When it comes to baseball, college or MLB, I have a hard time forcing myself to stop what I’m doing to watch a regular season game for even a few innings.
But once the postseason rolls around, I’m all in.
That’s why I subjected The Wife to about a half a day of college baseball regional action on Saturday and Sunday. I had my iPhone tracking the regionals at Florida State, Kentucky and Clemson. And then I settled in on the couch and allowed ESPN’s networks to force feed me action from those regionals and several others.
I’ll be tuned in again Monday when the ACC and SEC will continue their quests to advance at least a half dozen baseball teams each to the NCAA Super Regionals.
The Atlantic Coast Conference already has Louisville and Wake Forest in the best-of-three series to get to Omaha for the College World Series.
Florida State, N.C. State, Clemson and Virginia will each have a chance to join those two programs.
Meanwhile, the SEC’s LSU’s Tigers are waiting to see which of its seven league rivals will join them in the second stage. Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are all waiting to punch their tickets.
That’s right, all eight of the SEC teams invited to the NCAA postseason are still alive, having posted a combined record of 19-5.
The ACC still has six of its seven tourney teams alive, compiling an overall record of 17-6.
North Carolina, which was the No. 2 national seed, is the team that blew the league’s shot at perfection. The Tar Heels were doubled up twice by surprising Davidson, which entered as the fourth seed with a 32-24 record before sweeping three games in Chapel Hill. The Wildcats of the Atlantic 10 beat the Heels 8-4 and 2-1.
Fittingly, the two leagues will put their battles for pride on the line in head-to-head duels in three regional title games Monday. Host Florida State will square off against Auburn. Kentucky plays host to N.C. State. And Clemson will look to capitalize on the momentum I claim with a 6-0 win over Vanderbilt late Sunday on its home field.
We’ll have to wait another week to learn which league can claim supremacy by advancing the most teams to the CWS. But those three head-to-head showdowns will help determine which league will have the upper hand entering next weekend’s games.