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NCAA Baseball Tournament Preview: Regions to Watch. Florida State, Florida, UCF and Stetson are all launching their World Series hopes




FILE – UCLA’s Matt McLain bats against Sacramento State during an NCAA college baseball game in Los Angeles, in this Sunday, March 3, 2019, file photo. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, file)

NCAA.COM Home of all college sports – Michella Chester, Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers discussed the 2024 DI Baseball Tournament on Instagram Live on Tuesday, May 28. With the first regional pitches scheduled for this Friday, here are some key insights leading up to the tournament.

Most intriguing regionals:

Aaron:

  • Corvallis (host Oregon State) — UC Irvine has great pitching with Nick Pinto and a great bullpen. Tulane earned its spot as an automatic bid and is a strong No. 4 seed playing with house money.
  • Tucson (Arizona host) – West Virginia and Cal Baptist are solid and will compete for the opportunity to advance in the region. This region also has the Grand Canyon, the top No. 4 seed.

Michelle:

  • Stillwater (Oklahoma State host) — Florida’s Jac Caglianone and Nebraska’s Josh Caron are two great power hitters who play in a ballpark made for home runs. It won’t be an easy road for Oklahoma State.

Kendal:

  • College Station (hosts Texas A&M) – Louisiana vs. Texas is a great 2 vs. 3 matchup. Louisiana has great pitching with Andrew Herrmann and LP Langevin.
  • Chapel Hill (host North Carolina) – LSU vs. Wofford should be a great match. Wofford’s ace Zac Cowan will likely pitch against LSU. The right-handed sophomore will be a tough task for LSU’s experienced lineup.
  • Fayetteville (Arkansas host) — Louisiana Tech vs. Kansas State is an offensive showcase

Easiest region for a hosting team

Kendal:

  • College Station: Texas A&M shouldn’t wrestle Grambling, which should keep most of their arms fresh for a meeting with Texas or Louisiana.

Michelle:

  • Athens: Georgia Tech needs to be able to pitch to have a chance, and they’ve struggled on the mound

Toughest region for a hosting team:

  • Knoxville: Southern Miss played Tennessee last year, they have a great pitching staff and an experienced lineup
  • Clemson: The experience and depth of both Coastal Carolina and Vanderbilt make things difficult for Erik Bakich’s Tigers
  • Stillwater: Offense, foul, foul in Stillwater. This region will provide some fireworks

Most Exciting Super-Regional Potential:

  • Georgia vs. NC State: Two of the best offenses and best teams in the country battle for Omaha.
  • LSU vs. Arizona: Jay Johnson’s return. LSU’s head coach took Arizona to the championship series in 2016.
  • Kentucky vs. Oregon State: Blue Blood vs. New Blood. Kentucky has been excellent this year, but would have to go through Travis Bazzana and the Beavers to get to Omaha for the first time.
  • Tennessee vs. Wake Forest: Clear your schedule. Chase Burns returns to Knoxville in what would be an electric super regional.

National Championship Series Predictions:

Kendal:

  • Tennessee beats Texas A&M

Four seeds to watch:

Finally, Kendall and Michella made their updated picks for National Player of the Year, National Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

  • National Player of the Year: Charlie Condon, OF, Georgia
  • National pitcher of the year: Hagan Smith, LHP, Arkansas
  • National Freshman of the Year: Drew Burress, OF, Georgia Tech






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