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.

Vanderbilt Commodores (36-23-1) at Oregon State Beavers (52-4)
Oregon State is the No.1 national seed
Seeking to become only the second No. 1 seed to win CWS since 1999 (Miami)
OSU went 3-0 at Corvallis Regional (def. Holy Cross, Yale and Yale)
Riding 19-game winning streak entering Super Regionals
Posted 23-game winning streak from Feb. 25-April 9
Four losses this season at Ohio State, Washington, UCLA and USC
OSU leads NCAA in ERA (1.78), hits per 9 innings (6.31) and shutouts (14)
Vanderbilt went 3-1 to win the Clemson Regional (Defeated Clemson, 7-0 in finals)
Vanderbilt batted .336 at Clemson Regional (fourth highest average in NCAA Regionals)Will Toffey batted .474, 3 HR, 10 RBI
Toffey led all NCAA Regional participants with eight runs scored
Oregon State and Vanderbilt have three CWS titles
OSU won back-to-back CWS championships in 2006 and 2007
Vanderbilt won the CWS in 2014
Vanderbilt making seventh Super Regional appearance
VU sixth Super Regional in last eight years
Vanderbilt has three Super Regional titles (2011, 2014 and 2015)
Vanderbilt defeated Oregon St. in 2011 Super Regional in Nashville to advance to first CWS
Oregon State making sixth Super Regional appearance
OSU first Super Regional appearance since 2013
OSU has four Super Regional titles (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014)

Davidson Wildcats (35-24) at Texas A&M Aggies (39-21)
The College Station Super Regional features a No. 3 and No. 4 seed
Texas A&M was the No. 3 seed at Houston Regional
Davidson was No. 4 seed at Chapel Hill Regional (defeated North Carolina, FGCU and North Carolina)
Davidson is making its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance
Davidson finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 regular-season standings
Davidson defeated league champion VCU twice on May 27 to earn NCAA bid
Davidson posted a 3-0 record at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional
Davidson is riding a 6-game winning streak (third longest active streak in NCAA)
Davison led the Atlantic 10 with 70 home runs this season
Will Robertson (16) and Brian Fortler (15) were second and third in A-10 in home runs
Texas A&M is playing in its seventh NCAA Super Regional
Texas A&M was eliminated by TCU in Super Regionals in 2015 and 2016
Texas A&M has not reached CWS since 2011
Texas A&M captured the Houston Regional with win over Baylor, Iowa and Houston
Texas A&M lost eight of 10 games entering NCAA Tournament
The Aggies were one of the last four teams in the NCAA Tournament
Texas A&M leads the SEC with 3.41 ERA
Davidson is third A-10 team to reach Super Regionals (Richmond, 2002; VCU, 2015)Davidson is sixth No. 4 seed to reach Super Regionals
Fresno State (2007 CWS Champions) and Stony Brook (2012) reached the CWS

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (42-18) at Florida Gators (45-17)
Florida is the No. 3 national seed
Florida went 3-1 to win the Gainesville Regional (defeated Marist, South Florida and Bethune-Cookman)
Florida defeated Bethune-Cookman 6-1 in championship game
Austin Langworthy hit game-winning HR and was winning pitcher in regional finals
Florida is 25-6 in its 31 games dating back to April 9 (23-11 in previous 34 games)
Florida’s starting rotation – Alex Faedo, Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar – has made every weekend start (48)
Michael Byrne leads the NCAA with 16 saves; ranks seventh in NCAA with 0.78 ERA
Wake Forest went 3-0 at the Winston Salem Regional (defeated UMBC and West Virginia – twice)
Wake Forest leads the nation with 100 home runs this season
Wake Forest led the ACC in slugging percentage (.513) and on-base percentage (.405)Wake Forest has the highest on-base percentage (.488) in NCAA Regional
Wake Forest has the third highest batting average (.336) in NCAA Regional
Wake Forest is making its second NCAA Super Regional appearance
Wake Forest (0-2) qualified for the first Super Regional in 1999
Florida is making its ninth Super Regional appearance (third straight)
The Gators are playing in the Super Regional for the sixth time in the last eight years
Florida has won its last five Super Regionals (10-2 since 2010)
The last time Florida lost a Super Regional was 2009 (0-2 vs. Southern Miss)

