SEC Co-Champions Play for CWS Title

The Southeastern Conference will bring home its 11th College World Series championship this week as 2017 SEC co-champions LSU and Florida meet in a best-of-three series at TD Ameritrade Park to determine the best team in college baseball this season.

The series begins tonight at 6 p.m. (CT).  The second game of the series will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. (CT).  A third game, if necessary will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CT). All three games will be televised by ESPN.

LSU (52-18) is seeking its seventh CWS championship. The Tigers have won national championships in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2009.  LSU’s first five national championships were one game, winner-take-all championship games under legendary coach Skip Bertman. LSU defeated Texas in a best-of-three series in 2009 under head coach Paul Mainieri.

LSU has won four of five games at the 2017 CWS to reach the championship series. The Tigers have been outscored 23-21 while in Omaha. LSU opened with a thrilling 5-4 comeback win over Florida in its CWS opener. The Tigers were then bounced into the loser’s bracket after a 13-1 beat down by No. 1 Oregon State last Monday. LSU remained alive with a 7-4 win over Florida State.  The Tigers, behind the stellar pitching of Alex Lange and Caleb Gilbert, shut down the mighty OSU Beavers with 3-1 and 6-1 wins to advance to the finals.

Florida (50-19) is in the CWS finals for the third time and seeks its first CWS Championship. Florida lost in the best-of-three finals to Texas in 2005 and SEC Eastern Division rival South Carolina in 2011.

Florida opened the CWS 2-0 record after wins over TCU (3-0) and Louisville (5-1). After a 9-2 loss to TCU on Friday, the Gators rebounded with a 3-0 win over TCU to reach the CWS finals. The Gators starting pitchers have 42 strikeouts in four CWS starts. Alex Faedo had 22 total strikeouts in both 3-0 wins over TCU on June 18 and June 24. Brady Singer recorded nine strikeouts in the 5-1 win over Louisville on June 20. Jackson Kowar had 11 strikeouts in the loss to TCU on June 23. Continue reading “SEC Co-Champions Play for CWS Title”

Super Regional Previews

The 2017 NCAA Super Regionals will take place June 9-11 (Friday-Sunday) and June 10-12 (Saturday-Monday); the winners of the Super Regionals will advance to the College World Series.

The 2017 College World Series consists of two, 4-team double-elimination brackets from June 17-24 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska; the two bracket winners will meet in a best-of-three CWS Championship series on June 26-28.

Here are the previews of this year’s NCAA Super Regionals. Continue reading “Super Regional Previews”

Super Regional Notebook

The 2017 NCAA Super Regionals begin this weekend. The eight winners of the best-of-three series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha.

SEC TIES RECORD WITH 6 SUPER REGIONAL TEAMS:
The SEC has six teams in the 2017 NCAA Super Regionals, tying its own record for most teams in a Super Regional; Florida, LSU, Vanderbilt, Miss. State, Kentucky and Texas A&M have advanced to this year’s Super Regionals.

The SEC also had six Super Regional teams in 2004 as Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all won NCAA Regionals.

The SEC sent four teams to the 2004 CWS as Arkansas (defeated Florida State), Georgia (defeated Georgia Tech); LSU (defeated Texas A&M) and South Carolina (defeated East Carolina) to win Super Regionals; Florida (lost to Miami) and Vanderbilt (lost to Texas) were eliminated in the Super Regional round. Continue reading “Super Regional Notebook”