Last week, eight college baseball teams punched their tickets to the 2022 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. This year’s super regional games were very exciting, as quite a few underdogs ended up winning the series and making it into the College World Series.
In the Knoxville Super Regional, Notre Dame upset number 1 overall Tennessee. The Irish became the first team to win a road series in Knoxville all season. This will be Notre Dame’s first appearance in the College World Series since 2002 and just their third time in Omaha ever.
In the Stanford Super Regional, Stanford topped Connecticut in three games. Stanford is heading back to Omaha in back-to-back seasons for the first time since appearing in the College World Series five straight times from 1999 to 2003. The Cardinal will go into the College World Series ranked number 2 overall.
In the Corvallis Super Regional, Auburn took care of business as they beat Oregon State in three games. Auburn, who was picked last in the preseason SEC coaches poll, is now going back to the College World Series for the second time in three years.
In the Blacksburg Super Regions, Oklahoma went on the road and took the series in three games against Virginia Tech. Oklahoma has been on an absolute tear over the past month, 11-3 in that time. The Sooners will soon be playing in their 11th College World Series in program history.
In the College Station Super Regional, Texas A&M stood strong at home against Louisville, completing the two-game sweep. Although it was a sweep, both games were very close games between the Aggies and the Cardinals. The Aggies will be going back to Omaha for the first time since 2017. They also managed to make it to the College World Series in coach Jim Schlossnagle’s first season with the program.
In the Hattiesburg Super Regional, Ole Miss came away with really the only dominant sweep of the Super Regional round. The Rebels took down Southern Mississippi in just two games by a total combined score of 15-0. Ole Miss advances to the College World Series for the first time since 2014 and the sixth time in program history.
In the Greenville Super Regional, the Texas Longhorns took down East Carolina in three games. Texas, which was ranked number 1 overall in the Preseason Top 25, will be returning to the College World Series for the 38th time in program history, the most appearances in NCAA history.
Omaha’s slate this year is filled with a variety of teams. From programs like Texas who have been there almost 40 times, to teams like Notre Dame, making just their third appearance in the College World Series. The beautiful thing about the differences in the programs and their history is that none of it really matters once they start playing games in Omaha. Just like in the Super Regionals, we can and probably will see underdogs win some games that they maybe “shouldn’t” win. On Friday, June 17th, the College World Series started its bracket play. There will be two games played each day until Saturday, June 25th, when the winners of the two brackets will start their three-game series for the College World Series Finals. The four teams in Bracket 1 will be the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas A&M Aggies, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Texas Longhorns. In Bracket 2, the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Stanford Cardinal, the Ole Miss Rebels, and the Auburn Tigers will compete for a spot in the College World Series Finals against one of the four teams from Bracket 1.