Omaha ’23 Bound | Wake Forest, Virginia Fierce


The ACC injected 8 teams into the bloodstream of the NCAA Baseball Regionals and now two have found their way to Omaha. No. 1 seed Wake Forest polished off No. 16 seed Alabama in two games with a 22-5 shellacking of the Crimson Tide in game two. The Deacs found their footing after a challenging 5-4 opening win in the series and apparently it was enough to ignite the fire the team has shown all season.

No. 7 seed Virginia faced off with conference foe Duke. The Blue Devils had other ideas about being sent to bed without their supper and took the first game 5-4. Wahoos fans, packing the stadium for each of the three games helped fuel the fire as Virginia decidedly locked in their College World Series bracket spot with 14-4 and 12-2 wins behind both spectacular pitching and batting efforts by the seasoned crew.

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The Demon Deacons will take on No. 5 LSU in their first game of Bracket 1 play. Those two teams will be joined by the winners of the Stanford-Texas and Southern Miss-Tennessee series. Meanwhile, Virginia faces off with No. 2 Florida. The Cavaliers and Gators are joined in Bracket 2 by TCU and Oral Roberts.

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Looking across multiple platforms the odds are in favor of Wake Forest. The Deacs are hands down picked as the best bet in Omaha followed by LSU, Florida and Virginia. Each of those teams grabbed a second best pick across the board.

The Men’s College World Series in Omaha gets underway beginning Friday, June 16 with play potentially through Monday, June 26. Game times from June 16-22 are 2:00p and 7:00p ET. Championship games will be played on Saturday, June 24 at 7:00p, Sunday, June 25 at 3:00p and Monday, June 26 (if necessary) at 7:00p ET.