College World Series Preview Capsules

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm •  Published: June 12, 2013
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. (Capsules in order of CWS opening games. Coaches' records through super regionals):

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MISSISSIPPI STATE (48-18)

Coach: John Cohen (174-129, 5 years at Mississippi State; 495-325-1, 14 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Starkville Regional: beat Central Arkansas 5-3, beat South Alabama 6-2, lost to Central Arkansas 5-2, beat Central Arkansas 6-1. Won Charlottesville Super Regional: beat Virginia 11-6, beat Virginia 6-5.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 1-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2007.

All-time record in CWS: 7-16 in 8 appearances.

Meet the Bulldogs: C Nick Ammirati (.257, 1, 23), 1B Wes Rea (.288, 7, 37), 2B Brett Pirtle (.306, 2, 33), SS Adam Frazier (.359, 0, 38), 3B Sam Frost (.295, 0, 9) or Alex Detz (.323, 1, 31), LF Demarcus Henderson (.277, 0, 21), CF C.T. Bradford (.287, 1, 25), RF Hunter Renfroe (.360, 15, 61), DH Derrick Armstrong (.279, 0, 8). Starting pitchers: RHP Kendall Graveman (7-5, 3.14), LHP Luis Pollorena (6-3, 4.32), LHP Jacob Lindgren (4-3, 4.18). Relievers: RHP Trevor Fitts (0-0, 2.42), LHP Chad Girodo (8-1, 1.38), Jonathan Holder (2-0, 1.31, 18 saves), Ross Mitchell (12-0, 1.35), Myles Gentry (4-1, 3.69).

All-Star Alumni: Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Sammy Ellis, Dave "Boo" Ferriss, Buddy Myer, Rafael Palmeiro, Jonathan Papelbon, Bobby Thigpen, Buck Showalter, Del Unser.

Short Hops: Cohen is one of seven men to reach Omaha as player and then guide alma mater back as head coach, joining Mike Fox (North Carolina), Mike Gillespie (Southern California), George Horton (Cal State Fullerton), Jack Kaiser (St. John's), Mark Marquess (Stanford) and Joe Russo (St. John's). Cohen was an All-SEC outfielder on the Bulldogs' 1990 CWS team. ... Pirtle has reached base in 39 straight games. ... Holder's 18 saves are a MSU record. ... Bulldogs opened the season with 17 straight wins.

Quotable: "They don't see this as a job being finished. We're excited, but at the same time, I think these kids still think we have journey left to go here." - Cohen.

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OREGON STATE (50-11)

Coach: Pat Casey (668-387-4, 19 years at Oregon State; 839-500-5, 25 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Corvallis Regional: beat Texas-San Antonio 5-4, beat Cal Santa Barbara 3-2, beat Texas A&M 6-1. Won Corvallis Super Regional: lost to Kansas State 6-2, beat Kansas State 12-4, beat Kansas State 4-3.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: 2007.

All-time record in CWS: 11-6 in 4 appearances; national titles in 2006, 2007.

Meet the Beavers: C Jake Rodriguez (.278, 2, 34), 1B Danny Hayes (.269, 6, 39), 2B Andy Peterson (.329, 0, 27), SS Tyler Smith (.311, 2, 27), 3B Kavin Keyes (.318, 2, 33), LF Michael Conforto (.320, 11, 45), CF Max Gordon (.235, 0, 5), RF Dylan Davis (.343, 5, 58), DH Ryan Barnes (.299, 2, 24). Starting pitchers: LHP Matt Boyd (10-3, 2.13), RHP Andrew Moore (14-1, 1.36), LHP Ben Wetzler (9-1, 2.11). Relievers: RHP Scott Schultz (2-1, 2.03, 10 saves), LHP Max Engelbrekt (5-1, 1.30), RHP Tony Bryant (1-0, 1.76), RHP Dan Child (4-1, 3.29).

All-Star Alumni: Darwin Barney, Mike Ekstrom, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ken Forsch, Don Johnson, Steve Lyons, Mike Stutes.

Short Hops: No. 3 national seed Oregon State is at the CWS for the fourth time in nine years. ... Beavers' 2.27 ERA is best in the CWS and second nationally to Arkansas' 1.89. ... Andrew Moore, with 14 wins, is tied with Scott Christman (1993) for most victories in a season by an OSU pitcher. ... Ben Wetzler has won eight straight games over nine appearances. ... Only three players on the roster are from states other than Oregon, Washington and California.

Quotable: "I'm very proud of what these men have accomplished. They were down early in the series but battled and now have a chance to play for their goal. We are ready to head to Omaha and look forward to seeing a great amount of Beaver fans there to cheer us on." - Casey.

