Keeping the Dream Alive

6.22.2011

In all of my Windy City excitement, I completely forgot to recognize the Tar Heel baseball boys and making it back to the College World Series for the fifth time in six years! Sadly and shockingly, I have never made it to a Carolina baseball game, but I try to follow them throughout their season and thankfully, Twitter has made that a lot easier. Unfortunately, they fell in the first round to first-timers Vanderbilt, but bounced back to defeat the Texas Longhorns 3-0 on Monday with help of freshmen pitcher, Kent Emanuel. Emanuel collected his first career shutout with the victory allowing only four hits and one walk.

Why is that name and those facts so significant? Because you could watch every college baseball game for the rest of your life and you may not see a pitcher send the collegiate world's best hitters back to the dugout without crossing home plate for nine innings. Simply, sending one of the country's best teams home without a run to their name and for a freshmen to single-handedly throw his team into the victory column, is not a common occurrence.

Though I will never feel the way for baseball that I do college basketball, post season tournaments and runs are just as exciting in June as they are in March. Well maybe not just as exciting, but exciting nonetheless. And the tradition that has made itself known in Omaha is one that will only continue to grow. And considering the drought of college sports during the summer months, I'll savor the Tar Heels victories one at a time...

They'll face the Commodores once more tonight at 7 in hopes of keeping their name in the 2011 CWS Bracket.

Go Heels!

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