We have had lots of discussion here over the years about NCAA tournament representation, perhaps over representation in the southeast, and under representation in the west. Based on what I know of college baseball over the past several years, I believe there is some validity to the arguments yet we rarely get to see teams from the west play teams from the east.
That may be changing....
Last year we saw Cal State Fullerton barnstorm through the southeast and dominate frankly. Who couldn't notice that Rice played Stanford last weekend and that Stanford has traveled to Texas this weekend. College baseball does not get any better than that imho.
In the southeast this weekend, Coach Mike Gillespie and the UC Irvine Anteaters have traveled all the way across the country to Myrtle Beach, SC.
Yesterday, in a classic matchup, Irvine took on NC State and took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning yet they only managed one hit. NC State tied it in 7th at 2-2. Irvine took the lead 4-2 in the top of the 10th. NC State tied it in the bottom of the 10th and then won the game on a walk-off 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. College baseball at its finest!
Today, Irvine takes on Coastal Carolina in a double header at the beach. My hat is off to Coach Gillespie for making these games possible. It is the best possible thing that can happen for college baseball imho. And better yet, maybe we can have a better handle on that age old question - who is better - east or west?