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Championship Wednesday 

Wednesday night in Omaha is the final game of the college baseball season, and also for all the marbles. Coastal Carolina and Arizona will play a final Game 3 to settle who is the college champion. A matchup that has given us two exciting games so far, could lead to one great finale. How did we get here?

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Game 1 went to the Wildcats of Arizona. Arizona used a run in the first and a two run shot later on to clinch game 3-0. Their pitching was dominant in this one. Coastal’s 4-5-6 hitters went 0 for 10, while the bottom of the order did the hitting.

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Game 2 was a back and fourth affair. But as they had before, the Chants came from behind with a 3 run 8th inning to win this one 5-4. G.K. Young hits a huge single, driving in two but is thrown out at second to give the inning its second out. Bad base running there could have given the Chanticleers even more of a cushion. In the end, the one run was enough to beat the Wildcats.

We now get a Game 3 for the third consecutive year. As a fan of the game, these game 3’s are as tension filled as any other sport. This game should be the best one of the year. And will provide us with some pretty sound baseball.

For Coastal, expect to see the ace of the staff Andrew Beckwith on the mound tonight. Beckwith has been nothing short of spectacular for the Chants this year and should be getting the ball tonight. For the Wildcats, I would expect Nathan Bannister on the mound, but Bobby Dahlbeck could be an option as well. But one will be pitching, you can put your money on that.

Truth be told, I have no idea who will win this game. And that’s the best part of the college game. Last year Virginia won games 2 and 3 and the year before it was Vandy winning them. I like Coastal mainly because of the logo. Maybe the best logo in college sports. It’ll be a 8-5 final, Beckwith could go 6-7 innings.

And that will conclude this baseball season in the NCAA. If you don’t tune in tonight, then there is something seriously wrong with you!

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Omaha Means Immortality

The tickets are punched, the bags are packed and there are 8 teams on their way to Omaha, Nebraska. The College World Series is set to begin this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. This is the last big college event of the year, and possibly the most exciting. So let’s take a look at our four match ups and maybe even dive deeper into the bracket.

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Our opening matchup pits the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the UCSB Gauchos. This is literally the Old West matchup. Cowboys and Gauchos, all we need is John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. Thomas Hatch of O.K. State has to be pitching since he’s the best in the Big 12 and is absolutely lights out. Shane Bieber, yes you’re reading that right, will most likely get the nod for UCSB, he’s their ace as well. As much momentum USCB has, I really like O.K. State in this one.

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The next matchup gives us the third ranked national seed Miami Hurricanes and the Arizona Wildcats. Miami beat BC in 3 games, and Arizona took out Mississippi State in Starkville. I truly think Miami is overrated, but they have gotten the job done. Arizona is a team known for walking-off so let’s just say I’m liking that idea for this game. I have no idea who will face off on the mound, but give me the upset with the Wildcats.

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The battle of Texas starts off the Sunday games where the 5th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the TCU Horned Frogs. This is an intriguing matchup for this side of the bracket, due to Tech winning the season series 2-1. I would throw the red shirt Freshman Jared Janczak if I were TCU. I think he could be the youth movement to lead the Frogs deep. And with that youth movement, I like the Frogs in this one.

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Our last game of the weekend will be the number 1 ranked Florida Gators and the unranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. This is a game no one expected to see. To me, Florida is a team on a mission, but when there is a hot team like Coastal in your way, you need to tread lightly. You best believe the 12-1 Andrew Beckwith will be the starter against Florida. He’s on fire and can be the one to real trump the Gators. You know what? Give me Coastal! I love the fight in this team!

Overall, I really like Oklahoma State to win it all. I love the fight and heart they bring to the table. The winner of the Texas Tech-TCU matchup is also a viable choice. But my pick is the Cowboys. I really like them, wouldn’t mind a Gauchos run but I believe the Black and Orange will give us a memorable couple games.

It all starts Saturday. ESPN 2 will be covering these games, and the opener starts at 3. Omaha is about to be on point for the next week, and I cannot wait to not leave my couch!

