College World Series 2012: Predictions for Crucial Elimination Games

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College World Series 2012: Predictions for Crucial Elimination Games
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For four teams at the College World Series, it's win or go home. 

UCLA, Florida State, South Carolina and Kent State all sit at 1-1 in Omaha, but if they want to play another game, they will have to move to 2-1. 

Easier said than done considering three of the remaining four teams are No. 1 seeds, and Kent State, the only No. 3 seed, just knocked out Florida, the top team in the tournament. None of these squads are going to be pushed over. 

Let's take a look at what to expect when these teams battle it out for a little more life. 

 

Lots of Runs Between the Seminoles and Bruins

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When you have Florida State, it's hard not to expect a ton of runs scored. The Seminoles dropped 35 (yes, 35) in two games against Stanford in the Super Regional and now they are coming off a 12-run outing against Stony Brook.

FSU is led by Jayce Boyd, the clean-up machine, and James Ramsey, who is hitting a decent .382 with a .667 slugging percentage and .518 on-base percentage, AKA video game numbers.

It's unlikely that UCLA starter Zach Weiss (4.04 ERA, seven home runs allowed) will be able to slow them down.

Of course, the Bruins aren't too shabby out of the batter's box either. Jeff Gelalich has tons of pop and he has a slew of on-base machines in front of him. Against Scott Sitz, one of FSU's more shaky starters, UCLA should be able to fill up the box score.

 

Kent State Keeps Magical Run Alive

Kent State's Cinderella story was going somewhat unnoticed because of a little school from New York called Stony Brook.

But now that Stony Brook, arguably one of the biggest Cinderellas in history, is out of the tournament, Kent State can shine as the true underdog.

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The Golden Flashes knocked off Florida, the overall No. 1 team in the tournament, and now they'll get their shot at eliminating their third SEC team (they also eliminated Kentucky).

South Carolina is an incredibly talented team, but I'm buying into the magic that is Kent State.

 

Florida State Sends UCLA Home

The Bruins have the more balanced lineup, but in a hard-fought game that will come down to a late big blast, I like Florida State's power in the middle. 

Ramsey and Boyd are slugging a combined 1.175, and I wouldn't be shocked if one of them hit the game-winning homer. 

 

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