College World Series 2013: Offenses That Will Carry Their Teams to Victory
Pitching is obviously important in winning the College World Series, but you also need to have a bit of offense.
There are several teams in the 2013 College World Series which have won big games by exploding at the plate, whether it's a team ranked in the top 10 in the nation in runs or a team that seems to pick its spots at just the right moments.
With six teams remaining in the 2013 CWS, here are the two offenses that will do the most damage moving forward.
*Statistics via NCAA.com
Indiana was ranked 12th in the nation in runs through Monday's games. The Hoosiers scored 15 runs against Austin Peay in the regionals and a combined 21 runs in two games against Florida State in the super regionals.
Indiana's offense will be tested against Oregon State's dynamic pitching on Wednesday, but I expect the Hoosiers to score just enough to edge the Beavers. This should be a low-scoring game, but the better offense—Indiana—should pull it off.
If Indiana beats Oregon State, it will play Mississippi State. Indiana lost a thriller to the Bulldogs on Monday, but Indiana has been just a bit better at the plate throughout the season, which I believe will come back to bite Mississippi State.
Will North Carolina defeat NC State on Thursday?
North Carolina hasn't looked as dominant in the tournament as it did in the regular season, but its 4-2 victory over LSU may have lit a spark under the team.
LSU left-hander Cody Glenn, who was outstanding all season, allowed three runs in two innings in that game, including a two-run homer in the first inning to catcher Brian Holberton.
Don't forget, North Carolina ranks first in the nation in runs this season. A 12-11 win over Florida Atlantic in the regionals was a reminder of that. Colin Moran and Cody Stubbs rank first and third in the nation in RBI, respectively. Getting to Glenn early may have been a sign that the Tar Heels' offense is revving up.
Look for North Carolina to avenge its prior loss to N.C. State on Thursday.
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