The discipline is set for the 2021 Men’s College World Series.
The ultimate two video games of the super regionals — Dallas Baptist vs. Virginia and Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State — wrapped up on Monday, with the Cavaliers and the Bulldogs punching their tickets to Omaha to play for a nationwide championship.
There has already been loads of chaos in the postseason to get so far. No. 1 Arkansas was taken down by unranked NC State in the tremendous regionals. No. 6 TCU was knocked out in the regional spherical, as had been 4 different high seeds in the unique bracket.
Yet for all the chaos, the discipline is nonetheless loaded with groups seen coming into the playoffs as amongst the finest in the nation. Only NC State and Virginia come in as groups ranked exterior the high 16 at the begin of the playoffs.
Here’s all it’s essential learn about the 2021 Men’s College World Series.
- Who is in the College World Series in 2021?
- College World Series odds
- College World Series bracket 2021
- When & the place is the College World Series?
Who is in the College World Series in 2021?
No. 2 Texas (47-15)
No group left in the 2021 discipline has received as many nationwide championships as Texas. The Longhorns wish to add to their six titles, tied for second with LSU behind solely USC’s 12 championships. The No. 2 group in the nation has carved by way of the playoffs so far, profitable all three regional video games and each tremendous regional video games in opposition to South Florida. The Longhorns have been held to single-digit runs simply as soon as and have but to permit a group to attain greater than 4 runs in a recreation as they’ve outscored opponents 49-12 throughout the NCAA playoffs.
And it is no shock they’ve dominated as this Texas group is loaded. It has certainly one of the finest beginning pitchers in the nation in Ty Madden, who has struck out 119 batters and posted a 2.41 ERA in 100.2 innings of labor, to guide a gaggle of arms that has recorded a collective 2.89 ERA this season, the lowest amongst Division I faculties. But there’s extra to Texas than simply the pitching. Four batters in the on a regular basis lineup are batting over .300 — second baseman Mitchell Daly, designated hitter Ivan Melendez, third baseman Cam Williams and first baseman Zach Zubia — and three of them have clubbed double-digit house run totals — Melendez, Williams and Zubia. There’s additionally some pace with heart fielder Mike Antico already as much as 39 stolen bases and left fielder Eric Kennedy sitting at 17.
No. 3 Tennessee (50-16)
Tennessee simply completed forward in a troublesome SEC East at the finish of the common season, and had a powerful SEC Tournament efficiency that got here to an finish in the finals in opposition to the top-ranked group in the nation in Arkansas, but it surely’s been an ideal run since that extra-inning championship loss. The Volunteers swept by way of the Knoxville Regional and took down No. 14 LSU in two straight video games in the Knoxville Super Regionals, profitable 4-2 after which 15-6 to knock out the Tigers.
The Volunteers have gotten it accomplished on each side of the ball. Blade Tidwell has emerged as a troublesome arm to face down the stretch with a 3.57 ERA this season and 87 strikeouts in 95.2 innings per work. He’s led a pitching workers that is second in Division I with a 3.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has the third-lowest stroll price in Division I at 2.44 BB/9. Sean Hunley has made a team-high 33 appearances and pitched to a 2.92 ERA and 9 saves. The lineup can do some little bit of every thing, with excessive on-base guys like shortstop Liam Spence (.477 OBP) and designated hitter Pete Derkay (.403 OBP), some energy from bats like proper fielder Jordan Beck (15 homers) and first baseman Luc Lipcius (15 homers) and a few pace from second baseman Max Ferguson (15 stolen bases) and heart fielder Drew Gilbert (10 stolen bases).
No. 4 Vanderbilt
There is as a lot hype surrounding the Commodores as there is for any group in the College World Series. And why not? After a disappointing exhibiting in the SEC Tournament, Vanderbilt swept by way of the Nashville Regional and the Nashville Super Regional, utilizing its dynamic duo of Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter to every go seven innings with double-digit strikeout totals in opposition to East Carolina to ship the group to Omaha.
