Things I’m tired of hearing about….
No CWS Championship in the ACC since Wake’s in ’55.
First time in Omaha for NC State since ’68 (AKA the 45 year drought).
And now, Caulton Tudor unleashes his brilliance onto the scene with this inspired piece.Â If you haven’t checked out the mass responses from Wolfpack Nation, then be sure to go here and check them out before reading further.
NC State is in Omaha.Â NC State has a chance to win a national championship in baseball.Â I no longer care how long it’s been since the last time we’ve been there.Â We’re there now, and we better damn well make the most of it rather than just being happy to be there.
Nor do I give a rat’s ass how long it’s been since the CONFERENCE won a CWS title.Â We’re not there for the ACC, we’re there for NC State.
And I sure as hell WILL NOT be pulling for U*NC-CH at any point during this shindig.Â Sorry Caulton, but it seems you need to know your audience a little better.Â Hell, even Heather Dinich would know better than to unleash that kind of stupidity on the public.
With that out of the way, let’s actually look at who we have to beat in order to win this thing.
Disclaimer: This will not be a statistically exhaustive preview like most others have been this season.Â That’s probably good news for most of you I’d guess.Â The ones who care for such things likely don’t need it anyway.Â So, everybody’s happy.Â Plus I don’t have to sit here and spend 3+ nights sorting thru numbers nobody’s gonna read anyway, so win-win.
Good Omens for the Pack
In 2013 State is 43-3 when opponents score five or fewer runs.
Of the teams left standing, the Pack’s post-season ERA (1.53) is tops, and they’ve allowed only an average of 2 runs per game (t1st, UCLA).
The Pack’s staff is also tops in post-season Ks (49), and tied for the lead in fewest walks allowed (10).
Now, if we can just hit the dang ball.
Also, I can’t help but to wonder what the over/under is on the number of innings it takes to decide Sunday’s game between the Heels and the Pack?
The Competition – Our Bracket (Play begins Sunday)
How they got here: ACC Champs*, Overall #1 seed, Won Chapel Hill Regional, Defeated SCar 2 games to 1 in Chapel Hill Super Regional.
Previous CWS Appearances: 9*
You know ’em, you love ’em.Â They’ve got pitching, hitting, and up until recently…defense.Â Frankly, for the number one overall seed they’re damn lucky to have made it this far and if they keep playing the way they have of late they’re ripe for the picking, IMHO.Â If you need/want to know more details then go here.
North Carolina Baseball Home (GoHeels.com)
How they got here: SEC Champs, Overall #4 seed, Won Baton Rouge Regional, Defeated Oklahoma 2 games to none Baton Rouge Super Regional.
Previous CWS Appearances: 15, including titles in ’91, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’00 and ’09.
Probably playing the best ball of any club in the country leading up to Omaha.Â Took Vandy out in the SEC tourney and haven’t lost since.Â With a little luck, the Pack can avoid facing Aaron Nola (12-0, 1.68 ERA), but their pitching doesn’t get much easier to face after that so it probably makes no difference.Â Their staff carries a 2.41 ERA, a .217 against avg, and give up only 2.86 runs per game.
The Tigers bat .308 as a team, have hit 46 HRs on the season, and score an avg of 6.6 runs per game.
When you can average scoring nearly four more runs per game than you give up, you tend to win.Â A lot.
They’re also and outstanding defensive team (.980 fldpct).
LSU Baseball Home (LSUSports.com)
How they got here: Won Los Angeles Regional, Defeated #5 overall seed CS Fullerton 2 games to none to win Fullerton Super Regional.
Previous CWS Appearances: 4
Playing very good ball right now.Â You don’t go into Fullerton and take two straight from the Titans if you’re not.
Very good pitching staff with a team ERA of 2.69 and a .226 against avg.Â Only given up 18 HRs on the season and are yielding only 3.15 runs per game.
Not the strongest hitters on the planet with a team BA of .251 on the season and only 19 HRs.Â Only score an avg of 4.8 runs per game, but they manage to win a lot of low scoring games.
Like LSU, they do not hurt themselves very often with mistakes in the field (.980 fldpct)
UCLA Baseball Home (UCLABruins.com)
The Competition – Opposite Bracket (Play begins Saturday)
How they got here: PAC12 Champs, Overall #3 seed, Won Corvallis Regional, Defeated K State 2 games to 1 to win Corvallis Super Regional.
Previous CWS Appearances: 4, including titles in ’06 and ’07.
