College Baseball World Series Bracket 2013: Favorites to Win It All

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College Baseball World Series Bracket 2013: Favorites to Win It All
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 College World Series kicked off over the weekend, and Indiana leads the list of favorites to leave Omaha with the title of champions.

There have already been a few surprises in the first two days of the tournament, as two of the top seeds lost their opening games. North Carolina lost its first game to NC State (box score courtesy of ESPN.com), and Oregon State was upset by Mississippi State (game recap via USAToday.com).

Those two losses give other teams a chance to win the tournament.

Let's take a look at the bracket, courtesy of the official NCAA website.

 

Bracket 1

Game Date Time (EDT) CWS Team CWS Team
1 Saturday, June 15 MISS ST 5-4 Mississippi St. Oregon St.
2 Saturday, June 15 IU 2-0 Indiana Louisville
3 Monday, June 17 3 p.m. Oregon St. Louisville
4 Monday, June 17 8 p.m.  Mississippi St. Indiana
5 Wednesday, June 19 8 p.m. Game 3 Winner Game 4 Loser
6 Friday, June 21 3 p.m. Game 4 Winner Game 5 Winner
7* Saturday, June 22 3 p.m. Game 6 Winner Game 6 Loser

*If necessary

 

Bracket 2

Game Date Time (EDT) CWS Team CWS Team
1 Sunday, June 16 3 p.m. North Carolina NC St.
2 Sunday, June 16 8 p.m. UCLA LSU
3 Tuesday, June 18 3 p.m. North Carolina Game 2 Loser
4 Tuesday, June 18 8 p.m.  NC State Game 2 Winner
5 Thursday, June 20 8 p.m. Game 3 Winner Game 4 Loser
6 Friday, June 21 3 p.m. Game 4 Winner Game 5 Winner
7* Saturday, June 22 3 p.m. Game 6 Winner Game 6 Loser

*If necessary

 

Championship Series

Game Date Time (EDT) CWS Team CWS Team
1 Monday, June 24 8 p.m. Bracket 1 Winner Bracket 2 Winner
2 Tuesday, June 25 8 p.m. Bracket 1 Winner Bracket 2 Winner
3* Wednesday, June 26 8 p.m.  Bracket 1 Winner Bracket 2 Winner

*If necessary

 

Here are the favorites to leave Omaha as champions:

 

Indiana (stats are courtesy of IUHoosiers.com)

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The Hoosiers look like the team to beat in their bracket. With the Beavers losing once already, the Hoosiers are in control of their bracket.

They are 49-14 on the season. Indiana has won seven in a row and 11 of 12. The team was able to sweep Florida State in the Super Regionals, so they have been tested in the postseason.

Indiana can win in different ways. It has used a strong offense to win most of its games, as it has scored five runs in five of its last seven games. The Hoosiers have also been able to hold teams off the scoreboard. Opponents have not scored more than four runs in four games during the win streak.

The Hoosiers shut out Louisville in its College World Series opener (game recap courtesy of IUHoosiers.com). Junior Joey DeNato threw the shutout and is 10-2 on the season.

Pitching can carry a team in Omaha, and the Hoosiers are loaded on the mound. Redshirt sophomore Aaron Slegers (9-1) and sophomore Kyle Hart (8-2) give the Hoosiers many different options to turn to in big games.

 

North Carolina State (stats are courtesy of GoPack.com)

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Arguably the biggest surprise of the tournament was NC State dominating archrival North Carolina in the first game.

The Wolfpack were tested in the Super Regionals against Rice, but they were able to pull out a pair of one-run victories to advance to the College World Series. 

At 50-14, the Wolfpack have earned the right to be in the tournament. They have won 10 of their last 11 games, with the lone loss coming in 18 innings to North Carolina in the ACC tournament. They improved to 2-2 against the Tar Heels this season with a win on Sunday.

NC State will be in control of its bracket now. LSU is ranked higher than NC State, but NC State put together an impressive run in its most recent games.

 

North Carolina (stats are courtesy of GoHeels.com)

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After the Tar Heels went down on Sunday, they will have a tough road ahead of them.

Of the teams that will be in the loser's bracket, North Carolina has the best chance of rebounding. 

The Tar Heels are 57-11 this year, so they know how to win. They have a solid pitching staff and a good offense.

Kent Emanuel entered the College World Series at 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA. Trent Thornton is 11-1 with eight saves and a 1.28 ERA. He has 78 strikeouts to only 15 walks, so he has the ability to shut opponents down.

Colin Moran (.343/.472/.555), Cody Stubbs (.366/..447/.585) and Brian Holberton (.309/.422/.504) lead the offense. Moran has 13 home runs and 88 RBI, and Stubbs has 26 doubles, eight homers and 76 RBI. Holberton has 11 home runs and 56 RBI.

The Tar Heels put themselves in a hole with a loss in the opener, and they now have to find a way to go on a run. Luckily for them, they were No. 1 for a reason.

North Carolina is a balanced team with the talent to come back after a disappointing loss.

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