Having been raised in Omaha and spending many summer nights scampering through Rosenblatt Stadium long before the ESPN cameras ever showed up, Eric began his college baseball musings in the mid-90s when the journalistic landscape of the sport was almost nil.
Giving in to his heavy addiction to the sport, Eric first began to cover college baseball for USA Today and would eventually write for outlets like CSTV, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, College Baseball Insider, SEBaseball.com and his current gigs with ESPN and with this College Baseball Today site.
Eric lives in the college baseball hot bed of Southern California, loves to surf, ski and play hockey, and was also the 7th runner-up in the "Most Interesting Man in the World" competition held by Dos Equis.
July 30, 2015
Having been raised in Omaha and spending many summer nights scampering through Rosenblatt Stadium long before the ESPN cameras ever showed up, Eric began his college baseball musings in the mid-90s...Read More
Yeah I know, I should’ve already posted this a while ago. But remember, there is always a large amount of lethargy for writing anything after coming back from Omaha. And with no editor breathing down my neck to make a deadline, I got lazy in my decompression time. Also, I probably would’ve posted this a [...]
Good pick: I had TCU pegged for Omaha in the preseason. Bad Pick: I didn’t have LSU in my preseason “Locks for Omaha”
When Cal State Bakersfield was eliminated from the Los Angeles Regional by homestanding UCLA, the first thing that retiring head coach Bill Kernen said to me after the game as he was shaking my hand was “199th?! That’s where you ranked us… 199th?!”
“Hey, I was just trying to motivate you guys,” was my response.
Coach K was kidding around, he was just giving me a shot in the gut over my preseason Top 301 ranking of his team. Fair enough. I can take it. I always appreciate people telling me they actually read my preseason garb, especially from a head coach. So I thought it was pretty cool.
WHAT I SAW AT THE CWS, DAY TEN
A repeat of last year, essentially. In 2014 Vanderbilt won game one of the CWS Finals over UVa 9-8, before the Cavs roared back to take game two 7-2. This year is a very similar scenario as the Wahoos took game two tonight 3-0 with an unsung cast of stars.
LSU pitcher Parker Bugg (left) must feel a million miles away as he sits on the Tiger bench in their half of the ninth inning, just hoping his teammates can score four more runs to where he can pitch again and extend the season another game.
In another matchup of purple monsters in Omaha, TCU moves on and LSU heads home.
Vanderbilt sits in the driver’s seat after disposing of TCU by the hairs on their chinny-chin-chin.
We’re through two rounds of the 2015 College World Series and the two unbeatens are Virginia and Vanderbilt… just like last year. The two teams we’ve said goodbye to are Arkansas and Cal State Fullerton. The remaining four teams all stand at 1-1 in Florida, Miami, LSU and TCU. You find any of that surprising? And secondly, are we headed for a CWS Finals rematch?