Weekend Watch: June 21-23
Well, it's the weekend. The NBA Finals are done, and that means you can focus on Omaha and the Diamond Heels.
Jeffrey Hobbs Johnson was outstanding for the Tar Heels last night, tossing 8.1 innings of five-hit, shutout baseball to lead Carolina past N.C. State and on to face UCLA. Here is Aaron Fitt's take from Baseball America, and Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers on Johnson. Former Diamond Heel Teddy Mitrosilis, now an editor at ESPN, lauds Johnson while giving the N.C. State perspective.
To advance to the CWS championship series, Carolina will now need to beat UCLA twice, beginning tonight at 8/7 central on ESPN. Should Carolina win tonight, the two teams will tangle again on Saturday at 8 p.m. Carolina has yet to announce a starting pitcher for tonight's game, but UCLA will go with Grant Watson. It will be the eighth straight game the Tar Heels will have faced a left-handed starter.
On the other side of the bracket, Oregon State and Mississippi State play at 3/2 central. Like the Tar Heels, Oregon State will need to win two straight to make it to Monday night.
Matt Harvey will fight you.
Dustin Ackley has raised his batting average to .400 in AAA Tacoma.
Sent down to AAA earlier this week, Adam Warren is back in New York.
Kyle Seager had four hits last night, but the Angels stunned the Mariners.