Miss. State Bulldogs (40-25) at LSU Tigers (46-17)
LSU is the No. 4 national seed
LSU is national seed for sixth straight year
One of two 2017 Super Regionals matching conference foes
This is one of 11 Super Regionals all time matching conference foes
This is one of 4 Super Regionals all time matching SEC foes
LSU at Alabama (1999); South Carolina at Georgia (2007) and Miss. State at Florida (2011)LSU swept Miss. State in a three-game series in Starkville on May 18-20
The Tigers clinched the SEC Western Division title with its win at MSU on May 19
LSU earned a share of SEC Championship with its win at MSU on May 20
LSU is riding a 16-game winning streak (second longest active streak behind Ore State)LSU went 3-0 at Baton Rouge Regional (defeated Texas Southern, SE Louisiana and Rice)LSU leads SEC and ranks seventh in NCAA with 95 HBPs
LSU leads SEC and ranks fourth in NCAA with 10 shutouts
LSU averaged 10.3 runs per game in the Baton Rouge Regional (highest among all regional teams)
Zach Watson was one of three players with four home runs in NCAA Regionals
Miss. State posted a 4-1 record to win the Hattiesburg Regional
MSU suffered a 6-3 loss to South Alabama in its tourney opener on June 2
MSU then won four straight elimination games in a 40-hour period to win the regional
MSU eliminated all three teams – UIC, South Carolina and Southern Miss – at the Hattiesburg Regional
Miss. State leads the SEC an ranks eight in NCAA with .981 fielding percentage
Brent Rooker (.395, 23 HR, 82 RBI) is seeking to become SEC’s second triple crown winner
LSU is making its 13th Super Regional appearance (tied with CS Fullerton for second most all-time)
Miss. State making seventh Super Regional appearance
MSU made back-to-back Super Regional appearances in 2000-01 and 2016-17

Sam Houston State Bearkats (44-21) at Florida State Seminoles (43-21)
Only Super Regional matching two conference tournament champions
Sam Houston State won the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament championship
Florida State won the 2017 ACC Tournament championship
Sam Houston State was No. 3 seed at Lubbock Regional
The Bearkats defeated No. 5 national seed Texas Tech to reach Super Regionals
Sam Houston State finished third in SLC regular-season standings behind McNeese State and SE Louisiana
SHSU is 12-1 in its last 13 games dating back to May 16
Heath Donica leads the SLC with a 1.91 ERA this season
Riley Cooper posted three wins on the mound in the Lubbock Regional
Nick Mikolajchak recorded three saves at the Lubbock Regional
Sam Houston State had nine stolen bases in NCAA Regional
Florida State went 4-1 at the Tallahassee Regional
FSU posted a 6-0 win over Auburn in the regional championship game
FSU eliminated all three teams – UCF, Tennessee Tech and Auburn – at Tallahassee Regional
Florida State is 16-3 in its last 19 games dating back to May 5
FSU leads the ACC and ranks second in NCAA with 364 walks this season
FSU Taylor Walls leads the ACC and ranks fourth in NCAA with 70 runs scored
Sam Houston State is making first Super Regional appearance
Sam Houston State is first team from Southland Conference to reach Super Regionals
Florida State is making its NCAA leading 17th NCAA Super Regional appearance
FSU has not advanced to CWS since 2012
Florida State is 1-6 in last seven Super Regional games; eliminated last two years by Florida

Missouri State Bears (43-18) at TCU Horned Frogs (45-16)
TCU is the No. 6 national seed
Missouri State (346) and TCU (328) are both ranked nationally in walks (674 combined walks)
Missouri State leads the Missouri Valley Conference (4th NCAA) with 346 walks
TCU leads the Big 12 (6th NCAA) with 328 walks
TCU was the 2017 Big 12 co-Champions (Texas Tech)
TCU wet 3-0 at Fort Worth Regional (defeated Central Conn. State, Virginia and Dallas Baptist)
TCU averaged 9.7 runs per game in NCAA Regional (3rd among NCAA Regional teams)
TCU leads the Big 12 (13th NCAA) with 100 stolen bases this season
TCU has the fifth fewest sacrifice bunts (2) in the nation this year
TCU RHP Jared Janczak ranked second in Big 12 with 1.78 ERA
TCU RHP Durbin Feltman is NCAA co-leader with 16 saves
Missouri State won the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference championship (18-1)
MSU lost final game of regular season to fall one game short of perfect conference record
Illinois State was the only MVC team to defeat Missouri State this season (1-3 vs. ISU; 19-0 vs. rest of conference)
Jake Burger and Jeremy Eierman ranked second in MVC with 22 home runs
Burger led the MVC with 69 runs scored
Eierman led the MVC with 67 RBIs
Jake Fromsen lead the MVC with 36 appearances and 1.98 ERA
TCU is making its seventh Super Regional appearance (all 7 appearances have come since 2009)
TCU has three straight Super Regional titles (2014, 2015, 2016)
TCU is seeking fourth straight trip to CWS
Missouri State is making its third NCAA Super Regional appearance (2003, 2015 and 2017)
MSU lost two out of three at Arkansas in 2015 Super Regional
Missouri State swept Ohio State in 2003 Columbus Super Regional (only CWS appearance)

