NCAA Baseball Super Regionals Schedule 2012: Dates, Matchups and TV Info

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2012

Courtesy: statesman.com
Courtesy: statesman.com

After a thrilling regional round that had its fair share of drama, only 16 teams remain in search of a national championship. The super regional round will trim the field to eight with the survivors making a trip to the College World Series.

While many of the top seeds advanced from the regionals, there were a couple underdogs that kept their dreams alive. Kent State, St. John's and Stony Brook were the three most surprising group winners. All three teams are now just two wins away from the CWS.

Let's take a look at all the key information for the super regional round. For a printable bracket to follow along with the action, click here.

 

Where: Super Regional Sites

Schedule Dates: Friday, June 8 through Monday, June 11

Watch: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU

Live Stream: ESPN3.com

 

Super Regional Matchups (Best-of-three series, all times EDT)

Gainesville Super Regional

(1) Florida vs. (1) NC State

Game 1: Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 3: Monday, June 11 (if necessary)

 

Columbia Super Regional

(1) South Carolina vs. (2) Oklahoma

Game 1: Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 10 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 3: Monday, June 11 (if necessary)

 

Courtesy: http://collegebaseball360.com
Courtesy: http://collegebaseball360.com

Eugene Super Regional

(1) Oregon vs. (3) Kent State

Game 1: Saturday, June 9 at 11 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 10 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 3: Monday, June 11 (if necessary)

 

Waco Super Regional

(1) Baylor vs. (2) Arkansas

Game 1: Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m. on ESPNU

Game 3: Monday, June 11 (if necessary)

 

Los Angeles Super Regional

(1) UCLA vs. (2) TCU

Game 1: Friday, June 8 at 9 p.m. on ESPN

Game 2: Saturday, June 9 at 9 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 3: Sunday, June 10 (if necessary)

 

Courtesy: WBRZ
Courtesy: WBRZ

Baton Rouge Super Regional

(1) LSU vs. (4) Stony Brook

Game 1: Friday, June 8 at 12 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 2: Saturday, June 9 at 12 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 3: Sunday, June 10 (if necessary)

 

Tucson Super Regional

(1) Arizona vs. (3) St. John's

Game 1: Friday, June 8 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 2: Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 3: Sunday, June 10 (if necessary)

 

Tallahassee Super Regional

(1) Florida State vs. (1) Stanford

Game 1: Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 2: Saturday, June 9 at 6 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 3: Sunday, June 10 (if necessary)

 

Matchup to Watch: Florida State vs. Stanford

Florida State and Stanford both cruised through the regional round without a loss, but something will have to give when the powerhouses face off starting on Friday. It's the most evenly-matched series of the round and will likely go the distance.

The Seminoles are led by the hitting duo of Jayce Boyd and James Ramsey. Both players had a batting average of at least .385 and Ramsey chipped in 13 home runs. They also have a great bullpen, so the key for Florida State will be the starters slowing down Stanford's offense.

It's a Cardinal lineup that doesn't have much star power outside of Stephen Piscotty, but has some of the best depth in the nation. Throw in a solid rotation that's led by top prospect Mark Appel and Stanford has a well-rounded squad.

 

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  Peter Mooney #6 of the South Carolina Gamecocks scores a run in front of Mike Zunino #3 of the Florida Gators during game 2 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, N
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Player to Watch: Mike Zunino (Florida)

Zunino was the selected by the Seattle Mariners with the third pick in the MLB draft. The power-hitting catcher has all the tools to become a star someday, but for now remains focused on winning a national title.

The backstop has slugged 18 home runs to go along with a .316 batting average. Just as importantly, Zunino handled the Florida pitching staff really well and has only made three errors all season. He's a complete player with a bright future.

The Gators face off with another top seed, NC State. After losing to Vanderbilt early in the regional round, the Wolfpack got revenge by beating the Commodores twice to advance. They should give Florida a good test, but Zunino gives the Gators an edge.