Written By Mike
Welcome back to Omaha, Nebraska. Boy do we have some matchups for you. With a new sim comes a lot of newcomers. 5 new faces to reach the College World Series this year. Some familiar faces have hung up the cleats for the season already. Everything is on the line now 2 Losses and you’re done. It’s time to play ball.
The defending Champions are lighting up the College Baseball world once again. The clear favorites in my eyes, but one game can change your whole trajectory now. Currently on a 34 game win streak. First matchup comes against an underrated SEC Tourney Champion South Carolina squad. I think they take this game and will be headed to back to back championships.
This Buckeyes squad ran the gauntlet once more this season. Didn’t have as great results as in the past but they ended up where the belonged again. TOSU is an Omaha regular now. The Season 7 champions look to make an upset in their group. It starts with a good Oklahoma club. They return an elite lineup at the plate and their pitching has been great for the matchups they’ve been in. This is a great team but is overshadowed by Virginia in the group, sometimes you need a little luck. That’s what it will take.
A somewhat surprise team here. First-timer Coach Thomas has his team rolling through the postseason. They swept the SEC tournament, and knocked out Oregon in the Super Regionals, a feat that hasn’t been done since Season 1. It was no fluke, this squad is very well rounded. The 6th best batting and the 10th best pitching team. Game 1 will tell us if they’re ready to make noise. I think they place 3rd though.
The 2nd fresh face of this group. Coach FrogsAlot has been around the block, but has settled in Oklahoma. It’s been a great fit so far as Oklahoma took the Big12 Championship in his first season, as well as making it all the way here. Unfortunately for this Cinderella, I think this is where the story ends for them. I think this group is just too good for OU to run the gauntlet.
The Gators are hungry. After losing the Championship in game 3. Their 3rd straight trip to the CWS, and 5th overall. The inaugural Champs are back. They bring with them the top offense in the country and a solid pitching rotation to back that up. They did get swept by the Buckeyes early in the season, but bounced back and dominated everything until the conference Semis vs UK. I do think the odds are in favor of a championship rematch, can they get the outcome they want this time?
The Sharks are in a frenzy. Welcome to the College World Series. This team has fought so hard the last few seasons to get here. It’s time to show up on the big stage now. A recent Big East transplant showed no signs of slowing down, taking the Big East Championship and Tournament. I think they can challenge for this group. We don’t really know Florida’s true strength, but I guess we can kinda say the same about LIU. This is gonna be an interesting group for sure.
The lone PAC12 rep. Another fresh face. Coach Buff has been climbing the ranks for the past 2 seasons coming out of nowhere. They’ve had some ups and downs this season, but they deserve to be here. They took down CWS regulars in Xavier. They matchup with Florida in Game 1. If they can take that game, it could change this whole group.
Last but not least we have Indiana. More new blood. Autumn Finley’s first season has been a great one. Where did he come from? It doesn’t matter, all that matters is that he’s here in the promised land. Time to make the most of it. They’ve got solid pitching and a good ability to generate runs. They will need it against the Sharks. The Sharks have dropped random games here and there, Indiana could change their fate with just one win. We’ll see what happens.