Game 1: Arkansas vs. Oral Roberts; Friday 2 p.m. CT
Game 2: Dallas Baptist vs. Southern Miss; Friday 7 p.m. CT
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2; Saturday 2 p.m. CT
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2; Saturday 7 p.m. CT
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4; Sunday 2 p.m. CT
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5; Sunday 7 p.m. CT
Game 7 (if necessary): Rematch of Game 6; Monday 6:30 p.m. CT
We will have much more in depth pitching and hitting previews coming up this week but here are the basics for each team.
Record: 39-18 (18-12 SEC)
Postseason History: 8 CWS Appearances (Last in 2015)
Season Recap: Arkansas saw one of the most successful regular seasons in their history under Dave Van Horn, but with that comes huge expectations this home season. This year the Hogs made Baum Stadium a fortress. Arkansas’ 30-3 home record is almost is nearly as impressive as the 14-1 mark at home against SEC foes. They have the pitching depth and a devastating lineup to make a deep run in the post season. The big question mark is can they win the close ones? Over half of their losses were by just one run and Arkansas is just 7-10 in one run games this year. They have plenty of experience in high pressure situations, now can they come through?
Record: 43-16 (23-6 C-USA)
Postseason History: 3 Straight Regional Appearance, 2009 CWS Appearance
Season Recap: Southern Miss opened the year by sweeping Mississippi State and spending much of the year ranked, so they won’t shy away from the big stage. After that weekend, they went 0-3 in midweek games against Alabama and Ole Miss. They cruised through their conference, losing just one weekend series and sweeping four of their last five. Southern Miss is a team playing some very good baseball at the moment.
Record: 40-19 (16-5 Missouri Valley)
Postseason History: 5th Straight Regional Appearance
Season Recap: The Missouri Valley is becoming a bit of a two team league between Missouri State and Dallas Baptist. The Bears got the best of DBU in the conference tourney and forced DBU to sweat it out during the selection show where they were one of the last teams in. They played Clemson in a weekend series this year (and were swept). They also went 6-4 in midweek games against Big 12 teams. The only regular season matchup between teams in this regional was DBU taking 2 of 3 from Oral Roberts early in the year. DBU is a young and successful program but this hasn’t been their best team in recent memory.
Record: 38-18 (24-6 Summit)
Postseason History: 4th Straight Regional Appearance, 1978 CWS Appearance
Season Recap: The Summit League is not the strongest league, but Oral Roberts ran straight through it, reaching double digit runs in 11 of their 33 conference games including the conference tournament. They’ve played their fair share of quality non conference teams. Like previously mentioned they lost 2 of 3 to DBU in March. They also have played Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Purdue, going 6-4 in those games, most of which were midweek matchups.