Only six teams remain in the College World Series, but one more team will be out of the running by Wednesday night.
After Arkansas and Cal State Fullerton were knocked out with consecutive losses in Omaha, Florida and Miami will attempt to avoid the same fate in Wednesday's elimination game. Considering both squads have performed well all year long and still have dreams of winning a national championship, you can be certain the upcoming game will be a good one.
Here is a look at what you may have missed to this point in the CWS as well as a preview for Wednesday's action.
|2015 College World Series Schedule|
|1||June 13||Virginia 5, Arkansas 3||3 p.m.||ESPN|
|2||June 13||Florida 15, Miami (FL) 3||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|3||June 14||TCU 10, LSU 3||3 p.m.||ESPN|
|4||June 14||Vanderbilt 4, CS Fullerton 3||8 p.m.||ESPN2|
|5||June 15||Miami (FL) 4, Arkansas 3||3 p.m.||ESPN2|
|6||June 15||Virginia 1, Florida 0||8 p.m.||ESPN2|
|7||June 16||LSU 5, CS Fullteron 3||3 p.m.||ESPN2|
|8||June 16||Vanderbilt 1, TCU 0||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|9||June 17||Miami (FL) vs. Florida||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|10||June 18||LSU vs. TCU||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|11||June 19||Virginia vs. Game 9 Winner||3 p.m.||ESPN2|
|12||June 19||Vanderbilt vs. Game 10 Winner||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|13||June 20*||Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser||3 p.m.||ESPN|
|14||June 20*||Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|College World Series Finals|
|1||June 22||Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|2||June 23||Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|3||June 24*||Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|Info via NCAA.com; *if necessary|
Miami (FL) vs. Florida
When: Wednesday, June 17
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
These two in-state rivals will battle for the second time in a week after they played each other in their opening game in Omaha. This ended up not being much of a matchup, though, as Florida came away with a 15-3 win.
Miami starter Andrew Suarez couldn't make it out of the fourth inning, which featured 11 runs for the Gators.
Despite this poor performance, Miami had the right mindset to stay alive in this competition. Pitcher Thomas Woodrey explained his confidence after the opening loss, per George Richards of the Miami Herald:
We’ve been able to bounce back all year. We’ve had a few shaky games like that and we’ve done a good job of putting it behind us. That’s the nature of baseball. Every game is a new day. That’s why it’s the greatest game. Monday will start 0-0. We just have to get out there and run with it.
Woodrey backed up his words Monday with just one unearned run allowed in six innings. Jacob Heyward took care of the rest, as his three hits led to a Hurricane win over Arkansas.
The problem going forward will be to not only believe in the ability to slow down Florida, but to actually do it. Of course, Virginia showed this can be done with a 1-0 upset victory over the Gators on Monday.
Justin Ferber of Rivals.com explained how shocking Virginia's pitching performance was against the elite offense:
It's difficult to hold an offense this talented down for multiple games, especially with the inconsistent Enrique Sosa on the mound. The junior is 7-4 with a 4.07 ERA this season and hasn't pitched since taking a loss to Columbia in the regionals. He allowed two runs in just four innings in that start.
Florida will counter with freshman Alex Faedo, who has had some poor starts himself but totaled a 5-1 record with a 3.36 ERA in his first collegiate season. He has projected a lot of confidence throughout the year and is unlikely to be afraid of Miami's potent offense, which led the nation in runs scored.
In reality, both lineups could have a big day against the No. 3 starters in what should be a back-and-forth game. However, Florida can shut down its opponent late with Taylor Lewis and Bobby Poyner, giving the offense time to take over.
With the way the Gators have hit the ball throughout the postseason, this should be enough to win a high-scoring battle.
Florida 7, Miami 5
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