The College World Series is an exciting event for collegiate baseball players everywhere. They get to see their peers duke it out for the most prestigious title in college baseball: College World Series champions.
March Madness is to college basketball as June postseason play is to college baseball. Although college baseball is not as widely followed as many other collegiate sports, there is no lack of excitement in Omaha when the College World Series comes around each June.
This is college baseball's biggest stage, a time for each player to prove himself worthy of the title and recognition so highly sought after.
There are just two teams left: Arizona and South Carolina.
South Carolina has easily been one of the best teams in college baseball over the past two decades, and could become the first team to win three straight championships since USC did it five times straight from 1970-1974.
Arizona hasn't been to the College World Series final since 1986, and that was also the last time that they won. They face the daunting task of taking down a Goliath in South Carolina.
South Carolina has only three returning everyday players from last season's championship team.
They showed the college baseball world that they are human, losing for the first time in 22 games against SEC foe Arkansas last week.
How Will Series Play Out?
South Carolina was starting to look unbeatable until Arkansas brought them to a Game 3 for the first time this postseason.
Arizona must have been taking notes, because they took Game 1 against the two-time champion Gamecocks.
South Carolina is backed up against the wall, with their best postseason pitcher starting Game 2 tonight. Although they are in a good position to tie the series, Arizona is just too motivated to let this one slip away.
It has been a 26-year drought for the Wildcats, and they will end that drought this year.
Arizona manager Andy Lopez is putting all of his trust in sophomore starter James Farris. The underclassman can't give the Gamecocks any extra chances, because they are hungry for three straight titles, a feat that likely won't be matched for a while.
College baseball is as unpredictable as any major sport, and tonight won't be any different. Many people are predicting South Carolina's phenom starter, Michael Roth, will give the Gamecocks a solid enough start to ensure a victory and a tied up series.
I am predicting just the opposite.
Arizona will win tonight and become the 66th College World Series champions. If they win tonight, it will be their fourth overall title and they will become just the seventh team to win more than three titles.
South Carolina is the fourth collegiate team to win back-to-back titles in the past 25 years. They will follow suit and become the fourth college baseball team to fail to win three titles in a row in the past 25 years.
They had a good run, but this is Arizona's year.