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THE ROAD TO OMAHA... 2013 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES.
« on: June 09, 2013, 03:20:18 PM »

UCLA punches their ticket.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 03:37:18 PM »

Indiana just punched their ticket. Indiana going to Omaha for the 1st time.

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 06:27:20 PM »

Louisville punches their ticket to Omaha
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 10:26:26 PM »

NC State V Rice.

17 innings.

Longest Super Regional in NCAA history.

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 10:33:06 PM »

NC State punches their ticket.

Hated to see Rice go away. They are a fan favorite of Omaha.

Congrats Wolfpack.

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# 4 LSU
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NC STATE
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NCAA super regionals: LSU, UCLA head to College World Series


BATON ROUGE -- Sooner or later, LSU was going back to Omaha.

Make that Sooner.

The No. 1 Tigers defeated the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners 11-1 Saturday night to sweep the best-of-three Super Regional two games to none and reach Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series for the first time since 2009 when LSU won its sixth national championship.

"OMA-HA ... OMA-HA ... OMA-HA ..." the latest Alex Box Stadium record crowd of 11,401 chanted in the top of the ninth as the Tigers scored six runs.

The Tigers (57-9) will make their 16th trip to the CWS and play the winner of the UCLA-Cal State Fullerton Super Regional on Saturday at either 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. It will be LSU's first CWS appearance not in Rosenblatt Stadium, which no longer exists and was replaced by 24,505-seat TD Ameritrade Park in 2011.

After winning the opener but losing games two and three of the Super Regional to Stony Brook last year, not qualifying for the postseason in 2011 and losing in three games in the NCAA Regional at UCLA in 2010, LSU left no stone unturned this time.

The Tigers put up 17 zeroes through 18 innings over two nights as they won 2-0 Friday behind a two-hit shutout by Aaron Nola. Starter Ryan Eades, a second round pick Thursday night, and three relievers combined for this shutout. Eades (9-1) allowed three hits, two walks and one first inning run through four innings in notching the victory. He did not start the fifth inning after a 52-minute rain delay that followed the completion of four innings.

Trailing 4-1, Oklahoma threatened in the bottom of the sixth when LSU reliever Will LaMarche hit Jack Mayfield and walked Matt Oberste. Nick Rumbelow repaced LaMarche just before Oberste stole second to put two runners in scoring position with two outs. Facing the tying run, Rumbelow struck out Hector Lorenzana looking to end the inning.

The Sooners made the crowd nervous in the seventh when Taylor Alspaugh singled with two outs and ninth batter Garrett Carey drove one deep to left field. For a second, it looked like Oklahoma was about to be within 4-3, but Raph Rhymes made a leaping catch at the wall for the third out.

Chris Cotton finished off the Sooners (43-21) in the eighth and ninth, facing the minimum.

JaCoby Jones, a hero of Friday night's win with a triple to start the two-run rally in the eighth, homered to left field in the eighth for the 5-1 lead and took home the tournament most valuable player award. He finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored Saturday and went 5-for-8 with three runs scored over the two games.

LSU scored six in the ninth to make it 11-1 on an RBI double by Rhymes, a bases-loaded, two-run single by Ty Ross, a wild pitch by Kindle Ladd, an RBI single by Andrew Stevenson and an RBI single by Alex Edward.

Eades fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning as Craig Aikin singled to lead off, was bunted to second and scored on Max White's RBI single.

The Tigers tied it 1-1 in the top of the second off Oklahoma starter Dillon Overton when Rhymes singled to lead off, reached second on Christian Ibarra's bunt and scored on Jones' RBI single. LSU took a 2-1 lead in the third inning with an unearned run via two errors. Mark Laird singled to right field and went all the way to third when Hunter Haley fumbled the ball. Alex
Bregman then hit one between the legs of Oberste at first base for an error as Laird scored.

Jones doubled with one out in the fourth and later scored on Jared Foster's RBI single for a 3-1 lead.

Play stopped after four complete innings because of weather, and a 52-minute delay ensued. LaMarche replaced Eades to start the continuation of the game in the fifth.

