Is anyone else out there totally exhausted after the NCAA baseball championships?
From Sunken Diamond and College Park to the Gulf of Mexico and Rocky Top, there have been so many wild, silly, and grotesque regional games played that it was just too much on our brains at baseball. Thank goodness for ESPN+ and Squeeze Play, although by the time we got into the wee hours of Monday night/Tuesday morning, analysts Mike Rooney and Chris Burke looked like they had just gone four days straight. Shouting at North Carolina coach Scott Forbes. Sorry, heels – too soon?
It’s never too early to look back at what we just saw, especially when there was so much of it to see at once. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 favorites from the NCAA Regionals.
Best A-Rod Acting at A-Rod Stadium: Yohandy Morales, 3B, Miami
The man they call Yo Yo went deep three times at Alex Rodriguez Park in Miami’s opener against Canisius, and his team needed creepers after falling three runs early to the Golden Griffins. Morales turned the rules at Coral Gables into chants of “Yo Yo! Yo Yo!” Even if during most of the weekend he could do these rides in “row by row,” like in a rowboat because Tropical Storm Alex wouldn’t stop raining his runs. The Miami native became the fourth player in Canes baseball history to hit a three-rounder in a post-season game, joining Scott Lawson (2010), Kevin Brown (2001) and Lale Esquivel (1999). By the way, you will hear a lot more about Team 99 over the next couple of weeks. She is the latest #1 seed to win the College World Series, a series Tennessee is trying to finish. Speaking of Tennessee, Yo-Yo had a folder-like bravado as he swirled around the bases on Saturday. Unfortunately, his team’s season ended on Sunday.
Yohandy Morales became an all-time 𝐅𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐓𝐇 Hurricane with three home runs in the post-season game, joining Lale Esquivel (’99), Kevin Brown (’01) and Scott Lawson (’10). pic.twitter.com/9Biw6QvYXm
– Baseball Canes (CanesBaseball) 5 June 2022
Best tribute to those who have moved on: Air Force Instructor Mike Kaslawski
The Falcons reached the Austin Regional Final against the Texas Longhorns and their season ended on Sunday afternoon, but Coach Kaz wanted to make sure the Seniors deserved, so he brought all eights to the post-game press conference. Everyone will immediately become an active military, from ballplayers to second lieutenants.
The Air Force brought all of its aides to its post-game press conferences after its season-ending loss to Texas. pic.twitter.com/yF1bRsUXDI
– Danny Davis (@aasdanny) 6 June 2022
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– NCAA Baseball (NCAABaseball) 6 June 2022
Best Football Team Disguised as a Baseball Team: Oklahoma State
The Cowboys played two playoffs Sunday and fell in both, dropping 12-0 (!!!) against Missouri State in the afternoon, and dropping 8-7 against Arkansas on Sunday night. The Pokes won both games, 29-15 and 14-10. 43 runs were recorded in one day. Last fall, the Oklahoma State Soccer team advanced 12-2 and beat 43 points in one day just twice. If you include Saturday’s loss to the Arkansas Cowboys, they scored 55 points in two days, which is roughly half of the total of 115 points scored by the four teams on Saturday and Sunday. When they scored just three runs Monday night, they were eliminated by Arkansas. However, on Sunday you would have thought Pete Incavilia had stopped somewhere cutting trees with his bare hands and pulling trucks with his teeth to look at the box results from Stillwater and smiled.
“This is the best day to empty the tank from your gut, from your heart and soul as a team I’ve ever seen.”#OurStandard I #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/l1rxWXIGCO
– OSU Cowboy Baseball (OSUBaseball) 6 June 2022
Best Retreat in History: East Carolina
The Pirates is the best college baseball program that never makes a trip to Omaha. ECU is making its 32nd post-NCAA season appearances and 17th this century, including seven trips to the regional super since 2001, but no World College Series appearances to show for it. On Sunday, the Pirates suffered their first defeat in 21 games, but rebounded to claim a revengeful 13-4 victory over Coastal Carolina on Monday. Now they host Texans in the baseball-mad city of Greenville, North Carolina, where they’re already teaching kids how to greet Horns…down.
Let’s go Tweet embed!!! We are ready for Supers!!! pic.twitter.com/R9fKhd2Cyx
– Ashley Williams (@druminator228) 6 June 2022
Best Steal: Vance Honeycutt, CF, North Carolina
The Diamond Heels had a big problem against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chapel Hill Regional, holding onto a 6-5 lead at the bottom of ninth. That’s when new quarterback Vance Honeycutt, one of North Carolina’s most-looking names, saved the day and perhaps the season with a perfectly-timed jump and snatch from a potential Homer by Georgia’s Joshua McAllister.
