GAME NINE UC Santa Barbara vs. Arizona Elimination game. This one was a snoozer. Even from the photography side of things, there just wasn’t a lot of action to shoot. Everything happened in the third inning where Arizona got on the board with a Ryan Aguilar sac fly, which scored Cody Ramer from third base, [...]
Two games on Monday, one team goes home, one team is sitting pretty.
The first National Seed said sayonara as UC Santa Barbara knocked off Miami 5-3 in the Elimination Game. Then, in the nightcap, Oklahoma State took over the catbird seat in Bracket One play with a 1-0 clampdown of Arizona.
How about one for the underdogs?… or maybe two in this case. On Sunday, the two lower-seeded teams took down the higher seeded teams to continue this epidemic of “upset” wins. Yes, I just put upset in quotes because it is becoming so commonplace here in the month of June I’m just going to stop being surprised.
And it’s so damn cool.
Day One of the 2016 College World Series is done and two of the “disrespected teams” came out ahead as Oklahoma State edged UC Santa Barbara 1-0 and Arizona whipped Miami 5-1, propelling them into the winner’s bracket. Of the four teams, the Hurricanes were the only National Seed, coming into Omaha with a No. 3 ranking.
Are you getting butterflies in your gut? It’s time to get to the promised land of TD Ameritrade Park for the College World Series. And this one’s gonna be a good one. Four No. 1 seeds and four No. 2 seeds. Two huge favorites in Florida and Miami – well, maybe not “huge” but they are big names. And if last week was any indication, just imagine the June Madness that is going to take over this big stage?
Well in anticipation of the 70th CWS, the boys and girls at ESPN had me write a preview for their site. Here’s how it looked…
It took five days, 32 rain delays and several pulled muscles by the ground crew after yanking the tarps on and off the field but we finally got through the Regional round and whittled the crowd down from 64 teams to 16 teams. There were upsets, surprises and big time rallies, but in the end, five SEC teams and four ACC teams moved on to the Super Regional round. The remaining field is set with ten No. 1 seeds, four No. 2 seeds and two No. 3 seeds.
It’s official. The Field of 64 that will be fighting their way to that big circular stadium in Omaha is all set. The pursuit of the ultimate dogpile under the confetti blasters begins this Friday. In order, the top eight National Seeds are Florida, Louisville, Miami, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Clemson and LSU. What are the 10 biggest storylines to come out of the NCAA Selection Show? Let’s take a quick whirl around.
PRINCETON, N.J. — Seven wins.
If you’re looking for a feel-good story for the 2016 season, look no further than the ugly frog that turned into the handsome Princeton Tigers.
On May 15th of last year, that’s what Princeton had on the left side of the ledger for the entire 2015 season. Seven freaking wins.
Fast forward to around 6:15pm on Sunday and you see a team with two touchdowns and a field goal more in the win column. You also see a team so bent on being resilient that their coach went out and bought a book by the same name for every player to read last summer.
Welcome to the dog days of the college baseball season as injuries pile up and psyches get worn down. This is where championships are won as those who grind it out push their way to the NCAA tournament. Yes, there is actually something to the old adage of only the strong survive.
All this bunching up of SEC and ACC teams at the top of the polls and rankings has made for some monster matchups. This past weekend saw Vanderbilt and Texas A&M make for great theater. And once left-for-dead, Clemson pulled out another big time series win on the road to their recovery, this time over North Carolina State.
Let’s see how all this carnage translated in the power rankings for this week.
TEN PLACES TO BE THIS WEEKEND.
Time to load up the Easton Learjet once again and hit the friendly skies to these top locales where the most important games of the weekend will be played. If I have enough fuel in the jet and enough of this magic dust I traded the family cow for, I should be able to hit all ten.