College World Series Starts Saturday in Omaha, NE
The College World Series begins this Saturday with the winners from the eight Super-Regionals set to fight for all the marbles. The annual event has brought thousands of fans to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE, each hoping to see their team take part in the traditional celebration that occurs subsequent to the final out of the championship tournament.
The Arizona Wildcats (44-21) were the first team to get in, advancing to the CWS for the 17th time in program history and the first time since 2012 with a win over Mississippi State in the Super Regional. Jay Johnson, who became the team’s head coach last June, called the honor “the greatest moment of my life.” Two players were taken in the 2016 MLB draft, including third baseman Bobby Dalbec, who was selected with the 118th overall pick in the third round.
The Miami Hurricanes (50-12) earned a trip to Omaha for the 25th time in school history – the second-most all-time appearances of any team (Texas ranks first with 35 appearances) – and the second consecutive with a win over Boston College in the Super Regional. Six players were recently taken in the draft, including catcher Zack Collins, who was selected with the 10th overall pick.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys (41-20) beat South Carolina in the Super Regional, advancing to the CWS for the 20th time in program history and the first since 1999. Five Cowboys were recently taken in the draft, including right-handed pitcher Tom Hatch, who was selected with the 104th overall pick in the third round.
The Florida Gators (52-14) advanced to Omaha with a win over their rival, Florida State, in the Super Regional. Eight Gators were taken in the draft, including left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk, who was selected with the sixth overall pick in the first round by the Oakland A’s.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (47-18) earned their second trip to Omaha in the past three years with a win over ECU in the Super Regional. Six Red Raiders were recently taken in the draft, including right-handed pitcher Shane Mosley, who was selected with the 241st overall pick in the eighth round.
The Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (47-16) earned their fourth trip to Omaha in program history — all since 2010 — with a win over Texas A&M in the Super Regional. Three players were taken in the draft, including right-handed pitcher Traver Mitchell, who was selected with the 498th overall pick in the 17th round.
Cinderella is alive
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (42-18-1) booked a ticket to Omaha for the first time in school history with a win over Louisville in the Super Regional. Sam Cohen’s name was etched into school folklore when he cranked a walk-off grand slam over the right-field fence, sending his teammates spilling onto the field in astonishment. Right-handed ace Shane Bieber (I really hope there’s no relation) was the lone player from the crew taken in the draft — he was selected with the 122nd overall pick in the fourth round.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (49-16) are heading to Omaha for the first time in program history, advancing with a win over LSU in the Super Regional. Three players were taken in the draft, including shortstop Michael Paez, who was selected with the 130th overall pick in the fourth round.
The Tournament gets started Saturday at 2:00 pm CST with Oklahoma State versus UC-Santa Barbara.
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