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After the many miles traveled by some teams last week, the Road to Omaha either continues or comes to an abrupt halt for 16 teams this weekend.
With the NCAA Super Regionals around the corner, we take an in-depth look at how each team stacks up against the other.
In our last NCAA Super Regional preview, we took an inside look at the Chapel Hill Super Regional. Now it's time to take an in-depth look at the Nashville Super Regional, which features Oregon State (41-17) and Vanderbilt (50-10).
For Oregon State, the weekend boils down to one thing: offense. The Beavers have a good, but not great, weekend rotation and a solid trio of relievers. However, they haven't hit the ball with consistency the entire season and that must change this weekend to advance to the College World Series.
For Vanderbilt, the biggest key is making sure the bullpen takes care of business. The Commodores have been very solid out of the bullpen for much of the season, but if there's one area that can be vulnerable, this is it. The 'Dores also need to play their style of game. In other words, don't get caught up in the moment of playing for a trip to Omaha at home. Accomplish that and a CWS trip should be on the docket next week.
WHO HAS THE EDGE? Austin |
Chapel Hill |
Santa Clara |
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Perfect Game USA and has covered the sport for over 10 seasons. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org