College World Series 2013: Full Rosters and Top Stars to Watch

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2013

Jun 8, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers celebrate following the Tigers 11-1 victory against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Baton Rouge super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 College World Series is about to provide fans with plenty of intense baseball as only eight teams remain in the running for the national championship. 

The final stage of college baseball's coronation process is a tough one. The eight teams are divided into two double-elimination-style brackets. The winners of those two brackets will then have a crack at the sport's ultimate prize in the best-of-three championship series.

Teams can't afford to make mistakes in the double elimination tournament and every at-bat will be important. It's times like these that big-time players step up and lead the way for their teams.

Here's a look at the full roster for each one of these special squads along with the top stars to watch. All roster information provided by NCAA.com

Bracket 1

Game Date Time (EDT) CWS Team CWS Team
1 Saturday, June 15 3 p.m. Mississippi State Oregon State
2 Saturday, June 15 8 p.m. Indiana Louisville
3 Monday, June 17 3 p.m. Game 1 Loser Game 2 Loser
4 Monday, June 17 8 p.m. Game 1 Winner Game 2 Winner
5 Wednesday, June 19 8 p.m. Game 3 Winner Game 4 Loser
6 Friday, June 21 3 p.m. Game 4 Winner Game 5 Winner
7 *Saturday, June 22 3 p.m. Game 6 Winner Game 6 Loser

Mississippi State Bulldogs (48-18)

The Bulldogs come in with one of the hottest lineups in the tournament field. They've scored at least five runs in eight of their last 10 games and swept Virginia to get here. 

No. Name Pos. Class
17 Nick Ammirati C Sr.
39 Anthony Anello P Fr.
6 Derrick Armstrong OF Jr.
4 Ben Bracewell P Jr.
10 C.T. Bradford INF Jr.
15 Matthew Britton INF So.
33 Preston Brown P Fr.
26 Cody Brown OF Fr.
38 Will Cox P So.
46 Alex Deise P Fr.
3 Alex Detz INF Jr.
31 Trevor Fitts P So.
25 Nick Flair INF Fr.
12 Adam Frazier INF Jr.
8 Sam Frost INF Sr.
9 Tyler Fullerton OF So.
19 Daniel Garner C Fr.
47 Mules Gentry P Fr.
18 Chad Girodo P Sr.
49 Kendall Graveman P Sr.
23 Kyle Hann INF Fr.
2 Demarcus Henderson INF Jr.
14 Jonathan Holder P So.
21 Jacob Lindgren P So.
48 Ross Mitchell P So.
51 Evan Mitchell P Jr.
5 Daryl Norris 1B Jr.
13 Brett Pirtle INF Jr.
22 Luis Pollorena P Sr.
32 Trey Porter DH Sr.
36 Zack Randolph C Jr.
35 Wes Rea 1B So.
34 Hunter Renfroe C Jr.
7 Jacob Robson OF Fr.
28 John Marc Shelly P Fr.
29 Mitch Slauter C Sr.
43 Wes Stokes P Jr.
24 Brandon Woodruff P So

Star to Watch: Hunter Renfroe, C

Renfroe is definitely the biggest star on this Bulldogs team. The junior slugger hit .360 on the season with 15 home runs, 61 RBI and nine stolen bases. His performance made him the the No. 13 selection, by the San Diego Padres, in the recent MLB draft. His bat will be key to keeping the Bulldogs' hopes alive. 

Indiana (48-14)

The Hoosiers are another team that can put runs on the board in a hurry. They've scored double-digit runs in three of their last four games. They're also 18th in the country in home runs per game. 

No. Name Pos. Class
38 Ricky Alfonso OF So.
7 Michael Basil INF Sr.
43 Thomas Belcher P Fr.
8 Evan Bell P Fr.
9 Garret Brown INF Fr.
29 Chad Clark C So.
35 Will Coursen-Carr P Fr.
22 Justin Cureton OF Sr.
16 Dustin DeMuth INF Jr.
23 Joey DeNato P Jr.
19 Matt Dearden P Jr.
3 Scott Donley INF So.
37 Scott Effross P Fr.
34 Ryan Halstead P Jr.
28 Luke Harrison P So.
14 Kyle Hart P So.
18 Trace Knoblauch INF Sr.
27 Brian Korte P Jr.
26 Nick Moody P Fr.
21 Christian Morris P Fr.
11 Will Nolden OF So.
36 Tim O'Conner OF So.
12 Kasey Ralston OF Fr.
1 Nick Ramos INF Fr.
45 John Robertson C Fr.
10 Kyle Schwarber C So.
31 Aaron Slegers P So.
20 Casey Smith P Sr.
25 Walker Stadler P Jr.
24 Sully Stadler P -
4 Chris Sujka OF So.
6 Sam Travis INF So.
40 Brian Wilhite INF Fr.

