College World Series 2017: TV, Live-Stream Schedule and Game Times for Friday

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

LSU pitcher Alex Lange (35) pitces in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, June 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The College World Series Finals could be set by the end of Friday's action, although none of the squads are going to make things easy.

A win for either Oregon State or Florida automatically sends them to the next round, which would be a best-of-three series for the title. However, upset victories by LSU or TCU would create a winner-take-all rematch to take place on Saturday.

All four teams were national seeds coming into the NCAA tournament, which means the talent level is as high as the drama. Here is what you need to know heading into the upcoming day of action.

Friday Schedule

Oregon State vs. LSU, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Florida vs. TCU, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Live stream available at WatchESPN. Full bracket available at NCAA.com.

Preview

Oregon State vs. LSU

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One game doesn't always mean much in baseball, and teams routinely recover from a bad outing to a better one the next day.

However, Oregon State sent a serious message with its recent 13-1 win over LSU.

"We weren't very competitive," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said, per Ron Higgins of the Times-Picayune. "This doesn't happen to us very frequently. I can't recall it happening another time this year. It wasn't much fun out there for us."

The Tigers bounced back with a 7-4 win over Florida State to get a second chance at the Beavers, but winning won't be any easier the second time around. The Pac-12 squad has an incredible 56-4 record with 23 wins in a row, including only a few close matchups throughout the NCAA tournament.

"I don't see weaknesses in their team," Mainieri added, per Danny Moran of the Oregonian.

The lineup is as deep as any in the country while the rotation hasn't slowed down at all with Luke Heimlich unavailable.

John Manuel of Baseball America summed things up for Oregon State:

LSU will have a better shot with Alex Lange on the mound, but nothing will be easy with the Tigers needing two straight wins against the best team in the country to advance.

     

Florida vs. TCU

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One thing we now know about TCU is that you can never count them out.

Florida beat the Horned Frogs 3-0 in their first game of the College World Series, but they responded with back-to-back wins against Texas A&M and Louisville to reach the semifinals.

While this showed the team's fight on a large scale, the reality is you can't count them out even during an inning. TCU's 4-3 win Thursday's night came thanks to a four-run second inning, which started with two outs and no one on base.

The squad followed it up with three hits, a hit by pitch and four stolen bases in what became the only offense of the win.

As Carlos A. Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted, these types of runs have been a theme all season long for the Horned Frogs:

With that said, any runs have been tough to come by against Florida. Alex Faedo and Bryan Singer were outstanding on the mound, helping the Gators allow just one run in two games in Omaha.

The deep pitching staff, including some of the top relievers in the country, could keep this going Friday.

The question marks come from the offense, which has been inconsistent throughout the year. Nelson Maldonado leads the team with a .305 batting average, making him the only player in the lineup over .300.

In nine NCAA tournament games, Florida has scored three or fewer runs in four of them. The Gators will likely have to produce more than that if it wants to continue its winning ways.