Soaring Into The Supers

Boston College sports have not been the best this past school year. But don’t tell that to the Eagles baseball team. They did the unthinkable last weekend and shocked a lot of people. Doing something no other Eagle ball club has ever done before.

B.C. traveled down to Oxford, Mississippi to play in the Oxford regional. The Ole Miss Rebels were the host school. The regional also included the Tulane Green Wave and the Utah Utes. A regional with a wide variety of ball clubs from all around the country. Many believed that B.C. could get the job done in the region, but getting by Ole Miss was said to be near impossible.

What I think helped the Eagles from a far away standpoint was the fall of the Rebels. Ole Miss lost back to back and bowed out early, which had me shocked. But with baseball, the hot teams are who to watch for. That hot team at first was Utah. Utah got a 6-5 win in extras. After that Ole Miss would drop the next to Tulane, giving up two in the ninth!

The Eagles game 1 starter, Justin Dunn struck out 11 in the outing. This kid has some nasty stuff. What makes it even more is impressive is that he only threw 1 walk. Have a day Justin Dunn! Dunn got the W, and the Eagles took down Tulane 7-2.

Game 2 would have the Eagles come from behind and score two in the 7th to take out Utah. The ace of the staff, Mike King pitched alright going 7 and two thirds and giving up 3. but the bullpen came up huge. John Witkowski and Jesse Adams pitched a combine 2 and a third innings, giving up just 1 hit. Witkowski would be given the win for his performance and Adams getting the save.

The Eagles would get Tulane one more time. B.C. jumped on them in the second scoring 3. Johnny Adams had himself a day once again. The kid from Walpole went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. He’s become a favorite of mine since I hopped on the BC wagon. B.C. starter, Jacob Stevens would go 5 strong, giving up 2 earned. And just like game 2, the bullpen came in and was dominant. Over the final 4 innings, a combined 3 hits were given up by the Eagles ‘pen. Jesse Adams would punch of the final battle swinging, and the Eagles would take the region.

This is something everyone loves. The hometown club going somewhere. I’m a college baseball fanatic, and this is, to me, absolutely unreal. My good friend AJ Friday, a BC super fan, guaranteed this. Shout out to him for his burning hot take.

What is fantastic about this is now New England has a team in the Supers. I can’t say I can remember the last time that ever happened. This is the first trip to the Super Regionals for B.C., and they are riding a hot hand. Let’s see where that hot hand takes them.

The Super Regionals is down in Miami, where they will meet a familiar foe. That foe is the Miami Hurricanes. Miami dominated their regional, mirroring BC’s 3-0 finish. What makes this all the more interesting is that they didn’t face each other this season during the regular season campaign. So the Eagles have a clean slate, a new series if you will. A best of 3 against the nationally ranked 3 seed.

I got a good feeling that the Eagles are going to land in Miami and do the unthinkable. Shock the world B.C., shock the world.

Onward To Omaha

As the College World Series approaches and I found myself wondering, is it the most underrated thing out there? When you think college playoffs, you think of March Madness and the College Football Playoff. But I will tell you this, this early summer classic, is something else.

The last two seasons, we have seen absolute classics from Vanderbilt and UVA. They split the two series and it has me begging for a third act. While we probably won’t see another series like these two, we have hope for some great games.

The regional last year proved that college baseball is worth watching. These kids play their hearts out from beginning to end. And the moments that you get at the end of them are priceless. Look at Dansby Swanson, he and Vandy win their big game, then boom he’s picked 1st overall. Something you don’t get in any other sport.

The atmosphere is electric. Omaha is the place to be, or at least for this series it is. That stadium has been the home for some the best moments in college baseball.

What I really love is how much these fellas love the game of baseball. Some of the guys are going to graduate, and looking for a job or looking to go pro. Others know that this could be their last hurrah. They are out there for the love of Americas pastime, and that is super commendable.

So if you find yourself with nothing to watch, I implore you to watch these games. They are awesome, you won’t be able to take you eyes off the screen.