NCAA Baseball Tournament Open Thread - Day 1

The UALR-OSU Open Thread will be up at 4:15 PM, but until then, this is the place to talk about all of today's college baseball action. Below is the schedule for all of today's games. Go Beavers!

Time (Pacific)             Matchup                                                          Network

9:00 AM                       Jacksonville vs Miami (Florida)                     ESPNU
9:00 AM                       Alabama vs UCF                                        Gametracker
10:00 AM                     James Madison vs Florida International         Gametracker
10:00 AM                     Navy vs Virginia                                          NCAA.com
10:00 AM                     NC State vs Stetson                                    Gametracker
10:30 AM                     Seton Hall vs Arizona                                  Gametracker
11:00 AM                     Kent State vs Texas State                          Gametracker
12:00 PM                     Mississippi State vs Southern Miss             Gametracker
12:00 PM                     Coastal Carolina vs Connecticut                  Gametracker
12:00 PM                     Dallas Baptist vs Oklahoma                         ESPN3.com
12:00 PM                     California vs Baylor                                      Gametracker
12:00 PM                     Troy vs Oklahoma State                              Gametracker
1:00 PM                       Georgia vs Creighton                                   ESPN3.com
1:00 PM                       Manhattan vs Florida                                    ESPNU
2:00 PM                       UC Irvine vs Fresno State                            Gametracker
2:00 PM                       Charlotte vs Arkansas                                   Gametracker
3:00 PM                       Maine vs North Carolina                             Gametracker
3:00 PM                       St. John's vs East Carolina                         NCAA.com
3:00 PM                       Bethune-Cookman vs Florida State               Gametracker
4:00 PM                       Austin Peay State vs Georgia Tech               Gametracker
4:00 PM                       Sacred Heart vs Clemson                             Gametracker
4:00 PM                       Georgia Southern vs South Carolina              Gametracker
4:00 PM                       Kansas State vs Stanford                            ESPNU
4:00 PM                       Alcorn State vs Rice                                   Gametracker
4:30 PM                       Princeton vs Texas                                     Gametracker
4:30 PM                       Wright State vs Texas A&M                        Gametracker
5:00 PM                       Oral Roberts vs TCU                                   ESPN3.com
5:00 PM                       Belmont vs Vanderbilt                                 Gametracker
6:00 PM                       Arkansas-Little Rock vs Oregon State           ESPN3.com
6:00 PM                       San Francisco vs UCLA                               Gametracker
7:00 PM                       New Mexico vs Arizona State                       Gametracker
8:00 PM                       Illinois vs Cal State Fullerton                          ESPNU

Games That Beaver Fans Should Be Interested In

Troy vs Okalahoma State
- Both of these teams are in the Nashville Regional, which is paried up with the Corvallis Regional. Both of these teams are capable of knocking off Vanderbilt, but it will be interesting to see who gets the first chance at it.

Georgia vs Creighton - Depending on whether the Beavers win or lose later tonight, they will be facing one of these teams. This will be a good scouting opportunity for Oregon State fans. Let's hope it goes 16 innings and each club's bullpen is fried.

Belmont vs Vanderbilt - This is the other game of the Nashville Regional. Hopefully the Bruins can play spoiler and give Vandy a loss. You've got to like Troy or Oklahoma State's chances to win the regional if the Commodores already have one loss going into Saturday.

Arkansas-Little Rock vs Oregon State - Duh

1 Seeds On Upset Alert

Cal State Fullerton
- Despite Illinois' 28-25 record, I'm putting the Titans on upset watch. The Fighting Illini ended the season winning nine out of their final ten games. They are extremely hot and are swinging the bat well. If they get a good start out of Kevin Johnson, watch out.

UCLA - Yes, the Bruins do come into this one red-hot, but so do the Dons. San Francisco has won six out of their last seven, and when they met in a series opener earlier this season, their starter only gave up one run in the 1-0 loss.

To me, this one comes down to the two starters: Matt Lujan and Gerrit Cole. Both pitchers have been dominant all year long, and if USF finds a way to scratch out a couple of runs off Cole, look for the Bruins to have a loss going into tomorrow.

Best 2-3 Games

Kent State-Texas State
: This one has been getting overlooked across the country, but just look at the two records: 43-15, 40-21. I think both teams are very capable of knocking off Texas, but the loser of this one will be at a severe disadvantage the rest of the regional. Should be fun.

James Madison-Florida International: Both teams ended their seasons on fire. JMU won their final nine games, while FIU won 20 out of their last 23. Once again, I think both teams can knock off the regional favorite, North Carolina, and the winner of this one will get the first shot at the Tar Heels.

Coastal Carolina-Connecticut: Not only do I think one of these teams will win the regional, but they could also make it all the way to Omaha. The pitching matchup will be the best part of this one. Conecticut will throw Matt Barnes (11-3, 1.12), while the Chanticleers will send out Anthony Meo (9-3, 2.21).

Seton Hall-Arizona
: Obviously there is intrigue with Arizoan being in the Pac-10, but Seton Hall is an interesting team as well. The Pirates won their final eight games and have a great ace in Joe Dirocco (8-1, 1.68). I think the Wildcats will win, but it's going to be a close one.

Dallas Baptist-Oklahoma: I've been on the Patriot bandwagon all season long and I'm not going to stop now. Dallas Baptist has seemingly done the impossible and made the tournament as an independent. I think the Sooners will be too tough for them in this one, but you will hear more from Baptist before the weekend is over.

UC Irvine-Fresno State: Both of these teams seemed to be in hosting contention until the final week of the season. Now they meet up in the first game of the toughest regional, what's not to like? I like UC Irvine in a (mini) upset.

So, what games are you looking forward to? Talk about them in the comments section.

--Connor

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