So I went 4-0 in my first round predictions. Not bad. But now, the second round will for sure be much more difficult. Here goes. Bracket 1 second round starts tomorrow, Sunday the 17th. Bracket 2 second round starts Monday the 18th.
#2 Rice (1-0) vs. #3 North Carolina (1-0)
Rice proved they could score runs in their 15-10 win against Louisville. North Carolina has proven they can hit all season. This game will come down, as always, to pitching. Rice takes the game, winning a shootout.
Louisville (0-1) vs. Mississippi State (0-1)
Louisville played surprisingly well against #2 Rice, leading 5-0 and 10-4 before eventually succumbing to the powerful Owls. MSU did what they could, but fell to the #3 Tar Heels. Expect Louisville to continue their surprising run, at the expense of the Bulldogs.
#5 Arizona State (1-0) vs. Oregon State (1-0)
The Sun Devils won a thriller against CWS upstart UC Irvine 5-4. Oregon State is on track for a successful title defense with a great win against CSU Fullerton, 3-2. This game is unbelievably hard to pick, but when in doubt, go with the team with the most experience. Oregon State in a thriller.
CSU Fullerton (0-1) vs. UC Irvine (0-1)
The Fullerton Titans are easily the best loser-bracket team, but only because they faced the defending champs OSU. UCI has had a great CWS run until now, but look for it to end against the far more experienced and far superior Titans.
Check back in Monday night/Tuesday morning for next round analysis and predictions