JUNE 6 (Sporting Alert) — The NCAA Division I Baseball Super Regional Round continues on Saturday (June 6) with eight games as the hunt for College World Series places heats up.
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN U and WatchESPN will have live coverage on Saturday, with live scoreboard, GameCast and Game Tracker on the NCAA.com and CBS Sports Network websites.
Miami (FL), Arkansas, Florida and Virginia can all punch their tickets to Omaha, Neb., with wins in their respective Game 2 fixtures on the day.
Four other games, including the clash between No. 2 national seed LSU against Louisiana Lafayette and defending champion Vanderbilt against No. 6 Illinois, are also on the day’s busy schedule.
After picking up impressive big scoring wins on Friday, the Razorbacks and Gators look well set to complete a sweep of the Fayetteville Super Regional and Gainesville Super Regional, respectively, in the best-of-three-game series.
Arkansas take a 1-0 lead into Game 2 of their series with No. 8 national seed Missouri State, after the one-sided 18-4 victory at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, which means the Bears must win on Saturday to force a Game 3 on Sunday and keep their season alive.
Another sellout crowd is expected on the second day of action and Razorbacks head coach Dave Van Horn believes his team is focus and ready to grab that vital win.
“I really believe our guys know that we have not accomplished anything yet,” he said. “You have to win two so we still have a long way to go.”
Meanwhile, junior Tyler Spoon was very impressed with the way the team was able to dominate the scoreboard and he hopes that will carry over into Game 2.
“We feel confident in our offense and how we have been swinging it,” Spoon said. “Up and down the order, we just took a lot of good swings and felt confident. We will just try to carry it over [to Saturday].”
Also looking to closeout their series are the No. 4 Florida Gators, who rout state rivals Florida State 13-5 in Game 1 of the Gainesville Super Regional.
The Seminoles fell behind early on Friday night and never recovered as the Gators kept piling on the runs.
“I think anyone that saw it can see it the way I saw it. [Florida] beat us in every phase; they deserved to win,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said.
“It was one of those that if anyone can think of something better or give me an excuse, I don’t have any.”
Martin is now expecting a reaction victory from his squad in Game 2 as they seek to force a Game 3 on Sunday.
“The one good thing we take out of this is this isn’t the first time this has happened,” he revealed. “We’ve bounced back before.
“It’s a three game series, and we have two more shots at it.”
In the meantime, Miami can end VCU’s run in the NCAA tournament with another victory, while eyes will also be on Maryland to see if they can recover from the heartbreaking defeat to Virginia, when it looks like they were going to steal the first game.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the LSU Tigers and No. 3 seed Louisville will also get their NCAA Super Regional campaign on the road.
LSU will take on Louisiana Lafayette in the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional at the Alex Box Stadium, while the Cardinals meet the No. 11 seed Cal State Fullerton in the battle for the Louisville Super Regional.
No. 6 seed Illinois, who looked very impressive when going 3-0 to win their Regional, will try to carry over that form in Game 1 of the Champaign Super Regional against Vanderbilt at Illinois Field.
The Commodores, who beat Virginia to win the school’s first ever College World Series last year, were also very good on their way to dominating the Nashville Regional, which sets things up for what should be a very exciting series.
The defending national champions hammered Radford 21-0 in the Nashville Regional championship game.
Quite impressive huh?
The other Game 1 on the day comes from the Lupton Stadium where Texas A&M and No. 7 seed TCU battle in the Fort Worth Super Regional.
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Super Regionals and TV Channels on Saturday, June 6
***All game times are Eastern Standard***
Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 3 Louisville (11 a.m., ESPN2)
Miami vs. VCU (noon, ESPNU)
Arkansas vs. Missouri State (2 p.m., ESPN2)
Virginia vs. Maryland (3 p.m., ESPNU)
Texas A&M vs. No. 7 TCU (3 p.m., ESPN)
Florida State vs. No. 4 Florida (5:00 p.m., ESPN2)
Louisiana Lafayette vs. No. 2 LSU (8 p.m., ESPN2)
Vanderbilt vs. No. 6 Illinois (8 p.m., ESPNU)