Wintry weather forced many games in Texas and across the middle of the country to be postponed Tuesday. Of the teams that played, just one ranked team was upset: No. 19 San Diego, which lost 7-1 to Cal State Northridge. The Matadors got three hits and three RBIs from leadoff man Ridge Carpenter, and five shutout innings of relief from Justen Gorski.
Several games that were postponed yesterday have been rescheduled for today, especially in the Texas area. One other interesting note: weather has forced cancellations of Army's series this weekend against Maryland-Baltimore County, and George Mason's series against Monmouth. So the Black Knights and the Patriots have improvised, scheduling a three-game series against each other at the newly renovated Durham Athletic Park. They'll play a doubleheader Saturday and the finale Sunday.
Let's go to the mailbag for the first time this year:
What are the top pitcher-friendly major college baseball stadiums?
Boyd Nation calculates park factors on his website here. Boyd explains the significance of the data: "The numbers represent a percentage; a game scored in a park with a park factor of 125 will feature one-fourth more runs than the same game scored in a park with a park factor of 100 . . . What park factors don't have anything to do with is the team that plays there, theoretically, at least. Teams with good pitching, for example, have good pitching both at home and on the road, so all of their games feature fewer runs than normal. Since park factors are a measure of how many runs both teams score in a game based on where they play, the quality of the team doesn't enter in."
Here are the schools with the lowest park factors (the most pitcher-friendly parks) for 2006-'09:
Sacred Heart (69)
Rhode Island (72)
Wright State (73)
With the exception of Hawaii, whose Les Murakami Stadium is a notorious pitcher's park, all the schools on this list are cold-weather teams who play at low elevations. The first team from a power conference on this list is Oregon State (78), followed by Nebraska and Pepperdine (81). Other schools whose parks are typically identified as pitcher havens are Long Beach State (84), Texas (89) and UC Irvine (93). Interestingly, Virginia's Davenport Field also has a reputation as a strong pitcher's park, but its park factor is 105—making it a slightly above-average park for hitters.
While we're talking about park factors, here are the most hitter-friendly parks, according to Boyd's World's most recent data:
Northern Colorado (162)
Mississippi Valley State (145)
New Mexico State (142)
Air Force (142)
Florida Atlantic (138)
South Carolina-Upstate (133)
East Tennessee State (130)
Nevada-Las Vegas (129)
Morehead State (129)
Chicago State (129)
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