Unlike any of his teammates, Sean Madigan has seen college baseball's promised land. He is a multiple-dog-pile survivor with a distinguished postseason pedigree whose UC Irvine career is either as many as eight wins or as few as two losses away from completion.
So, when the 23-year-old right fielder, who is the program's lone link to its only College World Series appearance in 2007, speaks of his intuition about the 'Eaters' current run toward a national championship, he has credibility on his side.
"You get these feelings," Madigan said about his raw-nerve emotional commitment to that run that compelled him to be the first player out of the dugout to offer congratulations during most of the Anteaters' three victories at the Los Angeles Regional at UCLA. "A lot of guys are stepping up, and pitching and defense are what you need to win a championship. I just get this feeling that people are starting to come together. We're starting to play well and people are starting to believe. This is just exciting for me."