College Baseball: Super Regional Matchups Set, No Big Surprises

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College Baseball: Super Regional Matchups Set, No Big Surprises

The Super Regional matchups are set, and after all the surprises day one brought us, the matchups are nothing out of the ordinary.

 

All eight national seeds survived the Regionals, and will host a Super Regional this weekend. Only three No. 1 non-national seeds didn’t make it through. Only a lone four seed advanced to the Super Regional, while two two-seeds advanced.

 

Coral Gables Super Regional: Miami vs. Arizona

Game 1: Friday, June 6 at 6:00PM on ESPN

Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at 6:30PM on ESPN

Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, June 8 at 6:00PM on ESPN2

 

After a slow start against Bethune-Cookman, the Hurricanes stepped on the gas and never looked back, cruising to 3-0 in their Regional. The Hurricanes are now 50-8 this season.

 

While many thought Arizona would struggle with Michigan and Kentucky, the Wildcats showed that they are poised and ready to make a run to Omaha.  Arizona cruised through the Ann Arbor Regional, going 3-0 on the road, despite being the No. 1 seed.

 

Cary Super Regional: North Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina

Game 1: Saturday, June 7 at 11:00AM on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 8 at 12:00PM on ESPN

Game 3 (if necessary): Monday, June 9 at 11:30AM or 6:00PM on ESPN or ESPN2

 

North Carolina cruised through their Regional, defeating two-seed UNC-Wilmington on Saturday and Sunday. The Tar Heels outscored their opponents 28-12, en route to a perfect 3-0 mark in Regional action.

 

Coastal Carolina flexed their one-seed muscle this weekend, improving to 50-12 on the season, and going a perfect 3-0 in Regional play. Coastal Carolina scored 47 runs in their three Regional games.

 

Tempe Super Regional: Arizona State vs. Fresno State

Game 1: Saturday, June 7 at 8:00PM on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 8 at 9:00PM on ESPN2

Game 3 (if necessary): Monday, June 9 at 6:00PM on ESPN2

 

Although Arizona State struggled a little in their opening game against Stony Brook, the Sun Devils demolished Oklahoma in their last two games, outscoring the Sooners 27-3.

 

There was talk about Fresno State entering the Long Beach Regional, but not many people bought into the hype. The Bulldogs knocked off the host team on day 1, and then cruised to a 6-0 victory over No. 2-seeded San Diego.

 

San Diego bounced back to eliminate Long Beach State and claim a 15-1 victory over the Bulldogs on Sunday. However, Fresno State found their rhythm in a 5-1 victory on Monday, to be the only four-seed to advance to Super Regional play.

 

Tallahassee Super Regional: Florida State vs. Wichita State

Game 1: Friday, June 6 at 1:00PM on ESPN2

Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at 11:00AM on ESPN2

Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, June 8 at 12:00PM on ESPN

 

Florida State was determined not to disappoint for a second straight year, but the Seminoles did just that by dropping their opening game to Bucknell. No. 3 seed Tulane appeared to be positioned to claim the Tallahassee Regional, after defeating Bucknell 4-1 on Saturday night.

 

Florida State bounced back to eliminate in-state rival Florida 17-11 on Saturday, and defeated Bucknell 24-9 in their first game of a double-header on Sunday. The Seminoles were able to win three in a row to force a Monday elimination game against the Green Wave. Florida State won that game 16-7 to eliminate Tulane, and advance to Super Regional play, despite having to win four in a row.

 

Many talking heads criticized the NCAA selection committee for not giving Oklahoma State a national seed. The committee did not need to defend their reasoning after the Cowboys went 2-2, allowing No. 2 seed Wichita State to claim an 11-7 victory, and the Regional crown.

 

Wichita State beat TCU in the opening round, and then took care of the Cowboys on Saturday. A rematch was no problem for Wichita State, as they defeated the Cowboys again on Sunday.

