College Podcast: Recapping NCAA Tournament Super Regionals

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On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy recap super regionals from last weekend.

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The eight results are: 

  • North Carolina State upsetting top-ranked Arkansas in Fayetteville, which represented the first losing weekend the Razorbacks have suffered all season. The Arkansas lineup went silent at the worst possible time and as good as he was, Kevin Kopps couldn’t quite pull one more rabbit out of his hat in a start in game 3. 
  • Texas sweeping two games against South Florida. The Bulls acquitted themselves fairly well throughout the weekend and fought hard, but the Longhorns were just too much. After a tight game that USF tied in the ninth on Saturday, Texas clinched in blowout fashion on Sunday. 
  • Vanderbilt sweeping East Carolina in two well-pitched games by Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter. With the win, the Commodores have a chance to defend their national title, and with another exit in super regionals, ECU is still stuck knocking on the door of Omaha, as it has been five times prior. 
  • Tennessee breaking through to the College World Series for the first time since 2005 with a sweep of Louisiana State at home. This series also signaled the end of Paul Mainieri’s career after 39 years in the sport, the last 15 with LSU. 
  • Arizona out-slugging Mississippi twice over the weekend in Tucson to get to the CWS for the first time since it was the runner-up in 2016, Jay Johnson‘s first season at the helm. At the same time, the frustration in super regionals for Ole Miss continues, as it is 1-6 in those series under Mike Bianco
  • Virginia winning two tight games after dropping the opener to Dallas Baptist in Columbia to advance to the CWS for the first time since it won it all in 2015. Down 2-1 in the seventh in the deciding game 3, the Cavaliers’ Kyle Teel hit a grand slam to put his team up for good. 
  • Mississippi State moving on to Omaha for the third straight season for the first time in program history after winning two of three against Notre Dame in Starkville. The Bulldogs took a good shot from the Irish, but MSU’s offense was able to get to Notre Dame’s vulnerable pitching depth better than anyone else has this season. 
  • Stanford blowing out Texas Tech twice in Lubbock to get back to the CWS for the first time since 2008. Given Tech’s history of success at home in the postseason, it was shocking in the way that the Cardinal pulled it off and shows that Stanford is a very real contender in Omaha. 

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