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College World Series 2016: TV, Live-Stream Schedule and Game Times for Friday

Brian Marron@@brianmarron398Featured ColumnistJune 24, 2016

Oklahoma State starting pitcher Tyler Buffett throws during the first inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game against Arizona, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Nati Harnik/Associated Press

The 2016 College World Series championship matchup could be decided on Friday, as each bracket will have the first games of its final series.

In a double-elimination format, Arizona will need to take down Oklahoma State to force a decisive final game in Bracket 1. The Wildcats lost earlier to the Cowboys, who are undefeated at this point.

Undefeated TCU will look to seal a trip to the title round in a game with a pesky Coastal Carolina team that continues to defy expectations.

Here is a look at Friday's schedule, as well as a preview of each matchup in Omaha, Nebraska.

2016 College World Series Friday Schedule
DateMatchupTime (ET)NetworkLive Stream
Friday, June 24Arizona vs. Oklahoma State3 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Friday, June 24Coastal Carolina vs. TCU8 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
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Arizona vs. Oklahoma State

While Florida was believed to have the most stout pitching staff heading into the College World Series, Oklahoma State has been the dominant team on the hill thus far.

The Cowboys won both of their games over Arizona and UC Santa Barbara by a score of 1-0. The team allowed only eight hits in that span.

Arizona started off strong with a 5-1 win over No. 3 Miami (Fla.), the bracket favorite. It later rebounded from its loss to the Cowboys with an elimination-game win over UC Santa Barbara to set up a rematch with Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State's starter is not yet known, but ace Thomas Hatch is a good bet to take the mound. He pitched in the Cowboys' opening win on June 18, which should be plenty of rest for Friday. The third-round pick of the Chicago Cubs has been electric this postseason, per ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Thomas Hatch (OKST): 4th shutout this season (t-most in D-1). 23 scoreless IP in NCAA Tournament. He was drafted by the @Cubs in MLB Draft.

The Wildcats average 5.9 runs per game, but they only have eight runs in three College World Series games. Still, the middle of the lineup—Ryan Aguilar, Bobby Dalbec, Zach Gibbons and Jared Oliva—has been strong, accounting for seven hits and seven RBI in the tournament. 

This game will be close, as Oklahoma State's offense has been anemic to this point. Hatch will pitch well, but Arizona plays its best with its season on the line, having beaten Louisiana-Lafayette twice in the regional round to advance before knocking out title contender Mississippi State in the Super Regionals.

Expect the Wildcats offense to scrape together enough scoring to push this series another day.

Coastal Carolina vs. TCU

Despite being heavy underdogs since the regional final against a strong North Carolina State team and then in the Super Regionals against LSU, Coastal Carolina continues to slay giants in an improbable College World Series run.

The Chanticleers started with a win over top-ranked Florida before taking down No. 5 Texas Tech 7-5 Thursday in an elimination showdown. This team has all the confidence in the world at the moment, but it has its toughest challenge yet starting on Friday.

TCU beat a phenomenal Texas A&M team in the Super Regionals, and the Horned Frogs brought their strong play to Omaha. They stymied Texas Tech and then easily dispatched Coastal Carolina 6-1 to sit pretty atop Bracket 2.

It will be important for TCU to take care of Coastal Carolina in the first game of this final series, since the Chanticleers have become a dangerous team with plenty of hope.

The Horned Frogs are in their third College World Series in a row, but they have yet to break through to the title game. Expect them to finally do so on Friday in a close affair against the tournament's Cinderella squad.

Statistics are courtesy of NCAA.org and NCAA.com unless otherwise noted.

Rankings are courtesy of NCAA.com's bracket.

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