Tigers Prepare For Omaha Challenge
One side of the bracket in Omaha is already set. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Cal State Fullerton, and North Carolina have already punched their tickets to college baseball’s holy land. The other side of the bracket will be set today.
The Clemson Tigers are the national number one seed. They will face a familiar foe on Friday, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Tigers and Yellow Jackets have already faced each six times this season with each team winning three games apiece. The Tigers and Jackets know what each other bring to the table.
Despite winning the Coastal division, the Tigers have not faced the Tar Heels. Tar Heels will take on one of college baseball’s most well known programs, Cal State Fullerton. The Titans are always one of the most difficult outs in Omaha. The Titans are a small ball team with an outstanding pitching staff. The Titans’ starters were outstanding against Missouri. Lauren Gagnier had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings in Saturday’s win.
This side of the bracket will contain three of the nations top pitching staffs. Clemson’s bullpen showed this past weekend, why there may not be a better bullpen in America. Andrew Miller, Wes Roemer, and Gagnier all showed their cases for UNC and Fullerton have the top starting rotations.
The Yellow Jackets bring in the nation’s most powerful line-up. Georgia Tech crushed College of Charleston, who was second in the nation in team ERA coming into last weekend. They posted 17 runs in the two-game sweep.
This is a grouping than any analyst would have a hard time picturing any of the four going through undefeated. Depth in the pitching staff is going to be incredibly important as the final quest to crown College Baseball’s National Champion begins.