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Dubois: A few closing thoughts about the 2013 College World Series

Last Modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:55 AM

By Carl Dubois / Special to the American Press

• It would not surprise me if someone from the NCAA or College World Series of Omaha pulled aside ESPN's Orel Hershiser at some point and said, "Hey, would you cut back on some of the talk about hard-hit fly balls dying in TD Ameritrade Park?" I'm not saying he's wrong in hammering that theme, but I imagine it's not a popular one with the powers that be, the ones who put the CWS in that venue.

• UCLA impressed me when I saw the Bruins play in the 2010 Los Angeles Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium, UCLA's home ballpark. I'm surprised it took the program this long to win a national championship given the young talent on that 2010 team, but I'm not surprised this year's team won it. It had great Omaha experience on its side and the right kind of team for TD Ameritrade.

• An ACC team hasn't won the College World Series since 1955, but you can bet ACC teams will be all over the national rankings again next season and will get a handful of regionals at home, a few of them as top-eight national seeds. No conference is better at catching the eye of the polls during the first 56 games of the season -- and then proving itself overrated the rest of the way.

• On the other hand, it's hard to argue with the notion that the Pac-12 and the SEC are the best two baseball conferences in the country. They've combined for seven of the last eight national championships.

• Speaking of ESPN, it might be time for the guys in the booth to rethink referencing LSU as a program that is "in Omaha on a regular basis." That was true years ago. It's not true now. LSU has failed to make it to the College World Series in six of the last nine seasons. LSU fans make it there every year, which may be what skews ESPN's perception, but the Tigers are no longer Omaha regulars.

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