After some intense regional round play, only 16 teams remain for the College World Series in baseball.
The 2013 Super Regionals begin today and three teams will move one game closer to Omaha and the College World Series.
One matchup closer to the Gator Nation is that of Mississippi State and Virginia. Mississippi State head coach John Cohen was an assisstant coach at Florida for two seasons from 2002-2003. Cohen’s Bulldogs are 46-18 on the season and finished third in the SEC West. The Bulldogs were able to get through their Starkeville Regional, winning twice against Central Arkansas to advance. Cohen talks about his team really beginning to make a name for themselves.
The Bulldogs will face the Virginia Cavaliers who are 46-10 overall; they breezed through their regional at 3-0. Cohen talks about the tough challenge the Cavaliers will bring to his ball club.
The first game of their series will be tomorrow at 1pm.
Switching over to the Raleigh Super Regional, the Rice Owls (44-18) will be taking on the North Carolina State Wolfpack (44-13). The Wolfpack went through their regional easily going undefeated, while the Owls needed two games to take out the Oregon Ducks in its regional final. The first game of their series will be Friday night at 7.
Another matchup on Friday night is Oklahoma (43-19) against the LSU Tigers (47-18) who both got through their regionals undefeated. First pitch will also be at 7.
The last matchup of the night is the Cal State Fullerton Titans (48-8) against the UCLA Bruins (43-13). Just like other teams in the Super Regionals, both the Titans and the Bruins breezed through their regionals at 3-0. First pitch will be at 7pm for these two as well.
One game has already been postponed today, between the South Carolina Gamecocks (42-18) and the North Carlina Tar Heels (50-8). Game 1 of the series has been rescheduled for tomorrow at noon.
The rest of the Super Regionals play tomorrow, including the Florida State Seminoles (47-15) versus the Indiana Hoosiers (46-14) at noon, Louisville (49-12) against the Vanderbilt Commodores (54-10) at 3pm and the Kansas State Wildcats (41-17) versus the Oregon State Beavers (48-10).
The College World Series will begin on Saturday, June 15th.