Twenty six and twenty seven.
The Heels sent seniors Ryan Graepel, Mike Cavisinni and Colin Bates (a redshirt junior who graduated in May) off with a resounding series sweep of Virginia Tech this weekend. Bittersweet because we’re still out of the ACC tournament thanks to Georgia Tech failing to get it done in sweeping BC, and because it was almost hard to watch them play as well as they’re capable this weekend when they’ve hardly done that for the rest of the season, but truly sweet as well, for the victories. Those three boys and Matt Harvey deserved nothing less.
Yesterday was the last game we’ll see live this year, and now they’re on ice for a week while the team waits to see if an RPI of 21 will sneak them into the NCAA tournament. Obviously we’re in no position to host a regional, like we have the last four years, but I’d like to see the seniors, who’ve been to three straight College World Series (and Cavi’s been to four), have one last chance. Fresno State made it to Omaha and won the whole thing as a four seed1 in 2008. Maybe these boys can, too.
Regardless of whether or not we play on, and as I say every year: thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
1: essentially a four seed in a ncaa regional is the equivalent of a 12-16 seed in the ncaa basketball tournament, except that you have to play no fewer than 10 games over the course of the baseball tournament to win it all, and usually you’ll have to win 11 or 12 because of the chunks of tournament that are double elimination. the ncaa baseball tournament is complicated but basically fresno state winning it all as, like, a 13 seed in 2008 was a big deal.