With the 2010 NCAA College World Series dialed down to the elite eight, it’s time to take a look at eight position players who can be the x factor in Omaha.
For this slideshow, I am going to select one player from each squad (not including pitchers) that can be the difference-maker and a manager’s solution in clutch situations.
Yes, statistics will come into play in determining these top eight collegiate athletes getting the nod as elite players—but being able to answer the call with backs against the wall will also be a deciding factor.
The eight teams that remain include seven No. 1 seeds and one No. 2 seed.
Those schools (and their overall records entering the CWS)?
No. 1’s Arizona State (52-8), TCU (51-12), Oklahoma (49-16), UCLA (48-14), South Carolina (48-15), Florida (47-15), Florida State (47-18), and No. 2 Clemson (43-23).
Action begins in just a couple short days, and the following matchups are planned for the first round (double elimination in bracket play) followed by a best-of-three championship:
No. 1 TCU vs. No. 1 Florida State [Bracket 1/Game 1]—Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m. ET on ESPN HD.
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 1 UCLA [Bracket 1/Game 2]—Saturday, June 19, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN HD.
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 South Carolina [Bracket 2/Game 3]—Sunday, June 20, 2 p.m. ET on ESPN HD.
No. 1 Arizona State vs. No. 2 Clemson [Bracket 2/Game 4]—Sunday, June 20, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN HD.
Second round of bracket play is slated for 4:30 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET on Monday, June 21 for Bracket 1, and 4:30 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22 for Bracket 2.
Title games are slated for Wednesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. ET (Bracket 1) and Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET (Bracket 2).
Without further adieu, let’s get on with the show.
And the eight x factor athletes in the 2010 College World Series are…