College World Series 2013 TV Schedule: Complete Viewing Guide to Game 5

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIJune 17, 2013

Jun 15, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Louisville Cardinals third baseman Ty Young (30) fields a ground ball in the seventh inning against the Indiana Hoosiers during the College World Series game at TD Ameritrade Park. Indiana Hoosiers won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 College World Series is in full swing, as the final eight teams are competing for the right to be named as the best in the nation. With the underdogs pulling out early upsets, the winners and losers brackets are looking different from what anyone could have expected.

The focus shifts now to Game 5, as the Louisville Cardinals get set to square off against the Oregon State Beavers in the losers bracket. This game takes place at 3 p.m. ET on June 17 on ESPN2.

Below, we'll break down this pivotal contest as well as the other CWS games on the slate.

In the winners bracket, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will play the Indiana Hoosiers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack will play the UCLA Bruins. The other losers bracket game features the LSU Tigers battling the North Carolina Tar Heels.

When it's all said and done, we'll crown a champion. Here's how the process will continue.


Game 5: Louisville Cardinals vs. Oregon State Beavers, Losers Bracket

Date: Monday, June 17

Time: 3 p.m. ET


The Louisville Cardinals and Oregon State Beavers are both on their last legs, as a loss will send them home. For that reason, this game will be one in which urgency and desperation will be at a complete and utter premium.

The question is, who will come through?

The Cardinals won their first five games at the College World Series, but lost 2-0 to Indiana and were delegated to the loser's bracket. While their bats have been inconsistent, that outing displayed just how brilliant their pitching staff has been.

They'll need to come to life to beat the Beavers.

Oregon State hasn't been quite as consistent during the tournament, but they've maintained their elite status. They bounced back from a loss to Kansas State by outscoring them 16-7 over their next two games.

The question is, can the Beavers bounce back from a 5-4 loss to Mississippi State and survive the losers bracket? Or will the Cardinals continue their improbable run?

We're soon to find out.

If the Cardinals are to win, they'll need to see their bats come to life in a better manner than in recent games. They've managed less than two runs in consecutive games, which has Louisville on the brink of elimination.

This comes after they scored 26 runs in their first three games of the College World Series.

The Beavers' bats haven't exploded, either, but their pitching staff has kept them in games. Even still, their inconsistencies stem from the fact that they're being out-hit when their pitching staff falters.

If the Beavers are hoping to avoid a premature elimination, they'll need to find a balance between their offense and defense—something they've been unable to consistently do.


Other CWS Matchups

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs, Winners Bracket

Date: Monday, June 17

Time: 8 p.m. ET



Regardless of which team wins this game, neither will be eliminated from the 2013 College World Series. With that being said, a victory will guarantee advancement, while a loss will send the team into an elimination game.

This may not be a must-win, but a victory is a form of a guarantee.

The Hoosiers have been the most explosive team at the 2013 College World Series, topping five runs in five of their six outings. They've eclipsed the 10-run plateau in two of those games, thus proving their elite status as a batting team.

With a 2-0 win over Louisville to reach the winners bracket, the Hoosiers also proved that they can win a pitcher's duel.

The Bulldogs have won six of their past seven games, mixing a powerful offensive output with precise pitching. As a result, they've reached the winners bracket, most recently picking up a 5-4 upset of the Oregon State Beavers.

The question is, can Mississippi State step up and pull out yet another momentous victory? Or will the Hoosiers continue to dominate the opposition?

There may not be a sense of desperation, but there is still much on the line.


LSU Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels, Losers Bracket

Date: Tuesday, June 18

Time: 3 p.m. ET



The LSU Tigers and North Carolina Tar Heels were two of the top five teams in the NCAA before this tournament began. As a result, they were viewed as favorites to dominate the field and thus win the championship gold.

Now, they're set to face each other in an elimination game as a part of the losers bracket.

The Tar Heels were the top-ranked team in the nation but have been disturbingly underwhelming during this tournament. They've lost three games already, including an 8-1 drubbing against in-state rival North Carolina State.

They'll need to put on their best performance yet if they're to survive LSU.

The Tigers, meanwhile, won every single game they played at the event before dropping a 2-1 nail-biter to UCLA. Unfortunately, that one loss was the most important of all, as LSU is now delegated to the losers bracket.

The question is, will the Tigers lose to the Tar Heels and see their dreams dashed? Or will North Carolina finally play like themselves?

This one should be extraordinary.


North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. UCLA Bruins, Winners Bracket

Date: Tuesday, June 18

Time: 8 p.m. ET



Perhaps the most surprising matchup of the tournament comes between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and UCLA Bruins. Not only are they underdogs in the winners bracket, but they defeated North Carolina and LSU, respectively, to reach this plateau.

The question is, which underdog will be moving on?

North Carolina State decimated the Tar Heels to reach this point, winning 8-1 and stunning the college baseball world. Including that win, the Wolfpack remain undefeated at the College World Series and will look to continue that streak against UCLA.

The Bruins have been equally as dominant, going undefeated during their time at the event, as well. They've done so with two shutouts and a recent 2-1 victory over the LSU Tigers.

All in all, UCLA and North Carolina State have been nothing short of spectacular. The question is, which team will survive this battle and who will be forced into an elimination game?

This clash of the underdogs should be a memorable one.