College Baseball: A Hidden Jewel

By: Matt Barnes
By: Matt Barnes

As you may know, I'm from the Midwest. Columbus, Ohio to be exact. So when it comes to college baseball, it's just simply not that big of a deal. Teams from conference like the Big Ten and Big East aren't normally contenders come time for the College World Series so I tend not to play attention. But this year is much different.

As you may know, I'm from the Midwest. Columbus, Ohio to be exact. So when it comes to college baseball, it's just simply not that big of a deal. Teams from conference like the Big Ten and Big East aren't normally contenders come time for the College World Series so I tend not to play attention. But this year is much different.

That's because down here in SEC and ACC country is where the real baseball talent resides. And here in the CSRA, we have 4 teams that are talented and could make a run at the CWS in Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia and South Carolina.

Now, as I write this, Georgia Tech and Clemson are assured of playing in the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament. They were selected to host one of 16 regional tournaments. But don't worry UGA or USC fans, your teams will be involved as well, thanks to their play this season. They'll be heading to a regional nearby. In fact, it may bein Clemson or Atlanta.

I think what I like the most about college baseball is how the athletes really lay it all on the line. Instead of worrying about contracts and pitch counts, these guys are worried about making plays and winning. I've just been watching the ACC and SEC tournaments and seen pitchers throwing 120+ pitches! That's almost unheard of in the majors. But for these guys, they understand how necessary it is for them to go deep into innings and save arms as the postseason continues.

So if you're looking for something to watch over these next few weeks that isn't the Braves, NBA or NHL playoffs, and auto racing, take some time and check out some college baseball. Trust me, you'll enjoy it.

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