Star to Watch: Dustin DeMuth, 3B

DeMuth doesn't have tremendous power—he only has five home runs this season—but he makes up for it with consistency at the plate. He was 15th in the nation in hits and 12th in doubles. The Hoosiers will need to count on him to keep that pace up throughout their stay in Omaha.

Oregon State (50-11)

The Beavers have a good offense, but they got here because of fantastic pitching. They were second in the country in team ERA and will be very tough to beat in Omaha because of it. 

No. Name Pos. Class
33 Ryan Barnes OF Sr.
29 Clay Bauer P Jr.
31 Matt Boyd P Sr.
22 Cole Brocker P Sr.
36 Tony Bryant P Sr.
15 Jerad Casper INF Jr.
41 Dan Child P Jr.
16 Gabe Clark INF Fr.
8 Michael Conforto OF So.
10 Dylan Davis OF So.
50 Beau Day C Jr.
19 Max Engelbrekt P Fr.
6 Nate Esposito C So.
11 Jace Fry P So.
4 Max Gordon OF Sr.
9 Danny Hayes INF Sr.
40 Jeff Hendrix OF Fr.
30 Ryan Howell OF So.
18 Brandon Jackson P Jr.
17 Joey Jansen OF So.
3 Kavin Keyes INF Jr.
7 Paul Martinez INF Fr.
35 Joey Matthews OF Sr.
23 Andrew Moore P Fr.
25 Tyler Painton P Jr.
14 Andy Peterson INF Jr.
38 Zack Reser P So.
37 Carlos Rodriguez P So.
13 Jake Rodriguez C Jr.
12 Nick Rulli OF Jr.
24 Scott Schultz P Jr.
1 Tyler Smith INF Sr.
26 Taylor Starr P Sr.
28 Ben Wetzler P Jr.
20 Zane Yanzick OF So.

Star to Watch: Andrew Moore, P

Moore has put college baseball on notice with his stellar freshman season. He leads the nation in wins with 14 and was sixth in the nation in WHIP. The World Series stage will provide a new challenge, but if the young hurler can keep his cool, the Beavers will have an ace in the hole to guide them to glory. 

Louisville (51-12)

The Cardinals have plenty of momentum heading into the final stage of the tourney—they toppled the No. 2 ranked team in the country, Vanderbilt, to get here. They're extremely dangerous due to their dominant pitching: They were tops in the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.5.

No.  Name Pos. Class
28 Brandon Alphin P So.
34 Michael Bollmer 1B Fr.
19 Nick Burdi P So.
11 Joe Ceja P So.
4 Alex Chittenden INF Jr.
41 Shane Crain C Jr.
13 Cody Ege P Jr.
10 Adam Engel OF Jr.
31 Joe Filomeno P So.
16 Kyle Funkhouser P Fr.
42 Jeff Gardner OF Jr.
38 Aaron Gershenfeld C So.
14 Kyle Gibson C Jr.
24 Chad Green P Jr.
43 Matt Helms OF Sr.
20 Coco Johnson OF Jr.
5 Anthony Kidston P Fr.
35 Dace Kime P Jr.
2 Zach Lucas INF So.
45 Kyle McGrath P So.
36 Jonah Philley P Fr.
1 Nick Ratajczak 2B Sr.
8 Danny Rosenbaum 3B Fr.
40 Jared Ruxer P So.
33 Adam Schemenauer P Fr.
32 Jordan Simons P Fr.
7 Zack Soria C Fr.
25 Robert Strader P Fr.
9 Jordan Striegel 2B Fr.
15 Cole Sturgeon OF Jr.
44 Jeff Thompson P Jr.
26 Zak Wasserman 1B Sr.
18 Mike White OF So.
17 Sutton Whiting INF So.
30 Ty Young INF Jr.

