This weekend, the NCAA Division I postseason continues with the Super Regionals round. The winners of the 16 best-of-three series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha.
UC Santa Barbara and Louisville were matched up in the Super Regionals, and the Gauchos took Game 1 of the series on Saturday. The two clubs played Game 2 on Sunday, and Louisville was in the good position to send the series to a decisive Game 3. They led 3-0 in the ninth and had ace closer Zach Burdi on the mound.
UCSB did not go down quietly. Following a quick strikeout for the first out, a single and two walks by Burdi loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Freshman backstop Sam Cohen cleared the bases and sent the Gauchos to the College World Series with a walk-off grand slam. Check this out:
Man, what a highlight. That's an unbelievable moment for UCSB and a total heartbreaker for Burdi and Louisville. The Cardinals were a legitimate College World Series contender, and instead they were swept in the Super Regionals.
This is the first College World Series trip for UCSB. Santa Barbara has produced 15 big leaguers over the years, most notably longtime Ranger Michael Young.
Burdi, by the way, was a supplemental first round pick in the 2016 First Year Player Draft on Thursday. The White Sox took him 26th overall.