Bet That Was A Fun Bus Ride Home

May 31, 2009 – 10:43 pm by Ryan Phillips


To say the Ohio State baseball team had a rough afternoon on Sunday would be (arguably) the largest understatement in world history. The Buckeyes lost to Florida State 37-6 in the final game of the Tallahassee Regional. No that isn’t a typo and yes you read that right, 37 for the Seminoles, 6 for the Buckeyes.

Florida State set NCAA postseason records with 37 runs, 38 hits and 66 total bases and set an NCAA record with 15 doubles. The Seminoles’ Stephen Cardullo set a tournament record with seven hits and three doubles. During the course of the game Florida State set or tied 18 NCAA, school or postseason¬† records. The Seminoles were up 32-0 in the fifth inning.

The real story here is the Ohio State. I mean, guys, what happened?

The Buckeyes finished the year with a 42-19 record, they can’t have sucked that badly. Starting pitcher Jared Strayer allowed seven earned runs without recording an out. Andrew Armstrong – their fifth pitcher of the afternoon – was spanked for 11 earned runs in just one-third of an inning. To quote my dad when I read him that stat: “You don’t even see that in tee ball.”

If you’re Mike Martin Bob Todd, coach of the Buckeyes, what do you even say after a game like that? There’s no possible way you can spin it like “Well we had a great season,” or “Hey guys, sometimes they don’t go your way.” They lost by 31 runs in the final of a major college tournament to end the season. There’s no coming back from that. You can’t focus on the season’s positives when the final negative was so enormous it blocks out the sun.

For his own good I think Mike Martin Bob Todd should have his shoelaces and every other sharp object removed from his immediate possession.

*Thanks to the commenters for the heads up about mixing the coaches’ names up. I can read, really well in fact. It’s the whole reading comprehension thing I have issues with.

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  1. 15 Responses to “Bet That Was A Fun Bus Ride Home”

  2. OSU’s coach is Bob Todd, FSU’s coach is Mike Martin.

    By GVA Coach on Jun 1, 2009

  3. The Orioles don’t feel so bad anymore.

    By Glanzer on Jun 1, 2009

  4. Mike Martin is the coach of FSU.

    By Seth on Jun 1, 2009

  5. Buckeyes just didn’t have the depth in starting pitching…basically throwing untested froshies and back of the rotation guys all day. At least FSU hit the brakes, that game could have gone to about 50.

    By scarletandgray2009 on Jun 1, 2009

  6. As an Orioles fan and FSU fan, I can confirm that it is definitely more fun to be on the positive side of a game in which one team scores 30 runs.

    And as scarletandgray2009 says, this score isn’t NEARLY as bad as it could have been. By the 6th inning, FSU was playing 2 starting pitchers in the field, and DHing a 3rd starting pitcher. They pulled 8 of their 9 starters. Nobody was left on the bench. But it didn’t seem to matter.

    By Jim on Jun 1, 2009

  7. I hate OSU, thank god this happened.

    By Spewf on Jun 1, 2009

  8. If college insists on continuing to use aluminum bats, they should change the name to Idiocracy Ball, because it’s not the baseball I grew up with.

    By Roger on Jun 1, 2009

  9. interestingly, i read both coaches tried to implement the mercy rule and call the game after the 7th inning but the ncaa wouldn’t allow them to.

    By Eric on Jun 1, 2009

  10. WOW you guys r stupid ya i bet it was a fun ride home but guess what im Jared Strayer’s brother so you guys dont know anything about the game he did good but had no backup. So obvisously it wasnt his fault if u knew anything u would know that defense gets u out of innings and without it its a long game.

    By Cody Strayer on Sep 21, 2009

  11. SORRY i didnt think it would pop up im just kidding though i really dont care about the whole thing its the past and now the buckeyes have to look at the future now so again really sorry didnt mean it MY BAD.

    By Cody Strayer on Sep 21, 2009

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