College baseball: Breaking down the Louisville Regional

Third-seeded Oklahoma State opens play at 1 p.m. Friday against Miami.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 27, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Zach Fish (26) makes a catch for an out during an NCAA baseball game between Oklahoma State and West Virginia in the Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 25, 2013. WVU beat OSU 6-5 in ten innings. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Zach Fish (26) makes a catch for an out during an NCAA baseball game between Oklahoma State and West Virginia in the Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 25, 2013. WVU beat OSU 6-5 in ten innings. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Game 1: Miami vs. Oklahoma State, 1 p.m.

Game 2: Louisville vs. Bowling Green, 5 p.m.

THE FIELD

No. 1 Louisville

Record: 46-12

Bid: Big East at-large

Notable: The Cardinals entered the Big East Tournament as the No. 1 seed and on a 16-game winning streak, but were eliminated after back-to-back losses to Connecticut and Rutgers. Still, the Cardinals are a formidable squad with outstanding pitchers such as Chad Green (9-3, 2.09 ERA), Jeff Thompson (10-1, 2.09 ERA) and Dace Kime (5-1, 3.08 ERA).

No. 2 Miami

Record: 36-23

Bid: ACC at-large

Notable: Junior left-handed pitcher Bryan Radziewski brings a 9-2 record and 1.49 ERA into the regional. The Hurricanes' ability to score runs this season has created most of its problems; no starter is batting over .300 this season.

No. 3 Oklahoma State

Record: 39-17

Bid: Big 12 at-large

Notable: The Cowboys are making their 39th NCAA Tournament appearance after missing it last season. OSU lost all three Big 12 Tournament games last week, so it doesn't carry much momentum into the regional.

No. 4 Bowling Green

Record: 34-26

Bid: Mid-American champion

Notable: Bowling Green is returning to a regional for the first time since 1999 after winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Juniors Jeremy Shay (.328 batting average, five home runs and 37 RBIS) and T.J. Losby (.324, six home runs and 37 RBIs) lead the Falcons offensively.

TICKETS

All-session tickets are $70 ($45 for college students) and available online at GoCards.com, or can be purchased by phone at (502) 852-5151 beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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