College Baseball Regionals 2013 Bracket: Schedule, Live Stream and More

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College Baseball Regionals 2013 Bracket: Schedule, Live Stream and More
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After a long and arduous regular season, the road to the College Baseball World Series is finally set to commence on Friday. The 64-team field is in place, and every team believes it has a chance to be crowned champion of college baseball.

The tournament will begin in the regional stage with 16 groups of four. Each group will take part in a double-elimination round, so the last team remaining with less than two losses will advance to the Super Regionals, which are the baseball equivalent of the Sweet 16.

The No. 1 seed in each group obviously has a distinct advantage in terms of overall talent level, but there are no guarantees until the games have been played.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming college baseball regionals, including when and where to watch every game.

 

Where: Multiple Venues

When: Friday, May 31 through Monday, June, 3

Watch: ESPNU

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Schedule

Matchup Date Time (ET) Watch Location
Troy vs. Alabama Friday, May 31 12 p.m. ESPNU Tallahassee, Fla.
Coastal Carolina vs, Oklahoma Friday, May 31 1 p.m. ESPN3 Blacksburg, Va.
Towson vs. Florida Atlantic Friday, May 31 1 p.m. ESPN3 Chapel Hill, N.C.
Liberty vs. Clemson Friday, May 31 1 p.m. ESPN3 Columbia, S.C.
Florida vs. Austin Peay Friday, May 31 1 p.m. ESPN3 Bloomington, Ind.
Army vs. Virginia Friday, May 31 1 p.m. ESPN3 Charlottesville, Va.
William & Mary vs. Ole Miss Friday, May 31 2 p.m. ESPN3 Raleigh, N.C.
Oklahoma State vs. Miami (FL) Friday, May 31 2 p.m. ESPN3 Louisville, Ky.
Illinois vs. Georgia Tech Friday, May 31 2 p.m. ESPN3 Nashville, Tenn.
Wichita State vs. Kansas State Friday, May 31 3 p.m. ESPNU Manhattan, Kan.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Texas A&M Friday, May 31 3 p.m. ESPN3 Corvallis, Ore.
Mercer vs. South Alabama Friday, May 31 3 p.m. ESPN3 Starkville, Miss.
Jackson State vs. LSU Friday, May 31 3 p.m. ESPN3 Baton Rouge, La.
San Francisco vs. Rice Friday, May 31 5 p.m. ESPN3 Eugene, Ore.
Savannah State vs. Florida State Friday, May 31 5 p.m. ESPN3 Tallahassee, Fla.
San Diego vs. Cal Poly Friday, May 31 5 p.m. ESPN3 Los Angeles, Calif.
UConn vs. Virginia Tech Friday, May 31 5:30 p.m. ESPN3 Blacksburg, Va.
Canisius vs. North Carolina Friday, May 31 6 p.m. ESPN3 Chapel Hill, N.C.
Bowling Green vs. Louisville Friday, May 31 6 p.m. ESPN3 Louisville, Ky.
Elon vs. UNC-Wilmington Friday, May 31 6 p.m. ESPN3 Charlottesville, Va.
Valparaiso vs. Indiana Friday, May 31 7 p.m. ESPN3 Bloomington, Ind.
Binghamton vs. NC State Friday, May 31 7 p.m. ESPN3 Raleigh, N.C.
East Tennessee State vs. Vanderbilt Friday, May 31 7 p.m. ESPNU Nashville, Tenn.
Saint Louis vs. South Carolina Friday, May 31 7 p.m. ESPN3 Columbia, S.C.
New Mexico vs. Arizona State Friday, May 31 7 p.m. ESPN3 Fullerton, Calif.
Texas-San Antonio vs. Oregon State Friday, May 31 8 p.m. ESPN3 Corvallis, Ore.
Central Arkansas vs. Mississippi State Friday, May 31 8 p.m. ESPN3 Starkville, Miss.
Bryant vs. Arkansas Friday, May 31 8 p.m. ESPN3 Manhattan, Kan.
Sam Houston State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Friday, May 31 8 p.m. ESPN3 Baton Rouge, La.
South Dakota State vs. Oregon Friday, May 31 9 p.m. ESPN3 Eugene, Ore.
San Diego State vs. UCLA Friday, May 31 9 p.m. ESPN3 Los Angeles, Calif.
Columbia vs. Cal State Fullerton Friday, May 31 11 p.m. ESPNU Fullerton, Calif.

*Remaining schedule on June 1, 2 and 3 depends on winners and losers of May 31 games

*Schedule courtesy of NCAA.com

 

Bracket

Courtesy of NCAA.com

 

Teams to Watch

 

North Carolina

No team in college baseball had a stronger season than the North Carolina Tar Heels, who finished with a 52-8 record and were rewarded with the No. 1-overall seed in the tournament for the first time in team history, according to LaSalle Blanks of 13NEWS in Norfolk, Va. UNC has a ton of depth and star power, which should easily carry the team into the Super Regional round.

Offensively, the Tar Heels are led by junior third baseman Colin Moran, who was second on the team with a .357 average and led North Carolina with 13 home runs and 84 RBI. UNC's biggest strength may be its pitching, though, as the flame-throwing trio of Trent Thornton, Kent Emanuel and Hobbs Johnson each had an ERA of 2.14 or better this year.

There are a lot of good teams in the tournament, but North Carolina has to be the odds-on favorite to win it all right now.

 

LSU

The LSU Tigers had plenty of top-flight competition to contend with in the SEC this year, but they were able to come away smelling like roses with a 52-9 overall record. LSU certainly earned a No. 1 seed, and it has the players necessary to make a very deep run in the tourney.

Balance is the name of the game for the Tigers on offense, as they had five players hit .314 or better during the regular season, each of whom also had an on-base percentage over .400. Their most notable contributor was senior utility man Mason Katz, who hit .377 and racked up 14 homers and 64 RBI.

LSU has an impressive stable of arms as well, but the unquestioned leader is the appropriately named Aaron Nola. The sophomore righty was dominant for the Tigers this year, as he went 10-0 with a 1.94 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 102 innings. Everyone must contribute in order for LSU to thrive, but the team's success rests largely on the strong arm of Nola.

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Vanderbilt

Like LSU, Vanderbilt competed in arguably the toughest conference in the nation this season in the form of the SEC. Vandy took its lumps here and there, but with an overall record of 51-9 and an SEC mark of 26-3, the Commodores enter the tournament with a ton of confidence and momentum.

One of the big reasons for Vandy's success this season is the fact that there isn't an easy out in the lineup. That includes table-setter Tony Kemp. The junior second baseman hit an astounding .402, reached base over 48 percent of the time and stole 30 bases. With Kemp wreaking havoc on the basepaths, it was much easier for the lineup's run producers to succeed.

Also, Vanderbilt boasts a pair of aces in the form of Kevin Ziomek and Tyler Beede. Ziomek and Beede ended up with a 2.05 and 2.10 ERA respectively and finished the season with a combined record of 24-2. Each man also struck out more than a batter per inning, so Vandy has a great chance to win essentially every game it plays.

 

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