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.
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.
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.
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.