The Tigers made it 4-1 in the top of the sixth with a manufactured run. Rhymes walked to lead off, reached second on a wild pitch, made it to third on a single by Jones and scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Ty Ross. Kyle Hayes replaced Overton at this point and struck out Tyler Moore to end the inning.

Overton, a second round pick by Oakland on Thursday night, allowed seven hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings for the loss as he fell to 9-3.

Had LSU not reached Omaha this season, it would have meant four consecutive misses, which would have been the longest span in LSU history without a trip to the CWS since the Tigers went to Omaha for the first time in 1986.

UCLA heads to College World Series

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Nick Vander Tuig pitched and three UCLA relievers combined to shutout Cal State Fullerton 3-0 to win the Fullerton super regional Saturday night and advance to the College World Series.

Vander Tuig (12-4) gave up seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. David Berg closed out the ninth and earned his 21st save of the season. The Bruins (44-17) swept the series and will make their second consecutive trip to Omaha.

UCLA took advantage of two Titans errors in the first inning to score three unearned runs. Pat Gallagher had a two-run single with the bases loaded and Shane Zeile added an RBI hit to give the Bruins a 3-0 after one inning off Thomas Eshelman (12-3). He pitched a complete game for Fullerton.

The Titans (51-10) dropped back-to-back games for only the second time this season.

Fullerton had two runners on in both the second and fourth innings but Vander Tuig retired Jake Jefferies to end both rallies. In the sixth JD Davis led off with a double but Vander Tuig got the next three Titans batters to end the threat.
Bruins reliever James Kaprielian got Matt Chapman to fly out with two on to end the seventh inning. Fullerton left 12 runners on base.

UCLA coach John Savage earned his 27th postseason victory to surpass Gary Adams as the all-time Bruins leader.
Anthony Hutting had three hits for Fullerton.

Louisville puts Vanderbilt in a pinch

Vanderbilt fell into a hole it couldn't escape from in the seventh inning.

Louisville rallied for three runs in the seventh to beat second-ranked Vanderbilt 5-3 in a super regional opener at Hawkins Field on Saturday.

Pinch-hitter Matt Helms' two-out, two-run single off reliever Brian Miller gave No. 15 Louisville a 4-2 lead. Helms had three RBIs in 40 at-bats entering the game.

Now Vanderbilt (54-11) will have to beat Louisville on Sunday and Monday to get to the College World Series for the second time.

"I guess our demise was that seventh inning," Commodores coach Tim Corbin said. "We just couldn't get out of it. I thought Helms did a good job of staying on a ball off of a tough pitcher, and he drove it in a pocket of the infield that we really couldn't defend."

Helms' opposite-field hit bounced between shortstop Vince Conde and third baseman Xavier Turner. He hadn't batted in 16 days.

"Every day I was in the Hack Shack, which is what we call the cages," said Helms, a senior. "I was in there every day working off the black box, which throws the pitches. The turf was fast, so I was looking to hit something hard and I just went with it and took it the other way."

The Cardinals tied it 2-2 on Zak Wasserman's RBI single in the seventh.

Louisville (50-12) tied a school record for wins and moved within one win of its first College World Series appearance 2007.

"To me, it's a three-round fight," Corbin said. "That's all it is. (Louisville) won the first round, but they didn't knock us out, and that's not going to happen. So I like my bunch, I do. We're in the same situation before we started today — 18 innings to win."

Shane Crain's sacrifice fly increased Louisville's lead to 5-2 in the eighth.

Vanderbilt narrowed the deficit to 5-3 on a fielding error by Louisville third baseman Ty Young in the eighth.

The Commodores loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Nick Burdi earned his 16th save when he retired Conrad Gregor on a fielder's choice. Burdi, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, has been clocked at 100 mph on a radar gun.

Vanderbilt starter Kevin Ziomek (11-3) took the loss after allowing four runs and five hits in 6 2/3innings.

"(Louisville) battled all game, and you've got to give them a lot of credit," said Ziomek, who was drafted in the second round by Detroit on Thursday. "They stuck with it, and they didn't give up. I made a couple good pitches, but they put some good swings on the ball and they fell when they needed to."

Cardinals reliever Dace Kime (6-1) earned the win.

Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead when Gregor singled in Turner in the first.

