Today, I made the drive from Arizona back to Smogland, which was being pelted with rain upon my arrival. Luckily, the Doctor of College Baseball told me he was going to the much-anticipated UCLA-N.C. State game which was being played at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, North Carolina. So I could just sit my [...]
These aren’t your father’s Sun Devils, nor are theses your cousins Anteaters. Both teams came in with 2-3 records and some curious losses. ASU came off a putrid 11-0 blanking at what I thought was a pretty average Long Beach State team. And UC Irvine came in off a curious 3-1 loss to a team they might not’ve ever heard of in Wright State.
Boy, did these teams need some redemption. One of them got it too.
As you my faithful readers know, I don’t use curse words often. But today was totally cuss-worthy. I decided to take the ’64 Dodge Dart with the coat-hanger for the antenna and drive down to San Diego to see game two of the New Mexico-San Diego series. That was my first mistake.
The Tally So Far: Two CWS veterans – one old school, one more recent – scan their tickets for Omaha: LSU and UCLA, in that order. And yes, they “scan” their tickets now. No more “punching” them. Welcome to the computer age.
The Purple Tigers disposed of Oklahoma 11-1 and the Bruins went into the Titan den and won a hard-fought 3-0 shutdown. Both wins finalized 2-0 Super Regionals for each and sent them to the promised land in middle America. And oh by the way, these two will play each other on Saturday night at The Big Tiddy in downtown Omaha.
For a while there, we thought we’d lost our Railsplitters.
Central Arkansas went from being in the Top 25 rankings at mid-season and beating teams like Mississippi State and Southern Miss, into a serious funk to fall way down into the 80s of the RPI. Well after an opening round loss in the SLC tourney, Coach Allen Gum’s troops rallied to go from a funk to downright funky, winning four straight to make the Southland a Bear Market for the Big Dance.
With these four teams all hovering in at-large land of the RPI, this tournament almost feels like it could be a four-team Regional field. All good teams and all playing good, competitive games. Today was a pretty cool day in The O. And sure, it was a little on the long side too, since there were three games played.