Star to Watch: Jeff Thompson, P

Thompson has put together a consistent season for the Cardinals. He leads the country in hits allowed per nine innings at just 5.23 and earned 11 victories on the season. His 2.00 ERA and 109 strikeouts are also impressive. He's a quality ace that makes Louisville a legitimate threat in their bracket.

Bracket 2

Game Date Time (EDT) CWS Team CWS Team
1 Sunday, June 16 3 p.m. North Carolina NC State
2 Sunday, June 16 8 p.m. UCLA LSU
3 Tuesday, June 18 3 p.m. Game 1 Loser Game 2 Loser
4 Tuesday, June 18 8 p.m. Game 1 Winner Game 2 Winner
5 Thursday, June 20 8 p.m. Game 3 Winner Game 4 Loser
6 Friday, June 21 8 p.m. Game 4 Winner Game 5 Winner
7 *Saturday, June 22 8:30 p.m. Game 6 Winner Game 6 Loser

North Carolina State (49-14)

The Wolfpack don't jump off the page statistically. They only have two batters over .300 and the pitching isn't overwhelming, but they just seem to keep on winning. They'll come in with a five-game win streak on the line. 

No. Name Pos. Class
15 Bryan Adametz OF Sr.
23 Jake Armstrong INF So.
11 Brett Austin C So.
7 Matt Bergquist INF Sr.
22 Grant Clyde INF Sr.
47 Brian Donovan P Fr.
12 Josh Easley P Sr.
30 Jake Fincher INF So.
34 Dillon Frye P So.
27 Will Gilbert P Fr.
35 Danny Healey P Sr.
14 Logan Jernigan P So.
25 Karl Keglovits P Fr.
28 John Mangum C Fr.
1 Sam Morgan INF Jr.
19 Will Nance OF Fr.
46 Conor O'Brien P Fr.
10 Ethan Ogburn P Sr.
17 Jon Olczak P Fr.
39 Travis Orwig P So.
18 Chris Overman P Sr.
33 Johnny Piedmonte P Fr.
6 Logan Ratledge INF So.
16 Carlos Rodon P So.
42 Grant Sasser P Sr.
32 Tarran Senay OF Sr.
24 Chance Shepard OF Fr.
26 Brad Stone P Fr.
20 Brian Taylor OF Fr.
38 D.J. Thomas P Jr.
8 Trea Turner INF So.
2 Anthony Tzamtzis P Sr.
31 Ryan Wilkins P Sr.
3 Brett Williams OF Sr.
27 Chris Williams P So.
13 Andrew Woeck P Jr.
41 Gianni Zayas P Fr.

Star to Watch: Carlos Rodon,P

Rodon is the real wildcard for the Wolfpack going forward. The sophomore ace gives them a chance to win any game when he's on, and he leads the nation with 170 strikeouts. His ERA on the season is double what it was last season at 3.19, but he's capable of pitching a gem on any given start. In the regionals against William & Mary he fired a two-hit complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts. He makes the Wolfpack dangerous when he takes the mound.

North Carolina (57-10)

The star-studded Tar Heels entered the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and have showed that they deserve it thus far. They can score (most runs in the country) and pitch (2.78 ERA, 14th nationally) with anyone and have to be considered among the top two teams remaining. 

No.  Name Pos. Class
42 Grayson Atwood 1B So.
20 Skye Bolt OF Fr.
4 Matt Campbell SS Fr.
48 Taylore Cherry P Fr.
16 Zach Daly OF Fr.
43 Korey Dunbar C Fr.
41 Kent Emanuel P Jr.
2 Chaz Frank OF Sr.
34 Peter Hendel P Fr.
10 Brian Holberton C Jr.
28 Reilly Hovis P Fr.
29 Hobbs Johnson P Jr.
8 Parks Jordan OF Jr.
44 Trevor Kelley P So.
12 Landon Lassiter SS Fr.
1 Michael Massardo INF Fr.
17 Chris McCue P So.
32 Mason McCullough P So.
18 Colin Moran 3B Jr.
39 Benton Moss P So.
37 Chris Munnelly P Sr.
14 Chris O'Brien P So.
27 Tate Parrish P Jr.
46 Luis Paula P So.
6 Alex Raburn INF Fr.
7 Matt Roberts C Jr.
24 Matt Rubino C So.
5 Michael Russell OF So.
36 Andrew Smith P Jr.
25 Cody Stubbs 1B Sr.
26 Shane Taylor P Jr.
31 Trent Thornton P Fr.
19 Tom Zengel OF Jr.
3 Mike Zolk 2B So.