Louisville tied it up 1-1 on Wasserman's sacrifice fly to center field in the second.

Connor Harrell's RBI single gave the Commodores a 2-1 lead in the third.

Mississippi State racks up runs against Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Adam Frazier didn't want to go into Mississippi State's super regional against Virginia wondering where he'd be drafted.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took care of that Friday, taking Frazier in the sixth round with the 179th overall selection, and a relieved Frazier gave Pirates fans a show Saturday in leading the Bulldogs to an 11-6 victory against the Cavaliers.

"Any time you get some stuff off your mind and some pressure off of you, it's always more relaxing," Frazier said after going 6-for-6 with three singles, two doubles, a triple and three RBI to pace the Bulldogs' 20-hit attack.

Frazier said it was the first six-hit game he could remember, even thinking back to Little League.

Hunter Renfroe, the No. 13 overall pick by the San Diego Padres, went 4-for-5, also with three RBI.

"I think we're seeing the ball great right now, laying off bad pitches, not striking out a lot," Renfroe said.

The Bulldogs (47-18) sure looked it, pounding Virginia pitching and scoring in six innings. They also benefited from uncharacteristic sloppiness by the Cavaliers, who made four errors that led to six unearned runs.

"We've just got to be better tomorrow," coach Brian O'Connor said. "We've got to be better at executing our pitches. We've got to be better at handling the ball, the things we've done all year."

Virginia (50-11) had 11 hits but also hit into four rally-killing double plays.

"We just lacked that clutch hit today," said shortstop Nick Howard, who was 2-for-4.

Kendall Graveman (7-5) went 5 1/3 innings for the Bulldogs, allowing nine hits and all six runs, four earned. He struck out three and walked two. Ross Mitchell finished, allowing two hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Staked quickly to a 2-0 lead, Graveman gave up three runs in the bottom of the first, but saw the Bulldogs come back with two more in the fourth and three in the fifth. Wes Rea and Demarcus Henderson each added three hits for Mississippi State, and five players scored two runs each.

"For our guys to come back and tie it and for us to go ahead was big for me," Graveman said. "It made me relax again."

Mississippi State turned double plays in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, all behind Mitchell.

"He pitched himself into trouble and then he pitched himself out of it," O'Connor said of the soft-tossing left-hander, who came into the game with a 12-0 record and a 1.41 ERA in 30 relief appearances.

Brandon Waddell (6-3) lasted 3 1/3 for the Cavaliers, allowing six hits and six runs, three earned. The Cavaliers, whose dominant pitching and nearly flawless defense carried them to a sweep in the regional round, used five pitchers, all freshmen, and gave up a season high for hits.

In the final innings, with Virginia's threats continually being erased, the contingent of maroon-clad Bulldogs fans began celebrating with chants and cheers, turning the finish into a virtual home atmosphere.

Indiana rallies past Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Schwarber had a go-ahead two-run single in a four-run seventh inning and Indiana went on to beat Florida State 10-9 Saturday in the first game of the Tallahassee super regional.

Schwarber, who also had a two-run homer in the fourth, put Indiana up 7-6 with his hit in the seventh.

"When you see a hitter like this, we're kind of used to it," Indiana coach Tracy Smith said. "He has a very, very advanced approach. That's what I think makes him such a special hitter. It certainly helped him today."

Indiana (47-14) needed every run to survive a late Florida State rally in a 4-hour, 16-minute game that was far from a thing of beauty. Each team committed three errors and a combined 11 pitchers were used.

The Hoosiers provided plenty of pop with 11 hits. Scott Donley went 2-for-5 with two runs and Michael Basil went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, double and a run.

Indiana, playing in the super regionals for the first time, can advance to its first College World Series with a win Sunday. If the Seminoles (47-16) win, a deciding game would be played Monday.

"I don't think it was a particularly well-played game," Smith said. "But I do think it's important in a super regional format to get off to a good start with a win in Game 1 no matter how it happens."

Florida State led 6-5 going into the sixth, but Indiana scored four runs against Gage Smith (4-2) and Billy Strode. They gave up three hits in the inning, but the Seminoles' defense didn't help in committing two throwing errors.

