Monday, June 11, 2012

The Sports Story You Didn't Hear About Today

I try to keep the meta to a minimum 'round here, so please forgive me for breaking my own rule for a small story that you probably would never hear about even if the Los Angeles Kings hadn't won their first Stanley Cup in the forty-five year history of the franchise tonight.

This evening the Kent State University - yeah, that Kent State - men's baseball team beat the University of Oregon to punch their tickets for their first-ever trip to Omaha, winning the super regional-clinching game in the bottom of the ninth on a popup by the Golden Flashes' record-setting hitter Jimmy Rider that got lost in the sun by the Ducks' fielders.

Unfortunately my Cal State Fullerton Titans, after winning the Big West title, never made it out of the regional, and while I'll be pulling for UCLA to win in Omaha, one of the great features of the College World Series each year are the Cinderella teams like Kent State and Stony Brook who overcome the big schools' bigger budgets and recruiting footprints to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the summer sun.

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