There will not be a lack of big-name programs at the College World Series.
Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oregon State, Texas, Texas Tech, Washington, Arkansas and Florida will battle it out at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha for the college baseball national championship.
Oregon State and North Carolina will open the tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Washington vs. Mississippi State at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Arkansas and Texas face off at 1 p.m., followed by Texas Tech and Florida at 6 p.m. Sunday.
After a combined six ninth-inning runs sent Mississippi State and Vanderbilt into extra innings, the Bulldogs added four more in the 11th to clinch their 10th CWS berth in program history.
North Carolina, which after sweeping Stetson will be making its 11th CWS appearance, is looking to win its first national championship.
Texas will be making its 36th CWS appearance, the most in tournament history. The Longhorns sport an 86-58 CWS record, including six titles.
Even years favor Texas Tech, which has made three CWS appearances in program history — 2014, 2016 and 2018. The Red Raiders are 1-4 all time.
Washington will be making the first CWS appearance in program history after Sunday’s walk-off victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Huskies are the lone first-timer coming to Omaha.
Former Husker coach Dave Van Horn will lead his Arkansas team to Omaha for the fifth time since 2004. The Razorbacks, who have never won a title, are 10-17 in eight appearances.
Defending champion Florida is making its 12th CWS appearance, including the Gators’ fourth straight and seventh since 2010 under coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
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(AP) – Florida, Arkansas, Texas and Texas Tech won their super regionals Monday to complete the College World Series field.
The defending champion Gators were the final team to reach Omaha, working extra innings for their win. Austin Langworthy’s home run off Steven Williams’ glove in the bottom of the 11th inning gave overall top seed Florida a 3-2 victory against Auburn, sending the Gators to the College World Series for a fourth consecutive year.
Langworthy lined a pitch off freshman All-American closer Cody Greenhill (6-3) to the wall. Williams had a bead on it, but it bounced off his glove and over the fence. It was Langworthy’s fourth homer of the season and second in as many days.
Williams dropped to the ground in disbelief as Florida players rushed the field and waited for Langworthy to touch home plate before mobbing him.
The Gators (47-19) advance to play Texas Tech in Omaha. Florida is headed here for the seventh time in the past nine years.
Former Nebraska coach Dave Van Horn led Arkansas to the CWS for the first time since 2015. Eric Cole had three hits, a home run and scored five runs for Arkansas.
Cole had a pair of RBIs for Arkansas, and Luke Bonfield added three hits and four RBIs. The Razorbacks scored five runs in the first inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Carson Shaddy.
Barrett Loseke (3-2) earned the win for Arkansas while allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief of starter Isaiah Campbell, who struck out five in four innings.
Jacob Olson had a pair of home runs for the Gamecocks (37-26), who were trying to return to the CWS for the first time since 2012. Carmen Mlodzinski (3-6) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, in his only inning of work.
Kody Clemens homered for the third straight game and fill-in starter Matteo Bocchi held Tennessee Tech to one run in a career-high five innings as the Longhorns locked up their NCAA record-extending 36th CWS appearance with a 5-2 win in Austin. Tennessee Tech had won the first game of the series.
Bocchi was called on to make his fourth start of the season because the Longhorns’ No. 3 starter, Blair Henley, was unavailable after throwing three innings of relief Sunday.
David Pierce is bringing the Longhorns to Omaha in his second year as coach after spending the previous five seasons at Tulane and Sam Houston State.
“It’s never been about me and it never will be, but the thing that I loved is I told these guys back in the fall I want this for you guys,” Pierce said. “But I also want it for those three coaches who have been with me for seven years. To watch all that happen today was really, really special, and I’m just so proud of our team.
“I’ve said before, we’re not always pretty; a lot of times we’re ugly. But we just figure out how to keep playing, and that’s what’s so special about this group.”
Texas Tech’s Gabe Holt, Brian Klein and Michael Davis homered, and the Red Raiders beat Duke 6-2 for their third trip in five years to the CWS .
Josh Jung went 4 for 5 for Texas Tech and Holt, the Big 12 freshman of the year, continued his postseason tear by 2 for 4. Holt finished the super regional 7 for 12.
John McMillon and Dylan Dusek combined to pitch three innings of shutout relief, with McMillon getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth with the Red Raiders holding a 4-2 lead.
Another Clemens in CWS
Clemens will be the third member of his family to play in the CWS. His dad, Roger, pitched on two Texas teams that made it to Omaha and won the national title in 1983 before he went on to a major league career in which he won seven Cy Young Awards and two world championships. Kody’s older brother, Kacy, was the first baseman for the 2014 Texas team that came within one win of playing in the CWS finals.
“It means a lot,” Kody said. “Kacy and all my brothers have told me that it’s the best time of your life. My dad definitely said it was one of his favorite moments ever playing baseball. I think that everyone is pretty excited. I’m definitely super excited. It’s going to be fun, and we have unfinished business.”
The Detroit Tigers’ third-round draft pick and Big 12 player of the year led the 2018 Longhorns’ trek to Omaha. He is batting .500 (11 for 22) in the NCAA tournament with five home runs, two doubles and 11 RBIs.