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2002 Super Regional Preview & Predictions


Now that the field has been narrowed down to sixteen teams, the competition will heat up even more as teams try to get to Omaha. With eight series between two teams this weekend, we should know the eight teams bound for the College World Series by Sunday evening. Hereís a look ahead to how I think the Super Regionals will go.


Day-by-Day Predictions   |   Super Regional Thoughts   |   Rating the Super Regionals

Notre Dame at Florida State
Southern Cal at Stanford
Houston at Texas
LSU at Rice
Arkansas at Clemson
Richmond at Nebraska
Miami at South Carolina
Florida Atlantic at Georgia Tech
FRIDAY
FSU
Stan
Hou
LSU
Clem
Neb
Miami
GT
SATURDAY
FSU
USC
TX
Rice
Clem
Rich
USC
GT
SUNDAY
---
Stan
Hou
LSU
---
Rich
USC
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WINNER
FSU
Stan
Hou
LSU
Clem
Rich
USC
GT


TALLAHASSEE
Dick Howser Stadium
Record
RPI
Notre Dame
47-15
36
Florida State
59-12
2

Florida State, in my opinion, could have been upset if they had come up against a better opponent. I donít feel Notre Dame has the firepower to deny FSU of a CWS appearance this season. South Alabama would have challenged FSU a little more, but Florida State will not be denied a trip to Omaha this season. The ĎNoles should take it in just two games with the help of the home crowd.

PALO ALTO
Sunken Diamond
Record
RPI
Southern Cal
37-22
22
Stanford
43-16
9

This matchup of in-state and in-conference rivals should be a good one. Both teams are coming off regional wins at their home stadiums, but this time, Stanford gets the advantage since this Super Regional is at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto. The Cardinal have a lot of experience in CWS play, as does USC, but this time it will be the Stanford pitching staff that comes through and sends the Cardinal to Omaha once again.

AUSTIN
Disch-Falk Field
Record
RPI
Houston
47-15
6
Texas
51-14
8

This in-state matchup of could be one of the better Super Regionals this season. Houston came into the NCAA Tournament as the champions of C-USA while Texas was the regular season champs of the Big XII. Both of these teams have RPIís in the top ten. Texas won at home last weekend, but Houston had to do their work on the road. I think Houston is the better team of the two and will come into Austin and knock of UT in three games.


HOUSTON
Reckling Park
Record
RPI
LSU
44-20
7
Rice
50-12
10

Both of these teams won home regionals last weekend, but now LSU must go on the road to take on a Rice team with 50 wins. The Tigers were in trouble after losing on Saturday last week but were able to step it up in time to move on to the Super Regionals. This is the time of year LSU baseball takes a step forward, and I believe this year will be no different.


CLEMSON
Doug Kingsmore Stadium
Record
RPI
Arkansas
34-21
29
Clemson
50-14
1

Arkansas was not the best team in the Wichita regional, but thanks to an early upset, they were able to easily advance. Their luck, however, will run out this weekend as they meet up with one of the best teams in America. The Clemson Tigers have dominated opponents all season long, and this weekend should be no different.


LINCOLN
Haymarket Park
Record
RPI
Richmond
52-11
15
Nebraska
45-18
14

The Richmond Spiders were one of my picks as a surprise team before the regionals began, and I believe they will continue to surprise. The Atlantic Ten champs went into Winston-Salem and stole the regional from Wake Forest last weekend. This week, the Spiders will have to come into Lincoln and take away a CWS berth from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a team who played in Omaha just last season.


COLUMBIA
Sarge Frye Field
Record
RPI
Miami
33-27
16
South Carolina
51-15
5

Miami would have a great shot at moving on to the College World Series if they werenít playing in Columbia. I still believe the Canes could steal this one from USC, but the Gamecocks are due. I think theyíll finally cash in and move on to Omaha. Miami surprised some people by winning the Gainesville regional last week, but I think USC has the better combination of pitching and hitting and will capture a CWS berth.


ATLANTA
Russ Chandler Stadium
Record
RPI
Florida Atlantic
46-19
38
Georgia Tech
49-14
4

Florida Atlantic surprised Alabama last week by stealing the regional in Tuscaloosa. Georgia Tech won their regional fairly easy and caught a break by getting to host the Super Regional this weekend. The Jackets are ready to capitalize on thier luck against this team from the Atlantic Sun conference. It appears Georgia Tech is bound for Omaha.



1
Houston
Both of these teams have great college baseball histories. LSU is known as a team that always steps up its play in the Tournament while Rice, the champs of the Western Athletic Conference, always play good baseball. The Owls have the home field advantage, but I think LSU is the better team and will come out on top.
2
Columbia
South Carolina is a good team with solid hitting and pitching. The Hurricanes are hoping to go to Omaha to defend their national title and are on a roll lately. After both teams played very competitive regionals last weekend, this shapes up to be one of the best Super Regionals this season.
3
Austin
This in-state matchup is one of the strongest of the eight Super Regionals. Both of these teams are conference champs, have more than 45 wins, and have top-ten RPIís. This is a regional where the visiting team may actually be the best team, although home field advantage always plays a big role.
4
Palo Alto
The USC Trojans actually won the PAC 10 regular season title, and Stanford tied for second in the same conference. Now, however, USC must travel to Stanford to compete for a CWS berth. The PAC 10 is a traditionally strong baseball league, and this matchup of two in-conference rivals make this Super Regional one of the best.
5
Lincoln
Nebraska is hosting a Super Regional for the second year in a row, while Richmond comes in as one of the surprise teams. Everyone knows the Huskers are a good team, but I believe that the Spiders may be just as good, if not better. Thatís why I think this is a strong Super Regional and one that Richmond will win.
6
Tallahassee
Florida State is the national number one seed while Notre Dame was a two seed in their own regional in South Bend last weekend. If South Alabama had won the ND regional, I think this Super Regional would have had a much higher rating. As it is, I think FSU wins this one fairly easily.
7
Clemson
The Clemson Tigers have the best RPI rating in the country. They easily took care of business last weekend and must now face a surprising Arkansas team. The Razorbacks won the Wichita regional but probably donít deserve to be here. The Hogs were one of the last teams selected for the regionals and may get demolished this weekend.
8
Atlanta
In my opinion, Georgia Tech was one of the weaker number one seeds, and now, thanks to FAUís regional win over Alabama, will get to host a Super Regional. Mixing the fact that GT is a week number one along with the fact that FAU wasnít supposed to make it this far in the first place makes this the weakest of the eight Super Regionals.

All RPI ratings are from Boydís World.

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