College World Series Bracket 2013: Teams We'd Love to See in Semifinal Action

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College World Series Bracket 2013: Teams We'd Love to See in Semifinal Action
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For every team remaining in the 2013 College World Series, one game is the difference between advancing in the tournament and being ousted from Omaha.

We've already seen some excellent play from some of the best clubs in the nation and would love to see them advance to the semifinals of the World Series.

The main reason we'd love to see these three teams in semis action?

None of the three teams in this column have ever won a national title.

 

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 ORE ST 11-4 Oregon St. Louisville
4 Monday, June 17 MISS ST 5-4  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 NC State 8-1 North Carolina NC St.
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 8 p.m. Game 4 Winner Game 5 Winner
7* Saturday, June 22 8:30 p.m. Game 6 Winner Game 6 Loser

*If necessary

 

UCLA

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Anyone that can put an L on Aaron Nola's clean stat sheet gets props in my books.

The Bruins pulled a huge upset over the Tigers on Saturday, as UCLA narrowly edged LSU by a score of 2-1.

UCLA mustered two runs on five hits off of Nola, who was 12-0 entering the matchup against the Bruins. Although neither of the runs were earned runs for LSU's starter, it's still impressive to see a loss next to Nola's name.

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The fact that the Bruins were able to win a grind-it-out type of game against a quality opponent like LSU should have fans excited at the thought of UCLA playing in the semifinals.

If you appreciate good pitching, you'll love watching UCLA in the remainder of the College World Series. Reliever David Berg is the Mariano Rivera of college closers and Nick Vander Tuig, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2013 MLB draft, anchors the pitching staff.

UCLA has a tough matchup vs. N.C. State on Tuesday, but anything is possible in Omaha.

 

N.C. State

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Getting a chance to see Carlos Rodon on the main stage in Omaha would be a dream come true for college baseball fans.

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Rodon has been sensational this season, pitching to a 10-2 record with a 3.04 ERA to go with 178 strikeouts in 127.1 innings pitched. According to MLB.com draft expert Jonathan Mayo, Rodon is the leading candidate for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 MLB draft.

Aside from the left-handed pitching talent, N.C. State is just a fun team to watch.

The Wolfpack are riding a six-game winning streak and looked unstoppable against No. 1 North Carolina on June 16—an 8-1 win for N.C. St.

The Wolfpack's offense ranks near the top of the nation in team batting average and runs scored, making for an entertaining semifinal if N.C. State is able to win against UCLA on Tuesday.

 

Indiana

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The Indiana Hoosiers owned a seven-game winning streak before losing to the Bulldogs on Monday night, but Indiana is still one of the most exciting college baseball teams to watch.

Not only do the Hoosiers pitch extremely well—they boast a collective 2.63 ERA that ranks eighth in the nation—they hit for power and score a ton of runs, making them one of the more thrilling teams in the 2013 tournament.

Joey DeNato (10-2, 2.52 ERA) and Aaron Slegers (9-1, 2.13 ERA) are a huge part of the Hoosiers' pitching staff, while catcher Kyle Schwarber has been the leader on offense.

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Schwarber ranks tied for third in college baseball with 18 home runs while driving in 54 runs and hitting .376 for Indiana this season.

Despite losing on Monday night, I like Indiana to bounce back with a win against Oregon State on Wednesday.

I've selected Indiana as my favorite to win the 2013 College World Series, so I clearly want to see them in the semifinals, but because the Hoosiers are a complete club, you should be hoping to see them in the semis as well.

 

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