Los Angeles: Langeliers, LMU Amp Up June MadnessColumns
Something was missing from Friday’s first day of Regional play. Something just didn’t seem right. What was it? Oh wait…
Ahhhh, there it is. It was a little something called June Madness. Other than Cincinnati’s late night win over Oregon State, Friday was pretty tepid. But Saturday?…. Now THAT was some madness.
Who could imagine a winner’s bracket game between Quinnipiac and Campbell? Who could’ve seen Florida State starting out 2-0 in Athens? Or Duke 2-0 in Morgantown? Or Auburn 2-0 in Atlanta? Or even most stunning of all, Oregon State going 0-2? Well, here we are StitchHeads. That’s the cards we have been dealt because June Madness finally hit today, especially in the NCAA Regional that I was located at. I got to see history made with Shea Langeliers going nutso on baseballs like he was angry at them and then LMU pulling off a stunning white-knuckle victory over No. 1 UCLA to advance to within one game of the Super Regionals.
But yes, today taught us that seasons end, dreams die, tears are shed and equipment is stored away for eight months. That’s what happens in our world.
Sorry, that’s the harsh reality of postseason baseball in the month of June. And we have 15 teams experiencing that kind of pain today as our field of 64 has already been whittled down to 49. Those who left us are Illinois-Chicago, Mercer, Omaha, Oregon State, Harvard, Army, UNC Wilmington, Florida A&M, Cal, Illinois, Stony Brook, McNeese State, Fordham, Southern and UC Santa Barbara.
Now, let’s get around…
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