College World Series 2013: Most Intriguing Players in Each Semifinal

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 21, 2013

Jun 15, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Oregon State Beavers catcher Jake Rodriguez (13) misses the ball as Mississippi State Bulldogs runner Hunter Renfroe (34) scores in the eighth inning during the College World Series game at TD Ameritrade Park. Mississippi State won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you think the 2013 College World Series can't get any better, it does.

After Thursday's action, the final four teams have been determined for the semifinals: Mississippi State, Oregon State, UCLA and North Carolina.

Mississippi State will face Oregon State on Friday (3 p.m. ET) while UCLA will face North Carolina (8 p.m., ET).

Here's a breakdown of the players to keep an eye on:

Mississippi State

Hunter Renfroe, OF

Renfroe is Mississippi State's big bat. He has hit .357 with 15 home runs, 62 RBI and 55 runs in 63 games this season (244 at-bats), according to nmnathletics.com. He went 1-for-4 with a run in the Bulldogs' 5-4 victory over Oregon State on June 15.

Adam Frazier, SS

Batting leadoff, Frazier leads the team with a .360 average this season while scoring a team-best 61 runs. He's also notched eight steals in 12 attempts.

Frazier is a combined 3-for-8 with a run scored in two CWS games this year, including 2-for-4 against Oregon State.

Wes Rea, 1B

Don't sleep on Rea, either. He's hitting .296 with seven home runs and 40 RBI (second on the team) this season. He's been particularly good lately, going a combined 4-for-9 with three RBI and two runs in two CWS games, including 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run against Oregon State.

Rea has also been solid in the field all season, posting just four errors in 491 opportunities.

Oregon State

Michael Conforto, OF

Oregon State's No. 3 hitter, Conforto is batting  .333 with 11 home runs, 47 RBI and 48 runs in 64 games this season (243 at-bats), per OSUBeavers.com. That includes having the Ducks' best on-base percentage at .453. Conforto went 4-for-4 with one RBI and one run against the Bulldogs on June 15.

Dylan Davis, OF

Davis is hitting .332 with 61 RBI and 45 runs in 62 games (253 at-bats) this season. He's not a big home run hitter, but he has notched 22 doubles. He's also committed just three errors this season.

In Oregon State's 11-4 victory over Louisville on June 17, he notched two RBI and one run.

Andrew Moore, RHP

According to Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, first baseman Danny Hayes said that Moore, a right-hander, will start against Mississippi State on Friday:

Moore has gone 14-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 126.1 innings this season. On the other hand, he got touched up by Mississippi State in the 5-4 loss on June 15, allowing four runs in 7.1 innings of work.


Kevin Kramer, 3B

Kramer is hitting .280 with 41 RBI and 39 runs in 63 games (236 at-bats) this season, per UCLABruins.com. For a team that doesn't score a lot of runs (ranked 132nd in the nation through June 18 by NCAA.com), Kramer's importance cannot be overstated.

Kramer notched one RBI in UCLA's 2-1 victory over N.C. State on Tuesday.

Brian Carroll, OF

Carroll is only hitting .261 this season, but he's a threat to score every time he reaches base. The Bruins' leadoff hitter has scored a team-leading 45 runs this year, thanks to having stolen 30 bases in 37 attempts. He scored a run in UCLA's 2-1 victory over LSU on June 16.

Carroll is also a solid fielder, committing just one error all season.

North Carolina

Colin Moran, 3B

Moran is batting .350 with 13 home runs, 91 RBI and 76 runs in 70 games (277 at-bats), per GoHeels.com.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft has been outstanding all season for the Tar Heels. In their 4-2 victory over LSU on Tuesday, he went 3-for-5 with one RBI and scored twice. In North Carolina's 7-0 victory over N.C. State on Thursday, he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run.

Cody Stubbs, 1B

Stubbs leads the Tar Heels with a .359 average while posting eight home runs, 76 RBI and 63 runs in 70 games (273 at-bats).

Landon Lassiter, SS/2B

Lassiter is batting .353 with 75 runs in 68 games (252 at-bats). He leads the Tar Heels with a .489 on-base percentage.

Against LSU on Tuesday, he went 2-for-5 with one run. 

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