College World Series tickets will be super-hot on Sunday as the second day of first-round action in the 2010 College
World Series takes place at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
Oklahoma returns to Omaha for the first time in 15 years to take on South Carolina in the first game of the day Saturday, while the evening game includes top-seeded Arizona State hooking up with upstart Clemson.
The Sooners and Gamecocks should have an interesting first-round matchup, as both teams have played well in the postseason.
Oklahoma brings a solid bunch of bats to Omaha this week, led by Garrett Buechele, who leads the team in batting average (.371), home runs (16) and RBI's (64). He is complemented by a couple of heavy hitters in Cameron Seitzer (.311, 15 HR, 52 RBI) and Max White (.307, 15 HR, 43 RBI).
Oklahoma also has a solid group of arms, led by starters Michael Rocha (7-2, 3.57 ERA), Bobby Shore (10-4, 3.86) and Zach Neal (8-3, 4.65). Jeremy Erben has pitched well for the Sooners also, and closer Ryan Duke has been outstanding with 11 saves on the season.
South Carolina has some solid hitters in their lineup as well, including center fielder Jackie Bradley (.371, 11 HR, 51 RBI), who is on a 16-game hitting streak for the Gamecocks. Right fielder Whit Merrifield (.327, 12 HR, 38 RBI) is also hitting the ball well, and they have two solid catchers in Kyle Enders and Brady Thomas.
On the mound, South Carolina is led by righthander Blake Cooper, who boasts a 12-1 record with a 2.81 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 118 innings. Sam Dayson (5-5, 4.35) has also pitched well for USC and closer Matt Price has had an outstanding freshman season with 10 saves and a 2.54 ERA.
Sunday's second game features the No. 1 team in the country in Arizona State, who looks like the team to beat heading into this year's College World Series.
The Sun Devils have been hitting the ball extremely well, batting at a team average of .338 on the season. They are led by Kole Calhoun (.327, 17 HR, 59 RBI), Riccio Torrez (.399, 10 HR, 53 RBI), Zack MacPhee (.394, 9 HR, 64 RBI) and Deven Marrero (.392, 6 HR, 41 RBI).
The Sun Devils have three great hurlers that give them tremendous pitching depth, led by Seth Blair, who is 12-0 with a 3.35 ERA and 104 strikeouts to 24 walks. Jake Borup (11-1, 4.08) and Merrill Kelly (10-2, 3.57) also are great starters for ASU, and Jordan Swagerty's 14 saves have helped close the door on several close games this year.
Clemson has been scoring a lot of runs in the postseason and could be an explosive offense if they can figure out Arizona State's solid pitching. They are led by Kyle Parker (.353, 20 HR, 64 RBI) and Jeff Schaus (.328, 15 HR, 85 RBI), and John Hinson is also hitting well with 17 homers and 72 RBI's this season.
Clemson has a number of good arms that can give them a lot of innings, and will be led by Casey Harman, who has thrown more than 108 innings this year and has 95 strikeouts to 31 walks while posting a 7-3 record with a 3.37 ERA. It's closer by committee for the Tigers, who will rely on a number of relievers depending on the situation.
It should be a great Father's Day of baseball at the College World Series, with Oklahoma taking on South Carolina in the afternoon game and Arizona State hooking up with Clemson Sunday night. Get your tickets now at Ticket Express — where no College World Series game is ever sold out.