NCAA Baseball Tournament Open Thread - Day One

Junior Second Basemen Tim Zier Leads A Hot Aztec Team Into The Los Angeles Regional - credit: Dustin Michelson

The road begins here

The UTSA-OSU open thread will be up at 4:00, but until then, this is the place to talk about all of today's tournament action.

Games That Beaver Fans Should Be Interested In (All Times Pacific)

Texas A&M vs UC Santa Barbara, 12:00 PM,
ESPN3 - It's always fun to see your own ballpark a few hours before you play in it, and that's the case here. It will also be a great game, and I have the Gauchos pulling the upset.

Arizona State vs New Mexico, 4:00 PM, ESPN3 - The Sun Devils come into Fullerton limping, losers of their last two series, and in the middle of those, a midweek loss to BYU, all of those against teams that did not make the tournament. ASU did beat the Lobos, 4-3, in their only prior meeting this season.

Arkansas vs Bryant, 5:00 PM, ESPNU - It's not often the 2-3 matchup gets the primetime televised game, but that's the case here in what will be one of the better pitcher duels of the tournament. The Razorbacks will throw Barrett Astin, their usual two guy in this one, who still has an ERA of 1.94. The Bulldogs match with Peter Kelich, who held the Beavers scoreless in his start back in March.

South Dakota State @ Oregon, 6:00 PM, ESPN3 - The Ducks are playing with fire by starting their usual number two guy, sophomore Jake Reed in Oregon's opener. The Jackrabbits come in hot, winners of five of their last seven.

San Diego State @ UCLA, 6:00 PM, ESPN3 - Can the white-hot Aztecs defeat southern California rival UCLA?

1 Seeds On Upset Alert (All Times Pacific)

Kansas State (vs Wichita State, 12:00 PM on ESPNU) - The Wildcats got one of the worst possible opening matchups, having to face the in-state rival Shockers. KSU will likely get the Shockers' ace, Cale Elam, who comes in with a 7-4 record and 2.60 ERA.

Virginia Tech (vs Connecticut, 2:30 PM on ESPN3) - Yes, I've been on the Hokie bandwagon for a while now, but the Huskies are hot and have scored 40 runs in their last seven contests. I think the hosting hype is a bit much for Va Tech and UConn pulls the shocker.

South Carolina (vs Saint Louis, 4:00 PM on ESPN2)
- The Gamecocks have lost three straight and didn't exactly get the easiest opener. Saint Louis has won seven of its last eight and can compete with anyone in its regional at the plate.

UCLA (Above) - The Bruins always struggle in these regional openers (although a late-inning rally usually ends up saving them), and this is the year the four seed might finally break through.

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

--Connor

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