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INDIANA (48-14)

Coach: Tracy Smith (242-220, 8 years at Indiana; 559-440-1, 17 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Bloomington Regional: beat Valparaiso 5-4, beat Austin Peay 15-6, beat Austin Peay 6-1. Won Tallahassee Super Regional: beat Florida State 10-9, beat Florida State 11-6.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1.

Last CWS appearance: None.

All-time record in CWS: 0-0.

Meet the Hoosiers: C Kyle Schwarber (.376, 18, 54), 1B Sam Travis (.313, 10, 56), 2B Chad Clark (.238, 1, 32), SS Michael Basil (.315, 3, 48), 3B Dustin DeMuth (.389, 5, 41), LF Casey Smith (.309, 5, 33), CF Justin Cureton (.224, 1, 17), RF Will Nolden (.301, 0, 12), DH Scott Donley (.361, 5, 58). Starting pitchers: LHP Joey DeNato (9-2, 2.76), RHP Aaron Slegers (9-1, 2.13), LHP Kyle Hart (8-2, 3.01), LHP Will Coursen-Carr (5-0, 1.80). Relievers: RHP Scott Effross (6-1, 2.47), RHP Luke Harrison (4-2, 2.82), RHP Ryan Halstead (4-4, 2.40, 11 saves).

All-Star Alumni: Ted Kluszewski, Kevin Orie, Doug DeVore, Barry Jones, John Wehner.

Short Hops: Indiana is in the CWS for the first time and in the NCAA tournament for the third. Other NCAA appearances were in 1996 and 2009. Hoosiers are first Big Ten team to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. ... Hoosiers beat Louisville, their opening CWS opponent, 2-0 in the season opener in Dunedin, Fla. ... Freshman Will Coursen-Carr earned clinching victories in Big Ten tournament, NCAA regional and super regional. ... Indiana has scored in the first inning in 28 of 62 games and hold a 59-24 advantage in first-inning runs. ... Sam Travis has four homers and 16 RBIs in nine postseason games.

Quotable: "This is what you dream about as a little kid. You watch the College World Series on the TV, and you just dream of it and now it just feels like you are living in the dream." - Travis.

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LOUISVILLE (51-12)

Coach: Dan McDonnell (309-140, 7 years at Louisville; 985-531-2, 25 years overall).

Road To Omaha: Won Louisville Regional: beat Bowling Green 8-3, beat Miami 6-4, beat Oklahoma State 12-3. Won Nashville Super Regional: beat Vanderbilt 5-3, beat Vanderbilt 2-1.

2013 record vs. CWS teams: 1-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2007.

All-time record in CWS: 1-2 in 1 appearance.

Meet the Cardinals: C Shane Crain (.229, 1, 15) or Kyle Gibson (.301, 0, 13), 1B Zak Wasserman (.235, 0, 25), 2B Nick Ratajczak (.285, 2, 34), SS Sutton Whiting (.315, 1, 30), 3B Ty Young (.339, 4, 57), LF Coco Johnson (.333, 8, 50), CF Adam Engel (.234, 1, 26), RF Cole Sturgeon (.327, 1, 33), DH Jeff Gardner (.335, 9, 43). Starting pitchers: RHP Jeff Thompson (11-1, 2.00), RHP Chad Green (10-3, 2.29), RHP Dace Kime (6-1, 3.07). Relievers: RHP Kyle Funkhouser (5-1, 2.24), LHP Kyle McGrath (6-1, 2.30), RHP Nick Burdi (3-3, 0.78), LHP Cody Ege (4-1, 1.19), RHP Anthony Kidston (5-0, 1.31).

All-Star Alumni: Sean Green, B.J. Rosenberg.

Short Hops: Louisville is enjoying a banner year in athletics, with its men's basketball team winning the national title, its women's basketball team finishing as national runner-up to Connecticut and its football team beating Florida in the Sugar Bowl. ... Cardinals' 51 wins are a school record. ... Louisville has held opponents to 2 or fewer earned runs in 35 of 63 games. ... Ratajczak is the toughest player in the nation to strike out, fanning once every 26.6 at-bats. ... Thompson's 5.2 hits allowed per nine innings is best in the nation.

Quotable: "I think in 2007 when we went, we caught people off guard, even our fan base. I guess it's a little disappointing LSU made it because I'm afraid their fan base is going to take up all the hotels in Omaha. But I've been saying it since our Leadoff Banquet in January, we're going to represent. Our fans are going to represent and I think we're going to give LSU a run for their money there in fan support." - McDonnell.