 

Fullerton Super Regional: Cal State Fullerton vs. Stanford

Game 1: Friday, June 6 at 9:30PM on ESPN2

Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at 6:30PM on ESPN

Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, June 8 at 6:00PM on ESPN2

 

It was a fight, but Cal State Fullerton took care of UCLA for the second straight year on their way to a Regional Title. The Titans dropped game 2 to the Bruins, but bounced back to win the rematch on Sunday, and the do-or-die game on Monday. The Titans were only one of three national seeds to be forced to play an elimination game on Monday—all three of the national seeds won.

 

After dropping game 1 to UC Davis, the Cardinal bounced back to eliminate Arkansas 5-1 on Saturday. Stanford beat UC Davis in a rematch on Sunday 8-4 before defeating Pepperdine 13-1 to force a final matchup on Monday. A grand slam proved to be the decider, as Stanford topped Pepperdine 9-7.

 

Houston Super Regional: Rice vs. Texas A&M

Game 1: Saturday, June 7 at 2:00PM on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 8 at 6:00PM on ESPN2

Game 3 (if necessary): Monday, June 9 at 11:30AM or 6:00PM on ESPN or ESPN2

 

Rice continued to struggle in game 1 after going 0-2 in the Conference USA Tournament, but was able to squeak out a 3-2 victory over Sam Houston State. A first-round upset by St. John’s over Texas led to an 11-2 victory for Rice, setting up a 7-4 victory over Texas on Sunday. Rice improved to 45-13 on the season.

 

It appeared Texas A&M had the easiest road to the Super Regional, but the Aggies found a way to make it difficult. After a 15-1 victory in game 1, the Aggies followed that up with a 22-4 victory over Houston on Saturday. Houston fought back from the losers’ bracket, to claim a 4-3 victory over the Aggies and force a elimination game on Monday. The Aggies found their offense again with a 13-5 victory over the Cougars.

 

Baton Rouge Super Regional: LSU vs. UC Irvine

Game 1: Saturday, June 7 at 5:00PM on ESPNU

Game 2: Sunday, June 8 at 3:00PM on ESPN

Game 3 (if necessary): Monday, June 9 at 6:00PM on ESPN2

 

The red-hot LSU Tigers continued their streak, winning their 23rd game in a row on Sunday to advance to the Super Regional. The Tigers posted a 12-1 victory in their opening game against Texas Southern, and followed that with a 13-4 win over Southern Miss on Saturday night.

 

Southern Miss eliminated New Orleans on Sunday, but fell to LSU 11-4 in the championship game. The Tigers have not lost a game since April 19. LSU will host their fourth Super Regional in what will be the final games played at Alex Box Stadium.

 

The Tigers will move to the “New” Alex Box, only 200 feet away, to start next season. Crowds of over 7,500 saw the Tigers post a perfect 3-0 record in Regional play, and Super Regional tickets are sure to be at a premium as another sell-out of near 8,000 is expected.

 

Nebraska continued their struggles despite wining their opening game. UC Irvine posted a 9-7 victory over Oral Roberts on day one, and then beat the host Cornhuskers 3-2 on Saturday. Oral Roberts eliminated Nebraska 8-0 on Sunday, before UC Irvine returned the favor by the same score to win the Lincoln Regional.

 

The Anteaters are now 41-16 on the season, and only one of three non-one seeds to advance to Super Regional action.

 

Athens Super Regional: Georgia vs. NC State

Game 1: Friday, June 6 at 11:00AM on ESPN

Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at 11:00AM on ESPN2

Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, June 8 at 3:00PM on ESPN

 

No one said it would be easy for Georgia, and many figured it would come down to a Georgia/Georgia Tech matchup to see who would advance to Super Regional play. After the Bulldogs dropped the opening game, it appeared the road was paved for Georgia Tech. The Jackets went 2-0 and would have to be beaten by the Bulldogs twice.

 

Despite winning two of three from Georgia in the regular season, the Yellow Jackets couldn’t get a win on Sunday or Monday, allowing Georgia to advance.

 

Despite having a tough opponent in South Carolina, NC State made it through the Raleigh Regional, going 3-0 and advancing to the Super Regional. The Wolfpack fought the Gamecocks close, edging out a 5-4 victory to advance to the championship game. South Carolina knocked off James Madison, but the Wolfpack was too much for the Gamecocks in their doubleheader, as NC State won 2-1.

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