2014 College World Series

Baseball hittingThe college baseball season is coming to an end, as you may have noticed if you’ve bumped into the many conference tournaments that have been shown on television over the past week or so. This Friday, May 30, the 64 team playoff field starts playing in the regionals, before being widdled down to the super regionals and finally the eight team College World Series which will be played in Omaha.

Highlighting the field this year are some of the traditional powers, such as Miami, FL, Florida St., Cal State Fullerton, Rice, overall No. 1 seed Oregon St., and first time top eight seed Louisiana Lafayette. Several Big 12 teams also made it into the field, including Texas, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma St., and Kansas.

The tournament consists of sixteen regionals with four teams that play each other in a double elimination format. The winners of those sixteen regionals advance to the super regionals and compete in a best of 3 format to see which eight teams advance to the College World Series which begin on June 14. Last year Kansas St. advanced to the super regionals before falling in the third and deciding game of their super regional to Oregon St.

If you’ve never watched the College Baseball Playoffs or College World Series, I encourage you to check out some of the games this year. They always have the kind of excitement and high energy found only in college postseason action. You’ll find most of the games on either NCAA.com or the ESPN family of networks. And if you’re interested in learning more about the College World Series, check out this book in our collection:

The Road to Omaha: Hits, Hopes, and History at the College World Series by Ryan McGee

2014 College Baseball Playoff Bracket

I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.