The College World Series is the annual NCAA Division I Baseball Champion Series held in Omaha, Nebraska, taking place this year June 15 through 26 at TD Ameritrade Park. We are already down to the final 6 teams that have a chance to be crowned NCAA Division I champs, and in Tuesday’s June 19 bracket one elimination game UCLA goes up against the strong pitching of Florida State. Each team has already compiled one loss, and in this early double elimination bracket play that means the loser of this contest will have to go home. The winner of the UCLA/FSU game Tuesday will move on to Thursday’s meeting with undefeated powerhouse Arizona. If the winner of the UCLA/Florida State contest beats the Wildcats on Thursday, they would have a rematch Friday, as Zona would only have one loss thus far.
The next game in this year’s College World Series is played on Wednesday, June 20, in the bracket two elimination contest between Kent State and two-time defending College World Series champ South Carolina. South Carolina won their first College World Series game of the 2012 against Florida, and immediately lost the next game to Arkansas. In the other dugout, Kent State opened up with an 8 to 1 loss to Arkansas, then just sneaked by Florida on Monday by a score of 5 to 4.
That USC/Kent State winner takes on undefeated Arkansas Thursday night, and if Arkansas loses that first game, the two teams would play again Friday night for the right to advance to the College World Series finals matchup against the bracket one champ. Obviously, Arizona and Arkansas are sitting in the cat bird’s seat, as they have to lose two games in a row to get knocked out of CWS 2012. We could very well see an Arizona/Arkansas final, and the College World Series final matchup this year is slated for June 24 and 25, with a third game on Tuesday, June 26 if needed.
Arizona has won 3 CWS titles in 6 finals matchups, making the playoffs 16 times, and is 7th all time with 35 CWS wins. Florida State has 27 wins in 21 appearances, and holds the record for the most appearances without a CWS title, playing and losing in the finals matchup 3 times. Arkansas on the other hand, has made the CWS tournament 7 times, but has been in a finals matchup only once, losing to Cal State Fullerton way back in 1979. South Carolina is the defending champ, having won the CWS in both 2010 and 2011 for their only 2 championships, and has made the CWS tournament 11 times.
This is Kent State’s first appearance ever in a CWS tournament, and they have to be considered the biggest underdog left playing. UCLA is playing in their fourth College World Series, most recently playing in 2010 and losing to eventual champion South Carolina in the championship matchup in two games. Could either Kent State or UCLA regroup after one loss in this double elimination round and win it all in Omaha in 2012? Or will undefeated Arizona or Arkansas hold off perennially tough South Carolina and Florida State to be crowned champs? We have seen upsets from underdogs and dominating victories by favorites so far, and all we know for sure is we are in for an action-packed final week in this year’s College World Series Championship. Learn how to Bet Odds on College Baseball at VegasOddsOn.com or visit Bovada Sportsbook to get in the game immediately!