College World Series: Previews, stats, team info for all opening-weekend matchups
Day One of the 2017 College World Series had just about all the drama you could expect. Cal State Fullerton went up 5-1 on Oregon State — a team that had only lost four times in 58 games this season — but the Beavers rallied to win 6-5.
In the second game of the day, Florida State took a slim 4-3 lead into the eighth inning, only to see LSU rally for two runs in the bottom half of the frame to win 5-4.
Louisville defeated Texas A&M 8-4 to kick off action on Sunday. Florida defeated TCU 3-0, thanks to a great performance by pitcher Alex Faedo who allowed two hits and no runs through seven innings.
To get you primed for Day Two, here is a breakdown of both matchups:
Texas A&M vs. Louisville
Time: Sunday, June 18 at 2 p.m. ET | Gamecenter
Starters: Corbin Martin (Texas A&M) vs. Brendan McKay (Louisville)
Preview: The nation’s top player (Louisville’s Brendan McKay) on a team with the second-best ERA and record in the field of eight against a squad that really knows how to close a game (Texas A&M won in 15-innings against Davidson in its Super Regional Game 1, then scored 10 runs in the eighth and ninth of Game 2 to come back and beat the Wildcats 12-6).
|6.19||Runs per game||7.29|
|Unranked||National seed||No. 7|
|2011||Last CWS appearance||2014|
TCU vs. Florida
Time: Sunday, June 18 at 7 p.m. ET | Gamecenter
Starters: Jared Janczak (TCU) vs. Alex Faedo (Florida)
Preview: Two teams looking to avenge early exits from Omaha last season face off in the highest team ERA in the CWS (TCU) vs. the only team that made it to Omaha with two NCAA Tournament losses (Florida). The Gators are in good company, though. Last year’s champ, Coastal Carolina, dropped three games in the tournament before winning the crown. Fun fact of the tournament: Florida and TCU have never played each other before.
|6.89||Runs per game||5.49|
|No. 6||National seed||No. 3|
|2016||Last CWS appearance||2016|