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College World Series 2014: Updated Omaha Schedule and Bracket Predictions

Virginia pitcher Nathan Kirby works against Mississippi in the first inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIJune 19, 2014

The 2014 College World Series is entering its home stretch, as after Thursday's action, there will be just four teams remaining in pursuit of the title in Omaha.

It has been a long road to Omaha. Teams have made it past regionals and super regionals to get this far, and now they have braved the rigors of the double-elimination portion of the tournament. With so much baseball in a one-month stretch, the most well-prepared teams are the ones that move on.

An updated bracket for the tournament can be found here, courtesy of NCAA.com, and an updated schedule for the remainder of the tournament can be found below. Don't miss another pitch of this tournament.

 

Updated Schedule

2014 College World Series Schedule
GameDateTime (ET)ResultTV Info
UC Irvine vs. TexasJune 143 p.m.UCI 3-1 TexasESPN 2
Louisville vs. VanderbiltJune 148 p.m.Vanderbilt 5-2 LouisvilleESPN 2
Texas Tech vs. TCUJune 153 p.m.TCU 3-2 Texas TechESPN 2
Virginia vs. Ole MissJune 158 p.m.Virginia 2-1 Ole MissESPN 2
Texas vs. LouisvilleJune 163 p.m.Texas 4-1 LouisvilleESPN 2
Vanderbilt vs. UC IrvineJune 168 p.m.Vanderbilt 6-4 UC IrvineESPN 2
Texas Tech vs. Ole MissJune 173 p.m.Ole Miss 2-1 Texas TechESPN 2
TCU vs. VirginiaJune 178 p.m.Virginia 3-2 TCUESPN
Texas vs. UC IrvineJune 188 p.m.Texas 1-0 UC IrvineESPN
Ole Miss vs. TCUJune 198 p.m.TBDESPN
Vanderbilt vs. TexasJune 203 p.m.TBDESPNU
Virginia vs. TCU/Ole MissJune 208 p.m.TBDESPN
Game 13*June 213 p.m.TBDESPN2
Game 14*June 218 p.m.TBDESPN
CWS Finals: Game 1June 238 p.m.TBDESPN
CWS Finals: Game 2June 248 p.m.TBDESPN
CWS Finals: Game 3*June 258 p.m.TBDESPN
NCAA.com

 

Outlook

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Vanderbilt, Texas and Virginia have already punched their tickets to the semifinals. Vanderbilt and Texas will square off on Friday, while Virginia must first wait for the winner of Ole Miss and TCU on Thursday.

The Longhorns have scored just six runs in their last three games, including a 1-0 win over UC Irvine to advance. That has been enough, however, as their pitching has been fantastic. Against Vanderbilt, they'll likely have their ace on the bump. Nick Cole of The Tennessean broke down Nathan Thornhill's credentials:

The Longhorns likely will bring their No. 1 pitcher to Friday's matchup with six days of rest from this past Saturday's appearance.

Texas starter Nathan Thornhill cruised through seven shutout innings before allowing two runs in the eighth as he took a 3-1 loss in the opener to UC Irvine. The right-hander is 8-3 with a 1.63 ERA.

Should the Commodores take care of business against a tough pitcher in Thornhill, the going will be no easier in the finals.

TCU or Ole Miss will have difficulties defeating Virginia, especially considering that the Cavaliers will likely have their top pitchers rested for the matchup. Nathan Kirby and Nick Howard—a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Reds—will likely be the duo called upon to close the door on either the Horned Frogs or the Rebels.

TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle spoke about how dominant those arms can be, via David Teel of the Daily Press: "Yeah, premium arms. It’s hard to get upset at your offense when you’re facing that kind of pitching."

For now, let's say that Texas and Virginia both advance into the College World Series final. While it is a three-game series, both aces (Thornhill and Kirby) might be unavailable given their workload in the semifinals.

Unless the coaches are willing to throw either of them on shorter rest, the earliest they would be able to throw is Game 3 of the series. If that game is necessary, it would make for one of the better CWS-deciding games in recent memory.

Anything can happen from now until then, however, so we shouldn't jump ahead of ourselves too quickly. While Texas vs. Virginia might be the most compelling matchup, there are still several games to be played before the finals.

Don't miss a single pitch of the action. All it takes is one pitch to dictate the outcome of the entire tournament.

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