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College World Series 2013: Predicting Favorites for National Championship Final

Jun 15, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Indiana Hoosiers pitcher Joey DeNato (23) celebrates with Walker Stadler (25), Scott Donley (3) and Kyle Schwarber (10) after defeating the Louisville Cardinals during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Indiana Hoosiers won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 17, 2013

The college baseball world has already seen a few upsets during the 2013 College World Series, as Mississippi St. beat Oregon St. and UCLA pulled off an upset over LSU.

Indiana continued its hot streak while Carlos Rodon and N.C. State dismantled North Carolina on Sunday.

After seeing each team play once in the World Series, I've made my predictions for the two teams that I think will be competing for a national championship as the tournament dwindles down to two teams.

Here's the unveiling. 

 

LSU

Pitching is a big part of winning a national championship and LSU has the arms to do it.

The Tigers rank third in all of college baseball in ERA, posting a collective 2.38 mark. LSU's staff is anchored by Aaron Nola, who's 12-1 this season with a minuscule 1.57 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched.

Oh, and LSU's offense isn't too shabby either.

The Tigers rank 19th in team batting average, sporting a .306 mark. The offense is led by Mason Katz, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Katz leads the team with 16 homers and 69 RBI and is second on the team in batting average, at .365. Katz is part of a Tigers offense that ranks ninth in the nation in runs scored and third in hits.

The thing about LSU is that it has enough pitching to hold down its opponents' offense, but at the same time, the Tigers have enough scoring power to compete with anyone.

Despite losing 2-1 to UCLA on Sunday night, I still like LSU to make it to the final. 

 

Indiana

When you're hot you're hot, and the Indiana Hoosiers are absolutely scorching right now.

The Hoosiers own a seven-game win streak and, lately, they have been putting up runs like it's nothing. Prior to its 2-0 win over Louisville on Saturday, Indiana was averaging 8.5 runs during its six-game winning streak.

Catcher Kyle Schwarber has been the leader of Indiana's offense, hitting .376 with 18 big flies and 54 RBI.

To go with a hot offense, the Hoosiers' pitching staff ranks eighth in the nation with a 2.63 ERA. Right-hander Aaron Slegers has been the dominant starter for Indiana, going 9-1 with a 2.13 ERA. Joey DeNato pitched a gem against Louisville on Saturday, throwing a four-hit, complete-game shutout. 

The Hoosiers are coming off of a two-game sweep of No. 8 Florida State, in which they put up 21 runs.

Because of this, I like Indiana to make it to the final.

In fact, not only do I have the Hoosiers in the final, but I have them winning the 2013 College World Series because of their hot streak and incredible balance of pitching and offense.

 

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