Hosting a regional at the conclusion of a college baseball regular season is a great honor. It means that the NCAA selection committee considers a team’s total body of work to be in the top 16 in the country.
It also means that the path to Omaha and the College World Series starts from the comfort of home.
Last spring, the North Carolina baseball team was granted that honor for the sixth time in the last seven years. But for the first time in that stretch, the Tar Heels did not advance to the Super Regional after hosting the opening rounds.
The Red Storm from St. John’s advanced after beating the Tar Heels twice.
“They were just a good team,” junior third baseman Colin Moran said about the Red Storm squad that ended his sophomore campaign.
“They had good pitchers, and a lot of those pitchers showed a lot of resilience.”
Today, the Red Storm is back in Chapel Hill for a grudge match, but this time the two teams are off to completely different starts.
North Carolina (6-0) is ranked No. 1 in the country. St. John’s (1-6) is limping through the early part of its spring road trip.