As always, the NCAA Division I baseball tournament has been thrilling this year. We've seen nail-biters, blowouts, virtuoso pitching performances and outstanding plays in the field.
And it's only going to get better down the stretch.
Eight of the top 16 teams in the country have made it to the 2013 College World Series. The "No. 1" team in the country, North Carolina, just lost to in-state foe NC State. Meanwhile, No. 12 Indiana has won all six of its games in the tournament.
Here's a look at the matchups we would love to see moving forward.
Indiana vs. Oregon State
I have Indiana as my No. 1 team in the tournament right now. The Hoosiers have won all six of their matchups so far. They rank eighth in the country in ERA and 14th in runs. They've also shown they can not only explode on offense but also win nail-biters.
Oregon State, on the other hand, has the pitching to beat Indiana. The Beavers rank second in ERA this season. They have won five of their seven matchups in the tournament (losing to Kansas State and Mississippi State).
I would still peg Indiana to win this matchup, but Oregon State has the potential to emerge victorious.
NC State vs. LSU
NC State showed how dangerous it can be when it defeated North Carolina, 8-1. While the Wolfpack aren't generally overly impressive in terms of pitching (26th in ERA) or hitting (31st in runs), there's no question they know how to win close ballgames. Sometimes a grind-it-out team like this is capable of big, big things.
Of course, the 8-1 victory over UNC could mean the offense is finding its groove.
As for LSU, I consider the Tigers to be the second-best team in the tournament. The 2-1 loss to UCLA was tough to take, but it also showed just how dangerous the entire field is this year. LSU ranks third in ERA and ninth in runs this season.
Indiana vs. LSU (Finals)
This is my dream matchup for the finals.
Both teams have what it takes at the plate and on the mound to win it all.
Of course, we've seen teams that "have it all" fail to live up to their potential. Indiana and LSU still look like powerhouses to me, however, even with LSU's close loss to UCLA. I wouldn't be surprised if both made it to the finals for the rights to the title.
Players to watch for?
As for Indiana, Dustin DeMuth, Kyle Schwarber and Scott Donley lead the offense. Aaron Slegers (2.13 ERA) and Joey DeNato (2.52 ERA) lead the rotation.
As for LSU, Alex Bregman, Mason Katz (seventh in the nation in RBI) and Raph Rhymes drive the offense. Aaron Nola (15th in the nation in ERA), Cody Glenn and Ryan Eades make up the Tigers' three-headed monster in the rotation.