2022 Men’s College World Series: Best moments from wild regionals round

Anyone else out there completely exhausted after the NCAA baseball tournament regionals?

From Sunken Diamond and College Park to the Gulf of Mexico and Rocky Top, there were so many wild, wacky and wondrous regional games being played it was almost too much for our baseball brains to process. Thank heavens for ESPN+ and Squeeze Play, though by the time we hit the wee hours of Monday night/Tuesday morning, analysts Mike Rooney and Chris Burke looked like they’d just spent four straight days getting screamed at North Carolina head coach Scott Forbes. Sorry, Heels — too soon?

It’s never too soon to look back what we’ve just seen, especially when there was too much of it to see all at once. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 superlatives from the NCAA regionals.

Best A-Rod impersonation at A-Rod Field: Yohandy Morales, 3B, Miami

The man they call Yo Yo went deep three times at Alex Rodriguez Park in Miami’s opener against Canisius, and his team needed the homers after falling behind by three runs early to the Golden Griffins. Morales rounded the bases in Coral Gables to chants of “Yo Yo! Yo Yo!” even if during most of the weekend he could have made those rounds in a “Row Row,” as in a rowboat because Tropical Storm Alex wouldn’t stop raining on his parades. The Miami native became just the fourth player in the storied history of Canes baseball to smack three round-trippers in a postseason game, joining Scott Lawson (2010), Kevin Brown (2001) and Lale Esquivel (1999). By the way, you’re going to be hearing a lot about that ’99 team over the next couple of weeks. It is the most recent overall No. 1 seed to win the College World Series, a streak Tennessee is trying to end. Speaking of Tennessee, Yo Yo had a Vol-like swagger as he rounded the bases Saturday. Sadly, his team’s season ended on Sunday.

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