Thought we would take a break from the prospect profiles and give some predictions for the Super Regionals, which start tomorrow. I will split this into two parts, since it would be a very large post if I didn’t.
Corvallis Super Regional(Oregon State vs. Vanderbilt)
Number one ranked Oregon State is taking on a Vanderbilt team that struggled this year, despite having potential number one pick Kyle Wright and top 15 draft prospect Jeren Kendall. On the other hand, Oregon State had a 52-4 record lead by ace Luke Heimlich, who I wrote about yesterday. Even though Vandy had a difficult season, they were able to knock off Clemson in their own regional convincingly. Even though they have done well in the postseason, I can’t bet against Oregon State, who had an incredible season and rolled through Yale and Holy Cross, and I have them winning in 3.
Long Beach Super Regional (Long Beach State vs. CSU Fullerton)
I am excited to watch this series, if only for the Long Beach State jerseys. LBS has not made the College World Series since 1998, and it will be a fun series to watch. They have an incredible pitching staff, with Dave Smith leading the way, and they have the sixth best ERA. In the season series, the Dirtbags shut them out twice and have only allowed 2.7 runs per game. However, CSU Fullerton has had a great season too, with a great pitching staff of their own as well. Anything can happen in a three game series, but I have Long Beach State taking this and making their first CWS appearance in 19 years.
Tallahassee Super Regional (Florida State vs. Sam Houston State)
Florida State has had a rough season this year, who started off the season well but then completely dropped out of the rankings. After losing their first game in their regional, they managed to win four straight and advance to the Super Regional. On the other side, Sam Houston State is a Cinderella story along with Davidson, and they have never made the Super Regionals before. To get here, they needed to upset previous runner up Arizona and number five seed Texas Tech. The Bearkats certainly have the hot hand, but if Florida State reaches their potential, they will win this series since they have much more talent. However, do not be surprised if Sam Houston State wins, since Florida State has been super streaky. I predict Florida State in 3 though.
Baton Rouge Super Regional (LSU vs. Mississippi State)
Mississippi State might have the most dominant player in the super regionals in Brent Rooker. He has been an absolute stud for the Bulldogs, but he has carried this team that does not feature a particularly impressive pitching staff or lineup. LSU has three stud pitchers in Alex Lange, Eric Walker and Jared Poche’. With the exception of Walker, they have not lived up to expectations in the postseason. They also have a great lineup, with top power threat Greg Deichmann leading the way. I have LSU sweeping this series, even though Mississippi State has had a good season.