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The College World Series (CWS) is set as far as ACC teams are concerned. So, who made the grade and gets a trip to Omaha? The first team among all teams out of the Super Regionals who punched their ticket was Louisville. The eight team CWS begins on Saturday and continues on Sunday. Vanderbilt will be the Cardinals first opponent in Bracket play. *Updated schedule 6/11/19.
Florida State and ‘Magic’ Mike Martin’s Seminoles is also headed to Omaha and will face the winner of the Arkansas – Ole Miss game. When the story was being edited Arkansas was leading.
If indeed Arkansas is the winner then the final brackets (two) will have the following teams: Michigan, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State and Arkansas (or Ole Miss).
College World Series
The double elimination bracket play begins on Saturday, June 15. Here’s a look at the schedule (teams will be assigned). *Updated schedule 6/11/19.
- Saturday, June 15
- Game 1 – Texas Tech vs Michigan 2:00pm ESPN
- Game 2 – Arkansas vs Florida State 7:00pm ESPN
- Sunday, June 16
- Game 3 – Vanderbilt vs Louisville 2:00pm ESPN
- Game 4 – Mississippi State vs Auburn 7:30pm ESPN2
- Monday, June 17
- Game 5 – Loser 1 vs Loser 2 2:00pm ESPN
- Game 6 – Winner 1 vs Winner 2 7:00pm ESPN
- Tuesday, June 18
- Game 7 – Loser 3 vs Loser 4 2:00pm ESPN/ESPN2
- Game 8 – Winner 3 vs Winner 4 7:00pm ESPN/ESPN2
- Wednesday, June 19
- Game 9 – Winner 5 vs Loser 6 7:00pm ESPN
- Thursday, June 20
- Game 10 – Winner 7 vs Loser 8 8:00pm ESPNU
- Friday, June 21
- Game 11 – Winner 6 vs Winner 9 2:00pm ESPN/ESPN2
- Game 12 – Winner 8 vs Winner 10 7:00pm ESPN
- Saturday, June 22
- Bracket 1 (if needed) – 2:00pm ESPN/ESPN2
- Bracket 2 (if needed) – 7:00pm ESPN/ESPN2
- Monday, June 24
- CWS Finals Game 1 – 7:00pm ESPN
- Tuesday, June 25
- CWS Finals Game 2 – 7:00pm ESPN
- Wednesday, June 26
- CWS Finals Game 3 (if needed) – 7:00pm ESPN
The Super Regionals didn’t turn out as well for Duke and North Carolina. The Blue Devils hammered Vanderbilt in game 1, 18-5. Game 2 became a bit of a struggle with Duke losing to the Commodores, 3-0. Vanderbilt turned the tables and delivered payback for the game 1 blowout in game 3. Duke fell, 13-2.
For North Carolina they’ll be replaying what went wrong in game 1 for many a night. The Tar Heels were up on Auburn before the game went south and quickly. The Tigers roared back to win, 11-7. In game 2 North Carolina was spot on in pitching and came away a 2-0 winner.
Game 3 saw Auburn come out swinging and no matter how hard the Tar Heels pitching crew tried there was no answer. The Tigers built an insurmountable lead in the top of 1st in which they chewed up almost an hour and crossed home 13 times. The Tar Heels had some fight left in them and didn’t go quietly but the sting of the first inning was too much to overcome.
Bringing It Home
For the six teams that played and were sent home they’ve gotten a taste of post-season action. They’ll target returning and advancing further. Until then Louisville and Florida State will have their shot at winning their bracket and advancing to the championship.
The last time the Seminoles were in the championship was in 1999 against Miami. For Louisville it would be a first should they make it to the finals.
The Cardinals have shown resilience and have produced when it mattered down the stretch.
The Last Hurrah
Arguably, Florida State has had the tougher road facing the likes of Georgia and LSU. That might not count for much in the end. Sometimes it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.
Mike Martin is taking his farewell tour as far as fate will allow. Will it end with an elusive title for Martin? Enjoy the ride.