Add the 2014 NCAA baseball tournament to the grand list of top-notch sporting events currently going on across the globe, as the 2014 college baseball super regionals are set to kick off this Friday.
It isn't the most high-profile tournament in college sports, but any baseball fan knows of the high-quality baseball played during this tournament. With Omaha and the College World Series in sight, the remaining teams will crank it up to put their best products on the field.
To ensure that you're up to date with the tournament, keep checking back to read the schedule below. It tells you all the viewing information you'll need to catch each pitch of the super regionals.
Bracket and Schedule
For the full bracket, check out NCAA.com. The full schedule for the super regionals is below.
|Austin Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Houston vs. Texas||6/6||4 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Texas vs. Houston||6/7||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Houston vs. Texas||6/8||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Charlottesville Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Maryland vs. No. 3 Virginia||6/7||Noon||ESPN2|
|No. 3 Virginia vs. Maryland||6/8||Noon||ESPN2|
|Maryland vs. No. 3 Virginia||6/9||4 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Fort Worth Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Pepperdine vs. No. 7 TCU||6/7||4 p.m.||ESPNU|
|No. 7 TCU vs. Pepperdine||6/8||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Pepperdine vs. No. 7 TCU||6/9||7 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Lafayette Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Ole Miss vs. No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette||6/7||8 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Ole Miss||6/8||9 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Ole Miss vs. No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette||6/9||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Louisville Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Kennesaw State vs. Louisville||6/6||6:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Louisville vs. Kennesaw State||6/7||7 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Louisville vs. Kennesaw State||6/8||6 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Lubbock Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|College of Charleston vs. Texas Tech||6/7||1 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Texas Tech vs. College of Charleston||6/8||3 p.m.||ESPNU|
|College of Charleston vs. Texas Tech||6/9||1 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Nashville Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Stanford vs. Vanderbilt||6/6||1 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Vanderbilt vs. Stanford||6/7||3 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Stanford vs. Vanderbilt||6/8||3 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Stillwater Super Regional||Date||Time (ET)||Watch|
|UC Irvine vs. Oklahoma State||6/6||9:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Oklahoma State vs. UC Irvine||6/7||10 p.m.||ESPNU|
|UC Irvine vs. Oklahoma State||6/8||9 p.m.||ESPNU|
Just three nationally ranked teams remain for the 2014 super regionals. Virginia (No. 3), Louisiana-Lafayette (No. 6) and TCU (No. 7) will look to maintain their status as a few of the stronger teams in this tournament by defeating their respective opponents in the supers.
Virginia has five career appearances in the supers, all of which have come in the past six seasons. Heading into the season with high expectations—they were the preseason No. 1 team—the Cavaliers stumbled late and fell to No. 3. That said, coach Brian O'Connor is still proud of his squad, via Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press:
I am proud. I am really proud of this club. Every club is different. Last year was a team of guys who were unproven and second years trying to push it forward. This team comes in with enormous expectations and managed those really well. To be the regional champions here and to go into another Super Regional is consistent and speaks to the quality of players that were consistently recruiting, it speaks to the consistency of the assistant coaches who remained loyal to the program. I am really proud. I think in sports when you accomplish great things you need to enjoy this, so we will enjoy it and then look forward to next week.
Virginia will face Maryland in the supers.
Louisiana-Lafayette earned a trip to the supers after a 5-3 win over Mississippi State on Monday night. The Ragin Cajuns were incredible in the Lafayette regional, as five players made the All-Tournament Team.
The Associated Press reports, via NOLA.com, that second baseman Jace Conrad, shortstop Blake Trahan, third baseman Ryan Leonards, outfielder Seth Harrison and catcher Michael Strentz all earned the honor. Conrad was even named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
That honor probably had something to do with the grand slam he launched against Jackson State.
This team is loaded with stars who will look to oust Ole Miss in the supers.
The final nationally seeded team alive is the TCU Horned Frogs. Nobody knew how TCU would recover after winning a 22-inning marathon on Saturday night against Sam Houston State.
ESPN Stats & Info's official Twitter account broke down just how lengthy the game was:
After 6 hours, 54 minutes and 593 pitches thrown, TCU beat Sam Houston State in the 2nd-longest game in NCAA Tournament history (22 innings)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2014
The Horned Frogs had to come back and win against the same squad on Monday. They prevailed and will now host a super regional.
The 22-inning game may very well catch up with the Horned Frogs in the supers, as it remains to be seen if all the pitchers used will be rested in time for game action. That said, the perseverance TCU showed in winning a game of that length should give them the confidence to compete against anybody.