The College World Series has come down to just two teams. The Mississippi State Bulldogs will take on the UCLA Bruins for a chance to call themselves champions. The Bulldogs and Bruins will meet in a three-game series beginning Monday, June 24.
Here is the information needed to view the series, as well as a look at the stars to watch in this clash of contrasting styles.
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The Bulldogs' bats will be a stiff challenge for the Bruins' pitching staff. Mississippi State is hitting .297 as a team, while the Bruins have a sparkling team ERA of 2.61.
Below are their standouts.
Hunter Renfroe, Bulldogs
Hunter Renfroe was selected 13th overall by the San Diego Padres because of his offensive prowess. He's hit .355 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI on the season. He is the single scariest presence in the Bulldogs lineup.
His three-run homer against the Oregon State Beavers on Friday was the big blow that launched the Bulldogs into the finals against the Bruins.
UCLA's pitching staff will be taking a huge step toward slowing the Bulldogs' attack if it can contain Renfroe.
Ross Mitchell, Bulldogs
Renfroe gets much of the press for the Bulldogs, but Ross Mitchell is the rock of a solid bullpen that anchors the pitching staff.
He's 13-0 this season and has been a key contributor in relief. Jonathan Holder has 21 saves, and Mitchell has done a great job of getting him the ball by keeping his team in the game with solid long relief.
His talents will be needed against the Bruins' scrappy lineup.
Nick Vander Tuig, Bruins
The ace of the Bruins rotation is 13-4 with a 2.31 ERA on the season. He isn't an overpowering pitcher as evidenced by his 87 strikeouts in 121 innings pitched, but he's a gutsy battler who always keeps his team in the game.
With the Bruins' tough bullpen to back him up, Nick Vander Tuig has been a rock-solid innings-eater all season.
His seven-inning outing against NC State on June 18 was vintage Vander Tuig. He allowed only one run, four hits and struck out six before the bullpen locked down another win.
David Berg, Bruins
Who will win the CWS?
The Pac-12 Player of the Year has been lights out as closer this season. His 23 saves and 0.96 ERA are proof of his dominance.
His side-arm delivery makes him incredibly tough to pick up for opposing hitters, while his stamina allows him to work two—and sometimes three—innings for a save.
Because of the Bruins' less-than stellar hitting (.248 team batting average) and short-innings starting pitching, David Berg is the team's most valuable player.
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