NCAA Baseball Super Regionals 2012: Teams Sure to Dominate College World Series

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IJune 11, 2012

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  (L-R) Brady Thomas #36 and Scott Wingo #8 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the team while holding the trophy after winning the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 5-2 and won the series 2-0.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The NCAA Super Regionals have only begun to help hammer out the College World Series picture and already there are teams that stand out as potentially great ball clubs.

Two of the teams, the UCLA Bruins and Arizona Wildcats, have already made it to the next step while the South Carolina Gamecocks are one win away from that same distinction.

Here's what to watch for from these teams in the College World Series and why they are sure to dominate.

UCLA Bruins

The Bruins are no strangers to the College World Series and lost in the finals back in 2010 against the Gamecocks. Having players on the team who were part of the 2010 season will be invaluable to the Bruins' success.

According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, quite a few important pieces to UCLA's success have a great deal of experience in the CWS:

Outfielders Jeff Gelalich, Beau Amaral and Cody Keefer; infielders Cody Regis and Trevor Brown; catcher Tyler Heineman; and pitcher Scott Griggs spurred UCLA's drive to a share of the Pac-12 title and a No. 2 national seeding in the playoffs.

UCLA disposed of TCU rather quickly after two straight wins in the Super Regionals. It was clear the Bruins are no average team.

The No. 2 seed in the playoffs is not going to underachieve like last season, they are simply too good to do that. It looks as though this talented team is primed to make their second run at the finals in three years.

Arizona Wildcats

There may be few programs that are more successful in the CWS than the Wildcats, but Arizona hasn't seen one since 2004.

Arizona hasn't exactly cruised to where they are now, but that will work to their advantage. Pressure wins like the one the Wildcats pulled off late in the first game are what prepare young players for the later stages.

The Wildcats can swing the bat, but they can play defense and pitch even better. There is more than enough talent on this roster to put this team over the top.

South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks have an impressive 20-game win streak in the CWS and have won the last two finals. Now that is nothing to shake a stick at.

South Carolina isn't the sexiest seed in the world at No. 7, but that never matters when the teams get to Omaha. What matters is that this team comes to play when the season is on the line.

The Gamecocks are easily the most experienced squad of all the teams in the CWS, and that will work to their benefit when the stakes are highest.

It's going to take a lot to knock this team off. Expect South Carolina to be right there at the end, in contention for their third consecutive title.


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