We enjoyed our time over at Burnt Orange Nation, and we hope you guys checked over there and will continue to do so now that we are back home on 40 Acres. Burnt Orange Nation is awesome.
But enough about that. Now we want to complain. Texas received the number 4 national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, meaning that the Horns were supposed to be slated to win their regional and host a super regional. But Texas received one hell of a draw. The Longhorns got UC Irvine as the 2 seed, Wake Forest as the 3 seed, and Brown as the 4 seed in their regional. Brown turned out to be a handful for both Texas and Wake. Wake is an ACC team with decent credentials which took Texas to 12 innings in the Longhorns' 7-4 elimination game victory yesterday. And UC Irvine is a tiny California school which, like its brethren Pepperdine, CS-Fullerton, San Diego, and Long Beach State, is a very good baseball school. Irvine defeated the Horns 3-1 yesterday with major-league performances from their starting pitcher and outfield. As we write this, Irvine leads 6-5 in the middle of the 7th inning, to be resumed from a rain delay at 1 PM CDT today. If Texas should come back and win, they would then have to win a second game to advance to a Super Regional.
Meanwhile, in Oxford, Ole Miss--who is NOT a top-8 national seed--got a draw of Southern Miss, Troy, and Sam Houston State for its regional. Once again, the NCAA Selection Committee shows it has no idea what it's doing.
To be clear, we understand that to be a champion, you're going to have to beat good teams. We also understand that if Texas can't beat UC-Irvine, then it's unlikely they'd have won in Omaha anyway. However, the number 4 seed is supposed to come with some privileges. Ole Miss did not earn the draw they got. Texas didn't either.