The end of the school year brings much anticipated competition to the collegiate world of baseball. Every May, 64 college baseball programs are chosen by their ranks to compete for the right to play a series in the famous Rosenblatt Stadium in Nebraska, the location for the final round of the College World Series.
The year’s playoffs began this weekend with regional play at 16 different college campuses around the country. The hosting schools were the Texas, Texas Christian University, Georgia Tech, Florida, Arizona State, Clemson, East Carolina, North Carolina, Cal State Fullerton, Louisville, Florida State, Oklahoma, California Irvine, Mississippi, Rice, and Louisiana State.
The second round of the playoffs will continue into super regional play on June 5. This portion of playoffs is played as a best of three series with the 16 winners of regional play competing. The four winning teams from super regional play will continue on to compete in the College World Series in Lincoln, Nebraska June 13- 24.
This is without doubt the most exciting time for college baseball fans, granted their team is in the fight. The high level of competition brings teams to a heightened level of play. The fear of defeat allows these student athletes to compete at an inspiring level. I for one look forward to hearing the ping of the ball off the aluminum bat. For me, that ping is the sound of something special. It marks the quest for Rosenblatt excellence.