The College World Series field is set, as the final two teams punched their tickets to Omaha in decisive third games of super regionals Monday. No. 1 national seed Virginia won a thrilling game against UC Irvine to make its second trip to the CWS in the last three years, while Texas A&M pounded Florida State to reach Omaha for the first time since 1999. We'll recap Monday's action below, but first let's take a look at the College World Series field.
A year after just three national seeds reached the CWS, six of the top eight seeds made it this year. Six national seeds also made it to Omaha in 2008, when Fresno State became the only No. 4 regional seed to win the national title. This year's field also features the all-time leader in College World Series appearances (Texas, with 34) but none of the next 12 teams on the all-time list. South Carolina, making its 10th trip to Omaha, has the most CWS appearances in this field, after Texas.
Here is the schedule for the first weekend (all times Eastern; national seeds in parentheses):
Saturday, June 18
2 p.m.: (6) Vanderbilt vs. (3) North Carolina
7 p.m.: (7) Texas vs. (2) Florida
Sunday, June 19
2 p.m.: California vs. (1) Virginia
7 p.m.: Texas A&M vs. (4) South Carolina
Here's a look back at Monday's action:
Charlottesville Super Regional
Virginia over UC Irvine, 3-2 (Virginia wins series 2-1)
A tight pitcher's duel got wild in the ninth inning. After Irvine scored an unearned run against closer Branden Kline in the top of the ninth to take a 2-1 lead, UCI ace Matt Summers (who entered in the eighth) retired the first two batters of the bottom of the ninth. But with two outs and the bases empty, the Cavaliers strung together consecutive singles up the middle, then a walk, then a walk-off two-run single up the middle by Chris Taylor. Will Roberts (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) turned in a strong start for the Cavs, while Crosby Slaught (3 IP, 4 H, 0 R) and Jimmy Litchfield (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) kept UVa.'s potent offense at bay until the ninth.
Tallahassee Super Regional
Texas A&M over Florida State, 11-2 (Texas A&M wins series, 2-1)
Texas A&M took advantage of an erratic Hunter Scantling (0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB) in a six-run first inning, highlighted by Kevin Gonzalez's two-run double, and the the Aggies never looked back. Adam Smith followed with a two-run homer in the second to extend the lead to 8-0. Aggies Michael Wacha (7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) contained an FSU offense that produced 23 runs Sunday. The Aggies head to Omaha for the first time since 1999.
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