As dark as the last two days of our season were, it's heartening(?) that the baseball gods can be indiscriminate in dispensing emotional pain. Some examples:
- UNC, in deciding game of their home Super Regional, doles out a baker's dozen 13 runs (!!!) in the top of the first inning to Auburn, never recovers and misses on a trip to Omaha in a 14-7 loss. This shellacking came on the heels of a 2-0 shutout of Auburn by the UNC pitching staff on Sunday.
- Ole Miss, in the rubber match of their series with DVH and the Arkansas Razorbacks, also proved ineffective at protecting the end zone, giving up two TDs in a 14-1 loss Monday. Especially galling for the Rebs had to be that the lone run Monday came after a 13-run explosion the previous day in extending the series.
- Duke goes out to a 1-0 series lead versus national #2 Vandy, only to be no-hit with a million Ks on Saturday in a 3-0 loss, followed by the obligatory pitching meltdown in Sunday's 13-2 loss to the Commodores, who advance.
- LSU falls in a home Super Regional SWEEP to a FSU team that many felt did not even merit a berth in the field of 64. Septuagenarian Mike Martin now returns to Omaha with a chance to extend the magic and cap his career with a possible CWS crown. Unlikely, sure, but the Seminoles have outlasted 56 teams so far in this NCAA run, what's but seven more to conquer?
- UCLA, the #1 seed with 13 MLB draft selections, goes down in three, victim to an abysmal RISP batting average and a Michigan squad that took out Pac-12 royalty on the road in back-to-back weeks.