"It's always frustrating when you make errors and give up runs," said Florida State first baseman John Nogowski, who made one of the errors. "They seemed like every chance they had, a guy in scoring position, they got him in."

Nogowski went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the eighth that trimmed Indiana's lead to 10-8. He also scored three runs and Giovanny Alfonzo went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs.

DJ Stewart added an RBI single in the ninth, and Florida State also had runners at second and third with one out after Indiana's Will Coursen-Carr tossed a wild pitch.

However, Coursen-Carr settled in and induced a pair of fly outs from Stephen McGee and Marcus Davis, Florida State's No. 3 and 4 hitters, to end the game.

Brian Korte (1-0) pitched a third of an inning for the win.
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013, 10:39:13 PM »

Love it when the Cajuns make it here. Means Cajun food vendors.  ;D

LSU has a loyal following.
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2013, 10:43:57 PM »

I'll be heading down later this week for some pic's of the CWS as the teams fly in.

I'll post what I get.

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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 11:34:52 AM »

Louisville Cardinals

Path to Omaha: Won Louisville Regional, beat Vanderbilt in Nashville Super Regional

As Opening Day crept up in early February, Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said something over the phone that rings nearly as prophecy now. "We've been on a three-year cycle here," he said. "We went to Omaha in 2007, were really good in 2010, and now 2013 is that third year again."

McDonnell wouldn't presume to know how the next four months would fall, but his conviction ran deep enough to say this team "could get back to Omaha and lay a foundation for the future here." A school-record 51 wins (and counting) followed, and here the Cardinals are.

If there's any takeaway from Nashville, it's that Louisville possesses the deadly array of arms necessary for winning a national championship. Chad Green wasn't exceptional against Vanderbilt, needing more than 100 pitches to get through five innings, but he'll go against Indiana on Saturday evening in Louisville's opening CWS game. "He's the bell-cow, the tone-setter for us," McDonnell said.

Jeff Thompson has been Louisville's best pitcher this postseason, with a 1.38 ERA in two starts. Against Vanderbilt, he allowed one run in seven innings and struck out nine, his fastball sitting at 90-94 mph. If those two are generous and donate a few runs, you better make them stand up, because Louisville's bullpen is a bit mean, with Cody Ege and Nick Burdi at the back end. Joe Filomeno suffered an apparent arm injury in the super regional, but he touched 95 mph from the left side before exiting. If he's available in Omaha, that's two power arms and one deceptive one for McDonnell to shuffle around in the late innings.

In a pool with Indiana, Mississippi State and Oregon State, Louisville has as good a chance as any to reach the championship series.

LSU Tigers

Path to Omaha: Won Baton Rouge Regional, beat Oklahoma in Baton Rouge Super Regional

LSU is 5-0 this postseason, which is a testament to its brilliance considering the subtle undercurrent of doubt entering the super regional. Not serious doubt, but just enough to cause hints of hesitation in Baton Rouge.

Aaron Nola didn't look great against Sam Houston State. Ryan Eades looked defeated and dehydrated against Jackson State. Then Jonathan Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the MLB draft, loomed in Game 1 of the super regional, and the Tigers risked succumbing to fate and the game's overriding forces by losing the first of a three-game series.

The panic in that paragraph is pervasive, isn't it? Well, it did not last.

Not with Nola becoming NOLA again in the super regional, firing a two-hit shutout at the Sooners and beating Gray. Not with JaCoby Jones lashing balls all over Alex Box, transforming into a brilliant purple blur in his never-ending circling of the bases. When the threat of rain and booming thunder came in the middle of Game 2, Jones walked to center field, bowed his head and raised an open palm to the darkening sky, and said, "Shhh, give us five innings," and the storm did. It was that kind of weekend for Jones.

We can't ignore the obvious: The No. 2 spot in LSU's starting rotation walks on stilts. Eades can be anything, which is a compliment to his considerable talent and an indictment of his ability to throw quality strikes with regularity. But the Tigers do have a fresh Cody Glenn, who's yet to pitch in the postseason, a good bullpen and an offense that should just begin innings with two on and one out, an attempt at compromise to save us all a bit of time.

So, no, you need not be told the Tigers are talented enough to go 5-0 in Omaha and turn the event into little more than a few innings of sunbathing for seven other fan bases. You knew that already.

