Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska, will host one of the most prestigious events in college sports this weekend as eight teams will fight to become the national champions and kings of college baseball.
The eight teams battling it out this weekend will be Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, and Stanford.
Like the Sooners, the Razorbacks (43-19) were unseeded going into the postseason and had to win both the regional and super-regional on the road.
Arkansas is one of four teams from the SEC in the field and is making its 11th trip to Omaha.
They got here by winning one of the craziest regionals ever in Stillwater hosted by Oklahoma State, which set NCAA records for most runs (148) and most home runs (41) at a postseason site.
Arkansas then had to travel to Chapel Hill, where they swept ten-seed North Carolina and punched their ticket to the College World Series.
The Hogs are looking to rebound from last year, where they had one of the best teams in the history of college baseball but had a disappointing end to the season when they were upset by sixteen-seed NC State in the Super Regionals.
Arkansas is led by their senior leader and Mr. clutch Jalen Battles. I watched that regional against Oklahoma State, and it was like every time he came up to bat in a clutch situation, he found a way to get on base.
If they want to make a deep run, they will need Battles to be Mr. clutch as they play the two-seed Stanford to start their run.
The Fighting Irish (40-15) are the lone team from the ACC and are the third unseeded team in the field.
Notre Dame got here by going undefeated in the Georgia Southern regional against Texas Tech and Georgia Southern and then pulling off one of if not the biggest upsets in college baseball history in the super regional.
The Irish had to go on the road against Tennessee, who some called the best college baseball team they had ever seen.
Tennessee had only lost seven games all year coming into the series and had MLB draft prospects everywhere, but Notre Dame didn’t blink an eye and pulled off one of the biggest upsets college baseball has ever seen.
The Irish are led by Carter Putz, who leads the team in RBI, and Jack Zyska, who leads the team in home runs. John Bertrand will be Notre Dame’s x-factor as he has been their ace all year with a 2.69 ERA.
Notre Dame will take on Texas in the first round of the College World Series.
The Longhorns (47-20) got the nine seed in the tournament and are the only other Big 12 team in the World Series along with Oklahoma.
This is the Longhorn’s 38th appearance in the College World Series, an NCAA record, and their second in a row.
Texas wants revenge as they were one game away from being in the title game last year but were eliminated by eventual champions Mississippi State.
Texas got to host a regional where they dominated their opponents by a combined score of 26-6.
The super-regional was not as easy when they traveled to East Carolina and lost the first game of the series, but with their backs against the wall and a lot of delays, they pulled through and won the last two games to clinch their spot in Omaha.
Texas will be fueled by the nation’s home run leader and player of the year Ivan Melendez who has thirty-two bombs on the year.
The Longhorns lead the nation in fielding percentage and hits and will open up their tournament against Notre Dame.
The Aggies (42-18) are the fourth and final team from the SEC in the field and are the number five overall seed.
Texas A&M is one of the hottest teams in the country right now, going 26-7 since April 5. They are the only other team besides Ole Miss to go 5-0 through the regionals and super regionals.
The Aggies took care of Oral Roberts, TCU, and Louisiana in their regional and then took both games from Louisville in the super regional to get to Omaha.
Sophomore Jack Moss leads Texas A&M on offense with a .391 batting average which is good for 23rd in the country, and has twenty more hits than anyone on the team with ninety-nine which puts him in a tie for 6th in the country.
The Aggies are making their first trip to Omaha since 2017 and will play the Oklahoma Sooners in the tournament’s first game.
The Cardinals (47-16) are the only team from the Pac-12 remaining and are the highest-ranked team left in the field as the two seed.
Stanford was the hottest team in the country coming into the postseason as they came in on a sixteen-game winning streak.
The road to get here has not been easy, though. The Cardinals dropped their second game in the regional to Texas State and had to come back and beat them twice. They then lost the first game of their super regional to Uconn and had to come back again and win two in a row to clinch their spot in the CWS.
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