With the first day of Bracket 1 play in the books, the four remaining teams in the 2016 College World Series will take the field Sunday for their opening contests.
The Florida Gators are the top-ranked team coming into the tournament, but they will have to play great baseball to take down a pesky Coastal Carolina Chanticleers team that is fresh off a series win over the LSU Tigers. The Texas Tech Red Raiders, another national seed, have a daunting matchup with a TCU Horned Frogs team that beat SEC tournament champion the Texas A&M Aggies in the super regionals.
Here is a look at the schedule and picks for Bracket 2's opening day, as well as Saturday's results.
|2016 College World Series Results and Schedule|
|Saturday, June 18||Score|
|Oklahoma State vs. UC Santa Barbara||1-0 Oklahoma State|
|Arizona vs. Miami||5-1 Arizona|
|Sunday, June 19||Time (ET)|
|TCU vs. Texas Tech||3 p.m.|
|Coastal Carolina vs. Florida||8 p.m.|
A full bracket, with the regional and super regional paths of each team, is available at NCAA.com.
TCU vs. Texas Tech
Texas Tech enters as the No. 5 national seed in the tournament, going 46-18 on the season.
However, its opponent and Big 12 counterpart has been the dominant program in the state of Texas. TCU has made a habit recently of playing in the College World Series, as D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers noted:
Making this year's trip more impressive is that the Horned Frogs beat the Aggies in College Station.
When TCU and Texas Tech met in the regular season, the Red Raiders won the series 2-1. TCU outscored Texas Tech 17-16, but 13 of TCU's runs came in its win, as Texas Tech was able to win comfortably in the remaining two contests.
TCU is playing excellently as of late. The Horned Frogs are also 14th nationally in team ERA, while Texas Tech is outside the top 50.
TCU has hit slightly better than the Red Raiders this year as well, ranking 27th in scoring to Texas Tech's 30th.
Texas Tech may have won earlier this season, but TCU looks like a contender in this field. It already took down one of the game's top teams in the last round, and the Horned Frogs will ride that momentum to a close win Sunday.
Coastal Carolina vs. Florida
Perhaps the most surprising outcome on the road to the College World Series was Coastal Carolina sweeping six-time national champion LSU in the super regional.
The Chanticleers scored 15 runs in two games to shock the Bayou Bengals, but that will be a much tougher task against Florida.
The Gators led the SEC in team ERA and had three pitchers (A.J. Puk, Dane Dunning and Logan Shore) drafted on Day 1 of the 2016 MLB draft. The team also shut out a strong Florida State Seminoles team twice in the super regionals to reach this stage.
Coastal Carolina averaged 7.5 runs per game, so it has had a formidable offense all season. Getting on base will be key for the Chanticleers, as GatorSports.com's Kevin Brockway noted:
Florida is the wrong matchup for Coastal Carolina in this case, as the Gators are second in the country with a ratio of 3.96 strikeouts to one walk.
Pete Alonso and Buddy Reed, also Day 1 draft picks, can provide Florida enough run support to hold off Coastal Carolina, which will struggle against a dominant pitching staff.
Statistics are courtesy of NCAA.org unless otherwise noted.
Rankings are courtesy of NCAA.com's bracket.