College World Series 2013 Schedule: TV Info, Preview, Predictions for CWS Action

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College World Series 2013 Schedule: TV Info, Preview, Predictions for CWS Action
Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports

The 2013 College World Series has been absolutely excellent over the first few days of action in Omaha, Neb., but things should only get more exhilarating as the latter stages of the tournament draw nearer.

There have already been a number of shocking upsets and surprising underdogs making a serious bid to win college baseball’s most prestigious event.

Let’s take a look at these results, highlight the remainder of the schedule, predict a winner and more in our 2013 CWS preview.

 

Where: TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

When: Began Saturday, June 15; could go through Wednesday, June 26

Watch: ESPN and ESPN2

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Bracket

Image courtesy of NCAA.com/ http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/baseball/d1

 

Schedule (via NCAA.com)

Date

Matchup

Game

Time (ET)

Results/Channel

Saturday, June 15

Oregon State vs. Mississippi State

Opening Round

3 p.m.

MSU 5-4

Saturday, June 15

Indiana vs. Louisville

Opening Round

8 p.m.

IU 2-0

Sunday, June 16

North Carolina vs. NC State

Opening Round

3 p.m.

NC St 8-1

Sunday, June 16

LSU vs. UCLA

Opening Round

8 p.m.

UCLA 2-1

Monday, June 17

Oregon State vs. Louisville

Elimination Game

3 p.m.

OSU 11-4

Monday, June 17

Mississippi State vs. Indiana

For Semifinal Berth

8 p.m.

MSU 5-4

Tuesday, June 18

North Carolina vs. LSU

Elimination Game

3 p.m.

ESPN

Tuesday, June 18

NC State vs. UCLA

For Semifinal Berth

8 p.m.

ESPN2

Wednesday, June 19

Indiana vs. Oregon State

Elimination Game

8 p.m.

ESPN

Thursday, June 20

Tuesday's Losers Bracket Winner vs. Tuesday's Winners Bracket Loser

Elimination Game

8 p.m.

ESPN

Friday, June 21

Mississippi State vs. Wednesday's Winner

Semifinal Elimination Game 1

3 p.m.

ESPN

Friday, June 21

Tuesday's Winners Bracket Winner vs. Thursday's Winner

Semifinal Elimination Game 1

8 p.m.

ESPN

Saturday, June 22*

Mississippi State vs. Wednesday's Winner

Semifinal Elimination Game 2

3 p.m.

ESPN2

Saturday, June 22*

Tuesday's Winners Bracket Winner vs. Thursday's Winner

Semifinal Elimination Game 2

8:30 p.m.

ESPN

Monday, June 24

Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner

CWS Game 1

8 p.m.

ESPN

Tuesday, June 25

Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner

CWS Game 2

8 p.m.

ESPN

Wednesday, June 26*

Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner

CWS Game 3

8 p.m.

ESPN

*If necessary

 

Key Matchup: North Carolina vs. LSU

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

As two of the strongest teams in the nation, the Tar Heels and Tigers came into this tournament with much hype and fanfare.

However, things quickly turned sour in Omaha for these powerhouses. Both were stunned in the opening round, with UNC falling to NC State in a blowout and UCLA barely edging LSU.

Now, the No. 1 seeded Tar Heels face the No. 3 seeded Tigers in a do-or-die matchup that will determine which side advances and which heads back full of disappointments and what-ifs.

North Carolina hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season and it cannot afford to start now, as there are no third chances in the College World Series. The players understand the gravity of this situation, as they were recently here in a win-or-go-home game against Florida Atlantic in the Chapel Hill Regional.

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

UNC would advance with a 12-11 victory after 13 exciting innings, proving that this club has the heart to go all the way.

LSU faltered twice in a row back in April and has to show it learned a lesson from that stumble or it will pay the price.

Tigers first baseman Mason Katz made it clear that his teammates grasp the situation and are ready for what is easily the most important contest of the season, telling Les East of The Advocate:

Everybody knows that every day is potentially our last game, so there’s no need for me or anybody else to try and get anybody else fired up because, if they’re not fired up, they really shouldn’t be playing this game.

You aren’t going to want to miss this showdown, so tune in Friday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN to catch the action.

 

Predicted World Series Winner: Mississippi State

The Bulldogs are in the semifinals after a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers Monday night.

With some smart play and solid baserunning, MSU was able to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead at the top of the eighth inning. While IU was able to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth with another run, the Hoosiers were ultimately eliminated without the need for extra innings.

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It’s the second eighth inning comeback in a row for this underdog, as Wes Rea smacked in a two-run double in the team’s opener against Oregon State to provide what would be the winning runs in a 5-4 thriller.

For its efforts, this team now has off until Friday and can relax, prepare and get mentally focused for the championship rounds.

The Bulldogs will face either Indiana or OSU in the semis and will have two chances to get the one win required that will advance them into the finals.

With how it's  fared thus far, don’t be surprised if Mississippi State continues to ride its wave of momentum past that series and through the best-of-three championship to capture the 2013 CWS crown.

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