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2014 NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament: U of North Carolina vs. Long Beach State

Pictures of Game 1, University of North Carolina vs. Long Beach State.
Pictures of Game 1, University of North Carolina vs. Long Beach State.Photo by Miguel A. Sanchez

McKethan Stadium, in Gainesville Florida, is the home field for the University of Florida baseball team who once again hosted the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament this year. All eyes are fixed on the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. That's the final destination for schools across the country. But, only (8) teams make it. During the regionals, a total of (64) Division I schools have a real chance of getting to Omaha. I went last May to see University of North Carolina vs. Long Beach State. There were (15) other tournaments during this last weekend of May.

Long Beach State Dirt Bags beat North Carolina Tar Heels 6-1 on May 30, 2014.
Long Beach State Dirt Bags beat North Carolina Tar Heels 6-1 on May 30, 2014.Photo by Miguel A. Sanchez

The game was fundamentally sound, pretty close to perfect on both sides, until Long Beach State broke through with a six run rally in the fourth inning. And, it all started with an infield groundball and the hitter outrunning the throw to first. A little hustle and a not so clean play by the shortstop was what undid a routine putout. Long Beach State Dirtbags beat North Carolina Tar Heels 6-1 on Friday May 30, 2014.

The other (2) teams in the tournament were College of Charleston and University of Florida. The heavily favored Florida Gators were upset in double elimination without winning a single game. Least likely to advance to, The Charleston Cougars, did just that. Anything can happen in baseball. And, usually it does.

The upsets continued when the Florida State Seminoles also went home early. They were also hosting a tournament in Tallahassee and did not win a single game. In fact, The Miami Hurricanes were the last team standing to possibly represent the State of Florida in the NCAA National Championship. They hosted the Coral Gables Regional. But, Texas Tech would eliminate them as well. The College of Charleston Cougars went on to meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Super Regionals, a true battle of underdogs.