THE MID-MAJOR: Louisiana-Lafayette is the only super-regional qualifier not from the Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, ACC, or Pac-12. But the sixth-seeded Ragin’ Cajuns (47-8-1) are no Cinderella as they’ve made WCWS appearances in 2003 and 2008. In order to make a third trip to OKC, they’ll have to get by 11-seed Arizona (44-14) in Lafayette, La., this weekend.
GOPHER IT: After advancing to a Super Regional for the first time ever, Minnesota will be looking to earn its first appearance in the WCWS while taking on top-seed Oregon (52-7-1) in Eugene, Ore. The 16th-seeded Golden Gophers (44-10) went 3-1 as a regional host over the weekend, and won their first Big Ten tournament title since 1999 a week earlier.