The 2013 College World Series is in full swing from Omaha, where only four teams will be left standing after Thursday night's elimination game.
Mississippi State, Oregon State and UCLA have all booked a trip to the semifinals and will be joined by either NC State or North Carolina. But while several championship contenders and stars have emerged in Omaha, some others have given college baseball fans reasons to doubt.
Below we'll highlight a trio of players who've proved to be overrated this summer.
Alex Bregman, LSU, SS
Although it's important to keep in mind that LSU shortstop Alex Bregman is only a freshman, that doesn't excuse what was an awful 2013 College World Series performance.
Offensively, Bregman was a no-show for the Tigers in Omaha, going 0-for-8 at the plate and grounding into a double play in the seventh inning of a winnable game against North Carolina on Wednesday. LSU would go on to lose 4-2, being eliminated after just two games.
While Bregman certainly proved overrated during LSU's short stay in Omaha this summer, his coach, Paul Mainieri, believes he'll bounce back and improve in the future, according to NOLA.com's Randy Rosetta:
He'll be better for this experience. I don't have any doubt about that. I love the kid. I think he's a great player and his best days are ahead of him.
The freshman ended his first college season hitting .369, but it's his performance in the College World Series that he'll ultimately be judged by.
Dustin DeMuth, Indiana, 3B
The Indiana Hoosiers' run at the 2013 College World Series didn't last very long. Despite winning their opening game 2-0 over Louisville, Dustin DeMuth and company were eliminated on Wednesday.
DeMuth, who was drafted in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB draft earlier this month, went 0-for-4 at the plate in Indiana's opening win before going 0-for-3 with the bat in Indiana's 5-4 loss to Mississippi State on Monday.
One of those outs came in a key moment, right before the Bulldogs put up three runs in the eighth inning to take the lead, via Indianapolis Star's Michael Pointer:
IU's Dustin DeMuth strikes out looking with runners on second and third and two out in seventh. Hoosiers lead 3-2. #iubsb— Michael Pointer (@michaelpointer) June 18, 2013
In Wednesday's gut-wrenching 1-0 defeat to Oregon State, which sent Indiana home, DeMuth was able to muster up a bunt to get on base but finished just 1-for-3 at the plate as his side was shut out.
Through three games in Omaha, DeMuth was just 1-for-10 at the plate, failing to generate any offense for his club after batting .396 this past season.
Colin Moran, North Carolina, 3B
In his very first at-bat in the College World Series, third baseman Colin Moran, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft struck out swinging, going on to finish 0-3 at the plate in North Carolina's 8-1 loss to rival NC State.
The performance isn't what you would come to expect from a top-10 draft pick. Plus, the early defeat forced the Tar Heels to play LSU on Tuesday in an elimination game.
Will Colin Moran deliver a stud or dud performance vs. NC State?
Moran stepped up his game and played much better against the Tigers, going 3-for-5 at the plate, recording three singles and driving home one of North Carolina's four runs in the victory.
The patience and ability Moran displayed at the plate points to his potential at the next level, but he'll have to put forth a similar performance on Thursday against NC State if he hopes to keep his Tar Heels alive in Omaha.
If Moran goes hitless at the plate again, it could be the difference between North Carolina advancing or going home. Unlike Alex Bregman and Dustin DeMuth, maybe it's too early to say Moran is overrated, but after Thursday we'll know one way or another.
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