College World Series 2013 Schedule: Viewing Guide and Predictions for CWS Action

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College World Series 2013 Schedule: Viewing Guide and Predictions for CWS Action
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

After North Carolina knocked LSU out of the 2013 College World Series on Tuesday, six teams remain in the tournament.

The question is, who will advance to the Championship Series and win the national title?

There are two games slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, boasting some teams that have been rolling.

Here's my take on each game, as well as my prediction of who will advance to the Championship Series and be crowned.

*Complete bracket and schedule can be found at NCAA.com. Stats through June 17, via NCAA.com.


June 18

NC State vs. UCLA

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

When: 8 p.m. EDT

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

NC State opened up its trip to the 2013 College World Series with a vengeance, destroying in-state foe North Carolina, 8-1. The Wolfpack have won all six of their games in the tournament.

UCLA started off its CWS appearance with a 2-1 win over No. 4 LSU. The Bruins have won all six of their games in the tournament.

Something has to give.

While UCLA hasn't named its starter for Tuesday, NC State will start left-hander Logan Jernigan, according to Jeff Gravley of WRAL-TV.

Jernigan has posted a 1.19 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) this season. In the Wolfpack's 5-4 win over Rice in Game 2 of the Raleigh Super Regional, he allowed one run in five innings.

While UCLA's pitching has been great this year, the offense worries me a bit, especially against the left-hander. I expect NC State to scratch out enough runs to win this game.

Prediction: NC State wins

 

June 19

Indiana vs. Oregon State (3)

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

When: 8 p.m. EDT

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Indiana lost its first game of the tournament on Monday against Mississippi State, 5-4. It was a thrilling game that could have gone either way.

Meanwhile, Oregon State blew out Louisville, 11-4. 

Oregon State—ranked second in the country in ERA—has the pitching to quiet Indiana's bats, but Indiana's pitching isn't too shabby, either, ranked ninth in ERA. Indiana shut out Louisville in the College World Series, 2-0.

The way this tournament has been going, this is anybody's game, but I'm going to stick with Indiana, who I really liked headed into the CWS. Indiana's offense has consistently scored more throughout the season, ranked 12th in runs (Oregon State ranks 46th).

Prediction: Indiana wins

 

June 24-26 (Championship Series)

Indiana vs. NC State (Prediction)

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

When: 8 p.m. EDT

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

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I expect to NC State to defeat UCLA on Tuesday, wait for UCLA to defeat North Carolina in the loser's bracket, and then defeat UCLA again to advance to the Championship Series.

I expect Indiana to defeat Oregon State on Wednesday, then go on to avenge its loss to Mississippi State to advance to the Championship Series.

In the Championship Series, I like Indiana over NC State in three games, due to the Hoosiers' advantage in pitching and offense.

Prediction: Indiana wins 2013 College World Series

 

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