It’s that time of the year where the sport of Division I College Baseball is set to take the national stage, which means that it’s time for the College World Series.
Eight of the best teams left in college baseball will vie for the national championship in Omaha, Nebraska after a grueling tournament that started with 64 teams.
One of those teams that made it out and will have a shot at the title in Omaha is the UC Irvine Anteaters, and here’s a look at how they were able to get to this point, from the regular season all the way through the Super Regional.
The Anteaters flew under the radar in the first half, losing nonconference series to Fresno State, Nebraska and San Diego State. They won their first five Big West series, capped by a sweep of UC Santa Barbara that propelled them into the Top 25, but then they lost their final eight conference games against powers Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State, squeaking into the NCAA tournament as one of the final four teams in the field. The Anteaters traversed the most rigorous road to Omaha of any CWS team, winning a regional hosted by No. 1 national seed Oregon State, then sweeping a super regional against Big 12 regular-season champion Oklahoma State to reach Omaha for the first time since 2007.
UC Irvine will start their College World Series journey by taking on the Texas Longhorns this weekend. How much of a chance do you give the Anteaters to walk away with the title from Omaha? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.