An opening blip loss to K State in the Super Regional round notwithstanding, probably still one of the three favorites (Along with LSU and Carolina) to take the title.Â An amazing pitching staff (Team ERA 2.22, .213 against avg, only 16 HRs given up on the season, giving up only 3.0 runs per game) which will be tough to beat in a best of three series with Boyd (10-3, 2.13), Moore (14-1, 1.36) and Wetzler (9-1, 2.11).Â Their pen ain’t chopped liver either.
They bat .291 as a team with 30 HRs on the season, and average scoring 5.82 runs per game.
Good enough defensively with a .972 fldpct.
Oregon State Baseball Home (OSUBeavers.com)
How they got here: Won Starkville Regional, Swept #6 overall seed UVa two straight to win Charlotteville Regional.
Previous CWS Appearances: 8
Overall a very good pitching staff, but with an excellent bullpen.Â Team ERA 2.77, 21 HRs given up on the year and yielding an avg of 3.56 runs per game.
Good hitting club with a team BA of .297, 29 HRs, and scoring an avg. of 6.05 runs per game.
Solid but not spectacular on defense (.972 fldpct)
Mississippi State Baseball Home (HailState.com)
How they got here: Won Louisville Regional, Defeated #2 overall seed Vanderbilt two straight to win Nashville regional.
Previous CWS Appearances: 1
Very good pitching (Team ERA 2.50, .212 against avg, 22 HRs, 3.16 runs given up per game).Â Good balance between starters and bullpen with two very strong starters in Chad Green (10-3, 2.29) and Jeff Thompson (11-1, 2.00).
Cards bat .291 as a team with 29 HRs on the season and score an avg. of 6.35 runs per game (more than twice as many as they give up).
A team fldpct of .971.
Louisville Baseball Home (GoCards.com)
How they got here: B1G Champs, Won Bloomington Regional, Swept overall #7 seed FSU to take Tallahassee Super Regional.
Previous CWS Appearances: 0
Like the Pack, Indiana was in the conversation for that last national seed but were ultimately passed over.Â Frankly, if I had to pick a dark horse it would be the Hoosiers.Â They’re built for the tournament format with four different guys who can start and shut the opposition down, and a more than capable pen.Â Their team ERA for the year is 2.67, their against avg is .249, they’ve given up but 18 HRs on the season, and they yield only 3.45 runs per game.
As a team they bat .305, have jacked 53 round trippers, and score 6.90 runs per game.
They can be sometimes suspect in the field (.965 fldpct)
In short, if they can get enough pitching, not hurt themselves in the field and find a way to hit CWS caliber competition as they have the B1G this year (somewhat of a big if, but time will tell), then Indiana’s first trip to Omaha could be a good one for them.
Indiana Baseball Home (IUHoosiers.com)
NCSU Baseball – CWS Tournament Central (GoPack.com)
PACKin’ For Omaha (GoPack.com)
Interactive Bracket (NCAA.com)
Printable Bracket (NCAA.com)
2013 NCAA Tourney Team Stats (NCAA.com)
College World Series Fan Guide (NCAA.com)
TD Ameritrade Park Info (TDAmeritradeParkOmaha.com)
College World Series of Omaha Home Page (CWSOmaha.com)
CWS Schedule – TV Info
Saturday, June 15
- Game 1: Mississippi State (48-18) vs. No. 3 Oregon State (50-11) (ESPN2, 3 p.m.)
- Game 2: Indiana (48-14) vs. Louisville (51-12) (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Sunday, June 16
- Game 3: NC State (49-14) vs. No. 1 U*NC-CH (56-10*) (ESPN2, 3 p.m.)
- Game 4: UCLA (44-17) vs. No. 4 LSU (57-9) (ESPN2, 8 p.m.)
Monday, June 17
- Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (ESPN2, 3 p.m.)
- Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (ESPN2, 8 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 18
- Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser (ESPN, 3 p.m.)
- Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 19
- Game 9: Game 6 loser vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Thursday, June 20
- Game 10: Game 8 loser vs. Game 7 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Friday, June 21
- Game 11: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner (ESPN, 3 p.m.)
- Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Saturday, June 22
- Game 13: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner (ESPN, 3 p.m.) (if Game 9 winner wins Game 11)
- Game 14: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.) (if Game 10 winner wins Game 12)
Monday, June 24
- Finals Game 1: Bracket 1 winner vs. Bracket 2 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 25
- Finals Game 2: Bracket 1 winner vs. Bracket 2 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 26
- Finals Game 3: Bracket 1 winner vs. Bracket 2 winner (ESPN, 8 p.m.) (if necessary)
*All games also on ESPN3/WatchESPN