College World Series, After the first 2 eliminations.

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We are thru four days complete in Omaha.  Two teams have already “bit the barbeque” after losing two straight games.  What we’re left with is six teams in the search for a College Baseball champion.

Louisville, one of the two teams entering the CWS from conferences outside “Big 6” (also, UC Irvine), was eliminated on Monday night after falling to some really great squads: first to undefeated Vanderbilt and then Texas.  Louisville had a relatively easy road to Omaha.  They won a home regional with only a passing glance from SEC foe and in-state rival Kentucky.  They were then able to stay home in the Super Regionals taking on Kennessaw State; whom also came from nowhere to best the #5 seed Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional.  Kennessaw ultimately proved unworthy as Louisville handled them easily in two games.  Louisville now heads home but should remain proud as this is only the program’s third visit to the CWS.  Congrats, Cards!

Texas Tech received their pink slip Tuesday Night as they dropped a 2-1 decision to Ole Miss.  They previously lost to TCU and, with Tuesday’s loss, are now on their way back to Lubbock to think about next year.

Vanderbilt and Virginia are currently in positions of control for the NCAA title as they play the respective winners of matches to be held on Wednesday and Thursday betwixt UC Irvine & Texas and Ole Miss & TCU.  The winners of those midweek games will need to beat their bracket’s undefeated twice to advance to the Championship Series.  The smart money is on Vandy and the Wahoos to move on to the best of three championship.  But, Ole Miss certainly has the depth to make a run.  Even so, winning three games in a row before even sniffing the championship series is quite a feat.

CWS After 8 gms

 

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