The College World Series has produced a ton of surprises as the field worked its way down to just two remaining teams; Mississippi State and UCLA.
As the Bulldogs and Bruins prepare to do battle on Monday night lets take a minute to look back and reflect on some of the most shocking outcomes from the 2013 College World Series.
UCLA Beats North Carolina 4-1
The Bruins have rode the golden arms of their pitching staff all the way to the College World Series finals, but before they take on the Bulldogs they had to tangle with the No. 1 UNC Tar Heels. The Tar Heels came into the CWS as a promising group who had the real potential to make some noise.
Instead they ran into the buzzsaw that is the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins took down the ACC squad to advance to the finals and get one step closer to snagging their first CWS Championship. The Bruins played small ball and plated two thanks to a Pat Valaika double in the seventh.
UCLA's "Stopper of the Year" David Berg came in for the ninth to seal the deal and the upset was done. The Bruins were able to squash all of UNC's hopes with an emphatic victory that would finally put an end to the Tar Heels' awful CWS performance.
Mississippi State Beats Oregon State Twice
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will meet the UCLA Bruins in the finals. They punched their ticket by defeating the No. 3 Oregon State Beavers...twice. The first game between the Bulldogs and the Beavers was the first of the CWS. MSU was efficient in scoring five runs on eight hits and, thanks to two runs in the eighth inning, started the World Series off with a big win over Oregon State.
They would meet again in the 11th game which would give the Bulldogs a shot at the championship. The Bulldogs utilized their potent offense, led by Hunter Renfroe's three-run homerun and Adam Frazier tallying four runs on 11 hits, and would advance to the CWS finals.
The Bulldogs came from the powerful SEC with something to prove, and they proved it against Oregon State.
NC State Beats No. 1 UNC
North Carolina came into the College World Series with a lot of potential. It came in as a No. 1 seed and won a few big games to get into the final field. Once it got to the World Series however, it lost what it had going and had a rough overall performance.
Its first game in the CWS was against North Carolina State. UNC obviously would win right? It beat the Wolfpack a few weeks back. It hadn't even lost back-to-back games all season, no way it would lose its first game in the College World Series, right?
UNC got started on the wrong foot once it was matched up with the Sophomore sensation Carlos Rodon, who led the Wolfpack to an 8-1 victory after throwing eight shutout innings and giving up just five hits.
NC State put on an incredible show in the Wolfpack's first game in the College World Series since 1968 and shocked the Tar Heels.
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