UCLA Bruins

Path to Omaha: Won Los Angeles Regional, beat Cal State Fullerton in the Fullerton Super Regional

The Bruins get the first crack at LSU on Sunday evening. Godspeed, Adam Plutko.

UCLA's ace doesn't need luck, though. He's plenty capable on his own, as is this entire pitching staff. We knew the Fullerton Super Regional would kneel at the feet of one team's rotation, and Fullerton's was the more likely candidate, with Justin Garza and Thomas Eshelman fronting one of the country's best. They did their part, but Plutko (7 innings, 1 run) and Nick Vander Tuig (6 1/3, 0 runs) were a bit better. UCLA didn't even get to Grant Watson, its No. 3 starter with a 3.22 ERA.

Maybe the top of UCLA's rotation isn't quite as dominant as the top of others, but the Bruins possess a rare quality: Their rotation is legitimately three deep. That puts them in a position of strength when other teams are recycling arms like they're plastic canisters and not, you know, human levers that snap if mercilessly cranked. Behind that rotation is closer David Berg, the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, and James Kaprielian, a power-armed freshman who's emerged as John Savage's blowtorch before handing games over to the sidewinding Berg.

The only issue I see with UCLA: Will the lack of offense force the pitching staff to be perfect? The Bruins ration their runs -- I mean, their slugging percentage (.334) is lower than their on-base percentage (.357) -- and it'll be difficult to score more than a small handful per game against the arms they'll see in Omaha.


Indiana Hoosiers

Path to Omaha: Won Bloomington Regional, beat Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional

Confession: I'm a little surprised by Indiana. No, no, no -- not that the Hoosiers are here. That they pretty much smacked Florida State, in Tallahassee, to get here. Indiana dumped the Seminoles in two games, 10-9 and 11-6, earning the program's first trip to Omaha and the first for the Big Ten since Barry Larkin and Michigan went in 1984.

Behind Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Scott Donley -- the holy trinity of Indiana offense against FSU -- the Hoosiers are averaging 9.4 runs per game in the NCAA tournament. Thing is, the Hoosiers run deeper than just those three. Dustin DeMuth is hitting .389/.443./.564, Michael Basil has 15 doubles and a .400 OBP. Thankfully, Indiana doesn't rely on bunting runners around the bases (give me a first-inning bunt with a 3-hole hitter or a case of rare bacteria, and I'll bet on my immune system).

Indiana's point of vulnerability is its pitching, which isn't much of a vulnerability at all. The Hoosiers rank eighth in the country in ERA at 2.67 but received only 7 1/3 innings from their rotation in two games against FSU. If they get more from Joey DeNato and Aaron Slegers in Omaha, they have a chance to hit their way into the championship series, and what a story that would be.


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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2013, 11:44:34 AM »

NC State Wolfpack

Path to Omaha: Won Raleigh Regional, beat Rice in Raleigh Super Regional

After 133 pitches from Carlos Rodon, rain and a 17-inning Game 2 in which Rice blew a three-run lead in the ninth, NC State is going to Omaha for the first time since 1968. It's a rightful end for those who believed the Wolfpack should have earned a national seed, as they advance and five of the eight national seeds do not.

NC State's position is peculiar, equal parts envy and concern. Like we've echoed all season: The Wolfpack have Rodon, and everyone else doesn't. If there's one game to win, Rodon is as good a choice as any to start it. After that, though, it's like dropping an 800-piece puzzle on the table and trying to make sense of the thing.

Logan Jernigan started Game 2 of the super regional but has pitched only 30 1/3 innings this season, which includes eight starts. Ethan Ogburn, who closed out Rice with five shutout innings, would make more sense as the second starter, as he's thrown 60 innings (12 starts) and has a 2.70 ERA. After that, a bullpen manager spins a wheel with every other pitcher's number on it, and the lucky winner jogs into the game.

That's not necessarily a bad tactic, mind you. Elliott Avent has any number of capable relievers. But it's possible the Wolfpack will need their bats to win a couple of games in Omaha. If they reach the best-of-three championship series, you should love their chances, because, yes, Rodon is in red.


