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CWS: Day Three/Regional Review

Okay, The Super Regional Matchups are set: meaning sixteen teams are still alive in the Gran Daddy tournament.  Each four-team regional bracket produced one winner, and those winners will play a best of three series this weekend.

First break down the regionals, then look ahead to the Supers.

 Coral Gables Regional: Missouri didn’t get by Ole Miss as i had hoped, Miami handles the final with ease going undefeated in their regional bracket.

Ann Arbor Regional: Well there was no game seven, but this bracket featured another 1 vs 3 final, with UA advancing to the next round.

CORAL GABLES SUPER REGIONAL:  Arizona and Miami in a three game set, now. You can’t ignore the #1 seed in the country. Miami handled Ole Miss in the Regional Final, and the only handling Arizona did was against lowly Eastern Michigan on the first day of the Tournament. Miami wins this Super Regional in two games.

Raleigh Regional:I have just not been able to predict this bracket. James Madison fals to South Carolina, who in turn just barely loses to NC State. Only problem if see for NC ST in the Super regional is their lack of dominance. They didn’t blow anybody out.

Athens Regional: Georgia still on my mind…  Lipscomb lets me down, and somehow Georgia works all the way from the losers bracket to beat up on GTECH over Sunday and Monday. What a showing, their last three final scores?   14-3, 8-0, and 18-8. ]

ATHENS SUPER REGIONAL:  I would love to see NC STATE have some luck here and get through, but Georgia found their stride in the loser’s bracket of their own regional and i think they win it. They may lose a game, but the Bulldogs advance to the CWS.

Tallahassee Regional: That a rough finish for Tulane who looked as if they would advance to the Supers as a Three seed. But Florida State pulled a Georgia and just dominated their way out of the losers bracket.  Final Scores for their last three: 24-9, 17-8, 16-7. Look out for the #4 nationally seeded Seminoles… The bats are hot at the right time.

Stillwater Regional: Pat on the back for Daniel. Wichita State is the first non-#1 to advance to the Supers in the this recap.  And they had no problems doing it either. Wichita played the minimum. Three games.

TALLAHASSEE SUPER REGIONAL: This may be the best matchup in the Supers. I love Wichita State and their dominance out of the Still Water Bracket, But then again, how can you not acknowledge the powerhouse bats of Florida State. This will go the distance, and it’s too close to call. Going to be fun to watch though.

Cary Regional: One team. UNC… need i say more… again?

Conway Regional: I mean the boys from Coastal Carolina REALLY aren’t kidding around. They put together a massive run through their bracket, scoring 47 runs through 3 games. ECU didn’t even have a chance in the final dropping it 24-11.

CARY SUPER REGIONAL:This one will be interesting… will UNC be able to quiet the bats of Coastal? Will powerhouse North Carolina be able to weather the storm and return to the CWS? I think so. It will go three, but UNC advances.

Baton Rouge Regional: So Miss surprised be in Game Five but didn’t in the Finals. LSU easily handles the final game, putting up a third straight double-digit effort. Another #1 in the Supers.

Lincoln Regional: I called the Nebraska Upset, and the UC Irvine win in the finals. Oral roberts knocks out the 1 seed 8-0 and then loses to Irvine by the same score.  One Question, though, How does Irvine end up in  Nebraska?

BATON ROUGE SUPER REGIONAL: So this pits LSU and UC Irvine, kind of a random pairing if you think about LSUas a national powerhouse in many athletic areas and Irvine… Who… Well… isn’t all that famous for anything. BUT… They are together for 2 games, with LSU winning both and advancing to the College World Series.

Fullerton Regional: UCLA WAS CLOSE… but not close enough… A team they beat earlier in the weekend comes back to force a Game 7 and crush the Bruin dream. A 5-4 contest that was relatively even. Fullerton returns to the Supers, and will host a pretty easy matchup with…

Stanford Regional: I still fear how bad I am at this. Stanford proves me wrong. The Cardinal work from the losers bracket to destroy Pepperdine in Game six and then advance in Game Seven.  I just didn’t think they had it in them.

FULLERTON SUPER REGIONAL: Fullerton vs. Stanford. While I would love to keep the Bay Area Buzz going for this Cardinal Squad. I juts don’t see it. Cardinal may win the first game on emotion alone, but Fullerton will battle back (because they are #5 in the Nation) and advance to the CWS.

Tempe Regional: ASUnot only handled Oklahoma… they destroyed them in the final. 12-0 . Arizona State looks good going into the Supers… really good. They might have some trouble with a CWS Cinderella story.

Long Beach Regional: San Diego definitely made this bracket interesting, pushing our underdog fan-favorite to a deciding 7th game. The 4-seed Fresno State advances to the Super Regionals on a 5-1 win in Long Beach.

TEMPE SUPER REGIONAL:  Arizona State looks like the team here. They’ve got it all going for them heading into Friday’s Super. Only problem i see is a team filled with magical phrases like: Destiny, Hope, Miracle. The Cinderella Story ends in this Super as ASU beats them in three. I would love some WAC representation in the CWS though.

College Station Regional: It took a little more for A & M then I thought, but they get through almost blowing it to Houston.  They win 13-5 in the Final

Houston regional: Rice. Rice. Rice. Didn’t even need a Game 7.

HOUSTON SUPER REGIONAL:Well, Rice will get A&M and they will practically have three days of practice with the Aggies. I should say two days of Practice. Rice in the CWS here.  

ELIMINATED TEAMS: Bethune-Cookman, Charlotte, Mt. St. Mary’s, E. Michigan, Florida, Columbia, Texas South, W. Kentucky, Louisville, Rider, Stonybrook, Arkansas, California, Dallas Baptist, E. Illinios, Sam Houston, UNC-W, Elon, ECU, Alabama, Oral Roberts, Nebraska, So. Miss, New Orleans, Texas, St. Johns, Illinios-Chicago, Houston, Long Beach St., San Diego, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ole MIss, Michigan, Kentucky, James Madison, South Carolina, UCLA, Virginia, Pepperdine, UC Davis, TCU, Oklahoma State, Bucknell, Tulane.

-Dan.

 

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June 4, 2008 - Posted by | Baseball, Bruins, College Baseball, danharris, NCAA Sports, Sports, thesilverbullet

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