OMAHA, Neb., Sporting Alert – NCAA College World Series will continue at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday with two games, and one day will be eliminated.
In the first game at 2 p.m. on ESPNU, WatchESPN and streaming live on ESPN3, the No. 3 seed Miami (Fl) will take on UC Santa Barbara in an elimination game.
Both teams suffered defeats in their opening game in Bracket 1 on Saturday and will need to rebound on Monday.
Of course they both can’t win, so one will be eliminated from the College World Series after two games.
The Hurricanes (50-13) were beaten 5-1 by the Arizona Wildcats (45-21) in their World Series opener, while the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (42-19-1) suffered a 1-0 defeated to Oklahoma State in their CWS debut.
UCSBGauchos.com will provide live audio broadcast of the game.
Meanwhile, Game 2 on the day will come from the winner’s side of the bracket, with Oklahoma State and Arizona looking for back-to-back victories at the tournament.
The Cowboys (42-30), on the back of a stellar pitching performance from right-hander Thomas Hatch, squeezed out a narrow a 1-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in their opener on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.
“Thomas Hatch pitched a fantastic game for us,” OSU head coach Josh Holliday said after the game on Saturday.
“We played very good defense to help maintain that pitch count and allowed Thomas to finish that game.
“And [Garrett] Benge had a big hit there in the middle of the game that gave us the deciding run.”
Meanwhile, Arizona, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, was also impressive all-round in front of 25,715 fans at weekend.
The former champion certainly looked like a team ready to run over everyone to claim another national title this year.
“It was huge,” coach Jay Johnson said of Jared Oliva’s hit for a two-run single to plate Zach Gibbons and J.J. Matijevic hit.
“We try to stay a pitch at a time, an inning at a time. And the reality of it is it’s a little bit easier to do that when you’re playing with a lead.
“And we’ve been fortunate in four of the last five games against 45-whatever-win teams that we’ve been out in front, 2-0, 3-0, and that’s a credit to our players being prepared to play from the first pitch.”
Live coverage of this game will be on ESPN at 7:00 p.m., and streaming live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.