Sunday's college baseball regionals will see two top seeds fighting to keep their dreams of a national championship alive. The UCLA Bruins and Dallas Baptist Patriots are the hosts of their regionals, but another loss would send them home short of the super regionals.
UCLA will face the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners, and Dallas Baptist draws the Texas Longhorns. Here's a look at the schedule, viewing information and predictions for every game on Sunday's schedule. To see the most updated bracket, go to NCAA.com.
|Sunday's College Baseball Schedule, Viewing Info and Predictions|
|Game||Time (ET)||TV/Live Stream||Prediction|
|Charleston (1-1) vs. Auburn (1-1)||Noon||ESPN3||Charleston|
|Florida Atlantic (1-1) vs. South Florida (1-1)||Noon||ESPN3||South Florida|
|Bradley (1-1) vs. Michigan (1-1)||Noon||ESPN3||Michigan|
|Oklahoma St. (1-1) vs. St. John's (1-1)||1 p.m.||ESPN3||Oklahoma St.|
|Florida International (1-1) vs. Columbia (1-1)||1 p.m.||ESPN3||Columbia|
|Coastal Carolina (1-1) vs. Texas A&M (1-1)||1 p.m.||SECN||Texas A&M|
|Dallas Baptist (0-1) vs. Texas (0-1)||1 p.m.||ESPN2||Dallas Baptist|
|Iowa (1-1) vs. Oregon (1-1)||3 p.m.||ESPN3||Oregon|
|TCU (1-1) vs. Stony Brook (1-1)||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3||TCU|
|Illinois (1-0) vs. Notre Dame (1-0)||4 p.m.||ESPN3||Illinois|
|Houston (1-0) vs. LA-Lafayette (1-0)||4 p.m.||ESPN3||Houston|
|UNC Wilmington (1-1) vs. Tulane (1-1)||4 p.m.||ESPN3||UNC Wilimington|
|Radford (1-1) vs. Indiana (1-1)||4 p.m.||ESPN3||Indiana|
|Oregon St. (1-0) vs. VCU (1-0)||5 p.m.||ESPNU||VCU|
|USC (1-1) vs. San Diego St. (1-1)||6 p.m.||ESPN3||San Diego St.|
|Arizona St. (1-1) vs. Pepperdine (1-1)||7 p.m.||ESPN3||Arizona St.|
|UCLA (1-1) vs. Cal State Bakersfield (1-1)||7 p.m.||ESPN 3||UCLA|
|Wright St. (0-1) vs. Ohio (0-1 Resumed||Noon||N/A||Wright State up 5-2 in third inning|
|Rice (0-1) vs. Houston Baptist||Noon||N/A||Rice up 1-0 in fourth inning|
|Schedule per ESPN.com, Predictions by Mazique|
The Bruins Will Beat the Roadrunners
During the season, the Bruins hit .284 as a team, but their bats were silenced by a Maryland Terrapins pitching staff that held them to one run in a 4-1 defeat on Saturday.
Uncharacteristically, the normally solid Bruins pitching staff—which is ranked No. 1 in the nation—allowed four runs.
On Sunday, with their backs against the wall, expect the Bruins to come out fighting. Cal State Bakersfield won the first tournament game in the program's history on Saturday, when it beat the Mississippi Rebels 2-1. It was a great accomplishment, but even the team's head coach, Bill Kerner, sounded satisfied.
Per Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times, Kerner said: "Winning a [tournament] game instead of just showing up is a major step forward for the program."
It's customary for a coach to reflect upon his team's accomplishments after his season is done. As they head in to face a talented and desperate UCLA team in Los Angeles, the Roadrunners won't have the fight in them if they get down early, and they won't penetrate a pitching staff that figures to be locked in.
UCLA will keep hope alive for another day, but it still must beat Maryland two times in a row to advance to the super regionals.
Dallas Baptist Will Hook the Longhorns
In the most recent NCAA.com rankings, the Patriots were third in the nation. However, like UCLA, an early loss has the host in trouble in its own region. A 7-2 loss to the VCU Rams has put Dallas Baptist a loss away from an early exit from the postseason.
The Patriots were victimized by the big inning against the Rams. VCU's bats produced a five-run fourth inning to build an insurmountable lead that led to their first-ever tournament victory.
Texas lost 5-4 to the Oregon State Beavers when Kyle Nobach broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI double. Late-inning failures and the like were common for the Longhorns during the season, but the team had seemingly put things together during its unexpected run to a Big 12 title.
Dallas Baptist and Texas were supposed to meet on Saturday, but rain forced the game to be postponed.
Per this lineup card tweeted by the Dallas Baptist Twitter account, the Patriots are sticking with Cory Taylor as the starting pitcher. He was slated to go on Saturday before the rain washed out the game.
Texas hadn't announced its starting pitcher as of yet, but it's hard to pick it to win on Sunday. While the team got hot and won its conference, overall the Longhorns were too inconsistent throughout the year. Sunday's game is a road game, and the Longhorns were 9-16 on the road this season.
For that reason, Dallas Baptist is the pick to win. The winner of the ball game will take on the loser of the VCU vs. Oregon State battle on Sunday evening. Hope these kids are ready for some baseball. They will likely be required to chase advancement into the night—and possibly early morning.