Theft of sacred human resources!! 😱
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– NCAA Baseball (NCAABaseball) 5 June 2022
Best Baseball We’ve Never Seen: Jorge Corona, C, Louisiana Tech
The story of what Louisiana Tech had to overcome over the past four years to become a NCAA participant is truly inspiring, from the 2019 hurricane that devastated their stadium to a promising season shortened by COVID-19 one year later. At the opening game of the Bulldog Championships in Austin, college freshman Jorge Corona had a pair of runs on his turf, one of which was a Grand Slam inside the park. Yes, you read correctly. Your eyes didn’t deceive you, unlike the eyes of the Dallas Baptiste quarterback.
Great Peaceful Time… A Park Style‼️
11-4′ dogs!@jcoronaa12 | #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/JSwg0glAAt
Diamond dogs (LATechBSB) 4 June 2022
Best Use of Fast Food: Texas A&M and Pringles
Perhaps the best part about the post-season is when all the weird and lucky mascots appear in the lair, from the taco hat in Arizona to the fur coat in Tennessee and the “Daddy Hat.” But the most delicious luck charm is at College Station. And no, it’s not Lucky Charms. The Aggies have always been frustrated with their TCU neighbors, who have seemed to repeatedly prevent A&M from post-season glory. So last year they hired longtime Horned Frogs head coach, Jim Schlossnagle. Speaking to his new team, coach Schloss said the results were like Pringles potato chips, “Once you get one hit, you want another and another.” His team turned this into a rallying cry, taking cans of Pringles everywhere they went, wearing Pringles under their shirts and chewing Pringles in the dugout. After hitting — you guessed it, TCU — to go super, they took a tweet from — you guessed it, Pringles — and maybe there will be some crunchy NIL shows in the future of A&M. At the very least, they get free packets of chips.
👀 https://t.co/xFifH66D8m pic.twitter.com/T2wHh4g4we
Texas A&M Baseball (AggieBaseball) 6 June 2022
Best Way to Ban from Michigan Forever: That Call in Second Place in Louisville
After jumping 7-2 in the first inning in Monday’s regional final against Michigan, Louisville slipped by two and stuck there until the eighth inning. That’s when there was a bang bang play at second base. The Cardinals’ Jack Payton ripped a ball off the wall to the left and came into second just as the Michigan player passed the marker across the base. Payton was called safe, and in the video review, Payton’s fingers appeared to be marked, causing her to visibly move. However, the call stopped. Had Payton been called, the inning would have ended with Michigan rising 9-7. Instead, Louisville’s Levi Asher tied the game to a two-stage single, then Cameron Masterman paired Homer twice to bring him home.
I have no idea how the runner was judged safely even after review pic.twitter.com/dCvlvWpShZ
– Stephen Shush (@bigdonkey47) 6 June 2022
Best Program Summary: Texas State Throws Tristan Stevors
I wasn’t shy about crushing a 2022 man in Texas, and why would I? They’re a gritty group of mullets, mustaches, and strikers for school, making only their sixth NCAA appearance and first since 2011. The Bobcats have flirted with the top 10 all year, thanks in part to closing in on closest Tristan Stevors, the nation’s tackle leader with 18 points. . But on Monday night, TSU head coach Stephen Tout pulled Stivors down the hill at Stanford as a starter in the final regional elimination match. This was Castroville, Texas,’s first start since he entered the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds… in March 2019. He was wearing No. 13. He went seven brave rounds with a 9K and gave up only once, via Homer solo in the second round. . But, unfortunately, that was not enough …
I had a very unapologetic man Tweet embed Baseball all season. Now in the regional final they’re starting the Save the Nation captain, who hasn’t started a game since middle school in 2019 and who wears No. 13. It just makes my love for them even stronger. #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/cNbQQQWC8R
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) 7 June 2022
Best Outing: Night, Night by Sunken Diamond
There was no shortage of candidates in this category. Central Michigan on Freedom, Southern Mississippi’s tenth song to defeat Kennesaw in the Hattiesburg Territory, Shutdown Coastal Carolina from Virginia, and Nick Loroso of Maryland with his eleventh defeat defeated Ocon and halted eliminations. Terps’ house square on a Sunday night. But in the end, the biggest knockout was the hit out of the entire round, Stanford’s Trevor Haskins and the #Pac12AfterDark Single Heard’ Round Palo Alto that eliminated Texas State in the Regionals final.
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Stanford Baseball (Stanford PSP) 7 June 2022
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