The College World Series leads off with Opening Celebration Day on Friday, June 14 and will dig into gameplay starting Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
It’s then that heroes will reveal themselves and others will buckle beneath the pressure. With the opening pitch just a day away, let’s take a look at what stars may not shine so brightly in the College World Series.
Kyle Schwarber, C – Indiana University
The sophomore catcher’s 18 home runs lead anyone remaining in the CWS, but he’s tied for 54th in RBI with 54.
Schwarber has a lot of upside and comes in with a sparkling .376 batting average, but he’s still a young athlete and the big stage could wear on him.
While Indiana has a few other stars to consider, Schwarber’s power is an integral piece in their lineup and could run cold at the worst of times.
Andrew Moore, P – Oregon State
The freshman has posted an impressive first season and his numbers have gathered attention from across the baseball universe.
His 14-1 record and 1.36 ERA are stellar, and his strikeout/walk ratio stands at an efficient 70/26. The number to worry about is his 119 innings pitched.
Too much work can put a strain on a young arm over the course of a season, and the College World Series is when he will need to be at his absolute best.
Alex Bregman, SS– LSU
Bregman was voted the SEC Freshman of the Year last week and is a tremendous contributor on the No.1 ranked Tigers.
Bregman leads the team with a .380 average, 104 hits, 59 runs, 18 doubles, 16 stolen bases, seven triples and 154 total bases. However, he also leads the team with 16 errors.
He’s garnered a lot of attention on the national level, combine that with this being the biggest stage of his young career, carrying a 57-win team is a lot for a 19-year-old to handle.
Kent Emanuel, P– UNC
Emanuel is enjoying his best season as a Tar Heel and it earned him NCBWA All-America third team honors.
He’s totaled a team high 10 wins and is second with a 2.11 ERA. While he’s only walked 22 hitters in 110.2 innings, he’s given up 92 hits and surrendered some unearned runs as well.
He’s the team’s ace and averaging a respectable WHIP of 1.03. Only there are an abundance of talented hitting lineups ready to knock around the 6’4” junior.
The College World Series begins play Saturday and here are the first round match ups.
Saturday, June 15
Game 1 – 3 p.m. EST: Mississippi State Bulldogs (48-18) vs. No. 3 Oregon State Beavers (50-11)
Game 2 – 8 p.m. EST: Indiana Hoosiers (48-14) vs. Louisville Cardinals (51-12)
Sunday, June 16
Game 3 – 3 p.m. EST: No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (56-10) vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack (49-14)
Game 4 – 8 p.m. EST: UCLA Bruins (44-17) vs. No. 4 LSU Tigers (57-9)