Omaha, NE–The College World Series Finals start tonight with the UCLA Bruins taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Unlike most college championships, college baseball’s is a best two of three format. Games tonight (Monday), tomorrow and an “if necessary” game three on Wednesday all begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. All three games will be televised on ESPN.
We know you’re a college baseball fan, so you don’t need a reason to watch the CWS Finals, but here are five reasons to watch anyway:
1. It’s Rosenblatt’s last hurrah. This is the 61st and final time Omaha’s Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium will host the College World Series. Somewhat surprisingly, crowds have not flocked to Rosenblatt to see it in all its splendor before college baseball’s biggest event moves downtown next year. A lack of marquee teams, like LSU and Texas, in this year’s CWS could be partially to blame. Storms that wrecked the schedule during the event’s opening weekend were a factor as well. More baseball will be played on Johnny Rosenblatt’s stadium this summer when the Omaha Royals come back to town, but the hustle of the college game will be no more after this Wednesday.
2. It’s East vs. West. With all the recent talk of conference expansion and super conferences, it’s only fitting that an SEC team is playing a Pac 10 team for the title. LSU and Georgia are the only other SEC schools to win the CWS, while five other Pac 10 teams have claimed crowns. College baseball has traditionally been dominated by the western half of the country. Since 1970, Georgia (1990) and Miami (FL) (1982, ’85, ’99, 2000) and the only schools east of the Mississippi River to win the CWS.
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