After that, the Tigers should get multiple shots at knocking off the Wolfpack if necessary. With strikeouts and 10 walks in Always bet on the bats at hitter-friendly Dan Law Field. Louisville outfielder Josh Stowers. He stole 33 bases this season and can run down almost anything in centerfield.
New Mexico State catcher Mason Fishback. After several down years, Georgia is back in the tournament for the first time since and the owner of a national seed for the first time since its runner-up finish 10 years ago. The Bulldogs were rewarded for their turnaround under Scott Stricklin with a set of regional opponents light on postseason experience but long on upset potential.
Duke is making its second tournament appearance in three years but just its third since the Eisenhower administration, but the Blue Devils have a more balanced offense than the one that went AWOL during the postseason.
Duke outfielder Griffin Conine. The son of year MLB veteran and beloved Marlin Jeff Conine boasts back-to-back seasons with double-digit home runs, and Duke claims his footer in early May against Gardner-Webb was the longest dinger in college baseball this season. Georgia sophomore outfielders Tucker Bradley and Tucker Maxwell. Arkansas starter Blaine Knight. Expect a charged atmosphere in Clark-LeClair Stadium, with three of the four participants well within driving distance and the Pirates eyeing their second Super Regionals berth in three years.
Leadoff hitter Bryant Packard, who was one of 10 qualified batters to hit. He tied for the Cape Cod League lead with eight saves last summer, but his command in an unfamiliar atmosphere will be under a microscope. But after entering Hoover playing for their postseason lives, the Aggies ripped off an impressive run to the SEC tournament semifinals and should have no trouble staying hot with the carrot of sending their bitter rivals home early.
Tennessee Tech hit home runs in 57 games, 34 more than any other Division I team, but its offense also led the nation in batting average thanks to outfielder Kevin Strohschein and first baseman Chase Chambers. Drew Pomeranz is the only Rebel ever taken in the first round, and Rolison sets the tone for the Ole Miss staff in much the same way Pomeranz did as a college star.
Missouri State outfielder Hunter Steinmetz. Some reward Baylor gets for winning the Big 12 tournament to cap a 22—3 closing flourish to an excellent season: The Cardinal replaced all but one everyday starter and still won its first Pac title since under first-year coach David Esquer.
A loaded pitching staff has helped ease the turnover elsewhere in the lineup. Keep an eye on the Beck brothers, Tristan a junior and potential first-round pick and Brendan a freshman. Beck may be the Friday night starter, but Bubic led the staff in strikeouts and has no problem carrying the big-game burden.
The Chanticleers posted the seventh-best on-base percentage and slugging percentage this spring and should hold serve on their home turf. The Seminoles are, once again, lethally patient: They took 25 more walks than any other team in the country and had the rest of the offense clicking last week in Durham, where they won the ACC tournament. Oklahoma outfielder Kyler Murray.
Stetson, which is located in DeLand, Florida, has a nice stadium, but it has seating for only 2, If USM wants to place itself in a strong position to host, it will need to be nearly flawless down the stretch and win the Conference USA tournament in Biloxi.
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