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College World Series Preview: Get to know the Texas side of the bracket


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Texas is Omaha bound for the 37th time in program history and enters the College World Series as the highest seeded team remaining in the NCAA Tournament. As the #2 overall seed, the Longhorns cruised through the Austin Regional before sweeping South Florida in the Super Regionals.

Now, David Pierce's team will look to bring home the 7th national championship in program history. Similar to regional play, the Longhorns will be in a 4-team double elimination bracket. The winner of the bracket will matchup up with the winner of the other 4-team bracket in a 2 out of 3 series to determine the national champion. Let's take a look at who is on the Texas side of the bracket:

Mississippi State

The Bulldogs and Longhorns opened the season at Globe Life Field and will meet again in the opening round of the CWS. Mississippi State took the opening game in Arlington 8-3. Ty Madden took the loss, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings. David Pierce said in his press conference earlier today that they have not settled on a starter for Sunday, but it would be surprising if Madden didn't get the ball to face Mississippi State for the second time this year.

The Bulldogs will likely counter with lefty Christian MacLeod, who went 4 innings and allowed 1 run agains the Longhorns back in February. The Longhorns will also likely see right hander Landon Sims out of the bullpen at some point. Sims dominated Texas earlier this season, striking out 10 in 4 hitless innings. For the season, he has a 1.55 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings.

At the plate, the Bulldogs are hitting .282 as a team and have 5 players with double digit home runs. RF Tanner Allen is hitting a ridiculous .392 on the season with 10 home runs and 62 RBI's. CF Rowdy Jordan serves as the leadoff man and is hitting .326. The Bullodgs are not afraid to run and have collected 68 stolen bases on the season.

As a whole, Mississippi State hasn't changed a whole lot from the team the Longhorns saw in Arlington. The biggest challenge for Texas will be getting to MacLeod early because if the game gets to the 5th inning or later and the Bulldogs are holding a lead, Landon Sims will jog in from the bullpen and not many teams have found success against him this year.

Tennessee

The Volunteers will be making their 5th trip to Omaha and have made huge strides as a program since Tony Vitello took over after the 2017 season. An Tennessee will be carried by their offense as they rank in the top 5 in the country in home runs, doubles and walks. SS Liam Spence leads the way with a .339 average and has more walks (53) than strikeouts (49). 

On the mound, Chad Dallas is their #1 starter and has an 11-1 record on the year with a 4.10 ERA. The Vols do a strong bullpen, with all 5 of their most frequently used relievers having an ERA under 3.00. 

One interesting note with Tennessee is Mississippi State was not on their regular season schedule this year, but the two teams did meet in the SEC Tournament and the Volunteers run ruled the Bulldogs in 8 innings, 12-2. The pitching matchup that day featured Christian MacLeod against Chad Dallas, so the Volunteers can certainly put up runs in bunches against very good pitching.

Virginia

Virginia was one of the final teams to make the NCAA Tournament field and now find themselves in Omaha after an improbable run the last 2 weeks. The Cavaliers lost the opening game of their regional and super regional, but found a way to punch their ticket to the College World Series. Virginia will lean heavily on their pitching staff, which ranks 14th in the country with a 3.61 ERA. Andrew Abbott is the ace of the staff and has thrown over 100 innings this season with a 3.04 ERA. It is important for every team to win their opening round game, but for Virginia there is likely an extra emphasis on wanting to get a win with Abbott on the mound in the first game to help take the pressure off a pitching staff that has thrown a lot of innings the last 14 days.

At the plate, RF Kyle Teel is the only player hitting over .300 but he has carried the offense at times in the NCAA tournament, including the game winning grand slam against Dallas Baptist in game 3 of the super regional. The Cavaliers will use some small ball (35 sac bunts on the season) to try to generate some runs and put pressure on opposing teams.

While Virginia is the only non-national seed on this side of the bracket, they are certainly playing their best baseball of the season and have proved to be a scrappy bunch throughout the postseason.

 

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Chad Dallas for Tennesse is from WOS. A typical football powerhouse in Texas that obviously found some baseball talent too. 
 

UVA had won 6 straight elimination games?! Wow! Good for them. Lol

Also an important note for this format in Omaha: An off day after every game! That really helps a bullpen and ensures you don’t have to go too deep down your list of arms in game 3 and 4. 

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50 minutes ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Well, it didn't help Stanford today. lol

Nope, sure didn’t. I was disappointed in Stanford.

Watching Vanderbilt now. This should be interesting. Bats vs pitching. 

IMO, like a football team, a baseball team needs to be balanced. Needs pitching, good defense, and timely hitting. 
 

Hook ‘em!

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Joey, I thought Arizona got really sloppy for a while. 

These announcers keep saying that a day of rest really refreshes the arms. I agree it’s better than a day, but it’s not a regular schedule. 

Rocker pitched well, but surprised he couldn’t/didn’t go further into the game. 

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4 hours ago, java said:

Joey, I thought Arizona got really sloppy for a while. 

These announcers keep saying that a day of rest really refreshes the arms. I agree it’s better than a day, but it’s not a regular schedule. 

Rocker pitched well, but surprised he couldn’t/didn’t go further into the game. 

He went 100 pitches, which is about where his cutoff was. They’ll need him again if they advance. 
 

Both teams were extremely sloppy all game. AZ had their chances & didn’t capitalize. 

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