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”

BIG 12 COUNTRY, BREAKFAST AND BASEBALL

My work with ESPN, SEC Network and FOX Sports calls for a lot of time on the road. My first road trip of the 2017 college baseball season covered seven games in nine days in four different cities.

The trip began on Friday, March 24 as I headed to Big 12 Country for an early season showdown between Oklahoma State and TCU at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. OSU and TCU (along with Texas Tech) were among three Big 12 teams in the 2016 College World Series. Both teams were one win away from all-Big 12 championship series in Omaha.  Oklahoma State lost back-to-back games to Arizona and TCU dropped two straight to eventual national champion Coastal Carolina.

The weekend series did not have quite the same magnitude but it was still an important early season test. TCU was still trying to find its way on offense, while Oklahoma State was battling some serious injuries with its pitching staff. Continue reading “BIG 12 COUNTRY, BREAKFAST AND BASEBALL”

SEC Surprises; Buffalo Drops Baseball

SEC STANDINGS UPSIDE DOWN
The top three teams in the current SEC baseball standings failed to make of the post season last year.

Auburn (23-7, 7-2 SEC) and Arkansas (23-6, 7-2 SEC) lead the SEC Western Division through nine games. Neither team qualified for the 2016 SEC Tournament in Hoover. Auburn has won all seven series this season, including SEC series with Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The Tigers are equaled their overall win total from last year. AU finished 23-33 in 2016.  Arkansas has won is first three SEC series with Miss. State, Missouri and Alabama (the latter two on the road) and has equaled its conference win total from last season. Continue reading “SEC Surprises; Buffalo Drops Baseball”