Omaha is finally upon us and today we will be taking a look at the first round match-ups and how I think they will pan out. Florida just squeaked by Auburn to fill the final spot for the second consecutive year. Do the defending champs have what it takes to repeat?
Oregon State vs North Carolina
This is the first game of the CWS and it will start Saturday at 3. I don’t really have much to so about this game other than UNC stands no chance. Oregon State is too good and Nick Madrigal is not going to let his team lose in the first round.
Washington vs Mississippi State
The Huskies come into Omaha making it their first apperance ever. The beat out Cal State Fullerton in a wild series. Washington has a very talented lineup but they may have got matched up against the beast. Lead by Jake Mangum and Elijah MacNamee, they are in my opinion the hottest team coming into Omaha. Their series against Vandy was an all-timer for sure and those two guys mentioned, are out for blood in this tournament. Doubted all year, losing their head coach after the first week, the bulldogs are ready to win.
Arkansas vs Texas
If you only pick one opening round game to watch, make it this one. Arkansas is one of the most powerful offenses in the country and Texas is one of the most exciting teams to watch. Texas is lead by son of Roger Clemens, Kody. Kody Clemens leads all of NCAA in homers with 23. He hit a HR in every super regional game and once he starts rounding the bases you better watch, he’s always got something for the opposing dugout. Arkansas is lead by Blaine Knight and Carson Shaddy. Knight is an ace pitcher and Shaddy is the power bat. Arkansas is almost guaranteed to hit a few homers a game.
Florida vs Texas Tech
The defending champs are back, but barely. They beat Auburn on a walkoff in dramatic fashion and we get to see the careers of Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar continue on the hill. Not mentioned is SEC player of the year Johnathon India, who was drafted by the Reds and is playing his final games with the Gators. The Red Raiders are back in Omaha for the third time in 5 years and are becoming a household name in college baseball. Good for them, but they don’t stand a chance. Come on, they’re playing Florida.