The one-two punch of Leiter and Rocker is merely unfair. They’re the consensus high faculty pitching prospects in the 2021 MLB Draft. Leiter has an ERA of two.16 with 156 strikeouts in 96 innings of labor, whereas Rocker has a 2.46 ERA with 155 strikeouts in 106 innings. The two lead a pitching workers that has the second-highest strikeout-per-nine price in Division I at 11.8 Okay/9. And top-to-bottom, the lineup is harmful. Freshman heart fielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. has walked 42 instances to only 36 walks whereas batting .356 and swiping a Division I-leading 46 bases this season as the leadoff hitter. The subsequent two batters in the order — shortstop Carter Young and first baseman Dominic Keegan — every have 14 homers or extra with Keegan batting .361 with a .673 slugging share and Young including 9 steals to his team-high 15 homers. And below coach Tim Corbin, who guided his group to the 2019 College World Series title, this Commodores group seems to be like a potent risk to repeat two years later.
No. 5 Arizona (45-16)
When Arizona has been clicking this season, the Wildcats have been as powerful to take down as any group in the nation. Twice throughout the 12 months, Arizona had win streaks of at the least 9 video games. The Wildcats then proceeded to dominate the Tucson Regional, profitable all three video games to maneuver on to the tremendous regionals. Returning to Tucson, there was no scarcity of runs as Arizona received the first recreation in opposition to Ole Miss 9-3, misplaced the second recreation 12-3 and received the third and decisive matchup 16-3 to punch a spot in the College World Series.
The Pac-12’s regular-season champion has had certainly one of the nation’s finest offenses this season. The group .327 batting common ranks fifth amongst Division I groups and the 526 runs scored lead all groups. Center fielder Donta Williams has an on-base share practically at .500 whereas designated hitter Jacob Berry and catcher Daniel Susac every have slugging percentages above .580. Arizona’s bullpen has 4 relievers with greater than 20 innings and an ERA under 3.00, whereas Chandler Murphy has been a invaluable swing arm, beginning and relieving and dealing to an ideal 7-0 file and a 3.63 ERA in 62 innings of labor. There’s possibly no higher lineup than that of the Wildcats in the College World Series this 12 months.
No. 9 Stanford (38-15)
No. 6 Texas Tech dealt with the Lubbock Regional and seemed like it might be a problem to take down on the street to the College World Series. Enter Stanford. At the Lubbock Super Regional, the Cardinal crushed the Red Raiders, profitable the first recreation 15-3 and the second recreation 9-0. That got here after Stanford staved off an underdog in UC Irvine, who defeated the Cardinal in the first finals recreation earlier than Stanford got here again to win the ultimate elimination recreation 11-8.
Stanford has certainly one of the most dynamic batters in the College World Series in heart fielder Brock Jones. The sophomore has a slash line of .302/.452/.620 with 16 homers and 14 stolen bases, whereas driving in a team-leading 54 RBIs and a team-high 53 runs scored. Jones was the sparkplug in the ultimate tremendous regional win, blasting three house runs to assist ship his group to Omaha. Second baseman Tim Tawa has been a equally thrilling participant to look at as he is batting .281 with 11 homers and 13 stolen bases. Ace Brendan Beck has emerged as a dominant arm for the Cardinal, pitching to a 2.96 ERA with 128 strikeouts in 100.1 innings and a near-perfect 9-1 file. Opponents have hit only a measly .195 in opposition to him to this point this season.
No. 7 Mississippi State (45-16)
Yet one other group from the vaunted SEC reaching the College World Series, the Bulldogs introduced out the bats in opposition to Notre Dame to complete off the Fighting Irish in the Super Regionals, defeating them 11-7 in the third recreation to succeed in the College World Series. Even in opposition to the No. 10 group in the nation, it was no shock to see Mississippi State mild up the field rating because it received 9-8 in the first recreation of the Starkville Super Regional after sweeping by way of the regional with at the least six runs scored in every recreation.
It has been the newest surge for a Mississippi State group that has been up and down close to the finish of the season. It ended the common season by sweeping a troublesome Alabama group earlier than it was knocked out of the SEC Tournament in resounding vogue, shedding the first recreation to Florida 13-1 and the second recreation to Tennessee 12-2. But when this Bulldog group is clicking, it is certainly one of the finest in the nation. Will Bednar has given Mississippi State a real ace as he is thought of a top MLB Draft prospect as he is pitched to a 3.53 ERA with 113 strikeouts in 74 innings, whereas compiling a 7-1 file, and Christian MacLeod has proven flashes of brilliance as the No. 2 starter. The pitching workers as an entire leads the nation with a 12.4 Okay/9. The lineup begins with certainly one of the finest bats in the nation in proper fielder Tanner Allen, who is batting over. 390 with double-digit homers and greater than 60 RBIs. Center fielder Rowdey Jordan has been one other dynamic bat with a batting common over .320 and reliever Landon Sims has been a wipeout nearer with 10 saves, 81 strikeouts and a 1.28 ERA in 42.1 innings.
