Last Friday, 64 teams had hopes of reaching the College World Series. Beginning today, 16 teams still have those hopes alive, as the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals begin (best of three series). Four ACC teams are still alive and all four are hosting.
Super Regional action begins at 1pm ET today on ESPN2 as the number one team in the country, North Carolina, hosts South Carolina. Both teams won their regional on Monday, though the Tarheels needed a lot more innings to advance. How much is left in the tank for the UNC pitchers? This weekend will tell. They will need All-American third baseman Colin Moran to step up his game to be CWS bound. These two teams will then play on Saturday at noon ET on ESPN, before playing the if-necessary game on Sunday at 1pm ET on ESPNU.
UPDATE: The opening game was postponed and the series will start on Saturday at noon ET with Kent Emanuel on the mound for the Tarheels.
NC State is the lone non-national seed to be hosting, as number eight Oregon was upset by Rice. They begin play at 4pm ET in Raleigh on ESPN2. They continue the series on Saturday, also at 4pm ET on ESPN2. If necessary, the series will conclude on Sunday at 4pm ET on ESPNU. Carlos Rodon, the Wolfpack ace, leads the nation in strikeouts. Since he started Saturday’s win versus William & Mary, not sure if he will be able to go in Friday’s opener.
UPDATE: This opening game was also postponed until Saturday at 4pm ET.
Florida State, the number seven national seed, starts play on Saturday at noon ET on ESPNU versus Indiana. The Hoosiers are making their first Super Regional appearance. The Seminoles were the most impressive team in the regionals, as their offense was virtually unstoppable. That came after going 0-4 the week prior (three of those games coming in the ACC Tournament). On Sunday, the two teams will play at 1pm ET on ESPNU and if necessary, conclude the series on Monday at 1pm ET on ESPN2.
Virginia, the number six national seed, will host Mississippi State beginning on Saturday at 1pm ET on ESPN2. The two teams will meet again on Sunday at 7pm ET on ESPNU, before an if necessary game on Monday at 4pm ET on ESPN2. The Cavaliers have gotten just enough offense and very good pitching to get this far.
Will all four ACC teams represent in the CWS in Omaha? After Monday, we will know.