CWS 2016: Predicting Winners and Scores for Saturday's NCAA Baseball Bracket

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIJune 18, 2016

Oklahoma State's Colin Simpson (18) looks over batting practice at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 17, 2016. Oklahoma State will play UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in the NCAA men's baseball College World Series. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler)
Mike Theiler/Associated Press

After an exciting round of super regionals, the College World Series can get underway.

Two games are on the schedule Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. ET when the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos battle the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The Miami Hurricanes and Arizona Wildcats conclude Saturday's proceedings later in the evening.

Here's a look at the upcoming schedule as well as some predictions for those two games.

Saturday, June 18Time (ET)TV
UC Santa Barbara vs. Oklahoma State3 p.m.ESPN2
Arizona vs. Miami8 p.m.ESPN2
Sunday, June 19Time (ET)TV
TCU vs. Texas Tech3 p.m.ESPNU
Coastal Carolina vs. Florida8 p.m.ESPN2
Source: NCAA.com

UC Santa Barbara vs. Oklahoma State

The Gauchos are in the College World Series for the first time, but they're not playing like it's their first time.

When the pressure has been at its highest, UCSB has delivered like a team that's been in this position numerous times. Three games have been decided by one run—two of those were walk-off victories, including a walk-off grand slam that was hit by a freshman.

Here's a reminder of the blast hit by Sam Cohen, via NCAA Baseball:


This is real... A walk-off GRAND SLAM to go to Omaha by UC Santa Barbara's Sam Cohen! #CWS https://t.co/avSzj06I9t

UCSB's offense has also been out of this world. Clay Fisher and JJ Muno are both hitting over .400 in the playoffs, while Austin Bush has hit four home runs to couple with an .830 slugging percentage. The Gauchos bats have been nothing short of spectacular during this run.

Oklahoma State, meanwhile, has made relatively quick work of its opponents as the showdown with the Gauchos draws near. And the Cowboys know what it's like to be in Omaha. This is their 20th appearance in program history, but surprisingly, it's their first since 1999.

Sophomore pitcher Thomas Hatch is OSU's ace and has pitched like one. He's coming off a seven-inning performance in which he only allowed four hits in a 3-1 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The third-round pick of the Chicago Cubs will get the start Saturday, and this will be the first test he's had this postseason. UCSB is one of the rare teams left with a proficient combination of pitching and hitting. Oklahoma State has played well to get to this point, but UCSB is on another level right now. The Gauchos will finally get away from one-run games and win 6-3.

Arizona vs. Miami

There are teams like UC Santa Barbara that have caught lightning in a bottle at the right time.

Then there are teams like the Hurricanes, which might be the last complete team remaining in this field.

Miami is back in the CWS for the second straight year and is by far the best team remaining. The 50-win team is the clear-cut favorite to win this one and should do comfortably.

Edgar Michelangeli was the hero in the last game, hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs in Miami's 9-4 series-clinching win over the Boston College Eagles.

This grand slam was the dinger that capped Miami's victory, via ESPNU:


FIREWORKS! Miami’s Edgar Michelangeli 2nd HR of day is a GRAND SLAM! @CanesBaseball are headed to CWS!!! https://t.co/Q3RLk9nWMN

The Hurricanes are explosive and are stacked with talent. They have seven All-ACC players on their roster in a conference that had 10 teams in the tournament. Not only are they talented, but it shows how good they are in a deep conference.

They're taking on the Wildcats, who are making their 17th College World Series appearance. Arizona has a stellar pitcher itself in Bobby Dalbec, who pitched 8.2 innings in a 1-0 win over Mississippi State. If this game gets close with Dalbec on the mound, there will be a chance Arizona steals it.

But again, Miami is too good. Just when it looks like the Hurricanes fall back, they manage to pull out wins when least expected. That won't be the case this time, as Miami should win 7-2.


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