CWS Projected Field Of 64: Looking Ahead At Oklahoma's Chances Of A Repeat Performance

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With the regular season of College Baseball coming to a close, many teams are still wondering where they will fall in the field of 64 or if they will find themselves with an invite period. The NCAA has handed out it's first official invite to Princeton and there are still many invites to be signed, sealed, and delivered. One burning question is: will Arizona St. win it's appeal and be qualified to play in regional or are they out giving their seed up to likely an ACC school? There is still quite a bit of baseball to be played and we have yet to see the conference playoffs. This does not mean that the field will be shaken up. I think there will be little to no effect at all while some teams may slide down or move up a single spot in the seeding. Anyway, here is a quick look at the most recent field of 64 regional projections with Oklahoma landing in the Houston Regional along with Rice, Arizona and Princeton rounding out the group.

Charlottesville Regional
No. 1 Virginia
Elon
Ole Miss
James Madison
   College Station Regional
   Texas A&M
   California
   Texas State
   South Dakota State
Austin Regional
No. 8 Texas
Stanford
Southeastern Louisiana
Wright State
   Fort Worth Regional
   TCU
   Arkansas
   Baylor
   Michigan State
Tempe Regional
No. 5 Arizona State
UC Irvine
Texas Tech
Hawaii
   Fullerton Regional
   Cal State Fullerton
   UCLA
   Creighton
   Navy
Corvallis Regional
No. 4 Oregon State
Fresno State
Connecticut
Gonzaga
   Houston Regional
   Rice
   Oklahoma
   Arizona
   Princeton
Columbia Regional
No. 3 South Carolina
Clemson
Coastal Carolina
Monmouth
   Atlanta Regional
   Georgia Tech
   Georgia
   Tulane
   Stony Brook
Gainesville Regional
No. 6 Florida
Troy
UCF
Bethune-Cookman
   DeLand Regional
   Stetson
   Miami
   Mississippi State
   Kent State
Tallahassee Regional
No. 7 Florida State
Florida International
Auburn
Manhattan
   Hattiesburg Regional
   Southern Miss
   Alabama
   NC State
   Alcorn State
Nashville Regional
No. 2 Vanderbilt
Oklahoma State
East Tennessee State
Austin Peay
   Chapel Hill Regional
   North Carolina
   East Carolina
   Florida Atlantic
   Charlotte

 

If these are the final pairings, I like Oklahoma's chances on moving out of the Regional and advancing into Super Regional play.

Rice is a team that is not superior at any one thing but does enough to win. They do not have a pitcher with an ERA under 2.04 while their relief pitchers have really struggled in the final stretch of the season. I'm sure that the new bats have affected the way every team has hit the ball, but that is no excuse. All teams have to play with them and all teams have the same disadvantage. Don't expect Rice to be an easy team to beat as they have consistently been ranked finding themselves anywhere from #14 to #27 depending on what poll you are using and recruit some of the better players in the nation.

Arizona is a team much like the Sooners...a team that plays phenomenally behind their ace pitcher in the series opener then follows it up with inconsistent pitching and ups and downs at the plate in the second and third games. They have also not lived up to the expectations building an 11-10 conference record. While they have struggled for the past couple of months, they have gotten back on track lately completing their first series sweep at the end of April against USC. They are still finagling with the batting order as well as the pitching rotation to get the best results heading into final two series of their season.

Princeton is a team that qualified by winning the Ivy League Championship. I do not expect them to do much in the tournament but they could surprise some people. They started the season playing LSU in Baton Rouge and ended up taking a game from the then ranked #7 Tigers. However, they were thumped by LSU in two of the three games and the only other ranked opponent they played (North Carolina) beat them by nine runs. Expect Princeton to struggle against better pitching while giving up runs to big time bats.

Oklahoma has a very good chance against each of these teams. It is all going to come down to the rotation and I would expect Arizona to throw their best against us while we did the same. Even if OU does lose to Arizona, I still think the Wildcats are very inconsistent and let the Sooners sneak past them after completing round-robin play. Yet, the Super Regional will be a different monster with Oregon State in the projected mix.

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