ESPN will cover the Men’s College World Series for the 10th straight year. All of the possible 14 games will be on the ESPN networks (either ESPN or ESPN2) from June 15 to June 25 or June 26. ESPN will also run other College World Series related coverage like SportsCenter at the College World Series and their “Sports Science” series.
Mike Patrick, Karl Ravech and Jon Sciambi will share play-by-play duties throughout the Series. Former Stanford pitcher and two-time College World Series participant Kyle Peterson will provide analysis from the booth. Peterson, who serves as an analyst on ESPN’s regular season and championship-round game telecasts, has worked as a field analyst during the College World Series since 2005. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Orel Hershiser and ESPN MLB analyst Nomar Garciaparra will return to the CWS booth as analysts. Jessica Mendoza & former Florida standout (and my personal favorite) Jenn Brown will report from the field.
Current Chicago White Sox manager, Robin Ventura, was a analyst with the team of Patrick and Hershiser for the previous two CWS.
When all is said and done, I like the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles to meet in an in-state College World Series championship final. Both teams have been atop of the rankings for the majority of the season and have the teams to win the title. History does not favor the Gators, as no No. 1 national seed has won the title since 1999. Florida won all three meetings between the two teams this season. The Gators outscored Florida State 19-6 in three games (one game at a neutral site).
For Florida, pitching will be the key to winning a national championship. As a team their pitching staff has a 2.90 ERA, and are only giving up two walks a game. Gators ace, Hudson Randall (9-2, 2.61 ERA) and number two pitcher, Brian Johnson (8-4, 3.56 ERA) must lead the pitching staff in order to win.
The Seminoles’ offense has been dominant, as they scored 35 runs in two games in the Super Regionals against Stanford. Middle-of-the-lineup hitters center fielder James Ramsey and first baseman Jayce Boyd have combined for 117 RBI this season so far.
I like Florida to win the National Championship in three games as their star player, catcher Mike Zunino, should lead the Gators and win the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.
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