into the 130s.

Now 4-3. 1 out; runners on corners.
Yeah, winning almost erases what beating Tech did. I've never seen a system punish for winning like that.
 

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Yeah, winning almost erases what beating Tech did. I've never seen a system punish for winning like that.

Beating Tech was worth 150 RPI points. They'll lose more than half of those points if they can hold on. I know that Iowa needs mid-week games to get the younger players some reps but it is definitely a RPI detracting opponent.
 

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Iowa pulls out a 6-5 win. Disaster avoided.

RPI updated. Falls from 89 to 102.

Listening to post-game show. Sutherland commented that CMU has two stud pitchers. Iowa needs to find its bats.
 
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What type of RPI is needed for regional consideration? Super stoked to see Iowa play here in Omaha during Big Ten Tournament and maybe twice someday for CWS!
 

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Agreed. Fall into the 50s (particularly in a northern conference like the B1G) and the chances of receiving a Regional bid are minimal.
That's why it would be so beneficial right now to have another win or two against Irvine, Wichita, or AMCC.
 
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Beating Tech was worth 150 RPI points. They'll lose more than half of those points if they can hold on. I know that Iowa needs mid-week games to get the younger players some reps but it is definitely a RPI detracting opponent.
Then get rid of RPI.......................