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North Carolina Tar Heels third baseman and ACC Player of the Year Colin Moran is just one of
the players worth watching at this season's NCAA College World Series. Photo courtesy UNC-CH

Originally published: 2013-06-19 12:00:45
Last modified: 2013-06-19 12:01:29

Call to the Pen: College World Series worth a look

Jamie Shell / (

For the record, I need to begin this edition of the Call with a disclaimer/confession: I am a baseball junkie.

If there is a baseball game anywhere near a cable channel, whether a live West Coast Cincinnati Reds baseball game still playing at 1 a.m., a 3 a.m. replay of an Atlanta Braves game I missed earlier in the evening, a college game replayed on a regional network from two weeks earlier, a live high school game in the back country of Montana or the championship game of the Little League World Series, I put down the remote and I watch.

Baseball has been in my blood for decades.

Now that I cleared the air, I admit that I am stoked about this year’s college baseball World Series. A pair of ACC schools (North Carolina and N.C. State) made the final eight-team double-elimination tournament in Omaha, Neb., in addition to a future ACC school (Louisville). Perennial power LSU and recent back-to-back champion Oregon State are in the field, while Mississippi State, UCLA and Indiana make up the remainder of the bracket.

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