Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009 Tournament Austin Regional Game 1: (3) Boston College vs. (2) Texas State

The teams:

-Boston College Eagles (33-24, 15-16 ACC), at-large bid out of Chestnut Hill, MA
-Texas State University Bobcats (41-15, 24-7 Southland), at-large bid out of San Marcos, TX

The stats:

-Boston College hit .311 as a team; TSU hit .336
-Opponents hit .279 against BC pitching; TSU opponents hit .303
-BC is 6-4 on neutral playing fields this year; TSU is 3-2 (for the math-challenged, that's the same win percentage)
-BC's OPS king is C Tony Sanchez (1.095); TSU's is 1B Paul Goldschmidt (1.154).
-BC's starting pitcher ERA king is Pat Dean (3.36 in 14 starts); TSU's is Kane Holbrooks (3.34 in 14 starts).

Full links to team stats here: Boston College and Texas State

What do I think?

- I think this is going to be a great ballgame. The Eagles had a solid year in a tough conference and Texas State has proven itself worthy with a 40+ win season. I've never seen Texas State play, but they sound like a formidable opponent. If the stats are any indication, this should be a close one. The Bobcats' hitting is clearly better but BC's pitching staff has allowed for a lower opponent's batting average and BC's team ERA is ever so slightly better (BC 4.79, TSU 4.83). Texas State is probably more likely to win, and that's because their offense is solid. BC will have to pitch their brains out to hold them in check.

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