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The Powerhouse Series
Now that the NBA Finals are over, the focus will shift to the College World Series as the final eight teams are set and on their way to Omaha. The field of eight this year is jam-packed with experience, leaving no underdogs for a hopeful Cinderella story. Let’s meet the teams.
The number one team in the country, Oregon State, enters Omaha after walking their way through the Corvallis Super Regional, sweeping Vanderbilt. The Beavers use their spectacular pitching staff to hold their opponents to batting less than .200 while accumulating a collective ERA of 1.80.
Next we have the Florida Gators who currently hold the number three spot in the nation with a record of 47-19. The Gators did have one loss in the super regional matchup against Wake Forest, but were able to finish them off in the third game of the regionals in Gainesville. The Gators’ struggle in the series last year may work in their favor this time around. They enter this year with the knowledge and the hunger needed to correct their mistakes and make their way back to the top.
At number four in the nation the LSU Tigers swept Mississippi State in the Baton Rouge Super Regional, riding a sixteen game win streak, and the further momentum of achievement coming from behind wins in both Super Regional games. Both of these can serve the Tigers well as they have been battle-tested with their backs against the wall, showing that they are able to keep composure and grind out those tough wins.
Texas Christian University arrives as the number six seed in the nation, as well as one of the most inexperienced teams in the field with only four appearances. Still, they are among a select few teams that have made it to four straight College World Series. TCU eased past Missouri State in the Fort Worth Super Regional. This may give the Horned Frogs a competitive advantage as they have proven four years in a row that they have what it takes to reach this level. The only question now is can they finally reach that next step and claim the title?
Texas A&M, Louisville, Florida State, and Cal State Fullerton round out the field. The Seminoles and Titans enter Omaha with a combined thirty-eight CWS appearances, bringing with them a proven winning tradition that aims to catapult them throughout the World Series. While Texas A&M and Louisville aim to solidify their programs among the rest of the field as regulars to the College World Series. When it is all said and done, this batch of experienced and proven teams should deliver an excellent College World Series.