NCAA College Baseball Tournament Underway; Action Began Friday


You didn’t know that the NCAA College Baseball Tournament was starting on Friday?

That’s okay. Not many others outside of die-hard followers (Loyal fans of CBB and not associated with the Bruce Willis Christmas Classic) and family and friends of the players did either.

I assure you though, that on Friday morning, sixty-four teams are gearing up to state their claim to College Baseball’s ultimate prize. While not as popular or near as exciting as its cousin, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the College Baseball Tournament does offer a few things that are intriguing, such as double elimination – twice. I’ll explain.

Let’s start with this years top eight national seeds:

  1. Florida Gators
  2. Louisville Cardinals
  3. Miami (Fl)
  4. Texas A&M
  5. Texas Tech
  6. Mississippi State
  7. Clemson
  8. LSU

The national seeds are the teams that are supposed predicted to make it all the way to Omaha and to the College World Series. It very rarely happens that way, but they seed them anyway. These teams, along with eight others chosen by a system similar to that of the power ball, will all beat host three other teams at regional tournaments starting Friday, June 3rd.

These tournaments are double elimination, with the winner advancing to a Super Regional, best of three game series, hosted by the higher ranked team. The winner of the Super Regional advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.


Why You Should Watch

No one follows teams like Coastal Carolina (44-15) or Bryant (47-10) or Louisiana-Lafayette (41-19) unless they went to school there. These teams are all on 9+ game winning streaks. LSU (42-18) just finished beating up overall No. 1 seed Florida in a late season series. Clemson (42-18) took out Virginia, Louisville and Florida State on its way to the ACC Tournament title and on an eight game winning streak.

Fans of Major League Baseball will be glad to know that prospective first-round draft picks are playing in the tournament. They include Florida pitcher A.J. Puk, Louisville outfielder Corey Ray, Miami (Fl) catcher Zack Collins, Mississippi State pitcher Dakota Hudson, Vanderbilt pitcher Jordan Sheffield and Virginia catcher Matt Thaiss.

Last year’s champs, Virginia, begin the defense of their title by hosting a regional tournament. The Cavaliers also have won their last five conference series. The Florida Gators are the overall number one seed for the second time in five years and have basically accomplished everything that has been expected of them under Coach Kevin O’Sullivan – except win a championship. This also will be the first time in twenty-two years there will not be a regional tournament on the west coast.

So take a break from the Stanley Cup & NBA Finals, The Memorial, The French Open, or whatever NASCAR event you might be watching this weekend and tune in for some good old fashioned American Baseball…just with aluminum bats.

(NCAA College Baseball Tournament Underway)