NCAA Baseball Super Regionals 2012: Predicting Last 3 Teams to Advance to CWS

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 11, 2012

Photo Credit: Waco Tribune Herald
Photo Credit: Waco Tribune Herald

Five teams have advanced to the 2012 College World Series, but there's still room for three more contenders.

Game 2 of South Carolina vs. Oklahoma and Game 3 of Oregon vs. Kent State and Baylor vs. Arkansas kicks off today. The Gamecocks won the first game of the series against the Sooners, 5-0.

Who will advance to the College World Series among the six remaining teams?

Let us examine.

 

South Carolina vs. Oklahoma

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Photo Credit: AP

Game 1 was the game Oklahoma needed to take, in my opinion. But, trotting ace Jordan John out in the opening game, the Sooners lost, 5-0. Now they must face a Gamecocks team in Game 2 that is 30-7 at home this season.

Matt Oberste is once again key for the Sooners if they are to pull off the victory. He's a big part of Oklahoma's offense and he struggled in Game 1, going 0-for-4, as Gamecocks starter Michael Roth pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

In the end, South Carolina has the mental advantage (beating Oklahoma en route to the 2010 CWS Finals) and has momentum at home. I see the Gamecocks pulling this off in two games and advancing.

 

Oregon vs. Kent State

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Photo Credit: Statesman Journal

Oregon has firepower that can come back and bite you, and that showed when the Ducks came back from a 2-0 deficit in Game 2 to shock Kent State. They have three impressive pitchers in Alex Keudell, Jake Reed and Jimmie Sherfy, and Eugene Regional MVP Ryan Hambright has been swinging a hot bat.

Kent State was ranked 74th in the nation headed into the postseason, but had momentum on its side headed into Game 2 against Oregon, winners of 21 straight. But Oregon's comeback shifted momentum to the Ducks' side, and I see that ultimately being the difference in Game 3.

 

Baylor vs. Arkansas

Photo Credit: San Antonio Express-News
Photo Credit: San Antonio Express-News

After No. 4 Baylor got off to a quick start against Arkansas, winning Game 1 8-1, the Razorbacks pulled off an improbable 5-4 victory in Game 2, stunning the Bears.

But I still see the Bears winning this series. They trot out Tyler Bremer to the mound on Monday, who owns a 7-1 record and 3.08 ERA, and Arkansas will start Randall Fant, who has only two wins on the year with a 3.26 ERA.

I think Bremer gets it done, while the Bears bounce back behind All-Americans Josh Ludy and Logan Vick. The Bears are simply too good to not make the College World Series.

 

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