JUNE (Sporting Alert) — NCAA Baseball Super Regional Round gets started on Friday with four games from four different campus sites in the best of three games post season fixtures.
ESPN2 and ESPNU will have live television coverage, with the NCAA.com website providing live GameCast and live stats updates.
The road to Omaha for the College World Series continues at noon when No. 5 University of Miami play host to VCU in the Coral Gables Super Regional.
Miami (FL) advanced to the super regional by topping the Coral Gables Regional at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, which ended with a 21-3 victory over Columbia in the championship game on Monday.
VCU earned their spot by upsetting Dallas Baptist 3-1 to secure the Dallas Regional at the top of the week as well.
Miami head coach Jim Morris is confident his team is fully prepared to do something special this postseason, but believes VCU will be a tough challenge for the Hurricanes.
“When I looked at their regional that we matched up against, I went Dallas Baptist, Oregon State—that could be a one-seed—and Texas, I thought that could be the toughest regional across the board,” Morris said at his press conference on Thursday.
“To see VCU go into that regional and win it tells me a lot of the type of club they have, the coaching the have and the leadership they have on that team. I am very impressed with that.
He added: “It gives me instant respect for them because I know how hard it is to beat those guys. We’ve played against them and know those programs very well. To go in there and do what they did gets you respect immediately.”
VCU head coach Shawn Stiffler is also optimistic about his team’s chances of moving on after winning 14 of the last 15 games and coming through such a difficult regional, but seems more excited about still being in the postseason.
“Very excited to be here,” Stiffler said at his press conference. “Super excited for this. Also, very excited for the opportunity for our program and the chance to be here, obviously, in our first Super Regional.
“So excited for the guys. Very proud of them. Ready to get going tomorrow. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
There more games are down on the schedule for Friday, with Maryland taking on Virginia, No. 8 Missouri State battling against Arkansas and No. 4 Florida hosting Florida State.
Like VCU, Maryland came through a tough regional to book their super regional place.
The Terrapins stunned No. 1 UCLA, 2-1 to capture the Los Angles Regional title Monday night and set up this contest with Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional at Davenport Field.
This clash is a repeat of last year’s NCAA Super Regional, which the Cavaliers won 2-1.
At Baum Stadium, Arkansas will tackle No. 8 Missouri State in the Fayetteville Super Regional, while at McKethan Stadium No. 4 Florida (47-16) and state rivals Florida State battle in the Gainesville Super Regional.
The winners from each of the Super Regional series will advance to the NCAA College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., which begins on June 13.
**Super Regional tickets have reportedly been sold out for most of the site**
Super Regionals and TV Channels on Friday, June 5
***All game times are Eastern Standard***
VCU vs. No. 5 Miami (FL) (noon, ESPNU)
Maryland vs. Virginia (4 p.m., ESPNU)
No. 8 Missouri State vs. Arkansas (4:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Florida State vs. No. 4 Florida (7:30 p.m., ESPN2)