Friday, May 7, 2010

Final Friday Softball Update -- Ties Edition

Well ties really make things difficult. Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan were tied at 7-7 in the 8th inning when the game was called due to rain, meaning both teams get a tie. In the case of the MAC Tournament, the rules state that standings are based on winning percentage. So, barring any more ties, BGSU won't end tied with Western Michigan or Eastern Michigan. If Bowling Green finishes with the year with the same number of MAC wins as either of those teams, they will leapfrog the Falcons. Heading into the final two days of the regular season, here's each team's record, winning percentage, and opponent remaining

7 - Bowling Green 8-12, .400 (at 16-4 Kent State)
8 - Western Michigan 7-12-1, .375 (at 11-7 Central Michigan)
T9 - Buffalo 7-13, .350 (vs. 4-16 Toledo)
T9 - Akron 7-13, .350 (at 12-8 Miami)
11 - Eastern Michigan 6-13-1, .325 (vs. 10-8 Northern Illinois)

Since BGSU can only finish tied with Buffalo and/or Akron, the tiebreak scenarios are little bit easier to figure out. If Bowling Green splits or sweeps Kent State, then the Falcons likely hold the tiebreaks over both teams. If BGSU is swept by Kent State, then both Buffalo and Akron will hold the tiebreaks. And it's likely that a BGSU split with Kent State means that tiebreaks won't really matter because the Falcons are unlikely to be passed and/or tied by two teams. No matter how you break it down, it will be an interesting final two days of the MAC season.

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