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  • Tue, Jan 11
    Dorman
    62
    FINAL
    Spartanburg
    35
  • Tue, Jan 11
    Boiling Springs
    40
    FINAL
    Nation Ford
    54
  • Tue, Jan 11
    Emerald
    7:30 pm
    Chapman
  • Tue, Jan 11
    Blacksburg
    42
    FINAL
    Chesnee
    41
  • Tue, Jan 11
    Gaffney
    42
    FINAL
    Clover
    46
  • Tue, Jan 11
    Greenville
    69
    FINAL
    Greer
    66
  • Tue, Jan 11
    Greer MC
    53
    FINAL
    Landrum
    65
  • Wed, Jan 12
    Clinton
    54
    FINAL
    Union
    78
  • Fri, Jan 14
    Wade Hampton
    49
    FINAL
    Dorman
    82
  • Fri, Jan 14
    Fort Mill
    60
    FINAL
    Boiling Springs
    41
  • Fri, Jan 14
    Chesnee
    66
    FINAL
    Brashier MC
    49
  • Fri, Jan 14
    Woodruff
    7:30 pm
    Emerald

Clary

My favorite weekend

I have followed college baseball since 1999. I absolutely love this sport…more than most…I get it. But over the last 6 or 7 years, the rest of the country is catching up. College baseball is growing in many parts of the country. It’s always been big in the southeast and the west coast, but it’s really taken off the last decade in the middle of the county and especially in Big Ten country.

This year is a very very strange one. Most years there’s a constant battle between the southeast and the west coast over who has the best teams. This year, it’s never been more simple..the southeast is the only place to find a team that has any hope of winning the College World Series. Nonetheless, this should be a great tournament, and it starts with my favorite weekend of the year…REGIONAL WEEKEND.

16, four team, double elimination tournaments…at the same time. From Friday thru Sunday, games will start at noon and end around 2:00am, and I won’t miss a pitch. Then how many games will we get on Monday is always fun to see (those are the Game 7s.)

The questions are always: Which 2 seeds fall to the elimination games on day 1 (3 seeds win more than you think), which 1 seeds fall opening night, and of course which 1 seeds don’t make it to the Super Regionals. How coaches handle their pitching staffs is always up for debate; do you save your #1 for Saturday, but what if you lose on Friday? Jack Leggett got caught on the wrong end of this once before.

I have loved Regional Weekend since 1999, but not every one has been equal to the others. I absolutely can’t stand it when they put USC and Clemson in the same regional or set up as a possible Super Regional matchup. It’s lazy work by the committee. Bowl games and the NCAA basketball committee will do everything they can to avoid rematches, but the baseball committee cares more about travel concerns which is hilariously hypocritical since they’ll send 4 seeds anywhere and they have much less money in their athletic budgets. Not to mention on multiple occasions they have used “travel” as a reason for a matchup, but if they would’ve matched up 2 other teams who haven’t played each other, it would’ve been less traveling.

The fact is the committee tries their best to set up TV ratings. I understand that when trying to grow the sport but admit it already. Fans, coaches, and the players hate seeing a team before the CWS that they’ve played at least 3 times that same season. It’s time for the committee to seed the 2 seeds as well and set a parameter of not matching up teams in regionals and super regionals that have faced each other 3 times.

We’ve seen USC and Clemson matched up enough earlier this decade. Hopefully it won’t happen again. But nonetheless, I can’t wait for Regional Weekend. So many great college baseball games at the same time. I CAN’T WAIT!!

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