The 2023 Men's College Baseball World Series is upon us as we enter the Super Regionals this coming weekend.
At this point in the tournament, 16 teams are left. They include some heavy hitters such as No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 Florida, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 LSU and Texas.
Led by three Golden Spikes finalists, the 50-10 Demon Deacons figure to be the team to beat. Wake Forest's machine-like offense features Nick Kurtz, who's hitting .384 with 23 home runs. Their pitching might be even more formidable, as Rhett Lowder is one of the best pitchers in the country.
Still, this could be the SEC's tournament to take over. There are six teams playing in Super Regionals from the conference where it just means more, including Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. LSU boasts what could be the first two picks in the 2023 MLB Draft in Dylan Crews and Paul Skenes, while Florida has two-way star Jac Caglianone, whose 31 home runs is tops in the country.
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Don't discount the little guys, though. Oral Roberts has emerged as a likable underdog after winning the Stillwater Regional. The Golden Eagles are 49-11 on the season, including 23-1 in their conference. They haven't lost a game since April 22. Indiana State deserves credit too, and while they won't host the Super Regional because of scheduling conflicts, they could very well be heading to Omaha after this weekend.
Some notable teams no longer in the tournament include Clemson, Vanderbilt and Miami. They all rank inside the top 8 nationally, with Vanderbilt and Clemson being in the top 4. After this weekend, eight teams will be left vying for a national championship at the Men's College World Series.
Below is the schedule for this pivotal weekend before the top eight teams enter the double-elimination series tournament.
2023 NCAA Super Regional Schedule
The NCAA Men's Super Regionals will start on June 9 and June 10, with availability on June 11 and June 12 for if-necessary third games and make-up games due to rain delays. Below are the matchups. Each series is a best-of-three format. Times are all ET. More info available at NCAA.com.
Friday, June 9
- Duke at No. 7 Virginia | noon | ESPN
- No. 14 Indiana State at TCU | 5 p.m. | ESPNU
- No. 15 South Carolina at No. 2 Florida | 6 p.m.| ESPN2
- Oral Roberts at Oregon | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Saturday, June 10
- No. 16 Alabama at No. 1 Wake Forest | noon | ESPN
- Tennessee at Southern Mississippi | 3 p.m. | ESPNU
- No. 12 Kentucky at No. 5 LSU | 3 p.m. | ESPN2
- Texas at No. 8 Stanford | 6 p.m. | ESPN2
Following Super Regional play, the first games of the Men's College World Series will begin on Friday, June 16.
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