Star to Watch: Colin Moran, 3B

The No. 6 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, Moran is one of the biggest stars in the entire tournament. He led the country in RBI with 88 and went yard 13 times while hitting .343 on the season. This is a Tar Heels roster full of stars, but Moran has outshined all of them. His offensive prowess will be tough for rivals to overcome.

UCLA (44-17)

The Bruins find themselves this far thanks, in large part, to a great pitching staff. The Bruins were ninth in the country in ERA and fourth in WHIP. The Bruins aren't flashy on the hill, but they locate pitches well and keep them in the ballpark. They're also among the best fielding teams in the country at 98 percent. They don't beat themselves. 

No.  Name Pos. Class
23 Brenton Allen OF Jr.
26 David Berg P So.
3 Christoph Bono OF Fr.
24 Brian Carroll OF Jr.
8 Trent Chatterton INF Fr.
40 Ryan Deeter P Jr.
30 Jake Ehret P Fr.
4 Eric Filia OF So.
48 Tucker Forbes P Fr.
27 Pat Gallagher INF Jr.
28 Justin Hazard INF Fr.
11 James Kaprielian P Fr.
25 Chris Keck INF So.
16 Nick Kern P Fr.
7 Kevin Kramer INF So.
31 Darrell Miller Jr. C Fr.
29 Ty Moore OF Fr.
41 Keenan Pierandozzi-Howes C Fr.
9 Adam Plutko P Jr.
34 Cody Poteet P Fr.
35 Chase Radan P Fr.
18 Cody Regis INF Sr.
45 Max Schuh P So.
38 Tyler Scott OF Fr.
1 Jeff Turley OF Fr.
44 Brett Urabe INF Fr.
10 Pat Valaika INF Jr.
21 Nick Vander Tuig P Jr.
33 Hunter Virant P Fr.
12 Grant Watson P So.
47 Aaron Weimer C Jr.
32 Zack Weiss P Jr.
5 Kevin Williams INF Jr.
14 Shane Zeile C So.

Star to Watch: Nick Vander Tuig, P

Vander Tuig is emblematic of what the Bruins have been all year. He's a consistent pitcher that gets the job done. His 81 strikeouts on the season won't put him anywhere near the national leaderboard, but only five pitchers in the country topped his 12 wins on the season. Now he'll get the opportunity to win on the biggest stage of them all. 

LSU (57-9)

North Carolina may be the top seed, but the Tigers have to be considered the favorite. They have yet to lose a tournament game and have enough hitting (ninth nationally in scoring) and pitching (third in ERA at 2.41). With plenty of lights-out pitchers and athletes throughout the order, their balance is difficult to contend with.

No.  Name Pos. Class
11 Michael Barash C Fr.
33 Kevin Berry P Sr.
49 Brent Bonvillain P Sr.
25 Joey Bourgeois P Sr.
30 Alex Bregman INF Fr.
21 Joe Broussard P Jr.
40 Taylor Butler P Fr.
20 Chris Chinea C Fr.
58 Chris Cotton P Sr.
12 Hunter Devall P Fr.
37 Ryan Eades P Jr.
13 Alex Edward OF Sr.
17 Jared Foster INF So.
29 Nate Fury P Jr.
24 Cody Glenn P So.
14 Christian Ibarra INF Jr.
23 Jacoby Jones INF Jr.
8 Mason Katz 1B Sr.
36 Will LaMarche P Jr.
9 Mark Laird OF Fr.
39 Kurt McCune P Jr.
7 Sean McMullen OF Jr.
2 Tyler Moore C So.
55 Hunter Newman P Fr.
10 Aaron Nola P So.
45 Russell Reynolds P Fr.
4 Raph Rhymes OF Sr.
26 Ty Ross C Jr.
38 Nick Rumbelow P Jr.
5 Chris Sciambra OF So.
27 Mitch Sewald P Fr.
6 Andrew Stevenson OF Fr.
28 Casey Yocom INF Sr.

Star to Watch: Aaron Nola, P

There aren't many aces with a track record like Nola's this season. The sophomore stud has great command with the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the country at 12.57 and he's 10th in the nation in strikeouts. He's picked up 12 wins this season and will need to pick up a few more if the Tigers are going to claim another national title. 


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