The field has been cut down from 299 to 64. Five of the nine Big 12 teams are in the field of 64. After this weekend, only 16 teams will remain. The winners of each regional, which utilizes a double elimination format, will move on to the Super Regionals. Each of the past five seasons, the Big 12 has been represented in the College World Series. Will the streak continue? Who will advance? The Road to Omaha continues this weekend with the NCAA Regionals.
Game 1: (4) Army at (1) Texas Tech, 3 p.m. CT Friday
Game 2: (3) Florida at (2) Dallas Baptist, 7 p.m. CT Friday
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, Noon CT Saturday
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m. CT Saturday
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 p.m. CT Sunday
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 8 p.m. CT Sunday
Game 7: If Necessary, Game 6 rematch
All games will be streamed on ESPN3
Texas Tech: Tim Tadlock, 7th season (278-149)
Dallas Baptist: Dan Heefner, 15th season (471-247)
Florida: Kevin O’Sullivan, 12th season (530-253)
Army: Jim Foster, 3rd season (97-79)
Now that Texas Tech has the longest active hosting streak, it seems there’s only one thing left for the Red Raiders to accomplish under Tim Tadlock: win the National Championship.
They’ve been to Omaha three times since his arrival, but have yet to make it to the finals. The team who eliminated them last season is in this regional. The Florida Gators probably shouldn’t be in the field of 64, but here they are and will certainly be hungry after a one-day stay at the SEC Tournament. Florida is youthful. Only one senior is listed in their probable lineup for the first game. Army is always a scrappy team. This is the second straight season they’ve made it to a regional. In 2018, they knocked off host North Carolina State in the first game. The Wolfpack would eventually eliminate the Black Knights, but North Carolina State gave up 15 runs to a well rested Auburn team to seal its fate. The first game is crucial. Take Army lightly and the Red Raiders could easily find themselves playing elimination games the rest of the regional. The real threat is Dallas Baptist. The Patriots have two consecutive victories over Tech and have won three of the last four meetings. Granted, they did not play each other this season. Dallas Baptist has featured two quality starters throughout the season in Jordan Martinson and MD Johnson. These two provided a one-two punch for strikeout leaders in the Missouri Valley Conference, a conference that produced three teams in the field of 64. Both eclipsed 100 punchouts on the season.
Tech is going to score plenty of runs. There will be plenty of offense in this regional. The question will be: Who plays the best defense? The Red Raiders should win this regional as they have the second lowest ERA of the four teams and the best fielding percentage.
Texas Tech Players to watch: Josh Jung (.332 avg., 11 home runs, 21 doubles, 55 runs, 53 RBIs), Cameron Warren (.361 avg., 14 home runs, 16 doubles, 67 RBIs, 56 runs), Dylan Neuse (16 of 18 stolen bases, 8 home runs, .299 avg., 10 doubles, 6 triples)
Texas Tech Probable Rotation: Micah Dallas (5-0, 3.75 ERA, 9 starts), Caleb Killian (8-3, 3.89 ERA, 14 starts), Bryce Bonnin (5-1, 4.91 ERA, 10 starts)
Dallas Baptist Players to Watch: Bryce Ball (17 home runs, .308 avg., 12 doubles, 52 RBIs), Luke Bandy (.346 avg., 6 home runs, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 22 of 28 stolen base attempts), Augie Isaacson (27 of 31 stolen base attempts, 4 home runs, 10 doubles, 2 triples, .284 avg.)
Dallas Baptist Probable Rotation: LHP Jordan Martinson(8-3, 2.50 ERA, 15 starts), RHP MD Johnson (9-2, 2.46 ERA, 15 starts), RHP Jimmy Fouse (5-0, 2.97 ERA, 5 starts)
Florida Players to Watch: Brady McConnell (.341 avg., 15 home runs, 47 RBIs), Nelson Maldonado (.332 avg., 10 home runs, 41 RBIs), Jacob Young (.316 avg., 7 stolen bases, 41 runs)
Florida Probable Rotation: RHP Tommy Mace (8-4, 4.99 ERA, 15 starts), RHP Jack Leftwich (5-5, 5.82 ERA, 12 starts), RHP Nick Pogue (1-0, 2.90 ERA, 3 starts)
Army Players to Watch: Trey Martin (.306 avg., 7 home runs, 3 triples, 10 doubles, 7 of 11 stolen base attempts); Anthony Giachin (.323 avg., 6 home runs, 1 triple, 24 doubles, 5 of 8 stolen base attempts); Jacob Hurtubise (.383 avg., 6 doubles, 4 triples, 45 of 52 stolen base attempts)Army Probable Rotation: RHP Sam Messina (8-4, 4.08 ERA, 13 starts), LHP Tyler Giovinco (8-5, 3.43 ERA, 15 starts), RHP Daniel Burggraaf (5-2, 2.85 ERA, 13 starts).
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