Howdy, baseball fans! It’s that time of year again, the smell of popcorn in the air, the roar of the crowd, and the crack of the bat. Yes, we’re talking about the College World Series (CWS), the ultimate showdown of collegiate baseball prowess. Let’s buckle up and take a joyride through the Road to Omaha, the 2023 edition!
In the beginning, there were the regionals, the fiery crucible where dreams are made or broken. From June 2-5, teams duked it out for a shot at glory1. The Auburn Regional was a knock-out drag-out affair, with Southern Miss besting Samford, Penn, and Auburn to claim the regional crown. Penn managed to shock Auburn with a 6-3 victory, but ultimately fell to Southern Miss in two decisive games, proving that, indeed, the South does play some mean baseball1.
Down in Baton Rouge, LSU played host and emerged victorious, but not before Oregon State put up a fight. The Beavers thrashed Sam Houston State with a whopping 18-2 victory, but eventually fell to the Tigers in a hard-fought battle1.
Virginia also hosted a regional and emerged victorious, proving that Cavaliers can swing a bat as well as a sword (more details on that soon!).
One game that had everyone on the edge of their seats was the regional thriller between Tennessee and Clemson. The Volunteers and the Tigers battled it out in a 14-inning marathon that left fans breathless and the concession stands out of popcorn. In the end, Tennessee emerged victorious, proving once again that it’s not over until the last out1.
A special shout-out goes to Miguel Santos of DBU, who turned in a Herculean performance in the regionals against Oklahoma State. Santos swatted not one, not two, but THREE home runs and drove in nine of DBU’s eighteen runs. That’s right, folks, half the runs were courtesy of Santos. If you weren’t a Santos fan before, you might want to reconsider. You can check out the highlights of Santos’ incredible performance and bask in his baseball brilliance2.
Next up on the road to Omaha were the Super Regionals. From June 9-11 or June 10-12, the remaining teams battled it out to earn their spot in the CWS1.