Mississippi State Bulldogs

Path to Omaha: Won Starkville Regional, beat Virginia in Charlottesville Super Regional

Mississippi State is a microcosm of life in the SEC. After everyone proclaims preseason desires to win the league title, the only goal that matters is this: survive.

The Bulldogs went 16-14 in league play this season but had a strong enough overall record, résumé and RPI to still host a regional. They had the fifth-best conference winning percentage but are now one of two SEC teams (along with LSU) in the final eight.

"We'll ultimately be a better tournament team than a weekend-to-weekend team in the SEC," Cohen told me earlier this spring. "Teams run out of pitching in the tournament, and that's where we'll be deep."

The Bulldogs are something of a patchwork pitching staff, and we knew they'd most likely have to scrap their way out of Charlottesville with a mix of different arms. After two postseason rounds, Kendall Graveman is the only solidified starting pitcher, with a platter of multi-inning relievers available after that and closer Jonathan Holder -- just a grown man with a sick beard and riding fastball -- waiting at the end.

Given the bullpen gymnastics Cohen has had to pull off to reach the CWS, I'd be surprised if MSU plays many low-scoring games in Omaha. It's more likely the Bulldogs' bats win 9-6 games, and they've got the bite for that.


Oregon State Beavers

Path to Omaha: Won Corvallis Regional, beat Kansas State in Corvallis Super Regional

Ho-hum. OK, fine, it did take the Beavers three games to reach the CWS after losing Game 1 to Kansas State. However, did you, at any moment, feel the next two games were not going to end in Oregon State wins? Game 2, of course not, as it was 12-4. But the 4-3 finale?

Not really, which says everything about the Beavers and nothing about Kansas State. The Wildcats had an exceptional season, winning a school-record 45 games, and this feels like a landmark year for them and the Big 12, one that pushed more seats up to the Texas-Oklahoma table.

But Oregon State has built something sustainable with Pat Casey, and his program returns to Omaha for the first time since 2007, a championship year for the Beavers. Is this another title team for Casey?

Well, he'll put the ball in the palms of Andrew Moore and Matt Boyd at least one apiece in Omaha, which more than a few teams would like to do. He'll write Michael Conforto third in his lineup and Dylan Davis fourth, and he'll do that on each remaining day. Around those guys, Casey has some tough outs and speed and arms that can retrieve late-inning outs.

Oregon State opens up with Mississippi State on Saturday, and the winner will play the winner of Indiana-Louisville. Pat Casey and his Beavers are in a good spot, ready to swing for a third title.


North Carolina Tar Heels

Path to Omaha: Won Chapel Hill Regional, beat South Carolina in Chapel Hill Super Regional

Even the giants get knocked to their knees sometimes, I suppose, and that's what has happened to North Carolina this postseason.

The Tar Heels almost didn't make it out of their own regional, needing 13 innings and almost as many lives to escape Florida Atlantic. They needed three mostly ugly games to beat South Carolina in the super regional. Suddenly, their once impeccable starting pitching forgot what the fourth inning felt like. Their bullpen was a mix of tired arms and a bunch of hitter's counts. Their defense had a stunning number of hiccups for a team as polished and talented as this one. Miss anything?

And, of course, nobody cares. North Carolina is in Omaha for the sixth time in the past eight seasons, and it now has a few days to pump some fuel into those arms and take a breath. It's been an exhausting couple of weeks for the No. 1 overall seed. The Tar Heels have been one of the most complete and consistent teams all season, one whose national championship potential is obvious. They won't play Game 1 of the CWS until Sunday afternoon, so they deserve to fall into a deep nap for a little while.

Hopefully those naps don't include dreams of Carlos Rodon sitting on a bedside stool, chin in his palms, sheepishly grinning.

They'll see enough of him on Sunday.
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2013, 11:45:16 AM »

Today in Omaha: High of 84 degrees, partly cloudy, three days until CWS Game 1.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2013, 12:31:49 AM »

Any of you Cali boy's gonna be cheerin on the Bruins?
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2013, 12:38:11 AM »

Any of you Cali boy's gonna be cheerin on the Bruins?
I am.. Iam UCLA for football and baseball.. Tar Heels for Basketball. ;D ;D ;D
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