The first college baseball game took place on July 1, 1859, between Williams College and Amherst College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Amherst College won 73-32 in 25 innings.
College baseball has grown phenomenally in popularity since the 1980s. Traditionally, it has been played in the early part of the year, with a relatively short schedule and during a time when cold (and/or rainy) weather hinders the ability for games to be played, particularly in the northern and midwestern parts of the U.S.
The rules of college baseball are similar to the Official Baseball Rules. The NCAA writes the rules of play, while each sanctioning body supervises season-ending tournaments. The final rounds of the NCAA tournaments are known as the College World Series; one is held on each of the three levels of competition sanctioned by the NCAA.
The College Baseball season runs from late February to early May, followed by the College World Series.
College World Series
The College World Series or CWS is an annual baseball tournament. Since 1950, the College World Series (CWS) has been held in Omaha, Nebraska. The name "College World Series" (CWS) is derived from that of the Major League Baseball World Series championship; it is currently an MLB trademark licensed to the NCAA.
The College World Series is one of the greatest sporting events in America today, with the nation's hottest teams laying it all on the line in a quest for a national championship. The College World Series is the exciting culmination each year for college baseball.
The playoff bracket for Division I consists of 64 teams, The 16 winners advance to the Super Regionals at eight sites, played head-to-head in a best-of-three series. The eight winners then advance to the College World Series, a double elimination tournament to determine the two national finalists.
The finalists play a best-of-three series to determine the Division I national champion. In 2011, the winner of the College World Series was the South Carolina Gamecocks.
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