NC State (35-18)
The Wolfpack pulled off the largest upset to this point this 12 months when, on Sunday, it took the elimination recreation in opposition to No. 1 Arkansas to get rid of the Razorbacks. Arkansas received the SEC common season and tournament titles and completed the 12 months 50-13, having misplaced just one sequence all 12 months: the tremendous regionals. But NC State had confirmed coming into the sequence that it might dangle with any group. It reached the ACC Championship ultimate, although it fell to Duke, however wrapped up the 12 months on fireplace, having swept then-No. 16 Pitt and brought two of three from then-No. 9 Florida State. After the ACC tournament, NC State proceeded to comb by way of the Ruston Regional, beating Alabama and taking each video games in opposition to No. 17 Louisiana Tech.
Simply put, this is a group that hits. Left fielder Jonny Butler, heart fielder Tyler McDonough, designated hitter Terrell Tatum and first baseman Austin Murr are all batting over .300, whereas six complete batters on the group have mashed double-digit house runs. Butler, McDonough and Tatum have confirmed to be dual-threats for the offense, with every batter having hit at the least 11 house runs and swiped at the least 13 bases. The concern has been extra with protecting the opposition from scoring. The group has a collective 5.12 ERA this season, and solely starter Sam Highfill (3.98) has an ERA under 4.00, however the pitching has steadily improved as the season has gone on and has proven it will possibly get the job accomplished in opposition to powerful lineups.
The final time UVA reached the College World Series, the Cavaliers defeated Vanderbilt to win the 2015 nationwide championship. They’re again in 2021, and have accomplished it not as certainly one of the high ranked groups, however as an underdog. Virginia misplaced in the ACC semifinals to Duke after ending third in the Coastal Division, however did get rid of Notre Dame from the playoffs alongside the approach. The Cavaliers then misplaced the first recreation of the Columbia Regional to South Carolina earlier than profitable 4 straight, beating the Gamecocks and twice beating No. 15 Old Dominion. They confronted related odds in the Columbia Super Regional, shedding the first recreation to Dallas Baptist earlier than profitable the subsequent two elimination video games.
UVA hasn’t been a flashy group this season, but it surely has gotten the job accomplished when it must. The Cavaliers had been led at the dish by outfielder Kyle Teel, who hit a go-ahead grand slam in opposition to Dallas Baptist in Game 3 of the tremendous regional. He has hit over .300 this season with 9 house runs as he has made an early impression on the Cavaliers as a freshman. On the mound, senior Andrew Abbott has continued his standout UVA profession in his ultimate season with a 3.04 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 100.2 innings of labor. If he is on the mound, he’ll be a problem for any group to beat.
College World Series odds
This part can be up to date when odds for the College World Series have been posted.
College World Series bracket 2021
The 4 groups in every bracket will face off in a double-elimination tournament the similar type as the regionals to determine which two groups will transfer on to the College World Series finals.
Once there, the winners from every bracket will face off in a best-of-three sequence to declare a nationwide champion.
Here’s a take a look at how the brackets are shaping up in Omaha.
|No. 4 Vanderbilt||—||—|
|No. 5 Arizona||—||—|
|No. 9 Stanford||—||—|
|No. 2 Texas||—||—|
|No. 3 Tennessee||—||—|
|No. 7 Mississippi State||—||—|
When & the place is the College World Series?
- Date: June 19-30
- TV Network: ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
- Location: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
After the College World Series was known as off in 2020 resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, baseball can be again in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska in 2021.
Omaha has hosted the College World Series relationship again to 1950, and TD Ameritrade has been the house ballpark since June 2011.
ESPN networks will proceed their protection of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships by way of the College World Series. A schedule for the video games has not been launched but.