2013 College World Series: 2013 CWS Super Regional Schedule, Matchups And Predictions

If you have not tuned into the 2013 College World Series, you have missed some great baseball. After getting quite a scare put into them by much higher seeded teams, 14 of the 16 No. 1 seeds made it out of the Regionals and onto the Super Regionals beginning on Friday and Saturday. Most notably – and perhaps the team with the biggest scare – was the No. 1 national seed North Carolina, who needed 13 innings and a late comeback to sneak past a very game Florida Atlantic squad in Chapel Hill. But, the Tar Heels will have little time to rest, as they will host the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Super Regional round starting Friday afternoon. No team has a better recent past in the CWS than the Gamecocks, who won two consecutive national championships before being upset in last year’s finals.

But the CWS is about much more than two teams from the Carolinas. In fact, those are not even the only two teams representing those states. Bypassed for a national seed, the North Carolina State Wolfpack continue to win with stellar pitching, led by top ace Carlos Rodon. The Wolfpack are one of four remaining ACC squads (Florida State Seminoles, Virginia Cavaliers) still playing for the right to advance to Omaha. Of course, the main story line there is that no team from the ACC has won the College World Series championship since the Wake Forest Demon Deacons did it way back in 1955. Many others have come close since then – with the ‘Heels losing back-to-back CWS Finals to the Oregon State Beavers a few years ago – although none have succeeded.

Speaking of the Beavers, they are still going strong entering this weekend’s matchup with the Kansas State Wildcats. The Beavers are always dangerous in big games, although the Wildcats cannot be taken lightly after hosting a regional round for the first time ever.

Of the eight national seeds who entered the regionals this past weekend, the only one not to advance was the Oregon Ducks, who were defeated at home twice by the Rice Owls. Rice was one of only two teams who was not a No. 1 seed to advance into the round of 16. They were a No. 2 seed, as were the Oklahoma Sooners, who advanced out of the Blacksburg Regional.

Clearly, this was not the year to pick some of the higher seeded teams to pull off some major upsets. Admittedly, I was wrong about Liberty and Austin Peay, although it is worth noting that both of those teams played very well last weekend. While it may have been more difficult for some more than others, almost all of the favorites came out on top in their brackets. But, will the same hold true after the super regional matchups this weekend? Here is a look at the schedules, as well as my picks to advance to Omaha to play for the 2013 College World Series:

Super Regional Round — June 7-10 (best of three at campus sites)

BATON ROUGE SUPER REGIONAL
June 7-9 | Baton Rouge, La.
At Alex Box Stadium

Friday, June 7

No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 1 LSU, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 8

No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 1 LSU, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 1 LSU, 7 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: LSU

CHAPEL HILL SUPER REGIONAL
June 7-9 | Chapel Hill, N.C.
At Boshamer Stadium

Friday, June 7

No. 1 South Carolina at No. 1 North Carolina, 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 8

No. 1 South Carolina at No. 1 North Carolina, noon

Sunday, June 9

No. 1 South Carolina at No. 1 North Carolina, 1 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: SOUTH CAROLINA

CHARLOTTESVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
June 8-10 | Charlottesville, Va.
At Davenport Field

Saturday, June 8

No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 1 Virginia, 1 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 1 Virginia, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 10

No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 1 Virginia, 4 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: VIRGINIA

CORVALLIS SUPER REGIONAL
June 8-10 | Corvallis, Ore.
At Goss Stadium

Saturday, June 8

No. 1 Kansas State at No. 1 Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

No. 1 Kansas State at No. 1 Oregon State, 10 p.m.

Monday, June 10

No. 1 Kansas State at No. 1 Oregon State, 7 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: OREGON STATE

FULLERTON SUPER REGIONAL
June 7-9 | Fullerton, Calif.
At Goodwin Field

Friday, June 7

No. 1 UCLA at No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 8

No. 1 UCLA at No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

No. 1 UCLA at No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, 10 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: CAL STATE FULLERTON

NASHVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
June 8-10 | Nashville, Tenn.
At Hawkins Field

Saturday, June 8

No. 1 Louisville at No. 1 Vanderbilt, 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

No. 1 Louisville at No. 1 Vanderbilt, 4 p.m.

Monday, June 10

No. 1 Louisville at No. 1 Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: VANDERBILT

RALEIGH SUPER REGIONAL
June 7-9 | Raleigh, N.C.
At Doak Field

Friday, June 7

No. 2 Rice at No. 1 NC State, 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 8

No. 2 Rice at No. 1 NC State, 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

No. 2 Rice at No. 1 NC State, 4 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: NORTH CAROLINA STATE

TALLAHASSEE SUPER REGIONAL
June 8-10 | Tallahassee, Fla.
At Dick Howser Stadium

Saturday, June 8

No. 1 Indiana at No. 1 Florida State, noon

Sunday, June 9

No. 1 Indiana at No. 1 Florida State, 1 p.m.

Monday, June 10

No. 1 Indiana at No. 1 Florida State, 1 p.m. (if necessary)

MY PICK: FLORIDA STATEĀ 

Enjoy this weekend’s action during the super regional round as eight teams will be punching their tickets to Omaha and the 2013 CWS by this time next week!

 

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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.