Kentucky Wildcats (43-21) vs. Louisville Cardinals (50-10)
Louisville is No. 7 national seed
The Super Regional is battle of in-state teams
Louisville and Lexington separated by just 79 miles along I-64
UK and UL split 2-game midweek series this year
Louisville posted 5-3 win on April 4 in Louisville
Kentucky won 11-7 on April 18 in Lexington
Louisville pitching staff vs. Kentucky offense
Louisville leads ACC in ERA (2.88), hits per 9 innings (7.2) and shutouts (9)
Kentucky leads SEC in average (.319), runs (480), hits (691) and doubles (147)
UL Josh Stowers and UK Evan White leads NCAA Tournament with 8 runs scored
UL swept the Louisville Regional with wins over Radford, Oklahoma and Xavier
Louisville averaged 10.0 runs per game at NCAA Regional (LSU 10.3 runs per game)
UL 10 stolen bases and 3.3 SB per game were the most in NCAA Regionals
Stowers has NCAA-leading 4 double this post season
UK posted 4-1 record to win Lexington Regional (defeated NC State twice in championship round)
Kentucky has an NCAA leading 50 hits in this year’s NCAA Tournament
Riley Mahan leads all NCAA players with 11 RBIs in NCAA Tournament
Mahan and MSU Cody Brown lead all NCAA player with 10 hits in NCAA Tournament
Kentucky is playing in the first Super Regional in school history
Kentucky is the only current SEC without a trip to the College World Series
Louisville is playing in its seventh Super Regional (all 7 appearances under Dan McDonnell)
Louisville is playing in its fifth straight Super Regional
UL was eliminated by UC Santa Barbara (2016) and CS Fullerton (2015) at home in last two Super Regionals

 

Cal State Fullerton Titans (37-21) at Long Beach State 49ers (41-18-1)
One of two Super Regionals matching conference foes
This is one of 11 Super Regionals all time matching conference foes
First Super Regional matchup between Big West teams
CS Fullerton and Long Beach State have six times this season
Long Beach State swept CSF in a three-game series at Long Beach on March 24-26
Long Beach State won two of three against Fullerton in Fullerton on May 25-27
Long Beach State posted two 1-0 wins in the regular-season series
Cal State Fullerton was the No. 2 seed at the Palo Alto Regional
CSF defeated BYU and No. 8 national seed Stanford (twice) to advance
Cal State Fullerton batted .368 at the Palo Alto Regional (second highest in NCAA Tournament)
Long Beach State was the No. 1 seed at Long Beach Regional
LBSU went 4-1 and defeated Texas twice to win the regional
LBSU James Duran had nine hits in the regional (fifth-most in the NCAA Tournament)
LBSU Zak Baayoun had two wins and four appearances in the NCAA Regional
CSF and LB State led the Big West Conference with a .980 fielding percentage
CSF and LB State led the Big West Conference with 22 triples
CSF Scott Hurst led the Big West with 52 runs scored; ranked second with 12 HRs
CSF Brett Conine led the Big West with 9 saves; ranked second with 29 appearances
CSF Connor Seabold lead the Big West (3rd in NCAA) with 11 wins
Long Beach State led the Big West (2nd NCAA) with 11 shutouts
Long Beach State led the Big West (6th NCAA) with 3.02 ERA
LBSU Dave Smith lead Big West (3rd NCAA) with 1.32 ERA
Smith ranked second in Big West with 9 wins
LBSU Chris Rivera ranked second in Big West with 12 saves
Cal State Fullerton is making its 13th Super Regional appearance (tied with LSU for second all time)
CSF has only one Super Regional championships since 2010
Cal State Fullerton won two of three at Louisville to advance to 2015 CWS
Long Beach State is playing in its third Super Regional (2003, 2004 and 2017)

 

LBSU has not reached the College World Series since 1998 (never advanced in Super Regional format)

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