2016 CWS Championship Series: Arizona One Step Away

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Well all it took was an amazing, herculean effort from No. 3 starter J.C. Cloney and Arizona is now one win away from its fifth national title. The junior bulldog flinger held Coastal Carolina to just four hits and three walks as the Wildcats took game one of the CWS title series 3-0.

 
 

CWS 2016 Championship Series: There Can Only Be One

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Okay boys and girls. We’re all set. It comes down to Florida and Louisville for the national title.

Wait… what?… That’s NOT who is in the finals here in Omaha? No best of three between the SEC and ACC monster powers?

Coastal who? From WHAT conference?… And Arizona, a Pac 12 team? Pfft, c’mon. You are SOOOOO lying.

I guess I better stop being so hilariously facetious here. Yes it is Coastal Carolina and Arizona. That’s right, a pair of two-seeds facing off for the national title. This will be the first time since 1992 that two team who were not seeded among the top 16 will be facing off for the national title. This will also be the 11th time in the last 13 years that the winner of the big brass ring will be a team that is not a national seed.

So, are you SURE you want your team to be a top eight seed? Be our guest.

 
 

2016 CWS – The Elimination Games

So while I was standing out near the Arizona team huddle after the game when I hear coach Jay Johnson all his team, "There was only one national writer who said Arizona was going to go to Omaha and that was back in April. Give a hand to Eric Sorenson." And this was the picture I took of them cheering me. Ha, talk about out of nowhere.

So while I was standing out near the Arizona team huddle after the game when I hear coach Jay Johnson all his team, “There was only one national writer who said Arizona was going to go to Omaha and that was back in April. Give a hand to Eric Sorenson.” And this was the picture I took of them cheering me. Ha, talk about out of nowhere.

 
 

2016 CWS – Day Three.

This is how the Argentinian Cowboys celebrate the first College World Series win in program history. Giddy up!

This is how the Argentinian Cowboys celebrate the first College World Series win in program history. UCSB staved off elimination with a win over Miami. Giddy up Gauchos!

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.

 
 

2016 CWS – Day Two

TCU's hulking monster, Luken Baker, celebrates his three-run home run to beat Texas Tech.

TCU’s hulking monster, Luken Baker, celebrates his three-run home run to beat Texas Tech.

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.

 
 

2016 CWS – Day One

The Oklahoma State Cowboys charge the field for pregame of Game One of the CWS.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys charge the field for pregame of Game One of the CWS.

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.

 
 

CWS 2015, Day 11

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 25th, 2015 in College World Series Comments: 0

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And this time it is VIRGINIA.  (Yes, not a typo. We’re talking about the Cavaliers here).

The Cavaliers pose with the fruits of their labor, the 2015 national championship trophy.

The Cavaliers pose with the fruits of their labor, the 2015 national championship trophy.

 
 

CWS 2015 – Day 10

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 24th, 2015 in College World Series Comments: 0

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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.