College World Series Day 1 Preview

3pm- Arkansas vs Virginia ESPN

Arkansas (40-22)- They have 1 hitter who has double digit home runs in CF Andrew Beinintendi (16), also they need big games from others in LF Tyler Spoon and 2B Rick Nomura. They use 4 pitchers to start, with Keaton McKinney who has an era of 3.27 and a record of 6-2, Dominic Taccolini who has an era of 4.32 and a record of  6-4, Trey Killian who has an era of 4.74 and a record of 3-4  and James Teague  who has an era of 3.36 and a record of 6-4, Zach Jackson is their closer with 9 saves.

Virginia (39-22)- Virginia is lead by C Matt Thaiss  with 9 homeruns and an average of .332 also they have help from 1B Pavin Smith  .313 average with 6 homeruns and DH Robbie Coman .301 average. Pitching, they go 3 deep with Connor Jones their ace with a 2.96 era and a 7-2 record, Brandon Waddell with a 4.15 era and 3-5 record and Nathan Kirby 2.28 era and a 5-2 record, their closer is Josh Sborz with 14.

Prediction- Neither team is a power hitting team, so i expect a game of small ball this game will come down to the pitching. In the end it will be one of those 2-1 kind of games and I would pick Virginia but, it could go either way.

Score- 2-1 Virginia

8pm- Miami vs Florida ESPN

Miami (49-15) – They are lead by 2B George Iskenderian with a .367 average and 3B David Thompson with a .333 average and 19 homeruns. Pitching wise they go 4 deep with Andrew Suarez with an era of 2.96 and a record of 9-1 record, Thomas Woodery with an era of 3.06 and a record of 7-2, Danny Garcia with an era of 3.25 and a record of 7-1 and lastly Enruque Sosa with an era of 4.07 and a record of 7-4. Their closer is Byran Garcia with 10.

Florida (49-16)- Hitting wise they are deep with C JJ Schwarz with 18 homeruns and an average of .332, LF Harrison Bader has 15 homeruns and an average of .292 and 3#B Josh Tobias has the highest average with an average of .373.Pitching they go  4 deep as well with AJ Puk with an 9-3 record and a 3.96 era, Dane Dunning has a .395 era and a record of 5-2, Alex Feedo has an era of 3.36 with a 5-1 record and Logan Shore with a 2.50 era and a 9-6 record. Their closer is Taylor Lewis with 7 saves.

Prediction- This is a perfect way to end day 1, both teams can hit the ball and both have good pitching, this will be a close game,I see this as a high scoring affair, who ever is able to stop the other team will win. Florida I feel is the better team in another close game.

Score- 4-3 Florida

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