College World Series 2012: Most Disappointing Performances so Far
In one week, a national champion will be crowned in college baseball.
So far though, only two of the eight teams in Omaha have been eliminated. For whoever wins the title this year, there is still plenty of work left.
With one weekend complete in Omaha, what better time to look back and see who has had the most disappointing performance thus far in the 2012 College World Series.
1. Stony Brook & Florida
As the only two teams eliminated thus far, Stony Brook and Florida are easy selections as disappointing teams. That said, they disappointed for different reasons.
Florida, which was a No. 1 seed, never played like a No. 1 as early on it lost to conference rival South Carolina for only the second time on the year. Follow that with a 5-4 loss to Cinderella Kent State and just like that, Florida was out of the tournament.
Stony Brook, on the other hand, was the feel-good story as they were thrilled just to make the trip to Omaha. As fun as it is to make the trip though, it's more fun to compete. Stony Brook was outscored 21-3 in two games as it was quickly eliminated from the tournament.
After hammering underdog Stony Brook 9-1 in their opening game, UCLA was then shut out by Arizona 4-0. Now, the Bruins are left to an elimination game against Florida State with the winner to face unbeaten Arizona.
Why is a 4-0 loss against a conference rival and No. 1 seed so disappointing? Because the Bruins only recorded five hits on the day, all of them being singles.
Who will advance?
If UCLA wants to win the College World Series, they're going to need a few extra base hits along the way.
3. South Carolina
South Carolina has little to be disappointed about, except for its close 2-1 loss against Arkansas. That said, South Carolina had beaten Arkansas two of the three times it's faced them during the regular season, and now with the most recent loss, the Gamecocks find themselves in an elimination game.
As South Carolina looks to repeat, it will need an inspired performance to avoid a disappointing early exit from Omaha.
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