Tuesday, June 10, 2014

HarbourCats all done in Div 1 playoffs

Monday afternoon saw the end of this year's quest for the College World Series for our Pepperdine HarbourCats Aaron Barnett and Devin Carter. After dropping the first game of the series against Texas Christian University 3-2, they rode a stellar pitching performance to win the second game by the same score to force yesterday's tie breaker.

TCU's Kyle Bacak drops a perfect sacrifice bunt in front of Barnett in the 9th
In the rubber match, Pepperdine jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, only to have TCU claw back to tie the game at 4 in the top of the sixth. The Waves forged ahead in the bottom of the eight, scoring one run but squandering a huge opportunity for more when Barnett popped out to short with one out and a runner on third. A strikeout ended the inning, and the Waves went to the bullpen for closer Eric Karch. The 16-save man promptly gave up 3 hits to tie the game, and a perfectly executed suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt to put TCU up 6-5. Pepperdine got a runner to third base in the bottom half, but couldn't bring him home. Just like that, TCU's comeback win takes the Fort Worth Super-Regional, and the Horned Frogs advance to play Texas Tech.

As with the regionals, OF Devin Carter did not see action in the three games, while C Aaron Barnett started each one. Barnett had a tough time at the plate against TCU, going 1-11 with a strikeout. His only hit of the series came in the Waves 3-2 game 2 victory. Barnett hit .181 in six post-season starts, after leading the Waves at a .359 clip through the regular season.

On the glass-half-full side, Barnett and Carter are now free to make their way north to join the HarbourCats. As of now, all signed players should be available to join the team. One would expect we will see many of them start to show over the next couple of weeks.

Congratulations to Barnett and Carter on a great Div 1 season!

1 comment:

  1. ... and in case you missed our tweet on Sunday, check out the tag that Aaron Barnett made to preserve the lead in the 8th inning of Game 2 against TCU. Crazy!