CWS 2013: Power Ranking Top Championship Contenders

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CWS 2013: Power Ranking Top Championship Contenders
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The 2013 College World Series began over the weekend, and a number of high-profile upsets and shocking results have already shifted the balance of power in Omaha.

North Carolina, the nation’s No. 1 team and the tournament’s No. 1 seed, has already been stunned by NC State and has an uphill road to get into the championship series.

Heading into Monday’s slate of games, let’s take a look at a few of the top competitors, check out the updated brackets and more.

 

Top Competitors

3. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs are preparing to play Indiana on Monday evening after cutting the third-seeded Oregon State Beavers down and pushing them to the brink of elimination on Saturday.

Wes Rea was the hero of the contest, smashing a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull his underdogs ahead for what would be the winning 5-4 margin of victory.

Closer Jonathan Holder finished the job, proving his mettle with some clutch pitching in the final inning.

Now this team will have to face a red-hot Hoosiers squad that may be the favorite to win it all after a solid performance against Louisville.

I’ll delve further into IU’s chances and this matchup in just a moment.

 

2. NC State

The Wolfpack may have pulled off the biggest coup in Omaha, soundly destroying the UNC Tar Heels on Sunday in an 8-1 shellacking.

Carlos Rodon put himself on the map as a bona fide star, as the sophomore pitched eight shutout innings and kept North Carolina hitless through four innings.

Bryan Adametz, Logan Ratledge and Brett Williams each drove in two runs as UNC pitcher Kent Emanuel struggled to make outs.

Rodon continued his excellence against this opponent, as the left-hander last dueled with the Tar Heels in an 18-inning thriller in late-May. Although NC State lost 2-1, the youngster pitched 10 innings, allowed just one hit and struck out 14 in an impressive showing.

As long as Rodon and his defense maintain this excellent level of play, it’s going to be tough for anyone to oust the Wolfpack in this tournament. 

The next matchup for NC State comes against No. 4 seed LSU on Tuesday.

 

1. Indiana

Indiana is certainly not a powerhouse in college baseball, as the team played its first CWS contest and picked up its first “W” on Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals.

Much of that credit is owed to Joey DeNato, the left-handed pitcher who not only completed the game but also finished it with a 2-0 shutout.

It took 136 pitches and a strong amount of glove work to seal the victory, but winds blowing toward home plate helped IU garner a historic win over the weekend.

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The school will look to stay perfect against a tough Mississippi State squad on Monday, although it will be much tougher against an offense that is simply unstoppable at this juncture.

Aaron Slegers, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, may get the nod for this one, although Kyle Hart and Will Coursen-Carr are two other candidates to throw against the MSU bats.

Regardless of who gets the nod, the  Hoosiers will have their work cut out for them. If the defense isn’t perfect, they’ll fall down the power rankings and have a tough time staying on track for the finals.

 

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

 

Bracket 2

Game

Date

Time (EDT)

CWS Team

CWS Team

1

Sunday, June 16

NC ST 8-1

North Carolina

NC State

2

Sunday, June 16

UCLA 2-1

UCLA

LSU

3

Tuesday, June 18

3 p.m.

North Carolina

LSU

4

Tuesday, June 18

8 p.m. 

NC State

UCLA

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

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